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    NASCAR stars & legendary car designers lend their street cred to Disney Junior's new "Mickey and the Roadster Racers" show

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    " Mickey and the Roadster Racers " may look like a cute little cartoon show from the outside. But were you to pop the hood of this new Disney Television Animation production (which premieres tomorrow on Disney Junior at 9 a.m. ET/PT), you'd discover that some serious car cred went into its creation. Mind you, that's largely because Rob LaDuca (i.e., the executive producer of "Roadsters Racers") and Mark Seidenberg (who's the Co-EP & Supervising Story Editor of...
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    How "Pinocchio" beat "Bambi" to become Disney's second feature-length animated film after "Snow White"

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    " Pinocchio " has long been hailed as Walt Disney's masterpiece. While Walt Disney Animation Studios ' second feature-length production may admittedly lack the heart that " Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs " had, there's no denying that "Pinocchio" tops its predecessor. At least when it comes to artistic ambition and technological advances. Mind you, "Pinocchio" wasn't always supposed to be the film that followed "Snow White." In fact...
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    Go Behind the Scenes With Disney Dish Podcaster Jim Hill as He Pulls Back the Curtain on "Beauty and the Beast" & Spaced Out Disney

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    January 11, 2017 - The Rosen Performing Arts Center at the Wayne YMCA, together with e.t.c. -- Events Tailored & Customized bring you two special BACKSTAGE AT THE Y talks with writer, podcaster, theme park historian, storyteller and more, JIM HILL from the Disney Dish Podcast. The BACKSTAGE AT THE Y Concert Series presented at the Rosen Performing Arts Center in the YMCA in Wayne, NJ, offers a uniquely intimate setting to meet and listen to special artists like Jim. A ticket holder's Rosen...
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    Dana Daniels brings a little bit of Disneyland to NYC in "The Illusionists: Turn of the Century"

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    Given that Dana Daniels began his career at Disneyland Park , you wouldn't think that this award-winning comedy magician would be all that impressed with palaces. Ah, but the palace that Dana is currently performing in isn't found at some theme park. It's THE Palace Theatre in New York City's Times Square. That historic 1,740 seat venue where - during the first half of the last century -- countless legendary entertainers once worked this stage. "I am a huge Marx Brothers fan...
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    When you're having "Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," which version of this holiday classic do you prefer to sing?

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    "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" had a pretty big year in 2016. Thanks to Josh Groban, this 72 year-old Hugh Martin / Ralph Blane tune reached No. 1 on Billboard's adult contemporary charts . Copyright Reprise / Warner Bros. All rights reserved Mind you, this isn't the only time in recent memory that this holiday song has charted. Back in 2014, Sam Smith's cover of "Merry Little Christmas" made it into Billboard's Hot 100 . And Michael Bublé's...
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    Never mind about Santa Claus coming to town tomorrow. Rudolph, Charlie Brown & the Grinch are all spending the holidays in Orlando this year

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    Head's up to all you baby boomers out there: Tonight's your last chance to catch the "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" during its annual network airing ( NBC will be running this Chuck-Jones -produced holiday special this evening starting at 8 p.m. ET/ PT). Copyright Warner Bros. Entertainment. All rights reserved Mind you, if you're just not ready to say "See You Next Year" to Cindy Lou Who - or the cast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" &...
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    Garth Jennings sings the praises of those Illumination Entertainment staffers who helped him through the animation production process on "Sing"

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    How hard can it be? That was the question that Garth Jennings asked himself when Chris Meledandri - the CEO of Illumination Entertainment - offered him the opportunity to direct "Sing," his very first animated feature. And given the many types of productions Garth has worked on over the course of his career (i.e., shooting well-received videos for bands like Blur & Radiohead back in the 1990s. Helming big-budget feature films like 2005's "the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy...
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    Guess (Doctor) who Disney Television Animation got to voice Scrooge McDuck for their “DuckTales” reboot

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    If you ask fans of the original "DuckTales" (which debuted in syndication back in September of 1987) what their favorite aspect of this animated TV series was, I'm sure that a lot of them would mention the late Alan Young 's vocal performance as Scrooge McDuck. Mind you, that Scottish burr that Young (who first voiced this character back in 1983 for Walt Disney Animation Studios' seasonal featurette, "Mickey's Christmas Carol") gave McDuck was the real thing. Alan...
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    "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" director Gareth Edwards is having a blue (milk) Christmas

