Disney at the Movies: Ant-Man Marches Forward, Mater Goes Away, DW Goes to Town, ‘Secretariat’ Renamed?

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The Disney domain elves were hard at work yesterday, registering every possible combination involving the words ‘the movie.’ Many appear to be titles that Disney will distribute for DreamWorks, but others are literally screaming out future (or current) Disney projects.

Alphabetically speaking, ANT-MAN-THEMOVIE.COM comes first.  Immediately rumored to have been the first Pixar project since the acquisition, Stan Lee mentioned last month on his twitter that Marvel was moving forward with the project which had been in the works for some time.

Also it appears Tow Mater is having some thoughts about exploring the final frontier. Lunar Mater (LUNARMATER.COM), Moon Mater (MOONMATER.COM) and Right Stuff Mater (RIGHTSTUFFMATER.COM) have all been registered. We also have Mater PI (MATERPI.COM) and Investigator Mater (INVESTIGATORMATER.COM) so it appears some new Cars Toons may be on the way.

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Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Donates $20,000 in Aid to Animals in Haiti

Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) mobile animal clinic in Haiti. (Photo by Tomas Stargardter)Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) is proud to support International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to provide veterinary care and vaccinations for animals in the wake of a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. IFAW and the World Society for the Protection of Animals are jointly leading the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH), working with more than a dozen of the world’s leading animal protection organizations to aid as many animals as possible.

Funding will provide the ARCH team with medical supplies and equip a “mobile clinic” that is delivering emergency care for injured animals and administering vaccinations to prevent outbreaks of diseases such as rabies. Click here to watch a short video about IFAW’s relief efforts.

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Toy Fair 2010: Square Enix Brings Tidings of Kingdom Hearts, Pixar and Nightmare Before Christmas

Disney Theatrical merchandise at Disney Store Times Square Square Enix of Kingdom Hearts fame continues its exciting collection of collectible figures from the series as well as other Disney properties this year.

Expected to be released this month is the adorable set of Kingdom Hearts avatar mascot straps. The Play Arts #2 King Mickey rules the collection, however, expected to be released in July along with the gift of joy provided by Santa Sora. Also expected to be released in July is the highly anticipated Pixar Formation Arts collection featuring characters from Wall-E, Ratatouille and UP.

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Disneyland’s Vault 28 to Hold ‘Alice’ Merchandise Event March 6; Dooney & Bourke Coming

Dooney & Bourke large Disney toteDisney Vault 28 and D Street located in the Downtown Disney district of the Disneyland Resort will jointly be holding an Alice in Wonderland merchandise event on Saturday, March 6.

Events taking place that day include:

  • Alice in Wonderland inspired offerings will include the following:
  • Tarina Tarantino Trunk Show with Sales Manager, Jennifer Goldstein from 2 pm – 6 pm (Disney Vault 28)
  • Mini Makeovers by Sephora from 2 pm – 6 pm (between Disney Vault 28 and D Street)
  • Alice in Wonderland Merchandise all day (Disney Vault 28 & D Street)

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ABC Launches ‘LOST’ Fan Promo Contest; Winner to Attend Series’ Finale Party

With less than three months until the final episode of “Lost,” ABC celebrates the series’ dedicated fans, providing them with the opportunity to become a part of “Lost” history. Sponsored by Kia Motors, the Ultimate “Lost” Fan Promo Contest gives fans the tools to express and share their passion for the groundbreaking hit drama series through the production of an original promo which will air on the ABC Television Network the week prior to the highly anticipated finale, airing on a special night, Sunday, May 23 (9:00-11:00 p.m.), preceded by a recap special from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET, on ABC.

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Disney/Pixar Unveils Newest ‘Toy Story 3′ Pal: Twitch

Twitch from Disney/Pixar's 'Toy Story 3'/FILM has exclusively debuted the latest of the new Toy Story 3 characters to be unveiled, Twitch.

Twitch’s manufacturer’s description is as follows:

Meet Twitch, the insectaloid warrior, where MAN + INSECT = AWESOME! This sturdy action figure stands over five inches tall, with more than 15 points of articulation, including ferocious chomping mandibles. Use his powerful wings and impenetrable exoskeleton to evade capture! Twitch is meticulously detailed and includes his signature magical battle staff and removable chest armor. For children ages 4 and up. Other insectaloid figures sold separately.

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Walt Disney World’s ‘Summer Nightastic!’ to Begin June 6

The Walt Disney World Resort reports that its previously announced ‘Summer Nightastic!‘ program which features the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade will begin on June 6 and run through August 14.

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Downtown Disney in Orlando to Receive D-Street, RIDEMAKERZ

Walt Disney World has officially announced that the Downtown Disney area in Walt Disney World will soon be receiving a couple of shops that have already recently made the Disneyland Resort their home.

Vinylmation will find its east coast home in D Street, an urban art-inspired shop that has already proven itself successful since opening in Anaheim just a few months ago.

DTD will also receive a RIDEMAKERZ, a place for guests to custom design and build their own radio controlled vehicles.

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TRON Legacy Image of the Day: Sam Outside Flynn’s Arcade

Today’s image as we continue to count down the number of days until the official release of the TRON Legacy trailer is that of Sam Flynn (Garret Hedlund) upon arrival at his father’s abandoned arcade. In the still, Sam takes a moment to ‘reflect’ on the recent news that his father may still be alive… somewhere.

Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) outside Flynn's Arcade. © Disney

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LA Times: No D23 Expo This Year

On reporting the D23 First Anniversary Party at Disneyland, which appears to uncharacteristically have problems selling to the point where multiple outlets are giving away free tickets, Geoff Boucher of the LA Times reveals that Disney has no current plans to host the D23 Expo this year.

Instead, according to the report, the event will be biennial, next occurring at some point in 2011. Still presumably in Anaheim.

Last year’s inaugural D23 Expo was officially announced on March 10 as part of the annual shareholders’ meeting / D23 announcement.

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