‘CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR’ ECLIPSES ‘ZOOTOPIA’ ON BOX OFFICE! WILL ‘ZOOTOPIA 2’ COVER UP?

Captain America: Civil War” has done the impossible by breaking the record set by Disney’s “Zootopia in terms of Worldwide Box Office. The superhero flick has managed to surpass the overall collection of “Zootopia” within a few days of its worldwide release.

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OOTOPIA 2’ COVER UP?

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Eclipses ‘Zootopia’ On Box Office! Will ‘Zootopia 2’ Cover Up?
“Captain America: Civil War” has done the impossible by breaking the record set by Disney’s “Zootopia” in terms of Worldwide Box Office. The superhero flick has managed to surpass the overall collection of “Zootopia” within a few days of its worldwide release.

This achievement has added yet another feather in Marvel Studios’ hat and has bagged another accolade for the production house. If the statistics revealed by Box Office Mojo is to be believed, this third Captain America installment has now broken another record by surpassing “Zootopia” for the number 1 spot on the global charts. “Civil War” has reportedly churned out $971.9 million on global box office.

On the contrary, “Zootopia” managed to make $971.3 million, thus, losing the trophy by a small margin to “Civil War.” With this, “Captian America: Civil War” is on its verge to become the first release of 2016 to cross the $1 billion mark, Screen Rant reported. In addition to this feat, the flick may also become the fourth one to taste this sweet success. The only other two flicks to achieve this are: “Avengers movies” and “Iron Man 3”.

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Considering the fact that “Civil War” is on a record breaking spree, it is surely set to become the phenomenal hit of the year. However, the popularity of “Zootopia” cannot be undermined in any circumstances. Disney’s “Zootopia” is the biggest film from the house and has been a bigger hit than its counterparts, including the successful “Big Hero 6.”

However, “Captain America: Civil War” is not the only superhero flick to impress in 2016. “Deadpool” and “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” are the other two films to cast a spell on the audience. While, “Deadpool” that released in February, became the largest R-rated film of all-time, according to Screen Rant. Zack Snyder’s “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” also managed to sail on the box office despite drawing some flack. “Deadpool” managed to rake in $762.4 million, even without 3D and a ban in China, and “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” earned $870.1 million in all.

Did Disney’s marketing of “Zootopia” do justice to the film?

When a film makes over $70 million in an opening weekend, it is hard to argue that the marketing team behind a movie did a subpar job. In all fairness to Walt Disney Animation, the trailers and tactics used for this movie worked on a level, by creating a fun and seemingly harmless atmosphere around the film. This likely increased the level of interest in kids, or families with children, but the fact of the matter was, there had not been a movie targeted to children since “Kung Fu Panda 3” in January.

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However, the critical success of the film snuck up on many Disney fans, myself included. Among friends and other people I had talked to, most thought the movie was going to be “Dreamworks quality” or a return to the early 2000s for Disney. Some thought the ceiling for the movie, based solely on its marketing, was going to be more in line with “Bolt,” a film that is fun, but ultimately does not come up in conversations about great Disney movies.

After this week though, it is hard to argue that case anymore. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 99%, a Metacritic score of 78%, and a $73.7 million opening weekend box office, the film is an unbelieveable success for Disney Animation. With “Moana” still on the horizon, it is hard to argue against the idea that Disney Animation is in Renaissance 2.0 mode, with “Wreck-It-Ralph,” “Tangled,” “Frozen,” and “Big Hero 6” representing a run in Disney history that stacks up against any decade in Disney history (and we’re only 6 years in).

Still, the subject matter of “Zootopia” and the genre choices were the most shocking about the film. With many thinking that the movie would be a simple “talking animals movie,” it instead mixed elements of mystery, crime comedy, and solid commentary on the current state of police activity. The film found a way to walk the tightrope between portraying police officers in a negative light, while maintaining that some bad apples do not create a broken system. Its mystery elements harkened back to “The Great Mouse Detective” and “The Rescuers,” but held onto comedy aspects one would expect to find in a film like “Ocean’s 11” or “The Big Lebowski.”

