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Walt Disney Pictures 2009 Preview

Up, Toy Story 3D and plenty more family fun

Walt Disney Pictures is the latest studio to drop off some new images and information regarding their 2009 slate of films and fortunately for me they have supplied very little in way of pictures, which makes my job much easier, however for you it means you aren't going to get as many goodies such as no images from G-Force, nothing new for Up and not even a preview image for A Christmas Carol. From what I can tell the most exciting thing is a scruffy pic of Bruse Willis in Surrogates, but how about you be the judge?

Over the next three pages are all 14 of Disney's upcoming flicks with cast, director, synopsis and picture gallery links where they apply. Remember, the links open in a new browser window so just close the new window to return to this article and continue the preview.

Enjoy!

CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC
Feb. 13, 2009

Photo: Walt Disney Pictures
Directed By: P.J. Hogan
Starring: Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, John Lithgow, Kristin Scott Thomas, Leslie Bibb, Fred Armisen, Julie Hagerty, Krysten Ritter, Robert Stanton, Christine Ebersole, Clea Lewis, Wendie Malick, Stephanie March

In the glamorous world of New York City, Rebecca Bloomwood (ISLA FISHER) is a fun-loving girl who is really good at shopping—a little too good, perhaps. She dreams of working for her favorite fashion magazine, but can’t quite get her foot in the door—until ironically, she snags a job as an advice columnist for a financial magazine published by the same company. As her dreams are finally coming true, she goes to ever more hilarious and extreme efforts to keep her past from ruining her future.

ISLA FISHER (Wedding Crashers) stars in the film from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director P.J. Hogan (My Best Friend’s Wedding). The screenplay by Tracey Jackson and Tim Firth and Kayla Alpert is based on the books Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella.

JONAS BROTHERS: THE 3D CONCERT EXPERIENCE
Feb. 27, 2009
Directed By: Bruce Hendricks
Starring: Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift

The JONAS BROTHERS head to the big screen—in Disney Digital 3-D™—in a high-energy Walt Disney Pictures rockumentary feature film event from director Bruce Hendricks (Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert). The film blends excerpts from the Brothers’ red-hot Burning Up concert tour, including guest performances from Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift, with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, off-the-wall segments, a never-before-heard song ("Love Is On Its Way"), swarming fans and a lot of JB-style humor—giving fans never-before-seen insights into the lives of KEVIN, JOE and NICK.

RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN
March 13, 2009

Photo: Walt Disney Pictures
Directed By: Andy Fickman
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Carla Gugino, Ciaran Hinds, Alexander Ludwig, Tom Everett Scott, Christopher Marquette, Cheech Marin and Garry Marshall

For years, stories have circulated about a secret place in the middle of the Nevada desert, known for unexplained phenomena and strange sightings. It is called Witch Mountain, and when a Las Vegas cab driver (DWAYNE JOHNSON) finds two teens with supernatural powers in his cab, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure he can’t explain. When they discover that the only chance to save the world lies in unraveling the secrets of Witch Mountain, the race begins, as the government, mobsters and even extraterrestrials try to stop them. RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN is a fun and thrilling adventure featuring incredible special effects.

HANNAH MONTANA THE MOVIE
April 10, 2009
Directed By: Peter Chelsom
Starring: Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment, Margo Martindale, Jason Earles, Peter Gunn, Melora Hardin, Mitchel Musso, Lucas Till, Barry Bostwick, Moises Arias,
Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, with Vanessa Williams and Billy Ray Cyrus

Walt Disney Pictures takes the Disney Channel phenom to the big screen in a feature film extravaganza. Miley Stewart (MILEY CYRUS) struggles to juggle school, friends and her secret pop-star persona; when Hannah Montana’s soaring popularity threatens to take over her life—she just might let it. So her father (BILLY RAY CYRUS) takes the teen home to Crowley Corners, Tenn., for a dose of reality, kicking off an adventure filled with the kind of fun, laughter and romance even Hannah Montana couldn’t imagine.

earth
April 22, 2009

Photo: Walt Disney Pictures
Directed By: Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield
Starring: James Earl Jones (narrator)

The first film in the Disneynature series, earth, narrated by JAMES EARL JONES, tells the remarkable story of three animal families and their amazing journeys across the planet we all call home. earth combines rare action, unimaginable scale and impossible locations by capturing the most intimate moments of our planet’s wildest and most elusive creatures. Directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, the acclaimed creative team behind the Emmy Award®-winning Planet Earth, combine forces again to bring this epic adventure to the big screen, beginning Earth Day, April 22, 2009.

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  • Jerzey Jon

    Only "Up" and "Toy Story 3-D" looks like they can be contenders. And that's mostly because of Pixar's long streak of successful films.

    Here's a list of every movies made by Pixar.

