‘Sword in the Stone,’ ‘Robin Hood,’ ‘Return to Never Land’ Among August Blu-ray Releases (UPDATED)

Ahead of any official announcements, multiple etailers have begun listing several Disney animated classics (and neo-classics) for a release date on Blu-ray of August 6, 2013. (NOTE: Return to Never Land has now been given an August 20 release date).

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‘Disney’s Planes Take Flight’ Featurette Serves as Sizzle Reel for Film

'Planes' Teaser PosterFeaturing no vocals and simply titled ‘Disney’s Planes Takes Flight,’ Walt Disney Studios has released what could be tantamount to a sizzle reel, promoting the epic scale of its upcoming animated film from DisneyToon Studios, with background music supplied by the film’s composer, Mark Mancina.

Inspired by the world of Cars from Pixar Animation Studios, Disney’s Planes is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing — and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.

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‘Frozen’ New Concept Art of Arendelle (Ultra Hi-Res)

A CHILL IS IN THE AIR – Concept art from Walt Disney Animation Studio’s upcoming “Frozen” introduces Arendelle, a kingdom trapped in eternal winter thanks to one sister’s icy powers—and another’s inability to stop them. In theaters Nov. 27, 2013. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Walt Disney Studios has provided us with a very hi-res version of the concept art recently shared from Frozen from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

When a prophecy traps the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter, Anna (Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his sidekick reindeer, Sven, on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen (Idina Menzel), and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: Merida Royal Coronation Event at Magic Kingdom

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Hundreds of fans gathered early this morning at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Walt Disney World to celebrate the induction of Princess Merida from Disney/Pixar’s Brave into the Disney Princess Royal Court. An honor bestowed to just ten before her, Merida arrived at Cinderella Castle in style atop her faithful steed Angus before receiving the crown from none other than her own mother, Queen Elinor, who made an exceptionally rare appearance. The pair were joined by the other members of the Disney Princess Royal Court along with emcee U.S. Gymnastics 2-time Olympic champion, Gabby Douglas, who was joined on stage by her own mother, Natalie Hawkins.

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Merida Coronation Celebration Tee Available Online for Limited Time

Limited Release Merida Coronation TeeTomorrow morning, May 11, 2013, Disney Consumer Products will officially welcome Merida into its Disney Princess line of products with a celebration fit for — well, a princess. The event will take place at 9:30 am ET at Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida as part of the Limited Time Magic campaign. Merida will become the 11th princess in the royal family and is expected to be joined on stage by the existing set of ten in a rare opportunity. Rumors indicate a possible even rarer appearance by Merida’s mum herself, Queen Elinor, just in time for Mother’s Day.

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‘Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure’ Tour to Kick Off in July

'Disney Junior Live! Pirate and Princess Adventure'Feld Entertainment, producer of Disney on Ice and other live touring staged productions featuring your favorite Disney characters, will be launching a new touring show, ‘Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure’ featuring characters from some of Disney Junior’s hottest stars.

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Disney Animator Eric Goldberg to Present ‘Animation Academy’ to Disneyland Passholders

Advertised as one of its Limited Time Magic events exclusively for Passholders, the Disneyland Resort has announced that it will be offering annual passholders to attend a special presentation of the Animation Academy, located at the Animation Building at Disney California Adventure, hosted by animator Eric Goldberg, best known for characters such as Genie, Phil, Louis and Rabbit.

Goldberg will offer four presentations to passholders for free on May 17, each lasting approximately 45 minutes. Registration is required to receive a wristband for admission and can be obtained on May 17 at the Animation Building beginning at official park opening.

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First Look: ‘Big Hero 6′ Hi-Res Concept Art, Film Clip

SAN FRANSOKYO AT NIGHT – Pictured in concept art, the high-tech city of San Fransokyo is home to brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada and his team of first-time crime fighters in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ action comedy adventure “Big Hero 6”—in theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Walt Disney Animation Studios today announced a November 7, 2014 release for Big Hero 6, a full-length animated feature based on a popular Marvel television series in Japan.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Big Hero 6, an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion — a robot named Baymax — Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the CG-animated Big Hero 6 hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.

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‘TRON: Uprising,’ ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates,’ Others Added to Netflix Catalog

Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq:NFLX) and The Disney/ABC Television Group (NYSE:DIS) today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for one of the most popular shows on Disney Junior, ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates,’ as well as fan favorite Disney XD show ‘Tron: Uprising.’ In addition, ‘Handy Manny,’ ‘Special Agent Oso’ and ‘JoJo’s Circus’ will also be available for members in the U.S. to watch instantly later this month.

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Disney’s ‘Planes’ Hi-Res Stills, Fun Facts and Activity Sheets

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In support of Planes from DisneyToon Studios, landing in theaters on August 9, 2013, Disney has provided us with newly released hi-res stills, along with some fun facts regarding the film, inspired by  Pixar’s world of Cars.

From above the world of Cars comes Disney’s Planes, an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.

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