MINDstyle has just updated its blog with a couple of entries of particular interest to those attending D23 Expo (and perhaps even some who aren’t). Filled with photos from inside the Anaheim Convention Center as well as a look at some D23 exclusives and a sneak peek at dozens of new entries into the Project 626 Vinyl project which is essentially a Stitch version of Vinylmation.
BURBANK, Calif. & NEW YORK — In celebration of Disney’s newest animated musical “The Princess and The Frog,” Walt Disney Studios is opening its Burbank gates to the public for a once-in-a-lifetime advance special engagement, welcoming Disney fans to experience its newest animated musical comedy Nov. 25-Dec. 13, 2009. The advance special engagement will also be featured in Clearview’s historic Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. Following the film, fans on both coasts will also be treated to The Ultimate Disney Experience, an exciting extravaganza that will feature—for the first time ever—all nine of the Disney princesses (including the film’s Princess Tiana, Disney’s newest princess), as well as exciting Bayou games, movie archives, how-to presentations from Disney animators, Studio tours (for L.A. guests) and more. Tickets went on sale at midnight last night.
“We’re welcoming families to our Studio to see where Walt Disney made real movie magic,” said Dick Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. “Our Studio is not open to the public, so it’s an unprecedented opportunity for Disney fans to experience a movie right here on the Disney lot where we’ve filmed Disney classics like ‘Mary Poppins,’ ‘Princess Diaries,’ ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and many more. In fact, Walt built the original theater on the Studio lot back in 1940; it opened just in time for special audiences to view his ‘Fantasia.’ With a newly renovated, state-of-the-art theater, the Studio will open its gates once again, inviting audiences to not only see our newest animated musical, but to take part in a one-of-a-kind experience after the movie. We’re bringing the same exciting experience to New York City at the historic Ziegfeld Theatre and Roseland Ballroom.”
Themed to the film’s setting, New Orleans, The Ultimate Disney Experience will feature something for the whole family.
The third installment of the very popular video series from Disney Consumer Products has been released in which John Lasseter talks about some of the background on RC from the Toy Story Definitive collectibles line from Thinkway Toys.
Check it out!
* The most movie accurate RC produced to date, completely in scale to Buzz Lightyear
* RC’s playful personality is revealed with bouncing action, horn honking, free motion eyes, multiple expressions and driving sound effects
* Move RC forward, in reverse or spin 360° in either direction using the Wireless Remote Control
* Independent left and right rear wheel drive for quick, on the spot pivoting
* Amazing FOLLOW MODE: Call RC and he’ll detect your location and come to you!
* Autonomous EXPLORE MODE. Press the Explore button on the remote and RC will cruise around on his own without remote guidance. Built-in sensors help RC avoid obstacles.
* Comes with Toy Story Collection Certificate of Authenticity
You are invited to join Disney artists Randy Noble, Dan Howard, Maria Clapsis and Quynh Kimball as they celebrate the release of Vinylmation Holiday Series on Friday, September 18 at The Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace in Walt Disney World from 5 pm – 7 pm.
The series will be formally released and available throughout the Disney Parks on Thursday, September 10.
BURBANK, Calif. — Disney Interactive Studios announced today it has agreed to acquire Wideload Games Inc., a Chicago-based producer and developer of original interactive entertainment. As part of the agreement, industry veteran and creative visionary Alexander Seropian, Wideload Games founder and CEO, will join Disney Interactive Studios in the newly created role of vice president of creative, leading the company’s global creative efforts. Seropian, who is relocating to Glendale, Calif., is renowned as the founder of Bungie Software and was among the creators of the highly successful Halo® series – one of the most successful video game franchises of all time. Seropian will report directly to Global Product Development Senior Vice President Jean-Marcel Nicolai, and be tasked with overseeing creative development across Disney Interactive Studios’ portfolio of video games.
