Prior to any official announcement, Walt Disney Studios has announced intentions to bring the Muppet holiday classic, The Muppets Christmas Carol (20th Anniversary Edition), to Disney Blu-ray on November 6, 2012 as a 20th anniversary edition featuring all new bonus features.
Bonus features are set to include:
- Disney Intermission: Press “Pause” and see what happens when the Muppets Show up at your door to sing your Christmas Carols – Muppet Style!
- Muppet Audio Commentary: All New Audio Commentary from your favorite Muppets – Kermit, Gonzo, Rizzo, and More!
- Muppet Holiday Sing-Along
- Blooper Reel
- Frogs, Pigs, and Humbug: A Behind the Scenes Look
- Christmas Around the World with Gonzo and Rizzo
- Audio Commentary from Brian Henson
- Pepe’s Profiles Presents: Gonzo, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Weirdo
For more information or to pre-order, visit Amazon.com
Also set to be released are the popular neo-classics, ‘Prep & Landing’ and ‘Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice’ from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Both animated specials are presented in the format as part of the ‘Prep & Landing: Totally Tinsel Collection‘ which also includes bonus shorts ‘Operation Secret Santa’ and ‘Tiny’s Big Adventurem; along with North Pole Commercials, Kringle Academy, North Pole News, Behind the Scenes with Grace Potter and much more.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is promoting both titles as being released on November 6, 2012, although we are aware that online retailers have been listing ‘Prep & Landing: Totally Tinsel Collection‘ as being released a week later.
There’s very little doubt that Tony Stark and the rest of The Avengers are on the nice list this year, so it makes perfect sense that the popular duo of Wayne and Lanny from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ ‘Prep & Landing’ animated special perform their most daunting task to date: Avengers Mansion.
Marvel will be publishing the first issue of the new crossover series on November 16, according to the official Facebook page of Walt Disney Animation Studios, who also provided a sneak peek.
Walt Disney Studios is also gifting us with ‘Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice,’ an all new animated special, in December on the ABC television network as well as a DVD of the original special and related shorts, available to own on November 22, 2011 (now available for pre-order).
UPDATE #1: 10/20/11 – The ‘Prep & Landing’ crossover storyline will actually appear in issues of Marvel’s Avengers #19, Super-Heroes #20 and Spider-Man #20.
This coming holiday, Disney invites audiences of all ages to make Prep & Landing (the all-new modern classic Christmas tale) part of their family’s ‘must own’ holiday-viewing collection! Arriving to DVD on November 22, 2011 (now available for pre-order), ‘Prep & Landing’ is the perfect blend of Christmas spirit, humor and entertaining characters that will keep the entire family grinning from ear-to-ear. Complete with two new bonus shorts — ‘Tiny’s Big Adventure’ and ‘Operation Secret Santa’ (which features Betty White as the voice of Mrs. Clause) -– ‘Prep & Landing’ will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.99 in the U.S. and $24.99 in Canada. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for all ages!
‘Prep & Landing’ is an adorable holiday story about a high-tech team of elves who ensure homes around the world are properly prepared for their visit from Santa. After working for a tireless 227 years, an elf named Wayne (voiced by Dave Foley) is upset when he doesn’t receive an expected promotion. Instead he is partnered with an idealistic rookie elf named Lanny (voiced by Derek Richardson) to execute a special Christmas Eve mission. While on their journey, Wayne and Lanny encounter unexpected challenges that push them to their limits and ultimately threaten Christmas for children around the world. But in the end, these two elves work together to guide Santa through a raging snowstorm in order to save Christmas.
Prep & Landing, which first debuted in 2009 as ABC TV’s first animated television special produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, features the voice talents of Dave Foley (Disney/Pixar’s A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Cars) as Wayne, Derek Richardson (TV’s ‘Men in Trees’) as Lanny, Sarah Chalke (TV’s ‘Scrubs’ and ‘Roseanne’) as Magee, Mason Vale Cotton (TV’s ‘Desperate Housewives’) as Timmy Terwelp, David DeLuise (Disney Channel’s ‘Wizards of Waverley Place’) as Dancer, Peter Jacobson (TV’s ‘House M.D.,’ Transformers) as Waterkotte, Lino DiSalvo (Disney’s Bolt) as Gristletoe Joe, William Morgan Sheppard (Transformers, The Prestige) as The Big Guy, Nathan Greno (Disney’s Bolt, Meet The Robinsons) as Dasher, Hayes MacArthur (Life As We Know It, She’s Out Of My League) as Thrasher and Kasha Kropinski (Fame, Big Fish) as Miss Holly.
