*It’s that time of year already when you go into the stores and see Christmas wares. The studios will not be out done and reps from a couple of film companies held their own holiday promotions. “The Walt Disney Studios Cordially Invites You To A Attend A Special Sneak Peek Of the Upcoming Holiday Films,” the invite read.
It was more than a sneak peek, however, for “Tangled.” An unfinished version of it was shown in its entirety and they knew for sure what they were doing. It had something for everyone, with a new star emerging called Maximus. Maximum proves just far animation has come, as he is one of animation’s best scene-stealers.
Mandy Moore is the voice of Rapunzel and Zachary Levi is the voice of Flynn Rider. The event, hosted by Sean Bailey (president of Disney’s Motion Pictures Production), was held at the Florence Gould Hall and the screenings in its aptly named Tinker Auditorium in New York. When one walked into the venue, it was like walking onto one of Disney’s lots. All attendees were asked to become just as infamous as Flynn.
The exclusive footage of “Tron: Legacy,” in 3D and IMAX 3D, starring Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn and Jeff Bridges as his father Kevin, Harlem-born Camara Yaya DaCosta (Siren) and Brandon Jay McLaren (Sobel) took the audience on an incredible ride to another realm.
Director Michael Apted, Producer Mark Johnson and President of Fox 2000, Elizabeth Gabler exhibited film clips of “Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” at a reception that preceded the preview. The third in the “Narnia” installment is no doubt just as exciting as the first. I asked Apted after the short was shown if he had a chance to have some fun since he will be bringing much joy into many lives when the first is released? “I don’t know about fun,” he said, “but it’s been rewarding. I’ve learned new stuff and wouldn’t want to do anything else. With a film of this size there’s a lot of people all around, a lot of money being spent and a lot going on. I’ve enjoyed it looking back on it, however.”
“Narnia” fans’ prayers were answered when Twentieth Century Fox picked up the reigns after the film’s previous studio relinquished rights when the second installment didn’t perform as well as expected at the box office. Based on the book by C.S. Lewis, cast members Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Tilda Swinton and Liam Neesom as the voice of Aslan, their holy guide, return. In addition to all the “Narnia” sites that have about, a new one has surfaced called NarniaFaith.com. It was launched as a tool to help pastors and faith leaders when referencing “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” in their churches’ ministries.