On April 3, Disney Online announced the winner of its “Design a Fairy House Art Contest,” which ran in February on the popular online world for girls, Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow (www.PixieHollow.com). The fairy house, inspired by 15-year-old winning designer, Zoe P., from Frazier Park, Calif., was revealed during a special reveal ceremony in the Pixie Hollow Garden at the 17th Annual Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival. Zoe and her family were in attendance to celebrate the momentous occasion, as her fairy house will be on display for the duration of the festival.
The winning house design was selected by DisneyToon Studios filmmakers, currently working on the upcoming “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue,” coming to Disney Blu-ray and DVD this Fall. Director Brad Raymond, and the film’s producer, Helen Kalafatic, attended the celebration to personally congratulate the winner and meet with Tinker Bell fans.
Photos by Tom Smutny, courtesy of Disney Online.
Brad Raymond and Helen Kalafatic, director and producer of Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (available on Disney blu-ray and DVD on September 21) will be at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Saturday, April 3 greeting guests at the Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden from 2:30 – 3:30 pm.
For more information on the film and to see stills and a sneak peek, click here.
Amazon.com has now made Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, due out September 21, available for pre-order and features the artwork for the cover.
For more information on the next installment in the Disney Fairies series and to see a sneak peek from the film, see our coverage of the release here.
Tinker Bell, the world’s favorite fairy, will be spreading her mirth and magic for audiences of all ages, as the worlds of fairies and humans meet for the first time in Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue. An all-new, original full-length CG animated film featuring breathtaking animation, spectacular music and an all-star cast of voice talents debuts September 21st, 2010 on Blu-ray Combo Pack (includes Blu-ray and bonus DVD of the film & movie download).
Before she was ever introduced to Wendy and the Lost Boys, Tinker Bell met Lizzy, a girl with a steadfast belief in fairies. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue begins in summertime in the beautiful English countryside. An enchanting encounter unfolds when Tinker Bell is discovered by Lizzy, and as their different worlds unite, Tink develops a special bond with the curious girl in need of a friend.
In the following sneak peek, an interesting mainlander invention piques Tink’s curiosity as we are introduced to Lizzy:
As her fellow fairies launch a daring rescue, Tinker Bell takes a huge risk, putting her own safety and the future of the fairies in jeopardy. This action-packed adventure takes the fairies of Pixie Hollow on a daring flight to London to save Tinker Bell and all of fairy kind.
Produced by DisneyToon Studios, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue is a captivating and exciting adventure for all the family.
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue will be available to own on September 21 for a list price of $29.99 DVD and $39.99 for Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.
There’s a hush in Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow virtual world this month as the new Animal Friends are fluttering about in the meadows. Every baby Animal Friend needs a Fairy to help them grow. From fireflies and ladybugs to hummingbirds and dragonflies, there’s a baby animal perfect for every Fairy.
Fairies have the chance to choose their very own baby animal, give it a special name and care for it when it’s sick. Each Animal Friend species has a different food they like to eat and a unique game they like to play, and they all love to learn new tricks as they grow older. To make animal friends happy, Fairies must play their favorite games! Bounce a hummingbird into the air to teach them how to fly, race with a fast-flying dragonfly, play a memory game with a firefly, or even play hide-and-seek with a ladybug friend. Whether a Fairy chooses a ladybug or a firefly, the experience will always be critterific!
As players continue to care for their Animal Friend, it will grow from a hatchling to a full grown Animal Helper. When Animal Friends are full grown, Fairies release them so they can fly on their own. Players can then fly over to Beck’s Animal Nursery and choose another Animal Friend to help. Fairies earn badges to showcase in their Leaf Journal by helping Animal Friends!
Check out the trailer below!
Earlier this week, Icebox-Scoops of Brooklyn, NY filed a lawsuit against Disney in federal court claiming that Disney engaged in unfair business practices, effectually negating existing rights the company had obtained to create and market a line of cosmetics under the Tinkerbell name.
