Sneak Peek: ‘The Blue Umbrella’ from Pixar, Plus Full Synopsis (Hi-Res)

"THE BLUE UMBRELLA" (Pictured) BLUE and RED. ©2013 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have provided us with this still from their upcoming short, The Blue Umbrella, which will play before Monsters University in theaters beginning June 21, 2013. The full synopsis for the short is as follows:

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‘Wreck-It Ralph’ on Digital Download Weeks Before Blu-ray

'Wreck-It Ralph' on Blu-RayWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today announced that Wreck-it Ralph from Walt Disney Animation Studios would be available for digital download on February 12, nearly one month before the 3D Blu-ray and its variants are available to purchase on March 5.

According to the announcement, the download (available as both high definition and standard definition formats), will include all of the aforementioned Blu-ray bonus features with exception to the Disney Intermission featuring Chris Hardwick.

This move marks a first for the company, although the move is not unprecedented as Disney was one of the first to release Blu-ray discs weeks before their DVD-only counterparts and is indicative of the company moving closer to the Disney Movies Anywhere initiative.

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‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Features Include ‘Paperman,’ Disney Intermission with Chris Hardwick

'Wreck-It Ralph' on Blu-RayAhead of any official announcement, we have received a list of the bonus features that will be available when Wreck It Ralph from Walt Disney Animation Studios becomes available to own on 3D Blu-ray on March 5 (now available for pre-order).

First up is confirmation that Paperman, the groundbreaking short that played before Wreck-it Ralph in theaters will be included as one of the Blu-ray bonus features.

The Blu-ray will also include Disney’s new favorite element, Disney Intermission, which is a special viewing mode that takes place when you put the film on pause. This time around, Disney Intermission consists of ‘The Gamer’s Guide to Wreck-It Ralph,’ hosted by Nerdist Chris Hardwick.

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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ New Hi-Res Stills Full of Finley and Glinda Goodness

Walt Disney Studios has also provided us with seven new stills from its film, Oz the Great and Powerful, which debuts in theaters nationwide on March 8, 2013.

The new stills give us some fabulous looks at Finley (voiced by Zach Braff) and Glinda (Michelle Williams) in particular, but our personal favorite is the environment one which appears to be Oscar Diggs/Oz (James Franco) after his balloon crash lands into the waters of Oz, with him approaching Theodora (Mila Kunis) off in the background.

The new stills have been added to the beginning of our gallery below. Click on any of the thumbnails to enlarge.

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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Costuming Offers New Portraits of Lead Characters

'Oz the Great and Powerful' Costumes'Oz the Great and Powerful' CostumesWalt Disney Studios has provided us with new looks of the main characters of its upcoming production, Oz the Great and Powerful, in theaters March 8, 2013. Nearly 2,000 individual costumes were created for the film by designers Gary Jones and Michael Kutsche, including those you see here belonging to Oscar Diggs/Oz (James Franco), Glinda (Michelle Williams), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Theodra (Mila Kunis).

Costume designer Gary Jones worked closely with both director Sam Raimi and actor James Franco to conceive the look of Oscar Diggs aka Oz, saying, ‘In preparing Oz’s clothes, Sam had a very clear idea what he wanted. I had met with James as well, and we were all heading in the same direction, which was terrific.’

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‘Monsters University’ Viral Ad Promotes Campus Life, Website

'Monsters University' Teaser PosterPremiering during today’s Rose Bowl game, Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios began its television campaign to promote the upcoming Monsters University prequel. The ad, which mocks traditional campus life-style advertisements, features students explaining why Monsters University is the right school for them. The ad finishes by promoting the viral website for the film, MonstersUniversity.com/edu, which launched last year.

The new ad even has its own page on the University’s website in which it is accompanied by an article about its production.

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‘Iron Man 3′ Hi-Res Still Features Defeated and Battered Tony Stark

Iron Man 3 Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal © 2012 MVLFFLLC. TM & © 2012 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

He may not be out, but he’s certainly down.

Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios have shared with us a new hi-res stills from Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3, in theaters on May 3, 2013. The new image, which has been added to the beginning of our gallery below, features a very battered (both physically and emotionally) Tony Stark in his Iron Man suit.

As always, click on the thumbnail to see a larger version. If the resize arrow appears, you may click it to see the image in its original resolution.

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Jonathan Groff Joins ‘Frozen’ to Voice Kristoff

Frozen © DisneyWalt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) has given voice to its extreme mountain man from the comedy-adventure Frozen. Tony Award® nominee Jonathan Groff (Broadway’s ‘Spring Awakening,’ TV’s ‘Glee’) is on board to help bring Kristoff to life in the epic journey slated for the big screen November 27, 2013.

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Leonard Maltin to Moderate ‘Peter Pan’ Panel for Disney D23 Members; Limited National Screenings Announced

'Peter Pan Diamond Edition' Blu-rayIn honor of Peter Pan: Diamond Edition taking flight on February 5, 2013, Disney D23 — the official club for Disney fans — has announced some very special events including a panel to take place ahead of the screening at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on January 11th.

Moderated by noted film critic/historian Leonard Maltin, the panel is set to include Kathryn Beaumont (voice of Wendy), Ted Thomas (son of legendary Disney animator Frank Thomas and director/writer of the acclaimed documentaries Frank and Ollie and Walt & El Grupo) and Margaret Kerry (live-action reference model for Tinker Bell).

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