Photos often can’t do the real thing justice and this tends to be especially true when it comes to Swarovski, whose crystal pieces need to be appreciated ‘in the flesh’ as its crystals’ facets play off the angles of light they reflect. If this is indeed true, there is little doubt that two of Swarovski’s 2013 limited edition figures are amongst its finest ever produced.
Feast your eyes on Minnie Mouse, who (of course) looks incredibly gorgeous in the only photo currently available alone. Minnie’s no shrinking violet either. She stands nearly ten inches tall and features 32,000 hand-set crystals.
Limited to an edition size of just 100, it should come as no surprise that her price tag is set at a mere $8900. Because of the edition size as well as the price, it’s likely the only way she’ll be seen prior to purchase is online. Calls to several Swarovski shops in New York City were met with disappointment and the near-certainty that she’ll be extremely difficult to find in person.
For those of you pulling out your wallets at this very second, just a friendly reminder. It would be a flaw to own Minnie and not Mickey, so Swarovski has created a Mickey Mouse sculpture as well. He too costs $8900, despite being a bit smaller in mass and consisting of ‘just’ 21,000 Swarovski crystals. Unfortunately he is not yet available to purchase online but should be soon. Both figures come stored in their own ‘premium blue suitcase.’
If you do happen to spot either at a Swarovski retailer near you, please let us know.
21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today jointly announced that they will maintain their respective ownership positions in Hulu and together provide a cash infusion of $750 million in order to propel future growth.
Launched in 2008, Hulu is now a leading aggregator of premium online television content from over 400 content partners, and has achieved more than 30 million monthly unique visitors.
‘Hulu has emerged as one of the most consumer friendly, technologically innovative viewing platforms in the digital era. As its evolution continues, Disney and its partners are committing resources to enable Hulu to achieve its maximum potential,’ said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company.
‘We believe the best path forward for Hulu is a meaningful recapitalization that will further accelerate its growth under the current ownership structure,’ said Chase Carey, President and Chief Operating Officer of 21st Century Fox. ‘We had meaningful conversations with a number of potential partners and buyers, each with impressive plans and offers to match, but with 21st Century Fox and Disney fully aligned in our collective vision and goals for the business, we decided to continue to empower the Hulu team, in this fashion, to continue the incredible momentum they’ve built over the last few years.’
Hulu launched its premium subscription service, Hulu Plus, in 2010, which has now surpassed four million subscribers after more than doubling in 2012. Hulu achieved record revenues of $690 million that same year.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today confirmed our earlier report that the ‘Phineas and Ferb’/Marvel crossover special, ‘Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel‘ will be released on DVD on October 1, 2013 and is now available for pre-order. In addition, they have provided us with several stills from the episode, which have been made into a gallery below.
After Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s latest ‘-inator’ scheme accidentally removes the powers of some very well-known Marvel Super Heroes (Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, and Hulk), the heroes enter the world of Danville and team up with Phineas and Ferb to relocate their powers, defeat the Marvel Super Villains (Red Skull, MODOK, Whiplash and Venom) – who have also shown up to steal Doofenshmirtz’s power-draining technology – and save Danville from ultimate destruction!
In addition to the collectible comic and one of three Marvel posters (randomly packed), the DVD will include six additional episodes from the popular tv series: ‘Fly on the Wall,’ ‘Sidetracked (Part 1 and 2),’ ‘Primal Perry (Part 1 and 2),’ ‘Backyard Hodge Podge,’ ‘Where’s Pinky.’ and ‘Knot My Problem / Mind Share.’
Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios New Zealand, we appear to have a new teaser trailer for Disney’s Planes, arriving in theaters on August 9, 2013 (along with a special presentation at the Disney D23 Expo the same day) which introduces Dusty’s competitors from around the world. You can see it embedded below.
Inspired by the world of Cars, Disney’s Planes is 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.
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. It will be released in theaters on August 9, 2013. via Bleeding Cool
New Disney Store arrivals and sales for July 12, 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.
