Video: Epic Mickey’s Warren Spector Geeks Out with G4; New Gameplay Footage

G4 has just posted this video clip of Warren Spector providing an update on Epic Mickey from Disney Interactive Studios and Junction Point Studios. In the interview, Spector basically geeks out as he talks about being a life-long animation fan and talks about all of the animators from Disney and Pixar who they have consulted with on the project as well as the involvement from other business units such as Disney Consumer Products.

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Highly-Rated Undercover Tourist Walt Disney World iPhone App Now Free for a Limited Time

Recently featured in Travel + Leisure, recognized by Apple’s iTunes team and highly rated amongst its customers, everyone now has a rare opportunity to pick up the best-selling Disney World Wait Times, Dining and Maps by Undercover Tourist for free thanks to the FreeAppADay project.

Features of the app include:

  • Detailed Maps and GPS Locator – Enjoy accurate wait times, integrated in real-time, with park maps for Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. All of these locations can be found in just one App!

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First Half of ‘Epic Mickey’ Introductory Cinematic Released by Disney Interactive

Disney Interactive Studios along with Junction Point Studios released the first half of the opening cinematic film to their upcoming Nintendo Wii title Epic Mickey earlier today at GamesCom 2010 in Germany.

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‘Wizards of Waverly Place: Spellbound’ for Nintendo DS Announced by Disney Interactive Studios

'Wizards of Waverly Place: Spellbound' for Nintendo DS by Disney InteractiveDisney Interactive Studios announced today the upcoming release of Wizards of Waverly Place: Spellbound for Nintendo DS™. Inspired by the hit Disney Channel TV series, “Wizards of Waverly Place,” the video game will take players through five exciting episodes in a brand new mystery as they play as some of their favorite characters from the show.

In Wizards of Waverly Place: Spellbound, players will take their Wizard skills to the next level to find out what happened to a dress designed by Alex Russo that goes missing just before her big fashion show. Fans can play as their favorite wizards-in-training – Alex, Justin and Max Russowhile interacting with familiar characters and exploring locations from the show, including the Waverly Sub Station, Tribeca Prep and others.

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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.

As of the time of this writing, NFL Philadelphia Eagles player Brandon Graham stands alone as the only actual human lending his voice to the message service, the rest of the contributors are some of the most popular Disney characters of all time. Disney/Pixar characters such as Sheriff Woody and Doc Hudson and Nightmare Before Christmas’ Jack Skellington join classic Disney favorites such as Cinderella, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Donald Duck and even Minnie Mouse (with more on the way).

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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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