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  • Press Releases

    Sneak Peek: Disney's "The Pirate Fairy" Plus Behind-the-Scenes Look with Tom Hiddleston

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    From the world of "Peter Pan" comes "The Pirate Fairy," a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who's captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina's wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends must embark on an epic...
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    There were cars & stars at last night's world premiere of "Muppets Most Wanted" at the El Capitan Theatre

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    Yesterday evening, there were thousands of people lined up along Hollywood Boulevard . Photo by Alice Hill Not to mention hundreds more peering down from nearby rooftops. Photo by Alice Hill And why were all of these folks staring so intently at the El Capitan Theatre . Because that's where the world premiere of " Muppets Most Wanted " was being held last night. Photo by Alice Hill And as a long time Muppet fan, I have to say that it was really pretty sweet that Walt Disney Pictures...
  • Jim Hill

    Does Disney have a special 50th anniversary celebration in the works for "it's a small world" ? Recently domain name registrations suggest that it does

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    It's that time again. Time to take a look at the various domain names that The Walt Disney Company has registered over the past few months. Which might then provide us with a few clues as to what the Mouse has planned for the not-so-distant future. As you might expect, there are domain names that Disney grabs because it doesn't want anyone else using them. Take -- for example -- mymagicminus.com ... which the Company registered back on March 1st so those folks who aren't exactly fans...
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    Richard Gere Visits Universal Orlando Resort and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade

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    © 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved. On Mar. 8, 2014, Golden Globe award-winning actor Richard Gere visited Ollivanders wand shop at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando Resort. During his hosted visit, Gere visited the premier wand shop and experienced the wonder of the wand choosing him. Gere is best known for his roles in such blockbuster films as "Chicago," "Pretty Woman" and "An Officer and a Gentleman." The...
  • Jim Hill

    CD reveals how Walt turned dysfunction at WED Enterprises into fun for the Disney theme parks

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    I got an e-mail this past weekend from a longtime Disney fan who I won't name. Mostly because he had some very unkind things to say about Bamboo Forest Publishing 's latest audio effort, " More Cute Stories, Volume 3 : Museum of the Weird ." Copyright 2014 Bamboo Forest Publishing. All rights reserved Here's a brief excerpt from that e-mail: "This recording features all sorts of mean-spirited stories about Marc Davis , Roger Broggie and Dick Irvine . According to what Rolly...
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    Film composer Christopher Willis talks about the challenges of writing music for Disney's new Mickey Mouse shorts

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    There's this terrific comment that someone once made about Fred Astaire . "Sure he was great. But don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did backwards ... and in high heels!" And for some odd reason, that comment brings to mind British composer Christopher Willis . This is the guy who's been composing all of the music for that Emmy Award-winning series of new Mickey Mouse shorts which Disney Television Animation has been producing. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc...
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    Huffington Post -- How Rob Minkoff turned Mr. Peabody & Sherman into the original Modern Family

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    It's kind of ironic that " Mr. Peabody & Sherman " has a sequence involving the Trojan Horse . Because according to what Rob Minkoff -- the director of this DreamWorks Animation production -- says, this new animated feature is actually something of a trojan horse in and of itself. "When I was a kid, I used to watch a lot of television. And I was a big, big fan of Rocky & Bullwinkle ," Minkoff recalled during a recent interview. "And during the "Peabody's...
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    Disney Inteactive and Harmonix have high hopes for "Fantasia: Music Evolved"

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    The Disney films are synonymous with music. Chances are most fans can remember at least one song from every animated film that they've ever seen. I shouldn't have to mention that Disney "Frozen" has been at the top of the Billboard charts over the past 13 weeks . Disney films however do not have a great track record in the video game arena, especially not titles that were predominantly music-oriented. Music is a big part of gaming. The soundtracks for some of the biggest action...
  • Jim Hill

    Will Disney "Frozen" blow past "Toy Story 3" to become the top earning animated film of all time?

