It is now official Disney has bought a huge chunk of FOX. It gets everything but Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News, Fox Business, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network. It will be adding the FX Networks and National Geographic as well. This sounds like great news for all around especially for Disney who will be developing not one but two streaming services Disney will now have majority control of Hulu so that might change in some way. The biggest add for Disney is the older content from a whole lot of shows, Modern Family, The Simpsons and a whole bunch of other shows as well. Most fanboys are excited as FOX owned the other half of the Marvel (Fantastic Four and X-Men) will be able to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe although it seems likely that only Fantastic Four might join. They would have to work out a new movie for them and make it a decent one and if it can be not about their origin that would be wonderful. Then in a handful of years perhaps the X-Men would join them in the MCU somehow, yet this might happen sooner as I heard/read rumors of Hugh Jackman wanting to be Wolverine in an Avengers movie. So who knows the merger won’t happen until like 2019 at the earliest with the Department of Justice looking into any Antitrust thing in the merger.
It seems like Disney is back in the drivers seat for acquiring Fox’s film and television properties. Now this would be a huge addition as the MCU would have all the Marvel brands back together and so forth. This is a logical move for Disney who is building their own streaming service and Fox has a lot of television content that they could add to a streaming, with Fox they could have shows like The Simpsons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Futuama, Family Guy, American Dad, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, and Bob’s Burgers along with the ABC content and everything else that Disney has produced from those Mickey Mouse cartoons to the whole Disney catalogue of animated films. It will have content for years.
Sure this would make a huge media monopoly but it could still run like two studios with kid friendly films coming from Disney and Fox doing more adult pictures. It’s a bit confusing about who owns what and all since both are wide ranging companies. I mean Disney already has bought Marvel and Lucasfilms and no one really complained about that. Also I’m sure that most everyone will be getting whatever the Disney streaming thing is going to be called especially if you have kids, with Netflix looking to self producing content and comedy specials rather than dealing with buying the rights to broadcast someone else’s shows. Within the next decade or so I bet that Netflix will be bought by like CBS or NBC for their own streaming service since Hulu will be majority owned by Disney if they get Fox. However this is just speculation and anything could happen.
Well it was announced yesterday that Rian Johnson is going to be creating an all-new trilogy not focusing on the Skywalker family, according to the press release “Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.” This sound pretty cool and it seems like these could be how the new films after Episode IX comes out in 2019 and the rumored third solo film arrives in 2020. With a new trilogy perhaps will we be getting more Star War Stories as well. This seems great as was the announcement from Disney CEO Bob Iger that “a live-action “Star Wars” TV series to air on its entertainment streaming service that is expected to launch by the end of 2019.” Could this be the previous attempted television series Underworld set between III and IV with some focus on the Boba Fett from the cancelled video game 1313 or something very different. With Rebels set between III and IV, but not really dealing with the underworld and bounty hunters and a solo film rumored to be focusing on Boba Fett would either of these be great things to explore on television as well. This live action series will be on the Disney streaming service which will be ‘substantially’ less than Netflix and the service will be coming out in the second half of 2019. Now if we could also get some word on what Dave Filoni and Lucasfilm Animation is working on after Rebels end.
Since the news hasn’t been the greatest over the past couple of days I was thrilled to learn that the revival of DuckTales has made it on to YouTube and DisneyXD already. Sure it is only the pilot episode getting everyone introduced and there isn’t going to be a new episode until September but if you enjoyed the original this is sure to float your boat. The show has a more comic book art style and it looks pretty cool. Take some time and check it out how Uncle Scrooge, Donald, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby, Launchpad, and company are doing.
We all knew this was going to happen at some time but who would have thought it would have happened this way. Yet another big studio is making it’s own streaming service so we are going to be eventually having to have a streaming service that collects other streaming services and let you watch them for a simple fee. This seems like it will eventually end with what happened with television and cable where we will have to pick and choose what service to watch and they are all going to cost about the same amount and offer a fragment of what we all want to watch. With Bob Iger at Disney in his current term until 2019 it seems like a smart move for Disney as they will be getting the money rather than paying Netflix to stream the films, this goes even further with an ESPN streaming service which would be cater content of the games and leagues that you really care about. With ESPN owning most of the rights for most leagues this has huge potential. Hopefully this won’t turn into everyone streaming their own content as that would be the worst case for all involved, unless Netflix or someone else turns into a service to access that accesses the other streaming services. It will be interesting to see what happens.
First off Family Guy has released a nine minute Adam West tribute on YouTube. It’s a nice tribute for a wonderful actor.
Next Disney had their huge D23 convention this past weekend and there is tons of news coming out. Incredibles 2 starts shortly after the end of the original, Wreck it Ralph 2 will spoof Disney Princesses and the internet, the Live action Aladdin has been cast with Will Smith as the Genie, The Jungle Cruise ride will be getting it’s own movie with The Rock, there was also talk about Star Wars and the next Avengers movie but I expect to see/hear more about those at the SDCC. The coolest news was about a Star Wars hotel at Walt Disney World as well as a whole Star Wars land Galaxy’s Edge coming to Disney World and Disneyland
Finally, there is a new Doctor on Doctor Who and spoilers it’s a woman. The Doctor is Jodie Whittaker, she was on Broadchurch and in the film Attack the Block. Now sure it is great that The Doctor is female but I hope that’s not the whole plot. It seems likely that we might get a male companion for the first time since in all seriousness Adric as they seem to like the romance aspect of the Doctor and Companion over their first couple of episodes. I really hope that they don’t make that big of a deal over the fact that the Doctor is now female since we’ve gone through this with Missy (The Master) a couple of years ago and they didn’t make such a big deal about it.
