Disney ‘Descendants’ Soundtrack Available July 31; Includes A Capella Hip Hop Version of ‘Be Our Guest’

Descendants Soundtrack Cover ArtWalt Disney Records will release the soundtrack for Disney’s ‘Descendants’ on Friday, July 31, the day the eagerly-anticipated movie premieres on Disney Channel. The soundtrack pre-order is available now on Amazon. It features the single ‘Believe,’ performed and written by 16 year-old recording artist Shawn Mendes and original songs performed by the ‘Descendants’ cast plus bonus tracks and a score suite.

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Disney ‘Descendants’ on DVD July 31 with Bloopers, Behind-the-Scenes and More

'Descendants' on DVDWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today announced that the Disney Channel Original Movie will be available to own on DVD on July 31, 2015, the same day the film premieres on Disney Channel. The DVD is now available for pre-order.

From the Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega (High School Musical franchise) comes this original contemporary story of classic Disney characters reinvented and the introduction of modern Disney lore. Enter this new epic universe of relatable tween characters on a journey of self-discovery. New on Disney DVD, and complete with never-before-seen bonus and a FREE bracelet!

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WATCH: Disney ‘Descendants’ Extended Trailer, Premieres July 31; DVD Released Same Day

DOVE CAMERON, BOOBOO STEWART, SOFIA CARSON, CAMERON BOYCE (DISNEY CHANNEL/Bob D'Amico)Disney Channel has has released a full-length, extended trailer the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, Descendants, which will debut on Disney Channel on July 31, 2015 at 8 pm, but will be available on the WATCH DISNEY CHANNEL platforms starting one week earlier, on July 24. You can find the trailer embedded below.

In addition, Amazon has begun listing the DVD edition of the film for a July 31, 2015 release as well. Reported bonus features include ‘Backstage Dance Rehearsals — Dance Till You Drop! Exclusive Cast Rehearsals With Director Kenny Ortega.’

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WATCH: Disney ‘Descendants’ Trailer

DOVE CAMERON, BOOBOO STEWART, SOFIA CARSON, CAMERON BOYCE (DISNEY CHANNEL/Bob D'Amico)Disney Channel has has released the first full length trailer for the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, Descendants.

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TOY FAIR: Disney ‘Descendants’ Dolls and Accessories from Hasbro (Photos/Video)

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Before Hasbro begins producing Disney Princess and Frozen dolls for Disney in 2016, they will debut a full line of dolls and accessories for the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, ‘Descendants.’ At a recent visit to their International Toy Fair showroom in New York City, we got a preview of the full line of dolls and accessories that will launch later this year in support of the film. The dolls were presented in a fun, immersive environment which also featured a couple of the props used in the film (and reproduced as doll accessories). Below you will find a gallery of our photos from the event as well as a video tour and close-up looks at each of the dolls.

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FIRST LOOK: Disney ‘Descendants’ Line of Dolls from Hasbro

'The Descndants' Mal and Evie Dolls from HasbroJust ahead of tomorrow’s start of the International Toy Fairy in New York City, Hasbro has released a first look at its upcoming line of fashion dolls based on this year’s Disney Channel Original Movie, ‘Descendants.’ Pictures here are Mal and Evie, daughters of Maleficent and the Evil Queen respectively.

Available in stores in Fall 2015, the dolls are based off their unique look in the telefilm and each will come an iconic locket and sticker. They will retail for $19.99 each.

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Hasbro to Produce Disney Princess Dolls Beginning in 2016

Hasbro and Disney Consumer Products today announced that starting in 2016, Hasbro will be granted worldwide rights (except for Japan) to produce dolls based on the Disney Princess properties including Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Frozen. This will further expand Hasbro’s existing deal which already encompasses Star Wars and Marvel properties.

The deal most likely spells trouble for Mattel, which currently has had the lock on producing dolls and other products in the Disney Princess line. We have reached out for comment to Disney Consumer Products, but have not yet heard back regarding how Mattel’s existing relationship will be affected by the new deal with Hasbro. Mattel’s Hot Wheels line has recently introduced a line of vehicles inspired by Marvel properties.

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First Look: Hasbro’s ‘Iron Assemblers’ Collection, Wave One (Hi-Res)

Marvel 'Iron Man 3' Assemblers from Hasbro: A1783 Iron Patriot

Ahead of the 2013 American International Toy Fair in New York City, Hasbro has shared this first look at the first wave of their ‘Iron Assemblers’ collection of 3.75″ action figures in support of Marvel’s Iron Man 3.

Each figure in the series includes an Interchangeable Armor System, allowing for more than 25 possible combinations. In addition, each figure’s armor pieces are compatible with other figures, allowing for hundreds of combinations of customizable play.

There are 16 figures in the collection, with the first wave being released soon (see hi-res images below) including Iron Patriot, War Machine and the classic Gold/Red Iron Man suit. Each figure will retail for $9.99 each and is recommended for children ages 4 and up.

