Animation Nominations

Friday, January 11th, 2013

We all know that Disney brings out some of the best animations, so it will come to no surprise Disney has some nominations. In the United Kingdom the BAFTA Award nominations have been released. Here Disney has 2 chances to win the price. Both Brave and Frankenweenie are on the short list. They are up against only one more movie in their category. The third nominee is Paranorman.

Disney does even a little better on the Oscar list. Besides Brave and Frankenweenie are on the list, but also Wreck-It Ralph got nominated. The Oscar list is a little bigger with a total of 5 nominations. 3 of them from Disney, Paranorman is also on it and the final name on the list is The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

Click the links for a full list on all BAFTA and Oscar nominations

Universal vs. Disney: The Tolkien Round!

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Universal did it again! At least if these rumors are indeed correct as no official announcements are made yet. Universal gets the rights to build the Lord of the Ring attractions in their park. This is yet another fantastic move that will bring over even more people to the parks. Harry Potter already proofed success and with Lord of the Rings they will do it again. This franchise is so big, popular and timeless that guest numbers for the park will grow for sure.

Queues for the Harry Potter attractions are stupendously long and will get even bigger once the second phase is in place. Once Lords of the Rings and the Hobbit will make it to the park another big fan followers will find their way to the Universal Studios getting those visitor numbers way up. Orlando visitors will need to find a way to see all the stuff and while their holiday might not get extended, a visit to Universal might. As guest might have to find that extra day for Universal, this could cost Disney some visitors.

OK, Disney just got the big Star Wars deal, the new Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, the rumored Carsland for Hollywood Studios and… Avatar for Animal Kingdom. Fantasyland is already proofing to be a success for Disney and depending on their Star Wars plans will have another crowd pleaser. As long as it will be spectacular and the Imagineers get to do something with it. Avatar is still another story in my honest opinion. Avatar might still see two more movies and although this will keep the franchise alive, it is in no way as timeless as Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.

Never the less, it is exciting to see how the theme parks are creating new wonderful stuff. The Lord of the Rings deal will make Disney work their hardest to bring out their best of the best and the real winners are we, the fans and the guests.

Make sure to visit us regularly as we will report on all the new Orlando area park stuff once we know more.

The Wasp

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

There was an interesting article about Josh Whedon and his Avengers movie out there today. He was available for a Q&A session after a screening with Josh and the article talked about some of the things that “could have been” the Avengers movie. One of the biggest changes was the draft without the Black Widow and the Wasp instead. Not only was she one of the founding members of the Avengers but she has also been the leader of the Avengers. Whit her in the picture the movie could have gone in a whole different angle. Not only would we be without the Black Widow or the beautiful Scarlett Johansson, we would also miss one of the best scenes in the movie where the Black Widow makes Loki give away his plans while he was being kept imprisoned on the helicarrier.

Another big thing Josh wanted for the movie was a second villain besides Loki. He said that this was a battle he couldn’t win from the film studio.

Josh didn’t talk a lot about the sequel that is planned for 2015. The only news on this so far is the fact that he is working on it and that he wants to bring in some new characters to the Avengers II movie. According to the article Disney made sure no more information about the next movie would be spilled. They say there where about 3 Disney publicist in the room that made sure Josh would stay on topic and only talk about the first movie.

New Harry Potter Movie

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

The success of Harry Potter continues…  in a theme park near you. After all books have found their way to the big screen it come to a little surprise that Warner Brother is filming another Harry Potter movie. However, it has a little twist. It will be a mini movie especially taped for the theme parks. More specifically the Universal Studios park in Orlando, and the new, under construction, Harry Potter sections in California (2016) and Japan (2014).

One of the stars that will be featured in the new film will be Helena Bonham Carter. She will reprise her role Bellatrix Lestrange. Filming has been done at the Warner Brothers’ studios in Hetfordshire. There is nothing know about the story or the plot as they are keeping their lips tight for now. But that will not stop the rumor mill once everybody starts talking on the web on what to expect of this new movie.

Source Daily Mail UK

Disney Buys Lucasfilm and Opens door for new Star Wars Movie

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Disney has already proven that they can successfully buy a big franchise and make it even more successful. Just look at the Marvel and the current successes at the box office. Disney has done it again by buying the Lucasfilm and will be looking at expanding not only the Disney family, but also expanding the Star Wars universe. The deal is worth $4 billion and is the biggest buy out deal Disney ever made and the fourth biggest buy out deal up to date. Disney will pony up half of the total in cash and will issue another part in 40 million shares.

This opens the doors to many new Star Wars films and Disney CEO Robert Iger already mention that we can expect a new Star Wars film every 2 or 3 years. George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars universe, is ready to pass on his legacy.

