Disney is no stranger to the musical genre. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t be unfair to say that musicals are Disney’s bread and butter and they have almost perfected the art of transforming a medium that some choose to avoid into a mainstream movie event that appeals to almost any demographic. The trailer for the latest outing in Disney’s movie musical library, Into the Woods, doesn’t showcase much of the music that will likely fill almost every scene, but it does give audiences plenty of reasons to run to the theater opening weekend.
Into the Woods is based on the popular Broadway play of the same name, and seems to call in every popular fairy tale and their characters, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack and the Beanstalk, to name just a few. The story itself will center around a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) who have been cursed to never have children, and their quest to reverse the curse. Rounding out the cast is the always wonderful Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine perfectly cast as Cinderella’s prince, Oscar winner Meryl Streep as the witch, and Johnny Depp as the Wolf, no doubt under plenty of makeup. In other words, with such a strong cast and a crew that includes the musical’s original creators, James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim, as well as musical veteran Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine), Into the Woods is poised to be the musical of the year.
This trailer shows that after Maleficent, Disney isn’t scared of going a bit dark and giving their audience more serious, darker themes, which is a nice change that has taken place over recent years. Still, Disney is a family company and while some of the themes may be a bit creepy (almost reminiscent of Disney’s1983 film Something Wicked This Way Comes ), you can be sure that this will be an event that will delight most of the family once it is released.
Into the Woods will be released in the U.S. on December 25, 2014, which will be crowded by family films that include rival musical Annie, the much anticipated Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and Paddington. Only time will tell if the buzz will be able to take this wonderful looking musical to the top of the box office but one thing is for sure – if the trailer is to be believed, this will be one hell of a ride.