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Obi-Wan Kenobi: 5 Things Fans Want To See In The Disney+ Series (& 5 They Don’t)

Ever since the conclusion of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, fans have been wondering what happened to Obi-Wan during the time gap between episodes III and IV. Revenge of the Sith concludes with Master Yoda going into exile, Bail Organa taking new-born Leia home with him, and Obi-Wan taking new-born Luke to Tatooine to be raised by his aunt and uncle. Episode IV – A New Hope picks up with both sets of twins as young adults, and Obi-Wan still living on Tatooine but under the alias of Ben Kenobi and a reputation as an old hermit.

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So it begs the question, what happened to Obi-Wan between the third and fourth episodes? Did anything happen at all? Luckily, Disney has us covered! With the latest announcement of the Disney+ series and confirmation that Ewan McGregor is returning for the role of Obi-Wan, fans are buzzing with speculations on what the series could hold. As of right now, the series will be six episodes in length, an hour-long each, and it will reportedly take place eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, but what does that mean for the plot? In no particular order, here are five things fans want to see in the Disney+ series (and 5 things they don’t).

10 DON’T: A BORING PLOT

At the end of Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan drops off young Luke to his aunt and uncle on Tatooine. Because we see Obi-Wan living on Tatooine in A New Hope, we know that he stays there and keeps a watchful eye over Luke just as he said he would. Or does he?

Tatooine is a planet full of nothingness. Over the course of six movies, we’ve seen very few things to do there. There are the Hutts, slaves, moisture farms, and pod races but not much else. With that being said, we want to avoid having a repetitive, borderline boring, plotline. Obi-Wan is a Jedi-in-hiding, this means he needs to stick to the shadows as much as possible and avoid any and all sorts of trouble that might come his way. How much of a story is there to tell when our lead character has to keep as much anonymity as possible?

9 DO: THE RETURN OF QUI-GON JINN

In Revenge of the Sith, Master Yoda stated that Obi-Wan has further training to do with the Force and that Obi-Wan’s old master could help him with that. Obi-Wan replies with a giddy question of his name, “Qui-Gon?”

While there is no confirmation or mention of Liam Neeson returning for his role as Qui-Gon Jinn, fans still hope to see the late master in the series in the form of a Force ghost.

8 DON’T: A HAPPY OBI-WAN

As terrible as it sounds, a happy Obi-Wan is not realistic for this storyline. This man lost the only life he has ever lived, the one he fully expected to continue until he died. He also lost the only Padawan he’s ever trained who also grew to become his friend and brother. Even though there is a time gap between Revenge of the Sith and when Obi-Wan’s series begins, he must carry some form of guilt or sadness in him.

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Obi-Wan has seen war, death, and loss. He will do his best to release these negative emotions to the Force because that is the Jedi way, and we know that by A New Hope, he has made his peace with the events. However, the Disney+ show should focus on how he grew to be this way. The character development will have to be strong in this one.

7 DO: A LOVE INTEREST

Speaking of emotional character development, how about Obi-Wan finally getting the happily ever after he deserves? Well, almost happily ever after. There is no mention in the original series about Obi-Wan having a love interest and that could be for many reasons.

However, fans could be interested in seeing Obi-Wan at least have something good happen to him after all the turmoil.

6 DON’T: DISNEYFIED SCENES

It’s the fear everyone has, especially since Disney’s run with the license has proven to be hit or miss. Solo and Rogue One are prime examples of Star Wars‘ unpredictable track record. Solo absolutely tanked at the box office while Rogue One flourished.

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Solo had the potential to be amazing but the corniness of L3 and all the Easter eggs from the series (like the Darth Maul connection) felt too forced.

5 DO: YOUNG LUKE SKYWALKER

Obi-Wan is in exile but he is not alone. The sole purpose for him remaining on Tatooine is to watch over Luke. Obi-wan may not be the shining star in little Luke’s life growing up, but the exiled Jedi can certainly keep a watchful eye on him from afar.

This means that the Disney+ series could be including a young Luke in its storylines.

4 DON’T: DIVERGING FROM CANON

It’s a dangerous game to play with the time in between the trilogies. The writers must ensure that things come full circle at the end of the story. For example, Rogue One had characters that could have rolled into the original series, but considering it was made after the originals, there was no choice but to kill them off.

In A New Hope, Obi-Wan tells young Luke that his father wanted him to have his lightsaber, while in Revenge of the Sith, we hear no such thing. In fact, Obi-Wan had no confirmation that Anakin was the father of Padmé’s child until after Anakin turned to the dark side.

3 DO: A DROID SIDEKICK

Star Wars has never failed to give us a trusty droid sidekick. C-3PO and R2-D2 are the fan-favorite droid duo in the original and prequel trilogies, while the sequel trilogy has cute little BB-8. Even the anthology films, Rogue One and Solo, have droids that can be lovable.

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Even the latest popular game, Jedi: Fallen Order, has a droid tagging along with the main protagonist. It’s only fitting that the Obi-Wan series has a droid for us to fall in love with as well.

2 DON’T: REPETITIVE STORYLINE

Much like having a boring plot, the fear of having a repetitive storyline coincides here. How much is there to do on Tatooine for someone meant to remain hidden?

Fans don’t want a repeat of what we already have seen on the planet. There are only so many Hutt stand-offs and pod races we can take before things begin to blend into each other.

1 DO: OBI-WAN CONTINUING HIS TRAINING

We left off Revenge of the Sith with a statement from Master Yoda about Obi-Wan furthering his training in the Force. Putting aside the wish for Qui-Gon’s return, Master Yoda himself stated that Obi-Wan has more training to do.

Fans assume this translated to Obi-Wan ‘becoming one with the Force,’ which essentially means becoming immortal and projecting oneself as a Force ghost. Obi-Wan was seen doing this in the original trilogy, and Master Yoda accomplishes the same thing in the sequel trilogy. It’s only fitting that fans get to see how Obi-Wan continues and potentially completes his training.

NEXT: Star Wars: 5 Times Obi-Wan Kenobi Was Our Best Hope (And 5 Times He Was Hopeless)


2019-12-20 03:12:00

TJ

10 Best Disney Animated Films From The ’90s (According To IMDb)

Disney has always been the biggest name in film animation, but the ’90s are a special era in their history. After a lackluster period, the so-called Disney Renaissance emerged with some of the biggest, most acclaimed films they have ever produced. These films became beloved by a whole new generation of Disney fans.

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Thanks to the nostalgia of these movies and the many live-action remakes, fans keep revisiting these films again and again. Looking at the rankings from IMDb, it is clear that fans still have a lot of love for these ’90s classics. Here are the best Disney animated films from the 90s, according to IMDb.

