Tomorrow morning, May 11, 2013, Disney Consumer Products will officially welcome Merida into its Disney Princess line of products with a celebration fit for — well, a princess. The event will take place at 9:30 am ET at Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida as part of the Limited Time Magic campaign. Merida will become the 11th princess in the royal family and is expected to be joined on stage by the existing set of ten in a rare opportunity. Rumors indicate a possible even rarer appearance by Merida’s mum herself, Queen Elinor, just in time for Mother’s Day.
In commemoration of the event, a special limited release tee shirt has been created for children (sizes 4T – XL) as seen here. At the Magic Kingdom, the tee shirt will be available only tomorrow at the Main Street Emporium and only while supplies last. However, for those unable to attend or purchase the tee shirt, Disney Store is now selling the tee shirt online for just a limited time (now through May 14) with the only downside being that you’ll have to wait 6 – 8 weeks delivery.
Feld Entertainment, producer of Disney on Ice and other live touring staged productions featuring your favorite Disney characters, will be launching a new touring show, ‘Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure’ featuring characters from some of Disney Junior’s hottest stars.
According to the production’s description, now available at DisneyJuniorLiveOnTour.com, the show invites audiences to get swept up in the excitement as Sofia and her family prepare for a royal celebration that helps us all learn the true meaning of being a princess with a special appearance from Cinderella. Then it’s off to Never Land where Jake and his swashbuckling friends Izzy and Cubby, with a little help from Peter Pan, battle Captain Hook to unlock treasure hidden inside a mysterious volcano. It’s danger and dueling on the high seas as Jake discovers what it takes to be a true hero. In addition, beginning ten minutes before each show, audiences will join Doc McStuffins for a special pre-show in which audiences will Doc take care of one of her beloved toys with her own special brand of love and magic.
According to the touring schedule posted on the website, the tour will kick off on July 26, 2013 at the Johnny Mercer Theatre in Savannah, Georgia. Existing listings for the show on Ticketmaster list May 14 as the pre-sale start date for most shows.
The current list of cities listed on the website are as follows:
Johnny Mercer Theatre at Savannah Civic Center
Florence Civic Center
War Memorial Auditorium
Johnson City, TN
John Paul Jones Arena
Wicomico Youth and Civic Center
Durham Performing Arts Center
Sun 8/25/2013 – Mon 8/26/2013
Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
Yakima Valley Sundome
Salt Lake City, UT
Taco Bell Arena
San Diego, CA
Valley View Casino Center
William Saroyan Theatre at Fresno Convention Center
Sat 9/21/2013 – Sun 9/22/2013
Long Beach, CA
Fri 9/27/2013 – Sun 9/29/2013
Fri 10/4/2013 – Sun 10/6/2013
Las Vegas, NV
Rio Rancho, NM
Santa Ana Star Center
Fri 10/11/2013 – Sat 10/12/2013
US Airways Center
i wireless Center
Cedar Rapids, IA
U.S. Cellular Center
St. Paul, MN
Xcel Energy Center
Grand Forks, ND
Ralph Engelstad Arena
Fort Wayne, IN
Expo Center at the Memorial Coliseum
Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center
Advertised as one of its Limited Time Magic events exclusively for Passholders, the Disneyland Resort has announced that it will be offering annual passholders to attend a special presentation of the Animation Academy, located at the Animation Building at Disney California Adventure, hosted by animator Eric Goldberg, best known for characters such as Genie, Phil, Louis and Rabbit.
Goldberg will offer four presentations to passholders for free on May 17, each lasting approximately 45 minutes. Registration is required to receive a wristband for admission and can be obtained on May 17 at the Animation Building beginning at official park opening.
For additional information, visit the official event page.
New Junk Food Clothing arrivals for May 10, 2013 Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at Junk Food Clothing. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Junk Food Clothing in another window. Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability. Disclosure: This post includes specially formatted links which allow the site to receive a small percentage of purchases made through them. Using these links does not affect your shopping experience in any way, but it does help the site. Even if you don’t purchase anything, even just sharing products you like through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest using the icons below them will help the site.
