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Disneyland has been open in Anaheim, California, since 1955. And it’s about to change in a big way.

Next month, the park will add a new section called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Disney World in Florida will also add a Star Wars themed section this summer.

And as you might have experienced firsthand or heard from friends or family members, Disney’s parks become packed with crowds and long lines.

Now, add Star Wars fans to the mix.

'Dumbo': Elephants Never Forget, But Audiences Will

Mar 28, 2019

Dumbo, the first of three live-action(ish) remakes of beloved Disney cartoons due in the next four months (Aladdin is coming in May, The Lion King in June), coulda been a contender. Its director is Tim Burton, who began his career as an animator, and who has periodically returned to that medium for heartfelt, handmade pictures like Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie.

Homer Simpson probably won't become the newest member of the Avengers, but anything's possible now that Disney owns 21st Century Fox.

One year after the Walt Disney Co. announced the $71.3 billion merger, it's official. The deal, which closed Wednesday at 12:02 a.m. Eastern time, reshapes the media landscape and makes Disney an even greater entertainment behemoth. In bolstering its trove of characters and stories, the acquisition also puts Disney in a stronger position to take on Netflix and other streaming companies when it launches its own service, Disney+, later this year.

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In 2014, it was Kim Kardashian and her oiled, prominent posterior that “broke the internet.” Four years later, the term is a thing, and thankfully there’s no recreation of Kim K’s famous pose by the hulking, titular character in “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” a delightful sequel to Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph,” the story of an 8-bit bad guy who learns to lov

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Disney's Frozen remains one of the greatest box-office successes in history. But in terms of impact and influence, it is perhaps most loved and best remembered for one of its breakout songs.

The first rule of Mary Poppins is that you must never explain Mary Poppins.

Perhaps the smartest decision in the sequel Mary Poppins Returns is that it's no more clear than it ever was how, exactly, this nanny floats in. We don't know where Mary came from, how exactly she has relatives given that she seems to have simply materialized from the sky, or whether she was ever a child herself. Mary Poppins simply is.

When Emily Blunt landed the title role in Mary Poppins Returns, she made a conscious decision not to rewatch the 1964 version of the film, which featured Julie Andrews as the iconic nanny. Instead, Blunt dove into the books by P.L. Travers, from which the film had been adapted.

"I didn't want to sort of get compromised by the details of what Julie Andrews did so beautifully," Blunt says. "I knew it was going to be my version of her."

A years-old Disney trademark on the use of the phrase "Hakuna Matata" on T-shirts has stirred up a new debate among Swahili speakers about cultural appropriation.

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How many times will you cry watching the latest collection of Pixar Short Films on Blu-ray? Your mileage may vary, but “Bao” opens the program on a strong note, turning on the waterworks with its heartwarming story of a parent’s loving protectiveness, and culture clash. Directed by Domee Shi, the short also represents a step forward in the traditionally male comapny; it’s the first short film from Pixar to be directed by a woman, and, along with “Sanjay’s Super Team” on this disc, one of the first shorts to be helmed by a person of color.

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