Sneak Peek: Cars Toons ‘Heavy Metal Mater’ Premiering Oct 8 on Disney Channel

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A new Disney/Pixar “Cars Toons” short will premiere FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 (9:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. The animated short, directed by Academy Award®-winner John Lasseter with Rob Gibbs co-directing and composed by Mark Mothersbaugh (“Devo”), will also be presented on Disney XD on Friday, October 15 at 7:27 p.m., ET/PT.

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Cars Toons ‘Heavy Metal Mater’ to Premiere on Disney Channel October 8

A new Disney/Pixar “Cars Toons” short will premiere FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 (9:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. The animated short, directed by Academy Award®-winner John Lasseter with Rob Gibbs co-directing and composed by Mark Mothersbaugh (“Devo”), will also be presented on Disney XD on Friday, October 15 at 7:27 p.m., ET/PT.

In the episode entitled “Heavy Metal Mater,” Mater is a rock star in a heavy metal band. He starts out in a garage band and rises to the top with his hit song, “Dad Gum.” Lightning McQueen joins him on stage in the middle of a huge concert and they rock into history.

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Disney/Pixar’s ‘CARS Toon’ Blu-ray/DVD Joins November 2 Releases; Features All New Shorts First Revealed on Stitch Kingdom

Disney/Pixars 'CARS Toon: Mater's Tall Tales' on Disney Blu-ray/DVD © WDSHEIn addition to Toy Story 3, November 2 will also see the release of Disney/Pixar’s CARS Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales on Disney Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and DVD formats, both of which are now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

Rev up your engines for this unforgettable collection of Cars Toons starring Mater, the lovable and hilarious tow truck from the hit movie Cars. From the creative minds of Disney/Pixar come nine highly entertaining “Tall Tales” involving bullfights, drag races, rock concerts, monster truck showdowns and even UFOs; plus, check out the new, exclusive, never-before-seen Cars Toons “Mater P.I.” and “Moon Mater.”

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Disney Music, Video Game and Book Releases for Week of July 11, 2010

Here’s look at some of the Disney-related books, movies and audio CDs being released this week. Please note that this list is automatically generated and information is not guaranteed by this site.

A Fairy-Tale Fall (Disney Princess) (Step into Reading) (Available Tuesday, July 13 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

How do Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, and all the Disney princesses celebrate Halloween? Princess fans will love finding out in this original Step 2 reader!

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Photo Gallery: Disney Store Montebello (Imagination Park) Grand Opening and Tour

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Yesterday, at the Shops at Montebello in Montebello, California, Disney Store launched its first of many new stores this year to feature its new ‘Imagination Park’ concept in which the store is designed to resemble a park full of imagination and wonder, broken down into different neighborhoods while offering unique experiences.

On hand to celebrate the day’s momentous occasion were Disney Store President Jim Fielding and stars from the Disney Channel original movie Camp Rock 2, Maria Canals Barrera, Chloe Bridges and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle.

All photos above by Jeff Lewis, courtesy of Disney Consumer Products.

Later on in the day, Stitch Kingdom’s Kelly Noble had the opportunity to explore the Disney Store ‘Imagination Park’ at Montebello experience which features an exclusive RIDEMAKERZ opportunity featuring the stars of Disney/Pixar’s Cars. For more information on the experiences one can find in the Imagination Park model, review our original report here.

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First Look: New Toys and Collectibles for Disney/Pixar’s ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Cars’

img_8712 Disney Consumer Products kicked off its 2010 holiday tour this past week in New York City and brought representatives from every division imaginable to show off all of the new wonderful products you’ll be finding on the shelves this holiday season and we were there to help spread all the joy with you.

Many of the items from Disney Store are old favorites packaged in new ways with exclusive bonus items. For example, the Cars Toons diecast cars will be packaged as a collectible bundle for $119.50 and includes Mia and Tia as exclusives (actual cars not on display). Toy Story 3 collectible figures will be bundled together ($69.50 full retail), offering Lotso and the Alien trio as exclusives.

