WATCH: New ‘Cars Toons’ Shorty Shorts

'Cars Toons' Shorty Shorts 'Hiccups'Last night, Disney Channel debuted three new ‘Cars Toons’ Shorty Shorts: ‘Hiccups,’ ‘Bugged,’ and ‘Spinning.’ The new Shorty Shorts are appropriately named since each one clocks in at under 90 seconds, while offering a quick and fun peek into the world of Cars. Directed by Jeremy Lasky and produced by Mary Alice Drumm, Disney Pixar ‘Cars Toons’ feature some of our favorite characters in new and surprising situations.

The new shorts are now available to watch on Disney.com. Click on any of the titles below to go directly to the video:

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‘Lilo & Stitch’ Blu-ray Release to Join ‘Emperor’s New Groove,’ ‘Atlantis’ on June 11

'Lilo & Stitch' on Blu-rayWhen it comes to releasing animated classics from Walt Disney Animation Studios, there appears to be little to no rhyme or reason for the release order and timing — at times it’s just downright mayhem. When Blu-ray releases seem to conveniently coincide with a release date anniversary milestone, such as Mulan’s 15th, and touted as such, it often makes consumers wonder why some films seem to have been forgotten.

Enter Lilo & Stitch which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012. Unfortunately the year came and went without any fanfare save for a respectable mention at D23′s national ‘Fanniversary’ events. In 2013, however, 11 years after the film’s release, the tides are apparently about to turn.

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‘The Emperor’s New Groove,’ ‘Atlantis’ on Blu-ray in June

'The Emperor's New Groove' on Blu-rayAdmittedly we’ve sounded the alarm for the dual movie pack of Atlantis: The Lost Empire/Atlantis: Milo’s Return before, but this time we’re almost certain it’s going to happen. Ahead of any official announcement (which is expected later today if the pattern holds), Amazon.com has begun accepting pre-orders for the movie/sequel pair on Blu-ray for a release date of June 11, 2013. This was not the case when we believed it to be released alongside of Mulan, Brother Bear and Hunchback of Notre Dame and their respective sequels earlier this year.

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‘Monsters University’ Grumblr Viral Site Goes Live

Instagram Entry on the MU Grumblr

As we first reported on Twitter back in January, the marketing machine for Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University continues to go viral while keeping it organic to the film’s content. This time around, it’s a Tumblr account known as MUGrumblr.

The Grumblr account purports to be maintained by a ‘Monstropolis transplant’ and ‘self-diagnosed coffee addict’ who is currently a sophomore at the prestigious University and is filled with all sorts of memes, animated GIFs, faux-Instagram photos and other updates on school activities and sports.

You can check it all out for yourself and follow along at mugrumblr.tumblr.com.

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‘Monsters University’ New Viral Ads Promote Campus Life, Share New Footage

'Monsters University' Character PosterA couple of new viral ads have been released in support of Pixar Animation Studios’ Monsters University, in theaters on June 18. One of the ads in particular comes very close to sharing some of the new footage previously shown in the Japan trailer, which includes visits to the Monsters. Inc Scare Floor. Mostly, however, the ads promote campus life with the school of scaring in particular.

Welcome to Monsters University:

We See Monsters University:

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‘Avengers Assemble,’ ‘Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.’ Premiere Dates Set for Disney XD

The popular Marvel Universe programming block on Disney XD will expand with more action, adventure and humor with the debut of two new animated series ‘Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,’ which continues the exciting adventures of Marvel’s most popular super heroes – Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow and newcomer Falcon, and ‘Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.,’ which features the incredible Hulk, She-Hulk, Red Hulk, A-Bomb and Skaar; it was announced today by David Levine, Vice President and General Manager, Disney XD Worldwide and Jeph Loeb, Executive Vice President & Head of Television, Marvel Entertainment. Kicking off the marvelous summer programming is a special one-hour preview of ‘Marvel’s Avengers Assemble’ on Sunday, May 26, followed by the series premiere on Sunday, July 7. ‘Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents S.M.A.S.H.’ premieres Sunday, August 11 at 11:00 am ET/PT on Marvel Universe on Disney XD.

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‘Monsters University’ Japanese Trailer Shows Young Mike Wazowski, Plot Points

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

It’s in Japanese (naturally), but this version of the trailer for Disney/Pixar’s upcoming film Monsters University gives a whole new dimension to the story we’ve come to know so far. In it, we see a very young Mike Wazowski in an apparent field trip to the Scare Floor at Monsters Inc. in which young Mike receives a gift that starts to shape his entire future.

There are also additional scenes which Mike appears to meet Sulley for the first time, as well as the scene in which Dean Hardscrabble (voiced by Helen Mirren) appears to be kicking the future pals out of the esteemed Scarer program.

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‘Star and the Forces of Evil’ Animated Series Coming to Disney Channel

Disney Channel has ordered “Star and the Forces of Evil” (working title), an animated comedy adventure about a fun-loving magical teen princess from another dimension who — after a few bold skirmishes with other-worldly monsters — is sent by her Royal Parents to live with the Diaz family on Earth. Eden Sher (ABC’s “The Middle”) provides the voice of the lead character, Star Butterfly. Production has begun for a scheduled Fall 2014 premiere. The announcement was made today by Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation.

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‘Sofia the First’ Renewed for Second Season

The animated series starring Disney’s first little girl princess, “Sofia the First,” the reigning cable TV series among Kids 2-5, Girls 2-5 and Boys 2-5, has been ordered for a second season on Disney Junior, the daily programming block for preschoolers and parents on Disney Channel, as well as the burgeoning 24-hour channel, Disney Junior. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide. In addition to its regal standing with the youngest viewers, “Sofia the First” is also the #1 preschooler cable TV series in Total Viewers and Women 18-49, a key indicator of parental approval.

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APP REVIEW: ‘Toy Story: Smash It!’ is Flawless Spin on Mobile Classic

Toy Story Smash It! Title: Toy Story: Smash It! (link)
Publisher:
Walt Disney
Released:
February 27, 2013
Cost:
$.99
Platforms:
Apple iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), Android Soon
Pros: Familiar intellectual property, addictive play, well executed spin on popular mobile game franchise
Cons: Restart button isn’t immediate
Review: Toy Story: Smash It!, a new title from Disney Mobile and Disney Mobile Studio Prague, is a physics oriented game that’s sure to make any player anything but angry.

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