[SinglePic not found]Lotso from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 began greeting guests at Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park this morning and we were pleased to be amongst the first to welcome him to the World. Although we were warned that he would make his first appearance at 10:30, several guests showed up as close to the park’s 9 am opening as possible to stake their place in line. In fact, it wouldn’t be until around 9:45, when the queue already began wrapping around the corner that it would even see its first guest under the age of 15 (or so).
Lotso (short for Lots-o’-Huggin’) will be making his in-park debut on Sunday, May 9 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where he will be meeting & greeting guests in an area of the Animation Building made up to look like Sunnyside Daycare. In addition, he’ll also be appearing in the Pixar parades at both resorts: Block Party Bash at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Pixar Play! at Disney California Adventure.
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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:
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.
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.
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”).
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.
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.
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.