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Dis­ney | Aug. 1 Di­rec­tor: James Gunn Writ­ers: James Gunn, Ni­cole Perl­man Cre­ated by: Dan Ab­nett, Andy Lan­ning (Marvel) Star­ring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Sal­dana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gil­lan, Dji­mon Houn­sou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Beni­cio del Toro, Josh Brolin Story: When Amer­i­can pi­lot Peter Quill finds him­self the ob­ject of a man­hunt af­ter steal­ing an orb cov­eted by the vil­lain­ous Ro­nan, he must team up with a group of alien mis­fits to take a stand for the fate of the galaxy. Para­mount | Aug. 8 Di­rec­tor: Jonathan Liebesman Writ­ers: Josh Ap­pel­baum, An­dre Ne­mec, Evan Daugh­erty Cre­ated by: Kevin East­man, Peter Laird (Mi­rage) Star­ring: Johnny Knoxville, Alan Ritch­son, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Me­gan Fox, Tony Shal­houb, Will Ar­nett Story: The lat­est re­boot for the he­roes in a half­shell sends them into the dark­ened streets of New York to face off with Shred­der and his evil Foot Clan with the help of fear­less re­porter April and her wise-cracking cam­era­man. Di­men­sion Films | Aug. 22 Di­rec­tors: Robert Ro­driguez, Frank Miller Writer: Frank Miller Cre­ated by: Frank Miller (Dark Horse) Star­ring: Jes­sica Alba, Pow­ers Boothe, Josh Brolin, Rosario Daw­son, Joseph Gor­donLe­vitt, Eva Green, Den­nis Hays­bert, Stacy Keach, Jaime King, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Wil­lis Story: The long-awaited se­quel will weave Miller’s “A Dame to Kill For” and “Just An­other Satur­day Night” comic arcs with two orig­i­nal plots, sub­ject­ing Dwight, Ava, Marv, Nancy and the rest of the de­gen­er­ate Sin City dwellers to vi­o­lence, plots and bad be­hav­ior. Fox | Oct. 24 Di­rec­tor: Matthew Vaughn Writ­ers: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Gold­man Cre­ated by: Mark Mil­lar, Dave Gib­bons (Icon) Star­ring: Colin Firth, Sa­muel L. Jack­son, Mark Strong, Taron Eger­ton, Michael Caine Story: Said to closely mir­ror the comic, the film cen­ters on a vet­eran agent of a su­per­secret spy agent tasked with tak­ing a re­cently re­cruited street kid un­der his wing in the agency’s ul­tra-com­pet­i­tive train­ing pro­gram, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech ge­nius. Dis­ney | May 1 Di­rec­tor: Joss Whe­don Writer: Joss Whe­don Cre­ated by: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby (Marvel) Star­ring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruf­falo, Chris Evans, Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, Jeremy Ren­ner, Sa­muel L. Jack­son, Aaron Tay­lor-John­son, El­iz­a­beth Olsen, James Spader Story: The Avengers re­assem­ble to face a high-tech threat: the AI known as Ul­tron whose enor­mous god com­plex drives him to take over the Earth. The brother-sis­ter team Scar­let Witch and Quick­sil­ver also join the party this time out. Fox | June 19 Di­rec­tor: Josh Trank Writ­ers: Si­mon Kin­berg, Jeremy Slater Cre­ated by: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby (Marvel) Star­ring: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey Story: At Won­derCon, writer Kin­berg said the re­boot is meant as “a much more grounded, gritty, real­is­tic movie.” Word on the in­ter­webs is that the Doom­bots will be show­ing up.

What to ex­pect, what to hope for, and what to watch slowly wither in de­vel­op­ment be­fore qui­etly be­ing set aside. (Hey, Ant-Man made it out!) 100 Bul­lets Akira Avengers 3 & 4 Black Pan­ther Black Widow Blade Bleach Cow­boy Be­bop Dead­pool Death Note Doc­tor Strange Dread­star Fables Fathom The Flash Ghost in the Shell Green Ar­row Green Lan­tern Re­boot Hack/ Slash Iron Fist Iron Man 4 iZom­bie Jus­tice League Jus­tice League Dark Kick-Ass 3 The Metal Men Ms. Marvel Preacher Run­aways Sand­man The Sin­is­ter Six Shazam! Su­pe­rior Thor 3 Venom We3 The Wolver­ine 3 Won­der Woman X-Force Y the Last Man

Af­ter more than seven decades as icons among icons, Dis­ney’s orig­i­nal an­i­mated fam­ily — the seven dwarfs of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs fame, of course — are get­ting a long-over­due makeover.

