Figment and Tink Holiday Releases at Epcot Signing with Disney Artist Randy Noble Dec 9

Santa Hat Figment and Tink's Christmas by Randy NobleOn December 9 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, the Art of Disney in Epcot will host a product release and signing event with Disney Design Group artist Randy Noble.

One of a kind framed originals will be available. Both measure 18″ x 24″ unframed. Santa Hat Figment ($2100) is oil on canvas and Tink’s Christmas ($1600) is in watercolor.

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1940 Cartier ‘Fantasia’ Lapel Watch to Go Up on Auction Block December 6

Lapel watch by Cartier inspired by Disney's FantasiaThis gorgeous lapel watch commissioned from Cartier by Walt Disney to commemorate the release of Fantasia will be going up for auction on December 6. With an estimate of $16,000 – $24,000 and inspired by the ‘Dance of the Hours’ segment, the piece features diamond pave elephants with ruby eyes and features Swiss movement.

Bids will be accepted in person, in advance, by phone or online.

For more details, see the lot’s page at Rago.

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Thomas Kinkade’s Newest Disney Painting: ‘The Princess and the Frog’

The first in a new line of paintings from Thomas Kinkade titled ‘Disney Discoveries,’ this painting inspired by Disney’s The Princess and the Frog is soon to make its debut. While the film represents quite a few firsts for Disney, it also represents some firsts for Kinkade as well. Below the image is Kinkade’s description of the painting from his blog.

Princess and the Frog by Thomas Kinkade

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‘The Princess And The Frog’ Merchandise Sales Exceed Projections; New Disney Store Promotion

GLENDALE, CA — November 17, 2009 — Weeks before the theatrical release of Disney’s upcoming animated feature The Princess and the Frog, the excitement for film-inspired merchandise is already building in a big way as anticipation for the film intensifies. Since its launch just a few weeks ago, the merchandise has already begun out-selling other Disney Princess items by double digit percentages. At Disney Store locations nationwide and DisneyStore.com, the Princess Tiana Halloween costume and role-play dress were best sellers. At major retailers, top sellers include The Princess and the Frog-inspired dolls, play sets and books. The Princess and the Frog toys have also captured industry praise as the Princess Tiana doll tops FunFare magazine’s “Holiday Hot Dozen” list and the Toys”R”Us “Fabulous 15″ Holiday list.

The Princess and the Frog introduces Disney’s newest princess character in more than ten years and the first African-American Disney princess. The product line from Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is supporting the film with a wide range of products spanning toys, fashion, home décor, food, personal care, beauty, stationery, books and an assortment for adults including collectibles, art, bridal wear and couture fashion.

“It is typical with any major Disney film to see movie-inspired product available as early as six weeks prior to the film’s release, and the same is true for The Princess and the Frog,” stated Mary Beech, vice president franchise development and marketing for Disney Consumer Products. “However, the historic release of The Princess and the Frog film has generated tremendous consumer excitement well in advance of the film – and sales thus far have exceeded projections, something that is remarkable for characters that fans are not yet completely familiar with.”

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FAO Exclusive: Madame Alexander Disney Princess Cloth Doll

Madame Alexander Disney Princess ToteBring home Ariel.. and Snow White.. and Cinderella with the Madame Alexander Disney Princess Tote. Available exclusively at FAO Schwarz, the Disney princessses-in-a-box is currently available for pre-order with an expected shipment date of November 25, just in time for the holidays and can be yours for $54.99

For more information and to order, click here.

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Got Room for Three More? Mickey, Goofy and Donald Go Hitchhiking in Limited Edition ‘Haunted Mansion’ Cel

Limited Edition Haunted Mansion Cel featuring Mickey, Goofy and DonaldBeginning November 17, Disneyland Merchandise Guest Services will begin accept phone orders for this brand new limited edition cel featuring Mickey, Goofy and Donald as Ezra, Phineas and Gus, the famous Hitchhiking Ghosts, with Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion looking in the background.

The edition is limited to just 1,000 pieces with 200 being framed with a pin ($225) and 300 framed with the pin plus a postcard signed by Imagineer WDI’s and Director of Concept Show Design, Kim Irvine, whose mother was Leota Toombs ($250).

