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 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.
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:
For 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%.
Order Toy Story 3 from ToysRUs.com and you’ll receive a free limited edition Toy Story wall clock (regularly $14.99) or get a free Toy Story popcorn tin (regularly $9.99) with any online Toy Story purchase of $30 or more. For fans of Disney/Pixar’s Cars, you’ll receive a free Cars carrying case (regularly $12.99) with any online Cars purchase of $30 or more.
Toys ‘R’ Us is also offering sales on its educational products and cartridges, many of which feature Disney favorites such as Toy Story, ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,’ Tangled and more. For more information see the specific savings pages for the Leapster, Fisher-Price iXL and Vtech MobiGo and V.Reader systems.
You’ll also find all of these savings and hundreds more in the TRU 2010 Great Big Christmas Book.
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.
The next is another example of what has quickly become mine (and many others’) favorite type of Disney/Pixar bonus features as seen on the recent Toy Story 1 & 2 blu-ray releases, the Pixar ‘Studio Stories.’ This particular animated gem focuses on one of the perks of working at Pixar Animation Studios: the cereal bar.
For a limited time only, iPad owners can purchase a copy of Disney Publishing’s Toy Story 2 and The Princess and the Frog Read-Along Apps for just $3.99 each, more than 50% off the original price. Plus each user that purchases one of the apps is entitled to one month free to Disney Digital Books, an online library of hundreds of Disney book classics and original titles featuring Disney’s most popular characters, a value alone of $8.95.
Each of the highly-rated Disney Read-Along apps for iPad give children a fully interactive reading experience packed with exciting games, sing-along tunes, multi-touch surprises, puzzles, and coloring pages. Children can hear the story read aloud, record their own narration or simply explore at their own pace.
Both read-along apps feature the following highlights:
- Cinematic, interactive storybook apps featuring characters from Toy Story 2 and Princess and the Frog.
- Two interactive reading modes allow kids to follow along as the story is read aloud, or explore at their own pace. Children can also select ‘Younger Reading Mode’ to simplify page turning.
- Children can play exciting games based on scenes from Toy Story 2 and Princess and the Frog. Kids can watch Woody soar above the town, help him to safety in “Hang Glider,” and have a blast with Buzz as they overcome thrilling obstacles in “Falling with Style.” Children can also discover their fortune with a mystifying interactive card game, or help Tiana and Naveen escape the bayou by catching fireflies in Princess and the Frog.
- Children can record their voice reading the story and hear it played back as narration.
- Children can tap characters and objects for sound effects and fun surprises.
- An interactive coloring feature that lets kids finger-paint and share their masterpieces with friends and family.
- Kids can sing along to songs from the movie.
- A visual page index allows kids the ability to jump to their favorite page.
- Children can turn pages manually and move back and forth through the story as they wish.
You can get a full list of the features to be found on the Blu-ray and DVD editions here, but as far as what we’ve learned about the specifics on some of the bonus features, check out the listing below:
The Gang’s All Here – A look at the returning voice talent for Toy Story 3.
Toys! – A look at all the toys from updating classic characters to developing the Sunnyside Daycare and Bonnie’s Room toys
Paths to Pixar - Pixar Editors, past and future, share anecdotes about their career path
Studio Stories: Where’s Gordon? - There’s a hidden room at Pixar that we call the Where’s Gordon? and this is its story
Studio Stories: Cereal Bar – The majestic and expansive Pixar cereal bar is explored
Studio Stories: Clean Start – The Pixar animation team shaves their heads to mark the start of TS3 animation
Beginnings with Michael Arndt – Screenwriter Michael Arndt analyzes successful opening scenes from Toy Story, Nemo and The Incredibles
Bonnie’s Playtime - A roundtable discussion with Lee Unkrich and the story artists who brought the “Bonnie’s Playtime” scene to life
Roundin’ Up a Western Opening - Development process and scene analysis of “Western Opening” in its various iterations through the story process
Goodbye Andy - An exploration of character design, acting and animation in the scene “Andy’s Goodbye”
The Accidental Toymakers of Pixar - Meet the makers of the original Buzz Lightyear and watch how the newest version of Buzz, the Ultimate Buzz, is constructed
Life of a Shot - Overview of artist contribution to each step of the production pipeline on a select group of shots from the Western Opening of Toy Story 3
Epilogue - Stand-alone 1.33 version of the Epilogue
Title: Toy Story 3: Operation Camouflage (link)
Released: August 26, 2010
Device: iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad
Code Red Soldier! Operation Camouflage: Execute! Let’s Move, Move, Move!
Heads up recruit, it’s time for Recon Basic Training! Your mission is to find top secret items camouflaged throughout Andy’s Room, Bonnie’s Room and Sunnyside Daycare. Only the best of the best can find them all. Are you up for the task soldier?
Operation Camouflage has 20 missions throughout four locations: Andy’s Room, Bonnie’s Room, Caterpillar Room and Butterfly Room!