Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today the debut of beautifully illustrated books from Tron, Toy Story, Cars and other favorites on Apple’s iBookstore. iBooks 1.2 app, Apple’s popular free reading app whose new version was released today and includes the iBookstore, features new visual enhancements for brilliant, full-color, two-page spreads of illustrated books on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
In celebration of the launch of Epic Mickey from Disney Interactive Studios and Junction Point Studios today, the newly opened Disney Store Times Square played host to an event of epic proportions. At the center of it all was gaming veteran and Junction Point creative director, visionary Warren Spector. Spector was joined by the rest of the development team as they realized the fruits of their labor for the past three years in Epic Mickey.
In the latest featurette from Disney Interactive Studios and Junction Point Studios for Disney’s Epic Mickey (Available November 30, exclusively on Nintendo Wii), Warren Spector and the Junction Point animators and game developers talk about translating eight decades of history into the video game. Filled with images taken directly from the Walt Disney Studios Archives, Spector notes that virtually everything in the game is inspired directly by a real, tangible Disney production.
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Disney Interactive Studios today announced that Kyle Massey will be trading in his dancing shoes for a digital paint brush when the highly anticipated Disney Epic Mickey launches on November 30th for Wii. Massey will serve as the special celebrity cashier at the festivities taking place at the new Disney Store in Times Square.
“Kyle exemplifies the youth of the world that have grown up with Disney. He’s the perfect addition to this event that will allow adults and kids to experience the joy of Disney Epic Mickey together.”
‘Rhythm and hues’ and Disney Fine Art artist David Garibaldi recently painted a large mural on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles in honor of Disney’s Epic Mickey which will be released exclusively for the Nintendo Wii on November 30. It took Garibaldi about 5 1/2 hours to paint the mural which includes a scene of Mickey Mouse approaching Dark Beauty Castle, the Phantom Blot taking on Mickey and the many spirited faces of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
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From November 22 through December 19, Nintendo of America will be hosting a ‘Holiday Mall Experience’ at 23 shopping malls nationwide to promote new and upcoming titles for the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DSi including Epic Mickey from Disney Interactive Studios and Junction Point Studios, offering many to get a hands-on first look at the game more than a week before its official release on November 30.
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LEGO announced today that come spring 2011, they will be launching an initial collection of rightbuilding sets based on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. This marks the fourth Disney film/franchise that LEGO will be producing products for since Disney terminated the licensing agreements with competitor MEGA Brands in early 2009. Since LEGO signed on, they have produced playsets for Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story, Jerry Bruckheimer’s Prince of Persia as well as DUPLO playsets for Cars with LEGO brand playsets for Cars due out in 2011. Prior to the licensing change, MEGA Brands did produce playsets based on the Pirates of the Caribbean series through the third film.
A major update for the Radio Disney App for iPhone and iPod touch, which has exceeded one million installations, is now live on the App Store. The update, using the multitasking functionality of iOS4, allows listeners to stream Radio Disney while using other features and apps on their device. The updated Radio Disney App also enables users to request songs, learn of local Radio Disney events, and send shout outs to Radio Disney and to the network’s on-air personalities.
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).
Junction Point’s Warren Spector and the game’s developers talk about the parallels between Oswald’s world and the real Disneyland, from the Mean Street to Ventureland to Lonesome Manor to Gremlin Village and more — you’ll even catch a glimpse of Space Mountain as it appears in the game. Spector talks about how the real attractions were translated into the game version and how he felt compelled to turn the iconic Mary Blair ‘it’s a small world’ facade at Disneyland into the game’s first boss.
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.