10 Pocahontas (1995) – 6.7

This era of Disney films seemed to embrace the idea of telling more diverse stories than their older films were known for. Pocahontas is a good example of this as it tells the story of the first Native American Disney princess who finds herself falling in love with a colonial man named John Smith, putting her in the middle of a struggle between her own people and the new invaders.

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It is a bold story for Disney to take on, but most fans thought they pulled it off well. While the movie doesn’t feature some of the same magic as the other films of this era, it is a compelling adventure with some great, memorable songs.

9 The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996) – 6.9

Disney was clearly willing to take more risks with the films they were telling during this time, as evident with The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Based on the classic story by Victor Hugo, the film follows Quasimodo, a disfigured orphan who is raised in secret by a cruel lord who keeps him hidden in the bell tower of Notre Dame. When Quasimodo seeks to experience the real world, he becomes involved with a band of oppressed people.

The movie is certainly the darkest story that Disney has ever told in their animated offering. While some fans were turned off by the controversial subject matter, others thought it was a nice change of pace for these films.

8 The Rescuers Down Under (1990) – 6.9

The Rescuers was a largely overlooked Disney film from the ’70s, so it was a surprise that it would get a sequel all these years later. The film finds two mice who serve as part of an international rescue society traveling to the Australian outback to save a young boy who has been kidnapped by a poacher.

The movie remains one of the more underrated Disney movies, but it clearly has some passionate fans. The Rescuers Down Under makes for a fun adventure film while showing off the breathtaking animation Disney capable of.

7 Tarzan (1999) – 7.3

The classic story of Tarzan, a man raised in the jungle by gorillas, is just the kind of big adventure that is perfectly suited to be told through the lens of a Disney film. Scored by memorable songs by Phil Collins, we see Tarzan’s journey from being adopted by gorillas, growing up as a misfit in the jungle, and meeting humans for the first time.

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Tarzan‘s animation allows this story to be told with the kind of excitement and action that it deserves. It is surprisingly violent for a Disney animated feature, but that adds to the thrilling nature of the story.

6 Hercules (1997) – 7.3

The complex and strange mythology of Hercules is given a simpler, kid-friendly update in this hugely entertaining retelling. After being kidnapped from his parents on Mount Olympus, Hercules is raised as a human with extreme strength. When he learns of his true identity, he seeks to become a great hero to earn his place among the gods.

The movie is an adventure with great action, big laughs, and some truly amazing songs. Hercules embraces the fun of Disney movies with an inspiring story, which features some great voice acting work from the cast, especially Danny DeVito.

5 Mulan (1998) – 7.6

Mulan is one of the boldest stories Disney has told in terms of its scope, as it is the first time the animation studio has told a war story. The film follows a young girl in China who is pushed to follow the expected and “appropriate” path of a female. When war breaks out, she poses as a man to take her father’s place in the army.

There are some truly beautiful images to go along with this very powerful story about empowerment. Mulan boasts some memorable songs and big laughs, thanks largely to some fantastic work from Eddie Murphy.

4 Aladdin (1992) – 8.0

Aladdin feels like it was the film that kicked off the Disney Renaissance and showed how special this new era could be. The story follows a young man, living on the streets of Agrabah, who discovers a magic lamp containing a genie who can make his greatest wishes comes true.

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The movie was a colorful, energetic, and entertaining adventure. The music is catchy and fun, the story is thrilling and smart, and it features an iconic performance from Robin Williams as the genie who steals the show with his wild persona immortalized in animated form.

3 Beauty And The Beast (1991) – 8.0

Beauty and the Beast, like many Disney classics, all revolves around an engrossing love story. The film follows the smart and kind Belle who becomes trapped in a magic castle ruled by a terrifying beast. As they spend time together, Belle and the Beast form an unlikely bond.

The beauty of this story is matched by its spectacular animation. The film features some of the most memorable songs in any Disney movie and creates an iconic cinematic romance that is still beloved to this day.

2 Toy Story (1995) – 8.3

Toy Story was a massively important film not only for Disney but for animation films in general. The first feature film made by Pixar popularized computer animation over the traditional hand-drawn method. The premise centered on what toys do when no one is around, which made for a magical and inventive story.

The movie looked like nothing else seen up to that time, showing the possibilities of this new technology. It was also a funny and charming adventure with instantly lovable characters backed by a talented voice cast, including Tom Hanks and Tim Allen.

1 The Lion King (1994) – 8.5

The Lion King is a perfect example of why the recent live-action remakes have been disappointing for some fans. Despite the amazing technology at work and the honor paid to the source material, there is no recapturing the magic of these original stories.

This classic tells the epic story of Simba, a young lion who strives to become as effective a king as his father. When tragedy strikes, Simba is sent on a journey to discover his true purpose. The music, humor, voice acting, and animation are all pitch-perfect. All the elements combine for an awe-inspiring film that will remain one of the best animated films of all time.

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2019-12-19 01:12:55

Colin McCormick

Disney Star Wars Can’t Get Past Its Force Obsession | Screen Rant

Disney’s Star Wars has a problem, one that is not often discussed: Disney has a fixation on The Force. At first glance, the House of Mouse’s focus on the franchise’s metaphysical and ubiquitous power doesn’t appear to be an issue, given that the Star Wars universe is largely centered around it anyway. Yet, when taking into consideration the stories Disney has told, there is a clear thread that keeps the franchise from moving on to its next chapter. Even as Disney moves away from stories involving the Jedi, The Force keeps cropping up.

To quote Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Force “binds the galaxy together.” It is an energy within all living things in the Star Wars universe, and has been the main factor that influences how the galaxy far, far away operates. It almost feels wrong to think of Star Wars without the Force. However, the franchise has expanded into far less mystical corners; for example, in The Mandalorian and Solo: A Star Wars Story, smugglers, bounty hunters and non-force users comprise the main cast. The Force isn’t nearly as important in such a context as it is in the core films.

The need for The Force should logically fade out given the plot of these adventures are not predicated upon it. If the Jedi and the Sith are not at the epicenter of the story, logically neither should The Force. However, it still manages to find its way into the narrative, for better or worse. Even in scenarios where it is narratively appropriate, such as in The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi, The Force becomes a plot device that can impair the film’s ability to build tension and add weight to the story. Despite this, Disney can’t seem to look past their unshakable desire to include The Force wherever they can.

The prequel trilogy helped expand on the concept of The Force even more than the original trilogy did, while also managing to craft a story and develop a world that was well-rounded and intriguing to the viewer. Disney’s sequel trilogy and subsequent spin-offs have similarly focused on the use of The Force. It is an ever-evolving plot device that continually shows off its capabilities. This can be seen as recently as The Last Jedi, where audiences witnessed Force projection and the usage of The Force in order to survive in space for the first time on film. Simply put, the Force is a central aspect of the Star Wars universe in more ways than one, and its inclusion keeps the Skywalker Saga unified.

