‘Zootopia’ spoofs posters of blockbuster films

The hype behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is brushing off to the animals of Disney’s “Zootopia” as the latest film from Walt Disney Animation has released a batch of new posters, spoofing four of the biggest films of 2015, including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World,” “Cinderella” and “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Rookie bunny cop Lt. Judy Hopps of “Zootopia” is transformed into Daisy Ridley’s Rey in “The Furce Awakens,” Cinderella’s glass slipper gets stretched out for a “Cinderelephant” poster, giraffes roam the Earth in “Giraffic World” and Christian Grey becomes Mr. Lemming in “Fifty Shades of Prey.”

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Not to be outdone, an original new one-sheet art of “Zootopia” has likewise been revealed.

“Zootopia” is directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”), and produced by Clark Spencer (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “Lilo & Stitch”).

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.

Opening across the Philippines on March 2, 2016, “Zootopia” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

Follow the official social media accounts of Disney in the Philippines, namely, (FB) WaltDisneyStudiosPH, (Twitter) @disneystudiosph and (Instagram) @waltdisneystudiosph and use the hashtag #ZootopiaPH. (PR)

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‘Nilalang’ aims to change the game in Philippine Cinema

While every film tells a story – that of characters, conflicts and even subliminal messages – few are made carrying a clear sense of purpose that goes beyond what the audience sees on screen. The kind where viewers, as the credits roll, begin to think, “every movie should be made that way.”

WeLovePost, — or WLP as the production house fondly called – had this in mind when they laid out the plans for Nilalang, the outfit’s official entry into the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival.

A team comprised mainly of people with roots in the advertising industry, Nilalang infused the stringent discipline that goes into making a branded commercial. From storytelling, to casting, shooting, editing and even promotions, every step was meticulously prepared to set the film up for success in the local box office as well as in the international market.

Pedring Lopez. The film’s director, says that, “We want to make a statement about the craft of filmmaking; to set a standard for Filipino films – in terms of storytelling, production values, and all other elements that go into a picture. We Pinoys are among the most creative people in the world. It’s about time our work reflected that.”

Rex Lopez. WLP’s Executive Creative Director for Content, shares, “We did Nilalang in an unconventional way. Not to be different for the sake of being different, but because we believe that today’s viewers are more discerning. They know when they’re just being taken for a ride; or when they’re seeing really good work. They can tell when big names are just a smokescreen for a lack of depth in the story or characters.

According to producers Roy Lopez and Maia Yambao, there is growing anticipation for the film’s distribution in Japan, where Maria Ozawa, the film’s female lead, enjoys a cult following. “This is one of the ways that ‘ready-for-the-world’ vision is carried out thru Nilalang,” says actor Troy Montero, a partner in WLP. He adds that, “We didn’t limit ourselves to what or who was available. We thought out of the box and came up with a casting coup,” in reference to Ozawa sharing top billing with proven leading man Cesar Montano.

“Nilalang” is a WLP venture with Haunted Tower Pictures, Paralux Studios, and VIVA Films; opening December 25, 2015 in cinemas nationwide. (PR)

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Hamill, Fisher, Ford: ‘Star Wars’ legends return in ‘The Force Awakens’

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are poised to accomplish what was once deemed impossible: reprise their original “Star Wars” characters Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo after almost forty years after the first “Star Wars” movie, “Episode IV: A New Hope.”

With Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opening in the Philippines on Dec. 17, the trio of actors and characters will finally come full circle to continue the most passionately followed saga ever in motion picture history.

But first things first. Let’s get to know what the stars think of new director J.J. Abrams and what they hope fans will take away after watching the new film.

Question: What do you think of J.J. Abrams’ vision for “The Force Awakens?”

Mark Hamill: Like any good Disney animated film, these films appeal to the child in anyone. It doesn’t matter what your chronological age is, it appeals to the child in whatever age you are. And, J.J. is the perfect example of someone who understands that and knows how to reinterpret it in the way he wants to. We’re so lucky that they picked him. He’s a kid in so many ways. He’s a brilliant filmmaker and writer but someone who can instantly relate to the material at hand. I’m sure if you ask him, I would imagine that the original films were part of the reason he wanted to become a director and a writer.

Carrie Fischer: J.J. is someone who’s proven he can do these epic, otherworldly films, and also worldly films. He’s a writer and a director and he loves movies. That really comes across.

Harrison Ford: He’s very thoughtful and very wise about human nature and the development of character and relationships. He brings a real sincerity and emotional understanding to relationships, which is something I was very pleased to see. He’s an enormously skilled filmmaker and very efficient director and producer. So it has been a real pleasure to work with him and all of the members of his team as this film has gone on.

Q: What do you hope audiences will take away from this film?

Hamill: I always thought there was a great undercurrent of optimism in these films. There’s a lack of cynicism there. They reinforce what all great fables and fairytales tell you. Perseverance and purity of heart will help you succeed. I hope they’re uplifting. I hope they have the humor they had. I hope they don’t take themselves too seriously. I’ve got my fingers crossed that for a six year old who’s never seen them, that it’ll be great fun; scary but not too scary. I hope it gives them a sense of adventure and the feeling that if they work really hard and give it their all, they can succeed as well. That’s what it’s all about.

Fischer: I think they’ll be happy to be in their home away from home again.

Ford: Recognition of our common humanity and that all of us face the same kinds of problems in our lives, and that there’s hope. There’s joy in the celebration of right and wrong and in the recognition of truth that sustains us. And, they’ll have fun along the way.

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, December 17, 2015, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Follow the official social media accounts of Star Wars in the Philippines, namely, (FB) StarWarsPH, (Twitter) @starwarsph and (Instagram) iamstarwars_ph and use the hashtag #TheForceAwakensPH. (PR)