Earlier this week, Disney Interactive and Junction Point Studio held a special exclusive event at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA to unveil brand new areas and worlds for both ‘Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two’ and ‘Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Illusion’ as well as demo the game for the first time on the Nintendo Wii U, along with other surprises which enhance gameplay.
The new areas shown for the first time are called ‘Rainbow Falls’ (heavily influenced by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) and ‘Rainbow Caverns’ and are inspired by the extinct Disneyland attraction, ‘Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland,’ a 1960 expansion of the ‘Rainbow Caverns Mine Train’ and primarily where ‘Big Thunder Mountain Railroad’ lies today. Although the attraction is no longer inside the park, many remnants from it are still alive and well and being preserved throughout Frontierland. Like its real-world counterpart, in The Wasteland, the attraction was one of the first built and nowadays play home to the giant Projector Substation that supplies power to all of the projectors across the world.
Rainbow Caverns itself is split into two areas: the Angel side and the Demon side, which includes a maze filled with cascading fire in which players ‘must’ turn wrenches to alternate the sheets of fire to navigate the maze — of course there may be a way or two to help the navigation process, which one might find by game exploration.
Of course introducing new lands also means introducing new projection levels, the side-scrolling adventures that help players transition between worlds. Here we had an opportunity to explore levels based on ‘Building A Building’ (1933) and the ‘Night on Bald Mountain’ from Disney’s Fantasia (1940). A sharp eye also caught mention of a level based on the first Silly Symphonies short, ‘The Skeleton Dance’ (1929). You may not be able to play them all right away, however, as it turns out that how you play the game not only determines which lands and characters you’ll encounter, but how you’ll transition between them as well! As part of the game’s lore, when the earthquakes and other disasters struck The Wasteland between the two games, all of the projectors went down as well. This is when Gus (voiced by Cary Elwes) and the rest of the Gremlins built the DEC (or Dahl Engineering Corridors, named after famed children’s author and Gremlins co-creator Roald Dahl) system underground, using Disney memorabilia that had fallen from the sky. How you play a level determines whether you can jump through the projector to play the game based on the short, or whether you must go underground and face different challenges, navigating tons of Disneyana inspired directly from the Disney Archives.
On the same topic of lore, the game also introduces a mysterious new area called ‘The Observatory,’ a place where players can go to peer through a telescope and peak around the skies (from which the forgotten Disneyana falls) and perhaps unlock some of the mysteries of The Wasteland and the history of its inhabitants. At a private dinner held later that same day at Disneyland’s private club, Club 33, Spector also suggested that the game contains an area called ‘Club 13′ inspired by the famed location.
There are also plenty of new ways to enhance and alter gameplay, such as costumes. According to Spector, as players navigate the game, they can ‘find, gifted with, awarded with or purchase’ costumes which will affect how Mickey and Oswald play the game (just exactly how is being kept a secret at this time). The hat shop located on Mean Street will serve as ‘the hub’ for costuming. Meanwhile, a pin shop serves as a place to exhibit pins that have been collected throughout the game as well a photo shop where gamer can reminisce of their time in the Wasteland by viewing in-game photos taken at various photo opportunity spots throughout the worlds, just as the real parks have, to help complete quests.
Another new addition is the use of inkwells, which can almost be thought of using paint and thinner on oneself, although the effects are temporary and — in the case of the latter — not quite as detrimental. Once the player jumps into an inkwell, they receive one of two effects based on the inkwell type: invisible ink and indelible ink. The exceptional play on words allow Mickey and Oswald to either become invisible (allowing them to sneak past enemies) or invulnerable (allowing them to walk through thinner for example). Rather than being time limited in their use, the limitations are actually based on physics: as the characters jump, run or walk, the ink will visually drip off of them at a rate according to their movement. Movement speed is variable depending on the pressure applied to the analog controls, so it’s possible to sneak around almost indefinitely just by moving at a snail’s pace. By either painting in or thinning out objects around the inkwells, players are also able to convert them between invisible and indelible modes.
Below is a video of the full presentation from the event, featuring not only Warren Spector, but also Peter Ong from DreamRift who talks about ‘Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Illusion’ for Nintendo 3DS as well as shares some of the newly released screens from the game featuring the Maleficent dragon from Sleeping Beauty and the world based on The Little Mermaid.
