New Gameplay Video for Split/Second Introduces Power Plays

Earlier this year, we introduced you to Split/Second, the revolutionary video racing game from Disney Interactive and Black Rock Studio in which players manipulate the environment to eliminate the competition and alter gameplay.

Today, courtesy of game director Nick Baynes, we get our first glimpse of how power plays work in the game and see actual game footage of how the player can use the environment as a weapon as well as change the actual course.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios Leads Nominations for 37th Annual Annie Awards

BURBANK, Calif., Dec. 1  — The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 37th Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best animated features, television productions, commercials, short subjects and outstanding individual achievements in the field of animation. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “The Princess and the Frog” received eight nominations, including Best Animated Feature and individual nominations for animated effects, character animation, production design and voice acting, while its “Prep and Landing” received nine nominations including Best Animated Television Production and individual nominations for character animation, character design, music, production design, storyboarding and writing.

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Muppets Make Mailings Merrier in December

USPS Muppets Postmark

NEW YORK, Dec. 1  — What do the U.S. Postal Service, the Muppets and Santa Claus have in common? Neither rain nor snow nor heat nor gloom of night will keep them from delivering dreams this holiday season.

Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear joined Postmaster General John E. Potter today at the historic James A. Farley Post Office lobby in New York City to kick off the holiday mailing season and the Postal Service’s Letters to Santa program.

“The holiday season isn’t just the busiest time of the year for the Postal Service — it’s our best time of year,” said Potter. “For nearly 100 years, the Postal Service’s Letters to Santa program has made dreams come true for those in need. This is a time to celebrate how postal employees, charitable organizations and businesses have made a difference in the lives of children coast to coast.”

“We’re excited to be helping the Postal Service make the holiday special for kids across the country. It’s the perfect way to celebrate,” said Kermit the Frog. A postmark of Kermit the Frog will appear in the upper right-hand corner of holiday cards and letters mailed throughout the month of December.

“Helping Santa Claus is always a good idea, especially at this time of year,” added Fozzie Bear, who saluted the Postal Service for 234 years of delivering holiday cheer — and saluted Santa just to be on the safe side.

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Disney Announces A Hole New World for TRON:Legacy Team

Checking to see if the dust has settled from the last bombshell from the Walt Disney Studios… close enough.

It’s being reported that Studios Chairman Rich Ross, after just having put the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake in turnaround, has greenlit a remake of another Disney classic, albeit a tad more contemporary.

From Team Tron (director Joseph Kosinski and producer Sean Bailey) and screenwriter Travis Beacham comes a ‘re-invention’ of the 1979 film, The Black Hole.

Details on the updated film are few and far between although it’s said to be based more on actual science (as scientific as Hollywood can get) and Maximillian the menacing robot is scheduled to make an appearance.

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New ‘Runaway Brain Mickey,’ B&W Kubricks Available for Pre-Order

Disney KubricksRunaway Brain Mickey — you either love’m or hate’m. But even if you’re a crazed Mickey lover, you can’t be insane about the price the PVC figures generally go for. Now here’s your chance to not only get your hands on a 2″ Kubrick-ized version of him, but you’ll get Julius as well (obviously not to scale) for an amazing price of $17.99.

The set along with B&W versions of a Mickey and Minnie set and a Donald and Goofy set are expected to ship in March 2010 and are available for pre-order today at Big Bad Toystore.

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Disneyland Launches Innoventions ‘Dream Home’ Website

Disneyland Innoventions Dream Home SiteSmall, but mighty, the newly launched site can be found at DisneylandDreamHome.com and takes you on a mini-tour of the exhibit located at Disneyland’s Innoventions in Tomorrowland.

The site takes you on a virtual tour through the home’s kitchen, family room and dining room and shows off the technology of the exhibit’s sponsors, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Taylor Morrison.

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‘Imagineering the Magic: Magic Kingdom’ DVD Now Available at Theme Parks

Imagineering the Magic: Magic KingdomA follow-up to the immensely well received Imagineering the Magic: Disneyland, Richard Skillman’s Imagineering the Magic: Magic Kingdom is now available through Disney Theme Park Merchandising.

Hosted by Imagineer Diego Parras, the documentary uses historical and rare film footage to show the story of the transformation of swampland in central Florida to the most visited theme park in the world today through the stories and direct recollections of respected Imagineers such as Tom Fitzgerald, Tony Baxter, Kathy Rogers, Eric Jacobson, Kevin Rafferty and — of course — Marty Sklar, the only individual to open all 11 Disney parks.

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Updates to 2009 Candlelight Processional Narrator Schedule

As per Steve Soares, a couple of minor changes for Walt Disney World’s Candlelight Processional narrator schedule:

Vanessa Williams will now be performing on just the weekend of December 12 – 13. Abigail Breslin will be taking on the 14th in addition to her original schedule through the 17th.

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Debut of ABC’s ‘Prep & Landing’ Pushed Back to Dec 8

Initially set to air on December 1, ABC has decided to push back the debut of its first holiday special from Walt Disney Animation Studios to December 8 at 8:30 PM ET (not Central as others have been reporting) because of a televised press conference by President Obama. Although the press conference is scheduled to run from 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm and would apparently not overlap with Prep & Landing‘s airing at 8:30, ABC has decided to move it anyway.

The back-to-back season premiere of Scrubs is expected to air at 9PM ET as scheduled.

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UPDATE: WDW Celebrities for Disney Parks Christmas Parade Announced?

It appears that the oft-well-kept secret of who will be performing for the taped annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade has been released and the news isn’t good for fans of the Jonas Brothers who were the frontrunners in the rumor mill.

Even the Disneyland portion, which tapes first (and already has, earlier this month), seemed to be a big surprise as reporters scrambled to try to get a hint as to who might show.

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