Wednesday, April 25, 2012

More Disney News from CinemaCon

Last night, Disney's presentation at CinemaCon revealed that Pixar's dinosaur film had been titled The Good Dinosaur, Lee Unkrich's next film at Pixar is Dia De Los Muertos and a teaser trailer for Monsters University was shown that went over very well. They also previewed the first thirty minutes of Brave, which was met with satisfaction. During the presentation, Disney revealed many other things...

They showed off the first six minutes of their upcoming animated film Wreck-It Ralph, which was basically a nearly completed version of the opening scene that was shown in storyreel form at D23 last summer. Like the first thirty minutes of Brave and the Monsters University trailer, it went over very well. That's great to hear, considering that this is one of their riskiest projects yet, but where is the trailer? I'm hoping Disney surprises us and attaches it to Aardman's The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! on Friday. If not, like I said before, they ought to attach the trailer to The Avengers, since this film is aiming for the gamers. It would be perfect.

Sean Bailey, the President of Production at Disney, also announced that The Muppets II is a go. Even though The Muppets wasn't a smash hit, it was still a very profitable film for the Mouse House. I really enjoyed the film, so I'm curious to see what the sequel will be like. Hopefully they go all out with it and deliver a very fun sequel.

The other news from the presentation that excites me came from Shane Black, the director of Iron Man 3. I was initially worried about the project, which was apparently taking a "rooted in reality" approach, and the Mandarin wasn't going to be the villain. Black stated that the villain (who is being played by Ben Kingsley) will "frighten in today's world". I wonder who it could be, since Iron Man 2 dropped the ball by pitting Tony Stark against a vengeful Iron Man wannabe. I personally don't want another villain who finds the arc reactor and makes his own suit. Black also stated that the film is a "technological thriller", a "crisis movie" that will put Tony Stark "through the wringer". All I can say is, not bad. At least they are trying something new. While I enjoyed Iron Man 2, I still believe it was a missed opportunity. The sky was the limit after the first one, but the second one just felt a bit grounded. It's like they had several potentially great ideas and couldn't do much with them (Tony Stark's drinking problems were wasted on an idiotic party scene). When will we get a trailer for this? Before The Avengers? Probably not. I'm going to say The Amazing Spider-Man will have a trailer, or maybe not. Speaking of which, the new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man will be attached to The Avengers. I'm still on the fence about Spidey. Iron Man 3 opens May 3, 2013.

Footage from Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful was shown as well, which was met with praise. I'm still not sure what to think of that film, but I figure that Disney is trying to score another Alice in Wonderland-sized success, since the film is being released on March 8, 2013. I expect this film to be another visual treat. When will we get the trailer? I'm assuming we're going to get it before either The Avengers or Brave.

Jerry Bruckheimer's Lone Ranger was presented by Johnny Depp, and it was also revealed that Jack White (Cold MountainQuantum of Solace) will compose the score. Seems perfect for this film. Lone Ranger was on and off at Disney last year due to budgetary concerns, it's back on track and photos have been revealed. Of course, Gore Verbinski is directing the film. Coincidentally, he directed Paramount's animated Western Rango, and Depp was the lead in that. Seems perfect for Verbinski, hopefully it delivers and brings back Westerns. True Grit was a surprise hit, but Rango underperformed. The Western genre has been in trouble since Will Smith's Wild Wild West, so hopefully this won't be a bust. With Rich Ross and MT Carney gone, here's hoping Disney's marketing department learned their lesson and markets the hell out of this film. Lone Ranger opens May 31, 2013.

In addition to that, footage from Tim Burton's Frankenweenie (another animated film that I'm really looking forward to, opens October 5th) was shown alongside footage from Finding Nemo 3D (which opens on September 14th) and an upcoming Touchstone/DreamWorks' collaboration People Like Us (which opens June 29th).

What's your take on this? Which of these upcoming Disney films are you excited for? Which ones are you not anticipating? What would you like to see in Iron Man 3? Do you think Lone Ranger will be a success? Or not? What are your thoughts on a Muppets sequel? Sound off!

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