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Netflix secures rights to live-action Dragon’s Lair movie

After almost a year of negotiating, the streaming service will move forward with a feature film based off the legendary Don Bluth adventure game, with Ryan Reynolds in talks to star as Dirk the Daring.

Everything you need to know about the Disney+ UK launch
Asterix creator Albert Uderzo dies at 92
Live-action Beauty and the Beast prequel series in the works at Disney+
Rumble’s first trailer steps into the ring

“In a world where monsters are global wrestling superstars, one unlikely champion is stepping into the ring.” Watch the official trailer for Paramount, WWE, and Reel FX’s Rumble, coming to theatres in 2021.

Inside Disney’s bold $200M gamble on Mulan
Bob Iger steps down as Disney CEO, Bob Chapek to assume role

“Bob Iger will step down as Disney CEO and assume the role of executive chairman, Disney announced on Tuesday. Bob Chapek, who most recently served as chairman of Disney parks, experiences and products, will assume the role of CEO, effective immediately, Disney announced… Iger will remain executive chairman of Disney through the end of 2021, […]

Behind the scenes look at the groundbreaking technology used to create The Mandalorian

ILM gives viewers a behind the scenes look at the groundbreaking virtual production technology used in the Disney+ show The Mandalorian. “Over 50 percent of The Mandalorian Season 1 was filmed using this ground-breaking new methodology, eliminating the need for location shoots entirely. Instead, actors in The Mandalorian performed in an immersive and massive 20’ […]

Wes Anderson to discuss his animation career at Annecy 2020
Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World getting a makeover

The Disney Parks Blog has announced that Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World will be receiving a makeover. Jason Kirk, Vice President of Magic Kingdom Park, said, “Cinderella first transformed into a princess 70 years ago this week when the animated classic was released—and ever since, her courage and kindness have been inspiring guests and […]

See Onward a week early or in a marathon with other Pixar films

You can see Pixar’s upcoming film Onward a week before it’s released at select theatres, including two of the biggest theatre chains in the United States — Regal (at over 90 theatres) and AMC (check your local listings). The showing is on February 29th at 3pm local time. A much smaller number of theatres are […]

Toy Story 4, Hair Love, 1917 win animation Oscars

Read the acceptance speeches and watch the backstage interviews from the animation winners at the 92nd Academy Awards. BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: TOY STORY 4 • ONSTAGE SPEECHES JOSH COOLEY: We are so, so grateful for this honor. We just want on behalf of our incredible cast and our crew of the Pixar Animation Studios, we […]

Disney unveils 20th Century Studios logo with latest The Call of the Wild ad

Screen Rant notes that “Disney has unveiled its official 20th Century Studios logo (without Fox) as part of its marketing for The Call of the Wild… Moving forward, Fox films will instead be released under either 20th Century Studios or Searchlight Pictures. That includes the movies that entered production before the Disney-Fox deal was finalized… […]

Animation industry reacts to Kobe Bryant’s death
Warner Archive reveals details of Tex Avery Screwball Classics Blu-ray