The book Franco couldn't brook is now a 3-D, computer-animated film, and that's no bull. "The Story of Ferdinand," a gentle, slender kids' tome about a Spanish bull too peaceful to fight in the ring, was written by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson and originally published in 1936. Spain's Gen. Francisco Franco banned it during that nation's Civil War as pacifist propaganda; Adolf Hitler ordered it destroyed. Meanwhile, supporters such as Ernest Hemingway lauded it. He called it "Propaganda for laughter only."
Disney films are so timeless that it's sometimes easy to forget the likes of The Jungle Book and Dumbo were actually released back in the middle of the 20th century. Well, UK-based illustrator Tom Ward has given them an update. In a series of new illustrations, Ward has reimagined what classic Disney characters might look like in today's world. SEE ALSO: This illustrator is giving '80s movies a gloriously modern twist "I always appreciate visuals that feel familiar but say something new," said Ward. "Disney characters are so iconic that I thought transporting them to our modern world could help us see it through new eyes, giving me an opportunity to communicate some issues I feel strongly about. Ward came up with the ideas for individual illustrations by imagining the various characters in a 2017 setting.
Everyone's still talking about the craziest thing that happened at the Oscars on Sunday: Suicide Squad winning one. The DC Comics anti-hero action movie took home Best Make-up and Hairstyling. Fans had fun with it, while film snobs took it hard. I thought Academy Award winner #SuicideSquad was enjoyable... . . . Trying to get used to saying it out loud.
Just as mobile phones would've saved a lot of trouble in Seinfeld, Google's Assistant would've been a saviour in so many classic films. That's the subject of the tech giant's new ad for its voice-activated assistant, which aired during the 2019 Oscars on Sunday night. In the ads, Google Assistant steps in for HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and helps Marion Crane avoid the motel in Psycho. In Scream, Drew Barrymore uses a Nest camera to ward off Ghostface, while Lyft is used to get out of an annoying situation in Lady Bird. It's not the first time Google Assistant has inserted itself into the canon of popular films, with its Home Alone crossover going down a particular treat during the holidays.