Following the incredibly warm and rousing reception from D23 EXPO fans in 2013, Disney Theatrical Productions is thrilled to announce a new concert presented exclusively for this year’s D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center entitled Disney on Broadway’s ‘The Originals.’ In anticipation of high fan-demand, two performances of the concert will be presented on Saturday, August 15th at 11am and at 2pm in Stage 23.
Earlier this evening, Disney legend Alan Menken kicked off a new series at Lincoln Center in New York City titled ‘Artist to Artist’ with the premise that a newcomer to the industry would have the opportunity to interview a master of the craft.
While the majority of the interview included Menken recalling his storied legacy in the world of musical theatre, the closing end of the production ended on what Menken is currently working on. Of the numerous projects Menken was able to recall (the Tangled Disney Cruise Line show and animated series not among them), one he spoke at length about was the Beauty and the Beast live action remake starring Emma Watson.
‘Tangled,’ an animated series for kids, tween and families, based on Walt Disney Animation Studios’ acclaimed feature film, has begun production with Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi reprising their roles as Rapunzel and Eugene (also known as Flynn Rider). The series will premiere in 2017 on Disney Channels around the world. It will also reunite Disney Legend and Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater.
D23 EXPO 2015 will feature the world premiere of ‘Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration’ — a live concert performance featuring a 32-piece orchestra celebrating the Silly Symphony animated short films and their accompanying music, hosted by film historian Leonard Maltin. Fans will delight in watching selected Silly Symphony shorts from Disney’s archives while the music is performed live in synchronization with the picture, presented using high-quality, newly restored digital film masters. The music will be performed as it would have been recorded during those historic days at the Disney Studios on Hyperion Avenue in the 1920s and ’30s. This very special concert event will showcase the music of the Three Little Pigs, The Old Mill and many other classics. To ensure as many guests are able to see the concert as possible, two 70-minute presentations will take place on Sunday, August 16, one at 11 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m. in Stage 23.
According to Disney, Playmation is the next step in the evolution of play, where digital gets physical and imagination becomes real. The groundbreaking system of toys and wearables uses smart technology to inspire kids to run around and use their imaginations, as they become the hero or heroine of stories from across The Walt Disney Company. Playmation Marvel’s Avengers is the first of a series of systems in development, including Star Wars and Frozen. In Playmation Marvel’s Avengers, strap the high-tech Repulsor Gear onto your arm and join the Avengers in their fight to save Earth! As an Avenger recruit, your on-board intelligence JARVIS will guide you from your Gear as you accept missions from the Avengers and battle in exotic locations around the universe to save our planet—all from the comfort of your own home.
Pixar Animation Studios has released its first teaser trailer for their upcoming film The Good Dinosaur (November 25, 2015). You can find the trailer embedded below.
The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today announced that the Disney Channel Original Movie will be available to own on DVD on July 31, 2015, the same day the film premieres on Disney Channel. The DVD is now available for pre-order.
From the Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega (High School Musical franchise) comes this original contemporary story of classic Disney characters reinvented and the introduction of modern Disney lore. Enter this new epic universe of relatable tween characters on a journey of self-discovery. New on Disney DVD, and complete with never-before-seen bonus and a FREE bracelet!
Disney Channel has has released a full-length, extended trailer the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, Descendants, which will debut on Disney Channel on July 31, 2015 at 8 pm, but will be available on the WATCH DISNEY CHANNEL platforms starting one week earlier, on July 24. You can find the trailer embedded below.
In addition, Amazon has begun listing the DVD edition of the film for a July 31, 2015 release as well. Reported bonus features include ‘Backstage Dance Rehearsals — Dance Till You Drop! Exclusive Cast Rehearsals With Director Kenny Ortega.’
Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have released a new clips from Inside Out (June 19, 2015) which you can find embedded below. The clip features Joy explaining the function of Riley’s core memories, how they come about and what they do.
Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney/Pixar’s original new film Inside Out ventures inside the mind to find out.
With Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland (May 22, 2015) in theaters — well — tomorrow, Walt Disney Studios has provided us with a round of its traditional ‘fun facts’ to provide some fun insight into the production of the film, which you can find below.
From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney) — jaded by disillusionment — and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as Tomorrowland. What they must do there changes the world — and them — forever.