This is no doubt a very different film than we expected, and we have to place some of the blame on Disney. It’s possible they didn’t realize that their film would resonate so strongly with young adults or with the politically charged climate in America right now. Yet, the film that was sold to us lowered expectations to the point that many thought the film would be Disney Animation’s first misstep in its run. What we got were cute scenes of sloths, that ultimately had little to do with the film as a whole.

The problem that the marketing presents though, is that it tells audiences that unless Disney embraces the schtick of “The Minions” or low stakes animation stories, that audiences won’t show up. I think audiences are more grown up than that. If we knew it was a mystery/noir film with comedy, audiences still would have shown up. We would have loved to see a Disney that would lampoon itself, make pop culture jokes, and engage with the zeitgeist. These are the elements that will let this film endure, and some members of the audience were already saying this is their favorite Disney movie in years.

These aspects of the film will be what we remember, and the marketing campaign will fade away with time. Still, it would be nice for Disney to treat its audience with some respect, as opposed to going for the lowest common denominator to bring in audiences. Even though Disney has always been for kids, they don’t have to treat their entire audience like one.

Zootopia” is currently in theaters. It stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Tommy Chong, Shakira, and Alan Tudyk.

Kingdom Hearts 3 adds Big Hero 6 and Dark Baymax, Disney Infinity 3.0 introduces Force Awakens playset

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Star Wars Battlefront wasn’t the only game to take center stage at the D23 Expo this weekend, as new information about Kingdom Hearts III and Disney Infinity 3.0 was also revealed.

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New characters and Disney properties were unveiled for both upcoming prequels, including last year’s animated hit Big Hero 6 coming to KH3. As seen in the concept art above, Sora will travel to San Fransokyo in the latest game after the events of the film. While not much else is known about what San Fransokyo will play like in the game, the concept art does reveal one of the key elements of the game. (Spoiler alert for Big Hero 6) Sora’s enemies will be using their powers to create a Dark Baymax based on the Baymax body left behind in the portal at the end of the film. (End spoilers.)

Big Hero 6 joins Tangled as the announced new worlds coming to the sequel, which currently does not have a release date.

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As for Disney Infinity 3.0, the game’s third playset based on The Force Awakens was revealed courtesy of the new Star Wars film’s John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. The two stars came on stage at D23 to reveal the playset figures based on their characters Finn and Rey.

Additionally, Disney announced that Spot from The Last Dinosaur and Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps from Zootopia, as well as limited edition Star Wars figures that light up will all be coming to the game.

Check out Boyega and Ridley on stage below. Disney Infinity 3.0 is set to release on Aug. 30 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, iOS, and Android devices.

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Big Hero 7 or Big Hero 6 Sequel Release Date, News, and Updates: Stan Lee Hinted of a ‘Big Hero 7′ In the Works

Disney is yet to confirm that ‘Big Hero 6 Sequel’ or ‘Big Hero 7‘ is going to happen; however comic book legend, Stan Lee has hinted ‘Big Hero 6 Sequel’ is definitely happening.

Here’s the latest on ‘Big Hero 7‘ or ‘Big Hero 6 Sequel release date, news, and updates.

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Big Hero 6 has been a massive success making over a half-billion dollars in the box office. Like most Marvel and DC movies; Big Hero 6 is also inspired by a comic-book. It might be a not-so famous title, but sure enough Disney turned it into a success, much like Marvel’s ‘The Guardian of the Galaxy’. I guess what attracted the mass to these titles is the fact that it’s not over-used or too familiar. They are super heroes that appear to be very new to us.

Recently according to the Toronto Sun, Stan Lee (Executive Producer, Marvel) may have hinted of a ‘Big Hero 7′ in the works.

