Into the Woods is a 2014 American musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall, and adapted to the screen by James Lapine from his and Stephen Sondheim’s 1986 Broadway musical of the same name. A Walt Disney Pictures production, it features an ensemble cast that includes Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, MacKenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen and Johnny Depp.
Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales of “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Cinderella”, “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Rapunzel”, the film is a fantasy genre centered on a childless couple, who set out to end a curse placed on them by a vengeful witch. Ultimately, the characters are forced to experience the consequences of their actions.
- Starring : Meryl Streep / Emily Blunt
- Genre : Adventure / Comedy / Drama / Fantasy / Musical
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Rob Marshall
- Production : Lucamar Productions / Marc Platt Productions / Moving Pictures Company / Soho / Walt Disney Pictures
- Distributor : Columbia Pictures / Feelgood Entertainment / Forum Hungary / Walt Disney Studios Japan / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing (WDSSPR) / Film1 / NOS Audiovisuais / Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Into the Woods movie
Into the Woods release date
- December 8, 2014 : USA (New York City, New York) (premiere)
- December 17, 2014 : United Arab Emirates (Dubai International Film Festival)
- December 25, 2014 : Canada
- December 25, 2014 : USA
- January 8, 2015 : Australia
- January 9, 2015 : UK
- January 9, 2015 : Ireland
- January 15, 2015 : Singapore
- January 23, 2015 : Spain
- January 28, 2015 : France
- January 28, 2015 : Philippines
- February 19, 2015 : Germany
- February 19, 2015 : Israel
- February 22, 2015 : Japan (Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival)
- March 4, 2015 : Japan (Tokyo) (premiere)
- March 14, 2015 : Japan
- April 1, 2015 : Sweden
Into the Woods cast
- Anna Kendrick as Cinderella
- Daniel Huttlestone as Jack
- James Corden as Baker / Narrator
- Emily Blunt as Baker’s Wife
- Christine Baranski as Stepmother
- Tammy Blanchard as Florinda
- Lucy Punch as Lucinda
- Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother
- Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood
- Meryl Streep as Witch
- Simon Russell Beale as Baker’s Father
- Joanna Riding as Cinderella’s Mother
- Johnny Depp as Wolf
- Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince
- Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel
After several unsuccessful attempts by other studios and producers to adapt the musical to film, Disney announced in 2012 that it was producing an adaptation, with Marshall directing and John DeLuca serving as producer. Principal photography commenced in September 2013, and took place entirely in the United Kingdom, including at Shepperton Studios in London.
Into the Woods held its world premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City on December 8, 2014, and was released theatrically in the United States on December 25, 2014. The film was commercially successful and received generally positive reviews, receiving praise for its acting performances (particularly Streep), visual style, and production merits, but received criticism for its lighter tone compared to the source material and the changes made for the film translation. It grossed $213 million worldwide. Into the Woods was named one of the top eleven best films of 2014 by the American Film Institute; the film received three Academy Award nominations, including a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Streep, and three Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
A Baker and his wife wish for a child but suffer under a curse laid upon the baker’s family by a Witch who found the Baker’s father robbing her garden when his mother was pregnant, demanding their daughter for compensation. Because the Baker’s father also stole some magic beans, the witch’s own mother cursed her to be ugly. The Witch is able to lift the curse and allow them to have a child, but only if the Baker and his wife obtain four critical items for her to make a potion: a white cow, a red cape, a yellow strand of hair and a golden slipper, none of which she is allowed to touch.
The Witch’s demands eventually bring the Baker and his wife into contact with Jack, who is selling his beloved cow, Milky-White, and to whom the Baker offers magic beans left to him by his father (which were stolen from the witch) which Jack accidentally grows into a large beanstalk; with Red Riding Hood, whose red cape the couple noticed when she stopped by the bakery earlier to buy bread and sweets on her way to grandmother’s house; with blonde-haired Rapunzel (the Witch’s adopted daughter/the Baker’s biological sister), whose tower the Baker’s wife passes in the woods; and with Cinderella, who also runs into the Baker’s wife while fleeing from the pursuing Pince and whose ball outfit includes gold slippers.
After a series of failed attempts and misadventures, the Baker and his wife are finally able to gather the items necessary to break the spell. After the potion is completed, each of the characters receives a “happy ending”: Cinderella marries the Prince; Rapunzel is freed from the Witch by Cinderella’s Prince’s brother, whom she marries; Jack provides for his mother by stealing riches from the Giant in the sky, courtesy of the beanstalk, and kills the pursuing giant by cutting down the beanstalk; Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother are saved from the Big Bad Wolf; and the Witch regains her youth and beauty after drinking the potion.
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