Disney Accounts for Nearly 25% of Animated Films to be Considered for Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 21 films have been submitted for consideration for the Animated Feature Film category for the 85th Academy Awards. Among the films submitted are Disney/Pixar’s Brave, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, DisneyToon’s Secret of the Wings and Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Wreck-It Ralph.

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REPORT: Tinker Bell and Periwinkle Open Ice Skating Rink at Disneyland Resort (Video/Photos)

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In honor of the Disney 3D Blu-ray release of Secret of the Wings starring Tinker Bell and the rest of her Pixie Hollow friends, the Disneyland Resort has decided to bring some winter magic of its own to Southern California and open a temporary outdoor skating rink in the heart of its Downtown Disney District.

Last night, a grand opening ceremony was held in which Disneyland Ambassador Rene Toricco played emcee and welcomed everyone to the event. Also speaking at the event were Vice President of Resorts and Downtown Disney Daniel Delcourt and Downtown Disney’s General Manager Janet Knox and filmmakers Peggy Holmes and Michael Wigert — along with a special appearance by Tinker Bell and newly reunited twin Periwinkle, of course.

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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: ‘Secret of the Wings’ Premiere in New York City

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Tinker Bell and her sister Periwinkle took to the Mainland earlier today to play host to the premiere of Secret of the Wings in New York City. The fairy twins –  born of the same baby’s laugh — graciously welcomed some of the cast and crew from the film along with local celebrities and their families.

In attendance were Mae Whitman (Tinker Bell), Anjelica Huston (Queen Clarion), Timothy Dalton (Lord Milori), Raven Symone (Iridessa), Matt Lanter (Sled) and filmmakers Peggy Holmes and Michael Wigert. Joining them were Disney Channel star Debby Ryan, celebrity stylist Ken Paves, Miss USA Oliva Culpo, Kerry Butler, Mike Tyson, Clare Foley, Alexis Welch, Faith Wladyka, Brent Zachery and more.

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First Look: Tinker Bell and Periwinkle Characters from Disney Parks; New ‘Secret of the Wings’ Clips

Tinker Bell and Periwinkle at Disney ParksThe official Disney Parks blog today shared this first image of Tinker Bell and Periwinkle /aka/ Peri /aka/ Tink’s sister as they will appear at both Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland in mid-September (September 17 in Orlando according to this site, to be precise).

Peri will be joining Tink in Pixie Hollow in honor of their upcoming 3D Blu-ray release, Secret of the Wings, available to own on October 23, 2012. For Tinker Bell and the other warm season fairies, the Winter Woods remains a mysterious and forbidden place. Secret of the Wings takes audiences on an amazing journey of discovery with Tink, into this forbidden world where she discovers a magical secret that changes her life forever.

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Periwinkle to Join Pixie Hollow at Disney Parks in October

Tinker Bell and Periwinkle in 'Secret of the Wings' © Disney. All Rights Reserved.

In honor of Secret of the Wings, which debuts on 3D Blu-ray on October 23, Disney Parks has officially confirmed it will be introducing Tinker Bell’s new wintery friend, Periwinkle, as a meet & greet character at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme parks. No specific date has been given other than her appearances will begin in October.

For Tinker Bell and the other warm season fairies, the Winter Woods remains a mysterious and forbidden place. Secret of the Wings takes audiences on an amazing journey of discovery with Tink, into this forbidden world where she discovers a magical secret that changes her life forever.

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‘Dig Down Deeper’ by Zendaya Music Video Sneak Peek

Zendaya 'Dig Down Deeper' from 'Pixie Hollow Games' (DISNEY CHANNEL/RICK ROWELL)

Disney Channel has shared with us this sneak peek of the music video for ‘Dig Down Deeper’ by ‘Shake It Up’ star Zendaya.

The theme song to the upcoming Pixie Hollow special, ‘Pixie Hollow Games,’ ‘Dig Down Deeper’ recently made its premiere on the Radio Disney Top 30 Countdown and will be available for purchase on iTunes as a single beginning on November 8. The music video, from which you can see stills and clip below, will premiere on Disney Channel on November 5.

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Have a Taste for Design? Enter Pixie Hollow Online’s ‘Sweet Treat’ Design Contest

Pixie Hollow Online 'Sweet Treat Design Contest'October is in full force in Pixie Hollow and everyone is busy celebrating all the autumn events. The Animal Masquerade has everyone putting on their critterific costumes to trick or treat and players are busy entering the “Sweet Treat Design Contest”!

Have you ever imagined sitting on a cotton candy sofa or looking into a lollipop mirror? Imagine no longer because the fairies and sparrow men in Pixie Hollow all agree that sweet treats aren’t just for eating. Pixie Hollow’s Never Council wants to see how creative YOU can get with edible sweet treats!

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GIVEAWAY: Pixie Hollow Prize Pack Labor Day Giveaway on Twitter

Pixie Hollow Gift Pack GiveawayThe ‘Pixie Hollow Games’ are coming and all the fairies and sparrow men of Pixie Hollow have been training hard to compete by the time the games air on Disney Channel later this year.

In addition to the amazing ‘How Will You Train?’ contest in which the grand prize winner will receive an ultimate viewing party featuring a Blu-ray player, flat screen TV and much more, our friends at Disney Online, PixieHollow.com and the Never Council are offering Stitch Kingdom readers the opportunity to win an adorable  Pixie Hollow prize pack (pictured).

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‘Pixie Hollow’ ‘How Will You Train?’ Contest to Give Away Ultimate ‘Pixie Hollow Games’ Viewing Party

Training Fairies in Disney Online's Pixie HollowComing to Disney Channel this fall, “Pixie Hollow Games” is a world premiere television event where fairy talents from all over the Hollow gather to compete in a thrilling athletic competition. To prepare for this exciting television special, the Never Council wants to know how YOU will train for the Pixie Hollow Games!

The fairies and sparrow men in Pixie Hollow are busy training for the Pixie Hollow games and for three weeks the virtual world of Pixie Hollow, will celebrate the Games by hosting the “How Will You Train?” art contest.  The contest, which runs from August 16 – September 6, invites Disney Fairies Fans to draw and share how they will train for the Pixie Hollow Games, with the grand prize winner receiving the ultimate viewing party kit.

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First Look Inside Mickey’s New Meet & Greet, Tiki Room Restored, Fairies’ Final Destination

NEW: TAKE A PHOTO TOUR INSIDE THE NEW TOWN SQUARE THEATRE MEET & GREET WITH MICKEY MOUSE BEFORE IT OPENS APRIL 1!

Magician Mickey's meet & greet at Magic Kingdom's Exposition HallScheduled to open beginning April 1, we have your first look inside the room for the FASTPASS-enabled Magician Mickey Mouse meet and greet at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Tucked away inside Exposition Hall, Magician Mickey invites fans to meet him ‘backstage’ where he’ll have a few tricks of his own including interactive posters, more than likely in the same vein as the enchanted art found aboard the Disney Dream.

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