 “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next, It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers”
George Lucas

With this deal Disney will acquire full ownership of Star Wars franchise as well as the cutting edge technology from Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound and more. Current Lucasfilm Co-Chairman, Kathleen Kennedy, will become the president of the Lucasfilm department.

Star Wars Episode 7 will be the first movie that will come from this deal. While Disney has full control of the new Star Wars movie, George Lucas will still play a part of the process as a creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is set for a 2015 release.

The possibilities with this new deal are endless. One can only hope that Star Wars will find an even more prominent place in the parks. There have been rumors of expansions at the Disney Hollywood Studios for a while. (example a Cantina) This deal could be that little extra push to see this happening even sooner then the fans had hoped for. This is just the beginning of a big story, one that we will follow closely for sure.

We Are Back

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

It has been a while since you’ve seen an update here but as you can see we are back in action.

So what happened? Why where we gone?

Well, we had to fight some technical difficulties on the blog that had forced it into a complete black-out.

It took a while to find the error, but as you can see the Mousekingdom blog is back on-line. Unfortunately we did loose some date, but that will not stop us from adding new stuff.

So if you like Walt Disney, Disney Parks, Disney movies and anything else related to the world of Disney (and more), brace yourself as we are ready for GO!…

Avatar Kingdom

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011


It’s been the biggest news since yesterday, Avatar coming to the Animal Kingdom park in Walt Disney World. Disney has closed a deal with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the world of Avatar to the Disney parks.

James and his producing partner Jon Landau and their team at Lightstorm Entertainment will serve as creative consultants on the project and will work side-by-side with our Walt Disney Imagineers as we dream up experiences that will take our guests deep into worlds of AVATAR like never before. (Disneyparks Blog)

Who is excited? Well, I am not. While I think that the Avatar movie is amazing I don’t like the idea of it going into a Disney park, let alone the Animal Kingdom park. I see the Animal Kingdom park as a Imagineering masterpiece and I just don’t see it fitting in here, even if it could be linked with nature. Alien nature in the Animal Kingdom park?

There are two more movies planned in the Avatar universe, but what happens after that? Will it stay as big as Star Wars? Will it stay as cool as Indiana Jones? (Even with the last movie being a disaster). Or will it be the Harry Potter impact that Universal got? I am not so sure. Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter are timeless that might need some updates over time (Like Star Wars just had), but will Avatar also become a timeless story. If you look at the secondary market (toys, collectibles, etc), Star Wars, and Harry Potter are everywhere (Indiana Jones not so much). Avatar, can’t remember when I’ve seen anything in the shops anywhere. With Avatar in the park there will be a continuous live for the franchise. But will they be able to turn it timeless?

I am a big Disney fan and love the parks. I will give it a chance and hope I am totally wrong, but for now I am very skeptic.

On the other hand, if the Imagineers get the money and resources they need we might get to see an incredible land with amazing Disney attractions. At the end of the day, that’s what people and Disney park fans like me get excited.

The web has been the place where people put up some questions about Disney’s decision and Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has added some answers to them. One of the questions was one that popped up in my head to; Why buy someone else’s idea instead of letting WDI come up with something? Find out what Tom Staggs has to say about this and read his other answers on the Disneypark blog.

The Return of the Lone Ranger

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

It was all over the web, the Jerry Bruckheimer, Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp project, “The Lone Ranger” was cancelled by Disney because of the high production cost of $250 million. Work was put on hold and some of the sets being build where going to be torn down again. But it looks like the budget is being brought down. While Disney wanted to bring it down to $210 million, a person close to the movie director said that the budget has been lowered to $230 million so far. According to the source the three big names agreed to cut down on their own piece of the cake. Another saving measures will be made on some of the heavy special effects that involves the supernatural that where planned for the movie. No agreement has been closed yet but it looks like Johnny Depp has high hopes that the project will continue.

Reached by email on Tuesday, Depp was cryptic about the “Lone Ranger” project. “I think everything will work out as it should,” the Oscar-nominated actor said from London, where he was at Pinewood Studios outside London working on the Warner Bros. film “Dark Shadows.” (LA Times Blog)

Looks like a little bit of a power play by Disney to show who’s boss (always the one with the money). Personally I didn’t think Disney would shut it down as the team of  Jerry Bruckheimer, Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp are way to important for the mouse.

Two Disney Marvel Mystery Movies for 2014

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

We’ve just had Thor, Captain America is going strong at the time and The Avengers will be coming soon. Thor 2 is planned for a release in 2013, but Disney has just release information on two new superhero movie dates. First date is May 16, 2014, with the second release date set to June 27, 2014. What they didn’t mention yet is the titles of the movie, or the superhero’s that will feature in them. A couple of titles have been floating on the web; Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. It could well be that one of them is in that list, or even both. However, some rumors indicate that the first date would be the Captain America sequel. Let the guessing game begin!