Musicals: Washington DC has become a hot bed for new musicals as of late with runs of Dear Evan Hansen at Arena Stage before it made it’s way to Broadway, and Freaky Friday which just opened at the Signature Theatre. Now there is news that Mean Girls the musical based on the Tina Fey movie from 2004 will be coming to DC in fall of 2017. There hasn’t been confirmation about where it will be but Arena Stage, Signature Theatre and Ford’s Theatre have all denied involvement, however it could just be too early for an announcement or something?
Disney movies: It has been announced that Disney is making another one of their animated film into a live action movie. This time around it is Mulan that is joining the ranks of the live action remakes like Pete’s Dragon, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King and The Little Mermaid. Mulan is a wonderful story and is based on the legendary woman warrior Hua Mulan. The Ballad of Mulan recounts her tale. It is a wonderful story and according to the article it will combine aspect of the ’98 film and the Ballad along with perhaps other stories of Mulan from the ages to make the best adaptation of the story. Disney is in the process of finding some Chinese actress to play the legendary character.
In similar news there is work going on for a film based on Deborah Sampson one of the women who fought in the American Revolutionary War. This seems like a story that would be great at a time like this in the United States. I hope that it gets made, and that they include the stories of other female fighters as well.
The latest Disney animated film Zootopia is a decent kids movie with the message that you can be whatever you want to be, and touched on the topic of prejudice and stereotypes. Spoilers to follow.
In Zootopia we follow the story of Judy Hopps, the first bunny police officer in Zootopia as she joins the force. Judy is given as her first assignment parking duty, but she as valedictorian of her class at the police academy feels this is beneath her. On her first day she gets hustled by Nick Wilde, a fox con artist. The next day when Judy see the opportunity to chase criminals she goes for it and before she can be fired for insubordination she is given two days to solve one of the biggest cases to face Zootopia or resign. There are several missing animals who are all predators and Judy is looking for Mr. Otterton. Judy enlists the help of Nick to help her solve the case as he was the last person to see Otterton, she blackmails Nick to help. When all leads dry up and we think Judy might have to resign but she’s got ten hours left to solve the case and they don’t result in anything spectacular. Judy resigns and goes back home and it is here where she makes a big break on the case and she goes back to Zootopia and finds Nick to solve the case. It does hammer the bigotry points a bit as well as the you can do anything, the big song in the whole movie is called “Try Everything”.
It like all Disney films is pretty good and most people will enjoy it.
Gawker Media: With the bankruptcy that stemed from the Hulk Hogan sex tape. Univision is buying Gawker and all their blogs in a diversifying move. Univision, best known as the place for Spanish-language television also owns The Root, an African-American culture e-mag as well as has a stake in The Onion and A/V Club. It’s great that the Gawker sites will be around a bit longer and perhaps have a bit more money to do thing in case they get sued again.
Disney: It seems like Disney is now just going around and making live action adaptations of their classic movie musicals. With The Little Mermaid being just the latest in line, this time around Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken will be working on it. Apparently they will be mixing some of the classic songs from the movie and perhaps stage show with new songs. It will be adapted from The Little Mermaid by Hans Christen Anderson and hopefully we will get the actual story this time around and not just a live-action adaptation of the 1989 Disney film.
World War II: Since the end of the war there have been rumors of a hidden train full of Nazi gold. Well in Poland treasure hunters have started to dig into the tunnels and look for this hidden train. According to local legend an armored train carrying gold from what is now the Polish city of Wroclaw as the Soviet army closed in was hidden in the tunnels of a secret military complex which was never completed. It would be cool if they find something.
Home on the Range is one of the last traditionally animated films Disney has ever produced. It didn’t get that good of reviews when it came out nor did it really make a splash at the box office. It is a musical western comedy and this is the reason why I think it didn’t do as well as it could have. Since Westerns aren’t as popular as they were up till the 1960s. The film also has a predominately female cast the three main leads are all female cows, Mrs. Caloway (Judi Dench), Grace (Jennifer Tilly) and Maggie (Roseanne). Spoilers are bound to follow so read with caution.
Maggie is a cow from the Dixon Ranch which had all the cows stolen numbering near 500 all stolen by Alameda Slim (Randy Quaid). So Mr. Dixon is forced to sell his ranch and he sell Maggie to another small farm Patch of Heaven. As it turns out Patch of Heaven is facing 750 dollars in bills that need to be payed in three days. As it turns out the prize for capturing Alameda Slim just happens to be $750 and Maggie has the big idea to go after Slim and get the reward money to save the farm. It’s a Disney film so we know how it’s going to end. There are several side characters who are great as well, Buck (Cuba Gooding Jr.), the sheriff’s horse who idolizes the big bounty hunter Rico (Charles Dennis).
The film itself is pretty funny and I enjoyed it. This isn’t as bad as everyone makes it out to be, sure it isn’t the best film Disney ever made but it’s definitely not the worst, they have made dozens of direct to video sequels and the first CG film by Disney Chicken Little is really pretty bad. It would be interesting to see Disney or some other big name studio released a good traditionally animated film like every other year or something that would be cool. Come into the film not expecting much and you will end up being happy about what you get out of the movie.