Between Walt Disney Pictures, Disney Channel, and Lucasfilm, the magical moviemakers put out some of their finest films in the early 2000s, and it’s hard to believe some of them are celebrating their 20th birthday this year.
A movie in the Star Wars franchise, two unforgettable DCOMs, and a beloved film about a young girl, her pet alien, and their found ohana are just some of the releases that graced everyone’s childhoods two decades ago, and now live on as classics in the Disney vault.
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
Despite the three films that came before it, what’s considered the second movie in the Star Wars franchise was released on May 16, 2002, 10 years before The Walt Disney Company would add Lucasfilm to their roster of movie-maker extraordinaire.
Even though its release took place 25 years after the original, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones is set only a decade later and followed the Jedi fighting off new threats to the galaxy far, far away.
Lilo And Stitch
The movie that brought everyone the lovable little girl named Lilo, her mischievous pet alien called Stitch, and an animated take on the beautiful beaches and oceans of Hawaii, Lilo and Stitch is considered a cult classic by generations of viewers.
Nominated for an Academy Award alongside fellow 2002 release Lilo and Stitch, Treasure Planet is the popular space adventure movie that people tend to forget was released by Walt Disney Pictures in November 2002.
Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treaser Island, the film followed teenager Jim Hawkins on a quest to find the greatest pirate trove in the universe with a megastar cast of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Martin Short and Emma Thompson.
Airing on March 8, 2002, this Disney Channel Original Movie about a rebellious teenage girl who winds up in military school and must meet the demands of her new commanding officer starred two Disney Channel sweethearts of the 2000s.
Lizzie McGuire’slead teen Hilary Duff played the new cadet Kelly Collins opposite Even Stevens star Christy Carlson Romano as Captain Jennifer Stone and future Life With Derek star Ashley Leggat as a background dancer in the memorable DCOM.
The Country Bears
The Country Bears started out as a musical comedy attraction at Disneyland and Walt Disney World called County Bear Jamboree, where it brought joy to guests for decades before turning into a musical comedy of the film variety in the Summer of 2002.
Not all Disney Parks attractions and characters receive the motion picture treatment, but this movie starred puppets from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop voiced by notable actors like Elizabeth Daily, Hayley Joel Osment, and Diedrich Bader.
Disney’s Tuck Everlasting was based on the 1975 children’s book by Natalie Babbitt and hit theaters on October 11, 2002, to box office success.
The film starred Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel and General Hospital’s Jonathan Jackson as forbidden couple Winnie Foster and Jesse Tuck and was narrated by The Karate Kid and Cobra Kaialum Elisabeth Shue.
The early 2000s on Disney Channel were made iconic by their lovable group of stars, hilarious and heartwarming sitcoms, and inspirational DCOMs that set a standard for Disney Channel movies to come.
Double Teamed starred Poppi Monroe and Annie McElwain as twin basketball stars Heather and Heidi Burge and told the true story of their journey from high school basketball to becoming WNBA players.
The Santa Clause 2
Christmas classic The Santa Clause starred Tim Allen as the holiday’s headman in 1994 and was finally gifted a sequel eight years later, just in time for Christmas 2002 after several axed drafts in the writer’s room.
The Santa Clause 2 included the eight-year time jump and followed Allen’s Santa Claus during his busiest time of year when he gets the unfortunate news that his son ended up on the naughty list.
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True
A whole 72 years after Cinderella brought a comeback to the Disney company after failed films like Pinocchio and Bambi left Walt Disney and his team in a rut, the princess classic got a not-so-well-received sequel.
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True was released direct-to-video in February 2002 and followed Jaq and Gus on their quest to write a sequel to their favorite princess’ love story, starting with Cinderella planning her first party in the castle.
Mickey’s House Of Villains
House of Mouse was an animated television series part of Disney’s One Saturday Morning programming block in the early 2000s that featured dozens of known Disney characters who all gathered at a club to mingle and watch Mickey Mouse cartoons.
