This past Friday, hundreds of D23 members were joined by Walt Disney Company President and CEO Robert Iger, producer Don Hahn, Roy E. Disney’s son Roy P. Disney and, of course, Mickey Mouse, as they re-dedicated the Walt Disney Animation Studios building in honor of the late Roy E. Disney at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.
Pictured are (L-R): Don Hahn, Mickey Mouse, Bob Iger and Roy P. Disney. Photo courtesy of Disney.
TheHDRoom has exclusively posted cover art for the upcoming Diamond Edition release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Also available on the site is the DVD edition of the artwork.
No official announcements regarding the highly anticipated release have been announced so far other than the Disney Store has confirmed it will be releasing a special edition Belle doll in the fall as it has done for The Princess and the Frog’s Tiana and Snow White, however we are currently anticipating a release date of October 5 for the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.
We are partnering up with Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment to offer our readers the opportunity to win their very own copy of The Princess and the Frog on Disney blu-ray and DVD combo pack including a DisneyFile digital copy, available to own March 16.
Two lucky winners chosen at random will be able to bring this new Disney animated classic featuring the first Disney princess in ten years and an Oscar-nominated soundtrack by Randy Newman.
Magic, music and romance are waiting around every corner of the legendary Big Easy as Disney’s newest princess sets out on an exciting adventure through a magical new world. Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose) is a beautiful and hardworking young woman determined to fulfil her father’s dream of owning an elegant New Orleans supper club. When Naveen (Bruno Campos), a handsome prince arrives in town looking for romance, the evil Dr. Facilier (Keith David) hatches a nefarious plot and turns Naveen into a frog. A kiss from Tiana should return him to his true form, but in a hilarious twist on the classic story, she is instead transformed into a frog herself! The pair must travel into the heart of the mysterious Louisiana bayou with only a trumpet-playing alligator and a love-struck firefly as guides to find the priestess who can reverse the curse in order to find their “happily ever after.”
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.
Bearing a striking resemblance to the former title treatment and probably not likely to be the final, final artwork, Walt Disney Animation Studios has just sent us this title treatment for the artist formerly known as Rapunzel but now going under the official title of Tangled. The film, which start pop princess Mandy Moore and Chuck’s Zachary Levi, is still expected to open in November 12 with a limited release followed by a wide release on November 24.
The 8th Annual Video Effects Society (VES) Awards, which takes place on Sunday, February 28, will honor Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar President Dr. Ed Catmull with the Georges Méliès Award for Pioneering. Dr. Catmull helped pioneer the 3D animation process at a division of Lucasfilm which would eventually become Pixar and was a key developer of RenderMan, the software environment which made films like Toy Story possible.
The VES Awards will air on the ReelzChannel on March 5 at 10 pm ET/PT with replays on March 6 at 7 pm ET/PT and March 7 at 3 pm ET/PT.
Earlier this week, we broke the news that Disney had registered several new names that might possibly be considered as a replacement title for Walt Disney Animation Studio’s upcoming release Rapunzel: The Hidden Tower, Tangled and The Thief and the Tower.
Today we have learned that there’s another suitor in the running in the form of The Secret Tower for which Disney has now registered THESECRETTOWER.COM, THESECRETTOWER-MOVIE.COM and THESECRETTOWERMOVIE.COM.
Given that it’s in the same vein as The Hidden Tower but seems to invoke a larger sense of mystery which might appeal to the non-princess going public if that’s Marketing’s concern, it seems like The Secret Tower might have the edge here, not to mention that they were able to secure THESECRETTOWER.COM as opposed to requiring the lengthy suffixes.
Disney registered several domain names yesterday which indicate that a speculated and apparently not widely spread rumor may be true: Rapunzel will either be subtitled or simply renamed to something else. A quick google search for The Thief and the Tower turned up but one result from comments on a blog post on a professional animators’ site from early January and the ‘speculation’ was just that. The consensus from those who appeared to have some inside information on the name change is that Disney is looking for a way to make the film appear less princess-y.
The specific domains registered by Disney include: THETHIEFANDTHETOWER-MOVIE.COM, THETHIEFANDTHETOWER.COM, THETHIEFANDTHETOWERMOVIE.COM.
But it may not quite end there. Interestingly enough, the very same site contains a more recent blog entry in which a commenter notes that the name may actually become The Hidden Tower, for which Disney also registered THEHIDDENTOWER-MOVIE.COM, THEHIDDENTOWERMOVIE.COM.
And if that’s not enough, Disney also registered domains for Tangled (TANGLED-MOVIE.COM) and The Switch (THESWITCH-MOVIE.COM), although the last may not have any ties to the film.
Rapunzel has already seen one significant name change as it was initially known as Rapunzel Unbraided.
Update: 2/6/10 – Another potential name has been thrown into the mix. See here for more details.
We have received an update from Walt Disney Studios confirming some reports that Beauty and the Beast won’t be making its 3D debut for Valentine’s Day this year as initially announced during last year’s company shareholder meeting.
Although we do not have a new release date, it looks like the film is still expected to be released, but not until some point in 2011.