Tinkerbell (as opposed to Disney’s Tinker Bell) is owned by a company called Finanz St. Honore, B.V., who obtained the rights to Tinkerbell in 1951 from Great Ormond Street Hospital (Disney’s Peter Pan was released in 1953). Throughout the years, there has been little dispute to ownership of Tink and according to Finanz, the only limitation they have in regards to use of the fairy is that Disney’s representation of her cannot be replicated.
The complaint states that upon learning of the rights obtained by Icebox-Scoops in 2005, that Disney began negotiating directly with Finanz behind Icebox-Scoop’s back in an attempt to acquire Icebox-Scoops’ rights, resulting in an early termination of Icebox-Scoop’s contract with Finanz.
Playmates Toys is voluntarily recalling approximately 252,000 units of Tinky Tink & Friends Toy Jewelry, sold nationwide between November 2008 and November 2009 due to potential unlawful amounts of lead content.
Items specifically affected by the recall include: Tinker Bell’s Lil’ Tinker Bracelet (UPC 0 43377 74634 8); Tinker Bell’s Lil’ Tinker Bracelet (UPC 0 43377 74641 6); Rosetta’s Rosebud Key Chain (UPC 0 43377 74631 7); and Silvermist’s Water Lily Necklace (0 43377 74632 4).
Consumers are advised to immediately take the charm and cords away from children, discard the items and contact Playmates Toys for a replacement charm accessory at (888) 810-1133 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.playmatestoys.com
No incidents relating to this potential hazard have yet been reported.
Pages of banter and speculation have arisen from the photo of the model of the new Fantasyland Fantasy Forest expansion at the Magic Kingdom ever since we first brought it to you (incidentally, you can see a close-up of the model’s Sleeping Beauty cottage in the spring 2010 issue of D23 magazine). Much of which has to do with the plans for Pixie Hollow, for which the model shows an attraction similar to a new one coming to Disney’s California Adventure, but some say said plans have since been scrapped in favor of a ‘next generation,’ interactive meet & greet with the Disney fairies.
Fuel for this speculation can also be found in this Inside Walt Disney Imagineering video released by Disney Parks back in August. You’ll find the element in question in the 2:16 – 2:22 range in which Tink herself makes an appearance.
So what is it? Thanks to newly granted US patent #7652824, we may just have been provided the answer.
The patent, titled System and/or method for combining images, looks at ways to ‘plus’ a very aged but still convincing theatrical effect known as Pepper’s ghost, which is often used in existing Disney attractions, most notably the Haunted Mansion. However, the patented system takes Pepper’s ghost well into the 21st century making use of computers to dynamically generate the interactive images and backgrounds that can be superimposed onto the reflective surface the guest is viewing, which also undoubtedly builds on existing technology used for Stitch and Crush interactive interactions already in the parks.
Essentionally this means that the next time you see Tinker Bell, she may literally appear right before your eyes. Allowing the physical elements to be dynamically moved, Tink can appear to be flying next to you or even in front and behind you. And that’s just the tip of the virtual iceberg.
Not only will you be able to vocally interact with Tink, but sophisticated sensors and technology will allow Tink to be able to dynamically determine how many guests are in the room with you, focus on various physical aspects of yours and follow your movements. She’ll literally be able to look you (or another member in your group) in the eye. She’ll be able to appear to touch you, interact in different ways such as visually appearing to place virtual Mouse Ears on your head (if you aren’t wearing them already) and more. She can even grow or shrink dynamically to be more suitable to your own (automatically determined) height. She may also be able to dynamically interact with physical objects such as laser pointers or bluetooth enabled devices.
Of course this is just one possible implementation of the patent. It can easily be adapted to shows or attractions, so there’s no telling where this technology may dynamically appear.
One of a kind framed originals will be available. Both measure 18″ x 24″ unframed. Santa Hat Figment ($2100) is oil on canvas and Tink’s Christmas ($1600) is in watercolor.
Both will be also be available in a 95 piece limited edition giclyee for $350 for Figment and $400 for Tink. Open edition petite prints will also be made available.
Park admission will be required to attend the event.
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.