First Look: Lotso Bear Meet & Greet Character from ‘Toy Story 3′ at Disney Parks

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Lotso Meet & Greet Character from Disney ParksEvidently the Disney Parks blog let out a little strawberry-scented burp earlier today posted an early peek at Disney Parks’ newest meet & greet character, Lotso from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3.

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Sanders Art Studio Offers D23 Members Free Framing and Shipping

From now through December 31, 2010, D23 members can receive both framing and shipping free when making Disney art purchases from Sanders Art Studio.

In order to take advantage of this offer, D23 members must log in through here and use code D23ART during the checkout process.

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Disney XD to Premiere LEGO ‘Prince of Persia’ Mini-Film on May 7

Find out what happens when a video game begats a blockbuster action movie which begats a mini-adaptation featuring LEGO bricks and figures in this CG mini-film premiering on Disney XD May 7 at 8:09 pm ET/PT.

Check out the mini-film mini-trailer below:

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Professionals Go to Infinity and Beyond

Disney world of color 032 As we mentioned in an earlier item, Toy Story 3 from Disney/Pixar features Buzz Lightyear and Jessie engaging in a Paso Dablo (double-step) when Buzz is switched into Spanish mode to the tune of ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ as performed by the Gipsy Kings.

In order to replicate the dance as closely as possible, the team at Pixar Animation Studios called upon Dancing with the Stars professionals Tony Dovolani and Cheryl Burke to help them choreograph the scene. The story of the collaboration is told in the following video clip from ABC which features backstage footage and an animation test.

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‘Team Jacob’ Dominated in 2009 Whilst Miley Stumbled According to.. Newborns

The Social Security Administration released its list of most popular baby names for 2009 today and it appears New Moon trumps Twilight as Jacob and Isabella took both #1 spots for boys and girls respectively. Edward comes in at a respectable 137 (up 11 over 2008) and Cullen also saw a significant increase over 2008, rising 297 spots to take #485.

In the Disney arena, Demi broke through the top 1000 spots this year to take spot #883 and Selena gave a good effort, rising 28 spots to #323, but despite a small decrease, Miley still reigns queen of the group with #189, her second best since storming into the top 1000 back in 2007.

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Never Trust a Pretty Girl with an Ugly Secret — ABC Family’s ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Debuts June 8

ABC Family's 'Pretty Little Liars'When their best friend mysteriously vanishes, four girls believe their secrets are safe forever. But when they begin to receive threatening messages from someone named “A,” the truth may be only one text away when the new ABC Family original series, “Pretty Little Liars,” debuts on Tuesday, June 8th (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT). Based on the bestselling Harper Teen novels and produced by Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television, the 10 all-new scripted hour-long episodes star Troian Bellisario (“JAG”), Ashley Benson (“Eastwick”), Holly Marie Combs (“Charmed”), Lucy Hale (“Privileged”), Ian Harding (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Bianca Lawson (“The Vampire Diaries”), Laura Leighton (“Melrose Place”), Chad Lowe (“24”), Shay Mitchell (“Rookie Blue”) and Sasha Pieterse (“Without a Trace”).

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Walt Disney World to Host ‘Last Tour to Endor’ Event for Celebration V Attendees

The Walt Disney World Resort and Celebration V (the premiere Star Wars fan event) have announced that in honor of the convention being held in Orlando this year along with the impending makeover of the Star Tours attraction to Star Tours 2 which will take the motion simulator film to a third dimension (and possible ‘multiple destinations’), there will be a special one-night-only event titled ‘Last Tour to Endor’ where Celebration V attendees are being invited to ‘be the first to be the last’ in an exclusive after-hours Star Wars party.

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Patent Reveals Disney Had ‘Talking Mickey’ Technology for Almost 20 Years

Patent drawing for voice transformation used in a theme park characterWhat could be more surprising than walking into a room and having Mickey Mouse talk to you? How about the fact that Disney has been sitting on the technology for well over a decade?

There was little surprise yesterday about how quickly the YouTube video of a Talking Mickey character test at Disneyland garnered attention, turning just a few dozen views from when we first reported it to tens of thousands less than a day later, but realizing that there would have to at least be a patent application somewhere before the technology was debuted, we set out to find the source of the marveling magic.

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Eighteen New Hi-Res Stills from Disney’s ‘Prince of Persia: Sands of Time’

Dr. Greenaway and Genie in 'Believe' on Disney Dream Earlier today,Walt Disney Studios sent us several new hi-res stills from the action-packed Jerry Bruckheimer thriller Prince of Persia: Sands of Time starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, et al. The newly released images also feature Alfred Molina and Toby Kebbell (both of whom also star in Disney’s and Jerry Bruckheimer’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice later this summer) along with Richard Coyle, Reece Ritchie, Thomas DuPont and Steve Toussaint.

We’ve added the stills to our Prince of Persia gallery below. You’ll find the new ones towards the end.

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First Listen: Gipsy Kings Perform ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Para Buzz Español)’ for Toy Story 3

Gipsy Kings perform 'You've Got a Friend in Me (Para Buzz Español)' for Toy Story 3 ©Disney/PixarFilmmakers called on Gipsy Kings for a flamenco-flavored rendition of ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3. The world-famous band recorded ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Para Buzz Español)’ in London at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

Pictured from left to right are Gipsy Kings’ Bernard Paganotti, Andre Reyes, Tonnino Baliardo, (front) Rodolfo Pacheco, Nicolas Reyes and Jacques Baliardo.

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