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Why I might owe Disney a slight apology – OZ: the Great and Powerful

This banner dropped awhile ago, but I never got around to posting it so I’m using it at the top for convenience. After the jump you’ll get the four character posters that dropped on Friday but officially dropped from Disney on Monday. In my essay last week about The Little Mermaid 3D, I included this film as a Disney property that was technically targeting boys but had female appeal. I still stand by that statement, as the film is clearly James Franco’s journey.

But it must be stated that the film also has three major female characters, all played by actresses of note and at least one of them playing something other than the love interest (I’m presuming some misdirection with Mila Kunis being revealed as the main ‘wicked witch’). It doesn’t mean I don’t think the film looks a little iffy or that Franco seems to be attempting to give a bad performance, but it does mean that we’ll get a major would-be tent pole where the major female characters outnumber the major male ones. That frankly doesn’t happen all that often so it deserves notice when it does.

Also of note is Michelle Williams’s role in this, as it represents the acclaimed actresses’s first tentpole appearance and her first major role in an overtly commercial picture since oh, Halloween: H20 in 1998 (you could say the superb Dick in 1999, but that flopped anyway). Yes I know she cameoed in Shutter Island and did a voice in Where the Wild Things Are, but you know what I mean! Anyway, the character posters are after the jump. And no, I will not be posting the 12-second teaser for this Sunday’s Super Bowl commercial.

to see more posters go to Mendelson’s Memos

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