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    Talk about your Hollywood endings. On the very same day that Disney "Frozen" won the Academy Award for Best Animation Feature , this Walt Disney Animation Studios production then becomes a member of Hollywood's exclusive Billion Dollar Club . (L to R) Peter Del Vecho, producer of Disney "Frozen," Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck onstage at the Dolby Theatre as they win this year's Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. P hoto by Adam Taylor. Copyright American Broadcasting...
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    Huffington Post -- Joseph Gordon-Levitt loves how Hayao Miyazki's "The Wind Rises" celebrates the magic of normal, everyday life

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    He's helped Batman battle Bane in " The Dark Knight Rises ." Not to mention going toe-to-toe with the G.I. Joes in " The Rise of Cobra ." He's even braved multiple levels of the human subconscious in " Inception ." Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the last man standing in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller, "Inception." Copyright 2010 Warner Bros. All rights reserved So given that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gotten so good at doing the action-hero thing in...
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    Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Podcast Episode 53: Holiday Bonus Episode

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    Len: Welcome to another edition of the Unofficial Guide Disney Dish Podcast with Jim Hill. It is I, Len Testa and we're back with Jim. And because each and every one of you have been such good boys and girls throughout the year, we've made a bonus holiday episode of the Unofficial Guide Disney Dish Podcast. Jim and I are going to talk about the history of Christmas at the Animal Kingdom park, at Disney's Hollywood Studios and also the history of New Years Eve in Walt Disney World. And...
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    Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Podcast Episode 52: The Continued History of Christmas at Disneyland

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    Len: Welcome back to another addition of the Unofficial Guide Disney Dish With Jim Hill. I'm Len Testa, your host and today Jim and I are going to be finishing up our conversation on the history of Christmas at Disney Theme Parks. As you can recall, the last episode we ended up with just after Walt had passed away in the mid-Sixties and the company was sort of trying to figure out what to do for Christmas at Walt- at Disneyland and Walt Disney World... The company was trying to figure out what...
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    Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Podcast Episode 51: The History of Christmas At Disneyland

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    Len: Welcome back to another addition of the Unofficial Guide Disney Dish Podcast With Jim Hill. This is episode fifty one and to get you guys into the holiday spirit, Jim and I are talking today about the history of Christmas at the Disney Resorts. In order to tell that story of course, we need the jolly old man himself. And I mean Jim Hill. How's it going Jim? Jim: Ho ho ho. Len: So it's early December and that means of course that we celebrate the origins of some Scandinavian mythology...
  • Press Releases

    “Muppets Most Wanted” Soundtrack to Make Mayhem March 18

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    Walt Disney Records' Release to Feature Vocals by Kermit the Frog, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Miss Piggy, Josh Groban, Constantine, Celine Dion and More BURBANK, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2014) - The Muppets are back on the big screen with the all-new caper "Muppets Most Wanted," creating the musical mayhem that's made them fan favorites for almost four decades. With songs by Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar® for the original song "Man or Muppet" in 2011's "The...
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    Have a no-clothes encounter with the world's most famous mouse by playing that new Disney Mobile game, Hidden Mickey

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    I know. Like any of these theme park news sites actually needs another article with the words "Hidden Mickey" in it. Yes, please, another thousand articles about "Look at the shape of these planter pots!" and "But if you look here, behind the drinking fountain ... Wow!" But this, I assure you, is different. This is Hidden Mickey , an online game for the Mickey Cartoons website . Based off the recent Mickey short, " No Service ." Copyright Disney Enterprises...
  • Jim Hill

    The Mouse continues its hi-tech, hand-held roll-out with today's debut of Disney Movies Anywhere

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    This ain't your Dad's Walt Disney Company anymore. Sure, every so often, you'll see the Company fund the construction of some massive immersive environment like Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park or that AVATAR-inspired "land" which finally officially broke ground at Disney's Animal Kingdom last month. But increasingly these days, Disney is deliberately bypassing these bigger-than-life projects so that it can deliver to its fans magic that they can then hold in...
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    D23: The Official Disney Fan Club Announces Date Change for Destination D: Attraction Rewind

