Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® presented by BMO Harris Bank, the country’s largest evening holiday celebration, will ring in the 2011 holiday season for the nation on Saturday, November 19 with a “bigger, better and brighter” schedule of events. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the beloved holiday tradition.
Two-time Academy Award®-winning director John Lasseter today received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame from the The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his many and varied feature animation film credits, Lasseter serves as Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and Principal Creative Advisor, Walt Disney Imagineering.
The celebration was emceed by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leron Gubler, with special guest speaker, actress Bonnie Hunt. Also joining the celebration were Owen Wilson, Brad Paisley, Emily Mortimer, John Ratzenberger, Patton Oswalt, Don Rickles, Randy Newman and Cheech Marin. Key Disney and Pixar executives in attendance included Studio Chairman Rich Ross, Studio President Alan Bergman, Production President Sean Bailey, Disney and Pixar Animation Studios President Ed Catmull, Pixar General Manager Jim Morris, among many other prestigious guests.
The Disney Gallery located at the base of Main Street, USA at the Disneyland Resort will be playing host to a brand new exhibit celebrating Walt Disney’s legacy, titled ‘All Aboard: A Grand Circle Tour of the Trains of Disney.’ Set to open on November 12, 2011, the exhibit will replace the current one displaying the art of Disney Legend Mary Blair.
In honor of Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream from Feld Entertainment, the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in New York City was transformed into a day spa for young princesses currently undergoing treatment for cancer. As part of the campaign dubbed ‘Hairy Godmother,’ the show held a Princess Pampering event featuring hair stylist Andrew Disimone, who assisted with fitting and styling wigs for the girls.
Along with the wig fittings, the girls were also treated to other activities such as chocolate facials, manicures and pedicures, a make-your-own-sundae bar and a special meet and greet with Rapunzel herself.
Last night, the art of Mary Blair, along with the artist herself, was feted at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills by a panel of animators, each talented in their own right. The panel included Pete Docter and Daisuke ‘Dice’ Tsutsumi from Disney/Pixar and Disney animators Mike Giaimo, Eric Goldberg and Susan Goldberg. The attending audience was also filled with notables such as composers Richard Sherman and Michael Giacchino.
We are fortunate to have some photos from the event courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which we present to you below. Click on any of the thumbnails to see larger versions of the photos.
On Friday, October 14, 2011, noted author Timothy Zahn will be on hand to sign his latest Star Wars novel, Choices of One as well as the 20th anniversary edition of the best-seller, Heir to the Empire.
Zahn will be at The Writer’s Stop located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios from 1 – 3 pm. As always, theme park admission is not included and items must be purchased at the event (no personal items).
New York Comic Con (NYCC) is proud to announce Marvel Studios, for the first time ever, will participate in this October’s NYCC. Marvel Studios will present a special event in NYCC’s IGN Theater – Presented by Sprint on Saturday, October 15th from 6:30-7:30 PM, a high-profile panel focused on the upcoming feature film Marvel’s The Avengers. Marvel Studios will debut never-before-seen footage from The Avengers, and panelists will include Kevin Feige (Producer), Chris Evans (Captain America), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson), and Cobie Smulders (Agent Hill). The Avengers is scheduled for release on May 4th, 2012.
Disney today officially welcomed Rapunzel as the 10th Disney Princess character at a high profile, star-studded celebration, which took place in front of a global audience at Kensington Palace in London. Little princesses from across the globe watched Rapunzel be welcomed into the Disney Princess royal court by Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Snow White and Tiana. British teenager and rising star Shannon Saunders sang Disney Princess’ new signature theme, The Glow.
With much fanfare, provided onstage by the Main Street Philharmonic, the Walt Disney World Resort celebrated the 40th birthday of the Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary Resort, the Polynesian Resort, Fort Wilderness and even the Electrical Water Pageant. Following the performance of several Disney classics by the band, Main Street soon became flooded with Mickey, Minnie and dozens of popular Disney characters as they paraded down the street, celebrating celebrations from years past.
Below is a video of the full character cavalcade:
On stage, the characters were united with 40-year cast members and Disney Parks executives, including Meg Crofton, President of Walt Disney World and Disney Parks and Resorts.
The lasting influence of Disney artist Mary Blair will be celebrated through an examination of her concept artwork for Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan in the 1950s during “Mary Blair’s World of Color: A Centennial Tribute,” the latest installment of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Marc Davis Celebration of Animation, on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Several of today’s top animation talents will discuss Blair’s work as an artist and stylist and will also demonstrate how her work has influenced their own. The panel will be moderated by animation critic and film historian Charles Solomon.