If that’s not enough, a soundtrack for ‘Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2′ will also be available via digital download and Amazon on-demand disc beginning November 13, 2012. The soundtrack features 23 tracks composed by Jim Dooley as well as a bonus track from teen DJ/producer Cole Plante. The tracklist is as follows (WARNING: Track list may contain spoilers):
1. Yen Sid’s Lab
2. Opening – Mad Doctor
3. Mean Street
4. Building a Building
6. Meet Daisy
7. Disney Gulch
8. Music Land
9. I’m Falling Apart – Mad Doctor and Jamface
10. Skeleton Dance
11. Blot Dragon
12. Prescott and the Pumps
14. Intro to Blot Alley
15. The Mad Doctor Isn’t Mad – Mad Doctor and Oswald
17. Prescott’s Machine
18. The Fall of Prescott – Mad Doctor, Prescott, Big Bad Pete and Daisy
19. Ventureland Combat
20. Autotopia Exploration
21. The Mad Doctor’s Plan – Mad Doctor
22. The Mad Doctor’s Attic
23. That’s What Heroes Do – Mad Doctor, Oswald and Mickey
24. A Hero’s Second Chance – Cole Plante (Bonus Track)
Below you’ll also find some gameplay footage as well as concept art and our gallery of newly released nextgen screens from the game (new images added to the beginning of the gallery):
Also, be sure to watch this space! Coming soon will be a brand new hands-on review which includes using the Nintendo Wii U GamePad and the special ‘Epic Mickey 2′ controllers for the Nintendo Wii and Wii U from PDP along with a special interview with the game’s music composer, Jim Dooley, and live updates from New York Comic-con.
Walt Disney Records has released the full track list for its upcoming release titled ‘Frankenweenie Unleashed!,’ a compilation of music inspired by the Tim Burton film from popular alternative recording artists.
A feature-length stop-motion remake of the original short film by Burton, Frankenweenie is a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new ‘leash on life’ can be monstrous.
The album will be available to own on September 25, 2012 while the film will be released in theaters on October 5. A more ‘traditional’ original motion picture soundtrack featuring music by composer Danny Elfman will also be released.
The complete track list is as follows:
- Strange Love – Karen O
- Electric Heart (Stay Forever) – Neon Trees
- Polar Tropic (You Don’t Understand Me) – Mark Foster
- Almost There – Passion Pit
- Pet Sematary – Plain White T’s
- With My Hands – Kimbra
- Everybody’s Got A Secret – Awolnation
- Immortal – Kerli
- My Mechanical Friend – Grace Potter featuring the Flaming Lips
- Lost Cause – Imagine Dragons
- Underground – Grouplove
- Building A Monster – Skylar Grey
- Witchcraft – Robert Smith
- Praise Be Holland – Wynona Ryder
UPDATE #1: 8/10/12 – As it turns out, ‘Underground’ by Grouplove was actually meant to be a B-side that was never released, so the group ended up releasing it for free to its fans. One enterprising fan uploaded it to YouTube as can be heard in the video below:
Note that it’s possible that the band may re-record the track specifically for the album as Grace Potter did for her song for Tangled.
Featuring original music by composer Patrick Doyle, the album also features new songs by Julie Fowlis, Birdy and the cast of the film.
For more information, or to preview and/or purchase the downloadable soundtrack at this amazingly low price for a limited time, visit Amazon.com.
The MP3 downloadable version of the original cast recording of ‘Newsies’ is now available to own for $5.99 for a limited time on Amazon.com.
The musical, which made its debut on Broadway earlier this year, is nominated for a total of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Harvey Fierstein), Best Original Score (Alan Menken, Jack Feldman), Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Jeremy Jordan), Best Direction of a Musical (Jeff Calhoun), Best Choreography (Christopher Gattelli), Best Orchestrations (Danny Troob) and Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel).
The 2012 Tony Awards will air tonight on CBS live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City at 8 pm ET. Hosted once more by the consummate Neil Patrick Harris, the show will include a performance by the cast of ‘Newsies,’ which is now running open-ended at the Nederlander Theatre.
Thanks to @spotanime for the tip.
Fully loaded with global locales, fast-paced racing, international espionage and a touching tale of friendship, Cars 2 also features an amped up score by Oscar® and GRAMMY®-winning composer Michael Giacchino, plus music from alternative rock legends Weezer, country music hitmaker Brad Paisley, bestselling British singer/songwriter Robbie Williams, French superstar Bénabar and the power pop Japanese girl band Perfume. The international lineup puts the tune in tune-up as the Cars characters hit the road on a worldwide tour full of epic adventure.
Cars 2 is the fourth Pixar feature score for Giacchino, who has previously composed the music for The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Up, along with half a dozen short films from the Studio. “Michael is doing such a cool score for the film,” says director John Lasseter. “We did not want to do a typical spy movie score. We wanted it to be something very different–a whole new approach.”
