Via its official blog, Disney Design Group has announced that Lin Shih’s Disneyland Resort A-E Ticket Vinylmation set, honoring the original ride ticketing system, will be released at D-Street in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort on December 10. The edition will be limited to a size of 1955 sets (in honor of Disneyland’s opening year) and will retail for $99.95.
The set will also be available in a very limited quantity on DisneyStore.com, so check with Stitch Kingdom daily for its DisneyStore.com updates to get your hands on this prized set.
Following up on his incredibly well received Vinylmation projects, Disney Fine Artist Noah has announced that he will introducing a second line of 15 custom 9″ figures inspired by TRON: Legacy which will debut at the D23 event on December 3 at the TRON Pop-Up Shop at Royal-T in Culver City, CA. Following the release of the second 9″ series, Noah will introduce three series of 3″ figures. All of the figures will be exclusive to the TRON Pop-Up Shop.
Disney Consumer Products (DCP) has commissioned Fabien Baron, Douglas Lloyd & Lee Swillingham with Stuart Spalding to design a stylistic interpretation of TRON: Legacy, the high-tech 3D adventure releasing in U.S. theaters Dec. 17, 2010 in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D. The resulting designs will appear on the TRON: Legacy Creative Director T-shirt Series, a limited edition line for him and her comprised of three designs (one from each artist collaboration) for a total of six shirts. The line will be available only at the official Disney TRON Pop Up Shop at Royal/T in Culver City, CA (Nov. 19 – Dec. 23, 2010) and will retail for under $50.
“For the movie release of TRON: Legacy, we at Disney Consumer Products were presented the opportunity and challenge to think outside the box for consumer connectivity and relevance” said Stephanie Kraus, VP of Global Creative at Disney Consumer Products. “With that said, we picked these creative directors because they are at the top of their game when it comes to fashion, art and lifestyle editorial. Having them design a one-of-a-kind T-shirt inspired by their own connection points with TRON: Legacy provides not only an exclusive TRON Pop-Up Shop product for men and women, but also showcases their homage to the film.”
The TRON: Legacy Creative Director T-shirt Series:
Fabien’s design career includes being the creative director of Interview Magazine, French Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Barneys, New York. Also, as the founder and creative director of Baron & Baron, Fabien has crafted identities for the fashion, cosmetic and fragrance world’s most visible and influential brands including Calvin Klein, Burberry, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent. His singular vision is evident in a broad range of award-winning advertising campaigns, package designs, logos and graphics. Fabien has also applied his talents to the design of prominent books, and is renowned for his photography, as well as for directing ground breaking television commercials and music videos. He is the recipient of numerous design and art direction awards, including a special award for influence in art direction from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Fabien was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame this year.
About Fabien’s design:
Fabien’s design separates good (Blue) vs. evil (Orange) – the classic color representations in the TRON world. This garment also contains fine cotton fabric, washed for a super-soft quality. For the men’s tee a unique hand-dying process generates a totally 80′s retro look, so no two shirts are exactly the same.
Douglas Lloyd is the founder and creative director of LLOYD&CO, a New York based creative agency specializing in fashion, beauty and luxury branding and advertising for clientele including Gucci, Estée Lauder, Yves Saint Laurent, Max Mara, John Varvatos, Oscar de la Renta, and many others. Prior, Douglas was the art director at Mademoiselle Magazine as well as art director at Barney’s New York. For his creative work, Douglas has received numerous design awards including the New York Type Directors Club, Photo Design, and American Photography, as well as many FIFI awards over the last 10 years. Douglas currently sits as a board member on the Museum of Modern Art’s Design & Architecture Committee.
About Douglas’ design
The iconic lightcycle from TRON: Legacy becomes distorted in Douglas’ design and practically races off the shirt, which also includes a hint of blue foil screen printed into the fabric.
“I wanted to play with the super recognizable TRON imagery in an unexpected way, so an abstraction of the extremely visual frames felt like a strong way to express the opposing forces in the TRON world. Quite literally, a visual mash-up of speed, time & energy,” said Douglas.
Lee Swillingham & Stuart Spalding
Lee and Stuart started their career as art director and art editor of The Face magazine, only one year after leaving art school. Eventually they co-founded a graphic design and advertising agency, Suburbia, and garnered prestigious awards from the Society of Publication Designers and the Art Directors Club of America. In 2009, they launched another successful magazine, Love for Conde Nast. They also continue to lecture, appear on adjudicating panels and win further awards.
