SMS Audio today announced it has entered a multi-year strategic alliance with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, naming SMS Audio the official headphones of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. In addition, SMS Audio will be a sponsor of ‘Star Tours – The Adventures Continue’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and will feature their products at the park’s annual Star Wars Weekends. SMS Audio will also be a sponsor of the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend and Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend, both at Disneyland Resort in California.
Even if you aren’t a fan of Disney, there is probably little doubt you’ve heard some of the news coming out of the annual shareholder meeting that was held earlier today at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco: a Frozen 2 sequel is in the works and Star Wars: Rogue One is headed to a galaxy near you in 2016.
And then there are the parts you didn’t get to hear and see, the clips — unless, of course, you were in the at-capacity audience. Fortunately, I was one of them and I am about to detail (to the best of my memory) what I heard and saw when the live stream was blocked.
The Topps Company, Inc. today announced ‘Star Wars: Card Trader,’ the official Star Wars digital trading card app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Available now exclusively on the App Store, ‘Star Wars: Card Trader’ brings the thrill of the chase of digital collecting to Star Wars fans everywhere.
“In the same way that digital media is transforming reading books, listening to music and watching television, Card Trader is revolutionizing Star Wars collecting,” said Michael Bramlage, Vice President of Digital at Topps. “Your favorite characters, vehicles and locations from the Star Wars universe can be collected and traded on your iOS device, from anywhere at any time.”
LEGOLAND California today announced the arrival of the Death Star from the Star Wars saga, or at least a reasonable facsimile composed of LEGO bricks. The newest model, which will make its official debut in the theme park’s Star Wars Miniland section on March 5, is also the largest model to be added to the display. The Rebel Alliance-proof* Death Star is composed of more than a half million LEGO bricks, stands 13-feet high, 8-feet wide and weighs more than 1900 pounds.
Walt Disney Studios Japan has recently released this time lapse video showing the construction of an enormous Star Wars themed sculpture made of snow which recently made its debut as part of the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. WDS Japan also considers the event as the kickoff to Star Wars: The Force Awakens which opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.
The festival’s official website, where the photo pictured here originated, says the sculpture was made by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force: the 11th Brigade; the 1st Snow Sculpture Producing Unit, the 11th Artillery Unit, the 11th Reconnaissance Company, and the 11th Antiaircraft Artillery Company.
Although moviegoers to select Regal, AMC and Cinemark theaters this weekend are being treated to a first look at the first teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (December 18, 2015), it appears the Walt Disney Company had another surprise in mind by dropping the trailer online this morning, which you can embedded see below.
In addition to news on Toy Story 4 and the mysterious Strange Magic, Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm also caused a near meltdown today when they casually announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens (December 18, 2015) had completed principal photography (and oh! it has a subtitle too, we guess).
To commemorate the neo-historic event, a title treatment for the film was also revealed. Through a few mindtricks of our own, we managed to get our hands on an ultra high res version of the title treatment (20+ megapixels in fact) and are presenting it here to you in its full glory. Fortunately most of it is space and as it turns out, space compresses pretty well, so we didn’t have to reduce it to get it here.
Featuring music by Kevin Kiner from all six seasons of the animated series, ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars,’ the official soundtrack will make its official digital debut on November 10, 2014 (or at least it’s expected as much, as per the new listing on Amazon). In addition, a special vinyl edition of the soundtrack from the first season is slated for a December 9, 2014 release. Although no official details have been released as of yet, we have reason to believe there will be a downloadable component to the soundtrack for those that do purchase the vinyl edition.
Ahead of any official announcements, we have learned that the global television debut of the hour-long special, ‘Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion‘ will premiere on Disney Channels around the world on Friday, October 3 at 9:00 pm ET/PT. Airing in 163 countries and in 34 languages, the series itself will also begin airing on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on Disney XD.
One day after the series begins airing, on October 14, the ‘Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion’ episode will be available to own on DVD — now available for pre-order.
Ahead of any official announcements, Walmart today began accepting pre-orders for two upcoming DVD releases: ‘Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion‘ and ‘Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars.’ Neither title offers a release date at this time, although the timing could not be more appropriate given the start of the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con.
Presumably ‘Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion‘ is the full title of the upcoming hour-long special that will air in October, serving as the lead-in for the Disney XD series which takes place between Episodes III and IV in the Star Wars saga.