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In a statement, Stan Lee said, “After Ant-Man, we’re going to start playing around with Doctor Strange, the Black Panther, the Inhumans, and then we have to come back for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Big Hero 6, the Avengers, Captain America.”

So Stan Lee mentioned ‘Big Hero 6‘ but we still don’t know when the film would start in production; but that didn’t stop the rumor mill from spilling.

According to the rumor mill; in the upcoming ‘Big Hero 7‘ we’ll be seeing the return of Tadashi Hamada. This is shocking since we know that Tadashi Hamada was already dead back in ‘Big Hero 6‘ but come to think of it; Professor Callaghan survived the fire, there’s also a possibility that Tadashi may have survived it as well. After all, the room was full of new inventions.

According to Jon Negroni there is a possibility that Tadashi might return as ‘Sunfire’. ‘Sunfire’ is a Marvel hero that has the capabilities to shoot fire. Sunfire is also one of the founding members of ‘Big Hero 6‘ in the comic books.

According to Jon Negroni’s theory, Tadashi may have died in the building but he will be reborn as ‘Sunfire’ and will be the 7th member of the ‘Big Hero 6‘, hence the title, ‘Big Hero 7‘.

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‘Big Hero 7′ Movie Release Date, Plot, Cast: Is Big Hero 6 Sequel in the Works?

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Will Disney’s Big Hero 6 be getting a sequel titled Big Hero 7? Rumors hint at that possibility, though the release date has not been confirmed. Meanwhile, an emerging theory suggests one new cast member added to the Big Hero 6 character lineup. Before continuing reading, please be aware there are Big Hero 6 spoilers ahead. Big Hero 6 Sequel Confirmed? According to the Toronto Sun, Marvel’s executive producer Stan Lee may have spilled the beans on a possible production cycle for Big Hero 6. “After Ant-Man, we’re going to start playing around with Doctor Strange, the Black Panther, the Inhumans, and then we have to come back for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Big Hero 6, the Avengers, Captain America,” Lee had stated. The legendary comic book creator was speaking at an event promoting Marvel-inspired Gillette razors. It is unclear when production will start for the fabled Big Hero 6 sequel. Even so, the latest clue from Stan Lee suggests that work may begin after two or three more Marvel films are made. Admittedly, Disney is developing quite a reputation for reviving obscure titles from the Marvel franchise. Big Hero 6 and Guardians of the Galaxy are the two latest examples of this trend. So far, Disney’s gamble has been paying off. The two features have respectively made $56.2 million and $219.3 million at this time.

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Surefire May Debut in ‘Big Hero 7′ Those who have watched Big Hero 6 will recall the heart wrenching scene when Tadashi was killed while attempting to save Professor Callaghan. This action inspires Tadashi’s college buddies and younger brother Hiro to start the Big Hero team. Blogger Jon Negroni has raised the possibility that Tadashi not only survived, but will be returning as the iconic Surefire. This longtime Marvel superhero is a Japanese mutant with the ability to project flames by absorbing heat. Surefire was also a founding member of Big Hero 6 in the original comic book incarnation. Negroni’s theory suggests that since Tadashi died in a burning building, the character will be reborn as Surefire. Also, the hero may eventually become the seventh member of the Big Hero team. If this is true, the sequel may be titled Big Hero 7. Still, it remains to be seen if this theory will pan out. According to Variety, Big Hero 6 is leading home video sales after its DVD and Blu-ray release in March. The Walt Disney film has outperformed adult-oriented features such as Horrible Bosses 2, Sons of Anarchy Final Season, and Games of Thrones Season Four.

