‘WALL-E’ Screenwriters Receive Humanitas Honor

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter walked away with the feature film award for their “WALL-E” screenplay Thursday at the annual Humanitas Awards, which honor TV and film writers whose work enriches human understanding.

In his acceptance speech at the Beverly Hills Hotel luncheon, Reardon noted that to keep themselves thematically on-point while writing their script, the “WALL-E” scribes referred to their animated protagonist as Johnny Humanity-Seed.

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Brings Imagineers and Their Creations, Future and Past, to D23 Expo

BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 3 — What will Disney’s theme parks and resorts look like in the future? Fans will learn the answer to that question and many more as they take a “behind-the-magic” tour of their favorite Disney destinations at the inaugural D23 EXPO, where the entire world of Disney will come together under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center in California from Sept. 10-13.

Through a series of stunning displays and not-to-be-missed presentations, D23 EXPO attendees will explore the rich legacy and future of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – a story that began in 1955 with Disneyland and has since grown to include 11 theme parks at five vacation destinations around the globe, as well as new immersive vacation experiences including Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club. On Saturday, Sept. 12, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo will share some behind-the-magic details as he pulls back the curtain on several new projects – including the 12-acre Cars Land that’s set to open at Disney’s California Adventure in 2012.

Here’s a sampling of exciting Disney Parks experiences that D23 EXPO attendees will discover:

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Imagineering’s Dr. Ben Schwegler to Present at 2009 World Science Festival in New York City

The second annual World Science Festival in New York City (June 10 – 14, 2009) has just posted its schedule of presentations and opened up for ticket sales. Unfortunately it looks like Disney’s participation is limited this year, but for the adults, WDI Chief Scientist Dr. Ben Schwegler will be part of a panel entitled WALL-E’s World: Designs for an Invisible Footprint.

The description for the panel is as follows:

Beneath WALL-E’s whimsical surface lies a grown up, cautionary tale about humanity’s relationship with the environment. In this program scientists reveal ingenious strategies for creating a sustainable future — from ‘carborexic’ cities made entirely from recycled trash to how the pursuit of “green” space exploration may one day help to revolutionize waste management here on Earth.

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Man Charged $62,000 for Downloading Wall*E – by Cell Phone Company

Here’s one way to bring an end to video piracy. A man visiting Mexico used his 3G wireless card to download Wall*E off the internet and received a $62,000 phone bill due to roaming charges. On a happy note, he got it down to $17K.

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Wall*E Still Expected to Appear at Disney Parks… Eventually

On covering the Walt Disney Living Character Initiative (LCI)’s Remy, Orlando Sentinel Theme Park Ranger

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Disney Fans Create Wall*E Computer Case, Snow White Laptop

Wall-E Computer CaseWhen he’s not picking up your garbage, he’s processing it. A Russian engineer handcrafted this entire Wall*E computer case out of metal over eighteen days. Although the original site appears to be unavailable, you can see detailed images of the entire creation process archived here instead.

And on the computer tip, an unknown artist plussed their Apple Mac laptop by adding a little something extra in the way of Snow White.

Snow White Mac

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Panda Style Reigns Supreme at Annies

The Hollywood Reporter reports on the winners of the 36th Annual Annie awards for animation held Friday night in Los Angeles. It was DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda that did the cleaning last night picking up a total of 10 awards including best animated feature, that’s even more than the previous best feature winner, Pixar’s Ratatouille. Kung Fu even took the award for the best animated short for the bonus Secrets of the Furious Five included on the DVD.

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Revving Up for New Disney/Pixar Comics

I have two very long weeks to go before I can report from NY Comic-Con and I’ve been boning up best I can just to pass the time. So I was ecstatic to come across an interview with BOOM! Studios’ Mark Waid on the new Disney/Pixar comics due out in March along with the Muppets and even more on the way.

The World of Cars from BOOM! Studios

The World of Cars from BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios will be at NY Comic-Con so if I learn or see anything else, you’ll see it here first.

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Wall*E Cleans Up for Disney at 2009 Oscar Nominations

The 2009 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today and Wall*E received 6 nominations in all: Best Animated Film (along with Bolt), Best Original Screenplay, Achievement in Sound Editing, Achievement in Sound Mixing, Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score and Original Song for Down to Earth). The Oscars will air February 22 on ABC.

Says Writer/Director Andrew Stanton: “We are ecstatic and grateful for the Academy’s generous and humbling recognition of WALL•E. It is an honor and privilege to make films at Pixar, where we have grown into a great, big family. This is a tribute to all of us at Pixar and Disney who do our best to make films, not just animated films, but films for everyone that just happen to be animated.”

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