Mickey All Over Slub Tank – Junk Food – $32.00
Womens; Rule the Magic Kingdom in this Mickey Mouse Disney tee by Junk Food Clothing! This Mickey shirt is perfect for Disney fans who want a touch of West?Coast. This retro Mickey?tee is a special, limited-edition release from Junk Food Clothing from the Disney collection. Our Disney tee features soft fabric, vintage inspired graphics, and a relaxed stylish fit. Made in the USA;?Electric White; 50% Cotton 50% Modal. Fit Comments: Regular fit classic tank with shirt tail hemline. See models dimensions for proper size selection. share this item
Mickey Mouse Old Scool Vintage Inspired Heather Tee – Junk Food – $34.00
Mens; Rule the Magic Kingdom in this Mickey Mouse Old School Disney tee by Junk Food Clothing! This Mickey shirt is perfect for Disney fans who want a touch of West Coast. This retro tee is a special, limited-edition release from Junk Food Clothing from the Disney collection. Our Mickey mouse Old School Disney tee features soft fabric, vintage inspired graphics, and a relaxed stylish fit. Made in the USA; Cool; 50% Cotton 50% Polyester. Fit Comments: Relaxed fit tee. True to size. share this item
Spiderman Creeping Vintage Inspired Heather Tee – Junk Food – $34.00
Mens; It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an awesomely vintage Spiderman Creeping t-shirt by Junk Food Clothing! Part of the Junk Food Comics collection, this retro?Marvel?Comics tee honors one of our favorite superheroes, Spiderman! This limited-edition superhero shirt is made from soft fabric, vintage inspired graphics, and a relaxed stylish fit. Made in the USA; Cool; 100% Cotton. Fit Comments: Relaxed fit tee. True to size. share this item
Iron Man Vintage Inspired Solid Tee – Junk Food – $34.00
Mens; It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an awesomely vintage Iron Man t-shirt by Junk Food Clothing! Part of the Junk Food Comics collection, this retro?Marvel?Comics tee honors one of our favorite superheroes, Iron Man! This limited-edition superhero shirt is made from soft fabric, vintage inspired graphics, and a relaxed stylish fit. Made in the USA; Blackwash; 100% Cotton. Fit Comments: Relaxed fit tee. True to size. share this item
Star Wars Slub Tank – Junk Food – $32.00
Womens; Fit for another galaxy! You’ll be the talk of Tatooine in this Star Wars tee from Junk Food Clothing, part of our Star Wars t-shirt collection. This limited-edition tee is a throwback to our favorite sci-fi trilogy. Our Star Wars shirt features soft fabric, vintage inspired graphics, and a relaxed stylish fit. Made in the USA; Blackwash; 50% Cotton 50% Modal. Fit Comments: Regular fit classic tank with shirt tail hemline. See models dimensions for proper size selection. share this item
Star Wars Storm Troopers Vintage Inspired Solid Tee – Junk Food – $34.00
Mens; Fit for another galaxy! You’ll be the talk of Tatooine in this Storm Troopers Look Busy Star Wars tee from Junk Food Clothing, part of our Star Wars t-shirt collection. This limited-edition?Storm Troopers?tee is a throwback to our favorite sci-fi trilogy. Our Star Wars shirt features soft fabric, vintage inspired graphics, and a relaxed stylish fit. Made in the USA; Rooster Red; 100% Cottton. Fit Comments: Relaxed fit tee. True to size. share this item
Star Wars Keep It Casual Vintage Inspired Solid Tee – Junk Food – $34.00
Mens; Fit for another galaxy! You’ll be the talk of Tatooine in this Darth Vader Keep it Casual Star Wars tee from Junk Food Clothing, part of our Star Wars t-shirt collection. This limited-edition Darth Vader tee is a throwback to our favorite sci-fi trilogy. Our Star Wars shirt features soft fabric, vintage inspired graphics, and a relaxed stylish fit. Made in the USA; Electric White; 100% Cottton. Fit Comments: Relaxed fit tee. True to size. share this item
New Disney Store arrivals and sales for May 10, 2013 Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at Disney Store. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Disney Store in another window. Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability. Disclosure: This post includes specially formatted links which allow the site to receive a small percentage of purchases made through them. Using these links does not affect your shopping experience in any way, but it does help the site. Even if you don’t purchase anything, even just sharing products you like through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest using the icons below them will help the site.
Vinylmation Park Starz 2 Series Figure – $18.95Disney artists break the mold with the Vinylmation Park Starz Series 2 by re-interpreting classic characters from the Disney Parks. You won’t know which one you’ve got until you’ve opened the box! share this item
Vinylmation Park Starz 2 Series Tray 3” Figures – $227.40The Vinylmation Park Starz Series 2 re-interprets classic characters from the Disney Parks. This tray includes 12 blind-tins, each containing one of the 11 known designs, or it could be the Mystery Chaser. share this item
Minnie Mouse 2013 Graduation Plush – 10” – $14.95Minnie has graduated with honors in hugs. Proudly wearing her mortar board and gown with its print of lucky symbols, Minnie makes the perfect graduation gift for the scholar in your life and a lasting reminder of a memorable year! share this item
Mickey Mouse 2013 Graduation Plush – 10” – $14.95Mickey has graduated with honors in hugs. Proudly wearing his gown and mortar board, Mickey makes the perfect graduation gift for the scholar in your life and a lasting reminder of a memorable year! share this item
Duffy the Disney Bear 2013 Graduation Plush – 12” H – $30.00Duffy the Disney Bear shows top class with this 2013 graduation plush. Wearing his gown, with its good luck charm print, ”Class of 2013” sash, and mortar board, Duffy is a scholar of affection and is set to present your graduate with hugs. share this item
Merida Royal Celebration Tee for Girls – Limited Availability – $24.95For a limited time only collect our Merida Royal Celebration Tee commemorating her coronation. On May 11th 2013, at Walt Disney World’s Cinderella Castle, the Brave heroine will be officially crowned the 11th Disney Princess. share this item
Apologies all around as we’ve actually been sitting on these images for a while, but without further ado, here are some hi-res versions of concept art recently released for both Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4, 2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1, 2014). Our galleries for both are presented below. As always, click on the thumbnail to see a larger version. When the resize arrow appears, click it to view the image at its original resolution.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will pick-up where Marvel’s The Avengers left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.