Mickey Mouse Kameleon Jewel Pop Charm – Swirl – $50.00Mickey’s head is all a swirl on this Mickey Mouse Kameleon Jewel Pop Charm. The sterling silver charm’s engraved icon design is inset with rhinestones so it will sparkle when set in Mickey’s Kameleon Jewel Pop Necklace (sold separately). share this item
Beautifully Disney Mini Nail Polish Set – Unlock the Spell – $19.95Cast a spell of enchantment on your nail color with these glittering shades of delight from the Beautifully Disney Collection. Set includes four mini nail polish colors that will instantly recall our loveliest fairytale heroines. share this item
Crown Kameleon Jewel Pop Charm – $60.00Glamour will reign every time with this Crown Kameleon Jewel Pop Charm. The sterling silver charm features an engraved crown encrusted with Swarovski crystals and fits into the Mickey Mouse Kameleon Jewel Pop Necklace (sold separately). share this item
Mickey and Minnie Mouse ”1928” Snow Globe – $39.95Mickey and Minnie have been making beautiful music together since 1928. Join their Anniversary celebration with this elegant collector’s water globe that’s sure to inspire smiles for another 85 years! share this item
Mickey and Minnie Mouse ”1928” Ornament Set – $29.95Revisit the golden era of Disney animation with this pair of fully sculptured collectible ornaments depicting Mickey and Minnie in their original look from the roaring 20′s. share this item
Beautifully Disney Rapunzel Lip Gloss – $14.95See the light of towering style with Rapunzel’s Lip Gloss. From the Beautifully Disney palace of products comes a pretty pink shade for letting your hair down. share this item
The Art of Monsters University Book – $40.00Showcasing the fine artwork of the film’s designers, storyboard artists, modelers, and conceptual artists, The Art of Monsters University reveals the fun world of Mike and Sulley’s college days, plus a host of new characters. share this item
Minnie Mouse Kameleon Jewel Pop Charm – Silhouette – $50.00Minnie’s in the pink on this Kameleon Jewel Pop Charm. The sterling silver charm features a raised Minnie silhouette with engraved red heart. She’ll join her sweetheart when you combine this with Mickey’s Jewel Pop Necklace (sold separately). share this item
Classic Disney Princess Snow White Doll – 12” – $14.95The fairest of them all, our Disney Princess Snow White Doll will transform every play time into a fairytale come true. Snow White’s deluxe gown features detailed glittering accents so it’ll sparkle, just like true love’s first kiss. share this item
Disney Interactive is inviting fans to experience the latest digital offerings from Disney at the D23 Expo, August 9–11, giving fans hands-on experiences, first-look presentations, and exclusive D23 Expo giveaways. With an unprecedented lineup of upcoming games and products, including ‘Disney Infinity,’ ‘Fantasia: Music Evolved’ and more, Disney Interactive is turning up the excitement with its largest D23 Expo presence ever including a show floor pavilion, daily presentations, and the D23 Expo Arena.
Arena Presentation On Sunday, August 11, fans won’t want to miss ‘To Infinity and Beyond: Disney Interactive Takes the Stage,’ Disney Interactive’s first ever D23 Expo Arena Presentation. Kicking off at noon, Disney Interactive Co-Presidents, Jimmy Pitaro and John Pleasants, host an inside look at the division’s upcoming slate of games, apps, and online shows including:
The world premiere of ‘Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story,’ the highly anticipated upcoming web series based on the Vinylmation franchise.
An Expo-exclusive demo of the just-announced video game ‘Fantasia: Music Evolved,’ complete with a live performance from the Disney Chamber Ensemble.
Disney Infinity will pull out all the stops with several surprises fans won’t want to miss, including un-announced character reveals, brand new game features and an exclusive giveaway of a never-before-seen Disney Infinity figure for every fan in the audience!
Pavilion Experience Located in Hall B, the Disney Interactive pavilion lets Guests step into the world of interactive storytelling through hands-on experiences with the latest games and products from Disney Interactive. Gamers, fans and families will have the opportunity to discover Disney Interactive’s upcoming digital innovations bringing them closer to the characters and stories they love on the platforms and devices they use every day.
Just days before ‘Disney Infinity’ arrives in stores, attendees will be among the first to experience the new gaming platform that lets fans play in the worlds of their favorite Disney and Disney/Pixar films.
Fans can assume the role of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice in the upcoming game ‘Fantasia: Music Evolved’ and transform classic and contemporary music through motion-controlled movement like never before.
Guests can join the ‘D23 Expo Story Scavenger Hunt’ by using Disney’s new personal storytelling app, Story, to share their favorite memories and moments from this year’s expo to win great prizes throughout the weekend.
Attendees will have the chance to demo an un-announced premium tablet experience which gives Guests unprecedented access to Disney’s rich heritage.
Catch exclusive trailers and sneak peeks from the latest online shows like ‘Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story,’ apps, and games at the Disney Interactive Main Stage.
With exclusive collectible giveaways, still-to-be-announced panels and presentations, and first looks at the Fall’s hottest digital products, Guests won’t want to miss the surprises Disney Interactive has up its sleeve. Visit www.D23Expo.com and DisneyInteractive.tumblr.com for more updates leading up to the D23 Expo 2013.
The Oriental Land Company, owner and operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort, today announced big plans for the popular ‘world famous’ Jungle Cruise attraction located in the Adventureland section of its Tokyo Disneyland theme park.