The Force is also present in stories outside of the Skywalker Saga where its inclusion is unnecessary, like through Darth Vader’s appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Darth Maul’s inclusion in Solo: A Star Wars Story. As great as it is to see some of the most popular Force-users in the Star Wars canon make surprise appearances, these characters don’t have any real need to be there. Even in the case of The Mandalorian‘s Baby Yoda, who uses the force in episode 2, despite being a child. As beloved as Baby Yoda is, it is indisputable that including limelight-stealing characters like these in settings they aren’t normally found in distracts from the rest of the cast.

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It is impossible to think of the franchise without The Force, which is something Disney is well aware of, hence its inclusion in every piece of Star Wars media. As the series has expanded into areas of the universe that do not revolve around the Skywalker line, The Force becomes a background element to the story. It becomes a reference, an Easter egg of sorts that more or less feels included because it has to be. With the sequel trilogy dealing with the continuation of the Skywalker story, naturally there is heavy inclusion of The Force.

Star Wars was once one, linear story, and The Force was at the core of that. Even to this day, that mindset is still very much alive and well. Its inclusion feels natural, and without The Force, Star Wars just isn’t Star Wars. This ideology is one that Disney clings to, if for no other reason than to embrace one of the most well-known pieces of Star Wars lore. It is a common thread that keeps the series tied to its roots, allowing the characters and storylines around it to grow from it. It belongs in the universe at some capacity, so it never really does go away completely.

The problem, however, is that The Force has become a crutch that limits the franchise’s narrative potential. When Disney attempts to branch out with projects like The Mandalorian, which are not ostensibly about a Force user, then include one in the plot, it comes at the expense of the individuality of the film or series. This over-reliance on the Force can greatly limit the storytelling potential of an otherwise limitless universe. The Force can narrow the scope of what spin-offs and TV series can really do with the Star Wars brand, and in some cases can feel like a cop-out. There is no tension if the heroes are all capable of unmatched Force ability. If left unchecked, the result may be another expanded universe situation where the number of people who are Force-sensitive skyrockets to the detriment of the story.

When implemented correctly, The Force can provide for breathtaking moments that can make or break a Star Wars narrative. However, a careful balance should be met in order to keep it from being overused. It is a great aspect to include in a story and is one of the elements that makes Star Wars what it is, but it is not the only thing that can make Star Wars interesting to the viewer. There are so many directions the franchise can be taken, likely with great success. As Kylo Ren once said “Let the past die, kill it if you have to” which is a piece of advice Disney should certainly take into consideration. In short, there is so much more to Star Wars than The Force alone.

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2019-12-17 05:12:11

Shane O'Neill

Disney+’s Noelle: 10 Funniest Quotes, Ranked | ScreenRant

One of the best parts about Christmas each year is watching classic holiday films. However, it’s also nice to add to the tradition when new Christmas movies come along, and Disney has provided us with a great one called Noelle starring Anna Kendrick.

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The movie is about Santa’s daughter Noelle who has grown up with a special love of Christmas. When her father passes away, it’s up to her brother to step into his suit and fill the role of Santa. However, he is a bit overwhelmed and decides to run away. Noelle, loving both Christmas and her brother, goes after him to try and save her favorite holiday and her family. The family film is witty, cheerful, and had us laughing out loud throughout the whole thing. Here are ten of the funniest lines from Noelle:

10 Santa’s Helpers’ Songs

We have to cheat a little here and throw a couple of quotes into one because the members of a little singing group dubbed “Santa’s Helpers” are just so funny! Several times throughout the film, they sing parodied versions of Christmas carols that relate to the happenings in the North Pole.

When Santa is having trouble with learning to fly the sleigh, they sing, “Crashing all the way, ha ha ha!” and later, when Santa tries once more, they can be heard cheering, “Santa tried to land again, fa la la la la la la la la. He missed the roof and hit the den…” However, the funniest song comes about when discussing naughty children: “Joy to the world, except for you ’cause you forgot to floss.”

9 “That’s pretty stocking half empty”

It seems that wherever you go in life, you will always find a pessimist with their glass of eggnog half empty, even around Christmas.

Noelle’s first Negative Nate she meets once outside of the North Pole is a man named Jake, who says to her, “You know, I find most people, they don’t know what’s in their own hearts let alone anyone else’s. That’s if even they have a heart in the first place.” He goes on to explain, “I’m a private detective. You get ‘stocking half empty’ pretty quick.”

8 “We’re Jewish”

With all of this talk about Santa, stockings, and striped candy, it’s nice to take a moment to give a nod to our friends who do not celebrate Christmas, and that’s exactly what Noelle did in its own cheeky way.

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With this being Santa’s first Christmas delivering presents, it’s understandable to make a few mistakes. This family was surprised to see the jolly deliverer appear from their fireplace, interrupting their Chinese takeout meal. With a menorah on the table behind the couch and the lack of Christmas decorations, it can only mean one thing. Oops! Happy Hanukkah!

7 “My partridge in a pear tree underwear needs washing”

Have you ever wondered what kind of underwear they wear at the North Pole? Christmas carol themed of course! We can imagine that Noelle also has a pair with little tin horns and little toy drums as well as a pair with a one horse open sleigh.

Luckily, her Nanny Elf Polly is there to wash them all! Only moments before, Noelle had insisted that she didn’t need Elf Polly to do all her chores for her, but apparently underwear washing is an exception. When Noelle informs her of her laundry needs, Elf Polly replies, “Well, my Christmas wish has been granted.”

6 “How many people wear gingerbread deodorant?”

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and the rest, but you haven’t met Snowcone until you’ve watched Noelle! He’s only the cutest baby reindeer you’ve ever seen and one of Noelle’s close friends. The snow white colored cutie flies from the North Pole to find Noelle and deliver a special note.

Noelle, who is very proud of him, exclaims, “You must have picked up my scent from all the people in Pheonix!” Elf Polly doesn’t think it was too hard to find them with Noelle’s preferred choice of antiperspirant. Christmas themed deodorant does sound lovely, especially if there are candy cane and hot cocoa scents!

5 “[Santa] looks nice and polite, so I know I haven’t dated him”

When Santa flees the North Pole to go somewhere warm to relax, Noelle feels completely responsible and decides that she must go find where he has gone. She drags “Aunt” Polly along, and the two end up in Pheonix, Arizona, where they set off to see if they can locate poor Santa.

