Toys ‘R’ Us stores nationwide and Toysrus.com will become the ultimate retail destinations for consumers eager to explore the new, magical worlds of Disney Infinity when it officially launches this Sunday, August 18. Disney Interactive’s new video game platform, which will be available on the Xbox 360 game and entertainment system, the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii U and iPad, integrates collectible figures featuring beloved characters from The Walt Disney Company and Pixar Animation Studios with an immersive video game experience that allows the characters to come to life and interact together – for the first time ever. In the U.S., Toys ‘R’ Us also will be the only place where fans can find figures from the Infinite Crystal Series, an assortment of exclusive, collectible figures that have enhanced in-game abilities, as well as exclusive Power Discs that unlock special in-game powers, gadgets, vehicles and more.
Disney Interactive is bringing together an exciting lineup of musicians to the ‘Disney Infinity’ in-game soundtrack including, Daft Punk, Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino and more. Each of these songs, initially from Disney & Pixar movies, will be featured in the Toy Box mode – where players can build and customize their own unique virtual world using their favorite character, vehicles, settings and accessories from the Disney & Pixar family.
A few days ago, we reported that Walt Disney World had issued a casting notice for Anna and Elsa from Walt Disney Animation Studio’s upcoming film, Frozen. Those roles, which called for one 5’3” – 5’7”, caucasian, slender, youthful yet regal and confident (Elsa) and one 5’3” – 5’7”, caucasian, slender, a youthful and outgoing free-spirit (Anna) brought joy to many, but ultimately raised more questions than it answered. What about Disneyland, some wondered, while others pondered what about the primary male lead in the film, Kristoff?
The audition will take place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Rehearsal Facility at the Walt Disney World Resort on Sunday, August 18, 2013 beginning at 9:00 AM with a second session beginning at 7:00 PM. Cautioning that performers should be available to begin work within the next four weeks, giving the impression that formal meet and greets may start as early as September, the advertisement suggests only those local to central Florida should consider applying.
Exclusively at Disney’s D23 Expo August 9–11 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Disney fans are invited to explore the incredible roster of film, stage, and music projects on the horizon at The Walt Disney Studios, with a variety of panel discussions, sneak peeks, and exhibits.
‘World of Color — Winter Dreams,’ an all-new holiday version of the popular ‘World of Color’ after-dark spectacular, will debut at Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, November 15, adding even more merriment to the holiday season at the Disneyland Resort.
Hosted by Olaf the snowman, from the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature Frozen, the ‘World of Color — Winter Dreams’ show combines new animation with classic winter scenes from such beloved Disney films as Bambi, Fantasia and Toy Story. The show will include new special effects and present some new methods for utilizing the massive ‘stage’ of water, color and light on which ‘World of Color’ is presented.
Late last night, the D23 Expo schedule received a major overhaul with appearances, signings, panels and other events as well as more specific start — and more importantly — end times. While each attendee should carefully pour over the additions, here are just a few of the highlights we spotted:
- Disney Animation (Friday, Arena, 10 am) – allotted a whopping 2 1/2 hours. The Studios presentation (Saturday, Arena, 10:30 am) is given 2 hours.
- Pixar’s Angus MacLane Buzz Lightyear Small Fry action figures signing (Friday, Disney Living, 4:30 pm)
- Marty Sklar signing (Friday, Talent Round-Up, 4:15 pm)
Disney twenty-three — the flagship magazine of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club—ushers in winter early, celebrating Disney’s new animated film Frozen. The cover story features exclusive interviews with the film’s cool voice actors Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, as well as a visit with the filmmakers as they bring Frozen’s wintery wonderland to life in Disney’s 53rd animated feature, coming to theaters this November.
D23 Expo 2013 will celebrate its grand opening with a welcome from Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger followed by the first of two arena presentations hosted by The Walt Disney Studios at the Anaheim Convention Center. On Friday, August 9, The Walt Disney Studios will surprise and delight fans with sneak peeks of the incredible slate of upcoming animated films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, and Disneytoon Studios, hosted by Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter. Then, on Saturday, August 10, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn will host The Walt Disney Studios live action arena presentation which will pull back the curtain on upcoming releases from Disney Live Action and Marvel Studios. Both presentations will feature exclusive clips and behind-the-scenes footage, filmmaker discussions, and surprise celebrity appearances.
Via Yahoo, Walt Disney Animation Studios has released character poses for several of the known characters from its upcoming feature, Frozen, along with some new fresh faces. Character descriptions as well as the photo gallery can be seen below.
Anna (voice of Kristen Bell)
Anna is more daring than graceful and, at times, can act before she thinks. But she’s also the most optimistic and caring person you’ll ever meet. She longs to reconnect with her sister, Elsa, as they were close during their childhood. When Elsa accidentally unleashes a magical secret that locks the kingdom of Arendelle in an eternal winter, Anna embarks on a dangerous adventure to make things right. Armed with only her fearlessness, a never-give-up attitude and her faith in others, Anna is determined to save both her kingdom and her family.