In 1961, Walt Disney invited Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers to his studio in Los Angeles to discuss, in person, his continued interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character–a pitch he first made to her in the 1940s. Still hesitant and disinterested after all those years, Travers wanted to tell the Hollywood impresario to go fly a kite but with dwindling sales of her books and a bleak economic future looming, P.L. Travers said yes and embarked on a two-week sojourn in Los Angeles that would ultimately set the wheels of the beloved film in motion.
BY Joanna Mendoza
“I know who you are, you’ve been watching over me my whole life,” says Aurora (Elle Fanning) as she’s walking in the woods. “Don’t be afraid.”
“I am not afraid,” answers a shadow.
“Then come out,” coaxes Aurora.
“Then you’ll be afraid,” counters Maleficent, in a menacing and deliciously evil manner that only Angelina Jolie can pull off. (Okay, maybe not.)
BY Joanna Mendoza
I’ve never been a fan of Angelina Jolie. When she rose to international prominence in the late ’90s, I thought her being “dark” was too gimmicky. It could’ve been just an expression of her art, creativity, and individuality, but for me, if the art is good, the artist doesn’t need to be too loud or too out-there. If the art is good, it should speak for itself.
Serving as refreshing counterpoints to the central heroines in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen are two, compelling male characters who reinforce the film’s comedy, action, and adventure quotient. They are the outdoorsman Kristoff and handsome prince Hans, voiced respectively by Jonathan Groff (TV’s Glee) and Santino Fontana (Broadway’s Billy Elliott).
“Our characters needed to have great depth,” says director Chris Buck. “We wanted them to feel real — even in a magical world — so that they could make a personal connection to the people watching.”