El Capitan Theatre to Offer Patrons Exclusive Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Events and Commemorative Coin

Disney's 'Tangled' commemorative coin from El Capitan Theatre and Goldline InternationalGoldline International, Inc. announced today that the company is the official sponsor of an exclusive, limited quantity Disney commemorative coin in celebration of the release of Disney’s 50th full-length animated film “Tangled” at Hollywood’s historic El Capitan Theatre.

“The El Capitan is thrilled to honor this historic event by offering each of our guests a special commemorative coin sponsored by Goldline celebrating ‘Tangled’ as Disney’s 50th Animated Movie”

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First Look: Bonus Features and Clips From ‘The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story’

Richard and Robert Sherman are virtually synonymous with Disney. The prolific brother songwriting team was heavily favored by Walt Disney. So much so that he placed them under a studio contract which is unheard of when it comes to songwriters. You hear throughout classic Disney films and throughout Disney theme parks around the world. What you may not have heard is their own story, a pair of brothers whose personal relationship was strained for most of their lives to the point where they became completely estranged from each other.

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Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Video: ‘Wanted: Kindly Mother Figure’ (Mother Gothel)

Yet another entry in the Disney’s Tangled character profile video series this way comes, and (yet again), the first one we’d like to share with you isn’t in English. Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Italy comes this look at Mommy Dearest herself, Rapunzel’s very own Mother Gothel (as voiced by Donna Murphy (at least the English version anyway)).

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.

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‘TRON: Legacy’ Clip: Lightcar (a.k.a. Sam Meets Quorra)

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.

TRON: Legacy will debut in theaters nationwide in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D on December 17.

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Report: ‘TRON: Legacy’ and Disney Imagineering at USA Science and Engineering Festival

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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.

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Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Video: ‘Wanted: Sidekick’ (Maximus)

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.

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First Look: Daft Punk ‘Derezzed’ Music Video for ‘TRON: Legacy’

Daft Punk in 'TRON: Legacy' © Disney EnterprisesAs 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.

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Hi-Res Concept Art from Disney/Pixar’s ‘Cars 2’ – Lightning Storms Through Italy, Japan, France and England

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.

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First Look: ‘TRON: Legacy’ Vinylmation Collectibles by Noah

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.

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Oakley Announces Custom 3D Glasses and Sunglasses Inspired by Disney’s ‘TRON: Legacy’

'TRON: Legacy'-inspired 3D Glasses by OakleyOakley, 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.

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