Very early this year, we reported on a Hollywood Reporter blurb that didn’t seem to catch the eye of most — Disney planned on releasing three Blu-ray 3D titles this year: A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3.
Shortly thereafter it was widely rumored but never substantiated that Disney was considering making Alice in Wonderland a package deal with Sony products. However Sony recently announced and Variety confirms that it will be offering not just Alice in Wonderland as an exclusive bundle with its 3D home theater equipment this fall, but that Disney’s Bolt will also be available exclusively in Blu-ray 3D with Sony. The titles will come alongside purchases of Sony Bravia 3D TVs and — without the assistance of eBay — consumers will be forced to choose between the two. Whether the 3D titles will become available for general purchase in the future is up in the air.
Sorry, Carl, but you’re being evicted from the Animation Building at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and no number of balloons are going to save you now. The final date for the UP crew of Carl Fredricksen, Russell and Dug is May 1. On May 9, Lotso from Toy Story 3 will be taking that spot as previously reported. We hear that Lotso’s backdrop will be that of the Sunnyside Daycare.
Thanks to @PaulChadkin, we have learned that while Muppet*Vision 3D is closed for its upgrade from tomorrow through May 14, Jessie from Toy Story and Bolt from Bolt will be making rare appearances, greeting the crowds.
We also get an update from WDW Character Hunt which now informs us that for Star Wars Weekends, Asajj Ventress will be offering meet & greets, trading off with Ahsoka Tano and that both ladies will also appear as part of the Jedi Training Academy which should prove to be fairly interesting.
This is expected to be the last week for the Bolt characters to be appearing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Bolt, Rhino and Mittens (occasionally) will be leaving the animation building to make way for Disney’s newest residents: Carl, Russell and Dug from Disney/Pixar’s Up. The trio wi – SQUIRREL!
Sorry. The trio are expected to make their debut on May 15 but there may be a delay in their introduction.
Shades of Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor can be found in these video interviews that have begun springing up all over the web in response to a press junket the super sidekick recently held in honor of the Blu-Ray and DVD releases of the film:
Amazon.com’s is all-Rhino as the interviewer is cut out, but the rest of the videos after the jump show Rhino in his fully interactive-goodness.
In order to promote the February 6 theatrical release of Bolt in the UK, newspaper The Sun is running a contest where the winner will receive free electricity for a year.
The 2009 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today and Wall*E received 6 nominations in all: Best Animated Film (along with Bolt), Best Original Screenplay, Achievement in Sound Editing, Achievement in Sound Mixing, Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score and Original Song for Down to Earth). The Oscars will air February 22 on ABC.
Says Writer/Director Andrew Stanton: “We are ecstatic and grateful for the Academy’s generous and humbling recognition of WALL•E. It is an honor and privilege to make films at Pixar, where we have grown into a great, big family. This is a tribute to all of us at Pixar and Disney who do our best to make films, not just animated films, but films for everyone that just happen to be animated.”