Review: Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6***1/2
Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams
Starring (the voices of): Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter and Daniel Henney

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We had Baloo (The Jungle Book) and we had Po (Kung Fu Panda): both dependable yet traditionally ‘unheroic’ characters. And now Big Hero 6, this brilliant new animation from the Walt Disney Animation studios, brings us Baymax: a 10 foot tall, white and inflatable robot that is possibly the most adorable, huggable robot in science fiction animation.
In developing his character – his extraordinary robotics as well as his impeccable manners – his creators have pushed the boundaries. Baymax isn’t svelte or quick; he’s slow, cumbersome and has to deflate to squeeze through tight spaces. But he is Hiro Hamada’s closest companion and saviour.

Big Hero 6 is one of the best animations to emerge in recent times; it makes the extremely overrated Frozen look like a Dora cartoon in comparison. And like every effective film it not only pushes the boundaries but redefines them.
In a world that thrives on creating realistic CGI animations and graphics, making everything from a mountain to a blade of grass appear as realistic as possible, Baymax is as unfussy as a boiled egg. And with nothing but two dots and a horizontal brow-strip for expression, it’s amazing how much emotion he can deliver.
Animations have become so caught up in the race to photo-realness that basing an entire film around a character this pared-down is Big Hero 6’s most radical statement.
The Oscar winning film, beyond the radical, has a pretty basic story. Based in the fictional city of San Fransokyo, it revolves around Hiro Hamada, a 14 year old technical whiz who loses his brother Tashida to a lab fire.
Hiro is left with Tashida’s creation – Baymax – and a legacy that encourages him to pursue his dream. He creates micro-bots, which are stolen in the fire and discovered later as some evil professor’s plot to rule and annihilate the world.
Needless to say, Hiro – with the help of Baymax and four other friends – saves the day.

Easter is around the corner,why not take a special Baymax Mascot Costume from Big Hero 6 to your home with your family?

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Big Hero 6 Is Now Disney’s Third Highest Grossing Movie Ever Worldwide

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Several weeks ago, Big Hero 6, which is loosely-based on a Marvel Comics property, became Disney’s third highest grossing animated film at the domestic box office and now they have become the third highest grossing animated Disney film at the worldwide box office.

2015′s Academy Award-winning Best Animated Feature passed Tangled this weekend when it brought in $19.9M at the global box office, which pushed its overall total to a whopping $604.8M. It now only trails 2013′s Frozen ($1.27B) and 1994′s The Lion King ($987.5M). Even though Big Hero 6 is still playing 25 territories after 20 weeks I would safely assume it won’t catch either of those two films.

Big Hero 6 also became the fourth 2014 film from Disney Studios to top the $600M benchmark. It shares that honor with Maleficent and Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Get more Latest Disney Movie 2015 news from Mascotshows.com.

Big Hero 6 Review reveals Stan Lee cameo

This heart-warming comedy adventure follows young robotics genius Hiro Hamada, who spends his time taking part in back alley robot fights in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo.

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With help from his older brother, Tadashi, Hiro learns to harness his potential at the university’s robotics lab alongside speed junkie Go Go Tamago, neat freak Wasabi, chemistry nerd Honey Lemon and mascot Fred.

But when devastating events throw Hero into the center of a masked villain’s deadly plot, he activates his brother’s robot Baymax and together they set out to save the city.

The first animated film to bring Marvel and Pixar together, Big Hero 6 still holds old fashioned morals to heart and tackles darker themes head on. It’s both funny and sweet with a sharp witted script that challenges the very conventions of a superhero origin story.

From adorable marshmallow to bad-ass robot, Baymax is truly the film’s heart and soul who delivers glorious laugh out loud moments that will entertain kids and adults alike. Whether he’s falling over in a tipsy stupour with a low battery, patching himself up with sticky tape or giving Hiro a much needed hug, Baymax is the true emotional centre of Big Hero 6.

Originally designed as a “personal health companion”, the loveable robot takes on a more heroic roll to fight bad guys and soar over the stunning backdrop of the futuristic San Fransokyo: a clever cultural hybrid of Tokyo and San Francisco.

The story is a seamless blend of genres from superhero; animation and action which pulls in the best bits of each before letting them run wild in spectacular fun-filled fashion.