“John [Lasseter] knows the story,” says Giacchino. “He knows what his characters need and what they want. That’s how to discuss music—in emotions. If Mater is feeling left out, I can translate that into music. I love working with the people at Pixar because they all talk in terms of story and that’s how I love to work.”
Giacchino also wrote a French song called “Mon coeur fait vroum,” (“My Heart Goes Vroom”) which is sung for the film by the popular and admired French singer/songwriter Bénabar, providing a musical introduction to Paris. The lyrics for the song are by Giacchino and Scott Langteau with French adaptation by Boualem Lamhene. Bénabar’s self-titled album, released in 2001, launched a phenomenally successful singing career. In 2006, his album, “Reprise de Negociations,” was a top seller in Europe, and led to several major music industry awards the following year.
Providing their own unique take on the 1984 pop hit, “You Might Think” (written by Ric Ocasek and originally performed by The Cars) is the chart-topping, multi-platinum-selling American alternative rock band Weezer. Weezer burst on the scene in 1992, and has produced nine albums to date. “The song is going to play in the scene where Lightning McQueen and Mater go to Japan,” says Weezer’s Brian Bell, “which is great for us because it sort of mirrors our experiences in Japan—there was a little bit of culture shock.”
Bell says the band was surprised at the complexity of the song. “When we really dug deep into the song, we saw the genius of the arrangement and how all these relatively simplistic parts worked together to create this amazing fabric of sound.”
Multiple GRAMMY®-winning country superstar and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley, who was a major contributor to the first Cars soundtrack with the songs “Behind the Clouds” (written with Frank Rogers) and “Find Yourself,” returns with two new songs for Cars 2. Says Lasseter, “Brad and I became close friends during the making of Cars. For Cars 2, he and Robbie [Williams] have teamed up to do this really cool rock ‘n roll song. It’s something very different from what Brad normally does, but he and Robbie have created a fantastic song that captures the friendship of McQueen and Mater over the end credits.” Adds Paisley, “The song is a rock vocal event with one of the most talented people I’ve ever met, Robbie Williams. It was John’s idea to bring these two worlds together – combining the English and American takes on music. We’re both out of our comfort zone, seeing what happens when you’re forced into going new places, which is really what Cars 2 is about. It’s totally parallel to the story.”
The song, “Collision of Worlds,” is written and performed as a duet with Paisley and Williams, the talented, award-winning singer/songwriter who has achieved incredible fame as a solo performer and as a member of the group Take That. Williams has sold more than 57 million albums worldwide, and is one of Britain’s all-time top selling recording artists. “It’s an international kind of song that’s inspired very much by the film–it wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the story,” says Williams. “Brad turned up with his guitar and a basic understanding of what he wanted the song to sound like. He played me a few chords and we noodled and twiddled our way into forming this song. It’s back and forth colloquialisms between two different countries speaking the same language and not understanding each other—until now.”
A second song, “Nobody’s Fool,” is written and performed by Paisley. “It’s inspired by the most heartbreaking scene in the movie,” says Paisley. “Mater realizes that everybody thinks he’s playing the fool and he becomes sort of enlightened and realizes that he’s not playing the fool—he is one. But Mater realizes he is who he is and that was inspiring to me.”
Japanese girl band Perfume’s hit single “Polyrhythm” will also be featured in the film when Lightning and Mater attend the World Grand Prix opening night gala in Tokyo.
Cars 2 races into theaters on June 24, 2011. The soundtrack from Walt Disney Records will be available June 14 and is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com
Amazon.com has recently updated its description for the original motion picture soundtrack for Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2, which will be released on June 4, 2011.
Short of an actual track list, the description notes that the soundtrack, primarily consisting of a score composed by Michael Giacchino, will feature 26 tracks in all and will include a cover of the Car’s classic ‘You Might Think’ by Weezer and new music from Brad Paisley, including a duet with Robbie Williams.
Cars 2 will be released in theaters nationwide on June 24, 2011.
‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Full Soundtrack Preview Plus First ‘Single’ Released; Special Pre-Order Packages Offered
Ahoy me hearties! And listen very closely for the same pirates who brought ye news of PirateYourself.com have more exciting news to share when it comes to the summer blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
While they be drawing your eyes to the port side, the real show is starboard and only we be dangerous enough to dare take ye where thee ought not to go. So be prepared to abandon all hope and journey over to Pirates4Soundtrack.com where not only will ye hear the full ‘single’ titled ‘Angelica’ but you’ll also be able to sample all the full album featuring the music of Hans Zimmer and Rodrigo y Gabriela.