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Noelle shows a picture of him to the first person she encounters, a woman named Helen who manages a marketplace, and asks if she has seen him. Unfortunately for their search, Helen has not seen (or dated) Santa any time recently.

4 “It’s like being trapped in the cookie cottage during Toll House season”

There are many ways that one could describe Pheonix, Arizona. Dry, hot, a desert… Some call it the “Valley of the Sun,” due to the intense heat. Noelle evidently has never heard of this nickname, so she has her own little way of identifying it. The hot climate has been bothering Noelle ever since she has shown up, refusing to take off her “ensemble” of winter and Christmas gear.

It’s definitely a new experience for her; she even tried to eat sunblock when she was offered some. At least now we know what kind of cookies are made in the North Pole, although we assumed it would be Keebler with there being so many elves.

3 “These are my yogurt pants”

Noelle comes across a customer in the grocery store with colorful pants that the North Pole native deems “jolly.” The woman explains that they’re just yoga pants, like the ones Noelle is wearing. Apparently there are no “Merry Meditation” classes up north because Noelle has no idea what yoga is.

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Still, she smiles politely and repeats what she thinks she heard. The woman attempts to explain, complete with a bit of a pose, but to no avail; Noelle still thinks the strange lady is talking about yogurt pants. “She was weird, right?”

2 “You can’t be Santa if you’re having a nervous breakdown”

Poor Santa is stressed as strudel as his first Christmas in charge approaches. He struggles to determine who is nice or naughty, figure out what each person wants as a Christmas gift, and how to fly the sleigh.

When Noelle was a little girl, she was told by her father that her job is to keep her brother filled with Christmas cheer. With this in mind, she has these words of wisdom to offer while the pair sip mugs of hot chocolate with peppermint and whipped cream: “Nobody wants you sliding into their fireplace crying and weeping. There’s nothing merry about that.”

1 “I majored in calligraphy; I had a minor in popcorn stringing”

After having a conversation in perfect American Sign Language with a little girl named Michelle, Noelle is left a little shocked and in awe as to how she was able to understand Michelle and also sign back to her correctly. It was as if by magic that her hands moved to form the right shapes and motions.

Noelle says that she never studied sign language in school, being busy with her handwriting and Christmas decor making. Of course popcorn stringing is an option of study at the North Pole, probably along with tree trimming and gingerbread baking.

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2019-12-17 01:12:07

Emily Bump

10 Amazing FOX Movies (That Are Missing On Disney Plus)

When you purchase a property as massive as 20th Century Fox, it takes a ton of man hours to sift through everything. Now that Disney owns the company, they have acquired dozens of film franchises and classics that have stood the test of time. They’re just not on Disney + yet. But as more of the Fox library gets cataloged, digitized for Disney, and filed accordingly, there’s sure to be plenty of data dumps into Disney +.

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As you scroll through Disney +’s already immense library, you can, in theory, find something you’ve never seen before for every day of the year. Once they’ve added these to the app, we all might have more to add to that wonderful problem to have. Here are 10 amazing FOX movies that are missing from Disney Plus.

10 The Die Hard Movies

If they can show the Christmas classic, Home Alone, then Disney should be able to add the Die Hard movies to the platform. After all, they’re essentially the same movie, even the sequels for both movies are the same.

As John McClane so eloquently puts it – “how can the same ‘stuff’ happen to the same guy twice. Out of the multitude of movies in the Fox library, three of the greatest action movies of all time and two of their sequels need to be released on the platform sooner rather than later.

9 The Princess Bride

There are only two truly perfect movies in all of film history (perfection is hard to achieve, folks) – one of them is The Princess Bride. Action, adventure, swordplay, comedy, a fetching blonde damsel, a ruggedly handsome pirate hero, and flippin’ Andre The Giant.

You’ll seldom find someone who doesn’t love this movie, and if they never saw it, just go out and buy them a copy, use it as a tax write off. If for some unknown reason they don’t like the movie, back away from them immediately – you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.

8 True Lies

James Cameron doesn’t always get the credit he deserves, but his fans know what an amazing storyteller he is. True Lies is a prime example of that.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger as Harry doesn’t really do a convincing job of playing a mild-mannered businessman, but that’s part of his and the movie’s charm. Along for the ride are Jamie Lee Curtis as Harry’s hordes wife just looking for a little action and Tom Arnold as Harry’s partner is hysterical.

7 Titanic

Speaking of Cameron, he’s also responsible for telling one of the greatest love stories ever told. If you were old enough to remember “Leo-mania,” Cameron’s acceptance speech or that awful Celine Dion song, then you might not think so fondly of Titanic. If that’s the case, or you’ve just never seen it, then you’re missing out.

Currently the 2017 documentary with James Cameron is available on the app’s National Geographic section, it would be nice to have the film that started all of Cameron’s fascinations with the doomed vessel’s maiden and only voyage.

Street rat Jack and high society Rose meet aboard the floating hulk of a ship and fall deeply in love for another, if only for the few hours they have together. It’s basically the Disney formula without being a Disney movie.

6 The X-Men Movies

Long before there was any possibility of a shared Marvel Cinematic Universe, there was the X-Men movies. While all of the MCU fans are waiting with bated breath to see how the X-Men and the Fantastic Four eventually get incorporated into the Disney Marvel movies, we can all relive a ton of great X-movies.

Just in case Hugh Jackman actually stays retired from playing Wolverine, these films serve as a nice reminder of how awesome he was in the role.

5 Alien / Predator Movies

It’s two for the price of one here. Both the Aliens and Predator films have experienced reboots over the years. But their original films remain instant classics of the horror and action genres respectively.

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There is always a big interest in both series, if and when Disney decides to produce new installments. But for now, the Mouse House currently has twelve films for these franchises under its umbrella to showcase to the masses.

4 Mrs. Doubtfire

No mistake about it, Robin Williams was a GIANT – that’s Global Icon And National Treasure to you.

In Mrs. Doubtfire, Williams pulled his whole routine to pull off playing a divorced dad who’d give anything just to see kids. Even if that means putting on an expertly crafted old lady costume to pose as their nanny.

3 Bohemian Rhapsody

The newest film on this list is also a pitch-perfect (no pun intended) wonderful biopic not just of Freddie Mercury but of Queen as well.

While the focus of the Bohemian Rhapsody is the greatest frontman in the history of rocky comedy and roll, the story of the band is great uplifting story of a quartet who experienced the trials and tribulations of a lot of bands on their way to playing what many consider the greatest few minutes – the bands’ set at Live Aid that immortalized them forever.

2 Planet Of The Apes Movies

Hail to the planet of the ape-men. For over fifty years, The Planet Of The Apes has almost low key been one of the most successful film franchises out there.

