According to calendars, the Chinese New Year starting on January 31 will be the Year of the Horse. I wholeheartedly disagree. It’s once again going to be one fantastic Year of the Rat. Or rather, the Year of the Mouse.
I was always a Disney fan growing up but no more than your average kid. This past year, however, Mommy’s Busy, Go Ask Daddy has somehow transformed into a Disney-filled promotional machine! It probably has something to do with the fact that Disney now owns three of my favorite licenses ever: Marvel, The Muppets and Star Wars.
I’m also a sucker for a good animated movie (as is my wife), so when I got to cover Frozen and Planes for Disney last year, it was definitely worth it. Disney also seems to know how to treat its fans and its bloggers really well. So I’m hoping to continue the trend into 2014, especially considering there are 2 movie sequels coming out this year that I cannot wait for: Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Muppet: Most Wanted!
Since Disney loves sending mommy bloggers to various press events and red carpet premieres for their movies, it can be tough for a typical daddy blogger to get invited. But this particular daddy blogger happens to have a large female audience, so I’m hoping that you guys can help raise the necessary support I need to prove to Disney reps that they should send this daddy blogger to cover the Muppets and Captain America movie premieres! Can I count on your support? Can I? Hello? Bueller? Is this thing on?
Anyways, it’s going to be one unbelievable year again at the movies and I just got the list of Disney 2014 movie releases, so I thought I’d share!
- February 28, 2014 – The Wind Rises (Touchstone Pictures / Studio Ghibli)
- March 14, 2014 – Need for Speed (DreamWorks Pictures)
- March 21, 2014 – The Muppets Most Wanted (Walt Disney Studios)
- April 4, 2014 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Marvel)
- April 18, 2014 – Bears (Disneynature)
- May 16, 2014 – Million Dollar Arm (Walt Disney Studios)
- May 30, 2014 – Maleficent (Walt Disney Studios)
- July 18, 2014 – Planes: Fire & Rescue (DisneyToon Studios)
- August 1, 2014 – Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel)
- August 8, 2014 – The Hundred-Foot Journey (DreamWorks Pictures)
- October 10, 2014 – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Walt Disney Studios)
- November 7, 2014 – Big Hero 6 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
- November 21, 2014 – McFarland (Walt Disney Studios)
- December 25, 2014 – Into the Woods (Walt Disney Studios)
Here’s a closer look at each of these films:
The Wind Rises
In “The Wind Rises,” Jiro (voice of Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni (voice of Stanley Tucci). Nearsighted and unable to be a pilot, he becomes one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers, experiencing key hisztorical events in an epic tale of love, perseverance and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.
Need for Speed
Muppets Most Wanted
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Million Dollar Arm
Planes: Fire & Rescue
From the world of “Cars” soars “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” a new comedy-adventure featuring a quirky crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of wildfire air attack. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous air attack team, including spirited super scooper Lil’ Dipper (Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.
Guardians of the Galaxy
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object 12-30-13 of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one. “
Big Hero 6
Into the Woods
What’d I tell ya? Lots of great-looking films coming out from Disney this year! So go ahead and tell me which ones you’re most looking forward to. Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Oh, and again, feel free to give me loads of support by pointing out how Andrew from Mommy’s Busy, Go Ask Daddy should be attending some of Disney’s biggest events this year, in particular Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Muppets Most Wanted. I promise you guys, if you help get me to those events, you’ll get more coverage on here than you can shake a Star-Spangled Scooter at!
What film are you most pumped for?