The re­sults will be on dis­play for all to see when Dis­ney Ju­nior de­buts July 7 the new an­i­mated com­edy se­ries The 7D, up­dat­ing Doc, Bash­ful, Grumpy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Dopey and Happy with a new vi­sion de­signed to bring them fully into the 21st century.

That’s a tall job, re­quir­ing some top talent to pull it off, and Dis­ney has as­sem­bled just that with a voice cast fea­tur­ing some of the most vi­tal ac­tors work­ing in the busi­ness to­day: Bill Farmer, Dis­ney’s long­time voice of Pluto, plays Doc; Mau­rice LaMarche as Grumpy; Kevin Michael Richard­son as Happy; Stephen Stan­ton as Sleepy; Billy West as Bash­ful; Scott Menville as Sneezy; and Dee Bradley Baker as Dopey. Round­ing out the cast are Leigh-Al­lyn Baker as Queen De­light­ful, Paul Rugg as Lord Starch­bot­tom, Jess Har­nell as Grim Gloom and new­comer Kelly Os­bourne as Hildy Gloom.

Pulling all of this to­gether is Tom Rueg­ger, whom Dis­ney ex­ecs tapped in 2011 to run the show be­cause they ad­mired and wanted to in some ways recre­ate the mad­cap com­edy en­ergy of his work on 1990s Warner Bros. shows.

“I was asked to put my comic spin on it, thanks to my pre­vi­ous work on things like Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain, so they wanted this comic ir­rev­er­ence added to this clas­sic Dis­ney property,” he says.

Go­ing in a New Di­rec­tion

That sat well with Rueg­ger, who felt that, given a TV budget and the au­di­ence the stu­dio was at­tempt­ing to reach, it was bet­ter to go with a new look and style rather than be be­holden in any way to the orig­i­nal Dis­ney ver­sion. “We went in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion with the art, with the de­sign of the char­ac­ters, with their out­fits, with their voices.”

Tap­ping into his long ex­pe­ri­ence in an­i­ma­tion, Rueg­ger called on many fa­mil­iar names to join the pro­duc­tion. He hired many col­leagues from his Warner Bros. days — writ­ers in­clud­ing Sherri Stoner, Paul Rugg, Deanna Oliver and Randy Ro­gel, and di­rec­tors such as Al­fie Gi­meno and Char­lie Visser.

One voice in par­tic­u­lar set the tone: Once Richard­son was cast as Happy, Rueg­ger says they were able to build the voice cast around him.

Farmer, who voices Doc and has voiced some of the clas­sic ver­sions of the dwarfs over the years, says he mostly ig­nored what had gone be­fore for the char­ac­ters and sought out some­thing new.

“When you de­vise a voice for a char­ac­ter, you first look at any pre­vi­ous ma­te­rial, and since this is a de­par­ture from the clas­sic seven dwarfs, you don’t nec­es­sar­ily want to do a voice match or copy. You want to give him a new per­son­al­ity and new life,” says Farmer, adding his path to the new voice started with the new Doc be­ing the sole be­spec­ta­cled dwarf this time out. “Glasses usu­ally show in­tel­li­gence. He’s the in­ven­tor ... He’s the pro­fes­sor, in a way. That’s how I saw him ... So I kind of pinch the voice a lit­tle bit and get a lit­tle higher, and kind of made him a lit­tle scat­ter­brained, and be­fore long this voice came out and it just seemed to stick.”

Mak­ing Vil­lains from Scratch

Har­nell came on board with a brand-new char­ac­ter he had to fig­ure out from scratch. With one of his other roles play­ing the nomi- nal vil­lain on Dis­ney’s Sophia the First, he has his own ideas on how to find the right tack for play­ing Dis­ney vil­lains.

“These are not vil­lains in the clas­sic sense of the word be­cause they’re not re­ally evil, they’re just sort of inept,” he says. Grim Gloom, he says, takes that idea to a new level. “You know how they say, ‘ He’s a few bricks shy of a load’? This guy doesn’t have any bricks. No bricks. And he’s mar­ried to this char­ac­ter named Hildy, who is Kelly Os­bourne, and she’s def­i­nitely the brains of the oper­a­tion. But be­tween me and you, she’s not all that bright, ei­ther.”

