According to G4, Disney, whose video game producing units have recently succumbed to a taxing economy, has opted to not renew its licensing agreement with THQ who has been producing games based on the Disney/Pixar properties through UP. THQ has most recently come into the spotlight with its share of hardship and will no doubt feel the blow from this latest move. It’s expected that Disney will start developing future properties in-house beginning with Toy Story 3. Full article here.
A stylish boutique with designer flair and eclectic offerings becomes a premier shopping spot at Downtown Disney Marketplace with the March opening of Tren-D. The urban-inspired Walt Disney World specialty store is a one-of-a-kind, hip destination for fashion-conscious shoppers seeking trendy apparel and novel accessories.
“This unique environment, filled with textured fabrics, new silhouettes, and whimsical art and design allows us the opportunity to push the creative envelope as it relates to fashion and our characters,” said Mark Perrotta, director of Product Development and Design. “Our guests continue to respond to trend merchandise and novel products that they can’t purchase at home. Tren-D speaks to what is happening today with a blend of vintage and hip with stylized Disney influences.”
Guests of the 2009 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Resort can see amazing creations made entirely of sand to celebrate the new theatrical release Earth, presented by Disneynature, which premieres nationwide April 22, 2009. The 16th annual festival takes place March 18-May 31, 2009. Amid a colorful tableau of flowers, plants and topiaries, Walt Disney World guests of all ages can explore myriad exhibits and activities geared toward gardening and outdoor fun.
As per Variety
BURBANK, Calif. – (Business Wire) Disneynature, the first new film label to be introduced by Disney in 60 years, will celebrate its premiere film, “EARTH,” being released nationally on April 22, Earth Day, by planting a tree in honor of every moviegoer who sees the film in its opening week.
The Houston Chronicle reports that the ten television stations that make up the ABC Owned Television Stations Group (AOTS) will be launching a new network in late April to be carried by Comcast and other cable providers called LiveWellHD. The channel will feature original content created by the stations in the group which includes Houston’s KTRK ABC13. More details can be found in the article here.
The Disney Store UK announced plans today to sponsor a 50 acre section of Heartwood Forest, an 858 acre endeavor to bring a a new native forest to England.
The Disney Store UK will be selling a specially designed reusable bag featuring Winnie the Pooh and Piglet with a portion of the proceeds going to Disney’s section, dubbed the Magical Wood.
PARIS, March 19 (Reuters Life!) – An animated 3-D comedy directed by the one of the creators of “Toy Story” will raise the curtain on the Cannes Film Festival, the first time an animated film has opened the world’s biggest cinema competition, organisers said on Thursday.
The Orlando Sentinel reports all the nitty gritty in this article that covers a re-negotiated deal that heavily favors Disney who once had to prove to OIA that its free transportation program had merit.
GLENDALE, Calif., March 18 – Introducing babies to sites and sounds of the world, the award-winning Baby Einstein Company reaches beyond classical music to explore global cultures with the launch of World Music. From banging a drum to shaking a maraca, little ones now have the opportunity to discover the different cultures of the world through the universal language of music. Featuring world music from all seven continents, World Music takes babies on a captivating journey and introduces them to the world’s colorful sights and sounds with the fun-loving puppet host, Jane the Monkey, and her toy drum as she travels across the globe to play music with her puppet friends.