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Hasbro Puts New Spin on Classic Board Games for Disney, ‘Cars 2,’ ‘Pirates,’ and More

Parker Brothers has been synonymous with classic board games beloved by families for generations. From Monopoly to Sorry! to Trouble to the (relative) new kid on the block, Trivial Pursuit, and more, no family game night is has been complete without at least one of them.

For Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2, however, at the 2011 New York International Toy Fair, parent company Hasbro is shifting into higher gear, offering expanded and improved gameplay on the classics, taking full advantage of the Pixar property’s theming. Unfortunately due to restrictions due to the sensitivity of details from the film not yet revealed, we are unable to share any photos at this time, but we will do our best to describe the enhanced gameplay involved. As it was, many of the graphics were covered as they pertained to unreleased details from the film.

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Report: Disney Consumer Products and Pixar Present ‘Toy Story 3′ – Part Two

Note: this is a continuation of an article that begins here.

After the presentation was complete, I was able to speak a little bit to Lee Unkrich who graciously posed for some photos and entertained my questions, particularly on how his recent inspirational decision to auction his own personal Pixar memorabilia on eBay to raise money for Haiti disaster relief went (he provided a guesstimate on the total and he and the legions of Pixar fans did impressively well, that much I will say). So congratulations to Lee for the generous donation as well as for the film.

img_0695 I also got to speak at length with Chris Heatherly, Disney Consumer Products’ General Manager & Vice President of Toys, on various topics (all Disney) as well as received some personal demonstrations of some of the new  toys.

By far, most of the toys presented at the event were from Mattel with demonstration models including the Buzz Lightyear Deluxe Action Wing Pack and the Toy Story 3 Action Links Playsets.

Epic Mickey iPhone/iPad App I was most surprised with the Buzz Lightyear Wing Pack, both for the better and for the worse. On the pro side, I was completely expecting the Wing Pack to be restricted to child size, but the backpack/strap style actually fits adults surprisingly well. On the con, the wings are motor-controlled, not spring release so they expand a bit slower than one might perhaps hope (but it’s doubtful many kids will notice or care). On the motor action, a representative for Mattel told me that there is actually a mechanism in place to respond if the wings end up being forced by small hands, so that the mechanism is virtually indestructible, so that is a good thing. Overall, it is pretty neat with large ‘LED’ lights that light up and blink when the wings expand at the press of the giant red button (which contracts the wings at the next press) and features popular Buzz phrases, both automatically and at the press of other buttons, just like the real toy. Using accelerometer technology, when the child (or adult) bends over at about 30 degrees or so (and more), the wings automatically make flying noises and light up and also respond in kind to the swaying movement as the Space Ranger-to-be runs/flies/falls-with-style around.

img_0685 For the Action Link playsets, individual sets of varying sizes and prices link up to produce a wacky series of Rube Goldberg-esque events. There will be five sets at launch, of which three were on display at the event (though I did manage to see the other two at the Mattel showroom) and the gimmick is that the sets (which incidentally are purely mechanical, so no batteries needed) can be arranged in any order, changing the whimsical sequence with each arrangement. I did find resetting the sets trying my patience at times because they each operate with a hair trigger and — just like with setting up dominos — it’s frustrating to be in mid-setup and inadvertently fire off half of the sets, forcing you to attempt to reset them again. Still, there is quite a bit of fun and novelty value to it despite some of the inevitable setbacks (maybe teaching patience also makes it an educational toy).

img_0676 Not presenting at the International Toy Fair, but well represented at the event was original Toy Story licensee and innovative toy developer Thinkway Toys. Of course a ‘LOT’ of attention went the way of Lotso, the overly fluffy pink male bear who happens to be strawberry scented (although maybe a tad more Frankenberry than strawberry), but Thinkway has quite a few more new exciting products to share with Toy Story 3.

img_0719 There is, for example, the Toy Story Collection Mr. Potato Head. Or rather the Animated, Talking, Part Popping Action Mr. Potato Head. The very animated and vocal potato responds to voice and eagerly chats away and entertains, but he’s always just one loud noise away from exploding, sending his body parts scattering in all directions. He also has the capability of realizing when the wrong parts are in the wrong place (purely G rated of course, he is a Playskool toy afterall).

Tucked away with the rest of the Thinkway Toys on display, I also managed to catch a glimpse of both Jessie and Bullseye who have been added to the collection. Yeehaw!

img_0681 But speaking of incredibly horrible reverse-segues, on the former topic of Playskool and Mr. Potato Head, Hasbro is introducing a set of Toy Story 3 themed Potato Heads including Spud Lightyear and Woody’s Tater Roundup (Reach for the Fry!) which were on display. I also understand there will even be a Mrs. Potato Head themed as Jessie.

Another product on display from Hasbro that I’m particularly excited about is a Toy Story themed edition of the classic electronic boardgame of Operation. Buzz. Aliens. Probe. Need I say more?

In the gallery of photos below, you’ll see many more of the Toy Story 3 products you can expect to see in stores within the next few months. With around 250 new products from about 20 different licensees, I promise there’s plenty more to come than just what you’ll find here, especially from Mattel who I’ll cover a bit more in a future article.

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