Nominees for best original song will be performed this year at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Sunday, February 27, 2011. Today, producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced the artists who will perform the nominated songs on the Kodak Theatre stage on Oscar Night.
Disney will see both of its nominated songs, ‘I See the Light’ from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Tangled and ‘We Belong Together’ from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 presented by their original performers.
Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore will be reprising their roles as Flynn Rider and Rapunzel as they perform ‘I See the Light’ while being accompanied by co-nominee Alan Menken on piano, while Randy Newman will perform ‘We Belong Together.’
Other nominees and performances include: Gwyneth Paltrow performing ‘Coming Home’ from Country Strong; and A.R. Rahman and Florence Welch will perform ‘If I Rise’ from 127 hours.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that as part of Oscar week, a series of screenings and discussions will be taking place at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. The events will feature Oscar nominees in various categories and will be available for the public to attend.
Kicking off the series on February 22, 2011, is ‘Shorts!,’ honoring the nominees in the animated and live action categories which includes the Toy Story 3 lead-in, Night & Day, by Pixar Animation Studios’ Teddy Newton. The event will be hosted by legendary Hollywood personality Kenneth Branagh, a former nominee himself for the 1992 live action short, Swan Song. For more information, see here. Note that appearances by talent is not guaranteed, although The Pixar Blog has confirmed Teddy’s appearance.
On February 24, the 2010 Oscar nominees in the category of animated film will be honored. Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich (who has confirmed his appearance) will participate in the panel which is being hosted by animator and animation historian Tom Sito. Lee, along with fellow nominees, will present selected clips from their respective films and discuss the creative and development processes behind the nominated films. For more information, see here.
Tickets for all events are just $3 for Academy members or students and $5 for the public and will go on sale on February 1 at 9 am PST.
The nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced earlier today by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2009 Oscar® winner Mo’Nique. When all is said and done, Walt Disney Studios racked up a total of thirteen nominations, the bulk of which were divided by Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
Toy Story 3 definitely took the more significant categories however, nominated for both Best Animated Feature Film (Lee Unkrich) and Best Picture (Darla Anderson). The critic and fan favorite was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (Michael Arndt with story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich) and Achievement in Sound Editing (Tom Myers and Michael Silvers) in which it competes against fellow Disney film TRON: Legacy (Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague). Toy Story 3 also received a nomination for Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) for Randy Newman’s We Belong Together where it competes against Tangled‘s sole nomination, I See the Light by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater.
The accompanying Disney/Pixar short Day & Night, by Teddy Newton, received a nod for Best Animated Short.
Alice in Wonderland received nominations primarily for its visual elements in categories Achievement in Costume Design (Colleen Atwood), Art Direction (Robert Stromberg – Production Design and Karen O’Hara – Set Decoration) and Achievement in Visual Effects (Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips) in which it will compete against Disney/Marvel’s Iron Man 2 (Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick).
Julie Taymor’s take on The Tempest was also nominated in the category for Achievement in Costume Design (Sandy Powell).
Bonnie is off to Hawaii, and Barbie and Ken are excited to go along on their first tropical vacation! But when they’re accidentally left behind, it’s up to Buzz, Woody, and the rest of the toys to create a Hawaiian paradise right in Bonnie’s room. Based on the latest animated short featuring the toys from Disney/Pixar Toy Story, this full-color storybook includes punch-out postcards that girls and boys ages 3-7 will love sending to their friends!
The new short is currently expected to open for Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2.
[via The Pixar Blog]
The United States Postal Service today announced its commemorative stamp program for 2011 and it includes some very familiar faces, fictional and not, including friends from several Disney/Pixar films.
The Send a Hello stamps are a natural outgrowth of the Art of Disney stamp series issued between 2004 and 2008. Originally intended as a series of three annual issuances depicting friendship, celebration, and romance, the Art of Disney stamps proved so popular that the Postal Service expanded the series to include issuances in 2007 and 2008 to celebrate imagination and magic. The Send a Hello series is meant to encourage people to connect with their loved ones via the United States Postal Service.
