Oct. 09, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.
The first trailer for “Tomorrowland” has arrived, preserving much of the sense of mystery surrounding Disney’s 2015 release. George Clooney leads the cast of the new film, which Brad Bird directed and co-wrote with Damon Lindelof, who, of course, is well known for his fondness for elaborate puzzles, given his history on ABC’s “Lost.” Clooney appears near the end of the new clip, but the teaser opens with a young woman, played by “Under the Dome” actress Britt Robertson, being released from jail. Among the belongings being returned to her by a clerk is a pin, which she claims isn’t hers. Touching the item appears to transport a person to another plane, but little else is specified in terms of the overall story or plot. Some fleeting visuals, however, suggest that the film will have a significant scope and sense […]
Oct. 09, 2014 | 11:23 a.m.
“Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion,” the one-hour animated film that launched the new Disney XD series, is coming to ABC — with a special appearance from a certain well-known Dark Lord of the Sith. Iconic villain Darth Vader, once again voiced by actor James Earl Jones, will make a cameo in the extended version of the movie, which is set to air Oct. 26 on ABC. “Spark of Rebellion” premiered Oct. 3 on Disney Channel, though “Star Wars Rebels” is set for a regular run on Disney XD. “We wanted to do something special for the ABC broadcast,” “Rebels” executive producer Dave Filoni said in a statement. “We’ve added a scene which gives audiences insight into [the show’s villain] the Inquisitor and includes a cameo by Darth Vader.” Set in the time period just before the original 1977 “Star […]
Oct. 02, 2014 | 1:25 p.m.
“Star Wars Rebels” is getting a second season, Disney announced Thursday, the day before the cartoon’s first season premiere. Disney XD has ordered a second season of the new animated series, which has been praised by critics as well as fans who saw a debut screening at San Diego’s Comic-Con International in July or who caught early screenings on digital platforms. “The fan response to the show has been amazing, humbling and inspiring,” Lucasfilm’s vice president of creative development, Kiri Hart, said in a news release. “We’re looking forward to the adventure ahead.” “Star Wars Rebels” is meant to be the origin story of the Rebel Alliance — the group that Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo would eventually lead to defeat the evil Empire. Set about five years before the beginning of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New […]
Aug. 04, 2014 | 6:05 p.m.
Excited to see “Star Wars Rebels”? Tonight, you can watch the first seven minutes of the first episode online. Set about five years before the beginning of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” the new animated series follows the adventures of a group of heroes desperately trying to combat the all-consuming might of the Empire, the fascistic government arisen from the ashes of the Old Republic in “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” Although the story will recount the formation of the Rebel Alliance, the group that Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo would eventually lead to defeat the evil Empire, at the outset of the show the organization is little more than a ragtag band of aliens and a Jedi Knight in hiding, Kanan (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.), who engage in minor skirmishes with Imperial […]
July 05, 2014 | 8:09 a.m.
Outside of certain circles, Tom Ruegger may not be a name that is synonymous with animation. But throw out the titles on which he was executive producer and helped create — “Animaniacs,” “Tiny Toon Adventures” and “Pinky and the Brain” — and images of really smart and fun cartoons come to mind. The multiple Emmy Award-winning Ruegger is heading up a new cartoon that launches on Disney XD on Monday called “The 7D” that hopes to capture the fun spirit of some of Ruegger’s other shows. “The 7D” is, as its name might suggest, about the tales of the Seven Dwarfs — 30 years or so before their fateful run-in with Snow White. Living in the Enchanted Forest in the kingdom of Jollywood under the rule of Queen Delightful, the dwarfs are the area’s “most trusted” heroes, righting the wrongs […]
May 21, 2014 | 5:55 p.m.
Want to appear as a Wookiee in “Star Wars: Episode VII”? Today, “Star Wars: Episode VII” director J.J. Abrams announced that a walk-on role for a member of the general public has been created and will be raffled off to benefit the charity UNICEF. Maybe you won’t be Chewbacca’s distant cousin, but you’ll be on camera, guaranteed (mostly… more on that in a moment). In a video shot on the film’s set in Abu Dhabi, Abrams explains how the guest turn will work: “You get to come to London, where we’re shooting the movie mostly at Pinewood Studios… You’ll get to meet the cast, go behind the scenes, and see the whole movie-making process. But more than that, we’ll put you in hair, makeup and wardrobe, and you’ll actually get to be in the movie.” Unless your part ends up on the cutting […]
May 21, 2014 | 4:28 p.m.
Two new clips from Disney’s “Maleficent” have been released — and they deepen the story of Angelina Jolie’s fairy-gone-bad. Due in theaters May 30, the Disney film retells the story of the 1959 animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” from the perspective of Maleficent, a wicked sorceress who was once a fairy with wings that were stolen from her. That theft appears to have set Maleficent on the path to evil. In the new clip, we see how much fun Maleficent used to have. She soars through the air with her beautiful feathered span, gliding close to the water before soaring into the clouds and basking in the sun. The classic tale that “Maleficent” is based on starts with the fallen fairy famously cursing the infant Princess Aurora (played by Elle Fanning) at her christening. In another newly released scene, Aurora, now an inquisitive girl, is seen […]
May 15, 2014 | 5:44 p.m.
“Star Wars Rebels” isn’t Disney’s only upcoming animated adventure set in a galaxy far, far away. This July, the characters of the popular Disney Channel animated series “Phineas and Ferb” will be transported to the universe created by George Lucas in a one-off “Star Wars” special that runs parallel to the original 1977 film, “A New Hope.” Hero Complex readers can exclusively check out the poster for the one-hour special, which highlights Phineas, Ferb, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, Candace and Agent P in their “Star Wars” incarnations. The poster reveal comes the day before the special,”Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars,” is unveiled for the first time at Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. In the special, Phineas and Ferb are hanging out during a lazy summer on Tatooine. They live on the farm […]
May 14, 2014 | 4:14 p.m.
A new clip from “Maleficent” has arrived, showcasing the climactic moment when Princess Aurora (played by Elle Fanning) pricks her finger and falls into a “sleep-like death,” the culmination of the curse the dark fairy placed on the girl at her christening. Angelina Jolie, wearing the cape and horns of the title character, is seen galloping across an expansive landscape at sunset, goading her horse to go faster — which poses an interesting question: Is she attempting to save the girl from such a fate? Due in theaters May 30, the Disney film retells the story of the 1959 animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” from the perspective of Maleficent, a wicked sorceress who once had wings but they were stolen from her. That theft appears to set Maleficent on the path to evil. Jolie said in a new featurette for the […]
April 17, 2014 | 5:52 p.m.
Disney is releasing a new series of children’s books based on the original “Star Wars” trilogy, starting with a collaboration between bestselling children’s author Tony DiTerlizzi and the late iconic concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. The “Star Wars Saga” series will hit stores beginning with DiTerlizzi and McQuarrie’s picture book “The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight” in October, Disney Publishing Worldwide announced Thursday. Three subsequent books will follow, leading up to the highly anticipated December 2015 movie release of “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The additional titles include retellings of “A New Hope” by R.J. Palacio (“Wonder”), “The Empire Strikes Back” by Adam Gidwitz (“A Tale Dark and Grimm”) and “Return of the Jedi” by Tom Angleberger (“Origami Yoda” series). The books will be illustrated by “Star Wars” concept artist Iain McCaig and published under the Disney-Lucasfilm Press imprint. DiTerlizzi, best known […]