Exclusive Photos from MARVEL’S THOR: THE DARK WORLD U.S. Premiere

Chris Hemsworth at the U.S. Premiere of Marvel's THOR: THE DARK WORLD | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Walt Disney Studios held the U.S. Premiere of MARVEL’S THOR: THE DARK WORLD not so long ago. I’m sorry Assignment X readers that this is late going up, but I had computer problems, which is now fixed, so I hope you still enjoy seeing everything. Unfortunately, Nathan Fillion walked half of the carpet, then went and posed with Zachary Levi and Tom Hiddleston and decided not to walk the rest of the carpet and wouldn’t stop no matter how loud everyone yelled Nathan. Of course, I was at the end where he didn’t pose. The premiere was held at the […]Read On »

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THE ROCKETEER 20th Anniversary Event on June 21st hosted by D23 and Creature Features

The Rocketeer special screening poster | ©2011 Disney

Can you believe it’s been twenty years since Walt Disney Pictures released the live action movie THE ROCKETEER, based on the comic books by Dave Stevens? Well, now D23 (the only official fan club for Disney) and Creature Features are presenting a very special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on June 21st. This event commemorates the release of THE ROCKETEER, and the film will be playing in the exact same venue that it opened two decades ago. The print of film has been newly restored and digitized and the screening will be preceded by a star studded […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AFRICAN CATS

AFRICAN CATS movie poster | ©2011 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: G Stars: Samuel L. Jackson (Narrator) Director: Alastair Fothergill & Keith Scholey Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: April 22, 2011 I grew up watching DISNEY TRUE LIFE ADVENTURES in school. They were old even then, but I still loved seeing them. It clearly has been years since I have watched any of them which were very cute and given the Disney treatment to take the edge off of stories in nature. AFRICAN CATS is in some ways exactly what I expected – a throwback to those older Disney nature film. It is a beautifully shot film as the […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: TANGLED

TANGLED - DVD and Blu-ray

Rating: PG Voices: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy Writers: Dan Fogelman, based on the story by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm Directors: Nathan Greno & Byron Howard Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Disney has had a rough patch when it comes to their own homegrown animated films especially when they’re competing in-house with the magicians at Pixar (who, up until this point, can do no wrong). It’s been frustrating to watch Disney fumble the ball time and again, but thankfully with their 50th animated feature film TANGLED, they got it all right. Originally called RAPUNZEL, the film had the potential stigma […]Read On »

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The visual evolution of TANGLED baddie Mother Gothel

TANGLED - DVD and Blu-ray

The excellent Disney animated film TANGLED arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, and in anticipation of that release, Disney has created a very cool slideshow showing the evolution of the film’s Big Bad – Mother Gothel. Check out the slideshow below, and also read ASSIGNMENT X‘s exclusive interview with Mother Gothel voice actress Donna Murphy by CLICKING HERE.

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Movie Review: MARS NEEDS MOMS

MARS NEEDS MOMS movie poster | ©2011 Walt Disney Pictures

Stars: Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Dan Fogler, Elisabeth Harnois, Mindy Sterling, Kevin Cahoon Writer: Simon Wells & Wendy Wells , based on the story MARS NEEDS MOMS by Berkley Breathed Director: Simon Wells Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Release Date: March 11, 2011 MARS NEEDS MOMS is the latest CGI offering from Walt Disney and Image Movers Digital (who were responsible for the performance capture films THE POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF and A CHRISTMAS CAROL).  I have had to warm to the slick almost real style of motion capture animation. Sometimes it really works for me, and other times it’s so natural/unnatural […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: BAMBI – Diamond Edition

BAMBI DIAMOND EDITION | © 2011 Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Suggested Retail Price: $39.99 Release Date: March 1, 2011 As modern day children’s films continually shoot for bigger, better and eye-strain inducing 3D, there’s something to be said for simplicity. BAMBI, the fifth full length animated film from Walt Disney Studios and originally released in 1942, has stood the test of time with its beautiful hand-drawn animation and the elegant beauty in creating a forest and woodland creatures that still resonate today. I’m not arguing that artistry doesn’t go into CGI animated features or even the occasional hand-drawn animated film that slips through the cracks -–but with Walt Disney (the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Actress Donna Murphy is TANGLED in Mother Gothel’s wicked ways

Mother Gothel in TANGLED | © 2010 Walt Disney Pictures

One of the most delicious aspects of the new hit Disney animated film TANGLED was the creation of Mother Gothel. Stealing away Rapunzel from her Royal parents at a young age (so she could tap into the girl’s magical hair to stay young forever), Gothel is a wonderful creation filled with malicious intent, mass contradictions, misguided motherly love and of course, the expert knack for breaking into show-stopping songs. Breathing the character to life vocally is Broadway actress Donna Murphy (SPIDER-MAN 2, STAR TREK: INSURRECTION) who talked with ASSIGNMENT X in this exclusive interview about the Disney process and her […]Read On »

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AXclusive: TANGLED Animation Supervisor John Kahrs brings life to Rapunzel

Rapunzel in TANGLED | ©Disney Enterprises, Inc.

For a film based on the classic Brothers Grimm story RAPUNZEL, the end result of TANGLED (opening today) is anything but grim. Bright, cheerful and full of bright-eyed expressive characters, the Disney film’s animation supervisor John Kahrs brought a whole new look and layer to the classic Disney princess genre. More RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK than THE LITTLE MERMAID, the film is filled with two strong leads (Rapunzel and her swashbuckling love interest Flynn Rider) and two great sidekicks (a chameleon named Pascal and a blood-hound horse named Maximus). In an exclusive interview with ASSIGNMENT X, Kahrs spoke about […]Read On »

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AXclusive: Mark Kennedy tells how Rapunzel was un-TANGLED for new animated film

Flynn, Rapunzel, Pascal, Maximus in TANGLED | © 2010 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

When Walt Disney was just getting his feature animated division rolling in the 1940s, he was struggling with a way to bring the story of Rapunzel to the big screen. Now, seven decades later, the 50th animated film from the company has finally cracked that story. TANGLED is the end result (opening tomorrow), a delightfully funny and endearing tale of the golden haired Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) who sets out on an adventure with roguish thief Flynn Rider (voiced by Zachary Levi) to find out who she really is. Mark Kennedy, who served as TANGLED’s head of story, spoke […]Read On »

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