It’s just seven seconds long, but for whatever reason, ABC may have just provided us with our first look at the hotly anticipated Hulk television series that Guillermo del Toro and Marvel television have been working on for years Joss Whedon’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ from Marvel Television. It’s just seven seconds long, but it now looks like the series, which was hopefully offered as a 2013-2014 candidate by ABC’s Paul Lee at the television industry’s upfronts last year is soon headed to the small screen via a mystery writer. The Upfronts is an annual event in which networks traditionally invite advertisers and dazzle them with celebrities and sneak peeks at upcoming fall programming — ABC’s 2013 Upfronts will take place on May 14.
It is there we expect that ABC will deliver a sneak peek at the Hulk television program along with its other new offerings along with filling in the blanks and — perhaps more importantly — offer a series premiere date.
Until then, we will have to do with the following video which features a very out-of-focus beast making a mess in the middle of traffic as seen through the guerrilla lens of a group apparently known as the ‘Rising Tide.’
But just who is this ‘Rising Tide’ you ask? A most excellent question. All we can tell you for sure is that Disney recently registered a slew of domain names for an apparent viral campaign to promote the series. As of right now, the only working domain is WEARETHERISINGTIDE.COM but that unfortunately returns a forbidden access response. Other registered domains include: WHATISTHERISINGTIDE.COM and THERISINGTIDEISHERE.NET.
On a related note, it has just been recently reported that ABC has ordered Joss Whedon’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ television series, also from Marvel Television.
UPDATE: Marvel Freshman of ComicBookMovie.com notes that the core footage seen in the teaser simply appears to be from the Abomination fight scene at the end of The Incredible Hulk from 2008, with a filter and logo overlay added.
In addition, many are reporting that this may in fact be a teaser for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and that Rising Tide could be an opposing faction. We will definitely find out next week for sure.
Stay tuned, true believers….
UPDATE #2: Special thanks to Youtube user minigates157 who reminds us of the Marvel one-shot short titled ‘The Consultant’ in which Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg — who had been confirmed for the ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ pilot) talks about how the World Security Council regards Emil Blonsky (aka the Abomination) as being a war hero and are not only petitioning for his release from S.H.I.E.L.D., but requesting that he become an agent at the expense of Bruce Banner / the Hulk.
Additionally, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that confirmation of the series could come as early as this morning and will be promoted on-air beginning Sunday during ‘Once Upon A Time.’
UPDATE #3: We have just learned that Disney (ABC) has now registered the domain name MARVELSAGENTSOFSHIELD.NET. Marvel had previously registered MARVELSAGENTSOFSHIELD.COM along with AGENTSOFSHIELD.COM.
Walt Disney Animation Studios today announced a November 7, 2014 release for Big Hero 6, a full-length animated feature based on a popular Marvel television series in Japan.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Big Hero 6, an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion — a robot named Baymax — Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the CG-animated Big Hero 6 hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.
Below is a gallery of the newly released concept art from the film in hi-res. Click on any of the thumbnails to view a larger version. When the resize arrow appears, you may click on it to view the image at its original size.
Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq:NFLX) and The Disney/ABC Television Group (NYSE:DIS) today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for one of the most popular shows on Disney Junior, ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates,’ as well as fan favorite Disney XD show ‘Tron: Uprising.’ In addition, ‘Handy Manny,’ ‘Special Agent Oso’ and ‘JoJo’s Circus’ will also be available for members in the U.S. to watch instantly later this month.
“Disney and Netflix have shared a long and mutually beneficial relationship and this deal expands on the incredible line-up of Disney content already available for our members,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “Families love Netflix and we know they especially love the imaginative and high-quality TV shows and movies from Disney. We’re excited to bring Jake and the Never Land Pirates, a terrific show for families with preschoolers, to our members.”
