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Bill Campbell, Rick Baker & more join Kevin Smith for D23’S The Rocketeer 20th Anniversary Celebration at the El Capitan Theatre






JUNE 21, 2011

Members of Disney’s official fan club may
purchase advance tickets now!

Tickets go on sale to the general public
Monday, May 23, 2011.


BURBANK, CA, May 19,

In 1991 when The Rocketeer hit theaters, actor Bill
 effortlessly won fans over with his sincere portrayal of the
heroic Cliff Secord. In honor of the 20th anniversary of this Disney film
favorite, Campbell will participate in a panel discussion hosted by writer/producer/director
– and self-proclaimed Rocketeer fan – Kevin Smith.
The panel will occur immediately before an exclusive screening of the
film on June 21, 2011 at the legendary El Capitan Theatre, where the
film premiered two decades ago, transporting audiences to a golden age of
thrills, glamour and, of course, sleek jet packs. Members of D23: The
Official Disney Fan Club have an opportunity to secure tickets for themselves
before seats are sold to the general public. In addition to the rocket man
himself, the panel will also feature Academy Award®-winning
makeup artist Rick Baker (whose other work for Disney includes Enchanted
and Captain EO) the two screenwriters responsible for the acclaimed
film, Danny Bilson (GoldenEye: Rogue Agent) and Paul
De Meo
 (James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing), and as a
special treat, renowned illustrator William Stout (Pan’s
The Muppet Wizard of Oz) will be on hand,
representing his friend Dave Stevens, creator of The Rocketeer comics.* Other talent will be announced in the coming

Following the movie,
guests are invited to tour the Hollywood Museum – located in the nearby
historic Max Factor building – and explore the museum’s four floors of exhibits
as well as a special exhibition of props and costumes from The
 curated exclusively for this event by the Walt Disney

The Rocketeer follows the
adventures of stunt pilot Cliff Secord (Billy Campbell) who discovers a stolen
rocket pack and sets off on a series of heroic (and sometimes hilarious)
adventures that attract the attention of Howard Hughes, the FBI, gangsters, a
band of Nazis and one aspiring actress, namely Cliff’s girlfriend Jenny (Oscar® winner
Jennifer Connolly). Directed by Joe Johnston, the film also stars Terry O’Quinn, Alan
Arkin, Timothy Dalton and Paul Sorvino.  Check out the trailer at:

Tickets are
currently available for D23 Members who have the advantage of being able to
reserve their own seats. The general public will be able to purchase remaining
General Admission tickets on May 23. Event ticket cost is $50 per person.

D23 Members and their
guests will receive a special commemorative Rocketeer gift.
All attendees are invited to attend the special Rocketeer exhibit
following the film, where there will also be exclusive, limited-edition Rocketeer collectibles
available for purchase from D23 and event co-sponsor, Creature Features.

Event check-in begins
at 6:45 p.m. at the El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Blvd; panel and
screening begins at 7:30 p.m. The Walt Disney Archives exhibit will follow the
screening from 9:45 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Museum located at 1660
N. Highland Ave.


name “D23” pays homage to the wonder and excitement that began in
1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the
first official community for fans in Disney’s 88-year history. D23 gives its
members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in
the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney
 a rich website at; a collectibles
line, the Walt Disney Archives Collection; and special events for D23 Members
throughout the year. Fans can join D23 at, select shops at
Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort

Creature Features

name Creature Features has served the creators and collectors of science
fiction, fantasy and horror as one of the film and TV industry’s most
comprehensive resources of memorabilia for over thirty years. Owned and
operated by Taylor White, this popular institution offers a vast array of
genre-themed artifacts through its retail gallery in Sierra Madre, CA whilealso
sponsoring film screenings, publishing books, producing classic soundtracks on
CD and hosting a series of popular art gallery exhibits throughout Los
Angeles.  The company’s presence can also be seen at numerous conventions,
including Monsterpalooza, Comic-Con International and WonderFest. For more

