Despite The Walt Disney Company’s public protests against the prestigious Annies animation awards with what it feels are voters heavily sided with DreamWorks Animation, Disney’s Tangled and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 are in contention for several major awards.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
Two weeks after becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 will cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office today, joining Alice in Wonderland as the second $1 billion film this year from The Walt Disney Studios – the first studio in history to accomplish this feat. Disney first crossed the $1 billion threshold with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest in 2006. Toy Story 3 becomes the only animated film to reach this milestone and the seventh title in industry history.
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!
The most successful animated film of all time, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3, will not be recognized this year by one of the most highly prized awards in the animation industry — at least if Disney can help it.
The Walt Disney Company is withdrawing sponsorship and consideration from the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood and its 38th annual Annie Awards which is scheduled to take place on February 5, 2011 at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles, CA. This represents the first time in the award’s near-forty year history that Disney will not be sponsoring the event in some capacity.
Amazon.com has now listed a ten disc set for the Toy Story 3 trilogy to be released on November 2, the same day the film is being released on its own. Don’t let the ten disc description fool you, however, it appears to just simply refer to the 3 disc Toy Story (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy), 3 disc Toy Story 2 (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) and 4 disc Toy Story 3 (2 Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy).
For more information (as it becomes available) or to pre-order the Toy Story Ultimate Toy Box Collection, click here.