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'Planes: Fire & Rescue' © DisneyWalt Disney Studios and DisneyToon Studios have provided us with some ‘fun facts’ for their upcoming film, Planes: Fire & Rescue (July 18, 2014), which you can find below.

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‘Tarzan,’ ‘Hercules,’ ‘Bedknobs & Broomsticks’ and More on Blu-ray in August

'Tarzan' on Blu-rayAhead of any official announcements, Amazon has begun listing several Disney films slated for a blu-ray release on August 12, 2014. While the domestic version of the site currently lists dates for just a couple of the titles on DVD format, Amazon Canada is being more forthcoming about the titles and the release date — if they are indeed correct.

The complete list of titles expected to be released on August 12 (so far) are: Tarzan; Hercules; The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr. Toad; Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (10th Anniversary); and Bedknobs And Broomsticks: Special Edition.

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WATCH: ‘Maleficent’ Clip, ‘Awkward Situation’

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Via Moviefone, Walt Disney Studios has released its first clip from Maleficent (May 30, 2014), titled ‘Awkward Situation.’ The clip, which can be found embedded below, features Angelina Jolie killing it as Maleficent, inviting herself to the christening of baby Aurora. What’s particularly of note in this clip (and the full scene in general) is how much it borrows from the 1959 Sleeping Beauty, particularly the dialogue.

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‘Maleficent’ New Hi-Res Stills and More Insanely Gorgeous Concept Art

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Another day and the Maleficent publicity machine continues to crank out tons of fascinating images, both conceptual and straight from the actual film. Walt Disney Studios has once again provided us with several newly released high-res stills from Maleficent, in theaters May 30, 2014, as well as more concept art. Both the new stills and concept art have been added to the beginning of their respective galleries embedded below.

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PHOTO: CG Models for Disney’s ‘Aristocats II’

Thomas O'Malley and Marie CG models for 'Aristocats 2' In late 2005, Disney’s DisneyToon Studios (then the king of direct-to-home-video sequels) began development on a sequel to the 1970 animated classic, The Aristocats. Although some storyboards have been passed around the internet, little appears to be known about the canceled project and based on what is known, there’s probably a very good reason for it.

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‘Maleficent’ Featurette: Creatures

'Maleficent' International PosterWalt Disney Studios Australia has just released a new featurette for Maleficent (May 30, 2014) titled ‘Creatures’ which uses a bit of new footage to explore the inhabitants of the Moors as well as takes a look at what’s perhaps the most curious creature of all — Maleficent herself. You can find the featurette embedded below.

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How Special Effects Make-up Transformed Angelina Jolie Into ‘Maleficent’

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By now it should come as no surprise that the appearance of the titular character in Maleficent takes her cues from the villain in the Disney animated classic, Sleeping Beauty. Yet for all the similarities the ‘two’ characters share, there were challenges and decisions made when bringing her to life that affected her appearance.

Arguably the most glaring difference would be Maleficent’s skin tone. Whereas Disney Legend Marc Davis imagined her flesh to be decidedly green, the character portrayed by Angelina Jolie takes on a far more pale complexion. Rick Baker, the legendary special effects makeup artist, was responsible for Maleficent’s appearance and explains that the skin color decision was made to keep Maleficent to appear more ‘relatable’ and not ‘too creature-like,’ emphasizing the intent to keep Maleficent ‘pretty and attractive.’

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FIRST LOOK: Pax and Zahara Jolie-Pitt in ‘Maleficent’

Pax and Zahara Jolie-Pitt in 'Maleficent' © DisneyWell, technically it’s more of a second look. When we shared two dozen newly released hi-res stills from Disney’s Maleficent (May 30, 2014) yesterday, we also inadvertently also gave a glimpse of Jolie-Pitt family members Pax and Zahara in their uncredited roles.

Seen here as participants in the coronation scene as mama Maleficent briskly passes by, the pair portray a prince and princess escorted by their ‘mothers’ who — as it turns out — are their real-life tutors, according to an interview Jolie recently gave to Entertainment Weekly.

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‘Little Mermaid,’ ‘Lion King’ on Limited Edition Vinyl Picture Discs Exclusively at Hot Topic

Limited Edition Soundtracks on Vinyl from Hot TopicHot Topic is the exclusive retailer for newly released limited edition vinyl LPs featuring the soundtracks of Disney animated classics The Little Mermaid and The Lion King.

The picture disc for The Little Mermaid features Ariel and Flounder on one side while Ursula is featured on the reverse; the reverse side for The Lion King features the iconic moment in which Rafiki presents baby Simba to the animal kingdom.

 

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Disney to Release ‘The Legacy Collection: The Lion King’ 2 Disc Soundtrack

'The Legacy Collection: The Lion King'On June 24, 2014, Walt Disney Records will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Walt Disney Animation Studios animated classic, The Lion King, with the release of a two-disc set, Stitch Kingdom has learned. Although it appears to have a couple of errors, a listing for the Legacy Collection edition has recently appeared on Amazon for pre-order.

Debuting in theaters on June 15, 1994, The Lion King remains one of the studios’ top grossing films to this day and has spawned Broadway, international and touring staged productions worthy of its success.

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