Disney’s ‘Epic Mickey’ Featurette: ‘Disneyland-scape: Theme Park Inspirations’

Disney Interactive Studios and Junction Point Studios have released an all new featurette that focuses on the inspiration of the Wasteland in Epic Mickey – the long forgotten and discarded elements of the Disneyland theme park (with possibly a little Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World thrown in, but mostly Disneyland).

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Disney’s ‘Epic Mickey’ Featurette: Character Overview

Disney's Epic Mickey Disney Interactive Studios and Junction Point Studios have just released this gem of a featurette titled ‘Character Overview’ in which Junction Point’s Warren Spector, along with the development team, provide some insight as to which characters were chosen and why. There’s also a pleasant amount of character modeling and samples of the Mary Blair-inspired cinematics found throughout the game.

Check out the featurette below to see some great first looks at a lonesome ghost, Captain Hook, an Animatronic Daisy and more as well as learn as to how the game features Horace and Clarabelle, Pete and the Gremlins that Walt Disney created in association with noted children’s author Roald Dahl.

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ESPN on Xbox LIVE Launches Today

ESPN today officially launched ESPN on Xbox LIVE, delivering the ultimate interactive experience for sports fans with live events from ESPN3.com, ESPN.com video-on-demand clips and sports highlights and other features on the Xbox 360 console. Xbox LIVE members are able to access the service via today’s Xbox LIVE software update.

Xbox LIVE Gold members who are customers of an affiliated service provider will have access to thousands of live, global events every year via ESPN3.com – ESPN’s 24/7 broadband sports network – including college hoops, college football and bowl games, basketball, baseball, top international soccer, tennis including all four Grand Slam tournaments, golf majors and more. For more information about the service, click HERE.

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Disney’s ‘Epic Mickey’ Featurette: Epic Score (Music)

Disney Interactive Studios has released this new featurette for its upcoming release Epic Mickey titled ‘Epic Score’ which examines the importance and development of the game’s music. Composed by ‘Pushing Daisies’ composer Jim Dooley, separate themes were created for Mickey Mouse and for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit which change based on the game’s experience as well as the different environments and lands the player explores. The video also packs in quite a bit of new gameplay footage as well.

Disney’s Epic Mickey will be released exclusively for the Nintendo Wii on November 30 and is currently available for pre-order as a standard edition or as a collector’s edition.

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Free ‘Epic Mickey’ App for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch by Disney Publishing Worldwide Now Available

Epic Mickey DigiComics App for iPhone/iPad by Disney Publishing WorldwideDisney Publishing Worldwide has released the ‘Epic Mickey’ universal iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch app to support the release of the upcoming game. The free app includes the first of six DigiComics with the rest offered as an in-app purchase bundle for $2.99. The official description is as follows:

Welcome to Wasteland! Visit directly on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad the world where long-forgotten Disney icons of animation can find new life inspired by the Disney Epic Mickey videogame.

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NYCC: Disney’s ‘TRON: Evolution’ Panel (Spoilers)

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At New York Comic-Con’s TRON: Evolution panel held yesterday, the standing room only crowd was treated to what has to be some of the most incredible screenshots and video clips to ever grace the video screen. In short, the video game for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 is every bit as beautiful eye candy as the film itself is and there’s small wonder for that as you’ll soon see why.

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NYCC: Disney’s ‘Epic Mickey’ Panel (Spoilers and New Oswald Featurette)

Brotherly Love: Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

Junction Point creative director Warren Spector addressed the filled-to-capacity room yesterday evening by stating he had intended to make the panel mostly Q&A from the audience, but it wasn’t until eight minutes prior to the scheduled end of the panel that the questions even began (fortunately the panel was the last scheduled in the room for the day, so it went long as a result). Before that announcement, however, comics writer Peter David unofficially set the panel in motion by leading the entire room in a round of the Mickey Mouse Club March (which went surprisingly well I might add).

After showing the official Epic Mickey box art to a chorus of oohs and ahhs, Spector began talking about his own objective for the game. Job 1, he explained, was making Mickey Mouse a hero in the vein of Nintendo legends Mario and Link. Job 1.5, however, was to tell the tale of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the first true commercial success of Walt Disney’s while he was performing subcontracted work for Universal.

Spector then debuted the following featurette titled ‘The Tale of Oswald,’ featuring arguably some of the best footage (archival and gameplay) released to date:

Spector spent a great deal of time talking about how honored he felt bringing Oswald to the console screen — any screen — after more than 80 years. During the Q&A session, Spector also noted that since Epic Mickey is the first time Oswald ever had a voice of any kind, he bore and took delight in the responsibility of casting the individual who would henceforth be known as the voice of Oswald forever: Frank Welker. Assuming Job 1.5 pans out for Spector, he anticipates that Oswald will be launched into commercial success once more and repeatedly offered his hope for an Oswald plush.

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NYCC: Disney Publishing Talks Tron, Pirates, Muppets, Epic Mickey and More (Spoilers)

Epic Mickey iPhone/iPad App

TRON, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Muppets and Epic Mickey were the topics of discussion today during the Disney Publishing Worldwide panel at the 5th annual New York Comic-Con which kicked off today in New York City.

Briefly touching upon TRON, preview pages of the prequel graphic novel TRON: Betrayal and The Art of TRON: Legacy were shared. Since the titles themselves as well as many of the other TRON: Legacy titles (mostly geared towards tweens) were made available to browse through at the Disney Publishing Worldwide booth, there wasn’t much more needing to be mentioned on the topic.

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Winnie the Pooh Receives His Own Storybook and Activity iPhone/iPad App from Disney Publishing Worldwide

Winnie-the-Pooh Puzzle Book from Disney Digital BooksWinnie the Pooh, the beloved Disney character, will star in his first ever book-based app with the release of the “Winnie the Pooh: What’s a Bear to Do?” Puzzle Book App on the App Store. The universal app, Disney Publishing’s first, delivers an immersive and interactive reading experience for preschoolers on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

On the heels of launching four critically acclaimed apps for iPad — “Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2,” “Toy Story 3” and “The Princess and the Frog,” — Disney Publishing has added new layers of interactivity to “Winnie the Pooh: What’s a Bear to Do?” and has optimized the app’s content to run on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

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KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded to be Released for Nintendo DS on January 11, 2011

Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded for Nintendo DS™ will be available at North American retailers on January 11, 2011.

Sora’s journey in KINGDOM HEARTS II has drawn to a close, and now a new tale is set to begin.

Jiminy Cricket is looking over the journal he used to document his first adventure with Sora when he discovers a mysterious message. He didn’t write it – so how on earth did it get there? King Mickey is determined to find out, so he and his friends decide to digitize the journal and delve into its deepest secrets. Inside this “datascape” dwells a second Sora who is about to embark on a grand adventure of his very own.

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