Visiting the Real Winnie-the-Pooh in New York City

Eeyore, Kanga, Piglet, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger

Long before Disney got their hands on the chubby little cubby, Winnie-the-Pooh was a very real bear owned by a very real boy by the name of Christopher Robin. Pooh (or Edward as he might prefer to be called) was purchased at Harrod’s in London for Christopher Robin’s first birthday. The exciting new name bestowed upon Edward, Winnie-the-Pooh, is actually a compounded namesake of a bear at the London Zoo named Winnipeg (Winnie for short) and a pet swan of Christopher Robin named Pooh.

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The Muppets’ “Ode to Joy” Nominated for Best Music Video in the 13th Annual Webby Awards

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Burbank, CA, April 17, 2009 — Burbank, CA based Soapbox Films announced today that its “Ode to Joy” web video, starring Beaker from the Muppets, has been nominated in the Music category for Online Film & Video in the 13th Annual Webby Awards.

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.

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Study Finds Disney’s Flounder, Others to be Victim of Sexual Abuse

Abstract of published article from the study conducted at Carleton University in Canada which can be found in the March/April edition of Child Abuse Review:

The 45 Disney animated feature films produced between 1937 and 2006 were analysed for representations of child maltreatment and child maltreatment interventions according to criteria set out in the US National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect. Although there are 263 maltreated child characters in 30 of the 45 films, they seldom show formal interventionists at work. The types of resolutions and interventions to child maltreatment in the films were analysed and contrasted with the single depiction of a social worker. The actions of this character were assessed according to national codes of ethics and standards for social worker interventions and decision making. Implications are drawn for the profession of social work and the findings are discussed within the context of previously published analyses of media representations of social workers.

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Feelgood Friday: Guest Presents Cast Member with His Own Magical Moment

A guest presents a graduation gown and medallion to Cast Member Joseph Haworth who was unable to attend his own graduation.

A guest presents a graduation gown and medallion to Cast Member Joseph Haworth who was unable to attend his own graduation.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 9, 2009 — Magical Moments are one of the many things Cast Members do to leave lasting impressions on Walt Disney World Guests long after they return home. Often times, Guests surprise Cast Members and leave lasting impressions on us as well.

During a conversation with a female Guest at the Magic of Disney shop at Orlando International Airport, Merchandise Host Joseph Haworth discovered that she graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park. He attended the same school but wasn’t able to participate in his graduation ceremony, a major milestone in a college student’s life.

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Disney Fans Create Wall*E Computer Case, Snow White Laptop

Wall-E Computer CaseWhen he’s not picking up your garbage, he’s processing it. A Russian engineer handcrafted this entire Wall*E computer case out of metal over eighteen days. Although the original site appears to be unavailable, you can see detailed images of the entire creation process archived here instead.

And on the computer tip, an unknown artist plussed their Apple Mac laptop by adding a little something extra in the way of Snow White.

Snow White Mac

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Viva Vision and Disney Interactive Launch ‘Walt Disney Presents’ Mobile Slideshow

Viva Vision, a leading provider of mobile entertainment, and Disney Interactive Studios, today announced the launch of “Walt Disney Presents,” an innovative mobile slideshow featuring popular Disney characters, movies and trivia.

“Walt Disney Presents” is an interactive slideshow which dynamically displays static images creating an engaging, interactive experience. With its easy and intuitive interface, subscribers can pause, rewind and fast-forward throughout the slideshow and even save their favorite images.

Consumers are able to access the following categories as part the “Walt Disney Presents” slideshow:

* Character Spotlight – Images and fun facts on a characters such as Mickey Mouse, Tinkerbell and Winnie the Pooh

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Miley Cyrus to Surprise ‘Hannah Montana the Movie’ Audiences During Opening Weekend

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Orlando Introduces New ‘Deal of the Week’ Program and Contest

New Deal Posted Every Friday through June 30 at VisitOrlando.com/smile

ORLANDO, Fla., April 3 — Beginning today, the “Bundles of Free Smiles” campaign developed by the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (Orlando CVB) will get a new boost through June 30 with a weekly featured deal and a vacation giveaway contest in addition to the more than 130 free offers at VisitOrlando.com/Smile. The new “Deal of the Week” component begins today and offers enhanced savings at select Orlando resorts. With more than 130 accommodations, attractions and other venues already offering “free” components such as stay three nights get two free, the “Deal of Week” will provide a bonus savings of up to $100 in added value.

Visitors to VisitOrlando.com/smile will find a new “Deal of the Week” posted every Friday through June 30. However, to celebrate the inauguration of the program, this first deal offering more than $300 in savings will be featured for two weeks, ending April 17:

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Disney DVD Roundup for March 31, 2009 – Hannah Montana, Handy Manny, Baby Einstein & More

Here’s a look at some DVDs set to hit the shelves Tuesday, March 31.

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Who’s Your Nanny? Mary Pops In on Google’s Street View

Mary Poppins on Google's Street View

Ever since Google rolled out its Street View in Britain about a week ago, it’s been fraught with controversies and curiosities including this particular woman who bears a practically perfect resemblance to a well known caregiver. According to this article on WalesOnline, the guilty party is an internet terrorist group going only by the name google.

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