WATCH: Hans Zimmer, Filmmakers Discus Musical Legacy of ‘The Lion King’

'The Legacy Collection: The Lion King'Starting with The Lion King for its 20th anniversary, Walt Disney Records’ Disney Music Emporium recently debuted its incredibly well received series of soundtracks revisited with its Legacy Collection. To celebrate the revitalized success of one of the most highly regarded animated films in cinematic history, Disney Music invited The Lion King‘s filmmakers to gather together to reminisce about a project that could never have anticipated its ultimate legacy in its contributions to both worlds of cinema and music.

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The Academy ‘Animation Masters’ Program to Salute Winsor McCay, Walt Disney

'Animation Masters' EventThe 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.’

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‘The Legacy Collection’ to Celebrate Disney Anniversaries with Previously Unreleased Music, Documentaries

'The Legacy Collection: The Lion King'Walt Disney Records’ newly created line of collectible CDs, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, will celebrate the anniversaries of Disney’s most cherished and classic properties that have been enchanting audiences for generations. Through 2015, Walt Disney Records will celebrate 12 anniversaries including Pinocchio (75th), Fantasia (75th), Cinderella (65th), Lady and the Tramp (60th), Sleeping Beauty (55th), Mary Poppins (50th), The Lion King (20th) and Toy Story (20th), among others.

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Swarovski Unveils Sorcerer Mickey as Limited Edition Figure for 2014

Sorcerer Mickey Mouse, Limited Edition 2014 by SwarovskiSwarovski has announced (and released) its collectible limited edition Disney figure for the 2014 year and it is none other than the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Mickey Mouse himself.

Showing Mickey as an apprentice, this colorful masterpiece is a tribute to the Disney movie Fantasia. Holding a fantastic star arc, he shines in Light Siam crystal with a clear crystal face and hands, Dark Blue Diamond crystal arms and ears and Smoked Topaz shoes.

Available only in 2014 and retailing for $455, Sorcerer Mickey’s approximate dimensions in inches are 5 x 5.5  x 3.

For more information or to order, visit the Swarovski product page.

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E3: ‘Fantasia: Music Evolved’ for Xbox One Announced (Hi-Res Screenshots)

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Disney Interactive today announced that ‘Fantasia: Music Evolved,’ a breakthrough musical motion video game inspired by Disney’s classic animated film Fantasia, will be available for Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Kinect™ for Xbox 360® in 2014. Developed by Harmonix Music Systems, the world’s leading music and motion game developer, “Fantasia: Music Evolved” transports players to a breathtaking world where music and magic combine to transform extraordinary interactive landscapes in entirely new and creative ways!

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Turner Classic Movies to Spotlight Music of Disney During 2011 Film Festival

The musical legacy of The Walt Disney Studios will be celebrated at the 2011 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. Turner Classic Movies (TCM), in collaboration with D23, The Official Disney Fan Club, will host a multi-faceted celebration of the studio’s history of bringing music and film together. Presentations at TCM’s four-day festival in April 2011 will include a screening of the recently restored groundbreaking classic Fantasia (1940), which integrated great works of classical music with some of the most innovative animation ever put on film; a collection of Silly Symphonies animated shorts, curated and introduced by film historian Leonard Maltin; and a special tribute to Disney live-action musicals.

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Sneak Peek: Bonus Features for Disney’s ‘Fantasia’ and ‘Fantasia 2000′ on Blu-ray/DVD

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released a few snippets from the bonus features of the November 30 release of Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 on Disney 4-Disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and a 2-Disc DVD. As no names are revealed in the clips, I’ll be half-guessing at identifying some of the personalities featured in them. Corrections would be appreciated if known.

The first two clips appear to be from the segment on the Walt Disney Family Museum located in the Presidio in San Francisco. In the first, Executive Director Richard Benefield talks about the cultural impact Walt Disney had and the expectations the museum would have to meet to honor that. The clip also features an appearance by one of Walt’s grandsons, whom I believe to be Walter Elias Disney Miller.

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Walt Disney Signature Announces Designer Accessories Collection Inspired by Disney Classic ‘Fantasia’

Walt Disney Signature, Disney’s first upscale, adult lifestyle brand, today announced a magical and sophisticated collection of accessories from a trio of leading designers, all inspired by the cinematic beauty of the classic film Fantasia. In celebration of the upcoming release of Fantasia & Fantasia 2000: 2-Movie Collection Special Edition on Blu-ray/DVD on November 30, 2010, the new Fantasia accessories collection from Walt Disney Signature offers artful statement pieces from high-end designers including Hayden-Harnett, nOir and Robin Rotenier.

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Own Disney’s ‘Fantasia’ and ‘Fantasia 2000′ Bundle on Blu-ray/DVD on November 30, 2010; Now Available for Pre-Order

'Fantasia/Fantasia 2000' on Disney Blu-ray/DVD ©WDSHEOn November 30, 2010, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release the Disney animated classics Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 as a bundle in both a 4-Disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and a 2-Disc DVD edition. Both are now available for pre-order on Amazon.com at the links provided.

DVD Bonus Features Include:

  • New Digital Restoration
  • Disney Family Museum - Explore the new Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, California with Walt’s daughter Diane Disney-Miller, featuring a very large exhibit on Fantasia and the Schultheis notebook
  • Musicana - Walt’s Inspiration For A Sequel To Fantasia
  • Audio commentaries

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2010 Destined to be Year of the Villain with New Premium Format Figures from Sideshow Collectibles

Sideshow Collectibles has recently announced two upcoming and amazingly beautiful Premium Format figure releases inspired by classic Disney villains.

First up is Fantasia villain Chernabog who is replicated in excruciating detail to the point where he will undoubtedly induce countless daymares to all those brave enough to do so much as to glance at him. The video below offers some detail on what went into his creation.

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