Oz The Great and Powerful Makeup and Costume: Behind The Scenes

I can’t wait to check out Oz The Great and Powerful when it hits theaters in a couple weeks! The breathtaking sets, and fabulous costumes have my attention already! I can’t wait to check out the story line. I’m sure it won’t disappoint!

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Here’s a quick peek behind the scenes at how they perfected the costumes and makeup for Oz The Great and Powerful. The the attention to detail is fabulous for each character in the movie!

Oz is directed by Sam Raimi, who paid particular attention to detail in everything about the movie. Robert Stromberg was the production designer, the same person who was behind the fabulous scenery in Avatar, and Alice in Wonderland. He won Academy Awards for both, so I’m sure Oz The Great and Powerful will have the same beautiful other-worldly wonder as his previous movies.

Oz The Great and Powerful will be hitting theaters on March 8th.

Oz The Great and Powerful Balloon Tour

Disney announced the launch of the “Journey to Oz Balloon Tour” earlier this week. The tour is sponsored by leading multichannel retailer HSN and IMAX Corporation. The tour is to help promote and celebrate “Oz The Great and Powerful,” opening in U.S. theaters and IMAX® on March 8, 2013. I can’t wait to check it out on the big screen!

The colorful, “Oz The Great and Powerful”–emblazoned hot-air balloon began its tour Wednesday morning from the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, Calif.

oz the great and powerful balloon tour

Stops for the “Journey to Oz Balloon Tour” to date include:

· Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. (February 17)

· Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 20)

· Central Park in New York City (March 5 & 6)

Today the “Journey to Oz Balloon Tour” app goes live on the official Facebook page for the film. Fans have the opportunity to unlock screenings in cities near them. Users will vote by Tweeting with a custom hashtag for their city (e.g. #DisneyOzSeattle) or by sharing on Facebook.

“Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.

This is one of the movies I’m most looking forward to checking out this year! I can’t wait until it hits theaters in March!

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Catch Disney Nature’s Chimpanzee and Save a Chimpanzee

Disney Nature’s Chimpanzee will premiere in theaters Earth Day, April 20th 2012. If you go to see the movie opening week Disney Nature will make a donation to the Jane Goodall Institute. So you can see Chimpanzee and maybe save a chimpanzee.

Here’s a short Chimpanzee featurette with more details.

If you’re not familiar with this new film from Disney Nature, here’s what I know about it:

Oscar the Chimpanzee is born into a large loving family. He’s the normal curious playful chimp, but when he’s about 3 years old something goes terribly wrong, and he finds himself fending for himself, alone without his family. Another chimp finds him, adopts him and raises him as its own. Chimpanzee is a true story, and it’s the first time something like this has been documented on film.

Madagascar 3 Europe’s Most Wanted Coming This Summer

The Penguins are back! Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is hitting the big screen on June 8th of 2012. The whole cast is back and ready to move it, move it again. This time they’re in Europe on a mission to rescue the penguins and get back to their zoo in New York when they get animal control on their tails.

The whole gang is back including Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo To escape animal control they join a circus and tries to “blend in” with the crowd. Here’s the trailer:

We’ve loved all the Madagascar movies so far, so I can’t wait to check this one out this summer when it hits theaters!

Kung Fu Panda 2 Movie Trailer

Prepare for awesomeness in 2011 with the sequel of Kung Fu Panda premiering May 26 2011. The movie is officially titled Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom, and brings back all your favoirte original Kung Fu Panda characters.

I saw the first trailer on TV over the weekend, check it out:

I’m sure I’ll be back with more Kung Fu Panda news in the next few months.

The Princess and the Frog Coming to Blu Ray and DVD

The Princess and the Frog will premiere on Blu Ray and DVD on March 16, you can preorder your copy here from Amazon:  Order The Princess and the Frog .

The Princess and the Frog is an animated remake of the classic tale The Frog Prince.

Movie Synopsis:

Discover what really happened after the princess kissed the frog in an inspired twist on the world’s most famous kiss. This hilarious adventure leaps off the screen with stunning animation, irresistible music and an unforgettable cast of characters. Enter Princess Tiana’s world of talking frogs, singing alligators and lovesick fireflies as she embarks on an incredible journey through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.

Check out the Princess and the Frog Movie Trailer:

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Monsters vs Aliens Super Splash During The Superbowl

Monsters vs Aliens Dreamworks Monsters VS Aliens will be premiering a 90 second 3D “monster sized movie trailer” during the 2009 Superbowl on February 1st.

You can pick up your own set of free 3D glasses at any Sobe Lifewater(tm), and Pepsi(tm) displays at local retailers.

Here’s a sneak peek at the Monsters Vs Aliens movie trailer:

Susan Murphy gets hit by an radioactive astroid on her wedding day and turns into a giant. Then she discovers there’s a whole world she knows nothing about. When the Earth is threatened by an alien invasion, Susan and her new monster friends step in to save the day.

The 3D Monsters vs Aliens is set to premiere in theaters on March 27th. Check out the official Monsters VS Aliens website for the latest movie information.

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2008 Is an Excellent Year For Animation

kung fu panda 2008 is turning out to be an excellent year for animated movies. There have been several blockbuster hits so far, and there are several more due out this fall that promise to be big.

So far we’ve seen Wall-E(tm), Kung Fu Panda(tm), and Horton Hears a Who(tm) all kicking it at the box office.

There are some animated movies still to come in 2008 that promise to be box office hits, from some of the animation power houses,  Star Wars the Clone Wars(tm) from Lucas Film, Disney’s Bolt ™, Madagascar Escape 2 Africa(tm) via Dreamworks, and, Tales of Despereaux(tm) from Universal premiering at Christmas. 

I’ll have more on the upcoming animated movies in the next few days, stay tuned.

I can’t wait to check them all out, and to see how they fare against the competition. What’s your favorite animated children’s movie of 2008? Which one do you think will be tops at the box office at the end of the year?

Madagascar Escape 2 Africa To Hit The Box Office in November

The gang from Madagascar’s back, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo.

This time they’re escaping from Madagascar, only to land in the wilderness of Africa, where Alex meets some of his relatives. Find out what happens when the whole animal reservation they land in runs out of water, and Alex saves the day by leaving the reservation to find out what’s going on.

Madagascar Escape 2 Africa hits the box office November 7th.

Check out the trailer for their escape in Madagascar Escape 2 Africa.

Final Harry Potter Book To Be Two Movies

The final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) is too much for a two hour movie, so it will be split into two movies. Check out the full scoop.