A Simple Explanation of Everything Disney Just Announced!

WRITTEN BY CHASE BRIDGES

On December 10th, Disney had their Investor Day event where they revealed some HUGE things to get everyone excited for what is to come. It’s super easy to get overwhelmed with everything that is being thrown around online, so here is a very simple (but long) list of everything Disney announced!

This list is broken up into two parts. Marvel Announcements and Disney Announcements.

marvel announcements:

wanda vision trailer

The new trailer that they released looks super dope, and has me personally very excited for this show. This is the first of many things that Disney talked about, that shows how much money and effort is being put into their new shows. This show looks like it has a Marvel Movie budget, and it has been confirmed that this show will directly connect with the events in Doctor Strange 2.

Disney and Marvel are focusing on making their MCU shows very important in the main film continuity. This is a smart move on Disney’s part, since their Disney+ streaming service has been lackluster so far.

DOCTOR STRANGE 2: MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS

The hype has been unreal for the new Spider-Man 3 movie, with the idea of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield returning. However, that is a Sony property and was not touched on by Disney at this event.

What WAS touched on was Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. This movie will continue where Spider-Man 3 leaves off, and I imagine this film is going to dive deeper into the multiple Spider-Men and other comic book universes.

The film is being directed by Sam Raimi (Director of the original Spider-Man trilogy) and is said to have tons of awesome cameos from all sorts of Marvel characters. It was also revealed that Rachel McAdams will be returning for this film. McAdams played Christine Palmer, Strange’s love interest in the first film.

THe falcon and winter soldier trailer

A super dope trailer that shows us what to expect from this show. Nothing crazy to really look into, just be ready for a fun action packed show!

loki trailer

This show is going to be so awesome. If you aren’t super up to date on all of your MCU movies, this is going to be one that you might want to watch Avengers Endgame before. Just to understand how Loki ends up here.

The trailer gives us a look at what we can expect from the show. Loki is going to be working for Marvel’s resident time police, and I can’t wait to see all of the shenanigans that can come from the god of mischief traveling all through time.

We even see Loki as the infamous D.B Cooper, who if you have no idea who that is. Click here.

“what if…?” series

We get a first look at the new animated “What If…?” series. This will be taking an animated look at what if the MCU that we know was different. For example what if T’challa became Star Lord instead of Black Panther?

Looks like a ton of fun, and just another awesome addition to Disney+ in the near future!

ms. marvel

Not only did we get to see a first look of the new Ms. Marvel show coming to Disney+ but we also found out that Ms. Marvel will be showing up in Captain Marvel 2. This is big news, because this is our first big example of the MCU shows directly interacting with the MCU films.

So if you plan on seeing Captain Marvel 2 in theatres, you will need to pay for that Disney+ subscription and watch all of Ms. Marvel!

hawkeye on disney+

Disney confirmed that their Hawkeye series on Disney+ will be live on the streaming service next fall. Set photos have been all over the internet lately so this came as no surprise.

People are really looking forward to seeing the actress Hailee Steinfeld play the character Kate Bishop in the new show. Set photos have been going viral of the actress suited up.

she-hulk news

She Hulk is going to be having a lot of MCU film vets in the show. As they confirmed that Mark Ruffalo will be reprising his role as the Hulk. As well as letting us know that the character Abomination from the Incredible Hulk movie starring Edward Norton will be showing up as well!

Not many people were a fan of the Norton leading Hulk film, but everyone is super excited to see Abomination return to the MCU! They also told us what to expect from the show, saying that it will be a lot of “court room drama.” They then teased Marvel’s favorite lawyer Matt Murdock aka Daredevil making an appearance.

secret invasion

Secret Invasion is a popular comic book crossover event in Marvel comics. This show will be centered around Nick Fury and will be about the hunting down of the shape shifting villains The Skrulls.

In the comics, The Skrulls have replaced several Marvel heroes and we have to figure out who to trust. It should be a really fun show, and I am curious on who we may see make an appearance. Iron Man is a big deal in the comic version, but as he is dead in the MCU we will have to find some other big hero names to come to play.

iron heart series

Iron Heart is the next step in Marvels Young Avengers plan. This show will center around the teenage, female Iron Man named Riri Williams played by Dominique Thorne.

I imagine all of these young heroes are going to come together in the near future for a huge Avengers style team up film. Hopefully these shows are tremendous and gets everyone hyped for it!

armor wars series

Don Cheadle’s War Machine character will be getting his own Disney+ show. Fans are very excited to see this, as his character kind of fell from relevancy after the second Iron Man film.