About Lee and Stuart’s design:
Inspired by the geometry and graphics of TRON, this multi-colored graphic resembles TRON’s identity disc and represents good vs. evil through the color juxtaposition and treatment flat blue against orange.
“TRON was at the forefront of computer graphics in movies. When we were kids it blew our minds, and we wanted a design that reflected that,” said creative director Lee Swillingham.
Opening Ceremony has collaborated with Disney Consumer Products to create a special capsule collection inspired by the new Walt Disney Pictures’ film, TRON: Legacy. Opening Ceremony travels into the TRON universe where high-tech aesthetics and neon dominate to create a futuristic fashion collection.
TRON: Legacy‘s cinematic elements influenced this special capsule collection, from the high-speed Light Cycles to the characters’ sleek uniforms. Incorporating the four main TRON colors, yellow, orange, blue, and black, the men’s collection features Moto jackets, racer jackets, patchwork poplin shirts, and racer-styled cargo pants. Tech-driven fabrics comprise this collection: industrial neoprene, Melton wool, high dimension corduroy, and organic cotton twill fabrics.
The women’s collection features bomber jackets with oversized funnel necks, snug scuba shirts, bodice dresses, seamed leggings and dresses with laser-cut ring patterns. The black raw edging found on neoprene styles was inspired by the exposed electronic circuits on TRON: Legacy uniforms, and the silhouettes of the Tulip Dress and Tulip Coat evoke the Light Cycle shape. Conceptualizing athletic performance, Opening Ceremony used stretch spandex with flat-lock stitching to create ergonomic, form-fitting styles.
Two accessories accompany the collection: a sculpted sock boot in neoprene and textured rubber and the Circle Bag, a three-way collaboration featuring ThreeASFOUR, in black or bronze leather. In collaboration with ThreeASFOUR, Opening Ceremony reintroduces the classic ThreeASFOUR Circle Bag as an interpretation of the Identity Disc weapon used in TRON: Legacy.
This collection ranges in retail price from $230 for Bodice Tanks to $575 for Moto Jackets. The collection is now available at Opening Ceremony New York, Los Angeles, Japan, Colette in Paris and Lane Crawford in Hong Kong.
In the following clip, which has been known to induce giggles at some presentations I’ve seen it at, the Sirens (led here by Beau Garrett), use their magic touch to strip Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) of his civvies and suit him up in the skin-tight light suit before sending him off to the game grid where his only instruction is to ‘survive.’ Before he can head out to certain doom, however, he must first receive his identity disc along with specific instructions which always seemed to me should be known by a program at this cycle, especially since it was explicitly pointed out that he didn’t have one earlier in the film when first picked up by the Recognizer. Luckily for the audience, who needs to be aware that a program can be de-rezzed for losing its disc (despite the fact that Sam hasn’t already for seemingly misplacing his previous one), it appears programs are cursed with limited memory allocation.
TRON: Legacy stars Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde and will be released in theaters nationwide on December 17.
Themed Entertainment Assocation Recognizes Imagineer Kim Irvine, ‘World of Color,’ TRON ARG and More
The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) today announced the fifteen recipients of its 17th Annual Thea Awards with nearly a quarter of the coveted awards going to The Walt Disney Company and the Disney family.
“The annual Thea Awards, presented by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) recognize and honor excellence in the creation of extraordinary visitor experiences, attractions, exhibits and places,” says incoming TEA president Rick Rothschild of FAR Out! Creative Direction. “Storytelling and teamwork are the heart of the Experience Design Industry and its projects. TEA’s Thea Awards celebrate storytelling across the globe – educational and entertaining stories of heritage, history, fiction, fantasy, magic and even hard science – delivered with artistry and the appropriate use of technology at museums, theme parks, world expos, special events and other settings. The Thea Awards also honor teamwork at its very best – the creative handshake between the visionary project owner and the multidisciplinary collective of designers, artisans and technicians who realize the vision. Also, this year we commemorate the late Harrison “Buzz” Price, who at the very first Thea Awards in 1994 was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In his honor, we’ve renamed it the ‘Buzz Price Award, recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements.’
