ABC Family and Build-A-Bear Workshop Buddy up for New Family Holiday TV Classic, Events

BURBANK, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2009) – ABC Family and Build-A-Bear Workshop® are coming together to create a little holiday “hoofla” this season as the network debuts an animated special that marks the first time in the retailer’s 12-year history that its plush animals are brought to life on television. “Holly and Hal Moose: Our Uplifting Christmas Adventure,” a one-hour feature movie, makes its nationwide premiere on ABC Family on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7:00 PM ET/PT (with an encore presentation on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 10 AM ET/PT). The television special is based on a book and series of webisodes that introduced Holly and Hal Moose last year and captured their holiday antics, powerful imaginations and love of adventure.

“Holly and Hal” features Meaghan Martin (“10 Things I Hate About You,” “Camp Rock”) and Jonathan Morgan Heit (“Bedtime Stories”) as the voices of Easton and Weston (respectively), two high-strung elves who monitor the North Pole Weather Center. In addition, an exclusive theme song, “When You Dream,” was created for the movie by Tena Clark, award-winning music producer, song writer and CEO/chief creative officer of DMI Music & Media Solutions.

“Holly and Hal were our first characters to inspire a storybook, and now they’re the first to become movie stars,” said Maxine Clark, founder and chief executive bear of Build-A-Bear Workshop. “The tale of this antlered-sibling duo is meant to inspire people to follow their dreams – no matter how big they seem. It’s a classic holiday adventure that offers families the opportunity to start a new tradition of watching it together each season.”

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Mickey Mouse Unveils Latest Train to Join Disney History, Mickey’s Magic Choo Choo, in Kansas City

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGDAqCdG9qsKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mickey Mouse paid a visit to Kansas City this weekend, Walt Disney’s hometown, as he celebrated the unveiling of a traveling art exhibit that pays homage to Walt’s lifelong love of trains. He also unveiled the latest Mickey Mouse-inspired toy train set, Mickey’s Magic Choo Choo, releasing in time for the holidays. Local preschoolers along with Kansas City officials and hundreds of fans saw Mickey off as he kicked off his virtual train tour departing Union Station for Los Angeles, where he will arrive just in time for a viewing party showcasing the upcoming Disney Channel primetime special, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo Choo Express airing Sunday, October 25th (7:00-7:45 p.m. ET/PT).

Families and their kids can track Mickey’s travels online at www.YouTube.com/DisneyLiving, where they can now view the debut of “Mickey’s Evolution,” a video retrospective that reminds us why Mickey Mouse is a bona fide global icon. Fans can also follow Mickey’s virtual train tour on www.Twitter.com/DisneyLiving, and on Facebook, search word: Disney Living, as he makes his way to the Travel Town Railroad Museum in Los Angeles.

The Art Exhibit
The exhibit captures the history of Walt’s and Mickey’s love of trains with a nod to life on the railroad in the early 20th century. Introducing visitors to rare animation art, historic photography and some of Walt’s personal train-related artifacts, the gallery tells the story of a simpler time when Mickey and friends traveled by rail and Walt himself was building one-of-a-kind miniature railroads in his backyard for friends and family. Including photographs of Walt riding the “Lilly Belle” or Mickey rushing to catch a train in an early animation sketch from Mr. Mouse Takes A Trip, this unique art collection comprised of nearly two dozen pieces, will be on display at Union Station from October 10-11, 2009; select images will then move to the Travel Town Railroad Museum in Los Angeles, Calif.

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Just in Time for (Next) Halloween: Disney Traditions Villains Castle

Disney Traditions Villains CastleHand-painted and made of stone resin, this nearly-a-foot-tall sculpture of a haunted castle features ten Disney classics villains. Ursula, Scar, Hook, Tick-Tock the Croc, Cruella de Vil, Maleficent Dragon, the Evil/Wicked Queen, Shere Kahn, Jafar and Hades stand guard as motion activated light-up eyes and spooky sounds make this the Disney fan’s Halloween decor to have… for next year.

You can pre-order the item here for $135 with shipment expected first quarter of 2010.

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Vinylmation Cutesters Series #1 Release Delayed Until December 2009

elizabeth-glaser-631 With no formal date announced, Disney has shifted the release timeframe of the Vinylmation Cutesters (pictured left) from October until December. When a formal date is announced, we will post it as information becomes available to us.