Picture copyrights Marvel

Captain Eagle

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Aren’t the Muppets fun? I for sure can’t wait to see the new Muppets movie.

Release date for the new Movie is set on November 23rd but until then the Muppets are already giving us some very nice eye candy.How about this great Captain America: The First Avenger parody poster with Sam the Eagle as the captain. Isn’t it great. I love it.

Can’t wait to see the Muppets (Rowlf the Dog, Dr. Teeth, Bobo the Bear, Pepe the King Prawn, Swedish Chef,  Clifford, Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot, Waldorf, Animal, Fozzie Bear, Sam the Eagle, Miss Piggy, Walter, Janice,  Scooter, Floyd Pepper, Crazy Harry, Kermit the Frog, Beaker, Rizzo the Rat and Statler)  in action, but I am also looking forwards to all the great cameo’s that are listed for this movie; Alan Arkin, Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Beth Broderick, James Carville, George Clooney, Billy Crystal, Zach Galifianakis, Ricky Gervais,  Donald Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Kathy Griffin, Dave Grohl, Neil Patrick Harris, Ed Helms, Judd Hirsch, Sterling Knight, John Krasinski,  Mila Kunis, Rico Rodriguez, Mickey Rooney, Kristen Schaal, French Stewart, Ben Stiller, Eric Stonestreet, Wanda Sykes and Danny Trejo

Picture copyrights Disney

Avengers Assembly… at Disneyland

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

It looks like it is less and less a question of if, but one of when will we see a marvel theme attraction in a Disney park. The rumors so far have been a third gate at Disneyland Paris, Marvel attractions in the Asian Market and Iron Man getting his first attraction in Disneyland Anaheim. Next in the line of rumors for Marvel orientated attractions in the Disneyland resort Anaheim is an Avengers attractions. According to the rumors their might already be some early concept art related to the Avengers.

Disney purist might hate this idea but it makes sense that Disney is looking at adding these characters in their park. Not only because they paid enough for them, but they will bring in new guests that love either the super heroes or the movies. The Avengers, or any other Marvel group or character, could be the new thrill for the Disney parks and the future to bring in those guests that visited other parks for thrills instead of Disney.

The Avengers movie is produced by Marvel Studios and will be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The talented Joss Whedon will be directing the movie and some of the actors are Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo and Cobie Smulders. If this movie is successful an attraction would be an instant winner.

Release date for the movie expected May 4, 2012, opening Avengers Attractions… still a rumor for now.

Source Screamscape

Pictures copyrights Marvel

Lone Ranger might not be so lonely on the big screen

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

As Mike Fleming on Deadline Hollywood just revealed Walt Disney Pictures apparently has decided on the release date for its new movie version of “Lone Ranger”: December 21, 2012 (in the US)!

The movie supposed to start production later this year. Gore Verbinski will direct Armie Hammer as the title character and Johnny Depp (with whom he already worked on the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy) as Tonto.

However, one needs to wonder whether that is a clever move. Afterall, the highly anticipated movie “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” directed by Peter Jackson and reuniting many cast members of the original “Lord of the Rings” trilogy will open worldwide just one week earlier, on December 14, 2011. In other words: the market and the multiplex cinemas could be rather crowded and the buzz on the street might be so concentrated on the Hobbit movie that the Lone Ranger could just sink without a chance – in particular since outside the US he most probably is unknown to most potential young movie goers anyway.  Guess we need to wait whether Disney sticks with the date and how they plan on countering the rush to “The Hobbit”.

Did You Know About…

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

.. all our other projects? Mousekingdom is part of our BIG Disney family with multiple projects. Most of them are linked but in case you didn’t know about them yet I wanted to put them all on this blog so you can check them out and ad them to your favorites.

There is our other site related totally on Disneyland Paris. You’ll find all the news from in and around the park there. We have our facebook page where you can come and say hello too. You can of course follow us on twitter too and we even have our own daily paper (somehow, just have a look at it here)

We also have a youtube channel. Only a couple of video on it at this time but do become a member to get updates on new videos we will post there.

Check them all out and add them to your daily Disney fix. Thank you to all our guests following us here or any of our other platforms. And now, let’s get on with the show…

Pirates Jumps the $400 Million Mark

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

In less then a weeks time the new “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” has easily surpassed the $400 million mark. With this it sets a very big new record as the first movie that reached the $400 million target the fastest.

It made $104.4 million in North America and made about three times that much, $310.8 million, in other territories.

Other movies that are going strong at this time are Universal “Fast Five” with a grossed total of well over $500 million, Twentieth Century Fox’s “Rio” with over $450 million in total and Paramount’s Marvel production “Thor” that is also on the $400 million mark.

Good times for the movies!

Cars II Royal Wedding Trailer

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Just in time for the Royal wedding: a new fun Cars II trailer…

(via StitchKingdom)