Advance Sales for EARTH has Disney Planting 500,000 Trees (and Growing)

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 18: Disney's Mark Zoradi, DisneyNature Jean-Francois Camilleri, Disney's Dick Cook, Disney's Robert Iger, Director Alastair Fothergill and Director Mark Linfield at the World Premiere of DisneyNature's "EARTH" on April 18, 2009 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 18: Disney's Mark Zoradi, DisneyNature Jean-Francois Camilleri, Disney's Dick Cook, Disney's Robert Iger, Director Alastair Fothergill and Director Mark Linfield at the World Premiere of DisneyNature's "EARTH" on April 18, 2009 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

BURBANK, Calif.– “EARTH” won’t open till Wednesday, yet moviegoers have already snapped up half a million tickets to catch the movie in its opening week and have a tree planted in their honor. Disneynature’s commitment to plant a tree for everyone who sees the motion picture between April 22-28 means that already 500,000 trees will be planted — and that number is still growing with advance ticket sales on the rise and the April 22 opening just a few days away.

“With half a million new trees committed so far, Disneynature’s first film is already making an impact on the world — and ‘EARTH’ hasn’t even opened yet,” said Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group. “We’re so pleased that moviegoers have embraced this film and our tree-planting initiative to this degree and we expect the numbers to keep climbing.”

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A Look at Disneynature’s OTHER First Film – The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (instead of living on one), you’ve no doubt heard of the latest venture from the newly formed Disneynature label, EARTH, to be released this Earth Day, April 22. But EARTH, as it turns out, is not actually the first film from Disneynature, but actually just the first film to be released in North America. The actual title of first film belongs to a documentary called The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos.

Crimson Wing PosterShot over a period of year, co-directors Matthew Aeberhard and Leander Ward camped out near the shores of Lake Natron in Tanzania where millions of flamingos are born, fall in love and die in sights in a spectacular view few have ever seen. Estimates suggest that 75% of all of the world’s lesser flamingos are born right at the lake which has several unique attributes that lend itself to be the perfect home for the flamingos.

Making use of technology, the filmmakers were also able to step foot on an island in the middle of the lake, the first humans known to do so, giving them exclusive access to the life of the lake’s inhabitants. Also captured on film was the eruption of Ol Doinyo Lengai, the first in forty years.

The lake is at the heart of a controversy involving plans to build a nearby soda ash factory which activists claim will bring an end to this nature spectacle. You can read more about it here.

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When it Comes to Animation, Disney Copies the Best (Video)

From CollegeHumor.com comes this video which compares sequences from several Disney classics. Eagle-eye observers may note some similarities. Thanks to Krista/TGM for bringing it to our attention.

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First Glimpse of Pixar’s Newest Short, Partly Cloudy

Partly CloudyCourtesy of AICN comes this image from the Disney/Pixar short Partly Cloudy that will play in theaters prior to UP.

Welcome to the world of clouds, where every cloud creates cute, cuddly babies that get delivered to their families by storks.  Every cloud, that is, but Gus.  Gus is the littlest cloud and only knows how to make snapping alligators and spiky porcupines.  Ouch!  For Peck, Gus’s stork and best friend, this means the job can be quite painful.  But as Peck and Gus soon discover, sometimes all you need is a little teamwork and you can weather anything!

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First Look: Poster for Disney’s Old Dogs (John Travolta, Robin Williams)

Old Dogs PosterTwo best friends — one unlucky-in-love divorcee (ROBIN WILLIAMS) and the other a fun-loving bachelor (JOHN TRAVOLTA) — have their lives turned upside down when they’re unexpectedly charged with the care of six-year-old twins while on the verge of the biggest business deal of their lives. The not-so-kid-savvy bachelors stumble in their efforts to take care of the twins (newcomers ELLA BLEU TRAVOLTA and CONNER RAYBURN), leading to one debacle after another, and perhaps to a new-found understanding of what’s really important in life.

Opens November 25.

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KB Home Offers Free Tickets to Disneynature’s EARTH and Sweepstakes

Visit Any Participating KB Home Community to Receive FREE Movie Tickets to EARTH, the First Film from Disneynature, and Enter to Win a Trip for Four within the Continental U.S.

LOS ANGELES– KB Home (NYSE: KBH), one of America’s largest homebuilders, is teaming up with Disney to celebrate Earth Day. Visitors to any participating KB Home community from April 18-26, 2009 will receive two flyers redeemable online for free movie tickets, while supplies last, to EARTH, the first motion picture from The Walt Disney Company’s new film label Disneynature. EARTH opens in theaters on Earth Day, April 22, 2009, and Disneynature is planting a tree in honor of every moviegoer who sees the movie in its opening week.

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‘Hannah Montana’ Rocks North American Box Office

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s “Hannah Montana: The Movie” doubled forecasts by earning $34 million worth of tickets at the Easter weekend box office in North America, as young fans of teen starlet Miley Cyrus rushed to see their heroine’s first big-screen outing.

The movie ranks as the second-best Easter opening, following 2006’s “Scary Movie 4″ with $40 million.
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Savannah, GA Selected as Location for New Miley Cyrus Flick, ‘The Last Song’

ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that Savannah will be the filming location for the upcoming Disney film, The Last Song. The movie is expected to bring approximately 250 jobs to the state.

“I signed the 2008 Entertainment Industry Investment Act in support of our efforts to recruit film, music and digital entertainment projects to Georgia,” said Governor Perdue. “These industries are thriving and growing, boosting the state’s economy and employing thousands of Georgians.”

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