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Friday, March 16, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for March 16

"The Absent Minded Professor was Released on March 16, 1961.

Disney's ‘The Absent-Minded Professor' is Released

Though color films had been around for many years, Walt Disney’s, The Absent-Minded Professor was created in black and white and released on this day 1961. The film that starred Fred MacMurray and Nancy Olsen, was full of costly special effects. It featured Richard and Robert Sherman’s first song for a Disney feature (“Medfield Fight Song”) and used Wally Boag, a Disneyland stage performer, to serve as a stunt double for MacMurray.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Dennis Quaid Doesn't Play the Nice Guy in 'I Can Only Imagine'

"I Can Only Imagine"
J. Michael Finley and Dennis Quaid in I Can Only Imagine. (Lionsgate)


While it probably isn't always the case, Dennis Quaid seems to always play the nice guy. Undercover Blues...nice. Innerspace...nice. The Parent Trap...nice. Soul Surfer...super nice. I Can Only

Billed as "The song you know. The story you don't," I Can Only Imagine tells the story behind the MercyMe super-popular song of the same name. Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by lead singer Bart Millard. In reality, those lyrics took a lifetime to craft.

Bart grew up in Greenville, Texas where he was often abused physically and emotionally by his father, Arthur. His mother could handle abuse and chose to leave the two to fend for themselves. Bart leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway. Then Arthur got sick.

“Bart had to take care of his father every night from midnight until 2 a.m.,” says Andy Irwin, one half of the Irwin Brothers who directed October Baby, Mom's Night Out and Woodlawn. “As we interviewed him for this project, we said, ‘If we were to hold a gun to your head and ask, is there a God, what would you say?’ and he said, ‘Absolutely, there is.’ When we asked why, he said, ‘Because of the change I saw in my father. He went from being a monster to being my best friend, the man I wanted to be.’ And so during the two years that Bart took care of his dad, their relationship was completely redeemed.”

Monday, March 12, 2018

Enter to Win Tickets to 'Paul, Apostle of Christ'

Paul, Apostle of Christ
Jim Caviezel as Luke and James Faulkner as Paul. (Affirm Films)


When writer and director Andrew Hyatt began working on the film Paul, Apostle of Christ, he started the project by looking at scripture. While imprisoned during the latter days of his life, Paul was visited by Luke. Unfortunately, watching a full-length movie of two men talking to each other in a jail cell wouldn’t be too thrilling so Hyatt knew he had to go to work hard to not only tell a story of truth, but also make that story entertaining. Too many directors before him have made that very mistake.

“We committed to create a film true to the biblical account of Paul’s life but also one that is dramatic and engaging,” said Producer T.J. Berden. “The trials faced by early Christians and their faith and bravery in spite of them will amaze audiences.”

Hyatt and his crew took a large amount of time to not only get the story accurate and authentic in detail, but they also strived to create intriguing characters and dramatic scenes. Affirm Films, the studio who has brought this project to life, promises that Paul, Apostle of Christ will be a film that won’t shy away from presenting the reality of fear, danger and persecution that many believers during the time faced. Practicing Christian faith often meant a death sentence in ancient Rome and often brought about by horrific means.

“The film shows what a deadly dangerous place the Roman world was for the early Christian church, and it shows how Paul prepared the faithful to continue living out their beliefs in the face of it,” says Hyatt.

Friday, March 9, 2018

‘The Star’ Now Available on Blu-ray and DVD

The Star (Sony Picture Animation)


For those who believe that Christmas should be celebrated all year long, Affirm Films and Sony Picture Animation have made that goal a little easier to achieve with the release of The Star. Available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital, The Star is an animated tale of the classic nativity story as soon through those who were there…the animals.

A small but brave donkey named Bow yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. (Who can’t relate to that?) One day he finds the courage to break free and goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations, along with three wisecracking camels.

The all-star voice cast includes: Steven Yeun as Bow, Aidy Bryant as Ruth the sheep, Keegan-Michael Key as Dave the dove, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey as three camels, Gina Rodriguez as Mary, Zachary Levi as Joseph, Kelly Clarkson as Leah the horse, Anthony Anderson as Zach the goat, Ving Rhames as Thaddeus the dog, Gabriel Iglesias as Rufus the dog, Patricia Heaton as Edith the cow, Kristin Chenoweth as Abby the mouse, and Christopher Plummer as King Herod.

