Disney released its first trailer for the musical movie “Into The Woods,” but one element was mysteriously missing: music. The teaser features an instrumental tune, but fans don’t get to hear any of the actors sing Stephen Sondheim’s famous soundtrack. The trailer seems to be mostly highlighting the names in the film.
The dark fairytale musical will feature Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp. The trailer gives audiences a glimpse at each of their characters. Viewers understand the basic idea that classic fairytales such as Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel are being interwoven into one story. The plotline isn’t very clear, but the trailer features various characters saying, “I wish” before showing the tagline: “Be careful what you wish for.”
"Into The Woods" follows various fairytale characters on a journey into the forest as they try to have their greatest wishes fulfilled. The musical debuted on Broadway in 1987 and won several Tony Awards including "Best Original Score."
Though audiences don't hear much music, there is plenty to watch in the video. Visually, the trailer displays many special effects, from giants and magical beanstalks to Cinderella’s dress transformation. Johnny Depp is the only star not seen, but viewers get a glimpse of his CGI paw after his name is shown.
The teaser also highlights costumes. Meryl Streep is a pale, blue-haired witch while Chris Pine looks like a dashing prince. Other characters, like Mackenzie Mauzy’s Little Red Riding Hood and James Corden’s Baker, are immediately recognizable.
At just under two minutes, the trailer doesn't show much, but it's probably enough to get fans excited for the Christmas release date.
Check out the nonmusical trailer on the Apple website or check out the Australian version below:
“Into The Woods” hits theaters Dec. 25, 2014. How do you feel about the lack of musical numbers in the trailer? Sound off in the comments section below.