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Disney Interactive Announces ‘Disney Sing It: Party Hits,’ ‘Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales’

'Disney Sing It: Party Hits' from Disney InteractiveDisney Interactive Studios today announced Disney Sing It: Party Hits, the latest title in the company’s popular video-based karaoke series. The game is expected to be available in summer 2010 for the Wii™ and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems. Living up to its name, Disney Sing It: Party Hits is packed with current chart-busting party-starting anthems from the biggest names in pop music.

“The Disney Sing It franchise built its immense following by consistently providing the songs teens and tweens want to sing, and Disney Sing It: Party Hits continues that trend,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “With the addition of Demi Lovato as an in-game vocal coach, fans will also get the real-world benefit of improving their skills by learning proper vocal training from a pro.”

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Disney Books, Music and Videos Being Released During Week of May 9

Here’s look at some of the Disney-related books, movies and audio CDs being released this week. Please note that this list is automatically generated and information is not guaranteed by this site.

A Dozen Fairy Dresses (Step into Reading) (Available Tuesday, May 11 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

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A Dozen Fairy Dresses (Step into Reading) (Available Tuesday, May 11 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

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Deputy Mater (a Golden Go-Along Book) (Available Tuesday, May 11 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

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Disney at the Movies: Ant-Man Marches Forward, Mater Goes Away, DW Goes to Town, ‘Secretariat’ Renamed?

The Disney domain elves were hard at work yesterday, registering every possible combination involving the words ‘the movie.’ Many appear to be titles that Disney will distribute for DreamWorks, but others are literally screaming out future (or current) Disney projects.

Alphabetically speaking, ANT-MAN-THEMOVIE.COM comes first.  Immediately rumored to have been the first Pixar project since the acquisition, Stan Lee mentioned last month on his twitter that Marvel was moving forward with the project which had been in the works for some time.

Also it appears Tow Mater is having some thoughts about exploring the final frontier. Lunar Mater (LUNARMATER.COM), Moon Mater (MOONMATER.COM) and Right Stuff Mater (RIGHTSTUFFMATER.COM) have all been registered. We also have Mater PI (MATERPI.COM) and Investigator Mater (INVESTIGATORMATER.COM) so it appears some new Cars Toons may be on the way.

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First Look: Disney Online’s World of Cars, Plus News for Other Disney MMOs

Earlier today I had the opportunity to visit Disney Online at the International Toy Fair in New York City and got a preview at Disney’s newest massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, The World of Cars in addition to some of the new and not-yet-released enhancements to Disney Online’s other worlds.

Sharing a lot in common with the Club Penguin model, the World of Cars is completely Adobe Flash-based. This means there are no downloads required aside from the common plug-in that most folks should already have. Although I probably should know better than to be impressed to how the game has been implemented inside the Flash engine, I still am. The game looks very appealing with a great heads-up display (HUD) loaded with information and controls while still leaving plenty of room for the actual gameplay.

As you might imagine, you will assume the role of a car in Radiator Springs. The action in the game takes place after the first movie — Lightning returns to the sleepy town after winning the Piston Cup and has set up shop in the middle of Downtown Radiator Springs. Throughout the game, you’ll encounter all of your favorite characters from the film with all new original dialogue as recorded by the original actors with exception to Owen Wilson (Lightning), Paul Newman (Doc Hudson) and George Carlin (Fillmore), the latter two having passed away prior to the studio work. For those three, Disney has brought in soundalikes who do a really good job at filling in some rather large tires.

Meeting the characters, who are non-player characters (NPCs), meaning they’re automatic and interaction is quite limited, you’ll often find a yellow exclamation point over their heads. This means they want to talk to you and might even have a job for you. Performing jobs for the characters will yield you rewards, often being money and additional jobs.

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