StarGreetz: Want a Custom, Personalized Message from Your Favorite Disney Character? There’s an App for That.

StarGreetz App for iPhoneStarGreetz, Inc., a company specializing in personalized phone messages from celebrities (fictional and not), launched their iPhone App today, aptly titled StarGreetz.

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Disney Publishing Worldwide Launches International Editions of ‘Toy Story’ iPad App

On the heels of the success and industry recognition in the U.S. for its innovative format with the recently launched “Toy Story 3” app as well as with its “Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2,” and “The Princess and the Frog” read-along apps, Disney Publishing Worldwide has created its first ever international versions of the “Toy Story” read-along app for iPad.

Launching on July 20th in France, Germany, Italy and Spain, the “Toy Story” apps will each feature songs and movie clips in French, German, Italian and Spanish. The app will have special promotional pricing for a limited time at €2.99 through August 31st; pricing will then shift to €6.99. The Disney-Pixar feature film Toy Story 3 will launch in Europe throughout late July.

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ABC News Releases Innovative Application for iPad

ABC News today announced the release of a new application for the Apple iPad, available in the Apple App Store. The new application takes full advantage of the form and functionality of the iPad, using as the principal navigation tool a unique interactive three dimensional globe on which news stories appear. The launch of the ABC News iPad app marks the second time in recent months that the Disney/ABC Television Group has created an innovative video offering for the new platform. In April, DATG became the first to bring ad-supported video to the iPad via the acclaimed ABC Player app which has proven to be tremendously successful, with more than 928,000 downloads and 5.9 million episodes started in just over three months.

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Disney Interactive to Release ‘Tangled’ for Nintendo Consoles in November

Of course this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that there will be a video game adaption of Disney’s Tangled about the time it hits the theaters, but just to throw it out there, Amazon.com now has the game listed for the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo DS for release on November 16, 2010.

We will publish as soon as we hear of more details on the title or if we learn it will be released on additional consoles.

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Disney Interactive Media Group Acquires iPhone Veteran Developer Tapulous

The Walt Disney Company today announced the acquisition of Palo Alto-based Tapulous, Inc., a leading developer of music games for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Through a merger agreement, Tapulous is now a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company reporting into Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG).

Tapulous is a leading mobile games developer whose flagship title Tap Tap Revenge has been installed by more than 30% of iPhone/iPod touch users and remains one of the most successful gaming franchises on the iPhone platform. The company’s other popular games include the wildly innovative Riddim Ribbon and Tap Tap Radiation, the #1 game on the iPad at launch.

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Walt Disney Studios Releases Free ‘Disney Movies’ App Exclusively for iPad

The Walt Disney Studios has launched a new Disney Movies app, exclusively for the Apple iPad, that lets users discover more about current and classic Disney movies. The app is part of the continuing effort to engage fans and provide them with access to their favorite Disney movies on the platform they prefer.

“The Disney Movies app is a perfect way for our fans to learn more about the amazing creative content that is currently available from The Walt Disney Studios,” said Greg Brandeau, the Studios’ Chief Technology Officer.  “Whether they want to head straight to their local theater, buy the latest Blu-ray or DVD, download the newest digital release on their iPad, or search and discover new details about our films, the Disney Movie app provides fans with a dynamic and engaging experience.”

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E3: PDP to Release Custom Controllers, Peripherals for ‘Epic Mickey’ and ‘TRON Evolution’

pdp-epicmickey At E3, Performance Designed Products (PDP) unveiled some of its offerings for late this year which includes custom licensed controllers for Disney’s ‘TRON Evolution’ for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii as well as what is reported to be a TRON-themed iPad case complete with light-up elements.

PDP also revealed its peripherals planned for ‘Epic Mickey’ from Disney Interactive and Junction Point Studios: a paint-brush themed housing for the Wii Remote and a Wii Remote recharger-slash-sculpture featuring Mickey facing the Phantom Blot.

[via Game Informer / IGN]

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Patent Watch: Disney’s World of Color, Dance Ring Video Game

Disney's fluid effects apparatusWe have a couple of interesting patent applications from Disney Enterprises to share with you today, although the first one up, arguably the more interesting of the two, is not the lightest read imagineable.

Probably the most difficult aspect of digesting this patent application is that all the talk of water constantly makes us need to visit the bathroom, but out of jest, it appears that this could be some of the technology behind the new World of Color show at Disney California Adventure.

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E3: New ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned’ Screenshots, Trailer Released

Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the DamnedDisney Interactive has released the following game trailer and screenshots from its upcoming release Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned (February 1, 2011).

Armada of the Damned is an entirely new experience within the Pirates of the Caribbean universe. The game takes place before the events of the blockbuster films. Players will take on the role of a pirate and embark on epic land and sea adventures. Numerous moral and character choices will need to be made that affect their character and the original story within the world. Players will explore a massive open world while fighting enemies, mystical creatures and Mother Nature, both to gain experience and stay alive. Supernatural elements familiar to the Pirates of the Caribbean world will also affect their character’s story and influence their choices.

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E3: New ‘Epic Mickey’ Screenshots, Teaser Trailer Released

115977577-bcd52f6a10a4c776cc922c1c1d11a5fd.4c17c6a8-full In honor of the upcoming Epic Mickey game exclusively for the Nintendo Wii from Disney Interactive Studios and Junction Point Studios, Disney has released several new screenshots as well as the following teaser trailer (look out for what appears to be the Partners statue — with a twist).

The game will allow the player to explore the cartoon wasteland as Mickey Mouse, using the Wii remote as either a paintbrush or paint thinner, respectively creating or erasing items in the game with promises of changing the gameplay based on the player’s choices.

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