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    Today D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced the date of Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O plus at Walt Disney World Resort will shift to November 22 and 23. Check-in and exclusive shopping opportunities will begin on Friday, November 21. In addition to this news, D23 is thrilled to announce Disney Legends Marty Sklar, Bob Gurr and other popular Disney Legends who worked on the Walt Disney shows for the New York World's Fair will be taking part in the event this fall. Additional...
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    Live-action TV Series Based on MARVEL Characters to Film in New York

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    GOVERNOR CUOMO, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY, MARVEL AND NETFLIX ANNOUNCE LANDMARK LIVE-ACTION TV SERIES BASED ON MARVEL CHARACTERS TO FILM IN NEW YORK NYC To Serve As Principal Filming Location For Four Series Epic and One Mini-Series, Representing The Biggest Production Commitment in NYS History Productions Will Result in Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Investments and Lead to Creation of At Least 3,000 Industry Jobs Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, The Walt Disney Company, Marvel and Netflix Inc. today...
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    Huffington Post -- How Walt Disney Animation Studios evolved Mickey Mouse backwards for "Get A Horse!"

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    It's the question that most animation professionals ask immediately after they've seen " Get A Horse! " How did Walt Disney Animation Studios actually pull that short off? How'd they first replicate the exact look & feel of a Mickey Mouse cartoon of late 1928 / early 1929 and then (SPOILER AHEAD) send a CG version of Mickey & Horace Horsecollar hurtling out through the screen into today's world? Well, director Lauren MacMullan & producer Dorothy McKim were obviously...
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    Watch Disney, Pixar and Marvel Movies with Disney Movies Anywhere

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    New Digital Movie Service And App for iPhone, iPad And iPod touch Debuts With iTunes Free Digital Copy of Disney•Pixar's "The Incredibles" Available For A Limited Time Through Disney Movies Anywhere BURBANK, Calif. - February 25, 2014 - The Walt Disney Studios today unveiled its exclusive cloud-based digital movie service, Disney Movies Anywhere. This all-new app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and Web experience enables consumers to discover, purchase, manage, and watch movies...
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    Merlin Entertainments & Dreamworks Animation Go 'Ogre' the Top with Shrek's Far Far Away Adventure

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    POOLE, England and GLENDALE, Calif., Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Shrek's swamp is coming across the pond! In a new collaboration, Merlin Entertainments has teamed up with DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA) to create a unique themed visitor attraction based on Shrek and his friends. PRNewsFoto/DreamWorks Animation This landmark attraction, which will transport visitors through a live interactive adventure featuring Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Puss in Boots and other favorites from the beloved franchise...
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    Meet Rocket, Groot, Gamora, Drax & Peter Quill : The Guardians of the Galaxy

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    Marvel’s “ Guardians of the Galaxy” finds space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain, but when Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe. MEET THE GUARDIANS Rocket Raccoon Groot Gamora Peter Quill
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    My Happy Disney Life, I hope

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    I have a confession. I like to watch...gameplay videos. Being a woman of very little hand-eye coordination, when it comes to fast-moving games like Epic Mickey and Kingdom Hearts , my choices are: Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved 1. Use a cheat engine (NO) 2. Watch Noe and Alice play. Right now, I'm catching up to one of the Harvest Moon games I put off while in college, " Tale of Two Towns " and watching Alice play the gorgeous " Skyrim " while I wait...
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    Walt Disney Records announces the Deluxe Edition Soundtrack collectible, numbered vinyl set

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    WALT DISNEY RECORDS TO OFFER AUTOGRAPHED POSTERS FROM "FROZEN" FILMMAKERS AS PART OF THE DELUXE EDITION COLLECTIBLE VINYL SET, BEGINNING FEBRUARY 24 Burbank, CA - Feb. 21, 2014 -- In celebration of the animated event of a generation, Walt Disney Records announces the Deluxe Edition Soundtrack collectible numbered vinyl, now available for pre-order: http://myplay.me/15ya The collectible vinyl is limited to 3000 numbered sets and beginning Feb. 24th, a special offer will include autographed...
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    Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trailer Released

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    From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team-the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten...
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