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10:00 AM on 10.21.2014

Disney's Moana gets synopsis and new release date

When we'd last heard about Disney's next animated (possibly princess) film, Moana, it was working in the same style as their gorgeous Paperman short and was debuting in 2018. Looks like production has sped up over the la...

Nick Valdez


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12:00 PM on 07.03.2014

Enchanted 2 is still happening because money

Wait..."still"? Yes, a sequel to the 2007 Disney Princess film Enchanted has been in the works for some time now, but it hasn't progressed passed the "it should happen" stage. But now that Frozen was a mega hit for Disney, th...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 06.05.2014

Disney's Beauty and the Beast getting live action treatment

The tale as old as time is getting retold once again as Disney's massive success with Maleficent (and presumed success with its future live action Cinderella film) has geared them toward an adaptation of one of the more famou...

Nick Valdez



Review: Maleficent photo
Review: Maleficent
by Nick Valdez

I've been anticipating Maleficent for a long time. As a big Disney fan, I don't usually like when Disney decides to make a live action version of one of their properties (101 Dalmations is worse than you remember, trust me), but casting Angelina Jolie as the titular witch was enough to pique my interest. 

Trailer after trailer showed off how good Jolie looked in costume, Lana Del Rey's amazingly dark "Once Upon a Dream" cover, and even made me interested in the whole "this is the TRUE story" angle. But the entire time I've been worried that the actual film might not live up to the mountain of hype I'd made for myself thanks to the recent glut of lackluster gritty fairy tale reboots. Thankfully, the final product isn't too far off the mark.

Maleficent is like a fine ham and cheese quiche that might not have been baked long enough. It's still good, but some bites are a little more raw than others.

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12:00 PM on 05.16.2014

First teaser and poster for Disney's live action Cinderella

This first teaser for Kenneth Branagh's live action take on Disney's Cinderella gives really good shoe. The film isn't hitting theaters until 2015, so don't expect major details, but I'm sure it'll involve a stepmother, a ha...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 05.06.2014

Maleficent gets some dreamy looking character posters

I didn't bring this up in our big Summer Preview (because I've said this many times before), but I'm really looking forward to Disney's Maleficent. It's just oozing with style. I mean, get a load of these character posters fo...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 04.17.2014

These Maleficent images are just so pretty

I honestly can't express how excited I am for Maleficent. I'm a huge fan of the Disney Princess films (I'm a Princess at heart, you know), and a fan of Angelina Jolie, so Maleficent is like a peanut butter meets chocolate sit...

Nick Valdez

8:00 PM on 03.28.2014

Check it out: female Disney characters redesigned as pixel art Street Fighter characters

Artist and designer Mike V has been making an awesome set of pixel drawings of Disney princesses and other female Disney characters as classic Street Fighter and Capcom fighting videogame characters. From Belle, Jasmine and S...

Liz Rugg

5:00 PM on 03.20.2014

Angelina Jolie spreads her wings in new 'Maleficent' trailer

The newest trailer for Disney's Maleficent reveals more of the dark fairy's origin story, along with a first glimpse at her massive wings in action. For all the questionable CGI in this trailer, Maleficent taking flight...

Isabelle Magliari

4:00 PM on 01.28.2014

Newest Maleficent trailer is the dreamiest one yet

The third trailer for Maleficent has to be the best one yet, or at the very least, the most interesting. It has different footage from the other two (or is at least cut in such a way that I didn't notice), Angelina Jolie is ...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 01.23.2014

Frozen's "Let It Go" sung in 25 different languages

No, I'm not sick at all of talking about how much I loved Disney's Frozen (put it on all three of my Top X of 2013 lists this year), so of course I'm using this time to gush again. Here we have a video of Idina Menzel's "Let...

Nick Valdez





9:00 AM on 01.21.2014

Angelina Jolie is horny in second Maleficent trailer

Because of Frozen, I've come to expect more out of Disney's princess films in a desperate hope that they can keep the momentum going. Their first immediate attempt is Maleficent, the live action spin-off prequel thing starri...

Nick Valdez



Frozen's best scene is now available online photo
Frozen's best scene is now available online
by Nick Valdez

At this rate, Frozen is shaping up to be my favorite movie of 2013. If the above clip of Elsa (Idina Menzel) singing the film's stand out single, "Let It Go," doesn't convince you, then I've failed as a person. Although I said in the review that you shouldn't let it be spoiled for you, there's still plenty else to look forward to. 

Go see Frozen already. 

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Frozen had Disney Animation's biggest box office opening  photo
Frozen had Disney Animation's biggest box office opening
by Nick Valdez

Ever since I walked out of Frozen (while giving it my highest review score ever) I've been on a constant Frozen hype train much to the dismay of my fellow Flixist editors. The film is the best thing Disney has put out in ages and I'm happy to report that its box office numbers reflect the quality. Although Frozen couldn't topple The Hunger Games: Catching Fire its opening weekend, it's done wonders for Disney as the film broke a lot of the company's records. 

