Disney Leaps Onto iPad with Apps from Disney Interactive, Disney Publishing, ABC and ESPN

As part of its ongoing strategy to provide original creative content where and how consumers want it, Disney will offer applications from all of its businesses on the new Apple iPad.

The ABC Player app extends the reach of ABC.com’s full episode player onto the iPad. iPad users will have the ability to watch free, ad-supported episodes from approximately 20 popular ABC series through a wi-fi connection. The application will also allow iPad users to purchase downloads of episodes via the iTunes store. The ABC iPad app brings the full experience of ABC.com’s Emmy Award-winning full episode player to a touch-screen, handheld device for the first time. Additionally, the ABC.com site is now optimized for the iPad, complete with full-functionality for all its features, including short-form video.

Disney Publishing Worldwide has built two original “Toy Story” read-along apps for the iPad, both combining Disney stories and unique activities with cutting edge technology. Each “Toy Story” read-along is an immersive multimedia experience – the books feature video from the feature films, karaoke and voice record features, the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, songs from the movies, original games, and even an interactive coloring feature that lets kids finger-paint with up to 10 fingers on the screen. The “Toy Story” app is free and the “Toy Story 2” app is $8.99 and comes with a one month free subscription to disneydigitalbooks.com. In addition, new “Disney Princess,” “Phineas & Ferb,” “Winnie the Pooh” and “Toy Story 3” apps will go live on the iPad later this spring.

Disney Online has built a custom iPad version of its flagship website, Disney.com, which focuses on exclusive video content. iPad videos featured at launch include new scenes from highly-anticipated Disney films “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” full-episodes of popular Disney Channel and Disney XD series “Hannah Montana,” “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Suite Life on Deck” and “Phineas & Ferb,” and a new Muppets music video, “Stand by Me.”

“The iPad provides a very compelling consumer experience, and we are pleased to have new forms of original, interactive content on this great device,” said Bob Iger, President and CEO, The Walt Disney Company.

In addition to the ABC player and “Toy Story” read-along apps, Disney, ABC and ESPN will launch the following applications:

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Let’s Talk About Disney/Pixar’s Newest? ‘Toy Story 3′ Character: Chatter Telephone

img_5517 Ring-ring! The Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone is a classic pull toy that has been inspiring giggles for many generations, while building motor skills and balance. Preschoolers can’t resist the friendly face with eyes that move up and down when they pull the toy along, and the bright colors and pleasing sounds keep them happy and engaged. Chatter Telephone is ideal for the little hands in your life.

So reads the manufacturer’s description of this childhood classic who gets to make his feature debut in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 as one of fourteen new toys joining the clan.

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Disney/Pixar Unearths New ‘Toy Story 3′ Character: Chunk

img_5503 Thanks exclusively to The Pixar Blog, we get our first real look at the new Toy Story 3 character Chunk. According to his manufacturer:

Chunk will rock your world! This gargantuan creature sports protective shoulder spikes, while his ferocious fists are ready to smash whatever enemy gets in his way. Chunkâ@s oversized limbs are fully posable, making him ready for hours of imaginative fun. As an added bonus, the press of a hidden head spike will spin Chunk’s facial expression from friendly to fierce! No batteries necessary.

Here’s Chunk’s 360 video:

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New Toy Story 3 Characters Introduced: Dolly and Mr. Pricklepants

Animatie.blog.nl who has exclusively debuted two of the fourteen new characters from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 courtesy of Walt Disney Studios NL.

(L-R) Nanette, Juliet © 2010 Touchstone Pictures. All Rights Reserved. First up is Dolly the Rag Doll (voiced by Bonnie Hunt). Here’s Dolly’s description from her manufacturer:

Dolly is a soft and sweet dress-up rag doll, and is the perfect gift for any young child! Her floppy body and sunny smile will make her an irresistible new member of your family. Dolly has purple hair, googly eyes and gently blushing cheeks. She comes with a pretty blue dress, but templates are included to create and sew your own outfits! Machine washable on gentle cycle.

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Disney Interactive’s ‘Toy Story 3′ to Support PlayStation Move

The PlayStation 3 edition of Toy Story 3 from Disney Interactive Studios will be among the first titles to support the PlayStation Move motion controller in addition to the DUALSHOCK3 and SIXAXIS controllers according to a list posted by Sony. The controller, along with Microsoft’s Natal for XBox has been causing waves of whispers around the net recently, offering hope for non-Nintendo enthusiasts that the upcoming Junction Point title Epic Mickey may eventually find its way on other gaming systems besides the Wii.

[via Kotaku]

DUALSHOCK®3 and SIXAXIS®controller

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Disney/Pixar Introduces Sparks from Toy Story 3, Debuts International Poster

[SinglePic not found]Admittedly we’ve fallen slightly behind when it comes to keeping up with the Pixars, so we’ll attempt to cram in as much news about Toy Story 3 a we can into this one little article.

First up is the introduction of new Toy Story 3 pal Sparks. Sparks’ manufacturer’s description is as follows: Sparks will fly – literally – during electrifying playtimes with your new robot friend Sparks! This retro-inspired toy has flashing red LED eyes and a blaster cavity that actually spits out real sparks when he’s rolled along on his sturdy rubber wheels. Sparks also sports telescoping arms with working pincers, and an elevator action that raises his entire body to new heights. Sparking action completely child-safe. Requires two AA batteries (not included).

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Photo Gallery: Pixar Screens Toy Story 3, Receives ShoWest Big Ten Award

Jordin Sparks, Schwartz Family at Disney Store Times Square Grand Opening Party (Photo by Stuart Ramson) Earlier today, after a presentation of Toy Story 3 to attendees at the ShoWest convention at the Paris hotel in Las Vegas, Disney/Pixar’s John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich and Darla Anderson accepted the Big Ten award on behalf of Pixar Animation Studios in honor of its ten-in-a-row box office smashes.

The award may be a bit premature, however, if even a single percent of what we have heard from early reviews of Toy Story 3 is true. If so, the crew at Pixar are best advised to start working on their Big Eleven award acceptance speech.

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Dolby Announces New Surround 7.1 Audio Format to Premiere Alongside ‘Toy Story 3′

At ShoWest 2010, Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB), announced it is working with Walt Disney Pictures® and Pixar® Animation Studios to deliver a new audio format, Dolby® Surround 7.1. Disney® and Pixar have stated that Dolby Surround 7.1 will be launched in select theatres with the release of Toy Story® 3 in 3D this June.

“For 40 years Dolby has not only provided content creators with the tools to create a more realistic audio experience, but has also enabled the exhibitor to deliver audiences the ability to experience the content as the creator intended,” said Page Haun, Senior Director, Marketing, Cinema Market Segment, Dolby Laboratories. “The release of Toy Story 3 in a discrete 7.1 mix will raise the bar for movie theatre owners and their patrons.”

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Newly Registered Domains Suggest Projects, Keychest Progress, Toy Story Getting CARS Treatment

Another day, another series of domain names being registered by Disney.

The domain name that stands out the most is BILLIONDOLLARFRESHMAN.COM which sounds like it could be an upcoming film either for Walt Disney Studios, DreamWorks or Disney Channel. Replace the B with an M and you have what sounds like could have been a Kurt Russell live action comedy from Disney in the 70s.

For its Keychest technology, Disney has also registered KEYCHESTLAB.COM and KEYCHESTLABS.COM. It is speculated that Disney will be licensing the technology, so this will probably be an opportunity to showcase or sell the technology moreso than a consumer destination.

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Disney/Pixar Unveils Newest ‘Toy Story 3′ Pal: Twitch

Twitch from Disney/Pixar's 'Toy Story 3'/FILM has exclusively debuted the latest of the new Toy Story 3 characters to be unveiled, Twitch.

Twitch’s manufacturer’s description is as follows:

Meet Twitch, the insectaloid warrior, where MAN + INSECT = AWESOME! This sturdy action figure stands over five inches tall, with more than 15 points of articulation, including ferocious chomping mandibles. Use his powerful wings and impenetrable exoskeleton to evade capture! Twitch is meticulously detailed and includes his signature magical battle staff and removable chest armor. For children ages 4 and up. Other insectaloid figures sold separately.

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