Disney Interactive Studios Names Dan Tudge Vice President and General Manager, Propaganda Games

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PropagandaBURBANK, Calif. — Disney Interactive Studios today announced the appointment of Dan Tudge as vice president and general manager of Propaganda Games, Disney Interactive Studios’ development studio in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tudge is tasked with overseeing the operations of the 130-person studio as it continues the development of two unannounced games.

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Club Penguin’s Rockhopper to Visit Walt Disney World in May

rockhopper-disney-world-298x300If you’re a penguin, you already know who Rockhopper is and you probably already know this juicy little tidbit, but Club Penguin and many CP fan sites are reporting that Rockhopper will be making appearances at Walt Disney World beginning April 30 through May 13. No further details are currently available, but rest assured, as soon as we know more, we’ll update you all.

Updated: Here’s the official announcement in CP’s blog.

Thanks to cancilla/TGM for the tip

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Advance Sales for EARTH has Disney Planting 500,000 Trees (and Growing)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 18: Disney's Mark Zoradi, DisneyNature Jean-Francois Camilleri, Disney's Dick Cook, Disney's Robert Iger, Director Alastair Fothergill and Director Mark Linfield at the World Premiere of DisneyNature's "EARTH" on April 18, 2009 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 18: Disney's Mark Zoradi, DisneyNature Jean-Francois Camilleri, Disney's Dick Cook, Disney's Robert Iger, Director Alastair Fothergill and Director Mark Linfield at the World Premiere of DisneyNature's "EARTH" on April 18, 2009 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

BURBANK, Calif.– “EARTH” won’t open till Wednesday, yet moviegoers have already snapped up half a million tickets to catch the movie in its opening week and have a tree planted in their honor. Disneynature’s commitment to plant a tree for everyone who sees the motion picture between April 22-28 means that already 500,000 trees will be planted — and that number is still growing with advance ticket sales on the rise and the April 22 opening just a few days away.

“With half a million new trees committed so far, Disneynature’s first film is already making an impact on the world — and ‘EARTH’ hasn’t even opened yet,” said Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group. “We’re so pleased that moviegoers have embraced this film and our tree-planting initiative to this degree and we expect the numbers to keep climbing.”

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Auditing the Disney English as a Second Language (ESL) Schools for Chinese Children

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.

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Head-on Collision Near Epcot Leaves Two Dead

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.

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Visiting the Real Winnie-the-Pooh in New York City

Eeyore, Kanga, Piglet, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger

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.

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AGIO Introduces Patio Furnishings Inspired by Walt Disney World Resorts

Grand Floridian Furniture Collection by AIGO

Grand Floridian Furniture Collection by AIGO

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.

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A Look at Disneynature’s OTHER First Film – The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos

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.

Crimson Wing PosterShot 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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When it Comes to Animation, Disney Copies the Best (Video)

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.

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