On September 3, 2002, the series got a direct-to-video Halloween film called Mickey’s House of Villains that starred villains everyone loves to hate like Jafar, Cruella De Vil and Ursula, who set out to take over the club and can only be stopped by the all-powerful Sorcerer Mickey.
Reasons Why Doctor Strange’s Wong Should Get His Own MCU Project
Doctor Strange’s Wong has been a fan favorite in the MCU for quite some time now, so why shouldn’t the Sorcerer Supreme get his own MCU project?
Few franchises in the entertainment industry have been able to expand as far and wide as the MCU has, reaching every single corner of the globe and creating multiple projects that have earned billions of dollars on their own. Regardless of how some people might feel about the MCU or superhero projects in general, it’s indisputable that Marvel has created something that a large surplus of fans have been able to rally around and find comfort in for the past decade and a half. While many things have contributed to Marvel’s cinematic success, it’s in no small part because of the engaging and relatable heroes that the MCU has brought forth – one of which is Wong.
Wong is Sorcerer Supreme
Make jokes or snide comments about how Doctor Strange is the actual Sorcerer Supreme — the facts don’t lie. Regardless of the fact that Strange was snapped away by Thanos, ultimately causing Wong to take on the role of Sorcerer Supreme during his absence, the title never officially passed back to Strange. So, for all intents and purposes, Wong still needs to be respected as the most powerful sorcerer in the universe.
Wong Has Had Cameos in Several Other MCU Projects
This is the real reason why Wong should get his own project. Marvel keeps teasing audiences by bringing the character in for cameos. As we stated earlier, Wong wasn’t a one-and-done character after his appearance in Doctor Strange, and he later showed up in Infinity War, Endgame, Shang-Chi, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and of course, the Doctor Strange sequel that debuted in May. That’s five cameo appearances in the last four years.
Not only were these cameos close to one another, but Wong was actually given more than a cameo appearance in Infinity War, where he helped warn the world of Thanos’ arrival and fought against two of Thanos’ children shortly thereafter. He then had the task of bringing all the heroes to the final battle during Endgame and still managed to find time to have a side-gig as a superhero cage-fighter in Shang-Chi, where he defeated Abomination in combat. Take all of these appearances and combine them with how much fans love to see Wong every time he steps on screen, and it only makes sense to give the character his own standalone project if the MCU is committed to keeping him around anyway.
The Best Five Anticipated Movies This July
As more dates are confirmed and trailers are released for all of these 2022 movies, these are best movies to be release next month.
Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022)
Directed by: Kyle Balda, Brad Abelson
Starring: Pierre Coffin
Opening on: July 1, 2022 (formerly July 2, 2021)
We last saw the minions wreaking havoc in 1960s England before they met up with a young Gru. Perhaps their next adventure will be their first with him. Whatever shenanigans the yellow ones, voiced by Pierre Coffin, get up to, expect them to be at it again for Minions 3 and Minions 4 and so on: the first Minions movie made more than $1.5 billion globally and helped the Despicable Me franchise become the highest grossing animated franchise of all time.
Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
Directed by: Taika Waititi
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff
Opening on: July 8, 2022
Marvel’s second film of 2022 is the highly anticipated follow-up to Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, which reinvented the character to the delight of critics and audiences alike. Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster will return to the franchise, and it’s been teased that she will wield Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, at some point. We also know that Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie will be back, and Thor will meet up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to face Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher. So, you know, good times all around.
Directed by: Jordan Peele
Starring: Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya, Steven Yeun
Opening on: July 22, 2022
After the runaway success of Get Out and Us, Jordan Peele got real busy real fast, but he’s finally getting around to making his third feature. As to be expected, we don’t know much about the film, though its first trailer reveals that it will be set somewhere in the American Southwest and center on a small town whose residents experience a supernatural event in the skies above.
The Gray Man (2022)
Directed by: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jessica Henwick, Wagner Moura, Billy Bob Thornton, Regé-Jean Page
Opening on: July 22, 2022 on Netflix
Based on the 2009 novel of the same name, this action thriller stars Ryan Gosling as a CIA mercenary who is forced on the run when he discovers some unsavory things about his agency and a rival agent (played by Chris Evans) is sent after him. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo (Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame) are at the helm, and the impressive supporting cast includes Ana de Armas, Billy Bob Thornton, and Jessica Henwick, among others.
