In 2016, Disney Cruise Line guests can celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga during a brand-new, day-long celebration aboard eight special sailings on the Disney Fantasy: Star Wars Day at Sea.
Walt Disney Studios Japan has recently released this time lapse video showing the construction of an enormous Star Wars themed sculpture made of snow which recently made its debut as part of the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. WDS Japan also considers the event as the kickoff to Star Wars: The Force Awakens which opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.
The festival’s official website, where the photo pictured here originated, says the sculpture was made by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force: the 11th Brigade; the 1st Snow Sculpture Producing Unit, the 11th Artillery Unit, the 11th Reconnaissance Company, and the 11th Antiaircraft Artillery Company.
Lucasfilm has released a couple of clips from its upcoming episode of ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ titled ‘Path of the Jedi.’ The first clip is titled ‘Yoda’s Guidance’ and features Kanan telepathically (?) receiving a message from Master Yoda — whom Kanan believed to have been long deceased — voiced in the January 5 episode by the legendary Frank Oz, who, of course, originated the role of Yoda.
The second clip, titled ‘Nothing and Everything’ has Kanan setting Ezra on a quest, which is probably what is hinted at by the episode’s official synopsis: ‘Ezra must face a great challenge as part of his growth as a member of the team.’
Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios recently announced the names for several of the characters featured in the trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (December 18, 2015). On December 11, Lucasfilm went ahead and registered several related applications for several of these characters, including: BB-8, the ball-droid; Kylo Ren, the sith; and Poe Dameron, the X-Wing Fighter pilot.
Among the registrations, however, were many for a ‘Captain Phasma,’ for which we were unable to find any previous documentation outside of an extensive fan-fiction titled Tarkin’s Fist and random usernames.
Nominations for the 42nd Annual Annie Awards were announced earlier today, honoring the best animation in film, television, video games and beyond for the previous year. The Walt Disney Company made a strong showing, as one might expect, with Big Hero 6 and ‘Disney’s Mickey Mouse’ cartoons, but Craig McCracken’s ‘Wonder Over Yonder’ on Disney XD is also respectable in its showing, while new series ‘Star Wars Rebels’ struggled to make an impact with just one nomination, as did ‘Sofia the First’ which failed to show at all.
Although moviegoers to select Regal, AMC and Cinemark theaters this weekend are being treated to a first look at the first teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (December 18, 2015), it appears the Walt Disney Company had another surprise in mind by dropping the trailer online this morning, which you can embedded see below.
Regal Cinemas, AMC, and Cinemark theaters have announced they will be debuting the first trailer for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (December 18, 2015) in select theaters this upcoming weekend, November 28 through November 30. The trailer will play before every movie being shown at a handful of participating theaters.
Locations are as follows:
Hallmark has recently released its 2015 Itty Bittys checklist (PDF), featuring all the existing open edition plush plus upcoming seasonal limited editions. While there appears to be nothing new for the DC and Marvel licenses, Hallmark has plenty of plans for other existing licenses as well as adding additional licenses such as Peanuts (Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus and Lucy) as well as Halloween versions of Shaggy and Scooby-Doo and, of course, Disney’s Muppets.
In addition to news on Toy Story 4 and the mysterious Strange Magic, Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm also caused a near meltdown today when they casually announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens (December 18, 2015) had completed principal photography (and oh! it has a subtitle too, we guess).
To commemorate the neo-historic event, a title treatment for the film was also revealed. Through a few mindtricks of our own, we managed to get our hands on an ultra high res version of the title treatment (20+ megapixels in fact) and are presenting it here to you in its full glory. Fortunately most of it is space and as it turns out, space compresses pretty well, so we didn’t have to reduce it to get it here.
Featuring music by Kevin Kiner from all six seasons of the animated series, ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars,’ the official soundtrack will make its official digital debut on November 10, 2014 (or at least it’s expected as much, as per the new listing on Amazon). In addition, a special vinyl edition of the soundtrack from the first season is slated for a December 9, 2014 release. Although no official details have been released as of yet, we have reason to believe there will be a downloadable component to the soundtrack for those that do purchase the vinyl edition.