Bill Murray Adds His Voice as Baloo to Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ Remake

Bill Murray is the latest celeb announced for the cast of Disney’s new live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. He’ll be the voice of Baloo, the lovable bear who became popular after singing the Bare Necessities in Disney’s 1967 animated version. Best known for starring in Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation and many more smash hits, the Saturday Night Live alum is no stranger to voicing animated characters. You heard him as the self-interested lead cat in …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Nov. 27

Thanksgiving weekend is a wonderful chance to hang with your family-and when you’ve had enough of that, you might want to escape to the movies. The weather is going to be terrible in the Eastern U.S. the next few days; all the more reason to catch up on some of the best films of the season.   Frozen By now the animation wizards at Disney have this spunky-young-woman-defeats-evil thing down pat, but the real reason to duck into this film …

Roger Broggie Jr. Made Magic for Disney

Think of Disney technical virtuoso Roger Broggie Jr. as a real-life version of Geppetto, the fictional woodcarver who carved a puppet that came to life. But instead of Pinocchio, Broggie helped create such magical figures as the robotic buccaneers in Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride, a talking replica of Abe Lincoln, and Herbie, the living Volkswagen Beetle who made Disney’s 1968 comedy The Love Bug such an enduring hit. Broggie, who died on Dec. 11 at age 72 in …

Mel Shaw: The Disney Artist Who Remade Howdy Doody

In a remarkable career that spanned more than a half-century, Disney design artist Mel Shaw earned a spot in animation’s pantheon for his work on a slew of classic films, ranging from Fantasia and Bambi in the early 1940s to The Lion King in the 1990s. The Brooklyn-born artist, who earned his first accolades at age 12 when a mule and rider that he carved from a bar of soap won second prize in a Procter & Gamble contest, had …

Don Grady: The Big Brother Who Returned to His First Love

Most of us who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s remember Don Grady as Robbie Douglas, originally the frustrated middle sibling and later the wise big brother in the all-male Douglas clan in the long-running TV sitcom My Three Sons, which aired from 1960 to 1972 on ABC and later on CBS. But Grady, who died June 27 in Los Angeles at the age of 68, also had a successful second career after the show as a musician and composer, …

Go Green! 10 St. Patrick’s Day Movies

Some 45 million Americans identify themselves as Irish-weird, when you consider only six million people live on the whole of Erin’s Isle-but perhaps that explains why so many classic movies have an Irish focus. These days, an awful lot of those movies seem obsessed with the dark side of Ireland, it’s history of famine and religious strife. But faith and begorrah, it’s St. Patty’s Day, time to celebrate the beauty of the land and the resilient, sometimes quirky nature of …