The new release comes with more than a hour of bonus materials including:

  • Star-aoke: Sing-Along with Bo & Friends: In this all new song, sing along with your favorite characters including Bo, Dave, Ruth and the unforgettable camels.
  • "Life Is Good" Dance-Along: Shake your tail feathers and move your hooves in this fun dance-along.
  • Lyric Sing-Along Videos: Enjoy the eclectic and inspiring music of The Star with these colorful lyric videos that allow you to sing along with your favorite recording artists: “The Star” by Mariah Carey, “Can You See” by Fifth Harmony, “Children Go Where I Send You” by Kelsea Ballerini, “We Three Kings” by Kirk Franklin and “Life Is Good” by A Great Big World
  • Sweet and Sparkly Stars: Create star-themed cookies to be enjoyed year round.
  • Star Mason Jar Votives: Let the light of The Star shine with this simple yet stunning craft.
  • Faith All Year Round with DeVon Franklin: A children’s sermon discussing the themes of the film and how to keep the spirit of this inspiring story alive in us every day. (It is supposed to be interactive and super engaging! You can check it out here.
  • An All-Star Cast: Meet the stars of the film and explore the exciting voice cast who bring these amazing characters to life.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for March 8

James Van Der Beek was born on March 8, 1977.

James Van Der Beek Is Born

Now forever known as Dawson Leery from the TV series, Dawson’s Creek, James David Van Der Beek was born on this day in 1977 in Cheshire, Connecticut. James was not a child actor and it wasn’t until he was 15 that he went to New York City to find an agent with his mother and give professional acting a try. A year later, James performed at an off-Broadway stage performing in Finding the Sun. The next year he performed in the musical, Shenandoah at the Good Speed Opera House. James made his film debut in 1995’s Angus and then auditioned for three different TV series in 1997, one of them for Dawson’s Creek which debuted in 1998 and ran for six seasons. Years later, unable to shake his TV persona, James played a fictionalized version of himself for the sitcom Don’t Trust the “B” in Apartment 23. James’ most recent appearance has been playing the role of Senior Field Agent Elijah Mundo in the TV series CSI: Cyber which ran on CBS from 2015-2016.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Indy Film, 'Getting Grace' Questions What It Means to be Alive

"Getting Grace"
Madelyn Dundon and Daniel Roebuck in Getting Grace. (Moed Productions)


You may not know Daniel Roebuck by name, but you’ve probably seen him quite a few times over the years. You might remember him as Cliff Lewis, Matlock’s assistant lawyer. Or Agent Cody Banks’ dad. Or the guy who played Jay Leno in the HBO movie, The Late Shift. Or Dr. Leslie Arzt who only appeared three times on Lost’s first season and got blown up during the season finale. He’s appeared on everything from Nash Bridges to The King of Queens, but it is his latest venture is probably the most near and dear to his heart.

Roebuck grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and not long ago, he returned there to film the independent movie, Getting Grace which Roebuck co-wrote, directed and starred.

"Art is a collaboration between God and the artist. The less the artist does, the better,” is a motto that Roebuck lives by and with his new project, he gets to share his new vision. The faith-based comedy drama is about 16-year-old Grace (played by Madelyn Dundon) who is dying of cancer and visits a funeral home to learn about death. While she is preparing to die, her mother, Venus (Marsha Dietlein) is trying to learn how to cope while living and Bill (Roebuck) is stuck somewhere in the middle.

“This film would have an excellent chance to make a difference, not only to those who have suffered through such a horrible event, but it will remind all who see it that life need not be lived long to be lived fully!” says the press materials for the new movie.

The award-winning movie also stars Dana Ashbrook (best known for playing Bobby Briggs in both the original Twin Peaks TV series and its most recent revival) as a successful author of a book about the afterlife.

