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First 50 minutes of “Up” to screen this Saturday at New York Comic-Con

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Are you still on the fence about whether or not you should attend this year’s New York Comic-Con?

I know, I know. NYC in February ain’t exactly fun. Especially down there by the Jacob K. Javits Center when that cold wind comes off the Hudson and freezes you right down to your toes. It takes some real intestinal fortitude to make a trip into the City this time of year.

And then when you factor in the crowds that you can expect to encounter at Comic-Con this coming weekend. Last year, nearly 70,000 people dropped by the Javits to experience this three-day-long pop culture celebration. And this year, there’ll be even more folks coming by the convention center in order to get in on the fun.

So taking all of this information into account (i.e. the crowds, the cold, the hassle of getting in & out of the City this time of year), why should you still go to the 2009 New York Comic-Con?

One word: "Up.”

Just today, Pixar Animation Studios announced that they’ll be screening the first 50 minutes of this eagerly-anticipated May 2009 release at this year’s event. To be specific, the first half of “Up” will be shown in the IGN Theater starting at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. And the film’s director, Pete Docter, will be on hand to introduce this footage.

Now please keep in mind that the only other time that any other footage from “Up” has been shown publicly was back in December at AintItCool’s annual Butt-Numb-a-thon. And even then the folks at the Alamo Drafthouse only got to see the first 45 minutes of Pixar’s latest.

Now please don’t confuse this “Up” screening with that “Up” & “Surrogates” panel that’s also being held on Saturday. In the exact place (i.e. the IGN Theater) from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. These two are totally separate events.

More to the point, given that seating at the IGN Theater is said to be extremely limited, if you really want to get into this “Up” preview screening, you should plan on lining up early. Around 5:30 p.m. or thereabouts.

Why For? Because given that this will be the first public screening of the first half of "Up," no phones, cameras or recording devices are going to be allowed into the IGN Theater. So everyone entering this Hall at the Javits is first going to have to go through security screening and then check any questionable electronics at the door. So if you really want to attend this "Up" preview, be sure and allow yourself plenty of time to get through the screening process.

In other Disney-related news … The folks at Disney Publishing Worldwide wanted me to put the word out that – on Sunday between 12:30 & 1:30 p.m. – two of Disney / Hyperion’s most popular authors will be appearing at this year’s New York Comic-Con.

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That’s right. Lane Smith (of “The Stinky Cheese Man” and “Big Plans” fame) and Mo Willems (i.e. the Caldecott-winning author of “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” as well as the “Elephant and Piggiebooks ) will be in Booth 1721 on Sunday afternoon. Where they will meet with their fans as well as sign copies of their various books.

Mind you, you don’t have to actually go to the Javits Center in order to meet some of the colorful characters who’ll be attending this year’s New York Comic-Con. Case in point: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of these lean, green crime-fighting machines, The Turtles will be kicking on a year-long Shell-abration by returning to their old New York stomping grounds.Which means that – on Thursday afternoon, prior to the start of Comic-Con – Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael will rise from the sewers and then start hitting the streets. These much-beloved characters will be putting in appearances at major Manhattan landmarks on both Thursday & Friday before they then head over to the Javits Center.

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So you see. There’s another reason for Disney fans to go to New York Comic-Con this coming weekend. If you miss seeing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Disney / MGM’s faux New York Street … Well, now you can recreate that moment from your childhood in the real Big Apple. How cool would that be?

Anyway … For further information on this year’s New York Comic-Con, please follow this link.

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  • Jim, I think they're boycotting your articles.

    I can't go to the Con, but Up and the TMNT both sound great.

  • I'm not going either. I don't do 70,000 crowds for anything. I don't even need to see a sneak peek of UP! that bad. I am looking forward to the movie though.

  • If I saw the first 50 minutes, I'd just be annoyed I had to wait to see the rest.  =)

  • Just wanted to drop a note saying that (for the sake of future tagging ease), Mo Williams' name in the article should be changed to Mo Willems.  

    I would've killed to have my picture taken with April O'Neill AND the Ninja Turtles when I was a kid...  

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