*Talent subject to

Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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Disney Will Bring D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event to Anaheim, California in August 2024



Expanded Disney Fan Experience Will Feature New and Exciting Events Across Multiple Locations, Including a D23 Takeover of the Happiest Place On Earth, Evening Entertainment at the Honda Center, D23 Day at Angel Stadium, and Much More

Fan Favorites Including Exhibits, Panels, Shows, and Shopping Will Dazzle Disney Enthusiasts at the Anaheim Convention Center

D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event is a one-of-a-kind fan experience like never before with spectacular shows, new venues, and multiple days of entertainment that will bring together the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and more!

Highlightswill include:

  • Sunday, August 4: D23 Day at Angel Stadium, where D23 fans are invited to attend the Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Mets game. 
  • Thursday, August 8: D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort.
  • Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11: Shopping, exhibits, panels, and presentations will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center during the day, with the fun extending into the evening at the Honda Center, the bigger home to marquee shows.

Tickets for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will go on sale in Spring 2024, with ticketing options to be announced later for access to the Anaheim Convention Center and the Honda Center. Admission for D23 Day at Angel Stadium and the D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort will be available as separate ticketed events. Additional details for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will be announced in early 2024.

You can get updates by staying connected to D23 via social media (@DisneyD23 on FacebookInstagramX),, and our weekly D23 FanFare email (sign up for free as a D23 General Member at

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s nearly 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; the latest news and stories on; member-exclusive offers and discounts; the popular D23 Inside Disney podcast; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99/year), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99/year), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Instagram, X, TikTok, and YouTube.

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Star Wars Spoof: Space Robots in Outer Space Ep X: Battle for the Halcyon: The Last Starcruiser



Sure, Star Wars is cool and all. But let’s not forget about that other multi-part sci-fi cinematic spectacular, “Space Robots in Outer Space.” In fact, Hank Lonely (Hollywood’s ultimate hyphenate — actor / producer / director / writer / guy who makes sure the Porto Potties are kept squeaky-clean) just announced that there’ll soon be a 10th installment of this … Well, not exactly beloved. How about we say “admired from afar” instead? … series coming to a theater near you. In fact, here’s the highly anticipated teaser trailer for that project. Which is supposed to be titled “Space Robots in Outer Space X — Battle for the Halycon: The Last Starcruiser.”

Okay. Now the real story … In honor of Star Wars Day (i.e., May 4th. As in “May the Fourth Be With You”), Len Testa and I are sharing something that we produced with the help of all the nice folks who joined us last month aboard the Halycon.

We turned the Galactic Starcruiser as well as Black Spire Outpost into the backdrop for an affectionate send-up of all things Stars Wars. We hope that you (more importantly, the legal team at Lucasfilm) take this faux trailer in the spirit with which it was intended. Special thanks to Aaron Adams for so skillfully stitching all of this footage together. Also thanks to the team at Storybook Destinations, Touring Plans and the talented cast & crew aboard the “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” for making this “Disney Dish” fan event so memorable.

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Disney’s New Trailer Reveals How Ralph & Vanellope Get to the Internet in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”



Wreck-It Ralph 2

When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Now Disney is hoping Ralph will not only break the Internet but the 2018 Thanksgiving boxoffice records as well.

The film re-teams the original director, producer and co-writer behind “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The screenplay is currently being written by Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon. Director Rich Moore, producer Clark Spencer, and co-writer Phil Johnston partnered with fellow director Byron Howard and co-writer/co-director Jared Bush to create the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster feature “Zootopia.”

ROYAL REUNION – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2,” Vanellope von Schweetz-along with her best friend Ralph-ventures into the uncharted world of the internet. When she finds herself surrounded by Disney princesses, she’s surprised to learn that she actually has a lot in common with them. The scene, highlighted in a new trailer for the film (below), features several of the original princess voices, including Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). Featuring Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2018. 





U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 21, 2018

Voice cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Producer: Clark Spencer

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