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'Monsters University' Teaser PosterEarlier this month, we had the opportunity to sit down with Monsters University director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae, along with John Goodman, for a few minutes as part of a roundtable at the Disney/Pixar presentation at the 110th American International Toy Fair in New York City.

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TOY FAIR: ‘Monsters University’ Toys Fall Collection Sneak Peek

'Monsters University' Scare Simulator Playset by Spin Master

As part of the 110th American International Toy Fair in New York, Disney offered an invite-only look at some of the upcoming toys and clothing to support Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University, in theaters on June 21, 2013. The majority of the products on display were from Spin Master who serves as the master licensee for the film. Spin Master, who recently also began releasing products in support of Monsters Inc., previously created waves in the Disney universe when it served as the master licensee for TRON: Legacy, infusing technology in play that hadn’t been seen before. The tradition continues with Monsters University in which some of its most advanced toys don’t use batteries at all, yet manage to produce detailed and intricate amusing actions just the same.

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Maurice Sendak Exhibition at Walt Disney Family Museum Beginning May 23

Max and Jenny © Maurice SendakFrom May 23 through July 7, 2013, The Walt Disney Family Museum, located in San Francisco’s Presidio, will present the special exhibition Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons, featuring 50 works by the legendary author and illustrator, accompanied by 50 statements from celebrities, authors and noted personalities on the influence of Sendak’s work, all in celebration of the 50th anniversary of his universally revered book, Where the Wild Things Are.

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TOY FAIR: ‘Monsters University’ Minor Spoilers Ahead of New Trailer Debut

'Monsters University' POP! Vinyl and Plushies from Funko

While potential film spoilers and the American International Toy Fair often go hand-in-hand, rare is the opportunity that we are able to actually photograph (with permission) new items that contain information not yet disclosed to the public. That said, yesterday we were able to do just that with some supporting merchandise for Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University, just ahead of the new trailer launch at 9 am ET and the full Toy Fair product launch with John Goodman and Billy Crystal which kicks off an hour later, at 10.

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‘Monsters University’ Featurette Reveals Plot Points, First Clip (Minor Spoilers)

'Monsters University' Teaser PosterAnimation Fascination has uploaded a new featurette/sneak peek at Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University, presumed to be included on the upcoming Monsters Inc. blu-ray release. Narrated by director Dan Scanlon, the featurette offers up quite a bit of concept art along with some of the story which involves how rivals Mike Wazowski and James ‘Sulley’ Sullivan were rejected from the prized scaring educational track by Dean Hardscrabble and how Mike concocts a plan to get into the program. To pull it off, they must join the Oozma Kappa fraternity which — although is made up of other scare program rejects — is just OK with us.

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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.

Disney/Pixar’s Cars Micro Drifters™ Fast-Flip Raceway from MattelDisney/Pixar Cars Fast-Flip Raceway. Kids can take their Micro Drifters vehicles — featuring their favorite characters from Disney/Pixar’s Cars — from Radiator Springs to the Piston Cup Race with this new track set! With a press of a button the action is started, launching vehicles around Willy’s Butte, where they can race, drift and swarm — just like in the movies. Time it right, and the set will flip to reveal the Piston Cup Race. It”s a perfect way for kids to catch the drift! MSRP: $24, Available July 2013

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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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