A couple of related stories this morning caught my eye this morning courtesy of the Marblehead Patch in Massachusetts which reports on a recent visit from Disney Channel. According to this feature article, Disney Channel was in town to film an episode for a new series (possibly short-form) titled ‘My Family Tree’ expected to begin airing in November. The highlighted subject of the episode is 12 year old Noah Gerry, a descendant of Elbridge Gerry, the Vice-President under James Madison. Noah doesn’t live in Marblehead, in fact this was his first visit to the town, but it was Marblehead where Vice-President Gerry was born and raised. Noah and his family toured the town, visiting and reporting on various locations important to the life of his famous ancestor including the home Elbridge Gerry was born in.
On November 30, 2010, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release the Disney animated classics Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 as a bundle in both a 4-Disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and a 2-Disc DVD edition. Both are now available for pre-order on Amazon.com at the links provided.
DVD Bonus Features Include:
- New Digital Restoration
- Disney Family Museum – Explore the new Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, California with Walt’s daughter Diane Disney-Miller, featuring a very large exhibit on Fantasia and the Schultheis notebook
- Musicana – Walt’s Inspiration For A Sequel To Fantasia
- Audio commentaries
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has just shared sneak peeks at just three of the bonus features you’ll find on the Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition on Disney Blu-ray/DVD when it’s released on October 5.
In the introduction for the picture-in-picture edition, producer Don Hahn sets up the bonus feature by recalling the first time the film had been screened for the public, far from its completion, at the New York Film Festival. With the picture-in-picture feature, you’ll watch both the original theatrical release and the screened edition simultaneously.
Two weeks after becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 will cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office today, joining Alice in Wonderland as the second $1 billion film this year from The Walt Disney Studios – the first studio in history to accomplish this feat. Disney first crossed the $1 billion threshold with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest in 2006. Toy Story 3 becomes the only animated film to reach this milestone and the seventh title in industry history.
Disney Channel will present the world premiere of Selena Gomez & The Scene’s music video, “A Year Without Rain,” from their upcoming album of the same title, on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 (10:15 p.m., ET/PT), following the premiere of “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” and a preview of the new animated comedy series “Fish Hooks.” The single will also debut on Radio Disney and will be available as a digital single and digital video that same day.
Tarps have gone up in the areas at the morning meet and greet locations around the Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios according to cast member Paul Chadkin. According to Paul, the areas in question will be receiving all new backdrops including a large ‘film-strip’ background where the Snow White topiary once stood.
Today brings confirmation from DHS-specialist Studios Central who also adds that not only are the locations getting a makeover but the characters who meet and greet guests are getting one too. The site reports that the characters will be sporting all new duds inspired by the early Hollywood glamour: Goofy in a zootsuit, Minnie and Daisy in gowns, Donald in a fedora, Chip and Dale in ties and more.
Our good friends at Animatie.blog.nl have given us a look at this vibrant French poster for Disney’s Tangled (a.k.a Rapunzel, a.k.a. Raiponce).
In the poster, Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) finds himself at the mercy of Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) and cham-pal Pascal as he finds himself dangling from the hidden tower. Apparently 18 years of home-study hasn’t gone wasted on Rapunzel who has learned the importance of simple machines such as the pulley and might also be interested in teaching Flynn the concept of terminal velocity.
To view the poster at its original size, click on the thumbnail and then on the re-size icon on the image.
A smaller version of Jenny Chung’s Lilo CosPlay Experiment 626 figure was available exclusively as a purchase with purchase at the D23 Expo in 2009. Guests who made a qualifying purchase (it was the TRON-painted V.I.N.CENT for myself) were able to purchase up to three of the CosPlay figures for $23 each. To their credit, however, MINDstyle added to each pre-order an additional figure gratis due to some complications with order fulfillment. Now Chung has followed up with a new Lilo CosPlay figure inspired by the Experiment 626 project, this time Lilo is dressed as Stitch’s gal-pal, Angel. Perhaps most remarkable of all, MINDstyle says it will be available at select Disney Store locations this holiday season.