Disney/Pixar’s Newest Short, ‘Hawaii,’ May Be Lead-in to ‘Cars 2′

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Disney animator and Legend Floyd Norman took to Twitter recently to offer doll-size details on a new short from Disney/Pixar titled Hawaii which features Mattel’s Barbie and Ken from Toy Story 3 as they destine themselves for a ‘Dream Vacation’ to the exotic destination. Norman notes that doesn’t know which film this will be attached to, but we already know that one of the new Toy Story Toons (which we first speculated on back in March 2010 and later confirmed by Disney/Pixar) will be leading into Cars 2 as per Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich.

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Disney Publishing Worldwide Debuts Illustrated Books From Tron, Toy Story, Cars and More on Apple’s iBookstore

Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today the debut of beautifully illustrated books from Tron, Toy Story, Cars and other favorites on Apple’s iBookstore. iBooks 1.2 app, Apple’s popular free reading app whose new version was released today and includes the iBookstore, features new visual enhancements for brilliant, full-color, two-page spreads of illustrated books on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Disney titles include:

  • Beauty & the Beast: Enchanted Christmas
  • Donald’s Christmas Gift
  • Mater Saves Christmas
  • Phineas & Ferb: Oh Christmas Tree!
  • Prep and Landing
  • Rapunzel’s Amazing Hair
  • Thumbs Up! Phineas & Ferb

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Lotso New Topiaries, Attractions to be Featured at Epcot’s 2011 Flower & Garden Festival

The heroes of Toy Story 3 have left the toy box. Woody and Buzz Lightyear meet arch-enemy Lotso the teddy bear on the Future World playground for the 18th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 2 through May 15, 2011, at Walt Disney World Resort.

The popular Disney/Pixar characters hit the sandbox as seven- and eight-foot-tall topiaries at the Epcot front entrance flower bed featuring a sand castle, strawberry-scented field and playground toys. Created by Disney gardeners and topiary experts with bold strokes of seasonal color, the topiary display marks the first time that “Toy Story” characters have been featured at the festival. It’s also the first time in seven years that the front-entrance floral spectacle showcases all-new topiary characters, says festival horticulture manager Eric Darden.

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Disney/Pixar Cars by Ridemakerz Now Available at DisneyStore.com

Disney/Pixar Cars from Ridemakerz Just in time for the holiday season, DisneyStore.com has introduced the Ridemakerz custom cars inspired by Disney/Pixar’s Cars and the Cars Toons. Up until now, this special Ridemakerz collection has been exclusive to just the handful of ‘Imagination Park’ concept Disney Stores, but is now available to online guests at DisneyStore.com. Here’s how you can build your own Disney/Pixar Cars Ridemakerz today in just a few simple steps:

Step 1: Pick your body. You can choose from Classic Lightning McQueen, Classic Tow Mater and Classic Sally or you can go custom with the Cruisin’ Lightning McQueen, Dark Racer Lightning McQueen, Dinoco Lightning McQueen, Mater the Greater, Stealth Tow Mater and Sally Custom bodies.

Step 2: Decide whether you’d like a basic chasis or if you’d like to make it a radio controlled car (an optional rechargeable battery/charger is suggested but not required).

Step 3: Choose your wheels and tires (note they’re sold as sets of 2 with front and rear tires distinguished, so you’ll need a total of two sets of each). There are even tires that carry the Lightyear brand name, just like the movie!

Step 4: Accessorize! Choose from a wide collection of various accessories including spoilers, street lights, hood scoops, side pipes, muffler tips, decals and more!

Hint: To easily see all the options available for the Disney/Pixar Cars by Ridemakerz, check out our beta DisneyStore.com interface here.

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Disney/Pixar’s ‘Cars 2′ – Six New Stills

Siddeley (voice by Jason Isaacs) © Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Pixar Animation Studios has sent us these new stills from Cars 2 which features Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen, Larry the Cable Guy as Tow Mater, Michael Caine as Finn McMissile, Joe Mantegna as Grem, Peter Jacobson as Acer, Jason Isaacs as Siddeley, Thomas Kretschmann as Professor Z and Emily Mortimer as Holley Shiftwell.

Cars 2 features the originating voices of Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen and Larry the Cable Guy as Tow Mater and will race into theaters nationwide on June 24, 2011 in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D. For more information on Cars 2, follow this live bookmark.

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First Look: ‘Cars 2: World Grand Prix’ Trailer from Disney/Pixar

CARS 2: World Grand Prix Teaser PosterToday we get our first look at the first trailer for Cars 2: World Grand Prix from Pixar Animation Studios.

In Cars 2, all the world’s a racetrack as racing superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with his best friend Mater in tow, to take on the globe’s fastest and finest in this thrilling high-octane new installment of the Cars saga. Mater and McQueen will need their passports as they find themselves in a new world of intrigue, thrills and fast-paced comedic escapades around the globe.

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First Image: ‘Cars 2′ from Disney/Pixar Featuring Finn McMissile

In this newly released image from Cars 2: Grand Prix, we get our first actual look at Finn McMissile, the James Bond-inspired Aston Martin, who involves Mater in the world of espionage and intrigue.

In Cars 2, all the world’s a racetrack as racing superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with his best friend Mater in tow, to take on the globe’s fastest and finest in this thrilling high-octane new installment of the Cars saga. Mater and McQueen will need their passports as they find themselves in a new world of intrigue, thrills and fast-paced comedic escapades around the globe.

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Toys ‘R’ Us Holiday Specials for Disney’s ‘Princess & Me’ and ‘Toy Story 3′ – Save Up To 47%

From now through November 24, Toys ‘R’ Us is introducing a wealth of savings for many of its products which naturally include Disney fare. With that in mind, here’s just a  sample of the savings you’ll find when you shop at ToysRUs.com:

Disney Princess & Me WardrobeFor the extremely popular Disney Princess & Me collection from JAKKS Pacific, you’ll receive a free Princess & Me Royal Wardrobe with any Disney Princess & Me purchase of $75 or more. That represents a savings of up to 47%.

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Hi-Res Concept Art from Disney/Pixar’s ‘Cars 2′ – Lightning Storms Through Italy, Japan, France and England

CARS 2: Porto Corsa, Italy ©Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Tanks to Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, we get a fresh look at some concept art from its upcoming release of Cars 2: World Grand Prix. Hot on the heels of earlier news of the first official teaser, the newly released concept art provides us a glimpse as Piston Cup hero Lightning McQueen races around the world in the hopes of winning the first World Grand Prix.

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First Look: Sneak Peek at Disney/Pixar’s ‘Cars 2: World Grand Prix’

Cars 2: World Grand Prix Teaser PosterOn its official YouTube channel, Disney/Pixar has released the following teaser for its upcoming anticipated sequel, Cars 2: World Grand Prix which is slated to be released in theaters nationwide on June 24, 2011. The sneak peek was initially expected to be debuted on the Toy Story 3 home video available to own November 2.

All the world’s a racetrack as racing superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with his best friend Mater in tow, to take on the globe’s fastest and finest in this thrilling high-octane new installment of the “Cars” saga. Mater and McQueen will need their passports as they find themselves in a new world of intrigue, thrills and fast-paced comedic escapades around the globe.

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