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November 6, 2004 - Our latest DVD review covers Eloise at Christmastime, the Wonderful World of Disney's second adaptation of Kay Thompson's popular "Eloise" books, which will be released on November 16. Aside from a disappointing aspect ratio decision, the DVD for this charming holiday comedy merits a strong recommendation for a terrific presentation and a couple of solid bonus featurettes. Our review includes an updated guide to all the "Eloise" books.
November 5, 2004 - Pixar's long-awaited new film, The Incredibles, opens in theaters today. (Read our review / Post your thoughts.) Theatergoers get their first look at the next Pixar film Cars (the last under their contract with Disney). But if you don't want to wait to see the Cars teaser (or you want to see it again), it is now available on Apple's website.
Our write-up of Aliens of the Deep, James Cameron's new documentary coming to IMAX theaters next January, has been added to the Upcoming Disney Movies page.
November 3, 2004 - First look at Bambi disc art...
Courtesy of USA Today, we have a new picture and updated write-up for Cars, Pixar's seventh film (and last under their contract with Disney), which opens next November.
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November 2, 2004 - Our newest DVD review is up, and looks at Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas a new direct-to-video holiday feature starring Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and friends...in 3-D computer animation. The new medium for these classic Disney characters may be the most distinguishing quality about this decent collection of shorts. Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas comes to DVD next Tuesday.
Disney has issued an unelucidating press release on the first two Growing Up with Winnie the Pooh DVD volumes.
A new Incredibles TV spot, a new National Treasure trailer have been released by Disney. The studio is orchestrating an unprecedented marketing campaign for these two new films coming to theaters this month. Read more in an article by The Hollywood Reporter.
November 1, 2004 - As promised, the latest UltimateDisney.com contest is now up and running. All you need to do is answer 8 out of 11 trivia questions correctly, and you'll get a chance to win the 2004 Disney DVD of your choice (up to $32.99 SRP). Registered and active forum members have an even better shot at winning. Entries to this contest (UD's sixth) must be received by November 20. Click here for more details and to enter.
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October 31, 2004 - Happy Halloween! We've just revealed the Top 4 Disney Villains, which concludes our three-month trek through the studio's most effective evil characters. With all the votes from seventy-five participating site visitors tallied, Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent has been deemed the top villain from a Disney film. As with the rest of the Top 30, the top four provide an interesting mix of anatagonists, including the very first villain in an animated feature and two personalities from one talented animator in last decade's Renaissance. Thanks to all who voted, submitted comments, or merely found it worthwhile to check in to the site over the past few weeks as we counted down. Discussion on the Top 30 Disney Villains list is currently going on here; you're encouraged to weigh in with your thoughts on the results.
We apologize for not getting the top villains listed until now. No, we didn't forget about it. It just took a really long time to make graphics and compile write-ups, and both the bandwidth issue and The Incredibles screening sidetracked us. But ultimately it turned out alright. What better night to reveal the Top 4 Disney Villains than Halloween?
The good news on the Bandwidth Issue is that we've reached our goal, so UltimateDisney.com is all set with this upgraded hosting service through October 2005. Thanks so much to all who made contributions and helped keep the website going, and going strong. We'll try not to mention the b-word for a while!
October 30, 2004 - To date, Pixar Animation Studios has released five feature films. Each has been acclaimed by critics and embraced by record audiences. Next Friday marks the release of the sixth Pixar film, The Incredibles, one that many have been eagerly awaiting since the teaser showed up before Finding Nemo in May of last year. My long wait to see the film ended today, and I've put together a review of the film with both a "spoiler-free" option and a more detailed analysis which mentions some plot points. Here it is, UltimateDisney.com's early review of The Incredibles. Even with my unreasonably high expectations, the film did not disappoint me in the slightest. I hope you enjoy the film as much as I did.
Disney has just issued a tentative schedule for their 2005 theatrical releases, which will necessitate some updates to our Coming to Theaters page. While that is in process, here's a list of the 12 films now under the "Walt Disney Pictures" banner which are scheduled to make it to theaters next year:
Aliens of the Deep (January): James Cameron (Ghosts of the Abyss) does another IMAX film for Disney/Walden. Deep-sea expeditions are again involved, but this time, Cameron, joined by marine biologists and NASA scientists, are looking at life forms way beneath the surface which may hint at extraterrestrial life.
