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.
We’ve added the stills to our Prince of Persia gallery below. You’ll find the new ones towards the end.
Filmmakers called on Gipsy Kings for a flamenco-flavored rendition of ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3. The world-famous band recorded ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Para Buzz Español)’ in London at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.
Pictured from left to right are Gipsy Kings’ Bernard Paganotti, Andre Reyes, Tonnino Baliardo, (front) Rodolfo Pacheco, Nicolas Reyes and Jacques Baliardo.
‘In Toy Story 3, Buzz Lightyear accidentally gets switched into Spanish-language mode, and there’s a fun Paso Doble-inspired dance between “Spanish Buzz”‘ and Jessie,’ says director Lee Unkrich. ‘We got the crazy idea to have a band record a raucous flamenco cover of Toy Story‘s signature song in Spanish, and we thought the Gipsy Kings would be perfect.’
In honor of the film’s theme which revolves around a dagger with which the possessor can manipulate time, Walt Disney Studios is rolling out the red carpet around the world, with separate events across five different time zones, on Sunday, May 9.
The film’s stars (including Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton and Ben Kingsley) will appear via satellite for each of the international events which begin in Australia, followed by Asia, Europe and Central America.
The “Lost” series finale event just got bigger with a half-hour extension of the finale episode, SUNDAY, MAY 23 from 9:00-11:30, p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. With so much story to tell, the timeslot needed to be expanded. Preceding the finale will be the retrospective special, “Lost: The Final Journey,” from 7:00-9:00 p.m., ET, which takes a look back over the past six seasons of this groundbreaking show. Additionally, Jimmy Kimmel bids farewell to “Lost” in his own indelible manner on “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to Lost,” airing from 12:05-1:05 a.m., ET.
New Jonas Brothers music, a new So-Cal setting and a new serialized comedy format mark Season Two of the Teen Choice Award-winning series “JONAS,” newly named “JONAS L.A.,” premiering SUNDAY, JUNE 20 (8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. It stars pop culture superstars Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas, Chelsea Staub and Nicole Anderson. The Jonas Brothers also star in the short-form series “Jonas Brothers Living the Dream 2,” which gives viewers unprecedented access to their lives on stage and off during their European tour, and in the contemporary movie musical, “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam,” premiering Friday, September 3 on Disney Channel.
Will strangers intervene when a man is about to take advantage of a seemingly drunk woman? How will people react when young shoppers are followed and harassed by the proprietors of a chic clothing boutique – simply because of their race? Will anyone stop a bike thief? Using hidden cameras, “What Would You Do?” sets up everyday scenarios and then captures people’s reactions. Whether people are compelled to act or mind their own business, John Quinones reports on their split-second and often surprising decision-making process, on the Season Premiere of “Primetime: What Would You Do?,” FRIDAY, MAY 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Buzz Lightyear and Woody return to theaters in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3, opening in June, but they’re making a stop at Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) first. Get ready for a Toy Story adventure with exclusive books and plush toys from the hit films. Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Rex the Dinosaur, along with coordinating Toy Story and Toy Story 2 books from Disney Book Group, are available at Kohl’s for just $5 each through the Kohl’s Cares for Kids® program, with 100 percent of the net profit from the sale of these items benefitting children’s health and education initiatives nationwide. Since the program’s inception ten years ago, Kohl’s has turned $5 merchandise into more than $150 million to help make a positive difference in the lives of children.
UPDATE: We dug up the patent that Disney has held for YEARS that makes this technology possible. Read more!
The day of reckoning has come, dear readers.
A friend sent us a link to these YouTube videos showing Mickey Mouse greeting a couple of fans at Toontown in Disneyland a couple of days ago and it appears that the technology first used in the character heads of the Dream Along with Mickey Castle show at Magic Kingdom may very well have found its way into the meet & greet scenario in a huge way (and with some further enhancements).