Hello Boys & Girls and Children of All Ages … It’s Story Time In Movieland.
This is Marcus Jackson, the FOX 10 / CW 55 Resident Movie Guru here. Let me tell you a story about an industry …. on both the big and small screens … that has gone back to its childhood roots and want to bring to life some of our most famous characters from our fairytale and bedtime story books. We’ve already seen versions of “Snow White” and “Little Red Riding Hood” come to life and more recently The Hobbit & Hansel & Gretel: Which Hunters have been released onto the big screen opening at No# 1 at the box office. This past weekend it happened again with a new chapter in the “Jack and the Beanstalk” epic tale called Jack the Giant Slayer. Now it took the top spot at the box office but it was expected to do better money-wise being that it took hundreds of millions of dollars to make the this 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D “giant” of a movie.
Check out the trailer for Jack The Giant Slayer courtesy of this link from IMDb ….. http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi830449433/
Now if you think that was something, well Disney is throwing its hat into the ring once again with a little magic … not from “Tinkerbell” or “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” but from a certain “Wizard”. Oz: The Great & Powerful hits theaters on Friday, March 8th. We all know that at the end of The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and the gang finds out that the Wizard was nothing but an ordinary man from Kansas who was swept away by a tornado in his hot air balloon to the Land of Oz himself. But how did he become the Wizard? Well there are books in the “Oz” series written by L. Frank Baum that explains this and Disney saw that it was a great time to explore this story in the epic tale of Oz.
Check out this trailer of Oz: The Great & Powerful from this link from IMBd …. http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi297314073/
With Disney’s big success with Once Upon A Time on ABC – and let’s not forget about Grimm on NBC; fairytale and bedtime stories are an instant source of screenplay adaptations that can be brought to life especially with the technology we have today. Just like the Superhero & Comic Book movies that have been dominating the Box Office off and on for the past 30 and so years (Since Superman starring the late Christopher Reeve).
Well I hope that if you are going to see these movies in the coming weeks that you will have a good time watching but don’t forget that these big screen “stories” came from out of the pages of a good book. Take the time to go out and read them – at your public library for starters. But in this day and age you can probably download it to your Nook or Kindle Fire or Tablet or iPad or laptop or desktop …. At least you can read it from cover to cover. From “Once upon a time …” to “And they lived happily ever after …” (we hope). As we all know …. Anything can happen when the folks in Movieland get a hold of a story … even a fairytale.