Disney Interactive Studios Starts a New Holiday Tradition with Disney’s A Christmas Carol Video Game

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'A Christmas Carol' for the Nintendo DS by Disney Interactive StudiosBURBANK, Calif. — For the first time a new generation of fans will use a stylus and mic to guide Scrooge on a thrilling adventure and help him discover the true meaning of Christmas. Disney Interactive Studios today announced Disney’s A Christmas Carol video game is available now at all major retailers. Exclusive to the Nintendo DS™, Disney’s A Christmas Carol is an exciting storybook adventure inspired by “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” the Charles Dickens tale re-imagined by Robert Zemeckis as a major feature film starring Jim Carrey.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol video game brings a holiday classic everyone knows to a fun new interactive platform,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “The game is sure to provide hours of festive entertainment this holiday season for the entire family.”

In the game, players experience narrated animated scenes inspired by the film that unfold like an interactive storybook with amazing beauty and detail. The game utilizes many of the unique Nintendo DS features. Players will experience Scrooge’s adventure by blowing and speaking into the microphone and using the Nintendo DS stylus to pull, shake, drag and tap the different environments. The English version of the Charles Dickens book is also included in the game, so that fans can read the original text while they play. The rest of the game can be enjoyed in English, Spanish, or French.

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Disney Announces 2009 ‘Most Wanted Holiday Toys’ List; A Dozen Deals Under $25

Disney Princess Tiana Classic Doll with Frog FigurineGLENDALE, Calif. — Disney Consumer Products (DCP) today released its “Most Wanted Holiday Toys List,” featuring its Disney Dozen Deals – toys that bring Disney’s rich storytelling heritage home for the holidays for less than $25, plus six standouts for the most discerning gift-givers. Already garnering top honors and awards from media and organizations including FunFare, FamilyFun, iParenting and the National Association of Parenting Publications, Disney toys will delight boys and girls of all ages and bring to life the magic of its beloved characters and storylines for a cheerful holiday season.

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The Walt Disney Company Announces $7M Investment in Forest Protection Projects

BURBANK, Calif. — The Walt Disney Company announced today a $7 million investment in forest projects that will build on its long history of conservation and environmental stewardship. The projects will protect forests in the Amazon, the Congo and the United States safeguarding ecosystems that benefit climate and quality of life on the planet.

The investment is being made in partnership with leading non-governmental organizations Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and The Conservation Fund that, like Disney, put great emphasis on science and technical excellence.

Forest protection is one of the most effective ways to combat climate change, improve the livelihood of local communities and protect threatened wildlife. Healthy forests provide food, shelter and income to millions of people around the world. The projects supported by Disney will also benefit species ranging from gorillas in Africa to North American songbirds.

Support for these projects, using a variety of conservation strategies including avoided deforestation, reforestation, and improved forest management, supplement Disney’s companywide efforts to combat climate change by reducing fossil fuel use and switching to cleaner forms of energy.

“Disney has always been a conservation leader,” said Disney President and CEO Robert A. Iger. “Now, more than ever, it’s essential to take swift action to preserve our most vulnerable natural environments for future generations and to be innovative in achieving that goal.”

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Turn the Clocks Back with These Retro Posters Inspired by Disney/Pixar’s UP

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So as all my clocks automatically adjusted themselves this past weekend as I soundly slept, I got to thinking (or might have, had I been awake) and reminiscing about the good old days. Back when UP was the newest movie from Pixar and 3D movies cost just $20 and I had to take a taxi cab to see them in the snow uphill — both ways.

If you share my thoughts and the haunting melody of the timeless classic ‘Party in the USA’ by Miley Cyrus is seeping into your head as we speak, then this is the post for you.

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Muppets Make Magnificent Movie Magnet Marketing Maneuver

Muppets MagnetsBeginning this week and running through January 3, 2010, select Muppet DVDs will come with a bonus magnet dress-up set featuring a primary cast member teamed up with a what-not.

The Muppet Movie contains the exclusive Kermit magnet set featuring his director’s outfit; The Great Muppet Caper includes Fozzie Bear with his pizza guy disguise; and A Muppet Christmas Carol has Gonzo with his Charles Dickens costume.

The packaged magnet sets will be available at most major retailers including Target, Best Buy and Toys R Us.

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‘Hannah Montana’s’ Moises Arias Stars in New Short-Form Sports Series on Disney XD

“Moises Rules!” a new short-form sports series that invites kids to challenge Moises Arias (Rico in “Hannah Montana”) in fun sports competitions, including foam tetherball and finger football, premieres MONDAY, DECEMBER 7 (5:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD. If he wins, Moises gets the bragging rights, “Moises Rules.”

New features and exclusive show content will debut Tuesday, November 10 at www.DisneyXD.com, where viewers can send a shout out to Moises, play sports-themed games and download all-new wallpapers.

Moises Arias has mad sports skills and an unstoppable attitude when challenged by kids in a variety of sports competitions. The challengers include 13-year-old Ross “The Boss,” 11-year-old James, 12-year-old Larry and 14-year-old Kenton.

The programming lineup is:

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Jenny McCarthy Stars in ABC Family Original Holiday Movie ‘Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe’

Burbank, CA (Monday, November 2, 2009) — Actress Jenny McCarthy will reprise her role as Mary Class in ABC Family’s new original holiday movie, “Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe.” McCarthy will star alongside Dean McDermott and Paul Sorvino. The movie is set to premiere Sunday, December 13 (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), during the network’s 12th annual “25 Days of Christmas” programming event, which will feature over 200 hours of holiday-themed entertainment for the whole family from December 1- 25.

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Trailer for ‘Prince of Persia’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal Makes Limited Internet Debut

A few sites around the net have exclusively debuted the new trailer for the upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, based on the popular video game franchise. Here it is courtesy of MySpace:


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Reuters: Shanghai Disneyland Still Awaiting Approval from Central Government

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG, Nov 2 (Reuters) – The Shanghai government may soon give preliminary details on plans for a new Disney theme park it hopes to develop, as it awaits Beijing’s formal approval for the project, a government source said on Monday.

The official Xinhua news agency cited Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng as telling a media briefing on Sunday that the city would hold a news briefing soon to reveal the latest developments concerning the proposed park.

“This project will surely go forward, but first it must be approved by the central government,” said the government source on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

“They will seek to clarify the situation with this upcoming news conference,” he said.

Rumors have swirled in Chinese media in the last two weeks that Shanghai could soon announce final plans to build a park with Walt Disney Co (DIS.N), possibly to coincide with a planned trip to the city later this month by U.S. President Barack Obama.

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‘Sailor Mickey’ Balloon to Debut at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Artist Rendering)

Macy's 83rd Annual Thanksgiving Day ParadeRepresenting Disney Cruise Line, Sailor Mickey will tower over the streets of New York on Thanksgiving morning as part of the Macy’s 83rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade procession. Sailor Mickey (pictured left, upper left corner), is 48.1 feet long, 33.6 feet wide and 60.9 feet tall and will be filled with 14,750 cubic feet of helium during his maiden voyage. The anchor on which he rides is approximately four times the size of an actual cruise ship anchor.

Other new balloons this year include the Pillsbury Doughboy, a new Ronald McDonald and an all-new Spider-man.

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