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.’
To be eligible for the test, guests must own and bring their own iPad device as well as download a copy of the app which will be emailed in advance. As a thank you for participating in the test, guests will also receive a gift. Available screenings are as follows (all screenings are at 7 pm PT):
- ArcLight Sherman Oaks on October 22
- AMC Burbank 13 on October 23
- ArcLight Pasadena on October 24
- El Capitan Theatre on November 1
For more information and to sign up for free tickets, visit the event page.
The 12″x36″ screen print will retail for $50 and will be limited a print run of just 325 pieces.
It will go on sale tomorrow, April 25, at MondoTees.com at a random time. Those interested in purchasing the poster are advised to follow @MondoNews on Twitter for the on-sale announcement as the Mondo prints have been known to sell out completely in seconds.
More astonishing and spectacular than ever before, Academy Award® nominated writer/producer Tim Burton’s overwhelmingly favorite The Nightmare Before Christmas becomes available for the first time ever to own on Disney Blu-ray 3D™ and/or 3D Movie Download, on August 30, 2011. Leaping off the screen and into living rooms this holiday season, the all-new 3D presentation of The Nightmare Before Christmas will be available as a 3-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray™, DVD/Digital Copy hybrid) and/or a 3D Movie Download,* providing fans and families alike with several great ways to enjoy the film.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is produced by Academy Award® nominated writer and producer Tim Burton (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride) and Denise DiNovi (Edward Scissorhands, James and the Giant Peach), directed by Henry Selick (Coraline, James and the Giant Peach) and written by Michael McDowell (Beetle Juice, Thinner) and Caroline Thompson (Corpse Bride, The Addams Family). And the spectacular characters are voiced by the talents of Chris Sarandon (The Princess Bride, Fright Night) as Jack Skellington’s speaking voice, Danny Elfman (Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Jack Skellington’s singing voice and Catherine O’Hara (Home Alone, Best In Show) as Sally, to name a few.
The Nightmare Before Christmas 3-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD/Digital Copy hybrid) will retail for the suggested price of $49.99 U.S./$56.99 Canada and the 3D Movie Download will retail for the suggested price of $25.00 U.S.
*consumers will need to own either a 3D TV and/or other 3D devices to view full 3D capabilities.
- A Special Introduction by Tim Burton
- What’s This? Jack’s Haunted Mansion Holiday Tour – Viewers choose the way they want to tour Disneyland’s Holiday Haunted Mansion. “On Track” explores a tricked-out version of the Haunted Mansion, while “Off Track” reveals what went into creating all the creepy fun.
- Frankenweenie Short Film– A un-cut version of the Frankenweenie short with introduction by Tim Burton.
- Vincent Short Film
- Tim Burton’s Original poem narrated by Christopher Lee – Tim Burton’s poem that inspired the creation of the movie. Now, the original verse comes to creepylife as performed by legendary actor Christopher Lee.
- Film Commentary – commentary by producer and writer Tim Burton, director Henry Selick and composer Danny Elfman.
- The Making of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – Go behind the scenes of the very first full-length stop motion animated movie with the filmmakers.
- The Worlds of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – Witness the creation of the film’s richly imagined dreamscapes, including Halloween Town, Christmas Town and the Real World.
- Deleted Scenes
- Storyboard to Film Comparison
- Original Theatrical Trailers and Posters
Now available for pre-order from Amazon.com
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.
First up is Monopoly. Gone is the traditional square-shaped gameboard as the new gameboard is shaped like a circle, taking the shape and form of a racetrack. The dice have been replaced by Lightning McQueen who is finger-flicked around the track to determine the number of spaces moved. When it debuts this spring, expect it to retail for around $19.99.
Next is Operation! As the Disney theme parks already have a Lightning McQueen edition (produced by Hasbro licensee USAopoly), it’s now Mater’s turn. Mater is suffering from all sorts of ailments such as a broken belt, (topical) bed bugs and even tow jam (yeah, we said it). Some of Mater’s conditions remained hidden as they relate directly with Cars 2 plot points, but we couldn’t help but note that where the gameboard itself was missing it, the box cover mentioned (wait for it) bad gas. Another thing that sets this edition of Operation apart is that the buzzer is replaced by actual recordings of Mater. It too should retail for $19.99. In addition, Basic Fun will be producing a portable keychain edition of the Cars 2 Mater Operation game which you can find pictured below (SPOILER WARNING).
Keeping with the racetrack theme, the popular Sorry! Sliders revamp has entered the world of Cars by turning the gameboard into a configurable racetrack. To help keep things moving along, ball bearings have even been added to the game’s tokens. Sorry! Sliders Cars 2 edition will retail for $24.99.
