‘Toy Story 3,’ ‘Alice’ Lead Oscar Nominations for Walt Disney Studios

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.

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Book Details Reveal Plot of Disney/Pixar ‘Hawaii’ Toy Story Toon Short

Call it Hawaii, Dream Vacation or even Play-cation!, the plot of the first Toy Story Toon has been revealed in an upcoming book from RH Disney now available for pre-order on Amazon.com:

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!

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Disney/Pixar Pals to Grace United States Postage Stamps in 2011

United States Postage Stamps for 2011The 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.

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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

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‘Modern,’ ‘Tangled,’ ‘Alice,’ ‘Toys’ Golden Globe Noms for Disney

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.

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Lotso New Topiaries, Attractions to be Featured at Epcot’s 2011 Flower & Garden Festival

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.

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‘Tangled,’ ‘Tinker Bell’ and ‘Toy Story’ Enter Oscar Contention for Animated Film Category

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.

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Walt Disney Studios Pre-Releases Music from ‘Tangled,’ ‘TRON: Legacy’ and More

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.

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Toys ‘R’ Us Holiday Specials for Disney’s ‘Princess & Me’ and ‘Toy Story 3′ – Save Up To 47%

From now through November 24, Toys ‘R’ Us is introducing a wealth of savings for many of its products which naturally include Disney fare. With that in mind, here’s just a  sample of the savings you’ll find when you shop at ToysRUs.com:

Disney Princess & Me WardrobeFor the extremely popular Disney Princess & Me collection from JAKKS Pacific, you’ll receive a free Princess & Me Royal Wardrobe with any Disney Princess & Me purchase of $75 or more. That represents a savings of up to 47%.

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Sneak Peek: ‘Toy Story 3′ Blu-ray/DVD Bonus Features

In anticipation of the November 2 release of Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 on Disney Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, DVD and 10-disc trilogy set editions, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released these two sneak peeks at just a couple of the many bonus features to be found along with the smash film.

The first is a clip from the accompanying short Day & Night. When Day, a sunny fellow, encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly darker moods, sparks fly! Day and Night are frightened and suspicious of each other at first, and quickly get off on the wrong foot. But as they discover each other’s unique qualities–and come to realize that each of them offers a different window onto the same world–the friendship helps both to gain a new perspective.

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