‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Dominates 40th Annual Annie Awards

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Earlier this evening, The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, held its 40th Annual Annie Awards at UCLA’s Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. While addressing the myriad of technical issues for the awards show were well beyond the capabilities of Fix-It Felix Jr and his magic hammer, the clear winner of the night was Wreck-It Ralph from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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‘Frozen’ Character Posters Give First Look at Anna, Elsa

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The posters feature Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) along with the Snow Queen Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), who happens to be Anna’s sister. The full synopsis for the film follows:

When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, an amazing and comedic snowman named Olaf, Everest-like conditions and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

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‘The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition’ Splashes onto Blu-Ray, October 1

'The Little Mermaid' on Blu-rayWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that the 1989 animated classic, The Little Mermaid will be released on blu-ray for the first time ever on October 1, 2013.

No further details regarding the release have been announced as of yet, but Amazon.com is listing the title as a Diamond Edition available for pre-order.

Yahoo! Movies has posted the promotional trailer for the release:

We will update as more information becomes available to us.

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Sneak Peek: ‘Nine Old Men’ Doc from ‘Peter Pan: Diamond Edition’

'Peter Pan Diamond Edition' Blu-rayOne of the many gems to be found on the Peter Pan: Diamond Edition blu-ray, available to own this Tuesday, February 5 (now available for pre-order) is a brand new documentary short titled Nine Old Men.

The short examines the lives of Walt Disney’s fabled ‘Nine Old Men’ (the term referring to a book on the justices of the Supreme Court, not their ages): Les Clark, Marc Davis, Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, Ward Kimball, Eric Larson, John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman and Frank Thomas. Together, these animators were responsible for some of the most beloved films in the history of film, let alone animation and Disney.

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‘Iron Man 3′ Bus Shelter Ad Features Stark in Freefall; Super Bowl Sneak Peek Teaser

'Iron Man 3' Falling Bus Shelter AdDuring Sunday’s Super Bowl game, Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios will present an exclusive sneak peek at Marvel’s Iron Man 3.

To commemorate the event, they have also provided us with this newly released hi-res bus shelter advertisement image which features Tony Stark in his Iron Man suit sans-helmet, plummeting to Earth.

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‘The Lone Ranger’ New Hi-Res Still: Silver Strikes Tonto

THE LONE RANGER

Rule number one: Never take off the mask.

In anticipation of the extended sneak peek at The Lone Ranger airing during the Super Bowl XLVII pre show this Sunday, Walt Disney Studios has provided us with this brand new still featuring Tonto (Johnny Depp) not quite yet grasping the concept of personal space when it comes to the title character’s horse, Silver. Meanwhile, the not-yet-masked John Reid (Armie Hammer) lurks in the background, gun pointed at Tonto.

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Living Social: Discount for ‘Mulan’ at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

One Ticket to "Mulan" at El Capitan Theatre on Select Dates In honor of its release on blu-ray for the first time on March 12, Disney’s El Capitan Theatre will be featuring a limited run of the Walt Disney Animation classic Mulan on the big screen.

Through Living Social, the El Capitan is offering a special deal on individual tickets for showtimes during the weekends between February 9 and March 3 (except for February 24). Each ticket is available for just $11, representing a 27% savings over the regular price of $16.

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‘Paperman’ Now Available for Free Online Viewing

'Paperman'Walt Disney Animation Studios has uploaded its Oscar-nominated short, Paperman to YouTube, allowing it to be watched online in its entirety for the first time.

Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with Paperman. Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Paperman pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction.

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‘Disney twenty-three’ to Feature ‘Oz,’ ‘Maleficent’, ‘Frozen’, Plus Animal Kingdom’s 15th and More

'Disney twenty-three' Spring 2013The spring issue of Disney twenty-three, the flagship magazine of D23: The Official Disney FanClub, hits stands February 12, loaded with articles to delight both Disney fans and the general public. The cover story, ‘A Great and Powerful Odyssey,’ gives readers an exclusive tour of the land at the end of the road of yellow bricks in Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful releasing in theaters this March. The article features interviews with stars Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff. In addition, there’s a sneak peek of 2014’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, which offers a new take on the legendary Sleeping Beauty story.

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First Image: Ricky Gervais in ‘The Muppets… Again!’ Plus Synopsis

Ricky Gervais with Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog © DisneyVia the official Walt Disney Studios UK Facebook page, we get what appears to be our first publicity still at the upcoming sequel The Muppets… Again! which will debut in theaters on March 21st, 2014. The still features human star Ricky Gervais alongside Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog.

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