While Getting Grace won’t be receiving a wide release (to date, it is scheduled to appear in about 65 theaters across the country) on March 23, but afterward, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will distribute the film through video on demand, Amazon and Netflix. To learn more, visit the Getting Grace website.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Ewan McGregor Plays Christopher Robin in New Disney Flick

Winnie the Pooh's New Movie "Christopher Robin"
Oh bother! Winnie-the-Pooh is back to rescue Christopher Robin. (Disney)


Disney is busy at work teasing fans for its upcoming movies including the Star Wars movie Solo, The Incredibles 2, and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. Yesterday, a new teaser trailer for Mary Poppins Returns was released and today the studio is giving the first information about a new live action movie based on the Winnie-the-Pooh franchise.

Tomorrow, Disney will unveil its first look at Christopher Robin, which will be featured here on Writer of Pop. Christopher Robin of course is the owner of the bear "stuffed with fluff" and other friends in the 100 Acre Wood. In the new movie, he has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside. The tagline on the poster states, "Sooner or later, your past catches up to you."

The movie is directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by Alex Ross Perry and Allison Schroeder and a story by Perry based on characters created by A.A. Milne. The producers are Brigham Taylor and Kristin Burr with Renée Wolfe and Jeremy Johns serving as executive producers. The film stars Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin; Hayley Atwell as his wife Evelyn; Bronte Carmichael as his daughter Madeline; and Mark Gatiss as Keith Winslow, Robin’s boss. The film also features the voices of: Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh; Chris O’Dowd as Tigger; Toby Jones as Owl; Nick Mohammed as Piglet; Peter Capaldi as Rabbit; Sophie Okonedo as Kanga and Brad Garrett will be the voice of Eeyore. Can you think of a better person to voice the downtrodden donkey?

Sunday, March 4, 2018

2018 Oscars: And the Winners Are...

Backstage at the 90th Academy Awards (ABC)


Who would believe that movie about a deaf woman falling in love with a creature resembling another one from one black lagoon would be a hit? Even stranger, that movie, The Shape of Water, managed to walk away from the 90th Annual Academy Awards presentation with four Oscars!

While the award show was a celebration of 90 years of movie awards, a few things felt similar to last year's production. For one, Jimmy Kimmel returned as host. For the second, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were asked back to present the award for Best Picture after accidentally announcing that last year's Best Picture was La La Land. "As they say, presenting is lovelier the second time around," joked Dunaway before opening the black envelope.

Oscar and Jimmy (ABC)
Though less political and issues-centered than the latest Golden Globes and Grammy Awards, it was made clear that the "Time is Up" and "Me Too" movements are still very much alive and well and various Hollywood celebrities made sure we knew it. Even Kimmel described the Oscar statue as a "perfect man" as he keeps his hands to himself and doesn't have a certain appendage.

The longer the show went on, the more mentions about the lack of women or people of color were represented in the business of movie-making. Never one to shy aware from a microphone, Frances McDormand had her own "I am woman, hear me roar" moment. McDormand, who won the Lead Actress Oscar for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, encouraged all of the women nominees to stand up with her during her speech.

Francis McDormand (ABC)
"All the female honorees, stand with me -- all the women. Look around because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed," said McDormand.

Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph poked fun that after years of Oscars being "too white" some folks were wondering if the award show had now become too black.

"Don't worry. There are so many more white people to come," said Rudolph before presenting awards for Best Documentary Short Subject and Live Action Short Film.

Still, taking time to focus on social commentary during the awards might be affecting the production in a negative way. TV Line reports that this year's Oscars ratings were 15 percent lower than last years; a fourth straight year of decline. While equal pay for actors and actresses and greater diversity of films are concepts many can get behind, perhaps preaching the message during a night a celebration isn't the best time to do so.

Helen Mirren and Mark Bridges (ABC)
Non-political humorous bits included Kimmel giving away a Jet Ski to the Oscar winner who gave the shortest acceptance speech and the Helen Mirren served as a Price is Right type of presenter of the Jet Ski. (By the way, costume designer Mark Bridges was the winner of the prize and posed with Mirren on the Jet Ski at the end of the show.) After halfway through the presentation, an crowd at a movie theater across the street were surprised by Kimmel and some celebrities personally thanking them for going to the movies and awarding them with hotdogs and candy snacks.

