The Highly Anticipated First Trailer For ‘Avengers: ENDGAME’ Has Arrived!

Directed by: Joe & Anthony Russo
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johannson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Sebastian Stan, Winston Duke, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Tom Holland, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Vi Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Jeremy Renner, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Sean Gunn, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper

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The Circle Of Disney Live-Action Remakes

Written by Megan Williams

Disney currently seems to be going through a phase of remaking their classic animated films and turning them into CGI/Live-Action features. So far, they’ve remade Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, The Jungle Book and a sequel to the 1964 film Mary Poppins is due to be released in December. And they aim to continue this phase with a remake of the 1994 film The Lion King, to be released next year.

The Lion King was essentially a retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, except it was set in Africa and featured animals. The film has so far grossed over $100 million worldwide, making it Disney’s 3rd highest grossing animated film ever, next to Zootopia and Frozen.

So, I’ve probably just answered my own question but: WHY IS THIS BEING REMADE?!

The Lion King is my favourite Disney film; I would even go so far as to say it’s a perfect film: it has the right level of emotional depth to make viewers care for the characters, a simple but brilliant story, a fantastic soundtrack and score and the hand-drawn animation is gorgeous.

The teaser made the smart move of replicating the original film’s teaser, by showing viewers the iconic opening scene. This time, the scene is recreated with CGI animation and, while the photo-realistic visuals are impressive, it looks very bland. What I loved about the animation in the 1994 film was how colourful and vibrant the setting and characters looked. By recreating the film to make it look realistic, it seems to have lost the charm that the source material had.

However, there are a couple of aspects that I do like about the remake: James Earl Jones is returning as the voice of Mufasa, and Hans Zimmer is returning as the composer. As well as this, the voice cast is impressive: John Oliver as Zazu, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Donald Glover as adult Simba, Beyonce as adult Nala and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar. If there’s one thing that can be praised at the moment, it’s the brilliant casting choices.

Disney have also revealed the official poster:

It’s simple yet effective, and it conveys the theme of the film beautifully by not saying much at all: Simba will need to take his place in the great circle of life as King of the Pridelands.

While there are a couple of things I like about this remake, it is not enough to actually convince me to go and see it. I give the original film extremely high praise and I don’t think this should be given the remake treatment. However, given Disney’s recent box office earnings, this will still probably be successful.

Oh well: Hakuna Matata!

 

Disney Release First Teaser Trailer For Jon Favreau’s ‘The Lion King’

Directed by: Jon Favreau

Cast: Donald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogan, Keegan-Michael Key, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bill Echner, Eric André, John Oliver

Release Date: 19th July, 2019

Disney Release Heartbreaking New ‘Dumbo’ Trailer

“From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure ‘Dumbo’ expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.”

Directed by: Tim Burton

Cast: Danny DeVito, Colin Farrell, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins, Michael Keaton, Eva Green

Release Date: March 29th, 2019

The Gang Are Back In The First Teaser For ‘Toy Story 4’

“Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.”

Directed by: Josh Cooley

Cast: Tom Hanks, Annie Potts, Joan Cusack, Tim Allen, Bonnie Hunt

Release Date: 21st June 2019

JUMPSCARECUT: The Black Cauldron (1985)

Directed by: Ted Berman and Richard Rich
Cast: Grant Bardsley, Susan Sheridan, Arthur Malet, John Hurt

Written by Elena Morgan

I am a wuss when it comes to horror films, or anything scary to be honest, so when the idea of taking part in a month of scary films for JUMPSCARECUT came up I was unsure what film I could possibly write about. Then I remembered a film from my childhood that even though it scared me quite a bit, I weirdly had fond memories of it. That film was Disney’s The Black Cauldron.

