Video: ‘Creating Wonderland’ – A Behind the Scenes Look at ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Progressions

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Earlier this week, Walt Disney Studios released this amazing video that shows a behind the scenes peek at the progressions used to mix live action with computer generated imagery to form some of the incredible sights found in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Much of the live-action is filmed against a greenscreen using a technology called chroma key (most often used in television weather reports) in which everything that is green (such as the background, the frog standees and even some of the people) is removed automatically from the final product, allowing them to mix the images together seamlessly.

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Disney Online’s Pixie Hollow Announces Animal Friends for Member Fairies (Video)

There’s a hush in Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow virtual world this month as the new Animal Friends are fluttering about in the meadows. Every baby Animal Friend needs a Fairy to help them grow. From fireflies and ladybugs to hummingbirds and dragonflies, there’s a baby animal perfect for every Fairy.

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Squeak E Clean Productions Releases New ‘Toy Story’ Remix Video

DJ Sam Spiegel, founder of Squeak E Clean Productions has released this new video featuring animation and a remixed version of ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ from the Disney/Pixar Toy Story films.

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‘Tangled’ Teaser Leaked on YouTube (Video)

While it lasts, here’s the teaser for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Tangled (a.k.a. Rapunzel) expected to be included on the blu-ray/dvd for The Princess and the Frog. The film, which opens in limited release on November 12, stars Many Moore and Zachary Levi.

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Avril in Wonderland: Music Video for Lavigne’s ‘Alice (Underground)’ Released

From Walt Disney Studios UK, we get out first look at the new music video for the end title track for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, ‘Alice (Underground)’ by Avril Lavigne. While featuring mostly Avril and her performance in the Underland, the video also features some glimpses  (mostly previously released) of the film which will be released domestically on March 5.

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New Toy Story 3 Teaser Trailer International Mashup Released

As they did with The Princess and the Frog, Disney has just released this awesome international mashup of the Toy Story 3 teaser trailer, featuring just some of the over 40 languages that the films are translated into.

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New Clip from ‘When in Rome’ – Dark Dating

In this new clip from When in Rome, courtesy of Touchstone Pictures, Nick (Josh Duhamel) takes Beth (Kristen Bell) out for a romantic dinner in an experimental restaurant he hopes will pick up where the two left off in Rome, he gets a bit more than he bargained for, the least of which is the waitress (Kristen Schaal of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3).

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First Look: The Muppets in Disney Parks’ ‘Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade’ Pre-Parade

On its official blog, Disney Parks is providing a first look at a rehearsal performance at Disneyland for the new daily pre-parade beginning today at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts starring Kermit, Miss Piggy and Sweetums.

The site notes that at Disneyland, that if there are two parades scheduled to be performed on any particular day, the Muppets pre-parade will take place only prior to the evening performance.

The site also plans to add photos from today’s inaugural performance at the Magic Kingdom later today.

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Disney Cruise Line Adds New Youth Activities; Eliminates Age Barriers (Video)

Disney Cruise Line, the leader in family cruising, is once again reinventing onboard children’s experiences. Through an entirely new approach to youth activities, kids can let their imaginations set sail by customizing their cruise vacation. More youth activities than ever before are available and children choose experiences based on interest, not age.

Exciting new youth activities and dedicated children’s spaces are available now on the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder and are coming to the Disney Dream beginning with the ship’s maiden voyage in January 2011.

“The changes within Disney Cruise Line youth activities will allow children freedom to create a customized experience onboard our ships,” said Disney Cruise Line Vice President of Entertainment Jim Urry. “Children can select their own adventures and immersive experiences for a truly personalized, memorable cruise vacation.”

Customized Experiences
On Disney Cruise Line, children can personalize their cruise vacation by selecting activities and events, regardless of age. Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab are open to children age 3 to 12 on the Disney Wonder and age 3 to 10 on the Disney Magic.

While Disney Cruise Line will continue to recommend activities that appeal to specific maturity levels and ages, the entire menu of offerings is open to every child. With this evolutionary approach to shipboard youth activities, children and parents select programs based on the specific interests of each child to create a customized and very personalized experience. Best of all, children of different ages — siblings, extended family and friends — can participate in youth activities together throughout their cruise.

The majority of children’s events and free-time activities occur within dedicated youth spaces on the ship and on Castaway Cay. As always, Disney Cruise Line youth activities are supervised by specially trained, experienced counselors.

Specific program information is available to guests on the day of check-in at the Youth Activities registration desk located in the Disney cruise ship terminal building prior to boarding, or onboard in the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab.

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Sneak Peek of Toy Story 3 Now Available Online (Video)

This past weekend, ABC Family presented a sneak peek at the upcoming Toy Story 3 along with a brief introduction by director Lee Unkrich. The clip, just short of two minutes, shows the beginning of the film where Andy, who is now preparing to head to college, needs to decide which toys to keep, which to store in the attic and which get thrown out. This is basically the same clip that we saw during the Toy Story 3 presentation at the D23 Expo (in 2D) and I remember being shocked when Andy makes one of his decisions. Check it out below, courtesy of Disney/Pixar.

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