Pennsylvania Sixth Grade Class Wins National ‘OCEANS’ Classroom Mural Contest

VANESSA DOOFENSHMIRTZ, DR. HEINZ DOOFENSHMIRTZ, JEREMY, IRVING, ISABELLA, PHINEAS, PERRY THE PLATYPUS, CANDACE, STACY, FERB, BALJEET, BUFORD in 'Rollercoaster the Musical' © Disney XD Barry Hamilton and Edie Genden’s sixth grade classes from Mechanicsburg Middle School were named the grand prize winner of the OCEANS classroom mural contest, a national campaign to help students gain a better understanding of ocean conservation through art.

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Teaser Trailer for Disneynature’s ‘African Cats’ Now Available Online

As is ‘tradition’ with Disneynature, alongside the current film comes a teaser trailer for the following year, so those seeing OCEANS will get a taste of the Earth Day 2011 release from Disneynature, African Cats. In African Cats, audiences will get to meet three mothers – a lioness, a leopard and a cheetah – as they explore their world on the great plains of Africa. Co-directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill and produced by Alix Tidmarsh, this film will show how these magnificent animals survive on their power and their cunning, while they protect and teach their cubs the ways of the wild.

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Disney Cruise Line to Premiere ‘OCEANS’ at Sea; Makes Donation on Behalf of Guests and Crew

Disney Cruise Line will roll out the blue carpet to premiere Disneynature’s newest film, “Oceans,” aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder today. In honor of Earth Day, Disney Cruise Line will make a $3,000 donation on behalf of all guests, cast and crew members to The Nature Conservancy’s Adopt a Coral Reef program, protecting coral reefs in The Bahamas.

“Oceans” follows last year’s record-breaking film “Earth,” and features spectacular, never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies. Disney Cruise Line crew members will also raise additional funds through a “Walk for Oceans,” a late-night fundraiser that has become an annual tradition onboard the ships.

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Photo Call: Disneynature’s OCEANS ‘Blue Carpet’ World Premiere

Kyle Massey builds a car at Ridemakerz at Disney Store 'Epic Mickey' launch event This past weekend, stars gathered at the El Capitan movie theater in Hollywood to walk the blue carpet in support of Disneynature’s OCEANS, debuting in theaters nationwide on Earth Day, April 22.

Narrator Pierce Brosnan was joined by Disney stars and OCEAN’s Make a Wave anthem performers Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato along with the rest of the Jonas Brothers along with oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and filmmakers and executives from Walt Disney Studios and Disneynature including Robert Iger, Rich Ross, Kirk Wise and Don Hahn. Artist Wylan was also on hand to debut a mural inspired by the film.

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Advanced Ticket Sales for Disneynature’s OCEANS Help Save More than 790 Acres of Coral Reefs So Far

“OCEANS” won’t open till Earth Day, yet 400,000 moviegoers have already bought tickets to catch the movie in its opening week and protect coral reefs in the process.  The “See ‘OCEANS,’ Save Oceans” initiative has bolstered ticket sales for the film; Disneynature’s pledge to make a contribution in honor of everyone who sees the motion picture between April 22-28 has already translated to more than 790 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas—and that number is still growing with advance ticket sales on the rise and the April 22-opening just a week away.

“With 400,000 tickets sold so far, Disneynature’s second film is making a huge splash and saving coral reefs along the way—and ‘OCEANS’ hasn’t even opened yet,” said Chuck Viane, president, distribution, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. “Coral reefs are essential to the global ecosystem; we’re already on our way to establishing more than 790 acres of new marine protected areas—that’s the equivalent of about 600 football fields or nearly the size of New York City’s Central Park—and sales are still going strong.”

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New Hi-Res Images from Disneynature’s OCEANS

We have updated our photo gallery of stills from Disneynature’s OCEANS to include a couple of dozen more hi-res images. As alwys, you can click on individual thumbnails to view the larger images or click on the PicLens link to start the slideshow.

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Disney Store Expands ‘Earth Day’ Collection in Honor of ‘Friends for Change’ and OCEANS; Free Hat Offer

Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi at Disney Store Times Square In addition to the limited-time only ‘Save the Planet’ merchandise featuring the Alien from Toy Story 3, Disney Store has expanded its Earth Day 2010 merchandise to include merchandise inspired by Disney Channel’s Friends for Change ‘Project Green’ and the new anthem Make a Wave by Joe Jonas and and Demi Lovato which also serves as the end title song for Disneynature’s OCEANS.

In honor of OCEANS, guests who bring six plastic bottles or aluminum cans to their local Disney Store on Earth Day, April 22, will receive a free Friends for Change and OCEANS co-branded baseball cap made from six recycled plastic bottles itself.

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First Look: Television Ads for Disneynature’s OCEANS

Disneynature has sent us these three television advertisements for their upcoming film OCEANS, debuting in theaters on Earth Day, April 22. In order that they appear in the video, the spots are titled: ‘Connection,’ ‘See OCEANS, Save Oceans’ and ‘Our World.’

For more information on OCEANS, click here.

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New Featurette for Disneynature’s OCEANS Featuring Dr. Sylvia Earle

OCEANS from DisneynatureDisneynature has just sent us this featurette for its upcoming film OCEANS (in theaters Earth Day, April 22). It features dazzling images from the film combined with a mini-narrative from Dr. Sylvia Earle, a world-renowned oceanographer. Leading hundreds of expeditions totalling thousands of hours logged, Dr. Earle is a former chief scientist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is currently a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. Among her numerous awards and recognitions is the TED prize in 2009 and being named TIME Magazine’s first ‘Hero for the Planet.’

For all of our ongoing coverage of Disneynature’s OCEANS, be sure to bookmark this link.

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Disneynature’s ‘The Crimson Wing’ Now Available in North America on Blu-ray

Disneynature's The Crimson Wing on Blu-rayAmazon.com is now listing an import of the blu-ray edition of Disneynature’s The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (regions A+B) for $54.99. Released in several countries outside of North America, this is the first film distributed under the Disneynature banner, preceeding EARTH.

This represents an extremely rare opportunity for folks in the United States and Canada to see and own this award winning film should it never be released in North American theaters (and it seems unlikely at this point).

Click here for our coverage of this remarkable, pioneering film.

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