STEVEN SPIELBERG’S IMAGINATION AND DISNEY MAGIC COME TOGETHER TO BRING ROALD DAHL’S BELOVED CLASSIC TO LIFE
“The BFG” comes to Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and Disney Movies Anywhere Dec. 6
This magical tale of an extraordinary friendship loaded with exciting extras will brighten the holidays for the whole family!
BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 23, 2016 — This month, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, beloved children’s author of family favorites like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Matilda” and Dahl’s personal favorite, “The BFG,” as well as World Dream Day, an annual event honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us.” It seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The BFG,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.
As dreamers around the globe gear up for Sunday’s World Dream Day, an annual holiday honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us,” it seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The BFG,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring a dream-collecting Big Friendly Giant. This heartwarming tale for the whole family arrives home for the holidays on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.
“The BFG” unites the talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – to bring to life the classic tale of a courageous little girl named Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) and a gentle and charming Big Friendly Giant (Oscar®-winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Spielberg employs a new, hybrid style of filmmaking blending live-action and performance-capture techniques, resulting in genuine, heartfelt performances and super-photorealistic animation.
Families and fans will be swept away by this spectacular adventure and delight in extensive bonus features, including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “The BFG” hosted by Ruby Barnhill and featuring Steven Spielberg; a charming, all-new short; a fun and whimsical tutorial on the Big Friendly Giant’s unique language of Gobblefunk; a touching tribute to screenwriter Melissa Mathison (“E.T. the Extraterrestrial,” “The Black Stallion”); and more.
Spielberg’s directorial debut with The Walt Disney Studios was a labor of love, as he’s been a fan of Dahl’s for years. In fact, he read “The BFG” to his own children when they were younger. According to Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship; it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends; and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” “The BFG” is a Golden Phizzwizard* come true for Spielberg, Dahl fans and audiences around the world.
Bonus features include**:
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:
- Bringing “The BFG” to Life – Ruby Barnhill (Sophie) hosts a phizz-whizzing journey through the making of “The BFG.” This behind-the-scenes documentary details the film’s progression through interviews with Roald Dahl’s daughter Lucy Dahl, screenwriter Melissa Mathison, executive producers Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Kristie Macosko Krieger, and numerous members of the talented cast and crew.
- The Big Friendly Giant and Me – Sophie wasn’t the first “bean” in Giant Country—many illustrations were created as if drawn by a little boy who was there long before Sophie. This charming, in-world short will bring the drawings to life with animation and narration, recounting the friendship and the dreams shared between the boy and the Big Friendly Giant.
- Gobblefunk: The Wonderful Words of The BFG – A whoopsey-splunkers tutorial on the meaning of the gloriumptious gobblefunk in “The BFG.”
- Giants 101 – Jemaine Clement (Fleshlumpeater) and Bill Hader (Bloodbottler) introduce us to the loathsome giants in “The BFG,” along with movement choreographer/motion capture performer Terry Notary, who collaborated with the actors and Director Steven Spielberg prior to filming to develop their movements and character traits.
- Melissa Mathison: A Tribute – An homage to Melissa Mathison, the extraordinary, Oscar®-nominated screenwriter of “The BFG” and “E.T.,” whose talent and heart were as immense as the giants in “The BFG.”
- John Williams: Scoring A Dream – A journey through the film’s concept art and memorable moments, interwoven with the sights and sounds of legendary composer John William’s scoring session.
- Gobblefunk: The Wonderful Words of The BFG and Melissa Mathison: A Tribute
Disney and Amblin Entertainment, in association with Walden Media, present the fantasy adventure film “The BFG,” the first-ever motion picture adaptation of Roald Dahl’s resonant tale of childhood, the magic of dreams and the extraordinary friendship between a young girl and a big friendly giant. Directed by three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, the film reunites the director with his Oscar®-nominated collaborator on “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” Melissa Mathison, who adapted the children’s author’s timeless adventure for the big screen. “The BFG” is produced by Spielberg, p.g.a., Frank Marshall, p.g.a., and Sam Mercer, p.g.a., with Kathleen Kennedy, John Madden, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Michael Siegel serving as executive producers.
