The Walt Disney Studios is pleased to announce the addition of animated classics The Jungle Book and Sleeping Beauty to its prestigious Blu-ray™ Diamond Edition Collection. Released from the Disney vault for a limited time only, The Jungle Book opens to colorful new life on Blu-ray Diamond Edition in February 2014, while Sleeping Beauty awakens on stunning Blu-ray Diamond Edition in October 2014.
Production has begun on the animated series “Miles From Tomorrowland,” a space adventure for preschoolers. Slated to debut in 2015 on Disney Junior channels and programming blocks around the world, the series follows the outer space voyages of young adventurer Miles and his family. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.
Kanter said, “We hope this series will influence a child’s interest in science and technology by introducing them at an early age to the exciting world of space exploration, how things work and what lies beyond the here and now.”
From the Statue of Pitty located in the heart of ‘the Big Axle,’ to the Taj Mahal to the Great Wall of China, Walt Disney Studios and Disney Toon Studios have supplied us with stills, concept art, behind-the-scenes photos and more as Dusty Crophopper darts his way around the planet in the hopes of winning the ‘Wings Around the Globe’ race.
Walt Disney Animation Studios has provided us with these hi-res scans of newly released animation cels from the Mickey Mouse short, Get A Horse!, which features the original voice of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney himself.
The black-and-white, hand-drawn short’s story follows Mickey, his favorite gal pal, Minnie, and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow. The gang is enjoying a musical haywagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete shows up and tries to run them off the road.
The short recently made its world premiere and will be shown for the first time ever to public audiences in North America during the Disney Animation arena presentation at the Disney D23 Expo, which takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center from August 9-11, 2013.
Exclusively at Disney’s D23 Expo August 9–11 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Disney fans are invited to explore the incredible roster of film, stage, and music projects on the horizon at The Walt Disney Studios, with a variety of panel discussions, sneak peeks, and exhibits.
Yesterday, Stitch Kingdom was invited to preview Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story, an upcoming webseries produced by Disney Interactive. The following is a recap of the event — which included an advanced viewing of the webseries as well as a behind-the-scenes look at its creation — courtesy of Kiki Levin.
It’s not often you’d imagine members of the Walt Disney Company dumpster-diving for set pieces, but that’s exactly what happened during the production of Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story. Conceived and created by the Disney Interactive team in Burbank, the stop-motion animation was made on a shoe-string budget (hence the dumpster-diving) but radiates the high production values and heart-warming storylines Disney fans have come to know and love.
Only 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.’
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.
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)
An epic ode to Star Wars from the creators of Disney’s animated comedy ‘Phineas and Ferb’ is in production — the one hour event episode will premiere next year on Disney Channel and Disney XD. It places the characters of ‘Phineas and Ferb’ in the same space and time as the world of Star Wars, all with the brilliant comedic perspective that has made the global hit ‘Phineas and Ferb’ the #1 animated TV series for Kids 6-11 in primetime and Tweens across total day for the past five years.