This show will center around the fact that Stark Technology has spread to the bad guys, and it’s up to good ol’ War Machine to save the day!

guardians of the galaxy holiday special

James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be filming next year, and while they are filming it they are also going to film a Disney+ Holiday special to be released around Christmas.

This is going to be a lot of fun and it’s the kind of thing that hopefully we will see more of in the future!

i am groot shorts

Along with the holiday special, Guardians fans can look forward to a series of I Am Groot shorts centered around the fan favorite Baby Groot character.

thor love and thunder

Although we were well aware of this movie, Disney did reveal one giant thing to us. Christian Bale will be joining the cast as Gore the God Butcher.

In the comics, this character blames the loss of his family on the God’s. So he hunts them down and kills them. I imagine we will see a lot of Thor’s friends and family die in this movie…

black panther 2

Marvel confirmed that they will be continuing with Black Panther 2, and they will NOT be recasting Chadwick Boseman’s character. We don’t know what that means, or who will take up the mantle of the Black Panther, but we know that his legacy will be honored.

fantastic 4 movie

This is the big news from the entire event. Marvel announced that they are going to be making a Fantastic Four film directed by Jon Watts (Director of the MCU Spider-Man films.)

The Fantastic Four are called ‘Marvel’s First Family” for a reason. Considered the top of the top of Marvel heroes, and yet they have not had an impressive track record for movies.

Fox had the rights to this team of Marvel Royalty, but when Disney bought Fox; it was time for the First Family to take their spot in the MCU. Fans are over the moon excited to see the most popular Marvel characters make their mark.

ant man 3 quantumania

Ant Man will be getting a third film! From the looks of the title it appears that Paul Rudd will be going into the Quantum Relm and shenanigans will ensue!

disney announcements

alien tv show – fx

For fans of the classic Alien films, get excited!! Or disappointed! We shall see in due time!

Disney will be making an Alien show for FX and it will supposedly be set on earth… so do with that information what you will!

ice age spin off

Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild will be coming to Disney+ and will be a spin off of the popular animated films.

The spin off will focus around the funny little possums and their leader Buck Wild. This is something that is going to be a lot of fun for the kids, and for fans of the Ice Age movies.

beauty and the beast prequel series

Disney announced that they are going to be making a prequel series for their live action Beauty and the Beast film. The show will center around Gaston and Lefou who are the antagonist of the classic story.

I’m not sure how interesting this series will be… but they have the creators of the show “Once Upon A Time” working on it, so I have faith that it will be good!

diary of a wimpy kid

This is something I think is really awesome. Disney is making a CGI animated Diary of a Wimpy Kid film for Disney+. As a huge fan of the book series growing up, I was disappointed by the live action films.

I think this CGI world that looks a ton like the illustrations in the books, will be a lot better version that can stay super true to the books. I see this being a big success, and we will probably get a film for every book!

chip and dale rescue rangers

This is going to be awesome. The team behind the Lonely Island are working on a Rescue Ranger show for Disney+. Not only is this show going to be hilarious, but the cast for Chip and Dale is tremendous.

John Mulaney and Andy Samberg (SNL Veterans) are going to be voicing the iconic characters for the show. If you don’t know anything about these two, I highly recommend you watching John Mulaney’s Netflix specials, and Andy Samberg has a collection of movies, as well as being the lead in the Brooklyn 99 show.

pinocchio live action film

Disney is working on their live action Pinocchio film! Starring Tom Hanks as Geppetto and a CG Pinocchio character that looks just like the original animation version of the character.

This is going to be a really good movie, and Disney announced that you will be able to watch right at home, on Disney+.

peter pan and wendy

We didn’t get much about the new live action Peter Pan & Wendy film. But we do know that it is starring Jude Law, and it will be available on Disney+.

Disney is really doubling down on their streaming service. These films would do tremendous only in theatres, but they are trying to get their subscribers numbers way way up.

disenchanted film

A sequel to the Disney film ‘Enchanted’ is getting a sequel! Disenchanted will be having the star Amy Adams return for her role! The first film was really funny, let’s hope the sequel is just as good, if not better!

hocus pocus 2

Enchanted isn’t the only film getting a sequel. The beloved halloween classic Hocus Pocus will be getting a new movie very soon!

Fans are overjoyed about this, and I don’t blame them. This past halloween season, I was seeing a ton of people talking about the first film, and wishing there were more. Wish granted!

Lightyear

Oh man! Disney and Pixar are making a Buzz Lightyear movie. But let’s be very clear, this is not Buzz Lightyear the toy, that we saw in all of the Toy Story films. This is about Buzz Lightyear the character in which the toy was created.

I know this is a bit complicated, but this movie is going to be an action movie starring Buzz Lightyear. This is the movie that created a whole line of action figures, and one of those action figures ended in Andy’s room sparking Toy Story. So there will be no Woody guys.