The film stars three-time Tony Award®, two-time Olivier Award and Oscar® winner Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant; newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie, the orphan who befriends him and is swept into a world of rampaging giants; Penelope Wilton as The Queen; Jemaine Clement as Fleshlumpeater, the most fearsome giant from Giant Country; Rebecca Hall as Mary, The Queen’s handmaid; Rafe Spall as Mr. Tibbs, The Queen’s butler; and Bill Hader as Bloodbottler, another unruly giant from Giant Country.
The creative team is comprised of some of Spielberg’s longtime collaborators, including: two-time Oscar®-winning director of photography Janusz Kaminski; two-time Oscar-winning production designer Rick Carter; three time Oscar-winning editor Michael Kahn, A.C.E.; and Oscar-nominated costume designer Joanna Johnston, with legendary five-time Oscar winner John Williams composing his 24th score for a Spielberg-directed film.
Joining them is two-time Oscar® winner Robert Stromberg as production designer and four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri from Weta Digital, the visual effects company founded by Peter Jackson, as senior visual effects supervisor.
Product SKUs: Digital HD/SD, Blu-ray Superset (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Copy),
Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and Video On-Demand SD/HD
Feature Run Time: Approximately 117 minutes
Rating: PG in U.S., PG in CE, and G in CF
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / Widescreen 2.39:1
DVD Feature Film = Widescreen 2.39:1
Audio: Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA & 2.0 Descriptive Audio,
Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks,
English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
Languages/Subtitles: Blu-ray = English SDH, Spanish and French
DVD = English SDH, Spanish and French
ABOUT DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE (DMA):
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ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:
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*A wonderful dream in the BFG’s language of Gobblefunk
**Bonus features may vary by retailer
In an engaging conversation with his older brother Paul, John Krasinski will reflect on a wide range of topics, including growing up in Boston, the creative process, his years on the hit TV show The Office and his subsequent transition into starring and directing in major motion pictures, as well as his desire to be the Patriots’ 5th string quarterback, and more. The free speaker series will also include a special Q&A session. This event is free and open to the public.
85 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
Meet award-winning graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant Winner Gene Luen Yang (Boxers & Saints, American Born Chinese) at the flagship Half Price Books store in Dallas on Saturday, October 1st at 2:00 p.m. Gene will discuss and sign copies of the new second volume of Secret Coders, Paths & Portals. Books available for purchase as specially-priced new items while supplies last.
Half Price Books
5803 E Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75231
Peter Laird, Steve Lavigne, and Ben Bishop appear at Shellback Artworks for a signing on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Times TBD check with the store for details.
1509 Post Road, Wells, ME 04090
Mark Waid (Archie, Black Widow, Daredevil, Kingdom Come, The Flash, etc.) appears at Golden Apple Comics on Sunday October 16th from noon till 2:00 PM for the debut of his newest Marvel comic series Champions #1! Golden Apple will have an exclusive variant edition of Champions #1 by artist David Mack available at the event for $10 with a limited edition C.O.A! Regular edition and multiple variants will also be on sale at the event. FREE AUTOGRAPHS ON ALL ITEMS.
Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Box Brown (creator of Everything Dies, Andre the Giant, Legend) appears at Comix Experience on Wednesday October 19, 2016 at noon in celebration of his new book Tetris: The Games People Play!
305 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Sarah Glidden present Rolling Blackouts on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM at the Toronto Reference Library.
Join cartoonist Sarah Glidden as she discusses her latest graphic nonfiction tour de force: Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. In Rolling Blackouts, Glidden interweaves the experiences of displaced people, the legacy of the War in Iraq, and the origin of the ongoing refugee crisis. Observing and documenting the work of the two journalists she’s shadowing and the former Marine who’s accompanying and assisting them, Glidden’s reportage illustrates a complex situation with pastel-hued clarity and nuance.
Glidden is the author of How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, which has been translated into five languages. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Nib, Ha’aretz, and The Jewish Quarterly, as well as the Best American Comics anthology.
Please note that this event is held in the Atrium of Toronto Reference Library and no tickets are required.
