Swim into this news, Disney fans! A comic adaptation of Disney’s 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, has been announced a week after the casting of Halle Bailey as Ariel the upcoming live action remake of the Disney film. The comic will retell the story of the animated film with the classic designs that you doubtlessly remember from childhood. According to The Hollywood Reporter the series will be released by Dark Horse Comics. The series will be adapting the animated film’s story, which is based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, very closely but through Ariel’s eyes, allowing us a more intimate look at the events strictly from her POV. The aim of the series will be to truly see what Ariel was thinking as she deals with finding true love, grappling with her father King Triton, and fighting against the evil sea-witch Ursula.
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The comic will be entitled Disney: The Little Mermaid and will be launching as a three issue limited series. The series will be written by Cecil Castelluci, with artwork by Zulema Scotto Lavina. Castelucci’s previous writing credits include the critically acclaimed Soupy Leaves Home, as well as other comics such as The P.L.A.I.N. Janes, Female Furies, and Shade: The Changing Girl. She has previous experience working on a Disney adaptation comic, having written Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, which also told the classic animated film’s story from Snow White’s point of view.
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The comic will be launching October 16th, doubtlessly building hype for the upcoming live action film in the future. Are you excited to revisit the sea and all the denizens within in comic form? Tell us in the comments! In the meantime, you can revisit the original animated film or even better, read the story it was based on! But be warned, it’s a little darker.
Avatar: The Last Airbender might have ended ten years ago, but it’s such a fan favorite that the story has been kept alive in comic books. In collaboration with Avatar co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Gene Luen Yang has been the principal writer of these stories until now. Dark Horse comics revealed to Entertainment Weekly that two new graphic novels are due out later this year with new writers.
One, Avatar: The Last Airbender – Team Avatar Tales, is an anthology featuring Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph in various adventures. Some stories will be more on the fun side, while others will explore deeper issues, as fans have come to expect from the franchise.
The other, Avatar: The Last Airbender – Imbalance Part One, takes place after the events of the series. Erin Hicks teams with artist Peter Wardman to tell the story, which will follow Aang and his friends as they try to bridge a gap between benders and non-benders in an industrialized town.
If “industrialized” rings any bells in fans’ heads, it’s because The Last Airbender follow-up series The Legend of Korra featured themes of industrialization and a steampunk aesthetic. It seems like Imbalance may begin to bridge the seventy year gap between The Last Airbender and Korra, which will delight fans.
Team Avatar Tales is due out September 5th, and Imbalance will hit shelves October 10th. Check out the covers below!
I can clearly remember, as a kid, all the great Hayao Miyazaki films I’d spend hours watching at home. My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Castle in the Sky, and Spirited Away are among my favorites. Miyazaki is of another world, I will definitely say that. From the beautiful illustrations to the wistful stories, it’s no wonder they’ve all become classic movies for all ages.
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For those of you with me on that one, we’ve got another treat coming our way. The American trailer for Mary and the Witch’s Flower has just been released and I’m feeling like I’m seven years old all over again!
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Based on the 1971 children’s book The Little Broomstick, the story follows a young Mary in a rural British village who comes across a magical flower. The blossom takes her on an adventure through the clouds to a witch’s school where she meets an array of characters who turn out to be more mystical than she imagined. I do really love all the characters these creators think up. Although Miyazaki has not graced this film with his presence, former Ghibli animator, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, has taken the role of director. So that’s a tell-tale sign that this film will be nothing short of amazing. The American film’s distributor, GKIDS, tells SyFy Wire what to expect:
Mary and The Witch’s Flower is an all-ages action adventure that harkens back to some of the most beloved animated films of all time, full of ingenious characters, jaw-dropping, imaginative worlds and the simple, heartfelt story of a young girl trying to figure her place in the world.
With the witchery of the Harry Potter world, the characters and adventures of Spirited Away, and the coming-of-age essence within Kiki’s Delivery Service, I really cannot wait for its release on January 19, 2018. Check out the trailer and fall in love!
You know who’s just a bad banana with a greasy black peel? Mr. Grinch. And he’s coming to a cinema near you November 9, 2018. Illumination Entertainment is adapting Dr. Seuss’ holiday classic with the help of Seuss’ widow, Audrey Geisel.
November 2018’s a while off, but the powers that be don’t want us to forget this movie is on its way. Thus, they’ve released a poster giving the people a tease at what the upcoming adaptation might have in store. The poster features a younger Grinch with the tagline “He gets meaner.” Observers will note his festive scarf and thoroughly non-threatening demeanor. Between the tagline and his general appearance, I am guessing the movie will be something of an origin story. How the Grinch came to hate Christmas.
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Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the Grinch. Pete Candeland and The Secret Life of Pets co-director, Yarrow Cheney, will helm the picture. Also the title of the movie isn’t How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It’s just The Grinch. That’s about all we know of the movie.
It’s a year off and you can expect a teaser trailer in the coming months. Til’ then, enjoy your roast beast and have a nice time in Whoville!
Originally a single panel cartoon series by Charles Addams, published in The New Yorker between 1938 and 1988, The Addams Family was first adapted to screen as a live action television show from 1964 to 1966 before becoming an animated series in the 1970s. The Addams Family has only grown in popularity since, with its heyday in the 90s thanks to the live action adaptations starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, and Christina Ricci. Other than a Broadway adaptation in 2009, The Addams Family has been on the down low, but MGM, who owns the film rights to the franchise, wants to bring the show back to its animated roots.
Despite the fact that the new reboot is going to be animated, Raul Julia-lookalike Oscar Isaac has officially signed on to play Gomez Addams. Julia, who died in 1994, starred as Gomez Addams in the cult classic 1991 film and the 1993 sequel.
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The latest animated reboot has been in the works for a minute; Tim Burton was attached to a 3D stop-motion version back in 2010, though is not attached to the MGM reboot confirmed in 2013. Fans of Burton do have something to look forward to, with Pamela Pettler will be writing the screenplay. Pettler previously worked with Burton on 2005’s Corpse Bride! So that’s something.