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Retro Round Up – 1st December

Roald Dahl comes to Netflix

This week, Netflix announced they are developing an animated series based on the works of legendary author Roald Dahl. The titles include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it’s sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator’, The BFG, The Twits, Matilda, George’s Marvellous Medicine; Boy: Tales of Childhood, Going Solo, The Enormous Crocodile, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, Henry Sugar, Billy and the Minpins, The Magic Finger, Esio Trot; Dirty Beasts and Rhyme Stew. Oddly the deal excludes Fantastic Mr. Fox, James and The Giant Peach and Danny: Champion of the World.

Whilst there’s been various adaptations of Dahl’s books over the years, this is a huge win for Netflix.  Work on the show will begin next year, in partnership with The Roald Dahl Story Company, so it’s safe to assume Dahl’s legacy is in safe hands. Melissa Cobb, Netflix’s Vice President of Kids & Family content said: “We have great creative ambition to reimagine the journeys of so many treasured Dahl characters in fresh, contemporary ways with the highest quality animation and production values.” Sounds promising but a part of me is intrigued to see how it looks compared to the beloved and iconic artwork of Quentin Blake. His marvelous work is so intrinsically linked to Dahl’s work and familiar to many generations. Time will tell.

Keanu Reeves joins Toy Story 4

That’s all you need to know really! Within hours of the news being announced, a bunch of John Wick memes was doing the rounds, the following from BossLogic being our favorite:

Source – BossLogic

Great to see Keanu returning to his comedy roots. In addition to the main cast,  he joins fellow Retro Ramble heroes Michael Keaton and Timothy Dalton.

The Lion King teaser trailer

The onslaught of live action remakes of Disney’s animated classics continues. 2019 sees the release of two of their beloved 90s films – Aladdin and The Lion King. First up is Guy Ritchie (yes, you read that right) directing Aladdin. It’s teaser released last month, showed little to get excited about and left many a little frustrated (though it is called a teaser for a reason).

However it doesn’t seem to be the case with The Lion King teaser which has got many, many fans massively hyped. At the time of writing, the trailer has amassed a whopping 49m downloads in a week! In comparison, the Aladdin trailer released over a month ago, stands at a paltry 22m.

To be fair, Aladdin’s cast is mainly unknowns with Will Smith tackling the mammoth task of voicing the Genie, last played by the late, great Robin Williams. Did I mention it’s directed by Guy Ritchie? The Lion King has a lot more star power and is directed by Disney’s golden boy John Favreau. Favreau launched the MCU with Iron Man in 2008 and turned The Jungle Book (2016) into a billion dollar box office smash. The film features the voices of (deep breath) Donald Glover, Beyonce, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogan, John Oliver and James Earl Bloody Jones reprising his role as Mustafa! All hail The King!

And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.” 

We regret to inform our loyal listeners that our upcoming Die Hard podcast episode will not be available to download until Monday. Here’s a Die Hard themed bauble to get you through these tough times…

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