Chris Evans will be voicing Buzz Lightyear in this movie, and before you get upset saying “But Tim Allen!” just remember, this is not the toy that we see in Toy Story, this the character that the toy is based on.

When I was a kid, there was a show called Buzz Lightyear and Star Command. This show was very similar, as it was showing us the adventures of Buzz Lightyear the character, not the toy.

The show was absolutely awesome, so I am very excited to see this new movie. I hope it starts it’s own animated universe where we can dive deep into the world of Buzz Lightyear!

So are you excited for everything that Disney is releasing over the next few years? I know I am! Be sure to follow us on instagram to keep up with news as it comes out, and other fun movie and show related fun!

Disney’s Haunted Mansion – From Ride to Reboot

written by grace bennett

The Haunted Mansion (2003) Starring Eddie Murphy

For many fans of Disney’s all-star attraction, The Haunted Mansion, the 2003 Eddie Murphy film incites anger rather than pleasure. Rotten Tomatoes grants the movie a sad one-star rating, and many die-hard fans of the theme park attraction would agree with the masses’ reaction to the film. However, these fans are no longer stuck with this movie adaptation, and will once again hear these exciting words on the big screen:

               “Welcome, Foolish Mortals. . . “

That’s right! Disney has decided to give The Haunted Mansion another go! Earlier this week the mega company Disney announced that they will be putting another adaptation in the works with writer Katie Dippold. Known for writing The Heat and The Ghostbusters revival, Dippold is tasked with not only writing a good film but making park-goers happy as well.

Being one of the few lasting original attractions that remains popular to this day, Haunted Mansion has become a beloved classic of Disney fans around the world. Not only is the dark ride at both Disneyland in California and Disneyworld’s Magic Kingdom in Florida, but the ride also exists in some shape or form at the other international parks. The attraction changes shape, but still carries the torch as Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris, as the Haunted Mansion in Tokyo Disneyland, and as Mystic Manor in Hong Kong Disneyland. 

The concept of the iconic ride at first glance may seem simple, a haunted house with a handful of haunts, a terrifying narrator, a ghost party in the dining room, some singing busts with lovely voices—But much more is revealed when given a closer look to the ride and its origins.

Walt Disney, the man behind the magic wanted a haunted house attraction long before Disneyland opened its gates. Ideas were tossed about, many left behind as Imagineers pitched a variety of concepts for the attraction. (One of them being The Museum of the Weird, which I think needs to happen, but that’s just my humble opinion.)

Originally, the attraction was going to be a walk-through tour of an old worn-down haunted house, but Disney detested the idea of something looking unkempt in his park. He wanted Disney to look pristine and believed that a nicely kept home would better suit the park’s aesthetic. Imagineers’ concept of a walk-through attraction was also changed upon a trip to the 1964 World’s Fair where they were introduced to the omnimover system.

The omnimover system is still used in many dark rides today. It is a system that uses a conveyor-like apparatus to create continuous motion at a controllable speed. For Disney Imagineers, it also allowed them to force the park-goers sight into the direction they wanted. Thus, the Doom Buggy was created.

The Doom Buggies allowed Imagineers to move guests about, and the overhang of the car would shade what should not be viewed by guests. It also provided a sense of isolation in which park-goers could seemingly experience the ride alone, which made the journey more frightening.

With the mechanics and the general idea, Imagineers now had to create the story of the ride. There are many early concepts for the story that would be told during the ride, many of the Imagineers creating bone-chilling tales that initially seemed too intense for younger guests.

One of the original concepts involved a murderous sea captain who owned the Mansion, who was found out by his wife who he eventually had to kill to keep his dastardly secret. The sea captain then starts to be haunted by ghosts, and it drives him to madness. The ride would follow this story, but eventually Imagineers left the idea behind.

After many talks, Imagineers decided to combine fright and fun, choosing to cut the ride into two parts. The initial part of ride guides park-goers through haunted halls with portraits that change upon lightning striking outside, a hallway with doors that creak and moan and bend like the one scene in the classic horror film The Haunting. All the while, riders are guided around by the ominous and always present Ghost Host.

After a few minutes, the tone of the ride changes as riders enter into a haunted ghost-party. This is the scene where ghost guests are seen at the dinner table, dancing about in circles, and the scene even features a ghost pirate captain!

Guests are then led into the attic where they meet a lovely bride who had a murderous past. Constance. Her name is Constance. Constance Hatchaway.

And specifically, in the Disneyland ride, guests are introduced to another character in the attic that many know and love—The Hatbox ghost. Mr. Hatbox can be seen in the attic carrying a hatbox in which upon one glance, contains the decapitated head of the ghost. Another glance reveals his head to be resting back on his shoulders. Gotta love him.

