This has been a pretty quiet week for animation news - particularly when compared to last week's D23-packed greatness. Nonetheless, we got a few interested titbits - the expected, almost weekly, Marvel casting rumours, some Disney Blu-ray news and more. Your usual features are here again, as is a new Ghibli, war and more-themed editorial by Mayra. Check out your recap of everything animation-related that went down this week on A113Animation, below.
Vin Diesel might voice Groot the tree in Guardians of the Galaxy: The Fast and Furious star has been rumoured to be in talks for a Marvel part for a while; the latest role to pop up on the radar is that of sentient space tree, Groot, in Marvel's upcoming film, Guardians of the Galaxy. It's actually Diesel himself fuelling the speculation, but judge the rumour for yourself. More details on all that here.
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Disney Retrospective, Aladdin: Munir's at possibly the most exciting period in Disney Animation history right now with his Retrospective; last week he was reviewing Beauty and the Beast, next week he's reviewing The Lion King, and this week it's Aladdin. The third film from Ron and John and is a beloved classic of the Disney canon, one which Munir says is "still widely beloved by audiences all over the world today and remains one of the studio's brightest spots," concluding that it's "a classic." Read the full review here.
Hayao Miyazaki, Studio and War: In a new editorial, our resident Studio Ghibli writer, Mayra, delves into anime master Hayao Miyzaki's history with war, how that is evident in the films his studio creates and how the current plan to amend the anti-war article of the Japanese constitution might affect all that. For more on that issue and what Miyazaki has had to say about it in the past, check the post out here.
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