The Black Cauldron is an animated fantasy about a young pig keeper named Taran who dreams of adventure and soon he finds it when he learns his pig Hen-Wen can see the future. When Hen-Wen sees that the fearsome Horned King is after the Black Cauldron and will do anything to possess its mysterious and dangerous powers, Taran sets out to stop him. On his quest, Taran meets brave Princess Elionwy, the minstrel Fflewddur Fflam and Gurgi, a weird dog-like creature.

The Black Cauldron is often seen as Disney’s forgotten film, it appeared to have a troubled production and the fact it didn’t make its budget back domestically earned it the nickname “the film that almost killed Disney”. It’s not a Disney musical, instead being a more serious and spooky adventure with magic, witches and a lot of skeletons.

This was the first time I’d watched The Black Cauldron since I was nine years old or younger and I won’t lie, it made me jump a couple of times. Taran is a naïve young hero while Elionwy is a surprisingly brave and competent heroine for the time the film was made. Fflewddur Fflam and Gurgi are the comic relief characters and, like a lot of comedic sidekicks, at times they’re amusing but they can also be annoying.

The animation when it comes to the Horned King’s eerie old castle is both stunning and creepy. A lot of the major moments of the film take place in that castle and it’s suitably dark and foreboding. Inside the castle is not only the Horned King, but his henchmen, a troll-like creature called Creeper, and a couple of small dragon-like creatures too. The sound those dragon-things make is enough to make your skin crawl. Speaking of sound, the film’s score is big and bold, but it also has a ghostly quality to it that makes the setting even more menacing.

The Horned King scared me as a child and he’s still pretty scary now I’m an adult. The look of him, in a long cloak the hides his skeletal figure and green flesh, and the way he moves so slow and composed until something angers him, it all makes an intimidating and frightening villain. Watching The Black Cauldron now, I thought I recognised the voice of the Horned King under the echoes and it turns out it was John Hurt. No wonder that voice haunted my dreams as a child!

I would recommend people watch The Black Cauldron if they haven’t seen it before or revisiting it if like me you hadn’t seen it for over a decade. It’s an interesting little film full of action, adventure, magic and spooky creatures. With its witches and skeletons, it’s definitely a film that feels well-suited to this time of year.

JUMPCUT’s Animated Favourites Spotify Playlist

For our latest playlist we decided to shift our focus to the world of animation! We tasked the team to fill a new playlist with their favourite songs and scores from animated films, and, of course, they didn’t disappoint!

The playlist is brimming with classics from the likes of Disney hits such as ‘Go the Disance’ from Hercules, The Lion King’s ‘Circle of Life’, and ‘Reflection’ from Mulan. Other films that grace our playlist include Coco, Kubo and the Two Strings, Oliver and Company, Brother Bear, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and lots more!

The playlist currently clocks in at 2 hours 45 minutes, but we’re offering you the opportunity to add 3 of your favourites to this playlist! Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments below, or fire them over to us on Twitter and we’ll add them in!

Weekend BO Report: ‘Incredibles 2’ Destroys Animated Opening Record On A Memorable Father’s Day For Disney

Written by Dapo Olowu

It’s Disney’s world, and we’re all just living in it. After securing the two biggest openings of the year so far in ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Infinity War’ (the latter being the biggest domestic and global opening of all time), the studio strengthened their position as a Box Office powerhouse by breaking its own animated opening record, with ‘Incredibles 2’ making $182.7m in the first 3 days of its release. The gross, almost $50m more than ‘Finding Dory’s $135.1m in 2016, eclipsed the entire 3-day opening of ‘The Incredibles’ in just 24 hours — including, in total, a record-breaking $18.5m from Thursday previews. The $53.1m brought in from overseas gives ‘Incredibles 2’ a worldwide opening of $233.8m; a blistering start for the sequel that cost a reported $200m to make.

Looking ahead, it’s hard to see this film not going after ‘Finding Dory’s final record of being the biggest animated film of all time in the States. The $486.3m grossed by the ‘Finding Nemo’ sequel would only require ‘Incredibles 2’ to have an opening week multiplier of 2.7x to better it, and when considering that no film with an A+ Cinemascore has ever had a multiplier under 3x, ‘Incredibles 2’ looks to become the first animated film to make $500m in the U.S.

