Monthly Archives: March 2021

It was announced today that ACMI, Australia’s national museum of screen culture, will be bringing the internationally acclaimed exhibition Disney: The Magic of Animation to Melbourne for its Australian debut as part of the city’s Melbourne Winter Masterpiece seriessupported by Visit Victoria.  

Opening Thursday 13 May, the exhibition celebrates almost 100 magical years of Disney animation. This rare glimpse behind the scenes of Walt Disney Animation Studios will give visitors the opportunity to experience the incredible artistry behind the studio’s much-loved characters and see how drawings are brought to life, from pencil and paper to today’s computer-generated wonders.

Walt Disney Animation Studios has been creating extraordinary films for nearly a century, with every film beginning with drawings that capture the essence of character, story and emotion. Disney: The Magic of Animation features over 500 original art works from the 1920s through to the present day, including paintings, sketches and concept art that have been specially selected by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library.

These rarely seen works reveal the development of beloved stories and animation techniques from dozens of classics ranging from Mickey Mouse’s first talkie Steamboat Willie (1928) to Fantasia (1940) to Frozen (2013). Disney: The Magic of Animation will also debut never-before-exhibited artwork from the studio’s newest critically-acclaimed release Raya and the Last Dragon (2021).

“We’re thrilled to bring Disney: The Magic of Animation to Australia as ACMI’s 2021 Melbourne Winter Masterpiece – the first since reopening after our $40 million transformation. Disney’s pioneering work has brought the art of animation to audiences across the globe for nearly a century. This exhibition invites us behind the scenes, celebrating the artists and their incredible craft as they create the magical worlds and iconic characters that we know and love,” said ACMI Director & CEO Katrina Sedgwick OAM.

“At The Walt Disney Company, storytelling is at the heart of everything we do to entertain and inspire our local audiences. That’s why we are incredibly excited to share this exhibition, Disney: The Magic of Animation, with the people of Melbourne. We hope that guests will both be inspired and delighted by the artistry showcased, bringing to life our Disney stories and its magic, here in Australia,” said Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company Australia & New Zealand.

“The filmmakers and storytellers at Walt Disney Animation Studios have been creating, producing and pushing the boundaries of animation for almost 100 years. Animation is an art form that literally brings still, static images to life. Whether it is a series of appealing line drawings, shot in sequential order to create a believable character, or complex digital imagery rendered to create a magical effect, animation has the power to transport the viewer into a world of imagination and beauty,” added Mary Walsh, Managing Director of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library.

“This Melbourne-exclusive exhibition will be a huge drawcard for ACMI and Victoria this winter – bringing more visitors into the heart of Melbourne and igniting the magic of Disney for kids and families across our state,” said Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson.

Disney: The Magic of Animation opens at ACMI on Thursday 13 May. Tickets can be purchased online at   

Kaleidescope Entertainment is buzzing to announce that Maya The Bee: The Golden Orb will be released in cinemas in the UK and Ireland from May 17. 

Maya The Bee: The Golden Orb is the third theatrical feature in the successful Maya the Bee franchise; an iconic animated series that has been entertaining young children for more than 100 years. 

When a bored Maya and Willi bust out of winter lockdown early, they are catapulted headfirst into a top secret mission! Entrusted with the care of a sacred seed, Maya and Willi team up with their old pal’s Arnie and Barnie to deliver the seed to its new home atop the mysterious Bonsai Mountain.

When their “seed” hatches, Maya and Willi come face to face with their biggest responsibility yet – a smooshy, squishy little princess! This adventure is a LOT more than they bargained for as they take on bounty hunters, thugs and ruthless enemies, to return the lost princess to her mountain colony, only to find it hanging in the balance of a turf war and remorseless predators.

Willi discovers a side of himself that he never expected as he becomes protective of the tiny princess, but to save the her, and her colony, Maya must learn that trust is not just a word, it has to be earned!

 Ideal for fans of family adventures Antz, A Bugs Life and Bee Movie, Maya The Bee: The Golden Orb is an epic bug battle that will transport you to exciting new worlds!

 Stan today announced the brand new, eight-part sci-fi drama series Intergalactic, starring Eleanor TomlinsonParminder NagraSharon Duncan-Brewster and Craig Parkinson, will premiere Saturday 1 May, same day as the U.K. and only on Stan.

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This action-packed, brand new drama is written by award-winning showrunner Julie Gearey (Prisoners’ WivesCuffsSecret Diary of a Call Girl).

Intergalactic follows Ash Harper (Savannah Steyn), a young cop and galactic pilot wrongly convicted of a treasonous crime whose fellow convicts break free and go on the run across a distant galaxy. A quest for freedom, Intergalactic is a sci-fi drama like no other full of action, adventure and intrigue.

The eight-part series features adrenaline-fuelled performances from an ensemble cast including Thomas TurgooseSharon Duncan-BrewsterNatasha O’Keeffe, Oliver CoopersmithImogen Dainesandnew comerDiany Samba-Bandza.

