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.
Disney twenty-three — the flagship magazine of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club—ushers in winter early, celebrating Disney’s new animated film Frozen. The cover story features exclusive interviews with the film’s cool voice actors Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, as well as a visit with the filmmakers as they bring Frozen’s wintery wonderland to life in Disney’s 53rd animated feature, coming to theaters this November.
D23 Expo 2013 will celebrate its grand opening with a welcome from Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger followed by the first of two arena presentations hosted by The Walt Disney Studios at the Anaheim Convention Center. On Friday, August 9, The Walt Disney Studios will surprise and delight fans with sneak peeks of the incredible slate of upcoming animated films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, and Disneytoon Studios, hosted by Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter. Then, on Saturday, August 10, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn will host The Walt Disney Studios live action arena presentation which will pull back the curtain on upcoming releases from Disney Live Action and Marvel Studios. Both presentations will feature exclusive clips and behind-the-scenes footage, filmmaker discussions, and surprise celebrity appearances.
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‘Penn Zero: Part Time Hero’ is an animated series coming to Disney XD. And that’s pretty much everything we know — almost.
Attention was brought to the series by several recent domain registration of several names for it: PENNZERO.COM, PENNZERO.NET, PENNZEROPARTTIMEHERO.COM and PENNZEROPARTTIMEHERO.NET.
An extensive Google search for information on the series turned up only two mentions, one ironically enough right on Disney Channel’s media web site. The entry for Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess mentions that voice director Sam Reigel worked on ‘Penn Zero: Part Time Hero,’ as well as another pilot, ‘Shred-Force,’ which was created by Matt Maiellaro, co-creator of Cartoon Network’s ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force,’ et al.