‘Well this is a shocker,’ said absolutely nobody when it came to Disney’s D23 Expo and Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland project’s presence there. Attendees of the D23 Expo which kicks off today will no doubt notice the massive translucently-curtained booth that shamelessly advertises which upcoming Disney project it’s there to support.
Disney D23 Presents the Treasures of the Walt Disney Studio Archives is easily one of the most popular attractions during the biennial D23 Expo, arguably second only to the star-studded arena presentations, and this year is sure to be no different.
Although smaller than last year’s presentation, by focusing on timeless properties such as Disney’s oft-foray into the world of L. Frank Baum’s Oz and the 1964 classic Mary Poppins, the archives team has managed to produce a solid sampling of fascinating objects that span decades film and parks history.
Imagine if there was a way to explore every single frame of every single production from Walt Disney Feature Animation, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs through Wreck-It Ralph and beyond. Imagine if you could have the ability to take a CG model of Vanellope von Schweetz based on an import of the real one and not only easily animate her with more than a hundred points of articulation but save and share your creation with your friends and even allow them to collaborate on your animation (app required). Imagine if you could harness the power of Elsa’s magic snow from Frozen and control its every move and appearance using the same software principles as the film’s animators used.
In honor of the release of the latest trailer for Thor: The Dark World, Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios have furnished us with a hi-res still from the film featuring Tom Hiddleston as Thor’s wayward brother, Loki. The still has been added to the beginning of our gallery of stills from the film embedded below. As always, click on the individual thumbnails to see a larger version and then proceed to click the resize arrow to see the image at its original resolution.
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with the new teaser trailer and some initial stills from its upcoming Muppets sequel, Muppets Most Wanted. You can see the trailer embedded below.
Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine — the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit — and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Golden Globe-, Emmy- and SAG Award®-winning actress and writer Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Emmy Award winner Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon. The new film will hit the big screen March 21, 2014.
The Walt Disney Studios is pleased to announce the addition of animated classics The Jungle Book and Sleeping Beauty to its prestigious Blu-ray™ Diamond Edition Collection. Released from the Disney vault for a limited time only, The Jungle Book opens to colorful new life on Blu-ray Diamond Edition in February 2014, while Sleeping Beauty awakens on stunning Blu-ray Diamond Edition in October 2014.
Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
From the Statue of Pitty located in the heart of ‘the Big Axle,’ to the Taj Mahal to the Great Wall of China, Walt Disney Studios and Disney Toon Studios have supplied us with stills, concept art, behind-the-scenes photos and more as Dusty Crophopper darts his way around the planet in the hopes of winning the ‘Wings Around the Globe’ race.
Walt Disney Animation Studios has provided us with these hi-res scans of newly released animation cels from the Mickey Mouse short, Get A Horse!, which features the original voice of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney himself.
The black-and-white, hand-drawn short’s story follows Mickey, his favorite gal pal, Minnie, and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow. The gang is enjoying a musical haywagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete shows up and tries to run them off the road.
The short recently made its world premiere and will be shown for the first time ever to public audiences in North America during the Disney Animation arena presentation at the Disney D23 Expo, which takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center from August 9-11, 2013.
Except that what will be in store hasn’t happened before — at least not like this. On December 10, 2013, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release the beloved 1964 classic, Mary Poppins, on Blu-ray for the first time ever. That would place its release just a few days before Saving Mr. Banks opens in limited release on December 13 and on the same day its soundtrack, with music composed by Thomas Newman, is slated to be released.