Intergalactic is produced by Moonage Pictures and Motion Content Group, in association with Tiger Aspect Productions for Sky Studios and was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky and Cameron Roach, Sky’s Director of Drama at Sky Studios. Paul Gilbert and Serena Thompson are the executive producers for Sky Studios. The series is executive produced by showrunner Julie Gearey, director Kieron Hawkes (Fortitude, Power, Strike), Iona Vrolyk for Tiger Aspect Productions and Frith Tiplady for Moonage Pictures. Will Gould and Matthew Read for Moonage Pictures and Richard Foster and Tony Moulsdale for Motion Content Group are also executive producers.

The brand new series Intergalactic premieres 1 May, only on Stan.

If you think that a comedy show is just someone with a mic cracking jokes, or if you’re lucky someone with a puppet… still cracking jokes than The Umbilical Brothers brand new show The Distraction is going to change your view of comedy forever.

To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect from the show which is now on as part of The Melbourne International Comedy Festival. My first ‘real’ introduction to The Umbilical Brothers was way back in my High School years when the talented duo came to my school and ran a couple of drama workshops. They were nice guys and their act, which was inventive at the time, largely revolved around mime and making noises with their mouths.

At the time it was pretty cool, hey the guys I saw on Hey, Hey It’s Saturday were at my school, but comedy has changed since then. Even the Umbies acknowledge this in their new show when they joke about how tired it would be if they hadn’t moved with the times and were still performing the same act they were thirty years ago. They acknowledge it and that’s great because what they deliver here is not only up with the times, it has probably started a new evolution of comedy that I certainly didn’t expect to see.

For those that have missed out on the evolution of the Umbies over the years. It has been something pretty spectacular. David Collins and Shane Dundas met while studying 30 years ago and from there became an Australian comedic institution with their rare brand of comedy that mixed old fashioned mime with audio effects. From hit show after hit show on stage the Umbies sound found themselves on television both here and around the world as even the likes of David Letterman embraced them.

When I walked into the Fairfax Theatre I’ll admit I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ll admit that aside from seeing them pop up on television commercials here and there I hadn’t seen one of their shows for a long time, and I was I first saw when I walked into the theatre was strange to say the least. On the stage were cameras, a mini city made of cardboard, actual baby dolls strewn everywhere, a guy sitting at a computer, a couple of green screens and an ominous warning on a huge screen that read “your face may appear on this screen but it will not leave this room.”

Yes I’ll admit that I was trying to put together this jigsaw puzzle worth of clues together in my head and try to work out what was about to happen – what I didn’t expect was what did happen – basically the Umbies made a live sketch comedy TV show, littered with special effects, happen right in front of us.

And the sketches, I have to say were literally out of this world. From a inquisitive American who likes pushing buttons accidentally finding himself on a space station to a city being attacked by a Giant Baby – this was a show full of laughs and witty jokes that had its audience never knowing what to expect next.

You wanted to keep your eyes on the big screen so you didn’t miss any of the ‘live’ special effects but at the same time you wanted to keep an eye on David Collins and Shane Dundas so you could see how the effects were being done with very little other than the human body and some props. Take your eyes off them even for a second and you would even miss the cute looks and smiles the two share together when something catches them off guard… for most of the show it felt like you were watching a Behind The Scenes featurette for a movie or television show being made right in front of you.

Aside from the laughs throughout the show I also found that I was watching something pretty special play out in front of me. The Distraction is new, it is fresh, it is a comedy game-changer but most important that it is just damn funny. The Distraction is for teens and above (unless you want to explain to your kids why kicking a doll is okay) and runs throughout the festival until the 17th April.

Summary: After unearthing a gem that controls an evil monster looking to destroy the Universe, a young girl and her brother use it to make him do their bidding.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 22nd January 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: 3rd March 2021 (Australia)

Country: Canada

Director: Steve Kostanski

Screenwriter: Steve Kostanski

Cast: Jayson Alexander (Hugh), Rick Amsbury (Dennis), Adam Brooks (Greg), Alex Chung (Darkscream), Scout Flint (Alastair), Alexis Kara Hancey (Susan), Nitta-Josee Hanna (Mimi), Robert Homer (Vince/Zombie Cop), Matthew Kennedy (Kortex), Asuka Kurosawa (Witchmaster), Kristen MacCulloch (Pandora), Owen Myre (Luke), Matthew Ninaber (Psycho Goreman), Roxine Latoya Plummer (Human Pandora), Reese Presley (Chad), Conor Sweeney (Maddox/Cassius 3000), Anna Tierney (Pandora (voice)), Steven Vlahos (Psycho Goreman (voice)), Stuart Wellington (Tubeman (voice), Kenneth Welsh (Narrator/Judicator)

Running Time: 95 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia)


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