Disney Looks Strong on Visual Effects for 2010 Oscar Consideration

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its shortlist of contenders for Achievement in Visual Effects (VFX) last night and a third of them are films by Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios, although they’re definitely up against some tough competition. Selected for consideration are: Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man 2, Price of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and TRON: Legacy.

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Mad Hatter, Dreamfinder Vinylmation Combos to be Released Online December 17

Mad Hatter / Dormouse Vinylmation CombinationDisney Design Group has announced that in addition to the Dreamfinder/Figment Vinylmation and 3″ Retro Magic Kingdom figure being released at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts on December 17, they will also be available online at DisneyStore.com.

In addition, the online-exclusive 9″ Mad Hatter and 3″ Dormouse by Chris Chapman and Maria Clapsis will also be available online. The DisneyStore.com exclusive is expected to be limited to 1200 pieces.

Update #1: Despite the announcement, the vinylmations did not appear on DisneyStore.com today. However, the limited edition Disneyland Ticket Vinylmation set has.

Update #2: The Mad Hatter vinylmation is now available online.

Update #3: The Dreamfinder vinylmation is now available online as are the Park Series 5 9″ Magic Kingdom figure and the Holiday 2 9″ Birthday.

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Disney’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Debuts on Blu-ray on February 1, 2011

Alice in Wonderland: 60th Anniversary EditionThe highly anticipated blu-ray debut of the Walt Disney 1951 classic Alice in Wonderland will be released on February 1, 2011 according to Amazon.com which now lists it available for pre-order.

Blu-ray bonus features are set to include:

  • Reflections on Alice (DVD edition)
  • Operation Wonderland (Now in HD)
  • Thru the Mirror Mickey Mouse animated short (Now in HD)
  • “I’m Odd” newly discovered Cheshire Cat song and intro
  • Original theatrical trailers (1951 & 1974)
  • One-hour in Wonderland
  • An Alice Comedy: Alice’s Wonderland

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Report: Disney Drops The 3D Luxo Ball, Fetches ‘Bolt’ and ‘Alice’ Deal with Sony Instead

Very early this year, we reported on a Hollywood Reporter blurb that didn’t seem to catch the eye of most — Disney planned on releasing three Blu-ray 3D titles this year: A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3.

Shortly thereafter it was widely rumored but never substantiated that Disney was considering making Alice in Wonderland a package deal with Sony products. However Sony recently announced and Variety confirms that it will be offering not just Alice in Wonderland as an exclusive bundle with its 3D home theater equipment this fall, but that Disney’s Bolt will also be available exclusively in Blu-ray 3D with Sony. The titles will come alongside purchases of Sony Bravia 3D TVs and — without the assistance of eBay — consumers will be forced to choose between the two. Whether the 3D titles will become available for general purchase in the future is up in the air.

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Curiouser and Curiouser: Designer Sees Red, Sues Disney for Green

TMZ is reporting that designer Arman Mkrtchyan has filed a lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court against The Walt Disney Company on the grounds that his work was used in Walt Disney Studios’ Alice in Wonderland without any compensation. Claiming that the Red Queen’s throne is a virtual clone of his own piece (and that he in fact had designed a matching set, representing each suit), Mkrtchyan is suing Disney for a ‘designer’s fee’ in the amount of $50,000.

If the case does go to trial, don’t anticipate it to be scheduled on the same day the Knave of Hearts is finally brought to justice for stealing tarts.

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Disney-Themed Japanese Pocket Puzzles on Sale at ThinkGeek.com

ThinkGeek.com has listed its Disney-themed Japanese pocket puzzles at 50% off, now just $4.99 each. There are three different versions of the puzzle: Alice in Wonderland, Winnnie-the-Pooh and Mickey & Minnie Mouse.

Details along with a link for additional information and photos below:

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Photo Gallery: Opening Night Gala, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Exhibit at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Details on life-size LEGO Captain Jack Sparrow In celebration of the Blu-ray™ & DVD release of Alice in Wonderland on June 1, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE), in partnership with Disney Consumer Products (DCP),  unveiled a first-of-its-kind Alice In Wonderland Exhibition in the FIDM Museum & Galleries at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles.

Colleen Atwood (Academy Award® winning designer; Best Achievement in Costume Design for Memoirs of a Geisha in 2005 and Best Costume Design for Chicago in 2002) was in attendance along with Nick Verreos (star of “Project Runway”, graduate and instructor at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and NIKOLAKI owner/designer) and Kerli (singer/songwriter of “Strange” and “Tea Party”, featured on the film’s soundtrack).

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Disney’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Becomes Sixth Film to Reach $1B in Box Office Sales Worldwide

Tim Burton’s epic fantasy adventure “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland” reached a historic milestone today, passing the $1 billion dollar mark in global box office. “Alice” becomes only the sixth title to join this exclusive list and the third most popular non-sequel in motion picture history behind only “Titanic” and “Avatar.”

“We feel incredibly fortunate to be able to showcase such an amazing 3-D film from visionary director Tim Burton and the creative talents of Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway,” said Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. “Our marketing teams joined with our exhibition partners to find every opportunity to bring this creative masterpiece to fans around the world.”

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LA’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising to Host ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Exhibition

In celebration of Alice in Wonderland’s Blu-ray™ and DVD debut on June 1, 2010, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE), in partnership with Disney Consumer Products (DCP), are unveiling a first-of-its-kind Alice In Wonderland Exhibition in the FIDM Museum & Galleries at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles.  The exhibition is free to the public and opens on Thursday, May 27 and will run through September 30, 2010.

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New Contest From Walt Disney Studios Asks ‘Alice’ Fans to Show Their Best Futterwacken

'Alice in Wonderland' on Disney Blu-ray and DVD © WDSHEIn honor of the June 1 release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland on Blu-ray and DVD, Walt Disney Studios is asking fans to submit video performances of their own individual takes on the Mad Hatter’s Futterwacken.

For some inspiration, they’ve provided the following clip from the home video release in which David ‘Elsewhere’ Bernal talks about how the dance came about:

Entries should be no longer than 40 seconds in length and include your first name and the state where you reside. It only takes three easy steps to enter — record your video, add music (your favorite Almost Alice is encouraged but not required) and upload to the contest website.

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