‘Dancing with the Stars’ Professionals Go to Infinity and Beyond

Disney world of color 032 As we mentioned in an earlier item, Toy Story 3 from Disney/Pixar features Buzz Lightyear and Jessie engaging in a Paso Dablo (double-step) when Buzz is switched into Spanish mode to the tune of ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ as performed by the Gipsy Kings.

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First Listen: Gipsy Kings Perform ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Para Buzz Español)’ for Toy Story 3

Gipsy Kings perform 'You've Got a Friend in Me (Para Buzz Español)' for Toy Story 3 ©Disney/PixarFilmmakers called on Gipsy Kings for a flamenco-flavored rendition of ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3. The world-famous band recorded ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Para Buzz Español)’ in London at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

Pictured from left to right are Gipsy Kings’ Bernard Paganotti, Andre Reyes, Tonnino Baliardo, (front) Rodolfo Pacheco, Nicolas Reyes and Jacques Baliardo.

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Kohl’s Offers Exclusive Toy Story Books and Plushes for $5 to Benefit Children’s Health and Education

Buzz Lightyear and Woody return to theaters in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3, opening in June, but they’re making a stop at Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) first. Get ready for a Toy Story adventure with exclusive books and plush toys from the hit films. Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Rex the Dinosaur, along with coordinating Toy Story and Toy Story 2 books from Disney Book Group, are available at Kohl’s for just $5 each through the Kohl’s Cares for Kids® program, with 100 percent of the net profit from the sale of these items benefitting children’s health and education initiatives nationwide. Since the program’s inception ten years ago, Kohl’s has turned $5 merchandise into more than $150 million to help make a positive difference in the lives of children.

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MINDStyle Offers New Details on ‘Alien Invasion’ Tour

Toy Story Alien Figures from MINDStyleMINDStyle revealed on its blog earlier today that the first stop on the Alien Invasion tour will take place in Hong Kong this summer. In addition to acknowledging the inclusion of artist Secret Base, the new announcement notes that the re-imagings of the Toy Story alien will include offerings from Disney and Pixar artists.

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Disney Books, Music and Videos Being Released During Week of May 2

Here’s look at some of the Disney-related books, movies and audio CDs being released this week. Please note that this list is automatically generated and information is not guaranteed by this site.

Beauty and the Beast Read-Along Storybook and CD (Available Tuesday, May 4 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

Experience this tale as old as time in this wonderful storybook and CD! The CD includes word-for-word narration, vivid character voices, and thrilling sound effects from the beloved movie. Readers can relive the magic by following along with the story and discovering how Belle meets the Beast, befriends the Enchanted Objects, and finds her true love!

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‘Toy Story 3′ Video Game Offers Playable Zurg, Mini-Games Exclusively to PlayStation 3

Disney Interactive Studios today announced that Toy Story 3: The Video Game for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, releasing on June 15, 2010, will exclusively feature content and gameplay available only on the PlayStation 3 system (PS3™). Emperor Zurg, one of the most beloved villains of the Disney•Pixar “Toy Story” franchise, will be a playable character exclusively on the PS3™ system. In addition, Toy Story 3: The Video Game will be one of the first games to market featuring the PlayStation®Move’s motion controller compatible gameplay.

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‘Toy Story 3′ Collectibles from Thinkway Toys, Kubricks Now Available for Pre-Order

Toy Story Collection Jessie from Thinkway ToysDisneyStore.com has made Jessie (Item #200784P), Mr. Potato Head (Item #200350P) and Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear / Lotso (Item #201311P) from the Thinkway Toys Toy Story Collection available for pre-order. According to the site, Mr. Potato Head will be available to own on May 12 while Jessie and Lotso will become available June 1. As is standard with the Toy Story Collection, the toys are all described as film-accurate and come with a certificate of authenticity.

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New Video Provides Undeniable Evidence Towards Legitimacy of So-Called ‘Lotso’ Ad Hoax

Even the experts who transcribed the paranormal activities chronicled in the Time-Life Mysteries of the Unknown series of books would clearly have trouble explaining this one.

Since the early 80s commercial for Lots-o-Huggin’ Bear found its way to the net, dozens of confused individuals are now congratulating Pixar on job well done, touting the ad as a fake — a viral video created in modern-day times designed to generate buzz for Toy Story 3 and its so-called ‘new’ stars.

If indeed this advertisement was somehow faked — and logic clearly points to it wasn’t — we’d love to know how the exact same hoax was pulled off at around the same time, half a world away.

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‘Toy Story 3′ Continues Push with New Teaser Poster, Internet Webisode

Toy Story 3 International PosterDisney/Pixar continues to step up the promotion of its upcoming Toy Story 3 with a new international teaser poster featuring the gang (old and new) busting out of Sunnyside Daycare.

Perhaps carying on a new tradition we experienced with UP, we also get our first look of a new ‘webisode’ titled Mission I: Buzz and Woody in which our heroes are re-introduced along with their first mission. The teaser also features a tad of never-before-seen footage from the film, in stark contrast to the infamous Japanese trailer which plays more like a Reader’s Digest condensed version of the film.

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Vintage Television Commercial for Toy Story Character Surfaces

If you can forgive the wear and tear on the VHS, the poor tracking and muffled audio, this television ad just may take some you back to the early 80s at a time when the Smurfs, Cabbage Patch Kids, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, Teddy Ruxpin, Gloworms, Wuzzles and — of course — Lots-o-Huggin’ Bear dominated the world of kids’ pop culture and the KB Toy Store at the local shopping mall couldn’t keep them stocked on the shelves, try as they might.

Call it Flashback Friday, but I couldn’t resist sharing this YouTube gem with you all. Maybe it’s time to go searching on eBay.

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