Disneynature Adds ‘OceanWorld 3D’ to Its Growing Slate of Theatrical Releases in North America and Mexico

BURBANK, Calif., LONDON and PARIS, June 11 — Disneynature has acquired the North American and Mexican distribution rights to the exciting new underwater film “OceanWorld 3D,” the first feature-length nature documentary ever filmed and released in 3D, it was announced today by Jean-Francois Camilleri, executive vice president and general manager for Disneynature, and Francois Mantello, chairman of 3D Entertainment.

The film is presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the legendary Captain Jacques- Yves Cousteau, and was directed and produced respectively by veteran filmmakers Jean- Jacques & Francois Mantello (“Sharks 3D,” “Ocean Wonderland 3D,” “Dolphins and Whales 3D: Tribes of the Ocean”). This deal marks the first collaboration between Disneynature and 3D Entertainment, a company founded in 2001 to produce unique and immersive 3D story-driven experiences for audiences of all ages. “OceanWorld 3D,” an 85-minute feature film, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Annual Film Market last month, and will be released theatrically in France and Russia starting this August. The film’s North America debut will be announced at a later date.

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New Images from The Princess and the Frog Show Tiana as a Child, Frog Plus Other Characters

The Princess and the FrogWalt Disney Studios has graciously provided us with several new amazing stills from the upcoming classic, the Princess and the Frog, featuring the newest member of the Disney family, Princess Tiana.

All images are © Disney Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.

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What’s UP for Sale at World of Disney and FAO Schwarz

Here’s a closer look at some of the merchandise for Disney/Pixar’s UP available at the World of Disney and exclusively at FAO Schwarz along with the product displays. Many of the items at the World of Disney aren’t listed on disneystore.com either so they may be theme park exclusives.

NYC World of Disney:

FAO Schwarz Exclusives:

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Disney/Pixar’s UP Featured on Newest Disney Gift Card Design, Now in Limited Release

Disney Gift Card inspired by Disney/Pixar's UPIn commemoration of the newest release from Disney/Pixar, the Disney Gift Card is now available in a special design featuring the film’s stars. In limited release, this gift card is available only at the ticket booths at Walt Disney World’s Epcot and the Disneyland Resort.

For more information on the Disney Gift Card, visit its official website here.

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On the Set of Sorcerer’s Apprentice with Alfred Molina and Toby Kebbell (Report and Photo Gallery)

I spent most of last night on the set of the new Jerry Bruckheimer movie, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage, et al. The film is based on the poem/Fantasia segment of the same name — Cage is the Sorcerer (not named Yensid) and Alfred Molina portrays Horvath, Cage’s nemesis and fellow sorcerer. In the film, Horvath picks up a sidekick in the form of professional illusionist Drake Stone (Toby Kebbell).

The evening started off watching some of the vehicles being prepped for the evening’s filming.To start with, 2 of the 4 lanes along Sixth Avenue were closed off for about 10 blocks.

Micro-spoiler: It appears Horvath, most likely while being persued, plays a neat little trick and turns all of the New York City taxis into clones of the one he’s in. As you’ll see in the photos, there were about 20 taxis that were all re-numbered to cab number 8B42, right down to the medallion on the hood.

First, they filmed Molina and Kebbell in their taxi, becoming engulfed in taxi clones. They did this a few times (the crew had a habit of forgetting to remove the orange cones that were placed in the street to mark off the road — once, there was just a single cone left behind). This was followed by shooting another rigged taxi clone from behind, chasing it with the camera.

After a break courtesy of craft services, Molina and Kebbell were back to work, this time in a silver Mercedes SUV. By now, *all* of Sixth Avenue was closed off for the production. They did at least a couple of takes (someone forgot to remove cones the first time around) and after 6 hours of being on set, I decided to call it quits for the night. The only other thing I can offer was that they rigged up a sanitation garbage truck to film whoever was ‘driving’ it — they brought in the cab of a semi to pull it.

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Disney Partners with Vudu to Allow Consumers to Purchase Over 60 Downloadable Hi-Def Disney Films

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 4  — VUDU, Inc., a leading provider of digital on-demand entertainment products and services, today announced that the VUDU service is the first to offer titles from Buena Vista Home Entertainment for download-to-own in high definition. Beginning today, VUDU users can select from a collection of over 60 titles featuring recent hits, such as Doubt and High School Musical 3, as well as past favorites, such as No Country for Old Men, The Sixth Sense and National Treasure. The selection of movies available to own in HD on VUDU will continue to expand as new titles are made available.

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Pixar Characters Surprise Moviegoers on Opening Day of Disney/Pixar’s UP

The Pixar gang celebrates at the Opening Weekend Surprise for UP in ChicagoMoviegoers waiting to see the newest release from Disney/Pixar, UP, at the Kerasotes Show Case Theaters in Chicago, IL got a big surprise when some of Pixar’s classic characters came out to celebrate and watch the movie too. Sulley (Monsters, Inc.), Mr. Incredible (The Incredibles) and Buzz Lightyear and Woody (Toy Story) worked and schmoozed the already excited crowd.

For more information on Disney’s Opening Surprise program, check out our story on the program here and the official site here.

Below is a gallery of more photos from the event. Photos from WireImage. © Disney/Pixar. Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.

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Winnie the Pooh Heads Back to the Big Screen in 2011

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Disney will make a formal announcement tomorrow during its presentation at the Licensing International Expo in Vegas that Winnie the Pooh will be starring in a new film to be released in spring of 2011.

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Jeffrey Hornaday to Direct and Choreograph ‘High School Musical 4: East Meets West’

Jeffrey Hornaday, a renowned choreographer (“Flashdance,” “A Chorus Line”) and director (“Shout”), will helm “High School Musical East Meets West,” the fourth movie in the franchise that is a cultural sensation around the world. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide. The Disney Channel Original Movie, written by Peter Barsocchini, is scheduled to debut in 2010.

Casting is underway for the fourth story of the celebrated “High School Musical” franchise, a classic story set against the cross-town school rivalry between the East High Wildcats and West High Knights.

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Apple Commercial for iPhone Featuring Disney/Pixar’s UP (Video)

Caught this on the television as I was fast forwarding through the commercials. For your entertainment:

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