TOY FAIR: Mattel Previews ‘Planes,’ ‘Cars,’ ‘Toy Story,’ ‘Sofia the First,’ ‘The Little Mermaid’ and More

Just ahead of the American International Toy Fair in New York City, Mattel has shared some upcoming product information offering glimpses into some of its upcoming 2013 products from the Disney universe.

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TOY FAIR: Disney Sneak Peek: ‘Monsters University,’ ‘Planes,’ ‘Sofia the First’ and More

Just ahead of the 110th annual American International Toy Fair kick-off this Sunday, Disney Consumer Products has shared a sneak peek at just some of the toys coming later this year, representing some of its iconic properties. From Monsters University, Oz the Great and Powerful and Planes to ‘Sofia the First’ and ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ to proven franchises such as Minnie Mouse, Disney Fairies and — of course — the princesses, these toys represent some a new take on classic play, often integrating cutting edge technology to enhance the experience.

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‘Frozen’ Character Posters Give First Look at Anna, Elsa

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The posters feature Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) along with the Snow Queen Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), who happens to be Anna’s sister. The full synopsis for the film follows:

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

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‘The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition’ Splashes onto Blu-Ray, October 1

'The Little Mermaid' on Blu-rayWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that the 1989 animated classic, The Little Mermaid will be released on blu-ray for the first time ever on October 1, 2013.

No further details regarding the release have been announced as of yet, but Amazon.com is listing the title as a Diamond Edition available for pre-order.

Yahoo! Movies has posted the promotional trailer for the release:

We will update as more information becomes available to us.

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Sneak Peek: ‘Nine Old Men’ Doc from ‘Peter Pan: Diamond Edition’

'Peter Pan Diamond Edition' Blu-rayOne of the many gems to be found on the Peter Pan: Diamond Edition blu-ray, available to own this Tuesday, February 5 (now available for pre-order) is a brand new documentary short titled Nine Old Men.

The short examines the lives of Walt Disney’s fabled ‘Nine Old Men’ (the term referring to a book on the justices of the Supreme Court, not their ages): Les Clark, Marc Davis, Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, Ward Kimball, Eric Larson, John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman and Frank Thomas. Together, these animators were responsible for some of the most beloved films in the history of film, let alone animation and Disney.

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‘Paperman’ Now Available for Free Online Viewing

'Paperman'Walt Disney Animation Studios has uploaded its Oscar-nominated short, Paperman to YouTube, allowing it to be watched online in its entirety for the first time.

Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with Paperman. Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Paperman pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction.

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‘Disney twenty-three’ to Feature ‘Oz,’ ‘Maleficent’, ‘Frozen’, Plus Animal Kingdom’s 15th and More

'Disney twenty-three' Spring 2013The spring issue of Disney twenty-three, the flagship magazine of D23: The Official Disney FanClub, hits stands February 12, loaded with articles to delight both Disney fans and the general public. The cover story, ‘A Great and Powerful Odyssey,’ gives readers an exclusive tour of the land at the end of the road of yellow bricks in Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful releasing in theaters this March. The article features interviews with stars Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff. In addition, there’s a sneak peek of 2014’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, which offers a new take on the legendary Sleeping Beauty story.

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Taylor Swift as Rapunzel in Latest Annie Leibovitz Portrait for Disney Parks

Taylor Swift as Rapunzel by Annie LiebovitzVia its official blog, Disney Parks and Resorts today unveiled a new Disney Parks dream portraits by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, this one portraying Taylor Swift as Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled.

Featuring a tagline of ‘where a world of adventure awaits,’ the image will make its publication debut in upcoming issues of Vanity Fair, InStyle and People.

The images have been added to the beginning of our gallery of Disney Dream portraits below:

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Disney’s ‘Planes’ Will Take Off in Theaters in 3D

Disney's 'Planes'As previously announced, Disney’s Planes has shifted from a direct-to-home-video release to a full blown theatrical release, bowing in theaters on August 9, 2013. Walt Disney Studios has now provided us with an updated synopsis for the film which confirms it will be released in 3D. The full synopsis is as follows:

From above the world of Cars comes Disney’s Planes, an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty, a small-town 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 naval aviator Skipper, who helps Dusty qualify to take on Ripslinger, 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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‘Sofia the First’ App Now Available; Movie on DVD March 5

'Sofia the First' on DVDOn the day its new Disney Junior series, ‘Sofia the First,’ launches, Disney has also released Sofia the First: Story Theater for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices.

The app contains two modes: the first is an interactive storybook, a retelling of the Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess movie which is narrated by Sofia (Ariel Winter) and features audio clips from the movie as well as dozens of individual animations.

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