In preparation for the world-wide roll-out of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens products at midnight on September 4, 2015, Toys ‘R’ Us has announced its plans to commemorate the event including an entire day of Star Wars related events the day before at its global flagship store in Times Square.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in association with The School of Visual Arts have announced that on May 29, 2015, they will be offering a special advanced screening of Pixar Animation Studio’s Inside Out (June 19, 2015) to be followed by a Q&A with co-writer/co-director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera. The event serves as the finale of a series of presentations focused on the history of animation titled ‘An Animation Showcase: From Celluloid to CGI.’ Docter and Rivera are promised to ‘share behind-the-scenes details about the movie, its inspiration and what it took to bring it to the big screen.’
Boston’s Museum of Science today announced that starting June 28, 2015, they will be hosting the world premiere of ‘The Science Behind Pixar,’ an interactive 10,000 square foot exhibition which showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen.
Disney Store opened its first store in Glendale, California in1987, and, in doing so, originated the themed retail model. With more than 330 stores worldwide and ecommerce operations in nine countries, Disney Store and DisneyStore.com are two of Disney’s premier retail destinations, delivering a magical and immersive shopping experience for guests of all ages.
Today, more than 200 million people visit Disney Store every year where they find an impressive selection of unique, high quality Disney, Marvel and Star Wars product. Disney Store’s dedicated team of Cast Members, coupled with the award-winning store design, makes every visit memorable.
Disney D23, the official club for fans of The Walt Disney Company, today announced details for two of its upcoming events at the 2015 D23 Expo: the Mousequerade costume contest and the return of the fan art contest, now called the ‘D23 Expo Design Challenge.’
Walt Disney Studios Japan has recently released this time lapse video showing the construction of an enormous Star Wars themed sculpture made of snow which recently made its debut as part of the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. WDS Japan also considers the event as the kickoff to Star Wars: The Force Awakens which opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.
The festival’s official website, where the photo pictured here originated, says the sculpture was made by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force: the 11th Brigade; the 1st Snow Sculpture Producing Unit, the 11th Artillery Unit, the 11th Reconnaissance Company, and the 11th Antiaircraft Artillery Company.
At a private media event held at the Disneyland theme park earlier tonight, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced initial plans for the 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
Announcements for the year-long celebration, which officially kicks of on May 22, 2015, included:
- An update to Disney California Adventure’s ‘World of Color,’ dubbed ‘World of Color: Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney ‘ and will pay homage to the legacy of Walt Disney. In the new show, Mickey Mouse will take guests on a fun-filled and inspirational journey through the unparalleled imagination of Walt Disney, exploring his decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and the dream of Disneyland park. The show will combine animated imagery, live-action footage, fountains, lasers, special effects and a musical score.
Walt Disney World today unveiled some of its plans for the 2015 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (March 4 – May 17, 2015).
- New topiaries include Anna and Elsa re-recreating the finale scene from Frozen, while other brand-new Disney character topiaries will include Chip and Dale taking a star turn in two whimsical front-entrance ‘Goofy About Spring’ floral vignettes. Topiary Goofy and friends will be in on the fun.
- Fresh new menu items will debut at the festival’s Outdoor Kitchens where, for the third festival year running, guests can taste garden- and spring-inspired tapas-sized food and beverages and have their complimentary Garden Passports stamped as they stroll the World Showcase promenade.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that animation historian John Canemaker will be paying tribute to animation pioneers Winsor McCay and Walt Disney in a three part program that ends with a screening of Disney’s Fantasia. All three events will take place on Saturday, September 13 the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
‘Gertie the Dinosaur and the Birth of Personality Animation’ will commemorate Gertie the Dinosaur’s 100th birthday with a ‘salute to Gertie and her creator, the prolific comic strip artist and animation pioneer Winsor McCay. This richly illustrated look at McCay’s life and work includes four of his animated shorts, and a re-creation – with audience participation – of the legendary routine that introduced Gertie in McCay’s 1914 vaudeville act.’
The Oriental Land Company, owners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort have announced that they will be honoring the success of Disney’s Frozen with a special event, titled ‘Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy,’ to be held at the Tokyo Disneyland theme park starting January 13, 2015 and ending on March 20, 2015. According to the press release, ‘guests will find opportunities to experience the beautiful world of Frozen, with family and friends.’
Celebrating at the park during the winter season, guests are promised ‘a lovely world of ice and snow created by Elsa’s magical power.’ The park will feature special menus and approximately 25 specially themed merchandise as well as decorative snow and ice crystal, ‘reminiscent of the film’s atmosphere.’