Step right up, folks! Dr. Facilier, a.k.a. the Shadow Man of New Orleans and the newest Disney villain (The Princess and the Frog), has recently set up shop on FaceBook and is looking for a few new victims friends to come on in and sit a spell (or curse, depending on his mood and how deep your pockets are — just kidding, it’s all free! It’s not your money he’s after anyway).
He’s got a few games for you to pass the time: Friend Fortune Fooler lets you answer some specific questions about one of your FaceBook friends and sends them an appointment with the good doctor where he vexes them with his amazing personal knowledge of them and astounds them when they always manage to pick just the right tarot card. Shadow Shakedown pits you against his other friends who are set on taking your friends in a clever game that places your actual friends’ photos on the wall as the Shadows come to take them away. Using a team of fireflies, fight of the Shadows and save your friends. Finally, in Ask the Bones, you’ll have the opportunity to ask the pile of wise bones a question, but be gentle — you don’t want to rattle them.
Along the way, you’ll rack up points, discover badges and learn spells that you can share with your friends that add mystical powers to the games.
So forget all those charlatans and head on down to http://www.drfaciliersparlour.com and pay the Shadow Man a visit. After all, why buy the snake oil when you can get the snake for free?
The doctor sees you now.
Disney Precious Collections to Feature Exclusive Jewelry at New Orleans Museum of Art Disney Retrospective
Disney Precious Collections, Fine Disney Jewelry For Children, has been selected as the featured product during Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studios, at The New Orleans Museum of Art in New Orleans from November 15, 2009 – March 14, 2010.
This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, which cannot be seen anywhere else, is set to coincide with the premier of Disney’s newest animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog. The exhibition will feature 600 original works instrumental in the development of animated features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. In addition, there will be artwork from The Princess and the Frog, an animated comedy from the creators of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. This current version of the princess and the Frog is set in New Orleans during the 1920s Jazz Age, and is due for release Christmas, 2009.
“We are delighted to present this magical exhibition in New Orleans,” said “NOMA director E. John Bullard. “Children will love seeing their favorite Disney characters in a museum setting and adults will be taken by the technical skill and emotional depth reflected in these works. It was Disney animators who really led the way in the 20th century toward establishing animation as a serious art form.” The exhibition will also feature a children’s section celebrating Disney’s connections with jazz music and the Crescent City. The artworks, on loan from the Walt Disney Studio Animation Research Library, will be accompanied by film clips to demonstrate how individual sketches and paintings lead to a finished celluloid masterpiece.
Disney Digital Books Expands Its Vast Library with Enchanting New Books from ‘The Princess and the Frog’
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Tiana and Naveen, the royal duo from the upcoming “Princess and the Frog” feature film, will make their debut today in a series of delightful story and picture books on the newly-launched Disney Digital Books.com. The Princess and Frog titles that will be released today include:
Princess Tiana and the Royal Ball
For as long as she can remember, Tiana has dreamed about just one thing: having her own restaurant. But after she fell in love with Prince Naveen, she not only got her restaurant, she became a princess, too. Now it’s time for her first royal ball—and her first appearance as a princess. Featuring lilting text and gorgeous illustrations by one of the film’s animators, this picture book picks up where the movie leaves off with an enchanting new princess story that little girls will love.
The Princess and the Frog Storybook
Based on the latest Disney animated feature film. Tiana is a beautiful, hardworking young woman with a dream. Naveen is a spoiled, jazz-loving prince who doesn’t understand the meaning of hard work. This unlikely pair has nothing in common–until they are magically transformed into frogs.
In addition to the Princess and the Frog, other characters and properties being added to the DDB.com line-up this month include favorites like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, A Christmas Carol, Disney Bunnies, High School Musical, Handy Manny and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
DDB.com encourages children to develop a love of reading by offering books for every level, from nonreaders to children ready for chapter books; an age-appropriate dictionary to help readers define words they don’t know; and a story-builder feature that allows children to create their own memorable stories by selecting words, Disney characters and props, and printing them to share or read again later.
