Jiminy Cricket Celebrates 50 Years with the United States Air Force 3rd Aerial Port Squadron

Official patch of the 3rd Aerial Port SquadronRecently, Pinocchio’s conscience marked a milestone of his own as he celebrated fifty years of being the mascot of the USAF 3rd Aerial Port Squadron at Pope AFB in North Carolina.

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A Sneak Peek Inside the Walt Disney Family Museum: Gallery 5, New Success and Greater Ambitions

A character model for PinocchioContinuing in our series of exploring the Walt Disney Family Museum, set to open on October 1, we are pleased to bring you a look at Gallery 5: New Success and Greater Ambitions

The worldwide success of Snow White let Disney Studios create new studio buildings in Burbank, CA, and produce even more ambitious features, such as Bambi, Pinocchio and Fantasia. The last film featured classical music and an orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Although well A character model for Hyacinth Hippo from Fantasiaregarded by critics, none of the films was immediately financially successful, in part because overseas revenues were affected by World War II.

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JetBlue Offers Unlimited Travel From September 8 – October 8 for $599

I was under much debate as to whether to even make a story of this since it has little to do with The Walt Disney Company, but considering JetBlue services MCO (Walt Disney World), LGB (Disneyland Resort) and SFO (Walt Disney Family Museum) and this has to be an unprecedented offer, it does make some sense to share the news if you haven’t heard already.

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A Sneak Peek Inside the Walt Disney Family Museum: Gallery 4, the First Animated Motion Picture

Continuing our series into the galleries at the new Walt Disney Family Museum, we are pleased to present to you some of the artifacts that can be found in Gallery 4: The Move to Features: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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UPDATE: D23 Member Preview of Walt Disney Family Museum to Take Place Sept 26-27, Tickets Available August 6

UPDATE: Tickets will be available through http://www.waltdisney.org beginning August 6 at 10 am PT. The special code for D23 members is 344902001

To obtain your tickets, click on the “tickets” section at www.waltdisney.org . After clicking through to the “D23 member weekend” page on the navigation bar to the left, you will see a calendar of admissions. Click on either September 26 or September 27, and choose a time that you would like to attend the event — you can choose a maximum of 4 (four) tickets. On the shopping cart page, enter promotional code 344902001 to change the total price of admissions to $0. Once you complete the steps to check out, you will receive a confirmation and ticket attachment via the e-mail address you provided. Please print and save this e-mail and make sure to bring your tickets with you to the event.

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Disney Interactive Media Group Offers Art Students Chance to Win Cash and Internship in 2010

Disney Interactive Media Group Your Take Contest

Disney Interactive Media Group has announced it’s offering a cash prize of $1500 plus a design internship or professional co-op position in 2010 to the winner of the YOUR TAKE: Alice in Wonderland contest.

The contest is open to undergrads and recent graduates in most design disciplines. Entries can be submitted in any medium although digital work is preferred.

To enter, create an original work of art based on one of the following Alice in Wonderland characters: Alice, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, March Hare, Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts or Tweedledee/Tweedledum.

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JourneyEd to Sell Pixar’s RenderMan® Software to Schools, Students

DALLAS, TX — Today, JourneyEd, a division of Journey Education Marketing, Inc., announced a major collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios. As the leading online marketer of software to K-12 and college education, JourneyEd will market and sell RenderMan®, Pixar’s professional rendering software, through its website, to high school and college students, educators, schools, and higher education institutions at attractive academic prices.

Both JourneyEd and Pixar’s RenderMan® will exhibit next week at SIGGRAPH 2009, the leading international conference on computer graphics and interactive technology. The convention in New Orleans showcases the most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, music, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web. Educators and students are invited to drop by the JourneyEd and Pixar booths to see some of the best products.

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A Sneak Peek at the Walt Disney Family Museum, Gallery 3: The Emergence of the Walt Disney Studio

Galleries 3 New Horizons: The Emergence of the Walt Disney Studio (1928 to 1940)

Walt Disney watches on as daughter Diane rides her tricycleThe success of Mickey Mouse let Walt Disney expand the newly renamed Walt Disney Studios and improve the quality of Studio animations, so he embarked on a series of ambitious projects, including the “Silly Symphonies,” one-reel shorts that let him experiment with images, music, and story lines. In the following years, the Studio created the first Technicolor cartoons, introduced a multiplane camera to create the illusion of depth in animated films, and developed distinctive styles of movement and personality in their characters. Also in this period, Walt and Lillian’s family grew to include daughters Diane and Sharon.

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The Walt Disney Family Museum Website is Live; Tickets Available for Dates Starting October 1

WDFM_our_book_07The Walt Disney Family Museum site has gone live. Visit it online at waltdisney.org to learn more about the museum, obtain timed tickets, watch videos and the chance to pre-order the museum’s book,  The Walt Disney Family Museum: The Man, the Magic, the Memories written by noted Disney historian J.B. Kaufman and Diane Disney Miller with preface by Richard Benefield and introduction by Diane Disney Miller. At 96 pages and containing 124 illustrations, the book tells the story of Walt Disney in ten chapters that coincide with the museum’s galleries. The book will be available exclusively from the museum beginning October 15, 2009, but is currently available for pre-order for $19.95

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A Letter From Walt Disney Family Museum’s Executive Director, Richard Benefield

The following letter was published earlier today on the Facebook page of the Walt Disney Family Museum and has been copied here with permission. We encourage all of our readers to become a Fan of the Museum on Facebook to be apprised of the latest news and announcements from the Museum as well as images of just some of its amazing collection on display. You can also follow the museum on Twitter.

Richard Benefield, Executive Director of the Walt Disney Family MuseumWalt Disney was a storyteller.

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