Vintage Television Commercial for Toy Story Character Surfaces

If you can forgive the wear and tear on the VHS, the poor tracking and muffled audio, this television ad just may take some you back to the early 80s at a time when the Smurfs, Cabbage Patch Kids, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, Teddy Ruxpin, Gloworms, Wuzzles and — of course — Lots-o-Huggin’ Bear dominated the world of kids’ pop culture and the KB Toy Store at the local shopping mall couldn’t keep them stocked on the shelves, try as they might.

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HMS Bounty is a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Supporting Actor, but No Star

It’s hard to say who’s the real pirate in this story, but as it recently came to my attention that the touring tall ship, the HMS Bounty II, is being touted as the Black Pearl in promotional material for its current stop in Newburgh, NY, I felt interested parties deserve a warning: the replica ship originally built for the Marlon Brando film Mutiny on the Bounty did sail in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies alright, but she never was, nor never shall be the Black Pearl.

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Walt Disney Studios and Sprint to Honor Jerry Bruckheimer with Star-Studded Epic Event

In recognition of his remarkable body of work, Sprint (NYSE:S) is pleased to present A Cinematic Celebration of Jerry Bruckheimer on May 17, 2010 in Hollywood. Five Bruckheimer-produced blockbusters will screen in Hollywood during this special event celebrating the producer of some of the most successful motion pictures of the last 35 years. Each screening will be introduced by an actor or director who helped make the film so memorable. The event will coincide with the Hollywood premiere of Bruckheimer’s newest epic action-adventure, the much-anticipated “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the American Film Institute (AFI).

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Pixar Makes Announcements Official: ‘Brave’ and ‘Monsters, Inc. 2′ on Their Way

During an otherwise reportedly lackluster presentation by Walt Disney Studios President Rich Ross, Disney has formally announced the upcoming releases of Pixar’s Brave (formerly The Bear and the Bow, the news of the re-dubbing we first broke here) to be released on June 15, 2012 and the long anticipated sequel, Monsters Inc 2 which currently carries a release date of November 16, 2012.

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Teaser Trailer for Disneynature’s ‘African Cats’ Now Available Online

As is ‘tradition’ with Disneynature, alongside the current film comes a teaser trailer for the following year, so those seeing OCEANS will get a taste of the Earth Day 2011 release from Disneynature, African Cats. In African Cats, audiences will get to meet three mothers – a lioness, a leopard and a cheetah – as they explore their world on the great plains of Africa. Co-directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill and produced by Alix Tidmarsh, this film will show how these magnificent animals survive on their power and their cunning, while they protect and teach their cubs the ways of the wild.

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Photo Call: Disneynature’s OCEANS ‘Blue Carpet’ World Premiere

Kyle Massey builds a car at Ridemakerz at Disney Store 'Epic Mickey' launch event This past weekend, stars gathered at the El Capitan movie theater in Hollywood to walk the blue carpet in support of Disneynature’s OCEANS, debuting in theaters nationwide on Earth Day, April 22.

Narrator Pierce Brosnan was joined by Disney stars and OCEAN’s Make a Wave anthem performers Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato along with the rest of the Jonas Brothers along with oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and filmmakers and executives from Walt Disney Studios and Disneynature including Robert Iger, Rich Ross, Kirk Wise and Don Hahn. Artist Wylan was also on hand to debut a mural inspired by the film.

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Toy Story Characters to Promote USPS Priority Mail Service

The Walt Disney Company and the United States Postal Service have announced that they will begin running a television commercial in mid-May featuring characters from the upcoming Disney/Pixar release of Toy Story 3. The advertising spot will promote the USPS’ priority mail service.

Update: See more on the campaign including the commercial itself here.

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Sam Claflin’s Prayers Answered as He Joins Cast of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides’

Sam Claflin. Photo courtesy Walt Disney StudiosSam Claflin has been selected by producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Rob Marshall to star in the key role of Philip, a youthful missionary, in Walt Disney Pictures’/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic adventure “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the fourth in the blockbuster series of films.  Claflin joins Johnny Depp, returning in his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow, as well as Astrid Berges-Frisbey and an international cast. The film is slated to open on May 20, 2011.

