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A few days ago, we were the first to bring you a first look at Walt Disney Studios’ Secretariat, ‘based on an impossible true story’ starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich.

Today, Disney has released the first trailer for the film which definitely lives up to the hype being generated around it with many calling this an Oscar year for Malkovich. You can view the trailer below.

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‘Toy Story 3′ Inspires New Game and New Characters for ‘Toy Story Mania!’ Attraction

Dino Darts at Toy Story Midway ManiaNew characters from the soon-to-be-released Disney•Pixar film “Toy Story 3” are being added to the joyful, toy-full adventure of Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s California Adventure and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  In addition to playing with new characters in Toy Story Mania!, there will be opportunities in both parks for up-close fun with another all-new character from “Toy Story 3” – Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear. He’s the bossman at Sunnyside Daycare in the highly anticipated animated feature film.

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‘Captain EO’ Completes World Tour; Returns to Disneyland Paris in June, Epcot in July

Captain EO LogoAlthough there were perpetual rumors stemming from hope when the Disneyland Resort first announced the return of Captain EO for a limited time engagement, Disney Parks and Resorts successfully blindsided everyone this morning when they announced that it would not only return to Epcot this summer but would also return to Disneyland Paris, completing the circle of life.

The attraction will first re-open at Disneyland Paris on June 12, followed by Tokyo Disneyland on June 30 and finally at Walt Disney World’s Epcot on July 2.

It is official: he is back to change the World — for a limited time.

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New Video Provides Undeniable Evidence Towards Legitimacy of So-Called ‘Lotso’ Ad Hoax

Even the experts who transcribed the paranormal activities chronicled in the Time-Life Mysteries of the Unknown series of books would clearly have trouble explaining this one.

Since the early 80s commercial for Lots-o-Huggin’ Bear found its way to the net, dozens of confused individuals are now congratulating Pixar on job well done, touting the ad as a fake — a viral video created in modern-day times designed to generate buzz for Toy Story 3 and its so-called ‘new’ stars.

If indeed this advertisement was somehow faked — and logic clearly points to it wasn’t — we’d love to know how the exact same hoax was pulled off at around the same time, half a world away.

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‘Toy Story 3′ Continues Push with New Teaser Poster, Internet Webisode

Toy Story 3 International PosterDisney/Pixar continues to step up the promotion of its upcoming Toy Story 3 with a new international teaser poster featuring the gang (old and new) busting out of Sunnyside Daycare.

Perhaps carying on a new tradition we experienced with UP, we also get our first look of a new ‘webisode’ titled Mission I: Buzz and Woody in which our heroes are re-introduced along with their first mission. The teaser also features a tad of never-before-seen footage from the film, in stark contrast to the infamous Japanese trailer which plays more like a Reader’s Digest condensed version of the film.

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Disney/Pixar and Marvel Icons Among Offerings for Free Comic Book Day 2010

Disney Pixar and Marvel offerings for Free Comic Book Day 2010The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day in which thousands of comic book shops around the globe offer the opportunity for fans and enthusiasts to pick up a free edition of new and old favorites.

With Marvel joining the Disney family, the Disney offerings have tripled this year as Buzz and Woody join Iron Man, Thor and Nova with each defending the universe in their own special way.

In Toy Story FCBD 2010 Edition from BOOM! Studios, the Pixar pals rally together when a new present for Andy makes an unexpected appearance. Good news and a temporary reprieve for the toys when Andy announces it’s a dupe, but what great unknown will he replace it with?

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New Footage from ‘Split/Second’ Delivers Powerful, Explosive Gameplay

What happens when a half a dozen cars taking part in an illegal street race find themselves rolling through an exploding power plant at full speed? Such is the common-place, ordinary, humdrum scenario explored in the following new video featuring gameplay footage from Split/Second from Disney Interactive Studios and Block Rock Studio.

Available to own on Xbox, PS3 and Windows platforms on May 18, Split/Second is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

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Elephants May Fear and Warn of Bees According to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Study

A microphone records the sounds from nearby elephants. © DisneyAlthough elephants may be the largest land mammal, they may also have an inherent fear of bees and know how to communicate that threat to each other.

That’s the conclusion of a team of researchers from Save the Elephants, Oxford University and Disney’s Animal Kingdom who have discovered a new alarm call made by elephants in response to the threat of bees. Working with herds of elephants in Kenya, scientists theorize that this unique rumble may warn other herd members of the bees’ presence, prompting pachyderm retreats even when no are bees present.

“The purpose behind these studies is to find a novel way of keeping elephants from raiding the crops of local communities, and thereby reducing “human-elephant conflict,” according to Joseph Soltis, Ph.D., research scientist at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. “As human populations expand, they move into elephant territory and elephants and people end up sharing the same space. One of the consequences is that elephants start raiding crops, which can end up harming both people and elephants.”

Using an array of microphones hidden in the bush, scientists first recorded the vocal reaction of the elephants to bees and then replayed these elephant rumblings without bees present. When elephants heard this recording through wireless speakers, they behaved the same as they did when bees were present; they shook their heads, threw dust in the air, and ran away from the area. These very low-frequency “rumble” vocalizations are apparently different from other rumbles, leading researchers to believe that that elephants may use their voices to communicate threats to each other.

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‘Camp Rock 2: Final Jam’ to Premiere Sept 3; Tour and Album on July 27

It’s On!  Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato will rock the summer in “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam,” a full out rock ‘n roll musical that celebrates music, dance and the freedom of summer and reminds viewers to ‘enjoy the journey.’  Part of the blockbuster Disney Channel Original Movie franchise that introduced a generation to contemporary movie musicals, “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam” premieres FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.  It will be ushered in by the biggest summer-long experience ever presented by the channel, the industry leaders in providing world-class content for kids, tweens and families.

This summer of fun opens on a high-pitched Camp Rock reunion. All the Camp Rockers have returned, eager to tune up and rock out. Nobody’s more excited than Mitchie, who anticipates more than a summer of music. Fresh from a world tour, the rock band Connect 3 are hanging all summer – Shane to pursue last summer’s crush on Mitchie, his band mates as moral support. Guitar legend Brown Cesario, Camp Rock’s owner, is ready to rock ‘n roll.

But all is not copasetic at this rocking teen paradise. Across the lake glistens the new Camp Star: a high-tech, big-money music camp funded by Brown’s former band mate-with-a-grudge, Axel Turner. Down-to-earth Camp Rock may have passion, talent and commitment, but Camp Star boasts resources, infrastructure and money – enough money to poach Camp Rock’s counselors and put Camp Rock out of business.

But Axel isn’t counting on a natural born leader named Mitchie, who vows to save her beloved camp and her friends’ summer. Clipboard in hand, she organizes the older Camp Rockers into counselors and keeps the camp running. Then Mitchie steps it up again… by challenging the egocentric Camp Star to a Final Jam – an end-of-summer performance duel, may the best camp win.

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Trailer for ‘Toy Story 3′ Video Game Shows Off Gameplay, Introduces ‘Toy Box’ Mode

Toy Story 3 for Nintendo Wii by Disney InteractiveDisney Interactive Studios has recently released a trailer for its upcoming Toy Story 3 video game for most gaming platforms. The video, seen below, includes some gameplay as well as an exclusive look at the all-new innovative ‘toy box’ mode in which players can build their own Toy Story world.

The game, which will be released on June 15, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com for all platforms.

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