Even the ultra-simple game of Memory takes on a new angle when it becomes a virtual drag race between Lightning McQueen and Francesco Bernouli. The traditional element remains at the core as players try to match the hidden tiles, but now the matches go into the ‘grandstand’ display and the matched characters turn into spectators as each player moves their token along the strip. Memory Cars 2 edition will retail for $19.99.
Also in the mix is a Cars 2 edition of Pop-O-Matic Trouble in which Mater is the dice roller and a Cars 2 edition of the popular game Pictureka!
The other big news is that Hasbro will be releasing a new, family-friendly take on Trivial Pursuit called Disney Trivial Pursuit for All. Instead of six categories, the game has three different types of questions: multiple choices, second chances (which pair a Disney question with a non-Disney question) and (what appears to be) a how-well-do-you-know-me? For each correct answer, a player is awarded a wedge for their token, as is the case with the traditional version, however there is no requirement to get wedges for each ‘category.’ Look for Disney Trivial Pursuit for All this fall for about $29.99.
Finally, Hasbro will be releasing a Sorry! Phineas and Ferb edition this summer.
On a related note, Hasbro and fellow Disney licensee USAopoly will be contributing new editions of the classic boardgames themselves, starting with games for Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides. Continuing their collector’s editions of Yahtzee which replace the traditional dice cup with custo elements, the Pirates of the Caribbean edition will feature a ‘silver chalice cup’ for the dice rolling.
There will also be a brand new edition of Monopoly for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Previously, USAopoly had released a trilogy edition which combined elements from the first three films, but this new edition, which showcases Captain Jack Sparrow and Angelica in its central graphics, focuses only on the new film, with a whole new layout and property set on an absolutely beautiful gameboard.
USAopoly will also continue to expand their Nightmare Before Christmas offerings this year, starting with an Oogie Boogie edition which had previously been exclusive to Barnes & Noble and an Oogie edition of Operation, which like the Mater edition, uses soundbites from the Boogieman himself instead of a buzzer (and there are a LOT of them). Look for it in August.
The Vinylmation Nightmare Before Christmas 3″ and 9″ figures will be released at D-Street at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts on September 10, 2010 a per the official Vinylmation blog.
The 9″ Oogie Boogie and Santa Jack (with elf) figures are limited to an edition size of 1,000
It’s a collector’s paradise on DisneyStore.com today as the online Disney shopping mecca begins offering some of the hottest merchandise around, including:
Dooney & Bourke wristlet bags and tote bags in medium and large sizes. Designs include Disney Sketch and Mickey Mouse. You can find them in their own new category in the Theme Park shop.
Pook-a-Looz series #2 which features the Muppets and Nightmare Before Christmas Pook-a-looz alongside our classic friends: The set (individuals are also available) includes: Steamboat Willie, Steamboat Minnie, Dumbo,Pinocchio,Kermit, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Gonzo, Chip, Dale, Santa Jack Skellington, Jack Skellington, Sally and Oogie Boogie. They can be found in the Pook-a-looz specialty shop.
Finally there are several of the Oh Mickey! and Sports open-box series of 3″ Vinylmations available, each with their mysterious 1 1/2″ Vinylmation Jr. friends. Keychains featuring Vinylmation Jr series #1 are also now available online and can be found in the Vinylmation category of the Theme Park shop.
Expected to be released this month is the adorable set of Kingdom Hearts avatar mascot straps. The Play Arts #2 King Mickey rules the collection, however, expected to be released in July along with the gift of joy provided by Santa Sora. Also expected to be released in July is the highly anticipated Pixar Formation Arts collection featuring characters from Wall-E, Ratatouille and UP.
Inspired by the image on the theatrical poster, LEGO enthusiast Stefan set out to re-create this iconic Jack Skellington scene from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas as an entry for an online musical-themed contest.
Needless to say, his amazing piece took top prize and we’re thrilled he was willing to share it with us (the image that is, not the prize — not quite as happy about that part).
To check out some of Stefan’s other LEGO work and photos, be sure to visit his Flickr page.
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.
On October 17, join the Disney Gallery as it celebrates Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas with the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay and new exclusive items including the new book Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: The 13 Days of Christmas. For photos and additional information, see here.
New this year to Halloween Time at Disneyland is Halloween Screams – A Villainous Surprise in the Skies. The new fireworks spectacular haunts the nighttime sky throughout the Halloween season. To start the show, Master of Scare-omonies Jack Skellington appears in a flash of fire above Sleeping Beauty Castle. Haunting melodies fill the air and a Halloween pyrotechnics extravaganza explodes into the night. Such classic Disney villains as Maleficent, Ursula the Sea Witch and Oogie Boogie join in the ‘spirit’ of the celebration, and even Zero, Jack’s faithful ghost dog, will make an appearance. Disneyland guests are encouraged to participate in a bone-chilling Halloween Scream-Along during the show. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)