With an already established and well-received relationship, the Postal Service was eager to again work with the Walt Disney Company, this time choosing to explore the Disney/Pixar films, which offer exciting, contemporary characters and strong themes involving family and friends.
The pane of 20 stamps includes five different designs featuring Pixar characters: Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars (2006); Remy and Linguini from Ratatouille (2007); Buzz Lightyear and two of the green, three-eyed aliens from Toy Story (1995); Carl Fredricksen and Dug from Up (2009); and WALL*E from WALL*E (2008).
The 2011 Disney/Pixar Send a Hello stamps will be released on August 19, 2011.
Images courtesy of United States Postal Service
Disney Publishing Worldwide Debuts Illustrated Books From Tron, Toy Story, Cars and More on Apple’s iBookstore
Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today the debut of beautifully illustrated books from Tron, Toy Story, Cars and other favorites on Apple’s iBookstore. iBooks 1.2 app, Apple’s popular free reading app whose new version was released today and includes the iBookstore, features new visual enhancements for brilliant, full-color, two-page spreads of illustrated books on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
Disney titles include:
- Beauty & the Beast: Enchanted Christmas
- Donald’s Christmas Gift
- Mater Saves Christmas
- Phineas & Ferb: Oh Christmas Tree!
- Prep and Landing
- Rapunzel’s Amazing Hair
- Thumbs Up! Phineas & Ferb
- Toy Story 3 Storybook
- Tron: The Movie Storybook
- World of Cars
“Extending our books into new digital formats is a priority for us,” said Russell Hampton, President, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “iBooks 1.2 brings the rich illustrations in our picture books to life – it’s another great way for Disney to provide families with new reading experiences with their favorite characters – Buzz and Woody, Donald Duck, and much more.”
iBooks 1.2 correlates art and relational text in the way that the artists and storytellers intended while allowing readers to enjoy the technical benefits of eReading including:
- Ability to read the story horizontally or vertically on an iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
- Brilliant, full-color illustrations
- High resolution as the reader zooms
The picture books are priced from $2.99 – $9.99 at the iBookstore and are available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its list of nominees for the 68th Annual Golden Globes this morning and Walt Disney Studios, Disney/Pixar and Disney-ABC Television Group (DATG) offered up a solid selection of nominations in films and television.
Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is the weakest link in the nomination chain with a single, but very crucial nomination in the Best Animated Feature Film category in which it competes against Walt Disney Animation Studios’ own Tangled along with unsurprising entries from DreamWorks Animation, Universal Studios and Sony Pictures.
Tangled also has its work cut out for it in the Best Original Song (Motion Picture) category for ‘I See the Light’ by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. There it competes with entries from Burlesque, Country Strong and Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Meanwhile in the live action department, it’s all smiles for Tim Burton’s take on Alice in Wonderland which scored nominations in three categories: Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical), Best Original Score by Danny Elfman and Johnny Depp for Best Performance in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) in which Depp is pitted against himself for The Tourist.
On the small screen, it’s all about ABC’s ‘Modern Family’ (produced by 20th Century Fox) which received a nomination for Best Television Series (Comedy or Musical), Sofia Vergara for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and Emmy-Award winning Eric Stonestreet for the male counterpart of the same category.
The 68th Annual Golden Globe® Awards will air LIVE coast-to-coast on Sunday, January 16, 2011 on NBC from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST) /8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel with host Ricky Gervais. The 68th Annual Golden Globe® Awards will be seen in more than 160 countries and is produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
The full list Golden Globe nominees can be found on HFPA’s official blog.
UPDATE #1: Corrected animation studio information.
The heroes of Toy Story 3 have left the toy box. Woody and Buzz Lightyear meet arch-enemy Lotso the teddy bear on the Future World playground for the 18th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 2 through May 15, 2011, at Walt Disney World Resort.
The popular Disney/Pixar characters hit the sandbox as seven- and eight-foot-tall topiaries at the Epcot front entrance flower bed featuring a sand castle, strawberry-scented field and playground toys. Created by Disney gardeners and topiary experts with bold strokes of seasonal color, the topiary display marks the first time that “Toy Story” characters have been featured at the festival. It’s also the first time in seven years that the front-entrance floral spectacle showcases all-new topiary characters, says festival horticulture manager Eric Darden.
