Posted: 09/23/2016 4:49 PM | Print Story |  Email

9/23 Movie Trip

TCL movie guy Paul McGuire Grimes, has three family fun films you can watch at home. Read more of his thoughts at his website, Paul's Trip to the Movies.
One of Disney’s greatest animated films is coming back to BluRay and DVD in a Special 25th anniversary edition with brand new special features and plenty of others that have been released before. I grew up watching Beauty and the Beast and it remains one of my favorites from Disney. It’s hard to think it’s already been 25 years, but it’s wonderful to think that people my age can now pass it on to a whole new generation.
Did you know?
-Became the first full-length animated film to be nominated for Best Picture. It lost out to The Silence of the Lambs. It still won two Oscars for Best Score and Best Song for the title track
-Walt Disney had first thought of telling this story back in the 1930s but scrapped it once the live action French version came out.
-The original concept was a non-musical, but that was completely scrapped when they get the idea to treat it like a big Broadway musical told through animation. It later went on to be an extremely popular Broadway musical and spawned future Disney stage productions.
BluRay/DVD Special Features
-First look at the bring new live action movie coming in 2016 with Emma Watson, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor
-Inside look at the original voice recordings with the actors reflecting back on what it was like to voice these characters
-Conversation with composer Alan Menken and other composers like Stephen Schwartz (Pocahontas), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), and Robert Lopez (Frozen) discussing the film’s beautiful music, how it inspired them, and how you create music and lyrics to tell a story and introduce characters
-size underground lair for the turtles 
Disney is back with another “live action” version of one of their animated classics. After the death of his father, Mowgli, a little man-cub is raised by a pack of wolves after being rescued by a panther named Bagheera. When the weather dries up, the animals of the jungle all gather at Peace Rock in harmony to share the limited water available to them. He’s the only man-cup out there and finds himself the target of the evil tiger Shere Khan who wants to kill Mowgli. Now that the wolf den is no longer safe, Bagheera leads Mowgli on a quest through the jungle to reach the man village and find safety. He comes across other animals along the way that may or may not have his best interests at heart.
-Directed Jon Favreau who has previously done family films like Elf and big adventure/CGI work with the Iron Man movies.
-Stars: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupta Nyong’o, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, and Garry Shandling
-Casting is spot on, especially Bill Murray. He is quintessential Murray, which will make the parents laugh harder than the kids. The same goes for Christopher Walken.
-Stunning special effects work on bringing the animals to life. It’s all done with CGI with the actors lending their voices to the characters. Animation is so spectacular that the animals look extremely lifelike and puts you right in the middle of the jungle. You believe you are on this same adventure with Mowgli and can easily forget it’s all computer effects
-Doesn’t have all of the music from the cartoon, but some of the hit songs are back like Bill Murray singing “The Bear Necessities.”
-Great lessons for kids about facing your fears and not being afraid.
BluRay/DVD Special Features
-Behind the scenes look director Jon Favreau and the casting process. Watch various actors like Bill Murray, Idris Elba, and Ben Kingsley in the recording studio.
-Journey into the life of young star Neel Sethi and how he went from ordinary child to being cast as Mowgli. You’ll see video from his audition with Jon Favreau explaining why he chose him when he had no experience acting before.
-35 minute look at the making of the movie, how it came to be, creating a completely CGI world, and how the went about shooting it 
-Short little video on creating the King Louie musical number “I Wanna Be Like You”
Our favorite turtles in a half shell are back, and the sequel is a vast improvement on the first one in the recent reboot of four crime fighters. New York City is in safer hands now that Shredder has been captured thanks to the Turtles and Vern the cameraman. Vern gets all of the credit while they need to remain in the sewers. Dr. Baxter Stockman is a “mad scientist” who has created a secret ooze, and it turns out he has been secretly working with Shredder’s Foot Clan. When Shredder is being transported to another prison, the Clan uses one of Dr. Stockman’s teleportation devices to aid in his escape. The Turtles arrive on the scene to stop them, but prove unsuccessful in their attempt. With the help of news reporter April O’Neil and up and coming officer Casey Jones, they set out to find Shredder and his two henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady. What they don’t realize is that Shredder has teamed up with another villain named Krang, who is even more menacing and diabolical…and slimy.
-Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Tyler Perry, Stephen Amell (Arrow), Laura Linney and Tony Shaloub and Brad Garrett do voice work in the film
-Most of the actors are fully aware they are in a Turtles movie and allow themselves to be a bit heightened and not take themselves too seriously. Megan Fox isn’t a good enough actor to know the difference and still feels awfully miscast.
-Sets out to be an exciting and action-filled film for young kids and succeeds at appealing to that demographic with its humor and interactions between the turtles and how it plays into the 3D. Aimed at a younger audience then the Marvel movies. 
-Motion capture on the turtles is better than it was in the first film. We get to see more of their personalities and their playful nature and banter comes through, which was oddly missing from the first movie.
BluRay/DVD Special Features
-Casting and recreating the character of Casey Jones
-Two different videos looking at the new cast members and those returning for the sequel. Fun look at the four guys who play the turtles and how they use motion capture to bring their characters to life
-Short featurette on the set design and creation of a full-size underground lair for the turtles