Disney’s D23, the official club for fans of The Walt Disney Company, today announced plans for its third annual Fanniversary event tour which kicks off on August 9, 2014 in Burbank, CA and will make stops in San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston and Orlando. This year, the event will be sponsored by the new Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection which launches in June with its release of The Lion King, featuring thirty minutes of its previously unreleased score by Hans Zimmer.
Disney Consumer Products and Funko have graciously allowed us to share this first look at an upcoming San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive: the Disney/Pixar Brave ‘Merida Pop! Dress Color Metallic’ variant figure from the Disney Pop! Vinyl collection.
Limited to an edition size of 480 pieces, Merida will be available at Funko’s booth (#5343) at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con from Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21 while supplies last. She will retail for $15.
Merida will be one of many Comic-Con exclusives from Funko which feature Disney favorites as well as other popular characters and franchises. For more information, as well as the opportunity for a chance to win some of Funko’s SDCC exclusives, visit their official Facebook and Twitter pages.
In anticipation of the stop-motion full-length remake of Tim Burton’s classic short, Frankenweenie, Walt Disney Studios has erected a mobile touring exhibit titled ‘The Art of Frankenweenie‘ which treats visitors to a rare, inside look at how the film was made. One of the first stops on the world tour is San Diego Comic-Con and we were invited by Walt Disney Studios to be one of the first to preview the exhibit which was hosted by film producers Don Hahn and Allison Abbate. Talent from the film, including Atticus Shaffer (of ABC’s ‘The Middle’ and voice of Edgar Gore) also passed through the exhibit to see the displays of props, puppets and concept art.
Some exciting news came out late last night (or early this morning depending on where you are) for fans of Tim Burton and his upcoming stop-motion film, Frankenweenie. According to Walt Disney Studios UK, which posted the video below to its YouTube channel, a new traveling art exhibition featuring puppets, props and more from the film will be touring the globe starting later this month.
Disney XD has released the video montage previewed for attendees at its San Diego Comic-Con panel. The video features quite a bit of concept art, models, test animation and what appears to be actual animation from the upcoming midquel, which takes place between TRON and TRON: Legacy.
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) thrills at the 2011 Comic-Con convention with exciting panels and signings including: a Disney/Marvel panel showcasing DPW’s Marvel publishing program through fall 2011; an exciting sneak peek at the recently launched Disney Comics App; and exclusive giveaways just for Comic-Con attendees at the DPW booth (#1016).
The DPW booth will showcase an assortment of books, comics, graphic novels, and magazines; preview upcoming releases; and product sneak peeks will be on display including The Art of Epic Mickey and Phineas and Ferb Across the 2nd Dimension: Official Movie Magazine. A limited selection of product will also be for sale.
ABC showcases its upcoming primetime lineup with an exciting peek at its new shows and an interactive booth at Comic Con 2011, taking place in San Diego in late July. “Once Upon a Time,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Castle” and “The River” stars and executive producers will participate in the convention for Q&A panels, press room interviews and special autograph sessions. Additionally, the much buzzed about new drama series, “Pan Am,” will also be represented at Comic-Con. Below are the details:
“Phineas and Ferb” leads the charge for Disney Channel at Comic-Con International, as “Perry the Platy-bus On Tour” arrives on the show floor in celebration of the Emmy Award-winning series. After making its debut in Times Square on July 11, the Platy-bus will ride into San Diego Comic-Con July 21-24. This incredible, 4000-pound customized Airstream trailer comes complete with bill, tail and googly eyes inspired by Phineas and Ferb’s teal-colored pet platypus, Perry. The event marks a banner year ahead for the franchise, which is set for the fall debut of the Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM), “Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension.” The Platy-bus officially opens for a three-hour preview night on Wednesday, July 20.
In celebration of the new Disney Store Imagination Park grand opening in San Diego, Disney D23 members were invited to a private tea party event in which Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast appeared to meet and greet with fans. O’Hara was also presented with her very own Mrs. Potts limited edition tea set, part of the Disney Store limited edition Beauty and the Beast collectible line that was launched at the event.
Below is our gallery of photos from the event which features Paige O’Hara and the new limited edition collection.