Ever since the haunting vision of the Statue Of Liberty’s head buried under sand, fans have been captivated with the many films that are part of this series (never mind that “damn dirty” Tim Burton ‘reimagining’). The new trilogy was amazing and a critical darling.

1 Big Trouble In Little China

When an ancient evil and his three elemental friends come knocking on your door in a dark, just do what ol’ Jack Burton would do – get your butt whooped for a few hours and land an incredibly lucky shot!

All kidding aside, Big Trouble In Little China is hysterical and action-packed and stars the incomparable Kurt Russell as a guy who really isn’t a hero at all. Jack Burton’s a bit of a bumbling oaf that stumbled into a world he has no understanding of all – which is all part of this movie’s charm and design.

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2019-12-14 01:12:03

Eric Rhodes

10 Classic Disney Movies That Haven’t Aged Well | ScreenRant

Disney has been around for nearly 100 years! Because of this impressive longevity, there are some films in this genre that fail to hold up to today’s standards. As time passes, the films we consume tend to become more progressive and open-minded based on societal standards.

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More recent Disney films like Frozen and Moana do a great job adding more progressive characters and plotlines to the story, and it is safe to say that Disney has come a long way. Looking back at some of the older Disney films, which of them have aspects throughout the movies that have aged poorly?

10 SLEEPING BEAUTY (1959)

In Sleeping Beauty, there are a few elements to the film that would not be acceptable for today’s more progressive standards. For one, it is a film that is rather ageist, especially towards women. This is most evident with the character Maleficent, who is portrayed as bitter over the fact that she is not the most beautiful person of them all (Aurora supposedly is). This “beauty” is based on physical appearance alone, and it suggests the only pursuit towards happiness and success for a woman is through her outer appearance.

Another reason this hasn’t aged as well as we would have liked is because, in the most famous scene in the film, the prince kisses Aurora when she is unconscious. As children, we were led to believe that this was something romantic. But as adults, we know it isn’t something she could have consented to.

At least this movie gave us the Maleficent franchise, which is a surprisingly subversive and revisionist take on the same material.

9 CINDERELLA (1950)

Cinderella is a film that is brimming with gorgeous animation and it is known as one of the most classic Disney films of all time. Yet there are definitely aspects of the film that should be pointed out for their outdated material, especially when it comes to gender roles in the film. Most notably, Cinderella feels as though she needs a prince to save her, and she’s willing to wait around until her man can come to sweep her off her feet and save the day.

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In modern times, we prefer characters who are less passive and submissive in nature because Cinderella doesn’t give out the best message to young girls who might get the impression that the only way to be saved is through a man.

8 THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989)

The Little Mermaid is, at the end of the day, an awesome movie filled with amazing songs and glorious animation. Despite it being a Disney classic, there are some glaring aspects to the film that certainly rub us the wrong way. The part that leaves us the most unsettled is the message behind the movie that suggests women should be willing to give up their voice for a man.

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That is exactly what happens in the movie, and Ursula the sea witch even says “on land, it’s much preferred for ladies not to say a word.” Having the main character essentially give up her entire life for a man she has just met and barely knows (yet frequently stalks) is not a great message to send out to little kids.

7 SNOW WHITE (1937)

Snow White seems like a perfectly innocent film, but it doesn’t come without its faults. It almost deals with the exact same issues as Sleeping Beauty. It promotes ageism amongst women, for one, and it also has a nonconsensual kiss between Snow White and The Prince.

When Snow White is presumably dead and most certainly unconscious, this doesn’t stop the prince from planting a kiss on her lips. Like Sleeping Beauty, this is not a romantic act, it is a violation and it should be seen as such.

6 BEAUTY & THE BEAST (1991)

Beauty and the Beast will most certainly go down in history as one of the greatest Disney films of all time. That being said, it doesn’t come without its faults that most likely wouldn’t do in today’s day and age. The circumstances in which Belle and The Beast fall in love are rather uncomfortable and elements revolving around their relationship can be classified as abusive.

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It gives the impression that women can “fix” men, and if they show the tiniest bit of kindness (even if they’ve kidnapped you) then it means they are suddenly classified as “the one.” Slivers of kindness and a redemption arc still do not make up for the fact that The Beast held Belle captive and used fear tactics to get her to submit to him.

5 DUMBO (1941)

Dumbo is well-known for being a product of its time, a movie with a specific scene that would under no circumstances be considered plausible by today’s standards. This is most evident in the crows, who are meant to portray African Americans in a stereotypical light.

The lead crow is even given the name “Jim Crow,” and he is voiced by a white actor which is both offensive and inconsiderate. Thankfully, the reboot of Dumbo directed by Tim Burton eliminated the scene depicting racial stereotypes entirely.

4 PETER PAN (1953)

Peter Pan will be remembered as a magical Disney film based on JM Barrie’s play. Yet there is an obvious flaw in the film that simply cannot be overlooked.

In the song “What Makes The Red Man Red”, the scene is overflowing with racial stereotypes towards Native Americans that most would agree are highly offensive. Instead of using the Navajo language, these characters speak a gibberish equivalent. It’s a scene that is most certainly inconsiderate and really doesn’t serve much at all to the plot.

3 LADY & THE TRAMP (1955)

Lady and the Tramp is a beautiful movie about two dogs who fall in love, but we all know that this film has some greatly problematic depictions throughout the Disney flick.

The most problematic depiction of all comes from the two Siamese cats who are the villains of the film. They are blatantly racist stereotypes of East Asians and the portrayal of these characters in a negative and villainous light is just utterly problematic. The newest live-action remake of this Disney movie completely scrapped their song, replacing it with a different tune as well as different cat breeds.

2 POCAHONTAS (1995)

Pocahontas may look gorgeous from a cinematic perspective and we will never stop singing “Colors of the Wind”, but this movie carries several problematic issues that would be more dissected today.

The movie tells an inaccurate story about Pocahontas’ journey and portrays an inaccurate depiction of Native American history.  There was also nothing at all that was romantic between the real John Smith and Pocahontas, considering she was about ten-years-old and he was twenty-seven when they first met.

1 SONG OF THE SOUTH (1946)

And last but most certainly not least for Disney films that have not aged well is Song of the South, which just might just be Disney’s most racist kept-secret of all time. To date, it’s the only Disney film to be kept locked inside Disney’s vault and for good reason.

The movie, which is famous for its song “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Da,” created a romanticized version of slavery in the 1800s where the black slaves were depicted as being perfectly happy with serving their white masters. Disney is doing everything in its power to eliminate Song of the South from existence and we don’t blame them because this film is terribly offensive on so many different levels.

