AllEars Review: ‘Mulan’ on Disney+

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Today, Disney+ viewers can finally see director Niki Caro’s live-action version of the 1998 animated feature Mulan. Based on the centuries-old Chinese “Ballad of Mulan,” the film tells the now-familiar tale of Mulan ((Yifei Liu,) a girl possessing a keen intellect and extraordinary gifts, in a time when neither are considered desirable traits for women.  … Continue reading "AllEars Review: ‘Mulan’ on Disney+"
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Q & A with “Mulan” Director Niki Caro and Actress Yifei Liu

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On September 4th, Disney+ will at last bring out the long-awaited live-action version of the 1998 animated classic Mulan. Based on both the animated film and the original Chinese “Ballad of Mulan”, Mulan tells the tale of a young woman who disguises herself as a man and takes her ailing father’s place as a military conscript … Continue reading "Q & A with “Mulan” Director Niki Caro and Actress Yifei Liu"
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Recap of Press Junket for “The New Mutants”

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Coming to theaters and IMAX theaters nationwide on August 28th is Twentieth Century Studios’ long-awaited new superhero horror film, The New Mutants. The New Mutants follows Danielle “Dani” Moonstar as she checks into an isolated hospital for psychiatric monitoring and meets four other young mutants, all of whom have checkered pasts in some way related to their … Continue reading "Recap of Press Junket for “The New Mutants”"
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Pictorial Souvenir Booklets (a Long-Standing Disney Parks Tradition) Are a Victim of the Times

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I took home three keepsakes from our first visit to Walt Disney World in 1972: A vintage Mickey Mouse T-shirt; the Information Guide they handed out at the gate, and a copy of A Pictorial Souvenir of Walt Disney World. The T-shirt is currently reposing in a landfill. The Information Guide is tucked away in a box of similar guides I’ve collected over the years. The Pictorial Souvenir? It remains a constant source of information and, frankly, wonderment.
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Ford’s Magic Skyway at the 1964-1965 N.Y. World’s Fair Was a Breakthrough Achievement for Disney

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The Ford Motor Company’s Magic Skyway attraction was among the five most-attended shows at the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. The attraction was conceived and created by some of the most talented people working for WED Enterprises, the forerunner of Walt Disney Imagineering. It combined a compelling story – a motor tour through the story of man, from primeval times to a glimpse into what the future might hold – with a new ride system which allowed nearly 2,000 guests to enjoy the experience every hour. It also was among the first attractions to feature game-changing Audio-Animatronics technology.
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