DC League of Super-Pets (2022)
Directed by: Jared Stern
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Natasha Lyonne, Vanessa Bayer, Diego Luna, John Krasinski, Keanu Reeves
Opening on: July 29, 2022
Back in August of 2020, the DC Fandome event presented our first look at their upcoming animated film DC Super Pets — which centers on Superman’s equally heroic dog teaming up with a flying cat to stop crime — but we haven’t heard much about it since then. The release date was set all the way back in 2019, so here’s hoping the film doesn’t have to be pushed back due to production delays.
Top 10 Movies To Watch, If You Like The Jurassic World Franchise
The Jurassic World franchise may have come to an end but there are other movies with the same experience. So where can fans start their next binge-watch?
The Jurassic World trilogy has come to a close with the release of Jurassic World: Dominion. The film brought to a conclusion the arc of Owen Grady and Claire Dearing dealing with the release of dinosaurs into the world, which was set across seven years and three films.
Fortunately for fans, there are several other films that they can enjoy once they’re done with the Jurassic World series. These range from straight-up action movies like Taken with similar fight choreography as Jurassic World to big-budget monster films like Kong: Skull Island, which contain creatures like dinosaurs. It’s interesting to see how all these movies can entertain Jurassic World fans in their own way.
The Jurassic World films have featured Owen and Claire battling the Indominus Rex and Indoraptor as creatures with kill streaks. In the Heart of the Sea has a giant whale that fulfills much of the same role, with the film detailing the sinking of the ship Essex in 1820 when its crew members encounter a mysterious whale.
Journey To The Center Of The Earth (2008)
Before fans were clamoring for actor Brendan Fraser to land a comeback role, he headlined this fantasy adventure film. Journey to the Center of the Earth plays it straight with its title, featuring Fraser’s character heading to the Earth’s core and finding a world hidden deep within.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016)
There are plenty of fantasy movies like Fantastic Beasts, but Jurassic World is similar in the way both franchises concern creatures that need to be captured. The first movie sticks close to Jurassic World the most, with the film featuring protagonist Newt Scamander as he attempts to recapture the magical creatures he’s lost over the course of a night.
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)
Jurassic World Dominion had the world figuring out how to live alongside dinosaurs and the protagonists uncovering the conspiracy behind Lewis Dodgson’s use of the locusts. Transformers: Dark of the Moon also has humans with hidden agendas that ally with the Decepticons to cause an invasion of Earth by the villainous robots.
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
There was a genre shift in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, where the Indoraptor’s menacing personality turned the events into a horror film. Kong: Skull Island has a similar feel with the presence of monsters like the Skullcrawler along with the inclusion of King Kong himself.
Released at a time when disaster movies and sci-fi features were on the rise because of Jurassic Park’s success, Twister has some great sequences to behold. It’s about a group of tornado chasers who attempt to launch a device into the tornado to understand how twisters work.
Anacondas: The Hunt For The Blood Orchid (2004)
There are some creature features with incredible replay value, with this being part of the experience. Anaconda 2 is more visceral than its predecessor, as the kills are creative and the pacing leads to the characters’ confrontation with the titular snakes in a dangerous forest.
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Long considered among the best shark attack movies to watch, this thriller has an interesting premise where genetically enhanced sharks go on the loose and start to hunt humans in an underwater facility. Deep Blue Sea stays close to Jurassic World with the sci-fi premise and villainous creatures like the Indominus Rex and Indoraptor.
Steven Spielberg is responsible for making both Jurassic Park and Jaws the cultural phenomenon they are. Interestingly, it’s Jurassic World that’s closer to Jaws since both have creatures that are specifically hunting down the humans by trapping them in a confined space.
While there are no dinosaurs or any kind of creature in Taken, it’s actually quite similar to Jurassic World Dominion. The latter film’s primary story is about rescuing Maisie Lockwood, with her parents Claire and Owen circumnavigating the globe and battling bad guys to find her.
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