The Hatbox Ghost

The final part of the ride is where the tone really shifts, and things have more of a silly, family-friendly vibes. After exiting the attic, guests can now hear the joyous tune of “999 Happy Haunts” as they trek through the graveyard. Here park-goers can see the many ghosts that gather about tombstones and mausoleums. This includes an opera singer, the singing busts, a ghost-band, and even a mummy!

Upon exiting this scene, the ride begins its end, and riders are warned to beware of hitchhiking ghosts. These funny fellas also have names. Gus, Phineas, and Ezra.

The Hitchhiking Ghost

As one can see, the ride is full of story and silly tales. It is rich in lore and concepts, which is the main reason why the 2003 film made Haunted Mansion fans so upset.

The Eddie Murphy adaptation of the ride entered in on the coattails of the popularity of the Pirates of the Caribbean. It gave Disney the promise of another hit, but personally I find the 2003 movie to be a big swing and a miss.

The movie seems detached from the ride, having a handful of the original concepts that the ride had to offer. It does feature many of the ride’s concepts, but they’re more of a hat-tip to the ride than a basis of the story. One of the movie’s redemptive qualities are that it contains the iconic Madam Leotta—The ghostly fortune teller whose visage is trapped within a crystal ball. It also features the changing portraits, the hitchhiking ghosts, the singing busts, but considering the overflowing tales and scares, this seems minimal.

The movie is more about Eddie Murphy’s character than it is about the house. This seems to be its biggest mistake. There’s no Hatbox Ghost, no Ghost Host, no Constance Hatchaway, no surplus of ghosts in the dining room, and the house is completely different from the two originals. Perhaps this is why Disney has decided to give a film adaptation of the ride another go.

Disney has only announced the new adaptation’s writer, but lovers of the iconic ride can only hope that they get something better than the 2003 film.

Will this new film live up to the hype? Which characters would you like to see make an appearance in the new film? Do you even think a remake is needed? Tell us your thoughts!

Hurry back, and don’t forget to bring your death certificate!

Disney was Built by the Public Domain

Written By: Chase Bridges

Robin Hood (1973)

In the year 2020, Disney is one of the largest media companies on the planet. Their acquisition of FOX in 2019 was the latest in a shopping spree of many companies and film rights. Such as their purchase of Lucas Film which gained them the entire Star Wars franchise, and Marvel which led to their biggest money maker in the film industry, The MCU.

The idea of Disney becoming so large because of properties that they have purchased, and not having to create something original is nothing new. In fact their entire history is flooded with the monetization of stories they did not create.

Snow White (1937)

Disney’s first animated feature, and what really shot them to fame, was Snow White. (1938) Snow White is of course a classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, published in their first book in 1812. By the time Walt Disney came around with his dreams of animation, the story was not under any copy-right law. This allowed him to take the classic story, alter it, and create an animated version.

Disney proceeded to follow this pattern of taking stories from the public domain (The public domain is the state of belonging or being available to the public as a whole, and therefore not subject to copyright.) Disney would follow Snow White up with the following animated movies.

Pinnochio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword and The Stone, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Robin Hood, and so many more.

Can you guess what each of these films are based on already published works? That’s right, all of them. It keeps going on as well, even classic films such as The Lion King, and Aladdin are based on public domain works. The former being based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and the latter an actual novel.

Even their latest big animated hits Frozen and Frozen 2 are based on the novel “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen. But don’t worry, Disney has of course had some original films in their almost fifty years since founding.

Exactly ten of their fifty-eight animated feature films are original works. If you look at Disney live action movies, the number jumps up a good bit to about twenty total original stories. This is super interesting as the majority of their films such as Beauty and the Beast, are considered “Disney movies” by the general public.

Is this a smart business model? Should we condemn Disney for this process? I don’t think so, in fact it was very intellegent move for Walt himself to incorporate. He was an animator, he wasn’t a storyteller. So he took from the Public Domain, which is available for anyone to use, and created beautiful pieces of art out of them.

Walt Disney, and his company after him, have taken unknown or forgotten stories, fairy tales, and historical legends (Pocahontas) and created amazing films, both animated and live action, for the world to enjoy. To blame them for their lack of creativity is not the point, when they never claim to be coming up with these ideas.

In fact the only films that they call “Originals” are the films made for their television network Disney Channel. Those films, such as High School Musical and Halloween Town, were actually original stories created specifically for television release.

What do you think about Disney utilizing already written stories for their films? Do you think it’s cheating? Do you love the films regardless of where they came? Be sure to let us know what you think!