“We are delighted that Netflix’s members and their young children will be able to experience a selection of tremendously popular original series from Disney Junior and Disney XD,” said Janice Marinelli, President, Disney-ABC Domestic Television. “Netflix is a highly valued partner and a terrific platform for families to enjoy these heartfelt characters and entertaining stories.”
Disney Junior’s Annie Award-winning series, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, is a music-filled interactive treasure hunt that introduces a crew of kid pirates — leader Jake and pals Izzy and Cubby — and follows their Never Land adventures as they work to outwit two infamous characters, the one and only Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, from Disney’s classic Peter Pan. Like all Disney Junior programming, Jake and the Never Land Pirates is guided by an established curriculum that nurtures multiple areas of child development: physical, emotional, social and cognitive; thinking and creative skills, as well as moral and ethical development.
In support of Planes from DisneyToon Studios, landing in theaters on August 9, 2013, Disney has provided us with newly released hi-res stills, along with some fun facts regarding the film, inspired by Pixar’s world of Cars.
From above the world of Cars comes Disney’s Planes, an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.
The newly released images have been added to our gallery below. Click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version. If the resize arrow appears, click it to view the image in its original resolution.
In addition, Disney has provided us with these children’s activities for the film which include coloring pages and a connect-the-dots activity, which you can download here.
DISNEY’S PLANES FUN FACTS:
ALL IN THE FAMILY – Director Klay Hall is a lifelong aviation enthusiast who comes from a long line of aviation enthusiasts. Hall’s father was a pilot in the Navy and his grandfather also took to the skies as a pilot.
NOW HEAR THIS – To bolster the authenticity of the flight scenes, the production team recorded real-life planes, including crop dusters for Dusty, some old bi-planes, a twin engine aircraft and Navy F-18s for the scene that features fighter jets Echo and Bravo.
MAP IT OUT – Filmmakers consulted with real pilots to determine the ‘Wings Around The Globe’ race course, considering the planes’ need to refuel as well as the appeal of the locales.
COMFORT ZONE – Filmmakers utilize moviemaking magic to underscore the story. For example, stereoscopic supervisor Jason Carter says that close-ups of Dusty — the protagonist — are strategically placed a bit closer to the audience than close-ups of his adversary Ripslinger. The idea, says Carter, is to subtly invite the audience into Dusty’s inner circle, while keeping Ripslinger at arm’s length — literally.
DEFINE FEAR – To ensure authenticity in the story, filmmakers consulted a phobia specialist to zero in on Dusty’s fear of heights. Not only did they learn how acrophobia might manifest itself in Dusty’s actions — sweating, dizziness — they got tips on how to help the crop duster overcome his fear.
IS IT A PLANE? – Many of the airplane designs in Disney’s Planes are completely fictional and some are inspired (in part) by a number of planes.
Dusty, for example, was inspired by the Air Tractor 502, Cessna and the Air Dromader.
Seasoned Navy vet Skipper is an F4U Corsair fighter plane, developed in 1938 at the request of the U.S. Navy and first utilized in WWII. The Corsair was considered the most powerful fighter-based aircraft in the world at the time and was the first U.S single-engine fighter to exceed 400 miles per hour in level flight. Recognized for its ‘W’-shaped wings, the Corsair’s small body and powerful engine created a highly successful warfare weapon.
El Chupacabra, known in Disney’s Planes for his dashing personality, sports the design of a Gee Bee, an aircraft that dates back to the early days of air racing. Designed by Granville Brothers Aircraft in the early 1930s, the Gee Bee planes were built with a teardrop-shaped fuselage in an effort to reduce drag and enable knife-edge turns without losing altitude.
MEET CHUG – Filmmakers traveled to Leaders Clear Lake Airport in Minnesota while touring regional airports in the Midwest for inspiration for their Propwash Junction setting. Hidden in a grove of evergreen trees was the charming, but rickety inspiration for Chug, the enthusiastic fuel truck who’s not only Dusty’s buddy, but his biggest fan.
FAMILY TIES – While actress Teri Hatcher was lending her voice to Dottie — the pragmatic mechanic who keeps a watchful eye on Dusty — daughter Emerson, age 15, stepped in to voice a reporter pitty in the film.
THAT SOUNDS SO FAMILIAR – John Ratzenberger, who’s lent his voice to some of animation’s most memorable characters, has a cameo in Disney’s Planes as a pitty.
REUNITED – Top Gun stars Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer have a high-flying reunion of sorts in Disney’s Planes as fighter jets Echo and Bravo, respectively.
Disney’s Planes features the vocal talents of Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Carlos Alazraqui, Priyanka Chopra, Gabriel Iglesias, Roger Craig Smith, Colin Cowherd, Sinbad, Oliver Kalkofe, Brent Musburger, Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer.