Walt Disney Studios Sweden has just released this clip from the upcoming studio release TRON: Legacy. Without giving too much away right now (I may provide more background details after tonight’s TRON Night promotion in which I suspect this footage will be included), this is the scene in which Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) is formally introduced to Quorra (Olivia Wilde) as she carries him away from the game grid in the lightcar, one of several new vehicles seen in the film.
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This past weekend, tens of thousands of families partook in the inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival held on the National Mall in Washington, DC as well as satellite events throughout the country. The two-day free festival was created in order to inspire the nation’s youth to pursue careers in maths and sciences by offering various hands-on activities. One of many participants, The Walt Disney Company presented a booth and multiple presentations in conjunction with the National Academy of Engineering featuring TRON: Legacy as well as Walt Disney Imagineer Lanny Smoot.
The concept behind the booth was ’14 Grand Challenges,’ created by the NAE, which is essentially a list of tasks that the NAE believes will need to be addressed in this and future generations. Inside the booth were a few exhibits that demonstrated some of the challenges in practice as well as items from the Disney film. On display from TRON: Legacy was the life-size demonstration model of the lightcycle as well as the SHIVA laser invented by Kevin Flynn which was actually used during the movie’s production.
Relating to the sci-fi SHIVA laser scanner (which the original TRON featured back in 1982) was an exhibit on 3D scanning which helps scientists understand objects better. By using a scanning in a physical object, the computer can generate a point cloud which then translates into a mesh model and finally a digital representation of the object, which can then be explored further in digital space, modified and even re-printed as a physical object.
The next demonstration made every one into a virtual brain surgeon, even if — especially in my case — they aren’t one. Using the the NeuroTouch VR brain surgery simulator developed by the National Research Council in Canada. The NeuroTouch takes MRI data and generates a virtual copy of the patients’ brain and allows the surgeon to visualize and even practice operating on the brain, even providing physical feedback in the virtual 3D space. The exhibit offered visitors the opportunity to remove a brain tumor while controlling any bleeding that was occurring as a result and scored the visitor’s performance. As I mentioned earlier, I’m no brain surgeon, so we’ll just leave it at that.
The final demonstration in the booth was created by Walt Disney Imagineering specifically as an offering for the festival as well as the film’s premiere and uses a new innovention called ‘light painting.’ A two-step process, the visitor first finds him/herself alone in a room with what essentially amounts to a sawhorse. Reclining on the sawhorse as if one were riding a lightcycle, the system uses stereoscopic imagery to take a 3D photo of the visitor. Following the photo, the visitor is handed a wand whose tip is tracked by the cameras placed all around. This allows the visitor to virtually paint their missing lightcycle in the virtual 3D space. Imagineer Lanny Smoot, who talked about the exhibit during his presentation which I’ll cover next, compared it to using a digital camera at home and leaving the shutter open so that the camera constantly captures every movement, but here it’s in a literal 3D space, not just the 2D space a single camera could capture.
Walt Disney Animation Studios has released the next in a series of video montages featuring the stars of its upcoming release Disney’s Tangled. This time around, the subject is none other than the jewel of the King’s army, the heroic steed Maximus.
Disney’s Tangled stars the voice talents of Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi and Donna Murphy and opens nationwide on November 24. For more information on the film including featurettes, concept art, character art, fun facts, photos of the meet & greet characters at Walt Disney World and Disneyland and more, follow this bookmark.
As most likely part of ‘TRON Tuesday,’ Walt Disney Studios has begun releasing this video montage featuring ‘Derezzed’ from the TRON: Legacy motion picture soundtrack by electronic music duo Daft Punk. The abbreviated sample video is basically comprised of all footage from the film which includes Daft Punk’s cameo appearance. This video has so far been released by Walt Disney Studios Italy and Walt Disney Studios Norway, which is who we’ve been able to obtain it from.
TRON: Legacy debuts in theaters nationwide on December 17.
Tanks to Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, we get a fresh look at some concept art from its upcoming release of Cars 2: World Grand Prix. Hot on the heels of earlier news of the first official teaser, the newly released concept art provides us a glimpse as Piston Cup hero Lightning McQueen races around the world in the hopes of winning the first World Grand Prix.
Disney Fine Artist Noah brings us this first look at his limited edition Disney Vinylmation inspired by Disney’s TRON: Legacy. The figures will be released at D Street on November 21 in the Downtown Disney Districts of both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort. There will be 24 figures available for purchase at Disneyland, where Noah will be making a personal appearance and signing, and 12 at Walt Disney World. Each is custom painted and comes complete with a 22″ tall display case. Each figure will retail for $595. Other TRON-inspired merchandise by Noah such as tees and art will also be available to collect.
Oakley, Inc. today announced the upcoming debut of its innovative new 3D eyewear. A special edition will celebrate the release of TRON: Legacy, a much-anticipated Disney 3D film opening in U.S. theaters on December 17, 2010. The new “TRON” Limited Edition 3D Gascan® by Oakley will give movie audiences the superior technologies developed specifically for Oakley 3D eyewear, assuring a premium 3D experience.
On its official YouTube channel, Disney/Pixar has released the following teaser for its upcoming anticipated sequel, Cars 2: World Grand Prix which is slated to be released in theaters nationwide on June 24, 2011. The sneak peek was initially expected to be debuted on the Toy Story 3 home video available to own November 2.
All the world’s a racetrack as racing superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with his best friend Mater in tow, to take on the globe’s fastest and finest in this thrilling high-octane new installment of the “Cars” saga. Mater and McQueen will need their passports as they find themselves in a new world of intrigue, thrills and fast-paced comedic escapades around the globe.
The Walt Disney Studios collaborated with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to co-create a highly interactive exhibit at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, which will take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., October 23-24, 2010, from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. each day. The hands-on experience blends themes from the upcoming major motion picture “TRON: Legacy” with the NAE’s Grand Challenges for Engineering.
Visitors to the Disney-NAE exhibit will be able to:
- View and photograph real props from the film including the SHIVA laser
- View and photograph a lifelike replica of Sam Flynn’s Lightcycle
The Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios announced they have reached an agreement under which Paramount will transfer its worldwide marketing and distribution rights to Disney for Marvel Studios’ The Avengers and Iron Man 3. Paramount will remain the worldwide distributor of the upcoming films, Thor and Captain America, as well as the previously released Iron Man and Iron Man 2.
Under terms of the new deal, Disney will pay Paramount $115 million for the transfer of the distribution rights to Iron Man 3 and The Avengers to be paid on the theatrical release dates. These monies will serve as a minimum guarantee against the distribution fees.