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Disney’s D23: Acclaimed director Joe Johnston joins the 20th anniversary celebration of ‘The Rocketeer’ June 21st







Tickets On Sale Now at or at (818)

Event to Also Feature First-Ever Digital Projection of Newly
Restored Feature Film, Rocketeer 20th Anniversary Collectibles and
Film Exhibit

 BURBANK, CA, June 8, 2011 – Acclaimed director Joe Johnston
joins an out-of-this-world panel as D23: The Official Disney Fan Club celebrates the 20th
anniversary of The Rocketeer.
Johnston, whose work for Disney includes The
Rocketeer, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
and Hildalgo,
also helms this summer's highly anticipated Captain
America: The First Avenger
. He joins the Rocketeer himself, actor Bill Campbell, make-up
designer Rick Baker, screenwriters Danny
and Paul De Meo and renowned illustrator William Stout
to honor this Disney film favorite.* Writer/producer/director Kevin Smith –
whose film credits include Clerks,
Mallrats, Chasing Amy
and Dogma – will
host the panel, which also includes rare film footage and photos, immediately
before a special screening of the film on June 21, 2011, at the legendary El
Capitan Theatre, where the film premiered two decades ago.

The evening celebration includes the
first-ever, public presentation of the new, digitally remastered and projected version of The Rocketeer. All audience members will receive a complimentary Rocketeer 20th anniversary program and D23 Members and their guests
will receive a special commemorative Rocketeer

Following the screening, the celebration
moves to the Hollywood Museum, located in the nearby historic Max Factor
building, where guests are invited to explore four floors of movie memories and
exhibits highlighted by a special presentation of props and costumes from The Rocketeer, curated exclusively for
this event by the Walt Disney Archives

will also have access to a selection of commemorative and limited-edition Rocketeer merchandise and collectibles,
available for purchase from D23 and event co-sponsor, Creature Features. Merchandise
includes Bulldog Cafe coffee mugs and T-shirts, Rocketeer black light and 20th anniversary posters, assorted
commemorative T-shirts and pins, Hughes Industries giclee prints, and the limited
edition Cirrus X-3 double pin set (packaged inside a miniature replica of the Hughes Industries
1939 New York World's Fair prop folder used by Howard Hughes – actor Terry O'
Quinn – in the film). A highlight of the merchandise offerings is the
highly detailed Bull Dog Cafe
Art Directors Model, limited to an edition size of only 23.

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 Johnston, the
film also stars Terry O'Quinn, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton and Paul
Sorvino.  Check out the trailer at:

Tickets are on sale now to both the general public and D23 Members online
at or by calling (818) 845-3110. Event ticket
cost is $50 per person. 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.

About D23

The 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 new
collectibles line, The Walt Disney Archives Collection; and special events for
D23 Members throughout the year, highlighted by the D23 Expo in Anaheim,
California, August 19-21, 2011.

Fans can join D23 at, all
Disney Store locations within the United States, select shops at Disneyland
Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, and To
keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us "DisneyD23" at Twitter
and on Facebook.

Creature Features

The 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 30
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 while also 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 information:


*Talent subject to availability.


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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