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Minions & zombie princesses invade the Strip as Las Vegas gets ready for the 2014 Licensing Expo

Minions & zombie princesses invade the Strip as Las Vegas gets ready for the 2014 Licensing Expo

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Greetings from Las Vegas, where Licensing Expo 2014 officially gets underway later this morning.


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As you wandered through the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center yesterday, you couldn't help but notice the folks who were hurrying to get the hall ready for today's events.


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Either by hanging banners or by using forklifts to carefully put heavy three-dimensional promotional pieces into place.


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Mind you, not everyone was willing to wait 'til Tuesday to start talking up next year's projects. If you descended into the bowels of this building, you soon came upon banner after banner ...


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... which not only hyped The Walt Disney Company's numerous film franchises ...


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... but its many & varied TV properties as well.


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And speaking of TV properties, you may have heard about "Descendants," that Disney Channel Original Movie which will debut in 2015.


(Clockwise from bottom left) Dove Cameron as Mal,
daughter of Maleficent; Booboo Stewart as Jay, son
of Jafar; Cameron Boyce as Carlos, son of Cruella
de Vil; and Sofia Carson as Evie, daughter of the
Evil Queen.  Photo by Bob D'Amico. Copyright
2014 Disney Channel. All rights reserved

Well, according to what I was told today by DCP officials, Disney "Descendants" isn't a one-off Disney Channel Original Movie. There is already serious talk about a second TV  movie. Not to mention a bunch of short films to help bridge the gap between the original airing of "Descendants 1" and "Descendants 2."

Yes, Disney had a lot to reveal at yesterday's event. And we'll get to those stories in  the coming weeks here at JHM.


(L to R) Iron Man; Mike Pasciullo, the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Marvel Studios
& Television at Marvel Entertainment; John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer for Pixar & Walt
Disney Animation Studios; Buzz Lightyear; Josh Silverman, Vice President of Global
Licensing for Disney Consumer Products; Mickey Mouse; Howard Roffman,
Executive Vice President of Franchise Management for Lucasfilm and a
pair of Stormtroopers. Photo by Al Powers / Invision. Copyright Disney
Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved

But in the meantime, for those of you who are still bitching & moaning about the key creative concept behind Disney "Descendants" (i.e., that the sons & daughters of the classic Disney Villains have to choose their own paths), let me remind you that things could have been so much worse. "How much worse?," you ask. Well, what if the Mouse had decided to cash in on the popularity of "The Walking Dead" by doing some sort of mash-up of the undead & the Disney Princesses.


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Mind you, Mickey would never ever do that to its cadre of princess characters. But that doesn't mean that someone else wouldn't.


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Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you Snow White, Cinderella & the Little Mermaid from the "Once Upon a Zombie" series. And trust me on this one, folks: You really don't want to see the Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland or the Rapunzel zombies that were also on display at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center earlier today.


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My apologies for this article being so short. But I have to get up in three hours to then go cover Jeffrey Katzenberg's keynote address at the 2014 Licensing Expo. Which will hopefully reveal what DreamWorks Animation has in the works for 2015 & beyond.


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  • Exciting atmosphere! thanks for the report, i hope you can go more in depth in next installments for us who cant go to the City of Dreams haha :-) Regards from Spain.

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