D23 Announces Contest to Become Official Donald Duck Portrait Artist – Winner to Receive Rare ‘Duckster’ Award

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Donald DuckBURBANK, Calif., May 26 — Irascible, cranky, mischievous, outrageous – Donald Duck has a seemingly limitless personality, and in honor of his birthday on June 9, Disney’s D23 is commissioning an official portrait from those who know Donald best: his fans.

For the first time ever, Disney is turning to fans to create an official portrait of one of its biggest stars. Finalists in the Donald Duck 75th Anniversary Portrait Contest will have their work unveiled and displayed at the inaugural D23 Expo, which will be held September 10-13 at the Anaheim Convention Center, adjacent to Disneyland.

The contest is hosted by D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans, and is open to all D23 Members who are 18 or older. Full-length oil, acrylic or watercolor canvas portraits of Donald Duck, no larger than 24″ W x 36″ H, are eligible. Artists must first submit an original sketch, in any medium or size, of the planned artwork. The submission form, as well as full contest rules and additional details, can be found at the official D23 website, http://www.disney.com/D23. All finalists selected to have their works displayed will be eligible for two complimentary, four-day admission passes to the D23 Expo.

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Walt Disney World Online Moms Panel Wins Public Relations Award

The New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America recently held its 22nd annual Big Apple Awards event in New York City. From a record of 186 entries, 37 awards and 18 honorable mentions were given. “The winning agencies demonstrated a gold standard in public relations, a clear understanding of client objectives and flawless execution,” said PRSA-NY President elect, Irene Maslowski.

In order to be eligible for the award, the entrant must be located in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Tri-State Area and had to perform most or all of the actual work on the program, which could have been executed anywhere within the United States. The panel of judges was comprised of experienced, senior level public relations practitioners, representing a broad range of disciplines.

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‘Flight of the Navigator’ Remake Cleared for Takeoff

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Disney is readying a relaunch of the 1986 sci-fi adventure movie “Flight of the Navigator.” It has hired “Wild Hogs” scribe Brad Copeland to write the remake.

The original movie told the story of a 12-year-old boy (Joey Cramer) who is abducted by an alien spacecraft in 1978 and reappears eight years later, still the same age and with no memory of what happened. NASA scientists discover a connection between the boy and a downed spacecraft and try to exploit the boy, who ultimately escapes with the ship and attempts to reunite with his family.

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Walt Disney World Swan Announces Time Limited Offer – Rooms for $119/Night

Correction: This offer is valid at the Swan resort only.

Book a room at the Walt Disney World Swan resort by June 3, 2009 and it could be yours for just $119/night. This amazing offer places you within walking distance of both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot.

Rooms at this special rate are available for the following dates: June 5 – 22, July 5 – 25, August 7 – 14, August 19 – September 9 and September 17 – 22, 2009. Bookings at this rate must be paid for in full at time of booking. There is a cancellation fee of one night’s stay if canceled more than 72 hours out – cancellations within 72 hours of check-in forfeit the entire amount. Additional mandatory fees and taxes are not included in this rate.

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Film Review: the boys: the sherman brothers’ story

the boys: the sherman brothers' storyThe only thing more legendary than their music is their animosity. It wasn’t until their own children came together and decided the differences must be put aside and the story be told.

Currently in limited release, Stitch Kingdom brings you a review of this fascinating documentary of a family who couldn’t be together unless they were working together. You can read our review here.

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Tickets Now Available for D23’s Lion King Roar into Vegas Event

D23 members can now purchase tickets to the D23 Lion King Roar into Vegas event. Purchase tickets to the June 27 performance for $113.50 per ticket and receive an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience after the show. You’ll also get a premium seating location, complimentary admission to the Founder’s Room at the hotel’s House of Blues, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item.

Tickets will be available via will-call only and you must have your D23 card and a photo ID to claim them.

Click here to purchase tickets.

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‘Phineas and Ferb’s Memorial Day Marathon’ on May 25 – Plus Learn How to Draw Them

104 days of summer vacation begins with a marathon of the Emmy-nominated hit series “Phineas and Ferb,” MONDAY, MAY 25 (2:00 –10:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. During programming breaks, series co-creator and executive producer Dan Povenmire will take viewers behind the scenes during production and provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw the popular characters Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Agent P and Perry the Platypus. Printable instructions are also available for download at DisneyChannel.com.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios Announces First ABC Television Special this Holiday Season

The first television special for ABC produced by the Walt Disney Animation Studios,  “Prep & Landing” reveals the never-before-told tale of an elite unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing. Every Christmas Eve this high-tech organization ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared for the yearly visit from The Big Guy, their code name for Santa Claus. The animated special will air during the 2009-10 television season.

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When it Comes to Big Love, HBO has Nothing on Disney

Topeka’s KTKA is reporting that the Topeka Zoo’s lonely hippo-turned-cougar, Mara,  will soon have a potential suitor in Tucker, a younger hippo gentleman from Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

In the name of ‘research,’ I mistakingly googled on the mating habits of the hippopotamus. I didn’t go past that, but evidently it’s made the list of several top 10 ‘bizarre’ mating rituals.

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Forget the Palm d’Or, Dug from Disney/Pixar’s UP Takes the Palm Dog

The American Free Press is reporting that Dug and the rest of his canine pack (Alpha, Beta, Gamma and perhaps a couple of others) have secured the top canine prize at Cannes, the Palm Dog, which celebrates dogs on film.

From the article: “Up was a favourite from the word go as it featured loveable Dug and a pack of wild but wonderful hounds with comically malfunctioning human voice collars,” said journalist Toby Rose.

For more information on the award, check out the article here.

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