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2019-12-12 01:12:42

Simone Torn

Disney Is Rejecting Last Jedi To Sell Star Wars 9: Why It’s A Mistake

The build-up to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is mounting its final push, but in order to sell the movie Disney is rejecting its predecessor, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Star Wars 9 sees J.J. Abrams return to finish the sequel trilogy he started, closing out not only the new set of Star Wars movies but also the nine-film story that makes up the Skywalker Saga.

Of course, Abrams is picking things up in the wake of the most divisive installment in the entire franchise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, The Last Jedi broke Star Wars fandom, with some fans hailing it a masterpiece, and others deriding it for ruining the saga. It was certainly designed to be a challenging piece of work, for the characters, the actors, and ultimately the audience.

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However, the backlash to The Last Jedi has generally been among fans, with arguments regularly breaking out online over the past two years. As we inch closer to the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, though, that’s shifting into part of Disney’s marketing strategy.

Before Star Wars: The Last Jedi was even released, Rian Johnson was handed his own Star Wars trilogy, which suggested a huge amount of faith in the upcoming movie. It was made clear by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy that it’d been a great pleasure working with Johnson on The Last Jedi, and that it was just the beginning of their partnership. Whether Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy will still happen remains to be seen, but otherwise Lucasfilm and Disney have been consistent in backing The Last Jedi.

Kennedy herself has spoken up for the film numerous times since release, while cast members have too. Oscar Isaac, for instance, defended Poe Dameron’s failure of leadership (one of the main points of contention), and Mark Hamill has also spoken a lot in favor of the film. The former is particularly telling, because Hamill was extremely vocal about The Last Jedi and his disagreements with Johnson over the direction of Luke’s arc, but has nonetheless since supported and respected those decisions since release.

J.J. Abrams’ position has been more complicated, as the man who is making the movies before and after The Last Jedi, but he too has generally been positive about the eighth episode, saying it “didn’t derail” his sequel trilogy plans and that, while it went in a different direction, he liked The Last Jedi’s story. Regardless of what personal opinions there might have been held, Disney and Lucasfilm have backed Johnson’s creative decisions and the end product they resulted in.

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Now, however, things have shifted, with a much publicised story in The New York Times looking at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and including interviews with Abrams and the cast. In the piece, Abrams gives credit to The Last Jedi for being “full of surprises and subversion and all sorts of bold choices.” However, that seems slight compared to the follow-up comment, where he says “On the other hand, it’s a bit of a meta approach to the story. I don’t think that people go to Star Wars to be told ‘This doesn’t matter.'” In the same article, Daisy Ridley admits to crying with relief when Abrams returned for Star Wars 9, although that particular comment seems less aimed at Johnson, while John Boyega admits that he’s glad the director is returning because he “wanted to see where that story was going.” The latter comes on the heels of other recent comments from Boyega, who revealed it was “a bit iffy” and that he “didn’t agree with a lot of the choices”. This certainly seems to be a shift in approach from Disney and the Star Wars cast and crew, because it’s being more openly critical just in time to sell Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Whether you love it or loathe it (or even just fall somewhere in the middle), there’s no denying that Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a controversial and divisive movie, especially within the franchise it is. Every decision Rian Johnson made in the movie has been picked apart and debated, from Luke’s arc to Snoke’s death to Rey’s parentage reveal (or perhaps lack thereof). It was a film that made bold decisions that not everyone liked, but that isn’t a bad thing.

Yes, there was a backlash that in some parts went too far, especially when it resulted in such personal abuse being aimed at Johnson and, among others, star Kelly Marie Tran, who quit social media over it. That is very much the negative side, but Johnson himself has admitted it’s a minority – albeit a vocal one. Beyond that, however, The Last Jedi has done what all great art should, which is that it’s provided something to inspire passionate debate amongst people, with differing interpretations and responses.

That’s a particularly great thing for a franchise movie to do. So often major studio blockbusters now are simply homogenous affairs, content to play it safe and by the numbers in order to maximize box office revenue and please fans. It’s better for a movie to be daring and refuse to play it safe, even if there’s a negative reaction that comes with it, then it is to simply rehash what’s worked before knowing that it’ll satisfy consumer demand just enough. That isn’t necessarily a criticism of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where playing it so close to the original Star Wars was understandable given the state of the franchise at that time, but it was important for The Last Jedi to make some drastic choices to help give the franchise a better future and prove it could be something different.

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A lot can be read into the various comments that have been made, and while they don’t quite represent Abrams and co grabbing their pitchforks and forming an angry mob of The Last Jedi haters, they aren’t the best approach to the previous movie either ahead of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker‘s release. For a start, the comments themselves, regardless of intent, come off as being somewhat crass. Hamill has previously apologized for his remarks, but these, coming long after the fact, are quite dismissive about the work Johnson and so many other people did.

It’s also a slight worry as we head into Star Wars 9 that these comments are coming out, because it doubles-down on the idea that Abrams and Disney see this as a course correction for the saga. In the aforementoned NYT article, Abrams mentions the story needing a “pendulum swing” in The Last Jedi in order to the swing in the other direction now. That suggests he is doing something very different to The Last Jedi, which in turn plays into suspicions that he’ll be looking to service fans as much as possible here, and that could mean playing things safe once again.

Such comments also risk validating the opinions of the vocal minority who have been abusive to Johnson and other figures from The Last Jedi, although that obviously wouldn’t be Abrams intent (and he has spoken out against such areas of the fanbase before). Nonetheless, it doesn’t do anything to heal the fandom, because it might boost the part who hate The Last Jedi, but such comments won’t necessarily please the section who do like it. It also seems a misunderstanding, at best, to take Johnson’s message as being ‘Star Wars doesn’t matter”, given The Last Jedi‘s ending, which on a meta-textual level is all about how much Star Wars does matter. Disney have been extremely spoilerphobic around Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and it’s quite telling that they’d rather be rejecting The Last Jedi to boost the movie rather than give even a plot synopsis for the new one, but it’s not a good look.

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2019-12-12 01:12:24

James Hunt

Disney’s Home Alone Movie Doesn’t Sound Like A Reboot

Disney announced plans for a Home Alone reboot in the summer, but new details suggest that it won’t be a reboot at all. Released in 1990, Chris Columbus’ Home Alone movie crushed the box office and made Macaulay Culkin a household name – and that one movie not only became a timeless classic but also the foundation for a long-running series of sequels.

For the 1992 sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Culkin reprised his role and Columbus returned as director. Both films were written by the iconic filmmaker John Hughes, who later wrote an entirely different story for the 1997 franchise installment Home Alone 3. The fourth movie, Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House, features the original characters, while the 2012 update – Home Alone: The Holiday Heist – once again strays from the McCallister storyline. Now, it seems the latest Home Alone movie will go in a different direction as well.

