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How Netflix, ‘House of Cards’, ‘Trolls 2’, and the $30 cost of renting ‘Mulan’ are related

How Netflix, ‘House of Cards’, ‘Trolls 2’, and the $30 cost of renting ‘Mulan’ are related

(Photo courtesy of Freestocks)  Kyra Barry Connector Staff Video on Demand (VOD), the early version of streaming services, has a long and fascinating technological history, popularized by the idea of content that one could watch outside of a broadcast schedule. Before its advent, it was not thought possible that videos could be transferred over the

2020’s “Mulan” can’t escape its own reflection

(Photo courtesy of Disney) Troy Lafond Connector Editor  The 2020 remake of the Disney animated classic “Mulan” had an incredibly troubled rollout, with plans for the movie starting as early as 2010. Hope for the project began resurfacing in 2015 when director Niki Caro joined on, and momentum finally picked up when Yifei Liu was

“Hamilton”: A Disney+ exclusive; bringing Broadway home

(Joan Marcus/ LA Times) With the use of hip-hop, rap and songs of other genres that will be stuck in the listeners’ heads forever, Miranda demonstrates where the story of Alexander Hamilton started and where it unfortunately ended. Venessa Bazile Connector Contributor  “Hamilton” is a tale of freedom, politics, and the many trials and tribulations

“Frozen 2” burns bright and lives up to original

“Frozen 2” had the biggest global debut for an animated film ever with $358.5 million. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) Troy Lafond Connector Editor In 2013, Disney released their long-delayed, production-troubled, animated adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen,” titled “Frozen.” “Frozen” went on to break box office records and became

“Maleficent 2”: Angelina Jolie saves the day

“Maleficient 2” opened 47 percent lower than its predecessor in the box office. (Photo courtesy of Disney) Kaliisha Cole Connector Staff A dark fairytale continues. From director Joachim Ronning, “Maleficent 2” hit theaters on Oct. 18 with Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning as the stars yet again. In this part of the story, Prince Phillip

‘Dumbo’ flies higher than expected, but not by much

Will Smith, Bill Hader, Chris Pine and Casey Affleck were all considered for the main role. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) Owen Johnson Connector Editor “Dumbo” is the first of four planned live-action remakes to classic Disney animated films that are slated for release in 2019. If “Dumbo” is any indication to how

‘The Jungle Book’ is the king of Disney animated movies

The animation of “The Jungle Book” was done by xerography. (Photo courtesy of Buena Vista Distribution) Hannah Manning Connector Editor Disney’s “The Jungle Book” has literally every single element that constitutes a great children’s film: excellent voice acting, beautiful animation and a barbershop quartet of vultures. Almost every bit and piece of this film is

‘The Jungle Book’ lacks the bare necessities of storytelling

Owen Johnson Connector Editor “The Jungle Book” from 1967 is hailed as not only one of the most popular Disney animated films of the pre-Disney-Renaissance period, but also as one of the all-time classic animated films. Does it deserve these honors? Not by a long shot. When the tiger Shere Khan (George Sanders) returns to

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