In second place is ‘Ocean’s 8’, bringing in $19m for a $78.6m domestic total. Its 54% drop mirrors that of ‘Ghostbusters’ and franchise predecessor ‘Ocean’s Twelve’, increasing the likelihood that its final U.S. gross will land in the $120m+ region. It’s currently on $115.4m globally and will need to pull in another $70m or so if it wants to start raking in a profit. Next is new release, ‘Tag’, that matched our expectations by grossing $14.9m in its opening weekend. The R-rated comedy was a surprising hit with the ladies; with 51% of viewers being female, it will hope to use the even audience demographics to its advantage, and continue to attract a wider-than-expected audience in the upcoming weeks.

Star Wars origin story, ‘Solo’, held strong against ‘Incredibles 2’, bringing in a solid $10m and leaving the film just $6m away from the $200m domestic mark (and $9m away from $350m globally). ‘Deadpool 2’ is looking at doubling that worldwide figure, and is well on the way to doing so, after this weekend saw it earning $8.7m for 5th place. It’s just $5m away from the $300m domestic mark and $10m away from earning $700m worldwide. Those over at Fox will be hopeful it passes ‘Days of Future Past’s total of $747.9m to become the second biggest ‘X-Men’ film of all time.

New release ‘Superfly’ and A24 horror ‘Hereditary’ battled it out for 6th spot, with $6.9m each. The former grossed around $15k more, but with just $9m domestically so far, off a $16m budget, it’s nothing to write home about. ‘Hereditary’, on the other hand, has already out-grossed ‘Winchester’ in just its 2nd weekend to become the third biggest horror of the year, and is already the A24’s third biggest domestic hit ever after dropping by only 50% this weekend — making a $27m domestic total.

Infinity War’ sticks with the trend of continuously smaller weekend drops, and fell by only 25% from last weekend. Its $5.4m means it’s passed ‘Titanic’ to become the 4th biggest film in the U.S. of all time, with $664.3m. Although it’s likely to remain in 4th domestically, it aims to finish 3rd globally, as it’s just $50m away from passing ‘The Force Awakens’ $2.07bn worldwide total. Finally, ‘Adrift’ and ‘Book Club’ both lost over 1,000 cinemas each, and thus saw falls close to 60%, grossing $2.2m and $1.8m respectively. While it seems as if studio STX is cutting their losses with ‘Adrift’, as it struggles to even gross back its $35m budget, Paramount can rest easy knowing that it’s costs are repaid (and then some) with ‘Book Club’ closing in on a $70m worldwide gross.

Next weekend sees ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ enter American cinemas, and after already grossing close to $400m in International markets, how will ‘Incredibles 2’ and the rest cope? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

 

Rank Last Week Rank Film Total U.S. Gross Weekend Gross Weekend drop JUMPCUT’s prediction Difference Week number
1 Incredibles 2 $182.7m $182.7m $150m $32.7m 1
2 1 Ocean’s 8 $78.6m $19m -54.4% $20.8m $1.8m 2
3 Tag $14.9m $14.9m $15m $0.1m 1
4 2 Solo $193.8m $10m -36.5% $6.3m $3.7m 4
5 3 Deadpool 2 $294.6m $8.7m -38.6% $7.5m $1.2m 5
6 Superfly $9m $6.9m $4.5m $2.4m 1
7 4 Hereditary $27m $6.9m -49.5% $6.4m $0.5m 2
8 5 Avengers: Infinity War $664.3m $5.4m -24.8% $4m $1.4m 8
9 6 Adrift $26.9m $2.2m -58.3% $2.6m $0.2m 3
10 7 Book Club $62m $1.8m -57.4% $2.8m $1m 5