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Disney+ surpasses 50 million subscribers in just 5 months

Disney+ surpasses 50 million subscribers in just 5 months

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Enlarge / Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian on Disney+. This week, Disney announced a new milestone for its Disney+ streaming video service: 50 million subscribers just five months after the service's initial launch. That seems to be many more subscribers than Disney's own Hulu service, which as of the end of last year clocked in…
Disney Is Releasing a Series of Frozen Short Films

Disney Is Releasing a Series of Frozen Short Films

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Screenshot: Walt Disney Animation StudiosDisney heard—and answered—the prayers of parents everywhere in March when they released Frozen 2 three months early to Disney+. It was a one-hour and 43-minute bright spot at what we now know was just the beginning of a very long, very isolating pandemic. But Disney’s animators and actors are all home…
Disney delays Black Widow, rest of its Marvel movies, Mulan and others

Disney delays Black Widow, rest of its Marvel movies, Mulan and...

The release date for Black Widow was pushed back, moving the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe slate back with it.  Marvel For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. Disney has pushed back movies across its release slate because of disruptions from the new coronavirus. Its Marvel movie…
Take a Virtual Trip to Disney World

Take a Virtual Trip to Disney World

Image: DisneyIf, a few weeks ago, you’d told your kids that you were all going to TAKE A TRIP TO DISNEY WORLD and then added the caveat, “from the comfort of our own home,” chances are there would have been a mutiny. But, as we all know, things have changed. Standards have been lowered. Now,…
Disneyland and Disney World will remain closed indefinitely

Disneyland and Disney World will remain closed indefinitely

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Disney's American theme parks will remain closed indefinitely. Corinne Reichert/CNET For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. Disney has announced its theme parks in the US will remain closed indefinitely amid the coronavirus pandemic. While originally planning to reopen Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Walt Disney World…
The Mandalorian was shot on a holodeck-esque set with Unreal Engine, video shows

The Mandalorian was shot on a holodeck-esque set with Unreal Engine,...

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This is the LED set used for The Mandalorian. The interior of the set, as performers might see it. Here's the set with a large prop in it—sometimes only the LED set was used, and sometimes it was used in tandem with practical elements. The camera captures both physical objects and the virtual background directly.…
The next wild Star Wars twist has emerged in a Darth Vader comic

The next wild Star Wars twist has emerged in a Darth...

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Enlarge / An alternate cover for Marvel Comics' new Darth Vader #1 implies that this series will dig deeply into the history of Star Wars' most iconic villain. The "Skywalker Saga" of nine films may have finally concluded, but that doesn't mean the Lucasfilm and Disney powers-that-be are done mining the original Star Wars films'…
Talk to Kids About Racist Stereotypes in Disney+ Classic Movies

Talk to Kids About Racist Stereotypes in Disney+ Classic Movies

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Image: DisneyWhen the much-anticipated Disney+ launched last month, some of its classic kids’ movies came with a warning: “This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions.” The language of the warning itself is inadequate in how it categorizes racist stereotypes in many of Disney’s older animated movies, but it can…
Disney+’s The Mandalorian joins a long list of fake HDR content, analysis finds

Disney+’s The Mandalorian joins a long list of fake HDR content,...

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Enlarge / Pedro Pascal stars as the Mandalorian. High Dynamic Range (HDR) is the most notable new display technology for rich-media consumption since high definition, but judging from some implementations of it, you wouldn't necessarily know it. YouTube channel HDTVTest is known for doing quality analysis of the HDR implementations in popular media like films,…
Evaluation: Frozen II’s stunning animation can’t rather increase above “meh” soundtrack

Evaluation: Frozen II’s stunning animation can’t rather increase above “meh” soundtrack

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Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell reprise their voice roles as sisters Elsa and Anna in Walt Disney Animation’s Frozen II. Let it go, let it goooo... Just when that tune was starting to fade from our collective brain, Elsa, Anna, and the gang are back with another mystical adventure in Frozen II, the sequel to Disney's…

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