So, funny story! Turns out Disney has more than an ever-expanding roster of superheroes to exploit for cash — they also have their own animated films that they can faithfully recreate in order to get people to pay to see something they’ve probably already seen, only with slightly more realistic-looking talking animals.
So on that note, here’s their trailer for this summer’s retread!
The Lion King — In theaters July 19, 2019
I mean, I get it. It looks super pretty while also looking basically identical to the original. But what concerns me is that the biggest selling point is the voice cast: Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon, plus Eric André, John Oliver, John Kani, Alfre Woodard, Keegan-Michael Key, and more. And yet… you basically don’t hear any of them in the trailer, other than Ejiofor and Jones. What I’m saying is: Give me Lady Lion Beyoncé, you cowards!
And speaking of great voice casts being added to recreations…
The Addams Family — In theaters this Halloween
Without a doubt, The Addams Family had a huge impact on my childhood. Both of the films, obviously, but also the old TV show starring John Astin. When I was 9, I dressed like Wednesday for Halloween… and also just for fun the rest of the year. That’s probably why, as unsettling as I find this particular animation style (itself inspired by the original cartoons by Charles Addams), I can’t bring myself to dunk on it. Because, again, the voice cast is outstanding (Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, and Allison Janney) — but mostly because I simply want more Addams Family in my life. The snaps! The theme! The twisted, cheerfully oddball hijinks! I welcome all of it with open arms, and I’m going to focus my energy on hoping that the movie will prove to be a worthy addition to the franchise (and/or be spun off into a live-action version with the same cast, OBVIOUSLY).
You know what else can do no wrong in my book?
Shaun The Sheep: Farmageddon - In UK theaters October 18 (no US release date confirmed… yet)
I mean, it’s Shaun the Sheep meets E.T., only the alien looks like a glowy puppy. What more do I need to say?
Detective Pikachu — In theaters May 10
If nothing else, this movie has INCREDIBLE marketing behind it. Just look at this “Casting” featurette, which offers up a bunch of Pokémon in-jokes for the fans, and for the rest of us, we can kick back and enjoy listening to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” one of the most perfect songs in the history of the recording industry. Fight me on that… OH WAIT YOU CAN’T BECAUSE YOU’RE ALREADY TOO BUSY DANCING TO IT. Anyway, sheer curiosity was gonna make me watch this movie regardless, but go ahead Detective Pikachu — keep selling yourself to me.
Chambers — Coming to Netflix on April 26
Well, THIS looks eerie AF. It’s a riff on a pretty well-worn idea (what if the recipient of an organ transplant takes on the characteristics of the donor?), only with more mystery and Uma Thurman.
Tales from the City — Coming to Netflix June 7
This limited series is inspired by the books of Armistead Maupin, and it’s actually a sequel to previous installments produced in the ’90s. Laura Linney reprises her role as a now middle-aged Mary Ann Singleton, returning to San Francisco to see her daughter (Ellen Page), while Olympia Dukakis once again plays landlady Anna Madrigal.
The Last Summer — Coming to Netflix May 3
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And finally, here’s a clip from last night’s At Home with Amy Sedaris, which was loaded with guest stars. Ann Dowd, Juliette Lewis, and Taryn Manning showed up as Chassie Tucker’s (Cole Escola) estranged family, while elsewhere in the episode Jessica Walter played Amy’s former school nurse and Fred Armisen played a… murderer.
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