Review of Disneynature’s EARTH

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Taking a new look at an old friend, Disneynature presents EARTH. You can read our extensive review here.

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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 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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A Video Tour of Downtown Disney’s Tren-D

Mark Perrotta, director of Product Development and Design for Walt Disney World, gives a tour of Downtown Disney’s newest shopping experience — Tren-D. Tren-D is a stylish boutique with designer flair for those fashion-conscious shoppers seeking trendy apparel and fun accessories. Designers such as Kidada Jones, Tarina Tarantino and Judith Jack showcase their artistry – blending it with Disney-inspired creations.

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Opens in Disneyland (Video)

bbb dlrANAHEIM, Calif. – Beginning April 17, aspiring young princesses (and knights) will be treated to the full fairy-tale treatment at the Disneyland Resort as they celebrate a pixie-dusted makeover at the all-new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, located in the Sleeping Beauty Castle Courtyard.

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First Glimpse of Pixar’s Newest Short, Partly Cloudy

Partly CloudyCourtesy of AICN comes this image from the Disney/Pixar short Partly Cloudy that will play in theaters prior to UP.

Welcome to the world of clouds, where every cloud creates cute, cuddly babies that get delivered to their families by storks.  Every cloud, that is, but Gus.  Gus is the littlest cloud and only knows how to make snapping alligators and spiky porcupines.  Ouch!  For Peck, Gus’s stork and best friend, this means the job can be quite painful.  But as Peck and Gus soon discover, sometimes all you need is a little teamwork and you can weather anything!

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First Look: Poster for Disney’s Old Dogs (John Travolta, Robin Williams)

Old Dogs PosterTwo best friends — one unlucky-in-love divorcee (ROBIN WILLIAMS) and the other a fun-loving bachelor (JOHN TRAVOLTA) — have their lives turned upside down when they’re unexpectedly charged with the care of six-year-old twins while on the verge of the biggest business deal of their lives. The not-so-kid-savvy bachelors stumble in their efforts to take care of the twins (newcomers ELLA BLEU TRAVOLTA and CONNER RAYBURN), leading to one debacle after another, and perhaps to a new-found understanding of what’s really important in life.

Opens November 25.

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SeaWorld Orlando Announces New Tours to Bring Guests Closer to Their Favorite Animals

ORLANDO, Fla. – (2009) SeaWorld Orlando seamlessly blends adventure and education into a treasured experience with all-new tours that connect guests to amazing animals in unique ways.


Elite VIP Tour
SeaWorld rolls out the red carpet for private groups during the Elite VIP Tour. Accompanied by a SeaWorld expert, unforgettable memories will unfold as guests fly, glide and soar headfirst like a ray aboard, Manta, SeaWorld’s new flying coaster opening May 22. The fun continues as families and friends get splashed by an 11,000 pound killer whale, encounter amazing animals and meet one of SeaWorld’s “coolest” residents, a tuxedo clad penguin. Topping off the day guests dine in the company of some of the toothiest dwellers of the sea at Sharks Underwater Grill, a full-service restaurant.

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