Disney and Pixar dominated a fair-sized chunk of movie-related headlines yesterday with the announcement of a sequel to beloved fishy flick Finding Nemo. Said sequel, Finding Dory, starring Ellen DeGeneres as the forgetful but lovable blue tang, will hit theatres in 2015 and feature more of Dory’s back story, taking place in part in California. That’s all well and good, but with all the hype, another movie announcement kind of fell by the wayside. Dear readers, say hello to Bears.
Over the past several years, Disney has released a series of nature documentaries in the "Disney Nature" line, mostly involving regal sweeping shots and adorable animals frolicking and forming compelling narratives. These include titles like Chimpanzee and African Cats, and the films have been part of efforts to preserve natural resources across the world. And in April 2014 (timed with an Earth Day release), the latest installment in the series will be released, and it’s about bears, you guys. Bears frolicking in the majestic wilds of Alaska, slapping at salmon and wrestling and fighting off wolves and stuff, with lots of mountains and beautiful things in the background.
"Grizzly bears are probably one of the most intelligent animals on our planet," director Keith Scholey explains in the trailer. "They’re social, gentle creatures." So, I think we can concur that Grizzly Man it ain’t. Watch the trailer below—you’ll have to bear with some touting of the series in general; skip to the second half or so to get straight to the bear footage.
S. R. Bindler’s 1997 documentary Hands on a Hard Body became a cult favorite, and its depiction of the desperation attached to striving for the American Dream is still poignant and relevant sixteen years later. Naturally, the movie has become a Broadway musical, with a book written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright and music and lyrics by Amanda Green and Trey Anastasio. (Yes, that Trey Anastasio.) The musical is surprisingly watchable, featuring stellar performances and enjoyable songs that come as close to anything you might catch on a pop-country radio station. But it did make me think: what are some other musicals that could be turned into Broadway musicals?
Click through to see my top six choices!
The Broadway community loves singing kids, and how else could you get a musical about lovin’ Jesus produced on Broadway? Fill it with a rock score like in Jesus Christ Superstar or make it goofy and weird like Godspell, but you’d definitely have New York audiences swaying with devotion by the curtain call.
Buena Vista Social Club
This is almost too easy. The music is already there for the taking! This would be quite a groovy little jukebox musical.
Capturing the Friedmans
On the plus side: fun ’70s costumes! The downside: a signing pedophile.
A musical about wheelchair-bound rugby players? Call Andrew Lloyd Webber, because we’ve got a new Starlight Express on our hands.
Combining the amazing puppetry in The Lion King and the death-defying flying effects in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark would be a great way for Julie Taymor to say "fuck you" to all of her critics.