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According to reports, the Disney+ Home Alone movie will be titled differently but will ultimately have “similarities in concept.” Jojo Rabbit star Archie Yates has been announced as Disney’s lead, with comic performers Ellie Kemper (The Office, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Rob Delaney (Catastrophe) rounding out the main cast. The new Disney+ movie will reportedly follow a married couple’s attempts to keep their home after a kid steals a valuable commodity. So while it’s still about a kid against two adults, it has nothing to do with the kid being “home alone”. Plus, the characters will be entirely different. Taking that into account, how is this a Home Alone movie?

Based on the logline alone, the Disney+ Home Alone reboot will be literally divisive, as a kid squares off against two adults. The original franchise film shows Kevin McCallister defending the family home (while squaring off against two adults), and the sequel brings the family closer after a vacation fail. Disney’s take on the premise will seemingly cater to various demographics via the kids vs. parents concept.

What’s interesting is that, in July 2018, it was reported that Ryan Reynolds would produce an R-rated Home Alone reboot called Stoned Alone, but Disney ultimately decided for a more family-friendly approach. On paper, the premise for the new Home Alone seems entirely safe, but we’ll have to see just how similar to the “reboot” is to the original version. After all, there are plenty of movies out there that are similar to one another, but they’re not reboots or remakes of a previous film. And with different characters and a different story, perhaps Home Alone fans will be fine with Disney’s upcoming film if they knew it wasn’t going to be a reboot.

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2019-12-11 04:12:00

Q.V. Hough

Best TV Shows On Disney+ | Screen Rant

Disney+ offers a plethora of TV shows, and here are the best ones that can be watched on the new streaming service. Disney+, which launched in November, came with hundreds of movies and 7,000 television episodes. The House of Mouse’s streaming platform gives subscribers access to a wide range of TV shows from the Disney Vault. Many of its shows are based on beloved Disney classics like The Lion King and The Little Mermaid.

Of course, Disney+’s content isn’t limited to its own in-house properties. While its library is full of shows from the Disney Channel, it’s also packed with shows from the worlds of Marvel and Star Wars. These two brands alone make up a sizable portion of Disney+’s TV and movie catalogue. On top of all the Marvel and Star Wars shows that’s included in its launch lineup, Disney+ is also adding a slew of original shows that will premiere across 2020 and 2021. One show in particular, The Mandalorian, was released with Disney+ and is garnering a significant amount of attention for the service.

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Disney+ boasts an impressive list of shows, regardless of its emphasis on Marvel and Star Wars. Disney+ subscribers can watch a number of both new and classic live-action shows, 1990s Saturday morning cartoons, and more. Here are some of the best shows available for streaming on Disney+.

Even Stevens, which originally aired on the Disney Channel from 2000 to 2003, ran for 65 episodes and followed the Stevens family, with an emphasis on the two youngest children, Louis (Shia LeBeouf) and Ren (Christy Carlson Romano). The series, which was made popular by the beloved characters and their humorous interactions, was responsible for launching Shia LeBeouf’s career.

Thanks to the Fox-Disney deal, Disney+ has access to the longest-running American sitcom ever. The Simpsons, which is currently on its 31st season, is a satirical series that pokes fun at pop culture and politics on a weekly basis. It’s perhaps the most well-known Fox property on Disney+, even though there are plenty of complaints on how the service is treating it.

Over the years, Marvel has made quite a few cartoons based on the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, but the best is arguably is Fox’s 1994 animated series. Spider-Man, which featured a traditional depiction of the wall-crawler, perfectly captured the spirit of the comic book hero and is loved by fans for its interpretations of Spider-Man’s most important stories in the comics.

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Goof Troop was based on a brilliant concept that involved a classic Disney character being reinvented with an animated sitcom. Goof Troop gave Goofy a son named Max, and made their relationship the crux of the show, with their neighbors and Max’s friends acting as supporting characters who greatly enhanced the humor of the series. Goof Troop used Goofy’s innocent and clumsy nature to perfection, allowing it to create all sorts of hilarity in each episode.

Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars filled in the gap between Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. The series, which used a unique 3D animation style, allowed viewers to get to know the various members of Jedi Order, including characters who didn’t receive much screen time in the prequels. Through five seasons on Cartoon Network, The Clone Wars featured top-notch storytelling, and its additions to the Star Wars lore are still recognized today in other installments. It’s also worth noting that in 2020, that Disney+ will be the exclusive home of a brand-new season of The Clone Wars.

One of the most memorable cartoons from the early 1990s is Disney Channel’s animated superhero series, Darkwing Duck. The show explored the adventures of the titular hero who had to balance his life as the crime-fighting Darkwing Duck and his civilian alter-ego, Drake Mallard, a suburban single father. Darkwing Duck was a fun satirical series that parodied a wide range of comic book and pulp novel heroes.

Before Avengers Assemble, there was Disney’s Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, a series that took a few cues from the MCU but for the most part remained true to the fan-favorite characters from the comics. The show started out with the original team from Avengers #1 in 1963, and allowed it to grow from there. Each episode provided a fun new adventure for Marvel’s flagship superhero team. Each week, fans looked forward to seeing which Avengers would be paired together next, and what classic hero or villain would be the next guest star.

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Gargoyles, an animated series about stone creatures that come to life at night, is loaded with nostalgic appeal for viewers who grew up in the 1990s. Gargoyles, which was darker than what most may expect from a Disney series, had an A-list voice cast that included names like Keith David, Michael Dorn, John Rhys-Davies, and Ed Asner. Its gothic atmosphere and unusually dark tone is part of what made it stand out.

X-Men: The Animated Series is easily one of the most influential superhero cartoons of all-time. The series is largely what drove the popularity of Marvel’s Merry Mutants in the 1990s. Its take on characters like Cyclops, Rogue, Gambit, Rogue, and Wolverine had a huge impact on how these comic book heroes are remembered today. X-Men had everything that a show of its kind needed: likable characters, tension, humor, and a heavy dose of action.

At present, Disney+ doesn’t have a lot to offer in the way of original content, but it does feature a few original TV shows, the most notable of which being The Mandalorian. The first live-action Star Wars TV series stars Pedro Pascal as an armored bounty hunter in the vein of Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name. The Mandalorian expands on Star Wars lore and treats audiences to an intriguing and fresh story that feels like a Spaghetti Western in space.

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2019-12-11 03:12:55

Nicholas Raymond

10 Ridiculously Hard Disney Cosplay That Fans Pulled Off

For decades, the magic of Disney animation has enchanted and inspired audiences everywhere. From magical princesses, to wicked sea witches, to fan favorite talking animal sidekicks, cosplayers and creators have been so moved by the excitement of these movies, that they have taken on the true challenge of bringing them to life.