Here is the complete list of this year's winners:

The 'Winning' Razzies for 2018


Surprise, surprise ... Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan did not win the Golden Raspberry Award this year for Worst Actress and Worst Actor for Fifty Shades Darker, but the good news is they still have a chance next year for Fifty Shades Freed.

Perhaps less surprisingly is that The Emoji Movie was the big "winner" this year coming out on bottom for three different categories for the 38th Annual Razzie Awards. Not only did those little guys beat out Fifty Shades Darker for Worst Picture, they also beat out Transformers: The Last Knight, The Mummy and Baywatch.

Established in 1980 as a satire of The Academy Awards, The Golden Raspberry Awards honor the worst of the worst the evening before The Academy Awards.

And this year's losers are...

Friday, March 2, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for March 2

'The Sound of Music' Comes to Theaters

It was on this day in 1965 that many of us learned that the hills were alive with the sound of music as The Sound of Music was released in theaters. Since then, many of more of us have learned that lesson from numerous annual viewings of the film on TV. Adapted from the Broadway musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, the movie is loosely based on the real Trapp Family Singers. The story follows a young nun, Maria (Julie Andrews) who is sent to act as a governess for the seven children of the wealthy Captain Georg von Trapp (Christopher Plummer). The two fall in love and the family began a career as singers. While not a huge hit with critics (even Plummer has been known to have called the film “The Sound of Mucus”), it was a commercial success becoming the #1 movie for four weeks and the highest-grossing movie of that year. The movie received five Academy Awards (including Best Picture and Best Director) and two Golden Globe Awards (for Best Motion Picture and Best Actress), the Directors Guild of America Award (for Outstanding Directorial Achievement) and the Writers Guild of America Award (for Best Written American Musical). In 2001, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Sunday, February 25, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 25

Jim Backus was born on February 25, 1913.

The Man Behind Mr. Magoo and Thurston Howell III is Born

James Gilmore Backus, better known as Jim Backus was born on this day in Cleveland, Ohio in 1913. His first acting roles were for radio playing a millionaire aviator Dexter Hayes for Society Girl on CBS in 1940. A-Lad-In His Lamp (1948) was Backus’ first film role, however, only his voice was heard and he was uncredited for the part. In 1949, Backus voiced Mr. Magoo for the first time for the theatrical short, The Ragtime Bear. He would continue to voice different versions of the character for film and TV through 1989. However, most people are familiar with Backus’ role as Thurston Howell, III from Gilligan’s Island. The show originally aired from 1964-1967, but he also appeared in the three reunion films as also voiced the character the Saturday morning animated version of the show as well. Backus appeared in many movies and made guest appearances on many TV shows including The Brady Bunch, The Beverly Hillbillies and I Dream of Jeannie. Backus had only one wife, Henny, whom he wed in 1943 and was with him every day until he died on July 3, 1989 due to complications with pneumonia and Parkinson’s disease.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

‘Is Genesis History’ Comes to Theaters for One Night Only This Thursday

Is Genesis History?
"The Ark Encounter" featured in Is Genesis History? new update.
 (Biscuit Media Group)


On the heels of Fathom Events announcing a special one-year anniversary screening for Is Genesis History?, the filmmakers have announced that additional bonus footage has been added to the film exclusively for a one-night held February 22, 2018 at over 800 theaters around the country through Fathom Events.

This new segment of the film features Dr. Del Tackett touring the acclaimed Ark Encounter with a group of college students who formed a “Creation Society” club to explore the topics of science, faith, and creation.

Filmmaker Thomas Purifoy Jr. explains, “We were contacted by a group of students from Wheaton College who asked that we screen the film and open up a discussion on their campus. To our surprise, the students revealed that only 2 out of 200 professors on campus believed in young Earth creation.” Three of these students are interviewed in the new bonus materials.

Is Genesis History?
(Biscuit Media Group)
Last year, the event ranked # 1 at the box office for the day and achieved the # 1 per screen average, earning it two theatrical encore presentations and according to Variety, the film landed as Fathom Events’ # 2 highest grossing event for 2017.