While it is a little slow to get going, it soon bursts into live with epic car chases, waves of microbots and glorious battle scenes with the ending being the only real let down (but hey, it’s such a fun origins story we can let it go).

Packed with stunning visuals, larger than life colours and wondrous designs this feels like a classic Pixar film in the making. Baymax’s wobbly face may only be a line and two dots, but the animators still manage to pack an emotional punch when it comes to his touching relationship with Hiro.

Plus as another Marvel revamp make sure you stick around for a fun cameo by Stan Lee…

With ‘Lego’ Out Of The Way, Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6′ Tries To Become A Hero At The Oscars

EXCLUSIVE: There’s no question that Walt Disney Animation Studios is on a tear. After last year’s enormous worldwide box office phenomenon and double Oscar winner Frozen, it was thought ‘How do you top this?’ But although Disney’s great awards’ hope this year, Big Hero 6 from directors Don Hall and Chris Williams, is in no way “topping” the success of Frozen, it has proven to be a major player in its own right. It has nominations from several groups including the Annies and this weekend’s upcoming PGA Awards as well as BAFTA and, of course, the Oscars as Best Animated Feature. That race has gotten a lot more interesting since the nominations revealed a big snub for presumed frontrunner The Lego Movie, which was left off the list (though it did get a Best Song nod).

Disney believes Big Hero 6 is very much in play, and they are probably right although it faces some stiff competition. And since there is no Pixar movie in the race this year, it’s a much more open field. In the John Lasseter era and with the revival of Disney Animation through past Oscar nominated films like Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph as well as Frozen, this movie is also a big box office story now having surpassed both Ralph and Tangled about to topple the 1991 Best Picture nominee Beauty And The Beast to become the company’s third-highest domestic grosser of all time after The Lion King and Frozen — albeit with numbers about half of those two blockbusters. But take away rereleases and Big Hero 6 will only follow Frozen on the Disney chart of initial runs.

To put a cherry on this particular cake, the clever short, Feast, that played with Big Hero 6 when it opened in November, has also been Oscar nominated as Best Animated Short.

Worldwide Big Hero 6 is also making a killing and has been No. 1 in Japan all this month. With $216 million and change now in the U.S. and about $432 million globally, plus its newly minted Oscar nomination, could it be a contender to make it two in a row for the Disney brand on February 22nd? Time will tell.

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It was either this or the latest Hobbit flick (will they ever end?).

Given that I have not had a clue about what’s going on after ten minutes of any instalment of the Tolkien marathon, it was a no-brainer.

Knowing that this animation was based on a Marvel comic meant that I didn’t exactly approach the cinema with a spring in my step, but sometimes you should leave your preconceptions at home.

Circumstances count for a lot, so after the horror of Martin Place, Peshawar and Cairns, this dose of Disney sweetness and light turned out to be a lovely way to end the year.

Set in the brilliantly conceived San Fransokyo, Tadashi and Hiro are nerdy brothers who are into robotics. After Hiro loses his older sibling – death and grieving are not what you normally expect from Disney, but it’s handled with great sensitivity – Hiro is taken under the wing of the loveable robot Baymax, a healer rather than a warrior, who looks like a puffy white version of the Michelin tyre-man.

When the nasties come, as they always do, Hiro and his teenaged gang of Fred, Go Go, Wasabi and Honey Lemon – an admirable mix of race and gender – combine their high-tech skills to save the day.

Cartoons are sometimes burdened by the voicings of famous actors. You can become detached through your identification of them, but in this case the lines are spoken by a cast of no-names, resulting in freshness and intimacy.

As for the moving images, it really is extraordinary how the animation studios can imbue their creations with such life, even a big white blob like Baymax, who manages to talk but has no mouth – and the tortoiseshell cat is great, too.

With an upbeat soundtrack, dialogue that is smart but not smart-arsed and a hopeful morality, this is one you should not let the kids have on their own.

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