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While the final outcomes seem as effortless as the genie snapping his fingers and as fantastical as the shine of Cinderella’s slipper, an immense amount of hardwork and talent goes into each and every one of these creations. Here are 10 ridiculously hard Disney cosplays that fans have pulled off.

10 Timon & Pumbaa

Inspired by the spectacle of Broadway and by a deep love of Disney’s The Lion King, cosplay husbands Leon and Jamie of Red Lion Cosplay took on the challenge of creating everyone’s favorite duo, Timon and Pumbaa. These amazing costumes actually took over 10 months to make, with Leon and Jamie hand stitching over 320 feet of thread and hand painting every last detail of the cosplay, including over 60,000 dots on Timon’s bodysuit.  Pumbaa is just over 7ft long and 4ft wide but despite this, he actually weighs less than Timon, which might be due to just his hair, made of four wigs carefully sewn together into one massive hog hairdo!

While other Disney characters take on a more humanoid form, giving cosplayers at least a pre-made base to work from, taking on Disney’s animal characters requires an even more immense amount of work than usual. This combination of puppetry, sculpting, painting, and sheer hard work makes this cosplay one of the most daring and beautiful Disney cosplays to have ever been pulled off. (Photo credit to Alasdair Watson Photography.)

9 Rapunzel

Speaking of hairy situations, Disney’s Rapunzel, with her ocean of hair, creates an incredibly unique challenge for cosplayers. Even animating so much hair was a challenge for Disney, making the task of carrying around that much weight in reality a seemingly impossible.

But cosplayer Saikoumaniac remained undaunted at this obstacle, weaving together three incredibly long hair pieces to form the base of the famous locks and then styling them with braids and flowers until the desired result was achieved. In addition to this hair-raisingly difficult task, Saikoumaniac also made a full corset and gown for her project. While wearing this cosplay was surely as much of a difficulty as creating it, the results are incredible and reflect all the hard work put in to its creation.

8 Belle

Belle’s sweeping, golden gown has been the object of fantasy for any person who has ever dreamed of being a princess, a true icon of romance, adventure, and fairy tale. But while Belle had a magic wardrobe to produce her gown of a lifetime, cosplayers are not so lucky.

Panteronacosplay took on the task of bringing Belle’s dress from screen to life and she did it in under a week, which makes the stunning results all the more noteworthy. Perfectly fit, incredibly sown, and not a flounce out of place, this cosplay glimmers with every bit of the enchantment of the original movie.

7 Cinderella

As Disney took their own movies from animated to live action, the challenges for cosplayers only grew. Replicating a drawing is one thing, but when faced with the gowns Disney is able to create with its army of designers and stylists, not to mention its high budgets, the task gets that much harder.

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One cosplayer who looked this hardship directly in the eye is Anastasia_Lion. Her rendition of Cinderella’s live action ball gown could pass for the original. Wired with lights, studded with pearls, and carefully sewn together into a sweeping, watercolor daydream, this massive ball gown looks like it stepped right out of a fairy tale realm. Hopefully, unlike in the movie,  all this hard work will not be vanishing at midnight.

6 Summer Elsa

While Elsa’s traditional icy gown has great challenges of its own, this alternative version from Frozen Fever, a Disney short which catches Anna and Elsa in the summertime, is an intricate test all of its own.

With hundreds of tiny flowers and layers of floating fabric, one can only imagine the amount of time and patience it took to manifest this cosplay. There’s an effortless to the overall results created by Briorecosplay that perfectly captures Elsa’s grace, style, and magic. A fitting outcome for a powerful queen as this difficult cosplay comes to life.

5 Ursula

Sometimes it’s all in the body language, or in this case, the makeup. To become the Sea Witch, Ursula, cosplayer S0alania had to fully recreate the natural lines on her face and creatively apply makeup to bring the character to life instead.

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Taking inspiration from the drag queen Divine, who originally inspired Ursula as well, Alania lifted her eyebrow sky high, donned a palette of pale purple skin, and set off the whole effect with dramatic contact lenses. Truly a work of art!

4 Esmeralda

The Hunchback of Notre Dame was released during the period called the Disney Renaissance, and while the name doesn’t necessarily speak to the style of the art, the name calls forth a feeling of rebirth and reinvigoration, and indeed all the movies produced during this time were lush and colorful, with a lively joy and opulence.

Capturing this spirit, cosplayer Dressesandcapes brings Esmeralda to life in an array of red, gold, and jewel tones. Her gown spills around her, set off perfectly by her handmade crown and jewelry. The appliquess and edging of the gown are impeccable, the wig is incredibly styled, and altogether this intricate cosplay brings Esmeralda’s strength and beauty to life perfectly.

3 1920s Tiana

The world of transformative art includes so many instances of artists inspiring other artists. In this case, Hannah Alexander’s rendition of Princess Tiana’s ball gown in the style of the Roaring 20s served as the jumping off point for Cocoasugarcosplay’s incredible work.

Perfectly capturing the base art, the magic of the Princess and the Frog, and the spirit of the 20s, this cosplay pays homage to love, fairy tale, and history. It is an incredible work that from the beading, to the fabrication, to the final products, deserves every accolade.

2 Maleficent

One of the most treacherous and beautiful villainesses of the Disney collection is Maleficent. The sorceress now appears in two Disney hits, the series under her own name and the animated classic, Sleeping Beauty. In the former, not only does Maleficent have an elaborate headpiece that must be recreated by any cosplayer hoping to due her justice, but also an elaborate set of wings.

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While this could be an obstacle to achieving an amazing Maleficent cosplay, cosplayer Valli_Musonova slays on all levels. Her wings are works of art, comprised of lush feathers that seem to have a life of their own, and her headpiece is point perfect, all of this not even going into the beautiful details of her gown. This challenging cosplay truly met its match.

1 Khal Jasmine

The world of cosplay makes mashups that might never appear in canonical works possible, as beautifully evidenced by this cosplay, by Cutiepiesensei, of Khal Jasmine. Mixing together two iconic properties, Cutipiesensei cleverly combines elements of the Dothraki tribe from Game of Thrones with Princess Jasmine’s traditional Aladdin outfit.

The result is a masterclass in design and cosplay, a transporting work of fashion that reveals mastery of the craft. Khal Jasmine, in a palette of Jasmine’s traditional sea green fading down into a Khal’s desert hues, arakh’s in hand, looks ready to lead Agrabah and take the seven kingdoms in one fell swoop.

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2019-12-11 01:12:35

Rotem Rusak