Bruno also voices his mouse form. It was expected to wrap on June 25. Inside Anne Hathaway's Wickedly Awesome Wardrobe for The Witches Costume designer Joanna Johnston exclusively revealed to E! This page was last edited on 15 January 2021, at 17:39. It received mixed reviews from critics, who deemed it inferior to Roeg's film, though Hathaway's performance received praise. "[37], "Robert Zemeckis' The Witches: First Trailer and Images Released [Updated]", "When Is "The Witches" Coming to Australia? A young boy and his grandmother have a run-in with a coven of witches and their leader. [24], The film was digitally released in the United States on October 22, 2020 via HBO Max. [35] Lauren Appelbaum, a spokesperson for advocacy group RespectAbility, said the film portrays limb differences as "hideous or something to be afraid of." Take a look back at these Hollywood icons in their early days to see how far they've come in their careers—and how little they've visibly aged. A physician who can talk to animals embarks on an adventure to find a legendary island with a young apprentice and a crew of strange pets. Why is the plot set specifically in Demopolis, Alabama,? Directed by Robert Zemeckis. On November 4, 2020, Warner Bros. issued a statement in which they apologized for offending people with disabilities. Slowly, the boy gets cheered up with his grandmother, buying him a pet mouse whom he names Daisy. Will a trailer for this film be released by the end of 2020? Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. [15], Principal photography began on May 8, 2019, with filming locations including Alabama, Georgia and at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden in Hertfordshire, England and Virginia Water Lake in Surrey, England. The 38-year-old actress underwent a dramatic transformation to portray the Grand High Witch in the new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale, and she’s worried Jonathan, four, and 13-month-old Jack – her kids with husband Adam Schulman – would “freak” if they saw her. [12] Octavia Spencer was cast in February, with newcomers Jahzir Bruno and Codie-Lei Eastick also joining. At least they waited 30 years to do it. 'The Witches': Anne Hathaway Reveals the Surprising Origin of Her Grand High Witch Accent. Rated PG for scary images/moments, language and thematic elements, Anne Hathaway Doesn't Like Her Name, So Call Her 'Anything But Anne', Locked Down Trailer Has Anne Hathaway & Chiwetel Ejiofor Pulling a Quarantine Heist on HBO Max, Denzel Washington, Rami Malek & Jared Leto Search for The Little Things in First Trailer for Crime Thriller. ROALD DAHL'S THE WITCHES unveils official trailer and launch date! "[33] Korey Coleman of Double Toasted felt that the movie was a missed opportunity to tell "the ultimate Karen story", as the Grand High Witch displayed mannerisms associated with that stereotype stating, "This is an entitled, rude, rich white woman who hates black people, poor people and kids, just because she feels inconvenienced by them and...always [sic] calling the manager. The grandmother says that witches never leave once they find a child. The prehistoric family the Croods are challenged by a rival family the Bettermans, who claim to be better and more evolved. Zemeckis is joined by a world-class team of filmmakers, including Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Kenya Barris. While there, grandmother tells the boy how to tell a witch from an ordinary woman: real witches have claws instead of fingernails which they hide by wearing gloves, are bald which they hide by wearing wigs that give them rashes, have square feet with no toes which they hide by wearing sensible shoes, have a purple tinge in their pupils and have a powerful sense of smell which they use to sniff out children. As the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, she wisely whisks him away to a seaside resort. Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable. Costume designer Joanna Johnston exclusively revealed to E! Reimagining Roald Dahl's beloved story for a modern audience, Robert Zemeckis's visually innovative film tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway has apologised for the portrayal of limb difference in her latest film The Witches. [14] In September 2020 it was revealed that Kristin Chenoweth was cast in the film. Fleeing to the hotel room where the boy and his grandmother are staying, they tell the grandmother of the witches' plan and discover that the Grand High Witch is staying in the hotel room below them and that Daisy was once an orphaned young human girl named Mary turned into a mouse by a witch. [21], The Witches was scheduled to be released on October 16, 2020. Anne Hathaway doesn’t want her sons to watch ‘The Witches’ until they’re 30. After Bruno's parents do not accept him, he joins Mary, the boy, and the grandmother to go home with the Grand High Witch's trunk and become a family. One day, the boy goes to buy a box of nails to train Daisy and to build a house for her as well. The film stars Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, and Stanley Tucci, and is narrated by Chris Rock. Anne Hathaway has apologized to the disability community over criticism surrounding her new movie, The Witches. He then goes into the grand hall, thinking that he will be alone. As he walks there, he meets a gluttonous but friendly boy named Bruno, who gets pulled away by his mother. Disability advocates have accused the recent remake of The Witches of negatively impacting people with limb differences through the physical appearance of the Grand High Witch, played by Anne Hathaway. Del Toro would produce, alongside Zemeckis and Alfonso Cuarón, in addition to having a screenplay credit. As they race to stop this dogpocalypse, the gang discovers that Scooby has an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined. Anne Hathaway in The Witches (Credit: Warner Bros) Anne Hathaway has apologised after the depiction of her character’s hands in The Witches film was accused of being insensitive towards disabled people.. 