According to Cartoon Brew, Frozen made $93 million over the five day holiday weekend (and $66 million starting from Friday) besting Disney Animation's former record holder, Wreck-It Ralph's $49 million dollar opening. Compare that to the last non-Pixar Disney Princess film, Tangled (which opened during the Thanksgiving holiday as well)'s $68 million and we've got a winner here. Although some might complain over Frozen's use of songs in the first 75 percent of the film, they're good enough to ease you in. Frozen deserves the money it earned. 

[via Cartoon Brew]

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Review: Frozen photo
Review: Frozen
by Nick Valdez

I had no idea Disney's Frozen would deliver as much as it did. With Disney's latest Princess films (The Princess in the Frog and Tangled) doing well in some areas but fudging others, I did not expect a whole lot given that the brunt of Frozen's advertising was focused around the gag character, Olaf. What I experienced was something akin to a "defrosting." As the film went on I slowly grew more and more in love with it, and after thinking about it for several days, I finally understand why I walked out of Frozen feeling so happy. 

Disney's Frozen is the most involving piece of classic Disney Animation (which should spark a nostalgic burst of happiness in anyone who remembers classic 2D Disney films like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin) in recent memory. Frozen somehow tows the line between current and classic Disney. The use of new avenues of animation while still invoking the nostalgic musical overtones of 2D Disney definitely help cement Frozen as a film you will remember fondly alongside the likes of Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, and every other Disney classic you can think of.

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First trailer for Disney's Maleficent is invited to party photo
First trailer for Disney's Maleficent is invited to party
by Nick Valdez

Maleficent's one of Disney's most evil and cool looking villains. In Sleeping Beauty, she curses a baby because she wasn't invited to a party. And when it didn't go well, she turned into a cool looking dragon for no reason other than being super evil. In Disney's Malificent (starring Angelina Jolie in her horniest role yet), the live action version of the story tackles it from the villain's perspective and probably making her the good one. 

With the first trailer now out and about (after that cool looking poster helped build the hype), how does it look? Surprisingly great! In what could be the most interesting turn for the character since Maleficent's role in Kingdom Hearts, this live action version could be something worth paying attention to (even if the acting seems a bit off)! At the very least, Angelina Jolie looks great even if the horn head thing looks awkward. 

If Maleficent isn't your thing, get used to it. We'll get more films like this in the future with Disney looking to do the same for Cruella de Vil and Cinderella. Maleficent burns green fire into theaters May 30th next year. 

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11:00 AM on 11.12.2013

First poster for Maleficent is sufficient

On a scale of 1 to "Not Wearing Pants" I am currently at "Partially Disrobed" over my excitement for the upcoming Maleficent from Disney. We've had a peak at what Angelina Jolie is going to look like as the evil queen of...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 09.27.2013

First full trailer for Disney's Frozen isn't cold as ice

The first full length trailer for Disney's Frozen does share a bit with the Japanese version of the trailer released a few months back, but there's plenty of new material to chew on. It seems like Frozen is following in Tang...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 06.20.2013

Teaser Trailer: Frozen

After the first batch of official images for Disney Animation Studios' Frozen failed to impress because they looked like something that's been done before, does the first official teaser for the film bring back the goodwill?...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 06.18.2013

First images of Disney's Frozen are eerily familiar

A few months back there were a batch of faked character posters for Disney's Frozen we had to take down. I believed they were fakes because the character designs looked so much like the designs from Tangled, I figured th...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 04.30.2013

Brave's Merida to be crowned a Disney Princess

Bet you didn't know that there was a whole coronation process to become a Disney Princess, but there is and on May 1 Merida will be crowned one. Joining (deep breathe) Snow White, Mulan, Aurora, Belle, Tiana, A...

Matthew Razak



Jenika's Top 5 Animated Movies of 2012 photo
Jenika's Top 5 Animated Movies of 2012
by Jenika Katz

In recent years, a lot of animated movies have been formulaic and underwhelming, but 2012 brought us the variety and quality that has been missing in the genre for a while. Sure, Disney brought back Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, and Monsters Inc. in 3D, and things like Madagascar 3 still exist, but there were enough new releases that the obvious money-grabs were not so odious. Plus, Finding Nemo in 3D was gorgeous, so shut up.

Animation is always a gamble, since impressive technique can go unnoticed due to a terrible story, and great writing is often watered down to appeal to more to a young audience than to the parents that accompany them. 2012 seemed to understand the dearth of high-quality animated films out there, and it really delivered. In a year that brought us a black-and-white movie about a dead dog, a princess movie without a prince, and three full-length stop motion films, which ones rose above the rest?

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