Right in the nostalgia.
Last week I finally saw Into the Woods and although I’m a huge fan of musicals and classic fairy tales, I didn’t love it. It was charming and funny at parts, but I suspect it works much better on stage than on film.
Anna Kendrick and Emily Blunt are as lovely as can be, Meryl Streep is excellent as always, but Johnny Depp is borderline annoying as the Wolf, a creepy child predator.
As much as I wish it were the songs, the true highlight of the film is the costume design. The clothing, especially worn by the women, is truly stunning. Just look at those dresses!
Found myself looking at iPhone cases again. Society6 sure can keep a girl busy for hours. I’m especially loving all the Disney themed ones, so here are a few of my favorites.
Artist Phillip Light created this hilariously cute illustration series depicting Disney princesses as sloths. See the whole collection at his tumbler: philliplight.tumblr.com
Not long ago I discovered my love for solo, multitrack a capella performances (see Matt Mullholland). This one is pretty awesome. Not only is he a great singer, but he sings about the lives of Disney princesses after the films end. Hilarious.
If you saw Wreck-it Ralph, I hope you also got there early enough to see the Disney animated short Paperman. Actually, hold up. If you haven’t seen Wreck-it Ralph, find a way to see it immediately. I don’t care if the closest theater playing it is 150 miles away. I promise it will be worth it.
But if you’d still like to wait until it’s released for purchase, you can breathe easy knowing you can watch Paperman on the interwebz for free. It has incredibly beautiful animation and an equally charming story. Disney has been putting out top-notch work the last few years and I can’t get enough.
I hope everyone goes and sees Wreck-It Ralph as soon as humanly possible. It’s seriously AMAZING. It’s the best of what an animated film should be: nostalgic, fun, sad at parts, funny at others, and tied together by brilliant voice performance and visual effects. Although it’s not a Pixar film, it’s definitely at that level of quality. Truthfully, I think I prefer it to most of the Pixar films. Every geek should see it, just for the video game references. And every person should see it, just because it’s awesome.
I love this series of illustrations by Justin Turrentine that depicts scenes of victory featuring infamous Disney villains.
I love Disney and I love Annie Leibovitz’s Disney Dream portraits featuring celebrities as iconic Disney characters. Her newest portraits feature Russell Brand as Captain Hook and Will Ferrell, Jason Segel, and Jack Black as the Hitchhiking Ghosts from Disneyland’s the Haunted Mansion. Perfect additions to the already amazing series. Check them out, with a few of my earlier favorites:
Russell Brand as Captain Hook
Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Jason Segel as the Hitchhiking Ghosts
Jeff Bridges, Penelope Cruz as Belle and the Beast
Queen Latifah as Ursula
Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella
Beyonce, Lyle Lovett, Oliver Platt as Alice, the March Hare, and the Mad Hatter
Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony as Princess Jasmine and Aladdin
See more of the series here.