Filmmaker Thomas Purifoy Jr. continues, “With this encore anniversary screening, we hope that more viewers will be challenged and inspired by how science and theology intersect with the history recorded in Genesis. It was an incredible journey filming Is Genesis History? and we are honored that so many viewers and supporters are continuing the conversation.”

To purchase tickets or for more information on the encore anniversary, visit the Fathom Event website and click here to read my review of the original film.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 15

"Cinderella" opened in theaters on February 15, 1950.

Cinderella Goes to the Ball

It was on this day in 1950 that Walt Disney Studios saw its greatest hit since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs when Cinderella appeared in theaters for the first time. Before it, the studio was over $4 million in debt. To help reduce costs, Cinderella was the first feature to use extensive live action reference. About 90% of the film was actually filmed with a live model before the animation process began. Ilene Woods won the speaking role of Cinderella (Karen Overby was the singing voice) beating out 309 other women without actually auditioning. Woods made some recordings of Disney songs for her friends who then sent them to Walt Disney who thought she had the right “fairy tale tone” to her voice. The movie was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Music and Original Song (“Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”). Two straight to video sequels were produced many years later and in 2015, a live action version of the story was filmed that starred Lily James.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Big 10: Romantic Comedies Men Won’t Mind Watching

1. What’s Up Doc (1972) with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal.
2. The Proposal (2009) with Sandra Bullock and Reynolds.
3. Groundhog Day (1993) with Andie MacDowell and Bill Murray.
4. The Wedding Singer (1998) with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler.
5. While You Were Sleeping (1995) with Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman.
6. The Princess Bride (1987) with Robin Wright and Cary Elwes
7. Sabrina (1995) with Julia Ormond and Harrison Ford
8. Romancing the Stone (1984) with Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas
9. Roxanne (1987) Daryl Hannah and Steve Martin
10. Splash (1984) Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks

Monday, February 12, 2018

When Clint Eastwood Calls: Working on 'The 15:17 to Paris'

The 15:17 to Paris
Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler and Spencer Stone playing themselves in
Clint Eastwood's The 15:17 to Paris. (Warner Bros.)


It’s pretty unbelievable to think that on August 21, 2015, a terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris was stopped by the courageous actions of three Americans traveling through Europe. It is almost equally unbelievable that those three young men were asked by Clint Eastwood to portray themselves in a new movie. But he did and when Clint Eastwood calls, you answer.

While recreating the events that happened on that fateful day in front of a camera was a completely new experience for these men, it was also a risky move for Eastwood as well.

“I’ve used non-actors before in smaller parts,” said Eastwood in a recent press release “but not exactly playing themselves or recreating precisely events in their own lives. But in this case, as we kept going through the whole episode on the train, working out the logistics of how it happened and how we could film it, it was like they were performers playing themselves already. They kept showing us how it had all gone so we could be as accurate as possible, and for me to feel comfortable that it would be like seeing the real thing. It seemed like a rare opportunity, having the real participants available and willing, and then giving them a shot at it. I wanted them to be only themselves, nobody else, and I felt they could do that.”

The movie The 15:17 to Paris retells the story of when Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler left Berlin to meet up with Alek Skarlatos in Amsterdam and how they were faced with one of biggest decisions of their lives aboard the 15:17 trai. At the time, Stone was in the Air Force, Skarlatos was in the Oregon National Guard and Sadler was a student at California State University. Together, the three saved over 500 lives on that fateful day.

“It hasn’t been a conscious choice to tell heroic stories or make movies about everyday heroes,” said Eastwood. “I just do the stories that come along and interest me. Some feats are exceptional, and beneficial to society, and it’s nice when you can tell a story like that.”

The film also follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack.

Recently, I got a chance to speak to these life-long friends about their movie-making debut, Clint Eastwood and their faith. Here’s what they had to say:

This Day in Pop Culture for February 12

"Dracula" premiered in New York on February 12, 1931.