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    To hear Gareth Edwards tell this story, it was early 2014. He was right in the middle of working on " Godzilla ," his first huge Hollywood franchise film. And given that this $160 million Legendary Pictures / Warner Bros. co-production was supposed to open in nearly 4000 theaters nationwide on May 16 th ... Well, Edwards just didn't have a second to spare for outside activities. But then - as Gareth recounted back in April of 2015 during Star Wars Celebration Anaheim - he got a call...
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    Never mind about Christmas in July. Disney Television Animation started working on "Duck the Halls" back in August of 2015

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    Before you put that Christmas card in the mail to Grandma, I want you to pause for a moment and think about the artist who drew the image on the front of that holiday card. To be specific, WHEN they drew that image. "My Dad was actually an illustrator for Hallmark Cards . And I remember that he always got discombobulated because they were always doing holiday-themed stuff at the wrong time of year," recalled Paul Rudish during a recent phone interview. "By that I mean: In order to...
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    Thankful for the way Miss Piggy saved Tony Bennett from falling, Freeform names her their first-ever Ambassador of Cheer

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    Never mind about that Grinch who stole Christmas. Have you heard about the pig who saved a national treasure on Thanksgiving morning? Those of you who watched last month's live broadcast of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC surely remember this moment. To herald the arrival of Saint Nick at Macy's Herald Square store , Tony Bennett & Miss Piggy had just finished singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." And then -- as the parade float that these two entertainment icons...
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    Meet the team who brought Maui to life for Disney's "Moana"

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    You'd think - looking at Maui from Disney's " Moana " - given this demigod's dimples (more importantly, those eyebrows) that Dwayne Johnson was always supposed to be this character's voice. But that's where you'd be wrong. "You have to understand that - when we're initially developing these movies - we typically get them up on reels 5 or 6 times so that John (Lasseter , the chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios ) and the other...
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    Universal Parks and Resorts to Bring Characters, Action and Adventure of Nintendo Video Games to Life Within Theme Parks in Hollywood, Orlando and Japan

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    Universal Parks & Resorts And Nintendo Will Bring The Fun Of Nintendo To Life With Expansive, Highly Themed Environments At Osaka, Orlando And Hollywood Kyoto, Japan and ORLANDO, Florida (November 29, 2016) - Imagine the fun of stepping into a larger-than-life Nintendo adventure. Gigantic Piranha Plants spring to life. Question blocks, power-ups and more surround you. And Mario and all his friends are there to pull you into a brand-new world. You will enter an entire realm filled with iconic...
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    Disney Cars 3 Teaser Trailer Reveals The Moment Everything Changes for Lightning McQueen (Video)

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    From this moment on, everything will change Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s...
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    From toxic gas leaks to the triumph of 'Finding Dory,' Lindsey Collins has loved every minute of her time at Pixar Animation Studios

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    When it comes to " Finding Dory " producer Lindsey Collins , she takes "going-with-your-gut" to a whole new level. To explain: This Occidental College graduate joined Walt Disney Animation Studios straight out of school in 1994. And after working as a PA on " Pocahontas " & " The Hunchback of Notre Dame ," Lindsey had just been made assistant production manager on " Hercules " when she began hearing people talk about Pixar. "I was working...
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    D23 Announces New Slate of Events For Fans Across the Country in 2017

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    From exclusive tours to cinematic surprises, Disney's official fan club serves up something for fans both young and young-at-heart. In 2017, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club brings a new roster of events for fans around the country to enjoy. SCREENINGS ON THE DISNEY STUDIO LOT AND AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT : Throughout the year, D23 will once again offer special screenings on both coasts of classic Disney favorites, including Tangled , Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, and...
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    New animated series, "Mickey and the Roadster Racers" to premiere at Fathom's "Disney Junior at the Movies" event this Saturday morning

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    Is your toddler anxious to take a look under-the-hood at " Mickey and the Roadster Racers " ? See how this new animated-series-for-preschoolers stacks up against all of their other favorite Disney Junior shows? Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Well, if you want your kid to catch "Roadsters" 's actual debut on this cable channel, that isn't scheduled to happen 'til early January of 2017. Which is an awful long time for any 3-to-5 year-old to wait...
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    ABC’S Good Morning America to Premiere Mickey Mouse’s New Music Video, “What We Got” Nov. 18th