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Marie Osmond’s 2009 Halloween Bitty Belle Doll Set (LE 300) Available for Order

2009 Halloween Bitty Belle Doll Set by Marie OsmondEntertainer and Doll Designer, Marie Osmond introduces her newest creation, Halloween Bitty Belles and the latest addition to her signature collection of Disney inspired dolls. Decked out in authentic reproductions of costumes designed by Disney Designers, this pair of vinyl dolls are all ready for trick or treating. Sold only as a set, Halloween Bitty Belle’s are limited to an edition size of 300 and will be available while supplies last for $80, plus shipping and applicable tax. Disney Visa, Cast Member and Disneyland Premium Annual Passholder discounts apply.

To order, click here.

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Mickey Mouse to Kick Off Traveling Disney Train Art Exhibit in Kansas City October 10

The latest train to join the Disney legacy, Mickey's Magic Choo Choo, releasing in time for the holidays

Mickey Mouse will visit Union Station in Kansas City (Walt Disney’s hometown) from 10 am – 12 pm on October 10 to celebrate the unveiling of a traveling art exhibit that pays homage to Walt Disney’s lifelong love of trains and introduces the latest train conducted by Mickey himself, Mickey’s Magic Choo Choo toy train, releasing in time for the holidays. Local preschoolers along with representatives from the Kansas City Mayor’s office and hundreds of fans will see Mickey before he departs from Union Station bound for Los Angeles for a viewing party for the premier of the Disney Channel primetime special, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo Choo Express airing Sunday October 25th. Families and their kids can track Mickey’s travels online at www.YouTube.com/Disneyliving.

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PetSmart Expands Exclusive Line of Disney Halloween Costumes for Dogs

Jack Sparrow dog costume available exclusively at PetSmartPetSmart has brought back its extremely popular line of Disney licensed Halloween costumes for dogs for the second year. In addition to old favorites such as Tinker Bell, Peter Pan and Snow White, new favorites include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse (currently sold out online), Cinderella, Ariel, Tigger and — for the pirates out their who love to sniff out the booty — Jack Sparrow.

The costumes, which are available both online at PetSmart.com as well as in stores, are available in Small, Medium and Large sizes for $19.99 each.

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New Bridal Gowns from Kirstie Kelly Inspired by Tiana, Snow White

Adding to her established collection of Disney princess-inspired wedding dresses for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, designer Kirstie Kelly will soon be adding new dresses inspired by Tiana from The Princess and the Frog and an all-new Snow White dress inspired by the Disney Diamond Edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Kirstie Kelly displays the sketch for her Tiana-inspired Dress at D23 Expo. Photo couresty of Disney.In the photo to the left, Kelly (pictured) publicly debuts her sketch for the Tiana-inspired dress  to visitors at Disney’s D23 Expo which took place last month.

The new Snow White dress will be unveiled on the runway later this year, but Brides.com has an exclusive first look at the new dress which you can see here.

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The Disney Gallery Announces Artist Signings and Nightmare Before Christmas Events in October

In honor of its re-opening at Disneyland on October 2, the Disney Gallery has announced two events in October to introduce new releases as well as artist signings.

On October 10, celebrate the art of Disneyland with exclusive new paintings and sculptures and other collectibles from notable artists such as Jim Crouch, Jody Daily, Jeremy Fulton, Kevin Kidney, Larry Nikolai, Maggie Parr, George Scribner, SHAG and Yakovetic. See here for the complete details on the items being released.

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Thinkway Toys’ Toy Story Definitive Collection Vol 6: Lasseter Offers the Buzz on the Toy Story Collection

The sixth and final installment of the very popular video series from Disney Consumer Products has been released in which John Lasseter talks about the design of both the Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story Definitive collectibles line from Thinkway Toys as well as the character himself!

Check it out!

Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story Definitive Collection by Thinkway ToysHere’s some of the features you’ll find with the Toy Story Definitive Collection Buzz Lightyear:

* The most movie-accurate Buzz Lightyear produced to date

* Fully poseable including fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, waist, ankles, knees and legs!

* Push red oval chest button for classic “Buzz Toy” phrases.

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