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Disney-Pixar Cars 2 Inspired Product Races Into Stores



GLENDALE, CALIF. (MAY 31, 2011) -On your mark, get set, go! Disney
Consumer Products (DCP) introduces an exciting array of Disney•Pixar
Cars 2 merchandise that will recreate the fun of the film.  The robust
new Cars 2 product assortment will span toys, apparel, home, stationery,
food, publishing and more and is now available at all major retailers,
at Disney Store locations and at

•       Mattel introduces more than 150 Cars 2 toys that bring to life
the thrilling racing action and spy intrigue featured in the film.
 Highlights include a collection of more than 70 new collectible
die-cast Cars featuring new and favorite characters (SRP $3.99 – $9.99),
exhilarating track sets like the Tokyo Spin Out Track Set that features
dual launchers for the ultimate race (SRP $29.99) and Secret Agent Finn
McMissile loaded with 'top secret' spy weapons, projectile missiles,
sound effects and transformations (SPR $29.99).
•       Now fans can build their own Cars 2 scenes with LEGO. The LEGO
Group introduces its first full line of Cars toys consisting of 20
versatile and action-packed play sets recreating key scenes from the
film – play sets so detailed that some come with as many as 800 pieces!
Among the new line is the Cars 2 International Racing Circuit, which
enables fans to recreate one of the film's most exciting scenes
featuring Lightning McQueen, Mater, Francesco, and Luigi (SRP $89.99).
•       Defy gravity and race through the Cars world with the Spin
Master Cars 2 collection of over a dozen toys including RC vehicles
featuring Zero Gravity technology, such as the Zero Gravity Finn
McMissile vehicle. Fans can bring this British spy home for hours of
intriguing play as Finn McMissile zips across the floor and even drives
up the wall to continue the adventure (SRP $34.99).


McQueen Alive!

Manufacturer: Mattel
SRP: $59.99
Retailers: Mass retailers
Available: Fall 2011

With a simple touch sensor, everyone's favorite Cars racer comes to life
with Lightning McQueen Alive. Featuring never before seen innovation in
1:55 scale, Lightning McQueen Alive packs big personality in a small
package utilizing cutting-edge micro technology. Ready to interact with
kids and collectors, Lightning McQueen can drive around all by himself,
both forwards backwards and complete 360s. He can move his eyes, shrug
his shoulders and his lifelike moving mouth captures all the on-screen
magic as Lightning McQueen Alive says his signature phrases. When
Lightning McQueen needs to refuel after a long day's play, simply place
him back on the included gas station charger to refresh his batteries.

Missile-Firing Finn McMissile Vehicle

Manufacturer: Spin Master
SRP: $44.99
Retailers: Mass retailers
Available: May 2011

Finn McMissile is full of tricks with the souped-up spy vehicle. Spot
enemy spies and shoot them down with real firing missiles.

Cars 2 International Racing Circuit

Manufacturer: LEGO
SRP: $89.99
Retailers: Mass retailers
Available: May 2011

Enjoy hours of fun building out racing scenes from Cars 2. Build out
the starting gate, race Lightning McQueen against his international
rivals or maneuver Mater around as he tries to help his best friend win.

 Directed by John
Lasseter, Cars 2 debuts in U.S. theaters on June 24th and will be
presented in Disney Digital 3DTM and in IMAX® 3D in select theaters.

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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