Disney Consumer Products and LEGO Group Unveil New Six Foot Woody Statue at Venice Film Festival

LEGO Sculpture of WoodyVENICE, Italy — LEGO models of Woody and Buzz Lightyear were unveiled by Disney Consumer Products as part of a dedicated Toy Story-themed family area at the 66th Venice Film Festival. Constructed from 13,600 LEGO bricks in 150 hours, this was the global unveiling of the Woody model which stands at over 6 1/2 feet tall. The Buzz Lightyear model, seen for the first time in Europe, was constructed from 40,000 LEGO bricks in 250 hours by 3 Master Builders and stands just over five feet tall.

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Photo Call: John Lasseter and Pixar Receive Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award in Venice

Disney world of color 1269 The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 66th Venice International Film Festival (2nd-12th September 2009) was awarded to the American director and producer, John Lasseter – one of the protagonists of the innovation in contemporary animated cinema – and to the directors of Disney*Pixar. Exceptionally in the history of the Venice Film Festival, the award celebrates not only a single filmmaker, but also the contribution of all the directors of this visionary studio.

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Disney-Pixar Jolted by Shocking Lawsuit Over Lamp

Luxo Jr. alongside his ball outside Pixar Animation Studios (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)You know him by sight if not by name, he is Luxo Jr., the official mascot of Pixar Animation Studios. The squisher of the I in Pixar before every film, he and the ‘Luxo Jr. Ball’ are the stars of Pixar’s first animated short over 20 years ago. He has become such an icon, that he is quite literally an icon, looming over Pixar Studios in Emeryville. He has also now become the latest entity on the line of Disney’s Living Character Initiative (LCI), appearing in full animatronic form at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. He’s also the prized collectible in a Pixar boxed Blu-ray set to be released just in time for the holiday season.

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New Hi-Res Concept Art from Disney’s Rapunzel

047 Disney has just treated us to some newly released concept art from the upcoming production of Rapunzel (Holiday 2010). While smaller images have surfaced on the net recently, these are the full-sized images showing every splendid detail of the amazing art behind the film.

The entire gallery of concept art is below. As usual, click on each thumbnail to see a larger version. Click on the resizing arrows in the lower right hand corner (if visible) to see the image’s original size.

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Preview First Six Minutes of Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Today!

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment would like to invite you to a sneak peek at the upcoming Disney Fairies Blu-ray and DVD release, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. You can read all about the upcoming release which debuts October 27 here.

Attendees of the D23 Expo will also have an opportunity to experience the film in its entirety on Sunday, September 13 at 4 pm in the Walt Disney Studios Theater.

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Review: Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie

The cast of Wizards of Waverly Place the MovieFor the most part, the movie takes place during a family vacation at the Caribbean resort where Jerry Russo (David DeLuise) and Theresa (Maria Canals-Barrera) first met years before. With the absence of a studio audience (and their fits of timely laughter), the movie can take additional liberties including a slew of special effects, which it does spectacularly well particularly in the beginning of the movie when Alex (Selena Gomez) selfishly and comically puts herself first, openly defying her parents’ wishes (i.e., par for the course).

Things go horribly wrong for the Russo children, however, when a heated argument between Alex and her mother causes Alex to say things she doesn’t mean including the wish that her parents had never met. Enter the first lesson: be careful what you wish for.

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First Look: ‘Waking Sleeping Beauty’ Doc Looks at Rebirth of Disney Animation

020 Waking Sleeping Beauty, directed by Disney film producer Don Hahn and co-produced by Hahn and Peter Schneider, is an upcoming documentary that goes behind the scenes of the rebirth of Disney Animation with films such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King.

Walt Disney Studios has provided us with these stills from the film which capture the essence of what went in to creating a series of films that defined an entire generation of new fans of Disney animation.

Click on any thumbnail to see the larger version or click on the PicLens link to start the slideshow.

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George Lucas to Present Award to John Lasseter and Pixar Directors; Pixar to Screen Footage and Teach Classes

ROME (Hollywood Reporter/Reuters) – “Star Wars” creator George Lucas will make his first trip to the Venice Film Festival to present the Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement to John Lasseter and the directors of Disney-Pixar, festival organizers said Thursday.

The presentation, which will take place September 6 in the Palazzo del Cinema’s Sala Grande, will be held in conjunction with screenings of new 3D version of “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2.” Lasseter directed both films. The evening also will include the premiere of a 10-minute clip from “The Princess and the Frog,” Disney’s return to hand-drawn animation, and the screening of a new sequence from the in-production project “Toy Story 3.”

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Disney and Yellow Submarines? No, It’s Not Disneyland’s Nemo, It’s a Beatles Remake

Variety is reporting that Disney and Robert Zemeckis have the deal sealed (let’s hope it’s a waterproof one) to remake the 1968 animated film based on the Beatles’ music. With 16 classic tunes locked in, Zemeckis plans on capitalizing on his 3D performance capture technique most recently used in the upcoming Jim Carrey film, A Christmas Carol.

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First Look: ‘When in Rome’ Poster Featuring Kristen Bell (Trailer)

When in RomeDisney has just sent us this poster featuring Kristen Bell from Touchstone Picture’s new romantic comedy, When in Rome, which opens in theaters on January 29, 2010.

An ambitious young New Yorker (KRISTEN BELL), disillusioned with romance, takes a whirlwind trip to Rome where she defiantly plucks magic coins from a fountain of love, inexplicably igniting the passion of those who threw them in:  a sausage magnate (DANNY DEVITO), a street magician (JON HEDER), an adoring painter (WILL ARNETT) and a self-admiring model (DAX SHEPARD).  But when a charming reporter (JOSH DUHAMEL) pursues her with equal zest, how will she know if his love is the real thing?

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