Prep & Landing Stocking Stuffer Shorts:
- ‘Tiny’s Big Adventure’ — The assistant to the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center is trying to make a pot of coffee and in the process, accidentally ruins the elves’ break room
- ‘Operation Secret Santa’ — Lead elves Lanny and Wayne are sent on a special assignment by Mrs. Clause (voice of Betty White) into Santa’s office
Prep & Landing Kringle Academy Training Videos – Entertaining Elf training videos shot in Santa’s workshop:
- Elfdate.com/The Fruitcake Factory/Spa Navidad
- Welcome to Kringle Academy
- Kringle Academy Equipment Training
- Academy Do’s and Don’ts
Ahead of any formal announcements, Amazon.com has begun taking pre-orders for several Disney films on Blu-ray in 2011. For the most part, no additional information is yet available but we will update and highlight the releases as we learn of them:
‘Prep & Landing‘, the holiday television special from Walt Disney Animation Studios is expected to be released on November 22, 2011 as per the DVD edition. We can probably expect to see the short introduced last year, ‘Operation: Secret Santa,’ as well as some of the online content and perhaps even the new special being released later this year, ‘Prep & Landing: Naught vs. Nice.’
The direct-to-video sequel Bambi II will find its way onto Disney Blu-ray on August 23, 2011.
In addition, films made for India by Disney will also be released domestically later this year on July 26, 2011 including Zokkomon and Do Dooni Chaar and Disney’s first Indian film in the Telug language, Once Upon A Warrior
The elite unit of elves from ABC’s Emmy Award® winning holiday special “Prep & Landing,” extends their adventures online this holiday season with more fun and games than ever before. ABC.com and Disney.com are the designated online command centers for all things Prep & Landing, offering streaming of the full-length special and new 7-minute short after they air on ABC; new Prep & Landing online creativity tools and activities on Disney.com’s Create; exclusive videos, online games and more. Disney Family.com is also offering a variety of Prep & Landing printable crafts, recipes and holiday activities the whole family can make and enjoy together.
Prep & Landing features on ABC.com (www.abc.com/prepandlanding) include:
- Seven “Prep and Landing” shorts currently available
- “Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa,” the new 7-minute short is now available on ABC.com
- The original Emmy Award winning “Prep & Landing” will be featured on ABC.com beginning Dec. 10
Prep & Landing features on Disney.com (www.disney.com/prepandlanding) include:
- “Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa,” the new 7-minute short, will be featured on Disney.com beginning Dec. 17
- The full-length Emmy Award® winning “Prep & Landing” holiday special will be available for streaming on Dec. 10
- Exclusive Disney.com original short video “Tiny’s BIG Adventure”
- Kringle Academy online game, where players can train to someday become part of the Prep & Landing team
- Digital toys and downloadable artwork
- Prep & Landing Digital Painter on Disney.com’s Create, allows fans to create their own original Prep & Landing artwork with a unique set of holiday-themed pens, stamps and fills inspired by the holiday special
- Prep & Landing Photo Mashup on Disney.com’s Create, features a rich set of stamps, backgrounds and characters to create personalized Prep & Landing art and landscapes
Featured on Disney Family.com are Prep & Landing crafts, recipes and printables, including:
- How to Prep for Santa Prep & Landing booklet, with fun activities to get your house Santa-ready
- A printable village play set so kids can dream up their own adventures for Wayne and Lanny
- A homemade snow globe ornament featuring any picture inside
- An easy-to-make gingerbread cookie recipe that looks just like the Gingerbread Man Scanner (GBM) that Wayne and Lanny use
- Dozens of different holiday crafts and printable activities including a snazzy Christmas tree tie just like Wayne’s; printable 3-D versions of the Prep & Landing elves, a printable Gingerbread man decoder that can be used to send secret messages, and even a elf-size door craft so kids without a fireplace can make sure Wayne and Lanny inspect their home
Disney “Prep & Landing” is the story of Wayne, an elf who believes that Christmas is just a job. After working for 227 years preparing homes for Santa’s arrival, Wayne is upset when he doesn’t receive an expected promotion. His patience is put to the test when he is paired with Lanny, an idealistic rookie who embraces the spirit of the holiday season. The Elves encounter unexpected challenges on their mission, and Wayne learns that his job has an incredible value that he never realized.