“It created unique challenges,” Darden says, “and it’s meticulous work. Woody is skinny, and it was a challenge to create his legs. The detail on Buzz is pretty daunting.” And the buzz on the pink-floral Lotso (a.k.a. Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear) is that he will smell like strawberries, just like his big-screen character, when guests stroll by.
This year’s festival showcases more than 100 expertly crafted topiaries, and another show-stopper will be the brand-new Cars 2 display at the World Showcase plaza, Darden says. Large floral topiaries of Cars characters Mater and Lightning McQueen will park their colorful chassis beneath a black-and-white checkered arch. To complete the scene, gardeners will create floral flags representing Japan, France, Italy and the United Kingdom – destinations of the car characters in the sequel due in theaters June 24.
And Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and pals appear in topiary splendor among a Hundred Acre Wood wildflower display between Future World and World Showcase. They’re just in time to spread the happy news about the Winnie the Pooh Movie debuting summer 2011.
Also new to the International Flower and Garden Festival:
- A roomier-than-ever Bambi’s Butterfly House grows three-fold this year in its new location along Imagination Walkway by Innoventions West in Future World. It’s the first time the popular garden has expanded since its 2005 debut, and guests will see more butterflies than ever, Darden says.
- The Healthy Living Garden invites park guests to join in fun activities designed for improving their health and well being. Areas of the garden, presented by Syngenta, focus on healthful eating, fitness, relaxation and meditation. An adjacent children’s play area keeps it all in the family.
- A new Festival Center stage brings nationally recognized garden personalities to the festival twice daily.
- Rapunzel lets down her hair at Rapunzel’s Tower in the Tangled Magical Garden inspired by Walt Disney Pictures’ animated film, Tangled, located between the Germany and Italy pavilions.
- The Flower Power concert series grows with new-to-the-festival pop acts. Melissa Manchester, March 25-27 (Don’t Cry Out Loud), Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., April 8-10 (You Don’t Have to Be a Star) and Juice Newton April 15-17 (Playing with the Queen of Hearts) are set to light up America Gardens Theatre with their timeless tunes.
- A new Festival Special Weekend is slated for May when Disney/Pixar presents a Pixar Animation Studios celebration in conjunction with the upcoming Cars 2 big-screen debut set for June 24.
Throughout the festival, elaborate floral beds and entertaining exhibits will decorate the park landscape and showcase the extraordinary talents of Disney gardeners. A blooming Guerlain Fragrance Garden at the France pavilion returns with its never-ending “love story” of the relationship between plants and perfume. At the Japan showcase, the art of bonsai will mesmerize guests who stop at the pavilion’s vermilion torii gate.
Special Festival Weekend Celebrations: An Art in the Garden celebration of plein air artists is scheduled March 25-27; the popular I Dig Bugs event is set for April 15-17; and a Fresh from Florida Farmer’s Market salute is slated for April 29-May 1. A date will be announced for the May Disney/Pixar weekend celebration.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that a total of fifteen animated features have been accepted to vie for Oscar for Animated Feature Film during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Amongst them are three entries from The Walt Disney Company: Tangled, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue and Toy Story 3. Competing for the Animated Feature Film category does not preclude the film for entering Best Picture as long as the film satisfies the categories’ requirements for consideration.
Three films will be named as the final nominees in a ceremony to take place live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 am PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The awards ceremony itself will be held Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
Also competing for consideration in the Animated Feature category are the following films: Alpha and Omega, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Despicable Me, The Dreams of Jinsha, How to Train Your Dragon, Idiots and Angels, The Illusionist, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Megamind, My Dog Tulip, Shrek Forever After, and Summer Wars.
On its official site to garner Oscar attention, Walt Disney Studios has recently begun to promote several of its films from 2010 including Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3 / Day & Night, Secretariat, Tangled and TRON: Legacy. Filled with behind-the-scenes photos, videos and more, there are also a few gems that have yet to have been formally introduced to the public at large which includes Daft’s Punk original score for TRON: Legacy, ‘I See The Light‘ performed by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi from Disney’s Tangled and even the screenplay to Toy Story 3.