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    GMA Visit is Mickey's Final Stop in His Worldwide Birthday Tour Mickey Mouse will visit the set of ABC's Good Morning America on November 18, to celebrate his birthday and premiere his new music video, "What We Got." His appearance in New York City is the culmination of his worldwide birthday tour, where he surprised fans and friends in Los Angeles, Kyoto, Shanghai, Rome, Paris, Cusco and Rio de Janeiro while making the music video. Mickey will share stories about his adventures...
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    Black Friday: Disney Store Unlocks Deals Two Weeks Early

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    Disney Store Unlocks Magical Friday Deals Two Weeks Prior to Black Friday Guests Can Save Up to 40% In-Store and Online Starting November 14 - Earlier Than Ever Before Special In-Store Wishing Ceremony Kicks Off the Magic of the Season Disney Store unveiled its Magical Friday (aka Black Friday) deals and special in-store holiday events - nearly two weeks before the Thanksgiving holiday shopping weekend. Beginning November 14th in-store and online, guests can expect to see up to 40% off thousands...
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    WDW's new "The Muppets Present ... Great Moments in American History" show brings authentic Muppet mayhem to Liberty Square

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    Anyone who's ever seen " Jim Henson's Muppet*Vision 3D " can tell you the title of that elaborate pageant which Sam Eagle has put together to close out that show. It's called "A Salute to All Nations, But Mostly America." Sadly, things don't quite go as this self-proclaimed super-patriot had planned. As "Muppet*Vision 3D" predictably descents into chaos, Kermit the Frog asks Sam if that part of the show is now ready to go. "It's a glorious three...
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    Disney XD's "Milo Murphy's Law" offers optimistic alternative to election night coverage

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    With just one day left until America votes, people are really stressing right now. They keep looking at all the polling data and then wondering "What happens if everything goes wrong and the wrong person gets elected?" Well, I can't tell you how to vote. But I can tell you what to do after the election, especially if your candidate doesn't win. Which is: Be more like Milo Murphy. Copyright Disney XD. All rights reserved You've heard about " Milo Murphy's Law ,"...
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    How Hurricane Matthew forced Universal Orlando to extend Halloween Horror Nights 2016's run through early November

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    Halloween is one of those holidays that lingers, isn't it? Whether it's all of those decorations that are still out in the yard (which you'll finally get around to taking down & packing away later this weekend ... right?) or that bowl of leftover Treat-or-Trick candy that you've been slowly make disappear one fun-sized bar at a time, while All Hallows Eve should have been over at the stroke of midnight on October 31st ... Well, just like that jack-o-lantern that the kids carved...
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    Universal Orlando will use cutting-edge tech to reimagine the water park experience at Volcano Bay

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    Seven years ago, Dale Mason - the Vice President and Executive Art Director at Universal Creative - had an idea. He wanted to do a water theme park. Not a water park, mind you. A water theme park. Something that would then move the whole water park experience to an entirely different level. "So I and this very small team of people put together a very small brief on this idea," Dale recalled during a recent phone interview. "And we thought that the concept that we had come up with for...
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    TASCHEN 's "Walt Disney Film Archives" features stunning artwork, seldom-told stories from that studio's past

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    As one very wise cinephile once put it, "Every Disney film is someone's favorite movie." Editor / author Daniel Kothenschulte tried to keep that in mind over the past two years as he worked on " The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921 - 1968 " ( TASCHEN America, October 2016). But given that he only had so many pages to work with as Kothenschulte tried to cover this massive chunk of Mouse House history, Daniel began the pruning process almost as soon as he...
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    Knott's Berry Farm puts an awful lot of thought into all those celebrities that it skewers at Halloween Haunt

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    So what happens tonight after the last Hanging is held at Knott's Scary Farm ? Well, the entertainment team at America's First Theme Park gets a well-deserved night of rest. But after that, these talented folks plunge right into compiling a constantly changing list of celebrity scandals, political faux pas, memorable movie moments and quirky pop culture phenomena which next year's Hanging can then be built around. "Since we have to have a treatment of this show ready by the first...
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