OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and digital content to libraries and schools, today announced a preliminary agreement with Disney Digital Books (www.disneydigitalbooks.com) that will enable libraries to offer access to Disney’s comprehensive library of books online. Young library patrons and their parents will be able to enjoy — for the first time — unlimited access to over 600 new and classic Disney books for kids of all ages with just an Internet-connection and library card. The extensive library features hundreds of digital books available at the click of a mouse, including favorites from popular Disney franchises such as Mickey Mouse, Toy Story, Disney Princess, Cars, and Hannah Montana, along with many other classic and contemporary Disney stories.
Walt Disney Studios has just released this short clip from the beginning of its upcoming release The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel.
In the clip, young Dave Stutler has stumbled into the mysterious Arcana Cabana shop in downtown Manhattan where he runs into its proprietor, Balthazar Blake, for the first time. Knowing this was no accident, Balthazar introduces Dave to Merlin’s dragon ring and sets the wheels of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice’s destiny in motion.
Disney Consumer Products and Forever 21 announce their collaboration on a new fashion line of apparel and accessories for young fashionable women called “Minnie Muse” exclusively for Forever 21 Twist. The new collection is inspired by modernized sketches of the style icon, Minnie Mouse, and will be available at Forever 21 stores nationwide and online at Forever21.com starting November 2010— just in time for the Holidays. The line will also include stationery and gift items.
ABC Family has ordered 12 additional episodes of the network’s hit one-hour series, “Pretty Little Liars,” announced Kate Juergens, Executive Vice President, Original Programming & Development. The order will bring the show’s first season to a total of 22 episodes.
“‘Pretty Little Liars’ is a break-out hit for the network,” said Juergens. “We’re thrilled that our Millennial viewers have responded so strongly to the show. It’s a perfect fit with the network’s strong slate of original scripted dramas, including ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ and ‘Make It or Break It.’”
Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has announced the 2010 recipients of nearly $1.5 million in grants to protect vulnerable wildlife and ecosystems around the world. The funding enables nonprofit organizations to provide support for more than 45 species across the globe–from protecting the critically endangered Sumatran rhino in Indonesia, to tracking northern jaguars in the foothills of Mexico, to studying the threats of the endangered green sea turtle.
Walt Disney Studios has just released this new featurette for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice titled ‘Stunts.’
The featurette also manages to give us our first good look at the high-speed car chase through the streets of Manhattan which made national headlines when it was plagued with accidents (both directly and indirectly) during the time of the shoots.
Stitch Kingdom was also on hand to watch some of the filming of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice which involved some of the magic appearing throughout the car chase scenes. You can check that report out here (minor plot spoilers).
In addition to Test Track at Epcot, the Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain is now offering new and unique options for Disney’s PhotoPass.
Beginning today, Space Mountain is offering a new range of PhotoPass options for the onride photo taken during the ride. The three available options are:
- Purchase the photo as a print. A variety of print sizes and packages are available. These prints will be made directly by the systems inside the Space Mountain Merchandise Shop.
- Purchase the photo as a digital download from the DisneyPhotoPass.com website
New DisneyStore.com arrivals for June 28, 2010
Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.
Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.
|Midsummer’s Nap Series Zero Pin – $14.95|
|Midsummer’s Nap Series Mickey Mouse Pin – $14.95|
|Midsummer’s Nap Series Tinker Bell Pin – $14.95|
|Midsummer’s Nap Series Thumper Pin – $14.95|
|Midsummer’s Nap Series Stitch Pin – $14.95|
|Midsummer’s Nap Series Dopey Pin – $14.95|
|4th of July Pin Set — 6-Pc. – $159.95|
Standouts from the collection include a soft-bodied doll version of Lizzie, the human child in the film who encounters Tinker Bell and develops a relationship with her. Lizzie comes complete with a small plastic figure of Tink that fits in Lizzie’s pocket. Additionally, there will be a separate fairy house playset available which pays respects to the fairy house constructed by Lizzie from household products which initially draws Tinker Bell in.
Walt Disney Studios recently sent us a couple of new stills from their upcoming release The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Toby Kebbell and Monica Belluci.
They also asked us to share a few behind-the-scene facts from the movie with you:
In the film, Maxim Horvath (Molina) conjures up a small pack of wolves that chase title character Dave (Baruchel) through a New York City subway station. Although the station is — at times — a rather incredible set, the wolves are very real and are named Bandit, Sierra, Samson and Takoda. They live at Howling Woods Farm, a wolf sanctuary in Jackson Township, NJ. Howling Woods even has a fascinating collection of dozens of behind-the-scene photos from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice as well as the four-legged stars’ appearance in the film’s calendar.