Ye shall also preview special pre-order packages being prepared by Walt Disney Studios which includes a CD, digital download and poster for $30 and the same without the CD for $20. And don’t be surprised if an autographed version of the package for around $80 pops up some time either. We just be sayin’, mateys. We just be sayin’.
The full track list as follows:
1. Guilty of Being Innocent of Being Jack Sparrow
2. Angelica Featuring Rodrigo y Gabriela
4. The Pirate That Should Not Be – Rodrigo y Gabriela
6. South of Heaven’s Chanting Mermaids – Rodrigo y Gabriela
7. Palm Tree Escape Featuring Rodrigo y Gabriela
9. Angry and Dead Again – Rodrigo y Gabriela
10. On Stranger Tides
11. End Credits
12. Guilty of Being Innocent of Being Jack Sparrow Remixed by DJ Earworm
13. Angelica (Grant Us Peace Remix) Remixed by Ki:Theory
14. The Pirate That Should Not Be Remixed by Photek
15. Blackbeard Remixed by Super Mash Bros & Thieves
16. South of Heaven’s Chanting Mermaids Remixed by Paper Diamond
17. Palm Tree Escape Remixed by Adam Freeland
18. Angry and Dead Again Remixed by Static Revenger
Or if you prefer, head over to Amazon.com where you can pre-order the soundtrack which will be released on May 17, just in time for the film.
‘Cars 2′ Soundtrack to be Released June 14; Toys Roll Out May 16; Individual Triptych Posters in Hi-Res
Amazon.com has begun taking pre-orders for the original motion picture soundtrack to Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 with an anticipated release date of June 14, 2011. No additional information is available at this time other than it is scored by Michael Giacchino.
Amazon.com also now lists Rev/Racers Lightning Mcqueen and Siddeley Spy Jet from Mattel as being available starting May 16. Previously we were aware the Cars 2 toys would begin rolling out in May in anticipation for the June 24 film, with about 25% of the more than 300 items being held off until fall 2011.
Lastly, in addition to the amazing Cars 2 triptych released by Disney/Pixar yesterday, we have added all three individual posters in hi-res format to our poster gallery for the film below:
This is your first opportunity to hear the new take on the classic opening theme by Zooey Deschanel, which — as we mentioned yesterday — includes an awkward introduction of Tigger, albeit not nearly as awkward as omitting him completely as the original 1977 film, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh had done. Yesterday we brought you the film’s opening animated sequence courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Germany.
The soundtrack features vocal performances by Jim Cummings (Pooh, Tigger), Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Kanga), Craig Ferguson (Owl) and Zooey Deschanel.
Deschanel’s new songs, plus the Sherman Brothers classic and a host of original songs by Robert Lopez and wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“The Wonder Pets”), as well as original score from composer Henry Jackman (The Da Vinci Code, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest), will be included on the Winnie the Pooh soundtrack available in the U.S. on July 12, 2011 from Walt Disney Records. The film opens nationwide on July 15.
To listen to the soundtrack, which is available for streaming through April 11, visit the album’s page here. If you reach a page that asks you to choose either Disney.fr or Disney International, click the Disney.fr button, close the page and launch the link again to make it work.
Thanks to a tip from a Stitch Kingdom reader
We were pleased to be the first to bring you news of the re-mix album of the TRON: Legacy soundtrack a month ago (then known simply as ‘TRON: Legacy Reconfigured,’ but now more popularly known as the l337 ‘TRON: Legacy R3C0NF1GUR3D’ and now we’d like to bring you some additional details as well as previews (while they last).
According to Amazon.com’s description: In late 2010, Daft Punk released their score to the movie TRON: Legacy. Now comes ‘TRON: Legacy R3CONFIGUR3D,’ which features artists like M83, Photek, Moby, Com Truise, and others reworking Daft Punk’s tracks from the score. For Tron fans and electronic music dance enthusiasts alike. Enjoy. End of Line.
The full track listing for the album is as follows:
01) “Derezzed” by The Glitch Mob
02) “Fall” by M83 vs. Big Black Delta
03) “The Grid/Game Has Changed” by The Crystal Method
04) “Adagio for Tron” by Teddybears
05) “The Son of Flynn” by Ki:Theory
06) “C.L.U.” by Paul Oakenfold
07) “The Son of Flynn” by Moby
08) “End of Line (Boys Noize Remix)” by Boys Noize
09) “Rinzler” by Kaskade
10) “Enron Part II” by Com Truise
11) “End of Line” by Photek
12) “Arena” by The Japanese Popstars
13) “Derezzed” by Avicii
14) “Solar Sailor” by Pretty Lights
15) “Tron Legacy (End Titles)” by Sander Kleinenberg
To order the soundtrack, which will be released on April 5, 2011, click here.