Disney Parks Technology Recognized by American Foundation for the Blind

Disney's Outdoor Audio Description Technology for Guests with Disabilities © DisneyOn Friday, March 11, the American Foundation for the Blind will recognize and award Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for its innovative Assistive Technology Device which debuted in summer 2010 at its annual ceremony in Seattle. Along with Disney, CBS Television, Lexmark International and Accessible Twitter will also be recognized by the non-profit group.

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Zachary Levi, Mandy Moore, Alan Menken and Randy Newman to Perform at Oscars

Nominees for best original song will be performed this year at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Sunday, February 27, 2011. Today, producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced the artists who will perform the nominated songs on the Kodak Theatre stage on Oscar Night.

Disney will see both of its nominated songs, ‘I See the Light’ from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Tangled and ‘We Belong Together’ from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 presented by their original performers.

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‘Toy Story 3,’ ‘Alice’ Lead Oscar Nominations for Walt Disney Studios

The nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced earlier today by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2009 Oscar® winner Mo’Nique. When all is said and done, Walt Disney Studios racked up a total of thirteen nominations, the bulk of which were divided by Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

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Robert Iger to be Recognized for Efforts by Alzheimer’s Association

The 19th Annual “A Night at Sardi’s,” a star-studded benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton, will honor The Walt Disney Company’s President and CEO Robert A. Iger for his contributions in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Iger will receive the Abe Burrows Entertainment Award, which is presented to an individual who has shown an extraordinary commitment to the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Alma Mater Recognizes Disneyland President George Kalogridis for Achievements

Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis with Dr. Eileen Holden, president of Polk State CollegeThe Polk State College Alumni Association honored Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis with a Distinguished Alumnus award during the Florida school’s commencement ceremony on December 16. Kalogridis, pictured with Dr. Eileen Holden, president of Polk State College, received his associate of arts degree in 1973 from what was then Polk Junior College, prior to earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. Kalogridis, a 39-year Disney veteran who started as a busboy at the Contemporary Resort, also was part of the original team that opened Walt Disney World in 1971. Since that time, he has held key roles including vice president of Epcot, senior vice president of operations at Disneyland Resort and chief operating officer at Disneyland Paris.

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‘Modern,’ ‘Tangled,’ ‘Alice,’ ‘Toys’ Golden Globe Noms for Disney

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its list of nominees for the 68th Annual Golden Globes this morning and Walt Disney Studios, Disney/Pixar and Disney-ABC Television Group (DATG) offered up a solid selection of nominations in films and television.

Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is the weakest link in the nomination chain with a single, but very crucial nomination in the Best Animated Feature Film category in which it competes against Walt Disney Animation Studios’ own Tangled along with unsurprising entries from DreamWorks Animation, Universal Studios and Sony Pictures.

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Disney Looks Strong on Visual Effects for 2010 Oscar Consideration

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its shortlist of contenders for Achievement in Visual Effects (VFX) last night and a third of them are films by Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios, although they’re definitely up against some tough competition. Selected for consideration are: Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man 2, Price of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and TRON: Legacy.

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Annies to Consider ‘Tangled’ and ‘Toy Story 3;’ Awards ‘Waking Sleeping Beauty’ Documentary

Despite The Walt Disney Company’s public protests against the prestigious Annies animation awards with what it feels are voters heavily sided with DreamWorks Animation, Disney’s Tangled and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 are in contention for several major awards.

The pair are not only nominated for Best Animated Feature, but both Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) and Dan Fogelman (Tangled) are being considered in the Writing in a Feature Production category. Toy Story 3‘s Lee Unkrich is also nominated for Directing in a Feature Production.

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Disney Consumer Products Lauds Licensee’s Dumping of Pooh Waste

Clean Agency's new, environment-friendlier Pooh packagingClean Agency has been recognized by Disney Consumer Products by being bestowed with the 2010 Quality Product Award for Sustainability award. As demonstrated in the image to the left, Clean Agency reduced the packaging materials required for the Pooh plush by a whopping 80%.

The plush, manufactured by licensee Dream, continues to have the ability to be precisely positioned on store shelves (sitting on what ironically resembles a toilet in this blog’s opinion) as well as offer the same amount of information, while using far less materials.

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Disney/Pixar’s ‘Day & Night’ on Shortlist to be Considered for Academy Award Nomination

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards®. Thirty-three pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:

  • “The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger,” Bill Plympton, director (Bill Plympton Studio)
  • “Coyote Falls,” Matthew O’Callaghan, director and Sam Register, executive producer (Warner Bros. Animation Inc.)
  • “Day & Night,” Teddy Newton, director (Pixar Animation Studios)
  • “The Gruffalo,” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang, directors (Magic Light Pictures)

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