Disney DVD Roundup for April 7, 2009 – Bedtime Stories, My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Classic Disney Shorts & More

Here’s a look at some of the Disney DVDs being released April 7, 2009…

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Production Begins on ‘Skyrunners,’ Disney XD’s First Original Movie, Starring Kelly Blatz

Production has begun on “Skyrunners,” the first original movie for the newly branded television platform Disney XD. The science fiction adventure features rising star Kelly Blatz, who can also be seen playing the title role of the new network’s flagship series “Aaron Stone.” In addition Weta Workshop, the multiple Academy Award-winning world leader in special makeup, creature and visual effects (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “King Kong” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” films), will design and provide the practical alien creature effects in the movie. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide.

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Snow White Turns Blu October 6 — Almost 2 Months Before DVD Release

BURBANK, Calif., April 3 — Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) proudly announces the highly-anticipated, October 6 high definition debut of the most-acclaimed animated movie ever made, Walt Disney’s original classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Making history again with its exciting debut, the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ Blu-ray bow marks the first time Disney Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack (2 Blu-ray discs + DVD) has ever been released, followed seven weeks later with the release of a Deluxe 2-Disc Classic standard definition DVD on November 24. The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ Blu-ray edition will undoubtedly represent the quintessential way to experience this landmark film.

“We are thrilled that the consumer has clearly recognized the value in our Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack releases and will have another opportunity to maximize their viewing options in October with Snow White,” Bob Chapek, President of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, said. “With today’s technological breakthroughs found in Blu-ray, we are confident that this version of Snow White will easily become the reference point for high definition home entertainment libraries and family collections all over the world.”

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Early Review: The Proposal (Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Bullock)

The Proposal Movie PosterSave the date for the newest romantic comedy from Touchstone Pictures, The Proposal starring Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock. Sure, it’s been done before. It’s a sit-com cliche — Drew Carey did a Chuck and Larry version of it, there was even an entire series (I Married Dora) focusing on the subject — not to mention Hollywood (Green Card, anyone?). So how do real-life Canadian Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock fare in their future mixed-marriage? Stitch Kingdom recently had the chance to preview the upcoming film due out in June and you can catch it all right here.

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New Webisode and Breathtaking Images from Disneynature’s Earth

Disneynature Earth OnesheetDisneynature has graciously provided us with some stunning images taken while filming its new documentary Earth, the story of three families: polar bears, humpback whales and elephants.

In addition, we also have a featurette from the film titled Heritage which takes a look back at the legacy of Walt Disney and his Academy Award-winning True Life Adventures series as well as clips from the upcoming film.

You can view the video and the image gallery which includes images not yet available on the movie’s official site after the jump.

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Famous Chicken Consults on Disney Channel Original Movie ‘Hatching Pete’

Mascot Hall of Fame-inductee Ted Giannoulas, the original Famous San Diego Chicken who is widely credited for heralding an era of outrageous sideline mascots, was a consultant and one of three professional chicken stuntmen on the set of “Hatching Pete,” a raucous comedy about a small town’s zeal for its high school basketball team and the emergence of a shy teen’s hidden personality as its hilarious chicken mascot.

The stunt and basketball-filled movie geared towards kids, tweens and families, premieres FRIDAY, APRIL 24 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel with a simulcast on Sprint TV and MobiTV. The movie will be available Friday, April 17 on Disney Channel on Demand through select cable and telco providers. The “Hatching Pete” movie website at www.DisneyChannel.com features arcade games “Tailfeathers Bounce” and “Mascot Me,” and an interactive quiz.

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Wal-Mart (and Others) to Begin Selling ‘Bedtime Stories’ DVD and Blu-ray Early

Following a move Wal-Mart previously made by releasing the Bolt Blu-ray and DVD several days earlier than the official release date,  not only does Wal-Mart confirm they will continue to do the same with Bedtime Stories by selling it beginning April 3 but other retailers have jumped on the bandwagon.

The article on VideoBusiness.com goes further into the matter pointing out complications that have arisen from Disney and other home video distributors who have broken away from the traditional Tuesday release schedule, causing confusion among retailers and may have lead to the apparent complacency Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is experiencing with retails offering DVDs early.

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Disney to Debut Special Limited Double Feature Engagement of Disney-Pixar’s ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Toy Story 2′ Exclusively in Disney Digital 3D October 2nd

LAS VEGAS, March 31  — Moviegoers are in for twice the fun and triple the thrills as The Walt Disney Studios prepares to debut the Disney Digital 3D(TM) versions of Disney-Pixar’s beloved animated features – “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2″ – during a special limited engagement starting on October 2, 2009, it was announced today by Mark Zoradi, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group.

This extraordinary double feature, taking the latest advances in digital 3D technology “to infinity and beyond,” will play exclusively in 3D. “Toy Story,” the industry’s first ever computer-animated feature and the first feature released by Pixar Animation Studios in 1995, and “Toy Story 2,” the critically acclaimed sequel that debuted in 1999, were both directed by Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker John Lasseter. Both films have been meticulously re-rendered in 3D from the original digital files using the latest state-of-the-art technology.
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