Biography: Sarah Glidden’s debut book, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less landed on several best of the year lists, including Entertainment Weekly, earned a YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teen distinction; and won an Ignatz Award. Her comics has appeared in The Guardian, The Nib, Ha’aretz, and The Jewish Quarterly. A graduate of Boston University, she now lives in Seattle.
Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project, Inside Out, The Office) appears at Barnes & Noble on Sunday October 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM for a signing of the Why Not Me? paperback release! This will be a signing only. You must purchase Why Not Me? At B&N Tribeca the day of the event. You will receive a wristband upon receipt which will give you admittance to the signing. There will be no photo opportunity with the author or book personalization. Please call with any questions or concerns.
Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
97 Warren St, New York, NY 10007
September 26, 2016 by Joe Fauvel
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STAR WARS COMES TO PARADISE CITY COMIC CON
December 9-10-11, 2016 at THE GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE CONVENTION CENTER!
Meet David Prowse “DARTH VADER”, Billy Dee Williams “LANDO CALRISSIAN”, Paul Blake “GREEDO”, and Brian Herring “BB-8”.
Paradise City Comic Con is 3 days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more!
The guest list is growing weekly, and some of the highlights include:
* Star Wars Cast Members: David Prowse “DARTH VADER”, Billy Dee Williams “LANDO CALRISSIAN”, Paul Blake “GREEDO”, and Brian Herring “BB-8”.
* TV and Movie Stars: Terry Jones (Monty Python), James Marsters (Spike in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Brainiac in Smallville, Captain John Hart in Torchwood), Aaron Stanford (James Cole in 12 Monkeys, Pyro in X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand), Tara Reid (Sharknado, American Pie), Manu Bennett (Crixus in Spartacus, Slade Wilson / Deathstroke in Arrow, Azog, king of the Orcs in The Hobbit trilogy, Allanon in The Shannara Chronicles), Sam Jones (Flash Gordon).
*RWBY Stars: Arryn Zech (Blake Belladonna), Kara Eberle (Weiss Schnee), and Elizabeth Maxwell (Winter Schnee).
Comic Book Creators: Bob Layton, Mark Bagley, Allen Bellman, Jeff Dekal, Jose Delbo, Mike Grell, Pia Guerra, Amy Mebberson, Moritat, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley, James Silvani, Ryan Stegman, Roy Thomas, and more!
* Animation Stars: Tad Stones (Creator of Darkwing Duck), Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Lego Star Wars, Squidbillies), Lori Alan (Family Guy), Rikki Simons (Invader Zim), Rodger Bumpass (SpongeBob Squarepants, Invader Zim), and Melissa Fahn (Invader Zim).
* Anime Stars: Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist, Dragon Ball Z, Ouran High School Host Club, Attack on Titan, Free! Eternal Summer), Beau Billingslea (Cowboy Bebop, Naruto), Leah Clark (Negima, Suzuka, Toriko, Sgt Frog, Soul Eater), Melissa Fahn (Cowboy Bebop, Digimon Tamers, FLCL), Brittney Karbowski (Soul Eater, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, High School of the Dead), and Elizabeth Maxwell (Attack on Titan, Noragami, Fairy Tail).
* Power Ranger Cast Members: Cerina Vincent, Nakia Burrise, and Catherine Sutherland.
* Star Trek Continues Cast Members: Vic Mignogna (Captain Kirk), Chris Doohan (Scotty), and Michele Spect (Dr. Elise McKennah).
* Lloyd Kaufman: Troma Films founder and creator of The Toxic Avenger.
* Pete & Pete Stars: Mike Maronna and Danny Tamberelli.
For more info visit the website HERE!
Ben Hatke appears at Anderson’s Bookshop on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 7:00 PM!
Middle grade readers will find a hero in Mighty Jack, a fairy tale in graphic novel form by our guest, Ben Hatke, the NY Times bestselling author/illustrator of Zita, the Spacegirl.
This in-store event is free and open to the public. To join the signing line, please purchase the author’s latest book, Mighty Jack, from Anderson’s. To purchase your book, please stop into or call the Anderson’s Naperville location at (630) 355-2665, or order below.
123 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540