'Dracula' Premieres in New York

America’s passion for vampires began on this day in 1931 as Universal’s Dracula premiered. The first in a long string of “classic” monster movies, Dracula was directed by Tod Browning and starred Bela Lugosi, who had been playing the role in the play version of the Bram Stoker story. Lugosi wasn’t Browning’s first choice for the character. Nor was he the second, third or…you get the idea. Newspapers reported that some people fainted in shock at the horror on screen, which pleased Universal as it help assure them that the film would be a big hit. The role was a blessing and a curse for Lugosi, who became forever tied to the character. His last role was for Plan 9 from Outer Space in 1959. It was directed by Ed Wood and is considered one of the worst movies ever made. This year, movie-goers will suffer through Vampire Academy

Sunday, February 11, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 11

Tina Louise was born on February 11, 1934.

The Original Ginger is Born

Actress Tina Louise, known for playing Ginger on Gilligan’s Island TV show was born on this day in 1934. Her breakout role came from 1958’s God’s Little Acre where she received a Golden Globe for “New Star of the Year.” She became Ginger Grant in 1964, a role that she was afraid would ruin her career, and continued playing it until 1967. (Originally the role was offered to Jayne Mansfield, but she turned it down.) Tina continued to act in both film and TV but, she never participated in any of the show’s reunion movies and unlike her co-stars, she did not lend her voice for the animated version of show which ran on Saturday mornings from 1974-1977. However, she did appear occasionally for reunions on talk shows, she appeared with Dawn Wells (who played Mary Ann on the show) for a commercial for the Jeopardy game show and she also made a brief appearance on Roseanne. Tina and Wells are the only two surviving cast members.

Friday, February 9, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 9

Carmen Miranda was born on February 9, 1909

Carmen Miranda is Born

While you may not know Carmen Miranda by name, you’ve no doubt seen photos or at least tributes to the Brazilian singer and dancer known for wearing very tall hats stuffed with fruit. Carmen was born on this day in 1909. Before her performing career, she sold ties at age 14. She recorded here first single, “Samba Não vá Simbora” in 1929 and appeared on film for the first time in 1932. Her first appearance in an American film was in Down Argentine Way (1940), but her native country became skeptical of her claiming that she gave into American commercialism. She appeared in numerous films including That Night in Rio with Don Ameche (1941), Copacabana with Groucho Marx (1947) and Scared Stiff with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin (1953). Many assume that Carmen appeared in Disney’s The Three Caballeros dancing with Donald Duck, but that was her sister Aurora. It was Carmen's image that inspired the Chiquita Banana logo in 1943.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 8

"Witness" was released in theater on February 8, 1985.

‘Witness’ Arrives in Theaters

Witness, the American crime thriller about an Amish boy who was a “witness” to a murder, arrived in theaters on this day in 1985. Directed by Peter Weir, the movie starred Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards (including Harrison Ford’s only nomination to date) and won two for “Best Original Screenplay” and “Best Film Editing.” However, the movie was not a hit by those living in the Amish communities where the movie was filmed as they felt that the movie did not portray them accurately. They also voiced concerns that more tourists would come by to stare at them due to the popularity of the film.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 7

"Pinocchio" was released on February 7, 1940.

Pinocchio Becomes a Real Boy

Walt Disney’s second full-length animated feature, Pinocchio, was released on this day in 1940, but it should have been the third. After Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released in 1937, Walt had planned to release Bambi as his next movie, but the studio was having difficulty with both the story and making the animals look realistic and so Bambi went on the back burner. Pinocchio has been called “groundbreaking” in that movie was able to create realistic movement to vehicles and the items found in Geppetto’s workshop. Other natural elements like rain, lightning, smoke, shadows and water also looked more realistic than in previous animated works. Although considered one of the best animated films ever created, Pinocchio did not do well of his first official outing in terms of box office sales. However, the film was the first animated movie to win two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “When You Wish Upon A Star.” It wasn’t until the movie’s reissue in 1945 that Disney made a profit on the film. In 1994, Pinocchio was added to the United States National Film Registry for being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." In the mid-2000s, DisneyToon Studios began to work on a sequel, something that John Lasseter cancelled after being named Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2006. However, there is a live action film in the works.