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Happy Monday!

Movies need to be more realistic. Movies need to feel like it’s really happening.

Well, following the success of ‘The Jungle Book’ live-action (of sorts) remake, Disney is at it again with ‘The Lion King.’

Will this new ‘Lion King’ succeed at the box office? Can it possibly live up to the wonder of the original animated classic from 1994? Will this new adaptation add anything new or simply be a retelling or the aforementioned 1994 animation?

For now–until July 19, 2019, theatrical release date–let’s just live each day before then by two words:

Hakuna Matata.

No worries, just anticipation.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

P.S. James Earl Jones returned for this new ‘Lion King.’ Yes, that James Earl Jones. 

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Your Childhood on the Silver Screen

Jimmy’s Daily Planet keeps up with new movie trailers. I also have lots of young nieces and nephews.

Featuring a brand new trailer from Disney, today’s blog post is for them.

And Disney’s Christopher Robin is for anybody with an active, playful imagination.

Winnie: The New Story

When you hear the name Winnie, what comes to mind? The Wonder Years? Hocus Pocus? Tuck Everlasting?

Actually, the most popular answer is unquestionably Winnie-the-Pooh.

Jimmy’s Daily Planet covers a myriad of topics and subjects, one of which being the latest movie trailers for films that appear to have a special “it” factor.

Enter Disney’s current project.

Considering the eternal connection between captivating books and Hollywood filmmakers, it should be no surprise that literary favorites from childhood for several generations–like Winnie-the-Pooh–receive its due in the form of silver screen treatments. Last year, the Fox Searchlight major motion picture Goodbye Christopher Robin hit theaters and received positive reviews. This year, Disney is preparing its take on the popular heartwarming character and accompanying story with the more succinct title Christopher Robin starring Ewan McGregor as the lead character.

We’ll never say goodbye to Christopher Robin or Winnie-the-Pooh as they continue to renew our childlike wonder and imagination.

P.S. I’m sensing a nieces-and-nephews day at the theater later this year…

Rediscovering a Classic

Disney’s awakening force concerning old favorites isn’t limited to Star Wars these days…

Christmas and the holiday season is the time to be surrounded by loved ones, including nieces and nephews who enjoy learning about a fun new movie to get excited about. At this point in the year, there’s an unrivaled collective energy that has the truest power to bring people together. Even the stress of shopping for those perfect gifts in these final days (who, me?) is no match for the Christmas joys of late December and the promise of the impending new year. And one of these joys is the timeless classic “The Nutcracker.” I remember going to the theater with family to see the cinematic version (a longgggg version) when I was a kid. It’s one of those stories you don’t forget.

However, according to Disney, “The Nutcracker” is a story almost as old as time that can be reimagined for a new generation. And, apparently, there are four realms that push the boundaries of vibrant imaginative curiosity we never knew about…

The theatrical release date is a bit off into the future on November 2, 2018. Still, if there’s one studio that can sustain movie magic, it’s Disney.

Actress Mackenzie Foy (the trailer’s young heroine) famously played young Murph in Christopher Nolan’s 2014 space epic Interstellar. In that film, Ms. Foy’s affecting performance was limited to earth. In The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, she’s the one who takes off into unknown galaxies realms.