Disney “Prep and Landing” airs Thursday, Dec 9 at 8:30/7:30c on ABC.
New ‘Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa’ Short from Walt Disney Animation Studios to Air December 7
“Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa,” featuring the voice of Betty White as Mrs. Claus, is slated to air Tuesday, December 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), during the holiday classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The seven-minute animated short is the second installment from the Emmy Award®-winning franchise “Prep & Landing.” Both specials will also air again on Thursday, December 16.
“Operation: Secret Santa” was written and directed by Stevie Wermers-Skelton & Kevin Deters, produced by Dorothy McKim, and executive-produced by John Lasseter. This “Prep & Landing” “stocking stuffer” short film follows the comic adventures of Santa’s stealthiest elves, Lanny and Wayne. With Christmas only a few short days away, Mrs. Claus, voiced by Betty White, and Magee, voiced by Sarah Chalke, enlist Wayne, voiced by Dave Foley, and Lanny, voiced by Derek Richardson, on a secret mission to retrieve a mysterious item hidden deep within Santa Claus’ office! Can the intrepid duo acquire the target in time, or will they be discovered by the Big Guy, voiced by Morgan Sheppard, and doomed to placement on the Naughty List?
Disney’s ‘Prep & Landing’ Delivers at Creative Emmy Awards; ABC and Disney Channel’s ‘Wizards’ Also Charm
The Creative Emmy Awards ceremony took place at the Nokia Theater LA Live in Los Angeles last night and although perennially-strong HBO took the top spot with 17 wins, the Disney/ABC Television Group finished strong with 16 between ABC and Disney Channel. The event leads up to the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on August 29.
Leading the pack for Disney was its half-hour holiday special ‘Prep & Landing’ which took home a total of four awards including Outstanding Animated Program. The remaining three were awarded as part of the jury-awarded Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation in which a peer of animators select one, multiple or no winners. In this case, three of the winners came from the same program: Andy Harkness for art direction, William M. George III for background key design and Joe Mateo for storyboarding.
The ensemble comedy ‘Modern Family’ (which is produced by 20th Century Fox) took home two awards: Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Comedy Series for the series’ pilot.
Awards also went to several ABC primetime dramas including ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ for Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) for its episode titled ‘Suicide is Painless,’ ‘LOST’ for its series finale in the category of Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series and ‘FlashFoward’ for Outstanding Stunt Coordination in the episode titled ‘No More Good Days.’
‘Dancing with the Stars’ took home two for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series while fellow reality series ‘Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution’ took home the Outstanding Reality Program award for the ‘Naked Chef.’
Other awards for ABC went to ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (juried) for Outstanding Costumes for a Variety/Music Program or Special and the 82nd Annual Academy Awards for Outstanding Art Direction for Variety, Music or Non-fiction Programming.
For Disney Channel, favorite ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ repeated their performance from 2009 and took home the award for Outstanding Children’s Program once more.
The Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) captured 69 Primetime Emmy nominations, it was announced today by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This total reflects nominations for ABC Television Network, ABC Studios, ABC.com and Disney Channel programming.
The ABC Television Network received 63 nominations, including a first-time, first season Comedy Series nomination for “Modern Family,” which gathered a total of 14 nominations, including recognitions for Art Direction, Casting, Directing, Picture Editing, Guest Actor, Sound Mixing and Writing.
“Modern Family’s” Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara all garnered nominations in the Supporting Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series category.
The final season of “Lost” received a total of 12 nominations, including a Drama Series nomination in addition to being selected for the Art Direction, Music Composition, Single-Camera Picture Editing, Guest Actress, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing categories. The series finale episode “The End,” received a Writing for a Drama Series nomination for writers/executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and the episode’s director, Jack Bender, was recognized in the Directing for a Drama Series category.
“Lost’s” Matthew Fox, received his first Lead Actor in a Drama Series nomination for the series final season and was joined by his cast mates Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn who were nominated for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Emerson and O’Quinn were both previous winners in the supporting category. Elizabeth Mitchell received a nomination for Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
The ABC.com webisode series “Lost Presents: Mysteries of the Universe – The Dharma Initiative,” was awarded a nomination in the Special Class Programs category.
“Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” captured its first nomination in the Outstanding Reality Series category while “Dancing with the Stars” was recognized for its fifth straight nomination in the Reality-Competition Category. Additionally, “Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron is a repeat nominee for Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.
Disney Channel dominated the Children’s Program categories with nominations for “Hannah Montana,” “JONAS” “Wizards of Waverly Place” and “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie.” Disney Television Animation received a nomination for the Disney XD animated series “Kick Buttowski – Suburban Daredevil” in the Outstanding Animated Short-Format category, marking the first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for a Disney XD property.
ABC’s first television special produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Disney Prep & Landing” received a nomination in the Animation Special category.
The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy ceremony will be telecast on NBC on Sunday, August 29.
ABC.com is celebrating the holiday season with the addition of several holiday special to its Full Episode Player. Visitors to the site will be able to view both the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and the new animated special “Disney Prep & Landing” beginning Wednesday, December 9 through Saturday, January 1.
Additionally, the site will offer a special Expert Commentary from the stars of “Disney Prep & Landing” – elves Wayne and Lanny and Thrasher the Reindeer. ABC.com’s new Expert Commentary feature allows viewers of the site’s Full Episode Player an opportunity to experience insights from the stars of ABC’s series and specials, as well as producers, writers, directors, production and costume designers, music supervisors and network executives.
Starting next week, ABC.com will add “Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special” and “Jennifer Hudson: I’ll Be Home for Christmas” to its online video offerings. “Christmas at the White House” will be available for viewing on ABC.com for two weeks, beginning Monday, December 14, following its primetime airing on the ABC Television Network on Sunday, December 13 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET.) Jennifer Hudson’s hour-long holiday music special will be available online beginning Tuesday, December 15, following its airing on the ABC Television Network Monday, December 14 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), through January 1.
Later this month, ABC.com will also present the magical “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade,” following its television debut on ABC Christmas morning.
In addition to these special video offerings this month, ABC.com’s popular Music Lounge has been transformed into a “Winter Wonder Lounge,” complete with a holiday playlist will be available and includes traditional classics performed by artists such as Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra as well as new versions of Christmas classics and also original songs by artists like Death Cab for Cutie, Snow Patrol, Fiona Apple and many more. The site is also offering a free download of the original song “Jingle Jang and Jive” from “Disney Prep & Landing” by composer Michael Giacchino (“Lost”). The song will be available for free download in the ABC Music Lounge at www.abcmusiclounge.com through Friday, December 11 at midnight, ET/9:00 p.m., PT.
The elite unit of elves from ABC’s new holiday television special “Disney Prep & Landing” have taken their covert operation digital. Disney.com features an online command center for all things “Prep & Landing,” offering full-length streaming of the entire special starting on Dec. 9, and an original short “Tiny’s BIG Adventure.” Additionally, Disney Family.com is offering a variety of printables and holiday craft activities, while iPhone and iPod Touch users can take “Disney Prep & Landing” fun with them through a new mobile game (www.itunes.com/waltdisney).
“Disney Prep & Landing” features on Disney.com include:
- Full-length “Disney Prep & Landing” special will be available for streaming
- Disney.com original short video “Tiny’s Adventure”
- Kringle Academy online game, where players can train to someday become part of the “Disney Prep & Landing” team
- Digital toys and downloadable artwork
“Disney Prep & Landing” features on Disney Family.com include:
- Do-It-Yourself “Prep & Landing” booklet, offering kids a guide to prep their house for Santa’s arrival
- A printable village play set so kids can dream up their own adventures for Wayne and Lanny
- Printable 3-D versions of the “Disney Prep & Landing” elves
- Dozens of different holiday crafts and printable activities, including a Gingerbread man decoder, ornaments, and even a elf-size door craft so kids without a fireplace can make sure Wayne and Lanny inspect their home
“Disney Prep & Landing” App
iPhone and iPod Touch users can purchase and download a new “Disney Prep & Landing” game featuring three mini-games and other content based on the television special. Players assume the role of Lanny, an elf in training, who takes on the various challenges and obstacles experienced at Kringle Academy. With the help of fellow rookie Wayne, Lanny’s goal is to finish the last three exams, graduate from the Academy and become part of the elite group of elves who prepare houses for Santa’s arrival. Cost: $.99 (www.itunes.com/waltdisney).