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Disney Favorites from Travel Channel Arrive on Blu-ray and DVD for First Time

It absolutely never fails. Each time Travel Channel decides to run a block of its Disney-themed program, threads pop up on every Disney fan site message forum and quickly fill with dozens of responses ranging from ‘Thanks for letting us know!’ to ‘I’m watching it!’ to ‘Aww, I wish I would have known’ to the perennial favorite, ‘I’ve got my DVR full of them all!’

That’s why when we heard the news that the Disney Parks oriented programs produced by Lightship Entertainment were finally coming home to DVD and Blu-ray, we could barely contain ourselves and couldn’t wait to be the first to deliver the news.

Distributed by Questar, the Disney Parks collection promises to bring all the secrets, stories and magic from the world’s most beloved vacation destinations: the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts.

“Disney granted us unprecedented access into their theme parks, resorts, and attractions which has allowed us to present over five hours of programming that reveals incredible information and imagery,” said Andy Perrott, President and Executive Producer of Lightship Entertainment. “Working closely with Disney Parks, we proudly present over five hours of the most definitive collection of insiders information and imagery on Disney’s theme parks, resorts, and attractions.”

There are three different editions available in the Disney Parks collection: A DVD pack consisting of six of the programs; a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack featuring three of the programs; and a single-disc edition DVD consisting of two of the programs. In addition to those, Questar has announced an additional special Premier Collection in special gold foil-wrap that will be available exclusively through Disney outlets.

“Questar is truly honored to be the exclusive provider of Disney Theme Park content,” said Kevin Silverman, Vice President, Digital Distribution and Programming at Questar Entertainment.  “This is an exciting start to 2010 and proves that in its 25th year, Questar still has ‘Everything in the World Worth Watching.’”

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‘Alice in Wonderland’ Arrives on Disney Blu-ray/DVD June 1 – Now Available for Pre-Order

'Alice in Wonderland' on Disney Blu-ray and DVD © WDSHE Tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice for a fantastical new adventure from Walt Disney Pictures and Tim Burton. Inviting and magical, Alice in Wonderland is an imaginative new twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. Alice (Mia Wasikowska), now 19 years old, returns to the whimsical world she first entered as a child and embarks on a journey to discover her true destiny. Wonderland is a world beyond your imagination and unlike anything you’ve seen before. The extraordinary characters you’ve loved come to life richer and more colorful than ever. There’s the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen) and more. A triumphant cinematic experience – Alice in Wonderland is an incredible feast for your eyes, ears and heart that will captivate audiences of all sizes.

Following a record-breaking theatrical performance, Tim Burton’s epic fantasy adventure Alice in Wonderland, Disney’s 4th biggest film of all time, takes its booming box-office success into the home with a Disney 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), 1-Disc Blu-ray and 1-Disc DVD on June 1, 2010, from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE).

The Alice in Wonderland Blu-ray Disc(TM) Combo Pack provides audiences with the chance to experience a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time in pristine 1080p picture and Dolby Digital 5.1 HD surround sound quality and has been especially packaged with family and fans in mind – with lots of exciting bonus features and an extra DVD and Digital Copy of the movie.

The Blu-ray Disc versions of the film include nine bonus features that take viewers deeper into the famous “Rabbit Hole” – exploring more of the world of Wonderland, its iconic characters and the making of the film. Features include the making of the Futterwacken Dance, a look inside the world of the Mad Hatter and Johnny Depp’s transformation, Tim Burton’s vision for the movie and its characters, the visual effects of growing and shrinking of Alice, costume designs, music, stunts and more.

The film’s opening weekend made Alice in Wonderland the highest-grossing non-sequel opening weekend in history, the biggest March opening of all time, the biggest 3D opening of all time and the biggest IMAX opening of all time.

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