Disney Digital Books subscriptions will make the ideal holiday gift for kids, and are available online and at select retailers for an annual subscription of $79.95, or a monthly subscription of $8.95. Each subscription covers up to three children in the same household. The browser-based service is PC and Mac compatible and does not require a download. A free trial of the service is accessible at www.disneydigitalbooks.com.
Title:Bayou Beats (link)
Publisher: Walt Disney
Released: November 7, 2009
Pros: Free, some replay value, music from the film
Cons: Large installation due to music video
Review: In promotion of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog which opens nationwide December 11 comes this free app which includes a small, quasi-addictive game along with a music video and a lot of purchase links.
The game itself is small and pretty straightforward. Using instrumental versions of one of several songs from the feature film (but sadly not Gonna Take You There) as a backdrop, the game consists of pressing one of several buttons along the bottom as they are lit up by falling crowns passing through them. The game keeps track of how many correct touches in a row you have and then rewards long streaks by increasing a score multiplier. Where it may get confusing is that it looks like you have to ‘catch’ the individual crowns, but while you do have to prevent the crown from passing through without being touched, the key is you’re touching the button while it’s lit which means a single crown can yield you 2 or 3 successful touches if done quickly enough while a few crowns in immediate succession can yield a quick finger upwards of 15 touches or so. Get too greedy by having one of your touches land when the button is no longer lit, however, and the frog croaks and the chain count is reset to zero.
Composer Randy Newman and the Classic Sounds of New Orleans Celebrated on New Walt Disney Records Soundtrack The Princess and the Frog
BURBANK, Calif. — Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack for The Princess and the Frog, available digitally and in stores on November 23, 2009. The Princess and the Frog marks the return to traditional hand-drawn 2D animation from the revered team of John Musker and Ron Clements, with music by Oscar®-winning composer Randy Newman. The Walt Disney Pictures film takes place in New Orleans, whose sounds of jazz, Zydeco, blues and Gospel present the perfect musical setting for the film. Multi-platinum, 3-time Grammy Award-winning Def Jam recording artist Ne-Yo contributes “Never Knew I Needed,” the featured end credit song of the film. The soundtrack features performances by Dr. John, the film’s Anika Noni Rose, Jim Cummings, Keith David, Michael Leon-Wooley, and Jenifer Lewis, with performances on trumpet by Terence Blanchard.
Ne-Yo made headlines one year ago when his most recent RIAA platinum album Year Of The Gentleman debuted at the top of the Soundscan and UK national charts. The album went on to generate a league-leading total of five Grammy Award nominations – with its #1 R&B smash single “Miss Independent” winning in the Best R&B Song (songwriters award) and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance categories. Year Of The Gentleman followed up Because Of You (released May 2007), which won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album, and In My Own Words (February 2006) – both of which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.
Academy Award® Winner Randy Newman is one of America’s greatest singer-songwriters and film composers. He began writing songs as a teenager and became known for his caustic wit and wry turn-of-phrase. This sense of humor and ironic sense of timing has proved the perfect match for film. Beginning with 1995’s Toy Story, Newman’s work for Walt Disney has helped to create such beloved films as Monsters, Inc, Toy Story 2 and 3, Cars, and A Bug’s Life. Nominated an impressive 17 times, Newman won an Oscar® in 2002 for “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters, Inc.
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents the musical The Princess and the Frog, an animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.
GLENDALE, Calif. — Disney Consumer Products (DCP) today released its “Most Wanted Holiday Toys List,” featuring its Disney Dozen Deals – toys that bring Disney’s rich storytelling heritage home for the holidays for less than $25, plus six standouts for the most discerning gift-givers. Already garnering top honors and awards from media and organizations including FunFare, FamilyFun, iParenting and the National Association of Parenting Publications, Disney toys will delight boys and girls of all ages and bring to life the magic of its beloved characters and storylines for a cheerful holiday season.
The Most Wanted Holiday Toys list is inspired by the latest entertainment content including the upcoming theatrical release of The Princess and the Frog, Disney’s enchanting 2D animated film which introduces the newest Disney Princess character, Tiana; Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, the second installment in the popular Disney Fairies series now available on Disney Blu-ray and DVD; the Disney-Pixar Toy Story Definitive collection which replicates Andy’s favorites friends featured in the film, all the way down to the scale size and packaging; the Cars and Cars Toons die-cast line, which has sold more than 140 million cars to date gets a new twist with lenticular eyes and a neon light up feature; plus the popular Playhouse Disney preschool series on Disney Channel Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Handy Manny.
