‘Toy Story’ Trilogy Comes Home to Play on Disney Blu-ray 3D, November 1

'Toy Story' trilogy on Disney Blu-ray/DVDAlthough Cars 2 is being billed as the first Disney/Pixar film to be released on Disney Blu-ray 3D, ahead of any official announcements, Amazon.com is now listing the Toy Story trilogy set as being released on November 1 as well.

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D23 Expo: Mattel Announces D23 Exclusives; Pre-order Begins August 8

Submarine Fin McMissile and Woody's Roundup D23 Expo Exclusives from Matty CollectorMatty Collector, the collectible toy arm of Mattel has announced it will be bringing two exclusives to Disney D23 Expo, which takes place August 19-21 in Anaheim, California.

Available in limited quantities for pre-order beginning August 8 at 12 pm ET/9 am PT, each will sell for $19.99 and has a maximum order quantity of six pieces. Additional items will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the D23 Expo, but the pre-order guarantees the items will be available for pick-up at anytime throughout the convention.

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Video: John Lasseter Dodges ‘Toy Story 4′ Question

While in London to promote Cars 2, director John Lasseter visited the BBC for a brief interview. After answering a question about what it really means to direct an animated film, Lasseter appears to have been blindsided by a question on the state of Toy Story 4 following a few speculative statements made by star Tom Hanks on BBC Breakfast a few weeks ago (Hanks later on to repeat his statements elsewhere).

Roughly transcribed, the interview went something like this:

BBC: Quick question. Tom Hanks was on the ‘Breakfast’ sofa, or was interviewed on ‘Breakfast’ recently, talking about Toy Story 4.

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Hold Your Bullseyes! ‘Toy Story 4′ *May* Be in Development, According to Hanks

Is Pixar Animation Studios’ mystery film of 2013 yet another in a growing line of sequels for Disney/Pixar? While in the UK to promote Larry Crowne, actor Tom Hanks was asked during an interview for ‘BBC Breakfast’ whether there will be a Toy Story 4, to which the star first appeared to be speculating, stating ‘I think there will be, yeah,’ quickly adding ‘I think they’re working on it now.’

Unfortunately this is going against the conventional wisdom of most of the media reporting on the matter, somehow substituting the phrase ‘I think’ with ‘I am absolutely, positively certain.’

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Disney, Pixar Toons Get in Shape for Easter with Eggstraordinary Works of Art

'Toy Story 3' egg art by John 'Egg Man' Lamouranne

Whilst on vacation at Walt Disney World in 1978, John Lamouranne was inspired to paint an egg for his daughter for Easter, portraying images such as the Monorail, the Contemporary Resort, Cinderella Castle and Disney characters. After honing his new craft, he made the natural leap to crafting whole bodies of personalities using eggs as his base as his art. Today, he is known as the ‘Egg Man.’

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EXCLUSIVE: New ‘Hawaiian Vacation’ Toy Story Toon Hi-Res Still

(L-R) Mrs. Potato Head, Barbie, Ken, Aliens, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear©Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved. MR. POTATO HEAD, MRS. POTATO HEAD and BARREL OF MONKEYS are trademarks of Hasbro used with permission. © Hasbro. All rights reserved.

Walt Disney Studios and Disney/Pixar have provided us with this new third hi-res still from the upcoming Toy Story Toon short, ‘Hawaiian Vacation’ which will debut alongside Cars 2 on June 24, 2011.

Set in new owner Bonnie’s bedroom, ‘Hawaiian Vacation’ features Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) and Buzz (voice of Tim Allen) and the rest of the favorite Toy Story 3 toys as they create the ultimate Hawaiian vacation for Ken (voice of Michael Keaton) and Barbie (voice of Jodi Benson).  It seems Ken badly miscalculated their travel arrangements, so the gang has to create a dream getaway in Bonnie’s Midwestern bedroom—in the middle of winter.  ‘Hawaiian Vacation’ also features the voices of Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Blake Clark, Bonnie Hunt, Timothy Dalton, Kristen Schaal, Jeff Garlin and John Ratzenberger.

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Video Sneak Peek: Toy Story Toon ‘Hawaiian Vacation’

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Walt Disney Studios UK has released the following clip from the upcoming Toy Story Toon, ‘Hawaiian Vacation’ which will be attached to Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 when it rolls into theaters on June 24, 2011.

Set in new owner Bonnie’s bedroom, ‘Hawaiian Vacation’ features Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) and Buzz (voice of Tim Allen) and the rest of the favorite Toy Story 3 toys as they create the ultimate Hawaiian vacation for Ken (voice of Michael Keaton) and Barbie (voice of Jodi Benson).  It seems Ken badly miscalculated their travel arrangements, so the gang has to create a dream getaway in Bonnie’s Midwestern bedroom—in the middle of winter.  ‘Hawaiian Vacation’ also features the voices of Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Blake Clark, Bonnie Hunt, Timothy Dalton, Kristen Schaal, Jeff Garlin and John Ratzenberger.

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Photo Recap: Disney’s Billion Dollar Babies Win Big at 2011 Academy Awards

Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore perform during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards® (MICHAEL YADA / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

Nearly forty million viewers across the United States tuned in last night to see which of the past year’s films would be acknowledged with the most coveted award in the industry. Among the nominations were thirteen for Disney films across nine categories. When all was said and done and the pixie dust had settled, Disney walked away with four Oscars, split evenly among its 2010 billion dollar babies, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

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First Look: Toy Story Toon ‘Hawaiian Vacation’ Hi-Res Stills

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Although the images of Pixar Animation Studios’ newest short, Hawaiian Vacation, first debuted in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly and some scans can be found online, here we have actual hi-res stills from the short provided to us by Walt Disney Studios and Disney/Pixar.

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Sneak Peek: ‘Toy Story’ Topiaries at Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

Woody and Buzz Lightyear topiaries (Gene Duncan/Disney)Disney horticulturists do some final snipping to ready Buzz Lightyear and Woody – of Toy Story fame – for their Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival debut on March 2 as topiaries – living, growing plants that guests will see in front of Spaceship Earth at the front entrance garden. The festival, which runs for 75 days through May 15 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, will feature dozens of Disney character topiaries.

For more information on the festival, follow this live bookmark.

Photo by Gene Duncan, courtesy of the Walt Disney World Resort.

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