89 of 164 people found this review helpful. Two wealthy sisters, both heiresses to their family's cosmetics fortune, are given a wake-up call when a scandal and ensuing investigation strip them of their wealth. [11] Kenya Barris co-wrote the film. News her inspiration for the Grand High Witch's glam makeover in the HBO Max adaptation and detailed how she hid Hathaway's pregnancy. AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Dang it, Katie! View production, box office, & company info. Now Hathaway has addressed the controversy, sharing an advocacy video and an apology. It is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl and is the second feature-length adaptation of the novel, after the 1990 film of the same name directed by Nicolas Roeg. An imaginary world comes to life in a holiday tale of an eccentric toymaker, his adventurous granddaughter, and a magical invention that has the power to change their lives forever. Anne Hathaway and her coven will put a spell on you: BRIAN VINER reviews The Witches. [9] No further developments on the potential project emerged until ten years later in June 2018, when Robert Zemeckis was hired to direct and write the script. Was this review helpful to you? Anne Hathaway and her fellow witches wear glamorous disguises (Warner Bros. Pictures) The Witches was supposed to hit theaters on Halloween, but … [16][14][17] On June 19, a crew member was stabbed in the neck on the Warner Bros. Studios set in Leavesden. [29], Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 49% of 171 critic reviews are positive for The Witches, with an average rating of 5.50/10. Anne Hathaway is apologizing after her new movie, "The Witches," received backlash from the disability community. Reimagining Roald Dahl's beloved story for a modern audience, Robert Zemeckis's visually innovative film tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. Frantically, they decide to stay in a nearby hotel where her cousin Eston is the executive chef. She says a witch cursed her best friend Alice into spending the rest of her life as a chicken. “The Witches” star Anne Hathaway has apologized for the portrayal of disability in the film. As he's getting ready to train Daisy, a group of witches led by their all-powerful leader, the Grand High Witch, go into the grand hall; the boy hides under the stage and discovers that the Grand High Witch is planning to give the world's children a potion, which will be used in confectionery products that can transform the children into mice. The cast includes powerhouse performances from Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth and Chris Rock, with newcomer Jahzir Kadeen Bruno as the brave young hero. THE WITCHES Official Trailer (2020) Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Robert Zemeckis Fantasy Movie HD© 2020 - Warner Bros READ MORE: ‘The Witches’: Anne Hathaway Casts An Exasperating Spell In Robert Zemeckis’ Dull Film [Review] Needless to say, the controversy quickly caught fire, and now, we have Anne Hathaway personally apologizing for the way the film presents its main villain and how some have interpreted it as an offensive portrayal of a very real physical disorder. [27], The film grossed $4.9 million in twelve countries in its first week of release. Roeg's version may have scarred a generation of kids for life, but at least they remembered it. Miranda Sarfo Peprah portrays a young version of the grandmother. All the witches except the Grand High Witch, who realizes that she had met the grandmother before as she was the witch that turned Alice into a chicken, drink the soup. The first one is a lot scarier but that's because of the awesome makeup and not cgi. He, Bruno, and Mary devise a plan to get a bottle of the potion so that the grandmother can devise a cure to turn them back into children. The Witches My kids loved it and love the original so they actually pulled it off in my opinion. [10] Nevertheless, the adaptation was described by Zemeckis as being closer to the original novel than the 1990 adaptation, directed by Nicolas Roeg. [20] A soundtrack featuring Silvestri's score released by WaterTower Music on October 23, 2020. [18], The film collaborated with a Roblox game named "Islands" for a limited-time Halloween event. Upset that he has to share the room he loves with his grandfather, Peter decides to declare war in an attempt to get it back. In January 2019, Anne Hathaway was cast in the role of Grand High Witch. Warner Bros./HBOMax. With Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Chris Rock. The film takes place in Alabama during the 1960s, instead of the novel's 1980s England and Norway, and the boy protagonist is African-American, instead of Norwegian-British like the boy in the original novel and previous adaptations. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Use the HTML below. ... it’d be to see Anne Hathaway go for it as the Grand High Witch. The website's critics consensus reads: "The Witches misses a few spells, but Anne Hathaway's game performance might be enough to bewitch fans of this Roald Dahl tale. [13] In May, Stanley Tucci and Chris Rock were added. After telling the grandmother about the encounter, the boy learns that the witches are in fact real. The plan is successful, but since she is unable to create a cure, they instead decide to put the potion into a broth of pea soup which will be given to the witches during their dinner. As the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, she wisely whisks him away to a seaside resort. A young and unskilled fairy godmother ventures out on her own to prove her worth by tracking down a young girl whose request for help was ignored. Roald Dahl's The Witches is a 2020 Mexican-American dark fantasy comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Zemeckis, Kenya Barris, and Guillermo del Toro. Based on the 1983 children's novel of the same title by Roald Dahl, The Witches tells the tale of a young English boy who lives with his grandmother after his parents are killed in a car accident. The film stars Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, and Stanley Tucci, and is narrated by Chris Rock. They trap her in an ice bucket and prevent her from escaping. A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. The boy is approached by a witch trying to lure him with a snake and a caramel, but the grandmother calls him and the witch disappears. Kate Pierce, now a cynical teen, is unexpectedly reunited with Santa Claus when a mysterious troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas - forever. A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse. Anne Hathaway is apologizing after her new movie, "The Witches," received backlash from the disability community. [26] The international theatrical release began on October 28. Are any of the original cast going to cameo in the film? Earlier this week, the Warner Bros. adaptation of Roald Dahl's book came under fire for its portrayal of the evil Grand High Witch. "[32] David Ehrlich of IndieWire gave the film a D+ calling the film "dreadful" and stating, "Zemeckis has made some unsuccessful films over the last 20 years, but The Witches is the most frustrating of them all because it feels like it could've been made by somebody else. While the mice steal the Grand High Witch's room key, the witches all begin turning into rats and chaos ensues. What you need to know about Anne Hathaway’s accent in The Witches is that it cannot be contained by the borders of any one nation — it has been designed to … Is there any legend about witchery there? The Grand High Witch forcibly transforms the boy into a mouse before they escape. (2020). Written by By Brian Viner For The Daily Mail. The Grand High Witch finds the grandmother, and prepares to kill her but the mice intervene and trick the Grand High Witch into swallowing her own potion, transforming her into a rat. Eastick also voices his mouse form. [22] On October 25, 2019, Warner Bros. moved up the release of the film by a week. "I have recently learned that many people with limb differences, especially children, are in pain because … The cast includes powerhouse performances from Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth and Chris Rock, with newcomer Jahzir Kadeen Bruno as the brave young hero. [2] The weekend of November 20, the film made $1.2 million from 23 countries, for a running total of $15.1 million. [19], In July 2019, Zemeckis's regular collaborator, Alan Silvestri, was revealed to be scoring the film. The witches in the book have three elongated fingers on each hand. The latest adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1983 book stars Hathaway as the Grand High Witch, who has three elongated fingers on each hand. Jahzir Kadeem Bruno as Hero Boy, a young boy who is turned into a mouse by the Grand High Witch. Before they leave the room, the grandmother takes the Grand High Witch's trunk full of money and releases her cat Hades from its cage. [28] By January 4, 2021, the film had a running total of $26 million from 32 countries. Roald Dahl's The Witches is a 2020 dark fantasy comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Zemeckis, Kenya Barris, and Guillermo del Toro. The next day, the boy takes Daisy and a rope to go get some training done at a grand hall. A strong argument could be made that Anne Hathaway spent a lifetime building up to her role as the most evil Grand High Witch in the new adaptation of Roald Dahl's "The Witches.". [23] However, on June 12, 2020, Warner Bros. announced that they pulled the film off the 2020 schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "[30] According to Metacritic, which sampled 31 critics and calculated a weighted average score of 47 out of 100, the film received "mixed or average reviews". "[34], Numerous disability advocates, including British Paralympic swimmer Amy Marren, accused the film of perpetuating bias against individuals with Ectrodactyly and other limb differences. Anne Hathaway deeply sorry for 'The Witches' disability controversy Back to video The change in detail led to a backlash from disability campaigners after the project premiered on streaming service HBO Max in late October, with some noting the condition was similar to the limb abnormality ectrodactyly, which is characterized by the absence of one or more central digits on the hand or foot. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? After she and the mice flee to the Grand High Witch's room, the grandmother starts to collect all the potions to destroy them. [...] It was never the intention for viewers to feel that the fantastical, non-human creatures were meant to represent them. [25] In November, Variety reported the film was the ninth-most watched straight-to-streaming title of 2020 up to that point. Anybody else. A gorilla named Ivan tries to piece together his past with the help of an elephant named Ruby as they hatch a plan to escape from captivity. Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC), O is a swollen Violet Beauregarde from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", A is a stack of levitating books from "Matilda", D is a giant peach hoisted by seagulls, from "James and the Giant Peach", Dahl is a Wonka chocolate candy bar containing a golden ticket from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". As they close the door, Hades attacks and kills her. Talks of a new adaptation of Dahl's novel began in December 2008, when Guillermo del Toro expressed interest in making a stop motion film. After Bruno arrives, he turns into a mouse and enters the vent where the boy and Daisy are hiding. I'm sure people will hate this movie no matter what because they love the original and I get that but it's not bad at all. Years later, older boy and his grandmother advise young children against the witches. [...] The film is about kindness. Anne Hathaway has apologized following criticism surrounding her HBO movie “The Witches.”. People may also find other ways or reasons to hate it (probably involves current issues politics bs etc.) In 1968 Alabama, a young boy goes to live with his grandmother following the death of his parents in Chicago. Anne Hathaway's version of the Grand High Witch in The Witches is far from kid-friendly, especially when her mouth distorts into a Pennywise the Killer Clown-esque grin. "[36] Hathaway also issued an apology over the film's portrayal, saying "I particularly want to say I'm sorry to kids with limb differences", and "Now that I know better I promise I'll do better. Anne Hathaway has offered an apology to the disabled community for the depiction of limb impairment in her new movie "The Witches." By Perri Nemiroff Oct 30, 2020. but seriously it's not bad. Published: 20:58 EST, 22 October 2020 | … They further added that they had worked with "designers and artists to come up with a new interpretation of the cat-like claws that are described in the book. It is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl and is the second feature-length adaptation of the novel, following the 1990 film of the same name directed by Nicolas Roeg. The Grand High Witch waits for Bruno to arrive, for whom she gave a chocolate bar previously laced with the potion. The Witches was released on HBO Max in the United States on October 22, 2020,[3][4] and was released theatrically from October 28, 2020. Anne Hathaway is apologizing to the disability community for what she is describing as "the pain caused" to people with limb differences by the portrayal of her character in "The Witches. Anne Hathaway stars as the Grand High Witch in remake The Witches Sign up to FREE email alerts from Daily Record - Lanarkshire News Subscribe When you … Title: You also have to remember these movies are kids movies based on a kids book so if your pissed that a movie from your childhood has been remade, that's sad. Expect It In Cinemas Before Streaming", "Bubble bubble! The Witches star Anne Hathaway has promised to "do better" following the criticism the film has received for its portrayal of limb difference. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world's Grand High Witch has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe-undercover-to carry out her nefarious plans. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. 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Studios, Leavesden, Films with screenplays by Guillermo del Toro, Films with screenplays by Robert Zemeckis, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. ‘The Witches’ Trailer: Zemeckis Reimagines Roald Dahl with Anne Hathaway and Guillermo del Toro Warner Bros. is pivoting "The Witches" to an HBO … Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world's Grand High Witch has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe-undercover-to carry out her nefarious plans. [31], In his two out of four star review, Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times praised the special effects and the performances, but found the film to be "far too disturbing for young children and not edgy enough to captivate adults. Codie-Lei Eastick as Bruno Jenkins, an English boy who is turned into a mouse. A young boy and his grandmother have a run-in with a coven of witches and their leader. 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