Today in Movie Culture: ‘Dumbo’ Director Commentary, Animated ‘Shazam!’ Promo and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Dumbo’ Director Commentary, Animated ‘Shazam!’ Promo and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:

 

Director Commentary of the Day:

With Dumbo hitting theaters tonight, Vanity Fair got director Tim Burton to discuss one of the big moments of Disney’s live-action reimagining of their animated classic. Burton is joined by legendary costume designer Colleen Atwood as they comment on the look of the movie’s Dreamland parade sequence:

 

Filmmaker in Focus:

Critics are saying Burton has made his best movie in years with Dumbo, and many fans are taking the opportunity to celebrate the director as an auteur again. This week’s Honest Trailers video from ScreenJunkies, for instance, humorously highlights all the elements that make each of Burton’s features so distinctly “a Tim Burton movie”:

 

Movie Comparison of the Day:

Speaking of Dumbo, the story of the iconic flying elephant is quite similar to the origin of one of the most famous superheroes of all time. In this video from Couch Tomato, Zack Snyder’s 2013 Superman movie Man of Steel is compared to Disney’s original 1941 animated feature with 24 pieces of evidence that they’re the same thing:

 

Classic Movie Clip of the Day:

In honor of the reunion of actors Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton for Dumbo, let’s look back at the last movie that brought this same trio together: Batman Returns, which debuted in theaters on June 16, 1992. In this climactic clip, Keaton’s the good guy and DeVito is the bad guy, which is the reverse of their characters in the new Disney release:

 

Movie Parody of the Day:

To promote his upcoming DC Extended Universe movie Shazam!, star Zachary Levi lent his voice to a stop-motion animated version of his titular character for a funny Robot Chicken sketch. This video, also featuring Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer), has some fun with Shazam’s super powers, as well as those he lacks:

 

Franchise Mapping of the Day:

With less than a month until the release of Avengers: Endgame, fans are wondering how much of Captain Marvel serves as a lead-in to the Marvel movie crossover. While they can’t answer that just yet, ScreenRant has made a video detailing all the ways this month’s big Marvel Cinematic Universe installment fits with the MCU titles that came before it:

 

Easter Egg of the Day:

Speaking of Captain Marvel, that movie features a posthumous cameo appearance from Stan Lee, which involves a very cool reference to Kevin Smith’s Mallrats that fits the movie’s 1995 setting. Now Smith has revealed via Twitter that he’s making an official response of gratitude with an Easter egg appearance of a Captain Marvel comic book in his next Askewniverse installment, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot:

 

Alternate Movie Poster of the Day:

The new character posters for Avengers: Endgame have inspired a meme where fans are creating their own versions with additional Marvel Cinematic Universe characters and other franchise’s fallen favorites. Here’s an entry that’s not so much a parody of the posters as a necessary spinoff. And it’s great that the artist doesn’t refer to the late Stan Lee as one of the fallen in need of avenging:

 

Video Essay of the Day:

Whether you like Jordan Peele’s Us or not, there’s no denying that it’s a movie that has people talking — even haters can’t help but be curious about its meaning. Fortunately, lots of culture commentators are making an effort to analyze the horror hit, including the folks at Wisecrack with this video on what Us says about us:

 

Cosplay of the Day:

Speaking of Us, if you have a twin, then you’re pretty much obligated to cosplay as characters from the movie. Here are two sisters perfectly posing in a trio of photos as Adelaide and her doppelgänger Red, complete with jumpsuit, gloves and scissors for the latter:

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