This isn’t your typical Disney fairy tale! Based on the musical production, “Into the Woods” it include music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the most respected theatre composer of the last 60 years. The stories are based on the Grimm Brother’s Fairy Tale classics of Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel. Don’t expect all happy endings and happily ever after, as the original Grimm fairy tales, were actually pretty “grim.”
The plot thickens on the fairy tales of old as the musical “Into the Woods” brings to life the story of a baker and his wife who hope to break a witches curse and have a child of their own. All they have to do is steal the magic from other fairy tales in a certain period of time and their wish will be granted – or will it?
Suspense and mystery, family and friends all come together. But be prepared (my children weren’t) there are some dark moments and it is a musical. I mean very musical. If your family loves musical productions and performances then Into the Woods you must go.
Stand out performances from Meryl Streep (amazing at the wicked witch) and I could have seen so much more of Johnny Depp as the wolf!
ABOUT DISNEY’S IN-HOME RELEASE OF INTO THE WOODS:
From the director of Chicago and the producer of “Wicked” comes a modern twist on the beloved fairy tales you thought you knew. Meryl Streep stars in this epic musical saga about daring to venture Into The Woods. Iconic characters, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, find their fates intertwined with a humble baker and his wife, whose longing to have a child sends them on a quest to reverse a witch’s (Streep) curse. With an all-star cast, this spellbinding adventure is everything you could ever wish for!
Fun facts you may not know about the movie:
- Into the Woods” premiered on Broadway on November 5, 1987, at the Martin Beck Theatre. The production, which ran for 764 performances, won Tony® Awards for Best Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical. Among other awards, the musical received five Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical. “Into the Woods” has been produced around the world, including a 1988 U.S. tour, a 1990 West End production and Broadway and London revivals, in addition to a PBS television production and a 10-year-anniversary concert.
- The big-screen adaptation welcomes songs from the stage musical, including “Children Will Listen,” “Giants in the Sky,” “On the Steps of the Palace,” “No One Is Alone” and “Agony,” among others.
- The award-winning production team includes: Oscar® winner Dion Beebe (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha”) as director of photography; Oscar winner Dennis Gassner (“Bugsy,” “Quantum of Solace”) as production designer; and three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Chicago,” “Alice In Wonderland”) as costume designer.
After 27 years, the long-awaited classic was set to begin its journey forward. “The Woods of our story is universal, and can mean so many things,” director Rob Marshall says. “It is the place you go to fi nd your dreams, confront your fears, lose yourself, fi nd yourself, grow up and learn to move forward. It’s all part of life. So ‘Into the Woods’ we go, again and again…”
Get a sneak peek at some thoughts by Meryl Streep on the movie in the Q&A Interview.
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INTO THE WOODS is rated PG and is now playing everywhere on Digital HD/SD, Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA), Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand!
Running time: 125 minutes Cast: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford and Johnny Depp. Billy Magnussen, MacKenzie Mauzy,Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch Director: Rob Marshall Producers: John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, Marc Platt, Callum McDougall Screenplay by: James Lapine Based on the Musical by: Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine Music and Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim