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.

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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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Squeak E Clean Productions Releases New ‘Toy Story’ Remix Video

DJ Sam Spiegel, founder of Squeak E Clean Productions has released this new video featuring animation and a remixed version of ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ from the Disney/Pixar Toy Story films.

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MINDstyle to Experiment on Aliens (from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story)

Toy Story Alien Figures from MINDStyleFollowing the success of its Experiment 626 Project in which artists put their unique spins on Stitch-shaped vinyl figures and the recently announced mini-Stitch figures, MINDstyle announced today that it will be releasing a series of figures based on the alien from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story series. According to the graphic, we can expect the invasion to begin in early summer.

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Check Out These 360 Degree Views of New ‘Toy Story 3′ Pals

Thanks to the good folks at Disney/Pixar, we have these amazing character turns of the new Toy Story 3 friends that have been introduced to us so far.

Check out these 360 degrees of cuddly goodness of Lots-o-Huggin’ Bear! You can almost smell the strawberries.

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Disney/Pixar Introduces New ‘Toy Story 3′ Pal Trixie

Trixie the Triceratops from Toy Story 3Empire has exclusively debuted Trixie, the triceratops toy featured in the new trailer for Toy Story 3, who appears to have a special online dino-friend.

This is Trixie’s official manufacturer’s description: Trixie is a perfect playmate for prehistoric playtime! Visit the era when dinosaurs ruled the Earth! Made of rigid, durable plastic and in friendly shades of blue and purple, Trixie features an expressive mouth and movable legs. This gentle Triceratops will feed any child’s imagination. Also available: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus and Velociraptor.

Makes one wonder what the T-Rex model might look like.

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