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Disney releases The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Special Edition

Disney releases The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Special Edition

In 1985, there was no Toy Story. There was no Finding Nemo, no Beauty and the Beast, no Incredibles, no Lion King, no Cars, no Little Mermaid. The heyday of the Disney Studio had passed into a bit of a darker time, perhaps best documented in the early parts of the Waking Sleeping Beauty documentary. However, the time was not without its stories, and Disney was still hard at work on their epics. One such dynamic creation was the Black Cauldron, the 25th theatrical animated presentation based on Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain book series. An evil Horned King, a demonic Black Cauldron, a world in peril, with only a handful of young-yet-noble heroes to save the day: Taran, Princess Eilonwy, Fflewddur Fflam, and Gurgi. Now, 25 years later, Disney is re-releasing the story on DVD as The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Special Edition, set to hit stores on September 14th. Check out the full press release and DVD box art.

The Princess and the Frog to DVD in a few days

The Princess and the Frog to DVD in a few days

In Just a few days, Disney’s The Princess and the Frog will hit Blu-ray and DVD, making it’s official launch on March 16th. As we gear up for the home welcoming of Disney’s latest animated blockbuster, we thought it would be fun to take a look at some fun clips and a sneak peek at the discs’ bonus materials. And all in an effort to properly introduce Disney’s newest princess, as Tiana joins Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, Pocahontas, Jasmine, and Mulan.

Waking Sleeping Beauty

Waking Sleeping Beauty

The history of beautiful animated films is no perfect fairytale. Sure, now we have Finding Nemo, Coraline, Kung Fu Panda, and The Princess and the Frog. And yeah, it all stems from the rich heritage of golden age classics, like early Mickey Mouse reels, Snow White, Looney Tunes, and Sleeping Beauty. But the late 1970s brought a “dark age,” when animation studios were shut down, artists fired, projects canceled, and the medium itself was thought to be dead. That’s where the documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty steps in, telling the true story of how animation, and the love for the art, was brought back to life by a group including Roy Disney (of Disney family fame), John Lasseter (Pixar, Toy Story, The Incredibles, Up, Wall-E, etc.) Tim Burton (Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman, Alice in Wonderland, etc.), and Don Bluth (An American Tail, The Land Before Time, The Secret of NIMH, etc.) and dozens of others. Together, they brought us the Disney Renaissance, revived the entire industry with new classics like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. On March 26th, in select theaters, you’ll get to see the story for yourself. But for now, check out the trailer!

Scariest Cartoon Characters #3: Maleficent

Top 20 Scariest Cartoon Characters Number 3 Maleficent

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ToonBarn’s third scariest cartoon character is Maleficent, from Sleeping Beauty. A dark fairy and self-proclaimed “mistress of all evil”, Maleficent is not only a difficult name to say, but an incredibly scary one, as well! She’s so vindictively bad that she curses Aurora, a young princess, to die before the sun sets on her 16th birthday. No party for her! And why is Maleficent so mean about it? Because she didn’t get an invitation to Aurora’s baby christening. Talk about holding a grudge! Remember, always invite everyone to your parties!!!

Using her dark powers of sorcery, not only is Maleficent scary and intimidating in her green-skinned, witch-like human form, but she is able to transform herself into a giant, terrifying, fire-breathing dragon! The monstrous beast challenges all who approach her, and scares all who fear her. But one thing is for sure: whether she is in her dragon form, or her evil human form, Maleficent is always one thing: scary. Check out some video footage of this selection

Sleeping Beauty posters

Sleeping Beauty

With the special, upcoming release of Sleeping Beauty on 2-disc Platinum Edition DVD and Blu-ray high-definition disc, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released several posters featuring stars from the film.  There are posters of Princess Aurora, Prince Phillip, and the evil Maleficent.   To get the posters on your computer, check out the links below the break.

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