At an investment cost of 1.6 billion Yen (just over US $16 million), the reimagining of the attraction will ‘offer Guests an adventure that is even more thrilling than before’ and promises ‘a startling encounter with one of the animal spirit guardians in the ruins of a lost jungle temple.’
While expected changes include new lighting effects as well as unspecified ‘special show effects,’ the big addition will be an original musical soundtrack that will play throughout the attraction, a first for the Jungle Cruise in any of the Disney theme parks. In addition, the attraction will offer a special ‘night cruise’ version of the attraction after the sun goes down.
Tokyo’s Jungle Cruise will close on January 6, 2014 and is expected to open in fall of 2014.
Via Yahoo, Walt Disney Animation Studios has released character poses for several of the known characters from its upcoming feature, Frozen, along with some new fresh faces. Character descriptions as well as the photo gallery can be seen below.
Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) Anna is more daring than graceful and, at times, can act before she thinks. But she’s also the most optimistic and caring person you’ll ever meet. She longs to reconnect with her sister, Elsa, as they were close during their childhood. When Elsa accidentally unleashes a magical secret that locks the kingdom of Arendelle in an eternal winter, Anna embarks on a dangerous adventure to make things right. Armed with only her fearlessness, a never-give-up attitude and her faith in others, Anna is determined to save both her kingdom and her family.
Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) From the outside, Elsa looks poised, regal and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret—she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It’s a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally setting off an eternal winter that she can’t stop. She fears she’s becoming a monster and that no one, not even her sister, can help her.
Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) Kristoff is a true outdoorsman. He lives high up in the mountains where he harvests ice and sells it to the kingdom of Arendelle. Rough around the edges, Kristoff’s the strong, no-nonsense type, who follows his own set of rules. He may seem like a loner, but he always has his best friend by his side—a loyal and extremely mangy reindeer named Sven.
Hans (voice of Santino Fontana) Hans is a handsome royal from a neighboring kingdom who comes to Arendelle for Elsa’s coronation. With 12 older brothers, Hans grew up feeling practically invisible—and Anna can relate. Hans is smart, observant and chivalrous. Unlike Elsa, Hans promises he’ll never shut Anna out; he just might be the connection she’s been waiting for all these years.
Sven A reindeer with the heart of a Labrador, Sven is Kristoff’s loyal friend, sleigh-puller and conscience. He makes sure his mountain-man companion is the stand-up guy Sven knows and loves, and does so without saying a word. A few emphatic snorts usually get his point across. Life would be perfect if only Kristoff would lose that ridiculous reindeer voice he likes to use when speaking for Sven (as if reindeers really talk that way).
Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) He’s Olaf and he likes warm hugs. Sprung from Elsa’s magical powers, Olaf is by far the friendliest snowman to walk the mountains above Arendelle. His innocence, outgoing personality and uncanny ability to disassemble himself at good and not-so-good times lead to some awkward, albeit laughable moments. He may also have the world’s most impossible dream, but what he doesn’t know won’t melt him—or will it?
Duke of Weselton (voice of Alan Tudyk) What the Duke of Weselton lacks in stature, he makes up for in arrogance and showboating. He’s determined to get close to the new queen—that is, until Elsa’s magical secret is revealed. Then he’s the first to call her a monster and try to turn her own kingdom against her—anything that might help him exploit Arendelle’s tradable goods.
Marshmallow Marshmallow is an enormous icy snowman born from Elsa’s powers. He serves as a brute bodyguard charged with keeping intruders away from her ice palace. The menacing white beast doesn’t say much, but he packs a powerful punch.
Oaken (voiced by Chris Williams) Oaken runs Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Sauna. But since Elsa’s massive winter storm hits in mid-July, he finds himself with a surplus of summer supplies. Deal-seekers beware: though he’s good-natured and helpful, if you cross him, Oaken won’t hesitate to throw you out of his humble establishment.
Walt Disney Studios has just released its first official trailer for Saving Mr. Banks, the account of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers’ popular novel, Mary Poppins, and the testy partnership the upbeat filmmaker develops with the uptight author during the project’s pre-production in 1961. You can watch it embedded below.
Two-time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump) will essay the role of the legendary Disney (the first time the entrepreneur has ever been depicted in a dramatic film) alongside fellow double Oscar®-winner Emma Thompson (Howard’s End, Sense and Sensibility) in the role of the prickly novelist. Before actually signing away the book’s rights, Travers’ demands for contractual script and character control circumvent not only Disney’s vision for the film adaptation, but also those of the creative team of screenwriter Don DaGradi and sibling composers Richard and Robert Sherman, whose original score and song (Chim-Chim-Cher-ee) would go on to win Oscars® at the 1965 ceremonies (the film won five awards of its thirteen nominations).
When Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Disney’s desire to bring her beloved character to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario’s concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers’ reflects back on her childhood in 1906 Australia, a trying time for her family which not only molded her aspirations to write, but one that also inspired the characters in her 1934 book.
None more so than the one person whom she loved and admired more than any other—her caring father, Travers Goff, a tormented banker who, before his untimely death that same year, instills the youngster with both affection and enlightenment (and would be the muse for the story’s patriarch, Mr. Banks, the sole character that the famous nanny comes to aide). While reluctant to grant Disney the film rights, Travers comes to realize that the acclaimed Hollywood storyteller has his own motives for wanting to make the film—which, like the author, hints at the relationship he shared with his own father in the early 20th Century Midwest.
Colin Farrell (Minority Report, Total Recall) co-stars as Travers’ doting dad, Goff, along with British actress Ruth Wilson (the forthcoming films The Lone Ranger, Anna Karenina) as his long-suffering wife, Margaret; Oscar® and Emmy® nominee Rachel Griffiths (‘Six Feet Under,’ Hilary and Jackie, The Rookie) as Margaret’s sister, Aunt Ellie (who inspired the title character of Travers’ novel); and a screen newcomer—11-year-old Aussie native Annie Buckley as the young, blossoming writer, nicknamed ‘Ginty’ in the flashback sequences.
The cast also includes Emmy® winner Bradley Whitford (‘The West Wing,’ The Cabin in the Woods) as screenwriter Don DaGradi; Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom) and B.J. Novak (NBC’s ‘The Office,’ Inglourious Basterds) as the songwriting Sherman Brothers (Richard and Robert, respectively); Oscar® nominee and Emmy winner Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Cinderella Man, HBO’s ‘John Adams’) as Ralph, the kindly limousine driver who escorts Travers during her two-week stay in Hollywood; and multi-Emmy winner Kathy Baker (‘Picket Fences,’ Edward Scissorhands) as Tommie, one of Disney’s trusted studio associates.
Saving Mr. Banks will be directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Rookie) based on a screenplay by Kelly Marcel (creator of FOX-TV’s ‘Terra Nova’), from a story by Sue Smith (Brides of Christ, Bastard Boys) and Kelly Marcel. The film is being produced by Alison Owen of Ruby Films (the Oscar®-nominated Elizabeth, HBO’s Emmy®-winning Temple Grandin), Ian Collie of Essential Media (the Aussie TV documentary The Shadow of Mary Poppins, DirecTV’s ‘Rake’) and longtime Hancock collaborator Philip Steuer (The Rookie, The Chronicles of Narnia trilogy). The film’s executive producers are Ruby Films’ Paul Trijbits (Lay the Favorite, Jane Eyre), Hopscotch Features’ Andrew Mason (The Matrix trilogy, Dark City) and Troy Lum (Mao’s Last Dancer, I, Frankenstein) and BBC Films’ Christine Langan (Oscar® nominee for The Queen, We Need to Talk About Kevin).
Hancock’s filmmaking team includes a trio of artists with whom he worked on his 2009 Best Picture Oscar® nominee, The Blind Side—two-time Oscar® nominated production designer Michael Corenblith (How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Apollo 13), Emmy®-winning costume designer Daniel Orlandi (HBO’s Game Change, Frost/Nixon) and film editor Mark Livolsi, A.C.E. (Wedding Crashers, The Devil Wears Prada). Hancock also reunites with Academy Award®-nominated cinematographer John Schwartzman (Seabiscuit, Pearl Harbor), with whom he first worked on his inspiring 2002 sports drama, The Rookie.
Saving Mr. Banks will be released in theaters domestically on December 20, 2013 with a limited release beginning December 13.
New Hot Topic arrivals for July 11, 2013 Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at Hot Topic. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Hot Topic 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.
Disney Alice In Wonderland Book Zip Wallet – $19.50 Disney; Alice in Wonderland; zip wallet from Loungefly. Interior includes two main pockets, one zipper pocket and lots of slots for your ID and cards.; 7 1/4″ x 4″; Imported share this item
Disney The Lion King Girls T-Shirt – $16.88 Fitted T-shirt with; The Lion King; sublimation print front design.; 65% polyester; 35% cotton; Wash cold; dry low; Imported; Listed in junior sizes share this item
Star Wars Mini Yoda Girls T-Shirt – $16.88 “Do, or do not there is no try.” – Yoda; 50% cotton; 50% polyester; Wash cold; dry low; Imported; Listed in junior sizes share this item