Mary Poppins

“It’s Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” says Mary Poppins.

  • Mary Poppins is often rated among the best movies ever produced, and is a musical film with a fantasy based theme, set in 1910, in London.
  • Mary Poppins was made by the Walt Disney film company, directed by Robert Stevenson, and the screenplay was written by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi.
  • Mary Poppins was based mainly on the first of eight books in the series of the same title, authored by Australian born Pamela Lyndon Travers (P.L. Travers, originally Helen Lyndon Goff), who did not like, and regretted, the overall film production.
  • Mary Poppins is based on the character of the same name, who is a supernatural nanny, performed by Julie Andrews, who won an Academy Award for the best actress as Poppins.
  • Mary Poppins was chosen to be preserved by Library of Congress for the United States National Film Registry in 2013.
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  • Mary Poppins was nominated for thirteen Academy Awards, winning five of them, the most ever in Walt Disney history.
  • The Mary Poppins producers took twenty-three years to obtain production rights from the author of the books, Pamela Travers, to create the movie, due to her belief that a film would detract from her books.
  • The Mary Poppins film runs for approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, and was first released on 27 August, 1964.
  • Mary Poppins had over 30 music pieces written by the Sherman brothers, Robert B Sherman and Richard M Sherman, for the production, although only 17 were used.
  • Mary Poppins had the top profits of 1965, with a $28.5 million net profit, a budget of 6 million, and to date, a worldwide gross of over $146 million.
Bibliography:
Mary Poppins (Film), 2013, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Poppins_(film)
Pohn K, The History of Mary Poppins, 2007, Cosmic Play, http://www.cosmicplay.net/Kaleid/Mary/scenebehind1.html

Shrek

‘The greatest fairy tale never told.” – The tagline of Shrek.

  • Shrek is a animated film of a comedy and fantasy genre, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by DreamWorks Pictures .
  • Shrek is about an ogre, ‘Shrek’, who wants fairy tale creatures out of his swamp, and includes two other main characters, ‘Donkey,’ the ogre’s sidekick, and ‘Princess Fiona,’ an ogre/princess.
  • Shrek is somewhat based on a children’s picture book, named ‘Shrek!’, by William Steig, published in 1990.
  • Shrek was originally going to be voiced by Chris Farley, who died just before the full recording, leading to a full script change for the replacement of Mike Myers.
  • During the 90 minute film, 36 different scenes or places were featured in the world of Shrek, and work on the movie began in November 1995.

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  • Shrek was released on 18 May 2001, and ended with three sequels, one spin-off (a prequel), and two specials released between 2004 and 2011.
  • Shrek was produced on a budget of $60 million, and earned nearly $484.5 million at the box office internationally, ranking it fourth of all film releases in 2001.
  • Shrek won the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for 2001, as well as eight Annies and six BAFTA Awards.
  • By the end of 2001, more than 5.5 million copies of Shrek DVDs and videos had been sold, which, at the time, was the ‘biggest selling DVD of all time’.
  • Mike Myers originally used a Canadian accent for the Shrek character, but during the production process he approached the company about letting him re-record his lines in a Scottish accent, which they consented to, but it cost the company millions of dollars.

 

Bibliography:
History, 2011, Shrek, http://www.shrek.com/
Shrek, 2013, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrek

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The Walt Disney Company

Mickey Mouse, the hero of the Walt Disney Company.

  • The Walt Disney Company is an American mass media company, and has become one of the largest film companies in all of the film industry.
  • The ‘Walt Disney Company’ is also known as ‘Disney’, and has number of divisions or segments within the company itself, which include Disney Media Networks, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Consumer products and Disney Interactive.
  • The Walt Disney Company was founded in 1923 by Walt and Roy Disney, although the company was originally named the ‘Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio’.
  • The first films produced by the Walt Disney Company were a series called the Alice Comedies, which were silent films.
  • The Walt Disney Company owns the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) television network, as well as other cable networks, a number of Disneyland theme parks and resorts, and a fleet of cruise ships.
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  • The Disney cartoon character, ‘Mickey Mouse’ (originally ‘Mortimer’), was created in 1928, and is a popular mascot of the Walt Disney Company.
  • The first full-length animation film produced by the Walt Disney Company was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfsreleased in 1937, with production starting in 1934, and was a huge success at the box office.
  • In 2012, the Walt Disney Company had a total revenue of over $42 million USD.
  • The Walt Disney Company studio is located in Burbank California, United States.
  • The first Disneyland, a fun theme park created by the Walt Disney Company, opened in 1955 which eventually became a success for the company, and within a few years it also housed the first monorail system in America.
Bibliography:
Disney History, The Walt Disney Country, n.d, <http://thewaltdisneycompany.com/about-disney/disney-history/1920-01-01–1929-12-31>
The Walt Disney Company, 2013, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Walt_Disney_Company>

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Paramount Pictures

“Famous Players in Famous Plays” – Paramount’s slogan.

  • Paramount Pictures is a motion picture film company and has its film studio in Hollywood, California, United States.
  • ‘Paramount Pictures’ is also known as ‘Paramount Pictures Corporation’ and ‘Paramount’.
  • Paramount Pictures was founded by Adolph Zukor, a Hungarian, in 1912, originally named the ‘Famous Players Film Company’ which merged to form Paramount in 1916.
  • Paramount Pictures bought DreamWorks SKG, in 2005, for $1.6 billion, although DreamWorks became independent only a few years later.
  • The mountain featured on the Paramount Pictures’ logo, has been used in some form in the company’s logo since it was founded, and is the longest, existing, original icon in Hollywood film industry.
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  • There are only four other studios on earth that are older than Paramount Pictures, that are still in operation.
  • Paramount Pictures hold two-hour tours every day of the week, with visits around the studio premises, and four and a half hour tours are also offered with a more extensive look into its history and current production processes.
  • Paramount Pictures celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012, which is a milestone that no other significant Hollywood studio had obtained by that time.
  • Since the economic difficulties of Paramount Pictures in the 1960s, the film company has produced some of the best films, including Titanic (1997) and the Transformers series.
  • The first Paramount Pictures film was a French silent film named The Loves of Queen Elizabeth, in 1912.
Bibliography:
2012 Years of Paramount, 2013, Paramount Pictures, <http://www.paramount.com/100-years-paramount>
Paramount Pictures, 2013, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paramount_Pictures>

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Thunderbirds

5… 4… 3… 2… 1…. Thunderbirds Are Go!

  • Thunderbirds was a science fiction television series, that debuted in 1965 and ran until 1966 with 32 episodes produced over two series, running for 50 minutes per episode, which in some later reproductions became two 25-minute halves.
  • Thunderbirds is about the International Rescue team, or Thunderbirds, who have high technology of aircraft and other rescue equipment and is set in the future, originally 2026, which changed to 2065.
  • Thunderbirds was made in marionette puppet style, with some real life filming, with the puppets designed to be one third of a real person’s size and they had a lip sync mechanism which received electrical pulses to make the mouth move with the voice.
  • The main characters of Thunderbirds are the Tracy Brothers and their father Jeff Tracy, as well as Brains and Lady Penelope with her butler, Parker.
  • Thunderbirds was made in the United Kingdom and authorized by ITC Entertainment and produced by AP Films, who were experienced in the area of marionette puppetry.

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  • The idea for Thunderbirds came from the 1963 mining disaster in Germany, when miraculously nearly half of the trapped crew were saved.
  • The voices of Thunderbirds came from many nationalities, including American, Canadian, Australian and British actors and actresses.
  • Many materials were used for the special effects such as explosions in Thunderbirds, including petrol and fueled rocket canisters.
  • Thunderbirds is known for the rescue crafts Thunderbirds 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, which range from a large jet to a space station.
  • Three films have been adapted from the main series, ‘Thunderbirds Are Go! (1966)’, ‘Thunderbird 6’ (1968) and ‘Thunderbirds’, the most recent film released in 2004.
Bibliography:
The Background, n.d, Thunderbirds, < http://www.fab1.co.nz/thunderbirds.htm>
Thunderbirds (TV Series), 2013, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbirds_(TV_series)>

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Monsters, Inc.

Monsters Incorporation.

  • Monsters, Inc. is a computer animated movie that premiered on November 2001, and runs for approximately 92 minutes.
  • Monsters, Inc. was made for Walt Disney Pictures, by Pixar Animation Studios.
  • Pete Docter, the film’s director, started work on Monsters, Inc. in 1996.
  • Monsters, Inc. grossed $62, 577, 067 at the box office, in America, on its first weekend which ranked it first on the box office chart, and grossed over $562 million dollars worldwide during its season.
  • Monsters, Inc. is about a monster incorporation that collects children’s screams, but a two year old human girl enters the monster portal and the adventures begin.

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  • The idea for Monsters, Inc. came about in 1994, during the making of Toy Story.
  • The original story of Monsters, Inc. used a 30 year old man who was afraid of monsters, but the character was changed to a two year old girl who generally was not afraid of monsters.
  • The main characters of Monsters, Inc. are a blue monster named James P ‘Sulley’ Sullivan, a green monster named Michael ‘Mike’ Wazowski, and a two year old girl named Mary ‘Boo’.
  • Monsters, Inc. was released as a 3D movie in December 2012 and its prequel, ‘Monsters University’, has been released in June 2013.
  • Monsters, Inc. won an Academy Award for the best original song, ‘If I didn’t have you’ written by Randy Newman, and the film was nominated for many others.
Bibliography:
Monsters, Inc., 2013, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsters,_Inc.>

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