This year, the newly renamed “Buzz Price Award” went to Walt Disney Imagineer and Art Director Kim Irvine who began her career at WDI in 1970. Working alongside her mother Leota Toombs (recent Disney Legend for her Imagineering contributions) Kim was able to learn her skills under such greats as Mary Blair, John Hench, Mark Davis, and Claude Coats. John Hench would become Kim’s mentor, as he relied on her more and more for her color expertise, a skill for which John was the undisputed master. This skill would serve Kim well over the ensuing decades that she would lead the art direction at Disneyland, always finding new pallets of color and emotion to keep the Park appealing to the ever evolving demographic. Kim contributed to many of the early attractions at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Epcot including: Small World, interiors for the Contemporary Resort, The Land, Universe of Energy, Germany and Mexico pavilions. In 1980, Kim joined the Disneyland Design Studio and pioneered the development and evolution of that team as a model for the branches that exist in Disney’s resort locations around the world.
In her long held role as Art Director for Disneyland, Kim has been responsible for such projects as the Disneyland 50th celebration, most notably Sleeping Beauty Castle itself, and color schemes and symbolic designs representing each of Disneyland’s five decades. Kim was entrusted with the redesign of John Hench’s classic Plaza Inn Restaurant, the creation of Rancho Del Zocalo Restaurant in Frontierland and most recently, the complete concept for the magical Disneyland Dream Suite in New Orleans Square. While Disneyland has kept Kim busy, she can always squeeze in time for projects elsewhere when her expertise is keenly needed. As an example, the Disneyland Paris Castle interior and its Carrousel benefited from the loan of Kim’s talent. During the last year, Kim led the effort to reimagine “it’s a small world,” bringing new life to the 45-year-old classic, design of the new Disney Gallery and interiors for the new Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln exhibit on Main Street U.S.A., along with a variety of highly themed merchandise experiences.
Disney California Adventure’s “World of Color” took the Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement (Nighttime Spectacular). This nighttime fountain spectacular is a visual and technical marvel, and an important focal point in the reimagining of Disney California Adventure theme park. World of Color comes in the form of nearly 1,200 fountains, some shooting higher than 200 feet. Mist screens that can become 380 feet wide; as wide as the 15 million gallon Paradise Bay Lagoon itself, are the background palette of the show. A wide range of other elements includes Disney and Pixar animated film scene projections, lighting, lasers, fog, fire and music – adding up to some 18,000 points of show control. Five years in the making, the 26-minute show takes its name from the 1960s television series “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.” A sense of the size and scope of this attraction can be further conveyed through a short list of the eight types of fountain attachments used: Four butterfly fountains, six dancer nozzles with intertwining dual nozzles, ten 200-foot geysers and 12 flower spouts, 76 water whips with heads that can turn in any direction, 400 chasers and 600 grid fountains at eight foot intervals complete the list.
The Walt Disney Family Museum was awarded the Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement (Museum). Celebrating its first anniversary on October 1, this museum was built, owned and operated by Walt Disney’s own family, with no direct connection to The Walt Disney Company. It is located in a series of historical buildings at The Presidio of San Francisco, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area of the National Park Service. The Museum is easily a half-day experience even for casual visitors, because it houses so much original material — drawings, artifacts, models, photos, three dimensional objects, etc. – created by Disney staff under Walt’s direction for films, television and the Disney theme parks for over 40 years. There are one-of-a-kind presentations (i.e., a model of Disneyland, supervised by Tony Baxter, that includes ideas Walt imagined but never built in the Anaheim park), audio and video recordings on over 200 video monitors exploring the Disney creative process during the Walt years, inclusion of many Disney creators that make clear Walt did not do it alone, and a balanced explanation of Walt’s darkest time: the Studio strike in 1941. There are artifacts unique to the Museum; for example, a brand new Multi-plane Camera rig, two stories tall, built for the Museum by Thea Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Don Iwerks. Also on display are the 32 Academy Awards presented to Walt Disney. The Walt Disney Family Foundation regularly presents special programs including screenings of films made during Walt’s time and has embarked on an ambitious program to engage school children in weekend creative activities.