Pooh's Heffalump Movie (February 11): The Hundred Acre Wood gang is worried when it appears that the Heffalumps have arrived, but Pooh and company's conception of the strange creatures may be a bit off. (More...)
The Pacifier (March 4): Action star Vin Diesel plays Shane Wolf, a Navy SEAL who faces his greatest challenge: babysitting. Diesel must protect five children while keeping the bad guys at bay in this action-comedy.
Ice Princess (March 18): A brainy high school student (Michelle Trachtenberg) pursues her dream of being a championship figure skater. (More...)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (May 6): Based on Douglas Adams' popular book, this is the story of an ordinary man, whose world is thrown upside down as he journeys across the universe with the fate of his planet in jeopardy. Originally conceived as Touchstone, this Spyglass Entertainment production is now falling under the "Disney" banner.
The Greatest Game Ever Played (Spring): Bill Paxton directs the story of Francis Ouimet, an amateur golfer who shocks the world with his US Open performance. Shia LaBeouf stars as the lead, and Elias Koteas plays his hardworking father.
Herbie: Fully Loaded (June 3): Lindsay Lohan stars as Maggie Peyton, the latest owner of that beloved Volkswagen with a mind of its own. In this fifth theatrical Herbie film, Maggie and the Beetle enter the NASCAR circuit. (More...)
Chicken Little (July 1): After mistaking an acorn for a falling sky, the pint-sized Chicken Little becomes the laughingstock of his hometown, Oakey Owns. He joins the baseball team to seek redemption, but then the world really does seem in danger. This computer-animated comedy features the voices of Zach Braff and Garry Marshall. (More...)
Sky High (August): With much teenage angst, Will Stronghold starts high school at an elite academy for superheroes. (More...)
Glory Road (Date TBA): This Jerry Bruckheimer production has also switched from Touchstone to Disney. It tells the story of the underdog Texas Western college basketball team, who took the nation by surprise in 1966 with an all-black starting lineup and an unlikely NCAA tournament run.
Cars (November 4): Pixar's seventh feature film and the last under the current agreement with Disney takes us into the world of racecars. (More...)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (December 9): Disney's adaptation of the first in a popular series of fantasy tales written by C.S. Lewis. Four siblings leave behind World War II England and enter a magical world inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, and giants, a world cursed to an eternal winter by the dreaded White Witch. (More...)
You can discuss these upcoming Disney films on the forum.
Meanwhile, we'll soon have for you an early review of a Disney film which opens in theaters next Friday. Needless to say, expect the incredible!
October 29, 2004 - Our latest review looks at Around the World in 80 Days, a new big budget adaptation of Jules Verne's novel starring Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan and coming to DVD on Tuesday.
Thirteen stills featuring bonus features from the upcoming Mary Poppins: 40th Anniversary Edition DVD have been posted here.
October 28, 2004 - The trailer for Chicken Little, Disney's computer animated film which opens July 1, 2005 is now available at MSN.
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October 24, 2004 - Today's new DVD review looks at America's Heart & Soul, an underwhelming documentary which profiles dozens of ordinary people throughout the nation. This DVD will be available exclusively at Costco stores on November 2.
October 23, 2004 - It may be a bit premature to say that last year's blockbuster adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl has already etched its place among the most beloved Disney films. But this energetic realization of Walt's Disneyland attraction has developed a following like no other of the studio's recent live action works. Earlier this year, UltimateDisney site visitors voted it as the second best of all the live action Disney films. Ten days from now, the widely-owned two-disc Pirates Collector's Edition will become part of a 3-disc Gift Set with an hour of new bonus features. Today, we bring you the first DVD review of this gift set re-release.
America Online and Moviefone.com have just added an extended 12-minute preview of National Treasure, the new Disney film from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. This PG-rated action film starring Nicolas Cage opens in theaters a month from today. For more details, visit Coming to Theaters. Meanwhile, the New York Times (free registration required) has a new article on how, with unconventional releases like National Treasure, Disney is expanding the "family film" definition to include edgier fare, and setting the tone for other studios to follow suit.
BestBuy.com is taking and filling orders for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Platinum Edition. At $34.99, this two-disc set is selling for a little more than its suggested retail price, but it has been out of print since early 2002.
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