    Toy Story
    A Bug's Life
    Toy Story 2
    Monsters Inc.
    Finding Nemo
    The Incredibles
    Cars
    Ratatouille
    Wall-E

    EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE MOVIES WERE NOMINATED FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD, EXCEPT FOR WALL-E AND THAT'S ONLY BECAUSE THIS YEAR'S ACADEMY AWARDS HASN'T STARTED YET.

  • aerinpegadrak

    The cast for Old Dogs looks very intriguing. Race to Witch Mountain won't be great, but might be enjoyable and not a total waste of time. And I can't wait for Princess and the Frog, it looks beautiful and I'm really excited to see Disney return to its roots.

    And Jerzey, lay off the caps lock and do a bit more research. Pixar's films have been nominated for their music more than anything else; I'm about as big a Pixar fangirl as they come, but don't be misleading.

  • aerinpegadrak

    Oh, and Confessions of a Shopaholic is going to bomb hard. The studio knows no one wants to see that kind of movie in this economy, so I imagine they're just going to quietly try to forget about it.

  • RIPsquishy

    up & princess frog look cute. & YAY gary oldman in another movie!

  • Jerzey Jon

    @aerinpegadrak:

    UMMM....I think you are the one that should do more research.

    Pixar has been nominated for the following:

    Best Animated Feature x5
    Best Original Score x5
    Best Original Screenplay x4
    Best Original Song x4
    Best Sound Editing x3
    Best Sound Mixing x2
    and a very rare Special Achievement Award, the last award given out of it's kind.

  • Garrett

    "earth" looks intriguing...

  • aerinpegadrak

    @Jerzey Jon: 9 for music and 5 more for sound of 23 total nominations. My point still stands. The fact that Toy Story is the most recent Special Achievement recipient doesn't mean it's the last ever. I'm not saying that Pixar's films aren't successful or extremely high quality (there's a reason I wanted to write for them, after all) but on the whole, they tend to get snubbed by the Academy. I wouldn't be all that surprised to see Kung Fu Panda take Best Animated Feature, though I would be annoyed. It's almost like the Academy refuses to believe that a studio can release films that are all high-quality, without a single dud in the bunch. The Oscars have always been rather elitist, and top honors usually go to small dramas rather than big box office hits.

    I'd love to see WALL-E get nominated for Best Picture, but I'm not going to put money on it or anything.

  • Jerzey Jon

    1. I didn't say "Toy Story" is the last ever recipient of the Special Achievement award

    2. You wouldn't be surprised If "Kung Fu Panda" takes the academy award for Best Animated Feature over "Wall-E"?!

  • http://theboxofficejunkie.com Grady

    Great post! I'm so excited for Up! Until Pixar makes a bad movie, I will continue to trust them wholeheartedly. Also, I love that Disney continues to invest in The Rock- he's just a likable guy. And I'm very excited for The Princess and the Frog- I'm ready for the return of traditionally animated princess movie!

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  • Garrett

    @aerinpegadrak: There is no way Kung Fu Panda will win the Oscar over "WALL-E", "Bolt" or "Waltz with Bashir". It's also quite ridiculous to say that Pixar gets snubbed by the Academy. Since it's addition, Pixar has won Best Animated Film 3/7 times, been nominated 5/7 times and has received countless more nominations in other categories. Pixar is also the most respected when it comes to animation.

  • aerinpegadrak

    I didn't think there was any way Happy Feet could have won over Cars, but there we go. Kung Fu Panda wasn't nearly as good as WALL-E, but it was still quite good. It wouldn't surprise me if Academy voters snub WALL-E for Best Animated Feature in favor of a Best Picture nomination that it won't get. Pixar's "countless" nominations in other categories are, as I've said, mostly for sound and music. I'm just rather pessimistic when it comes to the Oscars actually honoring deserving films (No Country for Old Men was probably one of my least favorite films of last year, for instance).

  • Garrett

    @aerinpegadrak: That's because Happy Feet was better than Cars. Credit goes where credit is due. However, because Kung Fu Panda is nowhere near the level of WALL-E, it won't pull an upset. Also, the whole point of creating the Best Animated Film category was so that animated films could compete and win in their own arena when voters didn't recognize it in the Best Picture category. And since when are nominations for Sound, Music, (you missed it's screenplay nominations, which no other animation group seems to get) and Original Song not something to be proud of? Do you see Disney or any other animation department scoring nominations in those categories? I don't think so.

  • Tumelo Drametu

    u forgot about The Movie Bolt

  • Cajungirl0

    I am so excited about Confessions of a Shopaholic. I loved Isla in Wedding Crashers and after seeing the trailer, I know she is going to be outrageously funny and charming in this movie. She is the perfect lead and I have loved all the books, so seeing this story on the big screen will be awesome! I have loved all the trailers and images I have seen so far!