Disney’s Most Wanted Holiday Toys are now available at national retailers, Disney Store and www.DisneyStore.com.
The holidays are a very special time of year and the winter edition of Disney twenty-three provides an inside look at two upcoming holiday releases from the Walt Disney Studios; The Princess and the Frog and Disney’s A Christmas Carol. “The Princess and the Frog” is Disney’s stunning return to 2D animation starring Princess Tiana who graces the cover of the issue. Filmmakers Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke and actor Bob Hoskins, aka Mr. Fezziwig himself, take Disney twenty-three inside the high-tech world of Disney’s A Christmas Carol.
Additional features include:
Dream Boat – The Disney Cruise Line expands its fleet as Disney Dream is set to sail in early 2011. Disney twenty-three takes a colorful tour aboard this luxurious liner.
Zorro Rides Again – The Masked Avenger carves out his place in American TV history.
Prepping a Christmas Classic – Walt Disney Animation Studios teams up with ABC to reveal the never-before-told tale of an elite group of elves who make Santa’s job possible. It all happens in Prep & Landing, that rare holiday special that’s destined to become a small-screen classic.
Two Decades of Love at First Sight – In honor of The Little Mermaid’s 20th anniversary, Disney twenty-three turns to the film’s directors and composer to explain how this magical work of art became part of our world.
Exploring New Lands – From the Old West to a toy-lover’s paradise to a mythical jungle, Imagineer Joe Lanzisero unveils secrets of the Hong Kong Disneyland expansion.
D Society – Relive the magic and fun of the first-ever D23 Expo!
You can read these stories and much more in the winter issue of Disney twenty-three, available to D23 members and at Barnes & Noble booksellers, all domestic Disney Stores, Disneyshopping.com and at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
A vibrant and festive atmosphere abounds with the spirited sounds of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou in “Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee,” a new, live musical production that takes place on board the “Liberty Belle” riverboat in the Magic Kingdom. The 15-minute performance features an energetic cast of musicians and singers, as well as characters from the Walt Disney Pictures’ animated film, “The Princess and the Frog.” The limited-engagement show will be presented in the Magic Kingdom from Oct. 26, 2009 to Jan. 3, 2010. (Gene Duncan, photographer)
UPDATE: We’ve added some footage from yesterday’s fiestivities at Walt Disney World as the Magic Kingdom presented Tiana to the world. Courtesy of Disney, we also get a look at the Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee! show and the new Princess Tiana option at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique:
The R&B group “Boys II Men” (L-R): Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman and Nathan Morris, poses with Princess Tiana Oct. 26, 2009 at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Princess Tiana, featured in the Walt Disney Pictures animated film “The Princess and the Frog,” also made her debut at the theme park the same day. (Garth Vaughan, photographer)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Starting Oct. 26, Walt Disney World guests will be treated to first-ever appearances by Princess Tiana, star of the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature film “The Princess and the Frog.”
Besides meet-and-greets with guests, Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen and other characters from the motion picture will star in “Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee!,” a rousing, colorful procession with a jazz-filled Mardi Gras theme. The good times will roll as festively dressed, bead-tossing revelers lead Magic Kingdom guests to the Liberty Belle Riverboat dock.
The party moves onboard and the Liberty Belle paddlewheels her way along the river with singing and dancing to the sounds of a six-member jazz band. Nearly two dozen Disney dancers join 30 randomly chosen park guests to be part of each show. Original songs composed by Randy Newman for the film liven the production, which will be performed three times daily. Daytime pyrotechnics and whimsical puppetry round out the spirited, 15-minute production.
The 10-week experience at Walt Disney World Resort will run through Jan. 3, 2010. “Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee!” also will dazzle guests at Disneyland Park in California, beginning Nov. 6.
A hilarious movie adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana, “The Princess and the Frog” will open in limited release in New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 25, 2009, before expanding nationwide on Dec. 11, 2009.