Disney Channel to Offer Green-Themed Programming Starting April 17

Disney Channel celebrates Earth Day with green-themed episodes of its hit series, each conveying the importance of conservation, recycling and using sustainable natural resources, beginning SATURDAY, APRIL 17.

For the youngest viewers, Disney Channel will present a new episode of “Handy Manny,” an Environmental Media Association Award-winning series, guest starring eco-crusader “Sustainable Dave” Chameides and Lance Bass, and new eco-themed episodes of “Special Agent Oso” and “Imagination Movers.” PlayhouseDisney.com will launch a new “Special Agent Oso” game entitled “Recycling is Forever,” on THURSDAY, APRIL 1, in which kids can help Oso identify, sort and properly place recyclable items in the correct bins to earn a special recycling Digi-Medal.

For older kids and tweens, Disney Channel will feature encore eco-conscious episodes of “Phineas and Ferb,” “Hannah Montana,” “The Suite Life On Deck” and “Wizards of Waverly Place.”

New Disney’s Friends for Change: Project Green on-air messages featuring multi-platinum recording artists and actors Joe Jonas (“JONAS”) and Demi Lovato (“Sonny With A Chance”), stressing the importance of protecting the planet’s oceans and waterways, will debut on Earth Day. Kids can add to the more than 1.5 million Friends for Change “pledges” that have already been made by visiting Disney.com/ProjectGreen and committing to help local habitats.

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Actor and Activist Pierce Brosnan to Narrate ‘OCEANS’ from Disneynature

Today is World Water Day and so it was revealed by Disneynature that the narrator of its upcoming release OCEANS, which debuts in theaters on Earth Day (April 22) will be veteran actor Pierce Brosnan. Brosnan is also an outspoken environmentalist who is active in promoting ocean conservation efforts, lending his support to the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s “Save the Whales Again!” campaign, as well as working with environmental organizations including Sea Shepherd, California Coastal Protection Network, Ocean Futures Society, Oceana and Waterkeeper Alliance, among others.

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Miley Cyrus to Mentor/Perform on American Idol; Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato Also Set to Perform

First the show inspired the attraction, then the attraction spawned a contestant and now Disney is invading the stage this week as Miley Cyrus will not only mentor the Billboard #1 hits themed show this week, but she will also perform her song When I Look of You from her upcoming film The Last Song. Also joining Miley on stage during the results show on Wednesday night will be Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato performing their new joint Make a Wave which will be featured in Disneynature’s upcoming release OCEANS.

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First Look: Theatrical Poster for Disneynature’s OCEANS

OCEANS from DisneynatureDisneynature has provided us with the theatrical poster for its second North American release, OCEANS which opens nationwide on Earth Day, April 22.

Featuring spectacular never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies, Disneynature’s OCEANS offers an unprecedented look beneath the sea in a powerful motion picture.

Remember that Disney will make a donation to The Nature Conservancy to save coral reefs in honor of every guest who sees OCEANS during opening week (April 22-28, 2010). So see OCEANS, save oceans.

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See Disneynature’s OCEANS and Help Save Our Oceans

Through a partnership with the Nature Conservancy, Disney will donate $.20 for each ticket sold during the first week of the theatrical release of Disneynature’s OCEANS (with a minimum donation of $100,000).

The donation will go towards a new Adopt-a-Coral-Reef program focusing on The Bahamas which aims to save 500,000 acres of threatened coral reef, accounting for 30% of the reef in the Atlantic Ocean.

As a result of attendance during the first week of Disneynature’s first US film, EARTH, Disney helped plant 2.7 million trees in the rainforests of Brazil.

For more information on the program, visit the The Nature Conservancy.

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New Still from Disneynature’s OCEANS: Swimming with the Great White

Tinker Bell and Brad Raymond Photo: Alex J. Berliner © Berliner Photography/BEImages Earth Day is still several months away, but we’d like to share with you this new still from the upcoming Disneynature release OCEANS. In the photo, a diver swims alongside a great white shark near Guadeloupe Island off Mexico.

Below is our entire gallery of stills from the film.

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Disneynature’s Two Films Nominated for Eight Awards at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

Out of a record 425 submissions representing 25 countries, the judges of the Jackson Hole Film Festival have selected Disneynature’s Crimson Wing and EARTH as nominees for a total of eight awards.

Crimson Wing has been announced as a finalist for categories including Best Animal Behavior Program, best Wildlife Habitat Program and Best Theatrical Program.

EARTH has been announced as a finalist for Best Theatrical Program as well as the festival’s top prize, Outstanding Achievment. EARTH is one of only three films nominated for this award which seeks out to recognize a specific
outstanding achievement in technology, innovative storytelling, use of CGI or 3-D, in-field challenge or other extraordinary accomplishment.

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Disneynature Adds ‘OceanWorld 3D’ to Its Growing Slate of Theatrical Releases in North America and Mexico

BURBANK, Calif., LONDON and PARIS, June 11 — Disneynature has acquired the North American and Mexican distribution rights to the exciting new underwater film “OceanWorld 3D,” the first feature-length nature documentary ever filmed and released in 3D, it was announced today by Jean-Francois Camilleri, executive vice president and general manager for Disneynature, and Francois Mantello, chairman of 3D Entertainment.

The film is presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the legendary Captain Jacques- Yves Cousteau, and was directed and produced respectively by veteran filmmakers Jean- Jacques & Francois Mantello (“Sharks 3D,” “Ocean Wonderland 3D,” “Dolphins and Whales 3D: Tribes of the Ocean”). This deal marks the first collaboration between Disneynature and 3D Entertainment, a company founded in 2001 to produce unique and immersive 3D story-driven experiences for audiences of all ages. “OceanWorld 3D,” an 85-minute feature film, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Annual Film Market last month, and will be released theatrically in France and Russia starting this August. The film’s North America debut will be announced at a later date.

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Advance Sales for EARTH has Disney Planting 500,000 Trees (and Growing)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 18: Disney's Mark Zoradi, DisneyNature Jean-Francois Camilleri, Disney's Dick Cook, Disney's Robert Iger, Director Alastair Fothergill and Director Mark Linfield at the World Premiere of DisneyNature's "EARTH" on April 18, 2009 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 18: Disney's Mark Zoradi, DisneyNature Jean-Francois Camilleri, Disney's Dick Cook, Disney's Robert Iger, Director Alastair Fothergill and Director Mark Linfield at the World Premiere of DisneyNature's "EARTH" on April 18, 2009 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

BURBANK, Calif.– “EARTH” won’t open till Wednesday, yet moviegoers have already snapped up half a million tickets to catch the movie in its opening week and have a tree planted in their honor. Disneynature’s commitment to plant a tree for everyone who sees the motion picture between April 22-28 means that already 500,000 trees will be planted — and that number is still growing with advance ticket sales on the rise and the April 22 opening just a few days away.

“With half a million new trees committed so far, Disneynature’s first film is already making an impact on the world — and ‘EARTH’ hasn’t even opened yet,” said Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group. “We’re so pleased that moviegoers have embraced this film and our tree-planting initiative to this degree and we expect the numbers to keep climbing.”

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