The Wall Street Journal has published an article which peeks into life at Disney’s schools that teach English to China’s youth. Focusing on apparent attempts by Disney to push its brand throughout the country, the article questions the motives and effectiveness of the school. Well received by the Chinese middle class, Disney plans on creating new schools in both Shanghai and Beijing and is contemplating introducing the schools to other countries in the future. Article here.
According to reports, the drivers of two vehicles collided head-on early Sunday morning around 2 am when a man was driving in the wrong lane along Epcot Center Drive. As a result, both cars caught fire with their drivers trapped inside. Both were pronounced dead on the scene.
Taking a new look at an old friend, Disneynature presents EARTH. You can read our extensive review here.
Long before Disney got their hands on the chubby little cubby, Winnie-the-Pooh was a very real bear owned by a very real boy by the name of Christopher Robin. Pooh (or Edward as he might prefer to be called) was purchased at Harrod’s in London for Christopher Robin’s first birthday. The exciting new name bestowed upon Edward, Winnie-the-Pooh, is actually a compounded namesake of a bear at the London Zoo named Winnipeg (Winnie for short) and a pet swan of Christopher Robin named Pooh.
The rest of the gang were gifted to Christopher Robin over the years, inspired by the famous stories of his father, A.A. Milne. At one time the collection also included Roo, but he was lost many years ago. In 1956, they were gifted by Milne to his United States publisher, E.P. Dutton & Co. who put them on display. After a couple of trips back to their home country, they were donated to the New York Public Library in 1987 where they have remained on display to the public since.
Very recently, they have taken up new residence in the iconic Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street where they rest comfortably under protective glass.
Looking to bring a little bit of the Grand Floridian or Animal Kingdom Lodge to your home’s deck or pool area? Look no further. AGIO, a leader in casual furniture, has partnered up with Disney to bring a line of outdoor furniture and accessories to your home. The Grand Floridian line features a full set of chairs, tables, lounging chairs, service carts and a bar with stools. The Animal Kingdom Lodge line includes chairs, tables, lounging chairs and even a fire pit.
Check out AIGO’s website for more photos of the collection as well as a directory of retailers.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (instead of living on one), you’ve no doubt heard of the latest venture from the newly formed Disneynature label, EARTH, to be released this Earth Day, April 22. But EARTH, as it turns out, is not actually the first film from Disneynature, but actually just the first film to be released in North America. The actual title of first film belongs to a documentary called The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos.
Shot over a period of year, co-directors Matthew Aeberhard and Leander Ward camped out near the shores of Lake Natron in Tanzania where millions of flamingos are born, fall in love and die in sights in a spectacular view few have ever seen. Estimates suggest that 75% of all of the world’s lesser flamingos are born right at the lake which has several unique attributes that lend itself to be the perfect home for the flamingos.
Making use of technology, the filmmakers were also able to step foot on an island in the middle of the lake, the first humans known to do so, giving them exclusive access to the life of the lake’s inhabitants. Also captured on film was the eruption of Ol Doinyo Lengai, the first in forty years.
The lake is at the heart of a controversy involving plans to build a nearby soda ash factory which activists claim will bring an end to this nature spectacle. You can read more about it here.
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From CollegeHumor.com comes this video which compares sequences from several Disney classics. Eagle-eye observers may note some similarities. Thanks to Krista/TGM for bringing it to our attention.
Mark Perrotta, director of Product Development and Design for Walt Disney World, gives a tour of Downtown Disney’s newest shopping experience — Tren-D. Tren-D is a stylish boutique with designer flair for those fashion-conscious shoppers seeking trendy apparel and fun accessories. Designers such as Kidada Jones, Tarina Tarantino and Judith Jack showcase their artistry – blending it with Disney-inspired creations.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Beginning April 17, aspiring young princesses (and knights) will be treated to the full fairy-tale treatment at the Disneyland Resort as they celebrate a pixie-dusted makeover at the all-new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, located in the Sleeping Beauty Castle Courtyard.
Courtesy of AICN comes this image from the Disney/Pixar short Partly Cloudy that will play in theaters prior to UP.
Welcome to the world of clouds, where every cloud creates cute, cuddly babies that get delivered to their families by storks. Every cloud, that is, but Gus. Gus is the littlest cloud and only knows how to make snapping alligators and spiky porcupines. Ouch! For Peck, Gus’s stork and best friend, this means the job can be quite painful. But as Peck and Gus soon discover, sometimes all you need is a little teamwork and you can weather anything!