“Wideload Games is among the premier small creative game development studios in the world. Wideload Games will be a great fit for our portfolio of internal studios, and Alex joining the global product development team provides the entire Disney game portfolio with a strong creative influence,” said Graham Hopper, executive vice president and general manager, Disney Interactive Studios. “Alex has built his reputation around the power of original thinking. In leading the studio that created Halo, he helped turn great storytelling, exceptional design and polished gameplay into the ‘killer app’ for Xbox. Alex’s leadership of our creative community will enhance our ability to be a magnet for the best talent in the industry and enable the company to take an even more significant role in developing industry leading products.”
Quick on the heels of the report from LP that Bret Iwan was named the new voice of Mickey, we eagerly followed up and made the connection to his now former position as a Hallmark illustrator, another tidbit that’s widely been reported since.
We are now pleased to present you with samples of some of Bret’s own illustrations of Mickey, for whom Bret Iwan has professed a life-long love of as well as visiting the Disneyland Resort and it absolutely shows through both his talent and his lifestyle. While I am in possession of many different works of art that show off Mr. Iwan’s broad range, for obvious reasons, I’m focusing on the Disney elements.
For those wondering just how many projects Bret has been involved with to date, while I do not have an answer as of yet, I can definitively say that Bret had gone out to visit Disney Character Voices, International back in April (which is prior to Wayne Allwine’s passing) and has since moved to the Los Angeles area.
We’ve actually managed to learn a lot about Bret over the past day or so in our research. Some of these facts we’re holding on to, but we learned for example that Mr. Iwan graduated from the prestigious Ringling College of Art and Design in 2004.
Pending additional updates, please enjoy the following. Please note I do not have permission to re-post these images so they are subject to be removed at any time at the request of Bret Iwan and/or their current copyright holders.
Jaeyung Hyung, 38, of Las Cruces, N.M., celebrates his victory Sept. 6, 2009 at the Disneyland Half Marathon, held at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. Hyung finished the 13.1-mile race in a time of 1:10:44. Thousands of participants from every U.S. state and 13 countries took part in the fourth annual event that is part of a three-day celebration of health, fitness and family fun. More than 18,000 athletes were registered in various races throughout weekend, including 13,500 for the Disneyland Half Marathon. (Will Norton, photographer)
Below are some hi-res images of items you’ll be able to find at the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at D23 Expo. Enjoy!
This Saturday, September 12, in Anaheim, CA, LOST cast members are going to be making a public appearance at Disney’s D23 Convention; additionally some really fantastic pieces of LOST history are going to be on display- including Kate’s toy plane, Hurley’s winning lottery ticket, Locke’s hunting knife, Sawyer’s letter and many other surprises! These items will be on view Thursday September 10 through Sunday, September 13, the entire weekend of D23, and will be up for auction after the series finale in May of 2010.
2009 If you are a fan of all things LOST, then Disney’s D23, taking place September 10-13, 2009 at the Anaheim Convention Center, is definitely the place to be. Profiles in History, the world’s largest Hollywood memorabilia auctioneer, will offer fans of the hit ABC television series, LOST a special preview of their Summer, 2010 auction, with a display of authentic props, costumes and set pieces including Kate’s toy plane, Hurley’s winning lottery ticket, Locke’s hunting knife, Sawyer’s letter and many other surprises! This four-day sneak preview runs from 9:00am-5:00pm each day.
ABC is pleased to announce the “LOST” Auction will take place after the series finale in May 2010. “In celebration of our fans around the world, Profiles in History has been selected to auction a selection of original props, set pieces, costumes and collectors’ artifacts from the entire series in order to give our fans a chance to own a piece of one of the greatest, most iconic shows in history.
Profiles in History President, Joseph Maddalena: “Profiles in History is thrilled to be holding the LOST Auction. LOST is one of the most iconic TV shows ever created, and we are working in conjunction with ABC to offer fans from around the world an opportunity to own a memento of this amazing show. This is a once in a lifetime auction event that will celebrate one of the most beloved shows in television history.”