Finally, the “Flynn Lives” Alternate Reality Game (ARG) took the honor of Outstanding Achievement for a promotional event during San Diego ComicCon 2010. The ARG combined elements of promotion, puzzles, game play, scavenger hunting and location-based entertainment into a completely new kind of guest experience. To promote the upcoming TRON LEGACY (a sequel/reboot of the groundbreaking original TRON film), this ARG created an experiential groundswell of interest in the film over nearly two years, leveraging social media and online connectivity to tell a compelling, immersive story that feels inherently part of the digital world of the film, filled with labyrinthine computer networks and competitive video games.
Starting with influential online bloggers and fans, the game created a “resistance movement” themed to the film’s mysterious digital-world storyline, told through numerous interconnected websites and real-world puzzles. This created a parallel story to the film, both online and within the real world – the characters from the movies would affect the player’s real lives with media, events, and rewards. All of the game’s events encouraged global collaboration – many puzzles could not be solved by a single player, and were played by people all over the world. Each step of the game would result in a real-world event; players were often rewarded with game “swag” mailed to them from the resistance movement, keeping them engaged. Certain puzzles led to secret real-world “drops” or phone calls with clandestine clues. Each step of the ARG progressed in scope and scale to include more and more of the real world. In particular, major real-world events like ComicCon included giant location-based attractions as part of the ARG, such as a full-size arcade recreated from the film at ComicCon 2009, and the futuristic “End Of Line” nightclub at ComicCon 2010 – a themed environment with wrap-around HD projection to create the feeling of flying inside the computer world.
Recommended by the Thea Awards Nominating Committee, the current slate of 15 Thea recipients were approved by the TEA International Board of Directors and will be honored at the 17th Annual Thea Awards Gala on March 12, 2011. Sponsored by Economics at AECOM, the event will be held at the Globe Theatre, Universal Studios Hollywood. The Awards Gala is an elegant, black-tie dinner event and is open to the public. Tickets/more information are available via the TEA website.
Amazon.com has begun listing a two disc deluxe edition of the TRON: Legacy soundtrack by Daft Punk now available for pre-order. No information is provided as of yet as to what distinguishes this from the standard single disc edition other than it’s also being branded as an import and will be released exactly one week after the standard edition, on December 14.
The known track listing for the standard edition is as follows:
“The Son Of Flynn”
“The Game Has Changed”
“Adagio For Tron”
“End Of Line”
“Tron Legacy (End Titles)”
TRON: Legacy wasn’t the only show going on during ‘TRON Night,’ last week at New York City’s AMC Loews Lincoln Square IMAX theater. Outside, passer-bys were treated to a look at the custom TRON: Legacy-inspired skatecycle created by Brooklyn Workshop. An eye-catcher even in the standard white (which just happens to be reminiscent of Flynn’s lightcycle), the one-off skatecycle takes its cue from the film’s lightcycles and uses electroluminescent (EL) wire to induce oohs and ahhs from the onlookers.
TRON: Legacy stars Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde and opens nationwide in theaters on December 17.
(thanks to a tip from a Stitch Kingdom reader)
Back in September, we first reported on a move by Disney that it was working on a project titled ‘TRON: Uprising.’ Although we associated it with a known micro-series project, Variety today reports that it will in fact be a brand new ongoing series that will debut on Disney XD in summer of 2012.
According to the article, voice talents attached to the show include Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens and Lance Henriksen. In addition, Bruce Boxleitner will reprise his role as Tron as he does in the upcoming motion picture release TRON: Legacy.
Variety also brings news of a brand new live-action comedy series ‘A.N.T. Farm,’ about a 12-year-old musical prodigy (played by China McClain) and ‘Wasabi Warriors,’ about a ragtag group of kids at the worst martial arts studio in the country.
The title characters of ‘Phineas and Ferb’ will also play host in a new series of interstitials titled ‘Take Two with Phineas and Ferb’ premiering on December 3. Guests already scheduled to appear on the segments include Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg, Tony Hawk and Randy Jackson.
On December 3, D23 members and their guests will be able to join TRON: Legacy writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis for a panel hosted by D23 celeb Jeffrey Epstein at the TRON: Legacy Pop-Up Shop in Culver City, CA.
Horowitz and Kitsis will also hold a signing for The Art of TRON: Legacy which will be available for purchase at the event. As a special bonus that night, D23 members will receive a free limited-edition Premiere Film Cell from TRON: Legacy (no minimum purchase required).
Tickets are free (plus a $5 processing charge) and will be available online November 17. For more information and to purchase tickets when available, see this page.
Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is giving fans the ultimate TRON experience by hosting the official, one and only TRON: Legacy Pop-Up Shop with displays and merchandise inspired by the high-tech 3D adventure, TRON: Legacy, releasing in U.S. theaters Dec. 17, 2010 in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D. Just in time for the holiday shopping season, this six week-long retail destination for men and women of all ages will offer one-of-a-kind, limited-edition TRON merchandise at the café, retail concept shop, and art exhibition space Royal/T in Culver City, CA — November 19 through December 23, 2010 from 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. daily, with extended hours on Wednesdays to 10 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome.
“Our TRON: Legacy merchandise line offers a wide range of items for all —whether you’re a die-hard fan or just an avid fan of design, imagination and technology,” said Pam Lifford, executive vice president of fashion and home for Disney Consumer Products. “We’ve had great response from fans on the line overall and the TRON Pop-Up Shop is a special way to bring it all together for them while spotlighting those one-of-a-kind pieces they can’t find anywhere else.”
Debuting as the first concept pop-up shop ever to be hosted by DCP, the TRON retail shop operated by larry abel / de-signs will curate and sell TRON merchandise from Monster, adidas, Hurley, Oakley, Spin Master, Han Cholo, New Era, Threadless, select titles from Disney Publishing’s TRON line and much more. In addition to this lineup, new TRON product will be introduced regularly throughout the shop’s six-week duration. Every week, until the movie opens, visitors can stop by the TRON Pop-Up Shop and enter to win a family four-pack of 3D advance screening passes to see TRON: Legacy, with a winner announced every TRON Tuesday (no purchase necessary). While supplies last, guests can also score a free mini TRON: Legacy movie poster with a pop-up shop purchase.
Inspired by the safe house seen in the upcoming film, The TRON Pop-Up Shop design consists of clean, smooth curves and open spaces giving way to a creative use of light that combines natural and artificial lighting to give the shop its modern, almost digital, feel.
In celebration of the pop-up shop at Royal/T and upcoming TRON news, DCPs official Facebook page– Disney Living has added a TRON Facebook tab that will host behind-the-scenes photo galleries, the latest product releases, exclusive video content from the TRON Pop-Up Shop and a schedule of upcoming TRON events in the Southern California area.
TRON Pop-Up Product Drop Schedule:
Nov. 19 – In addition to the array of pop-up shop merchandise for sale, limited quantities will be available from the TRON: Legacy couture collection for women designed by high-end designers Jerome C. Rousseau, Hayden-Harnett, Rotenier and TomTom, ranging in price from $90 – $2,600. As an exclusive for visitors, the TRON-inspired pieces from Los Angeles–based jewelry brand TomTom will only be available at retail at the TRON Pop-Up.
Nov. 30 – This week is especially designed for athletes and action-film fanatics. Limited edition products inspired by TRON: Legacy available this week include: an adidas compression top ($45), styling TRON board shorts from Hurley ($65) and special edition TRON: Legacy 3D eyewear from Oakley ($150).
Dec. 3 – Three different sets of limited-edition collectible artwork ($28.99-$76.99) selected directly from the film, plus actual film frames of different scenes from TRON: Legacy.
Dec. 7 – Soundtrack CD: The original motion picture score for TRON: Legacy composed and produced by the critically-acclaimed, Grammy-winning duo Daft Punk.
Special TRON Pop-Up Shop Events:
Dec. 17 – Fans can trade in their TRON: Legacy movie stub and collect a TRON keepsake available only on this date and for the first 300 people during Royal/T gallery hours.
Dec. 18 – Fans are welcome to join TRON Family Fun Day from Noon to 4 p.m. with art activities for the whole family including decorating a mini-lightcycle from Spin Master.
TRON Café Menu
A special TRON-themed menu will be offered at Royal/T’s Japanese “cosplay” maid café during the course of the pop-up shop with TRON-inspired menu items such as a Reco Burger with Buffalo Sauce, Chipotle Aioli and Fried Onion Rings ($12); a Lightcycle Salad with Endives, Caramelized Oranges, and Toasted Pecans in a Yuzu Vinaigrette ($8); an Identity Disk Cake with White Chocolate Lava Cake and Blueberry Sauce ($6); alongside a shareable TRON: Legacy High Tea set featuring assorted Sweets and Savory Canapés, served with a choice of Tea ($25).