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Square Enix Honors Pixar with Next Disney Formation Arts Collectibles Set

The Square Enix Disney Characters Formation Art: Pixar SetThe newest set of PVC collectibles from Square Enix pay homage to five Disney/Pixar films. Miniature scenes atop a Pixar base detail characters from CARS, Ratatouille, Wall-E, UP and Toy Story. Now available for pre-order from several online sites, the set retails for 6,000 yen (about $67).

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Disney Store Expands 2009 Black Friday Midnight Openings at Malls Nationwide; Slashes Prices on Top Holiday Gift Ideas Starting at $5

NOTE THIS INFORMATION IS NO LONGER CURRENT. FOR INFORMATION ON THIS YEAR’S BLACK FRIDAY EVENT, PLEASE CLICK HERE

Night owls and early morning bargain hunters can get a head start on holiday gift buying this year as Disney Store prepares to open more than 125 stores nationwide at midnight on Nov. 27 (Black Friday). From opening hours until 10 a.m., shoppers will benefit from 20% off all items, including already discounted merchandise. A host of Black Friday deals at affordable $5, $10 and $15 price points, as well as amazing discounts on big ticket items marked $20 – $40 off*, and special gifts with purchase, will make Disney Store the must-go-to location for shoppers looking for an amazing array of Disney toys, apparel and seasonal décor.

Guests can prepare for their Black Friday Disney Store shopping by previewing hot Disney holiday toys and gift ideas in the YouTube video “Disney Store Holiday Shopping Guide: Share the Magic” now playing online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3-idoWGEiA.

Disney Store is also reaching out to surrounding communities this year to “share the magic” by donating toys to local Boys & Girls Club chapters across America. On behalf of each of its locations in the United States, Disney Store will donate one hundred (100) toys to each of the local BGCA chapters nearest such locations. Guests who shop at the Disney Store are also encouraged to bring in unwrapped toys, which Disney Store will also donate to the local Boys & Girls Club chapter during the holiday season.

“We recognize that consumers are looking for the best value without compromising quality, and Disney Store offers a unique experience, high-quality product, and this year we have bigger and better holiday deals that will begin on Black Friday and last all weekend long,” said Jim Fielding, president of Disney Store Worldwide. “Last year, we had an overwhelming response from shoppers during our midnight openings, and we are expanding the number of stores opening at midnight to accommodate even more guests.”

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Tired of Racing to Check for Email? Let Lightning McQueen Check it For You!

Available in Lightning McQueen, Mater, Doc Hudson, Chick Hicks and The King flavors, this $33 gadget from Brando Workshop plugs into your PC’s USB port and actively monitors popular email sites (including any POP3 accessible account) and lets you visually and audibly know when email has come in. Check out the demo below!

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Disney Precious Collections to Feature Exclusive Jewelry at New Orleans Museum of Art Disney Retrospective

Princess and the Frog PendantDisney Precious Collections, Fine Disney Jewelry For Children, has been selected as the featured product during Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studios, at The New Orleans Museum of Art in New Orleans from November 15, 2009 – March 14, 2010.

This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, which cannot be seen anywhere else, is set to coincide with the premier of Disney’s newest animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog. The exhibition will feature 600 original works instrumental in the development of animated features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. In addition, there will be artwork from The Princess and the Frog, an animated comedy from the creators of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. This current version of the princess and the Frog is set in New Orleans during the 1920s Jazz Age, and is due for release Christmas, 2009.

“We are delighted to present this magical exhibition in New Orleans,” said “NOMA director E. John Bullard. “Children will love seeing their favorite Disney characters in a museum setting and adults will be taken by the technical skill and emotional depth reflected in these works. It was Disney animators who really led the way in the 20th century toward establishing animation as a serious art form.” The exhibition will also feature a children’s section celebrating Disney’s connections with jazz music and the Crescent City. The artworks, on loan from the Walt Disney Studio Animation Research Library, will be accompanied by film clips to demonstrate how individual sketches and paintings lead to a finished celluloid masterpiece.

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