Walt Disney Studios enjoyed an embarrassment of riches this year, and three of its biggest hits from the first half of the year — “Captain America: Civil War,” “The Jungle Book” and “Zootopia” — are now in the hands of Oscar voters. Each is a strong contender in a number of races and having the DVDs delivered to academy members so early in the awards season is sure to increase the likelihood that they will be watched.
“Captain America: Civil War” earned the best reviews of any Marvel film since the original “Iron Man” launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008. This spring release merited 93% freshness at Rotten Tomatoes (beating 91% for “Guardians” and 92% for the first “Avengers”)
“The Jungle Book,” directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), is an acclaimed live action version of the same Rudyard Kipling stories that inspired the 1967 animated classic. Another spring release, it scored a whopping 95 at Rotten Tomatoes and made almost a billion dollars worldwide.
“Zootopia” is the current frontrunner to win Best Animated Feature. This comic caper, set in a city of anthropomorphic animals, racked up a jaw-dropping 98% at Rotten Tomatoes, the eighth-highest Disney film overall. This winter title just surpassed the $1 billion dollar mark to become the 24th highest-grossing film and fourth highest-grossing animated feature of all time.
To date, 17 films have been delivered. Expect that number to rise in the coming days leading up to Thanksgiving (a prime time to catch up on contenders.) Below, a list of these titles with the most recent first.
Nov. 14: “Captain America: Civil War”
Nov. 14: “The Jungle Book”
Nov. 14: “Zootopia”
Nov. 11: “The Birth of a Nation”
Nov. 9: “Hell or High Water”
Nov. 7: “Captain Fantastic”
Nov. 7: “Denial”
Nov. 7: “Eye in the Sky”
Nov. 1: “Cafe Society”
Nov. 1: “Love and Friendship”
Nov. 1: “The Neon Demon”
Oct. 18: “Long Way North”
Oct. 12: “Hello, My Name is Doris”
Sept. 24: “I Saw the Light”
Sept. 24: “The Meddler”
Aug. 30: “Maggie’s Plan”
Aug. 30: “Miles Ahead”
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