But deep down, there’s more to Grim than be­ing dim. “Grim is so awe­some be­cause he’s to­tally stupid but he’s got a re­ally good heart. He’s ac­tu­ally not a bad guy, he’s just try­ing to keep up with his wife, which I guess a lot of us can re­late to.”

Oct. 30, 2012, will be a day long re­mem­bered by movie fans every­where as the day Dis­ney an­nounced its deal to buy Lu­cas­film and its iconic Star Wars fran­chise.

It was news that made a lot of jaws drop, but for oth­ers — like the cre­ators and ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers of Dis­ney Chan­nel’s hit an­i­mated com­edy Phineas and Ferb, Dan Poven­mire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh — it was op­por­tu­nity knock­ing.

“We were ac­tu­ally in a mix and the news broke that Dis­ney had pur­chased Lu­cas­film and our post-pro­duc­tion man­ager sort of gasped and showed us on her Black­berry, and the very first thing I did was draw Doofen­sh­mirtz as Darth Vader and take a pic­ture of it and text that pic­ture to Eric Cole­man the head of (TV an­i­ma­tion at Dis­ney), and I just wrote un­der it ‘I smell cross­over!’” says Poven­mire. “He took his phone with that pic­ture on it and brought it to a meet­ing with Bob Iger on a dif­fer­ent sub­ject en­tirely and then said, ‘Oh, by the way, Bob,’ and slid his phone across the desk and said, ‘Dan Poven­mire sent me this.’ And Bob said, ‘Oh, yeah, we’ve gotta get right on that.” I wasn’t in the meet­ing but that’s the apoc­ryphal story that’s come out of it.”

Not be­ing the first an­i­mated se­ries to do a Star Wars spe­cial, Poven­mire and Marsh opted to go a dif­fer­ent route than hav­ing their char­ac­ters take on roles in the movie in Phineas and Ferb Star Wars, air­ing July 26 at 9 p.m. ET/ PT on Dis­ney Chan­nel.

“We just got this idea kind of like the old Tom Stop­pard play Rosen­crantz and Guilden­stern Are Dead, where we fol­low these two mi­nor char­ac­ters in Ham­let’s play while the play is go­ing on and we thought that would kind of be a cool thing to do in this; leave the story of the first Star Wars movie ex­actly the way it was, the way we loved it, not mess with any of those char­ac­ters and just build a story for our guys that kind of fol­lows along be­side that,” says Marsh.

Play­ing Around the Edges

The re­sult is a spe­cial in which all the ac­tion takes place on the pe­riph­ery of the story of Star Wars. In this ver­sion, Phineas and Ferb are happy campers grow­ing up on Ta­tooine, a planet they love to death and never want to leave, and are friends with that mopey teen Luke Sky­walker. Mean­while, Perry the Platy­pus is re­vealed as the spy who stole the Death Star plans and de­liv­ered them to Princess Leia and Can­dace is happy as a low-level Stormtrooper look­ing to move up from such me­nial tasks as fetch­ing Darth Vader’s socks.

The movie’s main char­ac­ters in­ter­act with the Phineas and Ferb char­ac­ters — though al­ways off-screen in a mo­ment not seen in the film.

Cast­ing those char­ac­ters was one of the few lim­i­ta­tions Poven­mire and Marsh faced in mak­ing the shows as they were told not to ap­proach the orig­i­nal cast.

“Those guys are busy right now shoot­ing Episode VII, so we were not al­lowed to use any of them, in­clud­ing Mark Hamill, who we have on other shows and have had on our own shows be­fore,” says Poven­mire.

“We got some­body who does the best Har­ri­son Ford im­pres­sion that we’ve ever heard and we got him to come in and it was very weird to hear it. ... We’ve been hav­ing a harder time get­ting people to sound that much like the other char­ac­ters but Han was an im­por­tant one be­cause he has a piv­otal scene at the end so we’re get­ting as close as we can with ev­ery­body, es­pe­cially when it’s di­a­logue from the movie where we want it to sound ex­actly like it.”

Sing it with Force!

Of course, this be­ing Phineas and Ferb, there are songs. Poven­mire says they typ­i­cally come up with the story first and then fig­ure out songs that would work with it. “This one was pretty easy,” he says. “You do a big Broad­way

ser blasts go by and stuff like that.”

The Un­think­able Show­down

The spe­cial also fi­nally of­fered Poven­mire and Marsh a chance to do some­thing that had not been done in the en­tire run of the show: Pit Phineas against Ferb.

“I couldn’t imag­ine any­thing they’d dis­agree on to turn them against each other or

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