Disney today announced Minnie Rocks the Dots, an interactive fashion and art installation celebrating the signature style of global icon Minnie Mouse. Launching in Los Angeles with a red carpet preview event on National Polka Dot Day (Jan. 22) before opening to the public, the exhibit will take fans on a journey through the history of Minnie’s influence on fashion and pop culture since her black and white debut in 1928 and evolution into color.
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.’
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, America’s oldest operating chocolate manufacturer, is pleased to announce the grand opening of its newest soda fountain and chocolate shop on Friday, November 15th, joining The Walt Disney Studio’s El Capitan Theatre and Disney Studio Store on Hollywood Boulevard. The shop—the first in Los Angeles—will give moviegoers, visitors and locals a chance to experience Ghirardelli’s world-famous hot fudge sundaes, shakes, floats, and delicious assortment ofchocolates and beautifully wrapped gifts. Each guest will also enjoy a complimentary sample of the signature Ghirardelli SQUARES® chocolate. The Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop and Disney Studio Store will be located next to the legendary El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Boulevard) and open seven days a week.
In honor of its release on blu-ray for the first time on March 12, Disney’s El Capitan Theatre will be featuring a limited run of the Walt Disney Animation classic Mulan on the big screen.
Through Living Social, the El Capitan is offering a special deal on individual tickets for showtimes during the weekends between February 9 and March 3 (except for February 24). Each ticket is available for just $11, representing a 27% savings over the regular price of $16.
For those that will be in the Hollywood, California area on the evening of Friday, January 11, Living Social and the El Capitan Theatre are now making tickets available to attend a special screening of Disney’s Peter Pan along with a special panel for just $11 per ticket.
With this offer you can see MONSTERS, INC. 3D at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood between December 19 and December 26 when you pay $12 (regularly $16) for one ticket to a selection of showtimes.
For those in the Los Angeles and Hollywood areas interested in seeing Wreck-it Ralph from Walt Disney Animation Studios, LivingSocial.com is offering tickets at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre for just $14 each, representing a savings of 22%.
Plus, prior to every showing audiences will get amp’d up with Ralph and Vanellope live on stage with the El Capitan DJ. After the movie, visit The Art of Wreck-It Ralph exhibit; visual and character development art in addition to proto-type candy cars from Sugar Rush will be on display, plus much more.
Disney is currently looking for Apple iPad owners in the Los Angeles area to help test the new ‘Second Screen Live’ app, allowing movie-goers to interact with and experience movies in a whole new way. Beginning tonight, Disney will offer several screenings of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas employing the app which will allow guests to ‘participate in fun challenges, speed trivia, sing-alongs and more for the chance to win prizes and play against other fans in the audience.’
For those in the Los Angeles and Hollywood areas interested in seeing Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie from Walt Disney Studios, LivingSocial.com is offering tickets for just $14 each, representing a savings of 22%. Several showings are available including the midnight screening which includes ‘a costume contest, prizes and surprises.’
Additionally, at all showings, guests will have the opportunity to witness the all new SPARKTACULAR lighting and effects curtain show as well as view concept art, sketches and actual props from the film on display at the theater as well as an interactive display from the Discovery Science Center.
Glen Keane and other Disney artists will be joining their contemporaries in participating in the GRworks ‘First 10+’ art show taking place this weekend at the Robert Reynolds Gallery in Los Angeles, California. Featuring original art (some of which can be sampled on the official website), the exhibition kicks off this evening with its opening reception from 6 pm – 10 pm. The exhibit will open on Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15 from 11 am – 7 pm.
Original artwork and prints will be available for purchase (we are told Glen Keane’s work will be among that available) and a portion of proceeds go to support local art projects.