D23 Expo: ‘Steamboat Willie Redux’ Animated Short Advance Screening

Steamboat Willie ReduxOnly one of three Disney characters to have a recognized birthday (co-star Minnie being another), Mickey Mouse entered the world of pop culture phenomena on November 18, 1928 — the day Steamboat Willie premiered at New York’s Colony Theatre.

This year will mark Mickey’s 85th birthday and Disney Consumer Products has decided to celebrate in a big way: by remaking the short that made Mickey. Titled Steamboat Willie Redux, it’s already been teased in DCP’s D23 Expo plans: ‘Celebrate the history and timelessness of the most cherished Disney character through this graphically re-interpreted mash-up of the pioneering 1928 cartoon short, Steamboat Willie.’

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D23 Expo: ‘Phineas and Ferb’ to Bring Real-Life ‘Waffle-inator’ ‘Mission Marvel’ Challenge

Dr. Doofenshmirtz is primed to take over Disney’s D23 Expo…and the Tri-State Area with his most wacky ‘-inator’ yet — ‘The Waffle-inator’ — a spectacular 40-foot high interactive game, combining physical and digital worlds — and simulated waffles — in an epic showdown to free Agent P from the clutches of Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Kids, tweens and families can hop aboard and wield the life-size invention to play ‘The Phineas and Ferb Waffle-inator Challenge,’ over three days at Disney’s D23 Expo, the ultimate event for Disney fans, at the Anaheim Convention Center, August 9-11.

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‘What I Likes’ ‘Mary Poppins’ Video Remix by Pogo

Australian video remix artist Nick Bertke (aka Pogo) has just released his latest Disney collaboration, ‘What I Likes’ featuring audio and video from the Walt Disney classic, Mary Poppins, featuring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. You can find the video embedded below.

‘What I Likes’ comes as Mary Poppins is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary and as Disney is preparing to release a film based on the actual events that lead to its production, Saving Mr. Banks in which Walt Disney attempts to court author P.L. Travers in his quest to turn her stories into a film.

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HOWTO: Easily Get Apps from Other Countries (e.g. My Muppets Show, Disneyfan Magazine)

Disneyfan magazine on US iPhoneAs they say, the grass is always greener on the other side… of the planet. Most of us have reached some level of angst when it’s come to getting our hands on the latest and greatest game/app for the iPhone and iPad only to learn that it’s not available in your own country (territory). What is a Disney fan to do? The reality is Apple makes it so incredibly simple to bypass this restriction, you just might kick yourself once you discover how it’s done.

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D23 Expo: Hewlett-Packard to Showcase Aurasma Augmented Reality Technology

Aurasma by HPBriefly appearing on the official D23 Expo website prior to its removal, Hewlett-Packard (the expo’s sorcerer sponsor) advertised that it will be bringing its augmented reality experience, Aurasma to the show.

Throughout the show floor, there will be several opportunities to experience the app, indicated by the Aurasma A-shaped icon. By scanning the icon, an ‘aura’ will be revealed through the app. According to the supplied description, ‘auras can be as simple as a video and a link to a web page or as complex as a lifelike 3D animation.’

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‘Frozen’ to Take Center Stage in Holiday World of Color at Disney California Adventure

World of Color - Winter Dreams‘World of Color — Winter Dreams,’ an all-new holiday version of the popular ‘World of Color’ after-dark spectacular, will debut at Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, November 15, adding even more merriment to the holiday season at the Disneyland Resort.

Hosted by Olaf the snowman, from the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature Frozen, the ‘World of Color — Winter Dreams’ show combines new animation with classic winter scenes from such beloved Disney films as Bambi, Fantasia and Toy Story. The show will include new special effects and present some new methods for utilizing the massive ‘stage’ of water, color and light on which ‘World of Color’ is presented.

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Kidrobot Launches Marvel Designer Vinyl Toy Collaboration

Wolverine Labbit from KidrobotKidrobot, one of the premiere originators for designer vinyl toys, has recently begun selling figures from its newest licensed collaboration, Marvel.

Among the collection are Marvel editions of Frank Kozik’s Labbit including Wolverine (pictured here) from Marvel’s X-Men as well as the Venom Symbiote from Marvel’s Spider-Man.

As of today, in addition to the Labbit, Kidrobot has launched a full line of MUNNY do-it-yourself figures available in both 7″ and 4″ sizes. Each Munny comes with a selection of decals as well as props related to the Marvel character it represents. Currently available are: Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine and Venom.

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D23 Expo: Major Schedule Updates Include ‘Frozen’ Panel, Brad Bird Signing

Late last night, the D23 Expo schedule received a major overhaul with appearances, signings, panels and other events as well as more specific start — and more importantly — end times. While each attendee should carefully pour over the additions, here are just a few of the highlights we spotted:

  • Disney Animation (Friday, Arena, 10 am) – allotted a whopping 2 1/2 hours. The Studios presentation (Saturday, Arena, 10:30 am) is given 2 hours.
  • Pixar’s Angus MacLane Buzz Lightyear Small Fry action figures signing (Friday, Disney Living, 4:30 pm)
  • Marty Sklar signing (Friday, Talent Round-Up, 4:15 pm)

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D23 Expo: Disney Parks to Tease New Star Wars, Avatar Attractions

Iron Man and Captain America (DISNEY XD/Rick Rowell)According to a new article from Disney Insider, the Disney Parks pavilion at the upcoming D23 Expo will offer more than just a look back at Walt Disney Imagineering’s 60 year history.

Speaking with the show producer of the D23 Expo Disney Parks pavilion, Dave Fisher, the article mentions many things the pavilion will offer attendees, which include teasers of brand new attractions coming to Disney Parks based on Disney’s Star Wars property as well as Avatar. In addition, the pavilion will be play testing a new project Imagineering is working on titled ‘Adventure Trading Company.’ The pavilion will also offer two virtual ride-throughs using their pre-vis DISH (Digital Immersive Showroom) technology and a meet and greet with Captain America.

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‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Theatrical Poster

'Saving Mr. Banks' PosterThe Walt Disney Parks official blog today revealed the theatrical poster for Disney’s upcoming film, Saving Mr. Banks which opens in theaters limited release on December 13, 2013, followed by a wide release on December 20.

We also recently shared the news that Amazon.com has begun taking pre-orders for the two-disc deluxe soundtrack for the film, scored by Thomas Newman.

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