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TCM Classic Film Festival and D23: The Official Disney Fan Club to Present Two Groundbreaking Disney Classics



Events Include 75th Anniversary Screening of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
And Live Appearance by Kirk Douglas Introducing a New Restoration of
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

For the second consecutive year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will celebrate the legacy of
The Walt Disney Studios. Turner Classic Movies (TCM), in collaboration with D23: The
Official Disney Fan Club
, will present a 75th anniversary screening of Walt Disney's
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
, Disney's first hand-drawn feature-length
animated film. In addition, legendary actor Kirk Douglas will present the first general public
screening of the newly restored (from original camera negatives) live-action adventure, 20,000
Leagues Under the Sea (1954).

On Saturday, April 14, Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will screen at
Grauman's Chinese Theatre at 1 p.m. This film revolutionized the art of animation with its
cutting edge technique, design and storytelling – setting animation in pursuit of an ever more
realistic look. Moreover, it demonstrated animation's viability as a legitimate cinematic art form.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed a special Academy Award® on
Walt Disney, recognizing Snow White as "a significant screen innovation which has charmed
millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field." The unique Oscar® trophy consisted
of one full-sized statuette standing next to seven miniature versions. The film also earned an
Oscar® nomination for Leigh Harline's memorable score.

In 1997, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was named one of the 100 Greatest Films of All
Time by the American Film Institute (AFI). The following year, the AFI named it the greatest
American animated film of all time.

On Friday, April 13, at 2:45 p.m., Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas will be present at Grauman's
Chinese Theatre for the first public screening of the newly restored 1954 adventure film epic,
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the first live-action feature film shot at Walt Disney's Burbank
studios. Disney recruited an A-list cast including Kirk Douglas, James Mason and Paul Lukas,
and a set budget of $9 million, the largest in Hollywood history at that time.

Walt Disney had originally planned to turn Jules Verne's tale of Captain Nemo's battle to wipe
out warfare into an animated feature. But when he saw designer Harper Goff's preliminary
sketches, he decided to make the switch to live action. To film the massive production – the
studio's first in CinemaScope – Disney added a water tank and a third soundstage to his
studio, rented additional space from 20th Century-Fox and Universal, and sent cast and crew
to the Caribbean for underwater shooting. His technicians also had to develop new equipment
for the film's many underwater scenes and create a giant, two-ton squid for the film's most
impressive sequence.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea went on to earn two Oscars®, one for the eye-popping visual
effects and one for John Meehan and Emile Kuri's art direction and set decoration. The film
earned a third nomination for Elmo Williams' editing.

Operation Undersea, an episode of the Disneyland TV series highlighting the creation of the
film, won Emmys® for Best Individual Program of the Year (1955) and Best Television Film

About D23: The Official Disney Fan Club

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club celebrates the remarkable past, present and future of
Disney, taking its name from 1923, the year Walt Disney founded his world-famous company.
D23 unlocks the magic of Disney with a host of exclusive benefits, including a quarterly
publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at; a weekly e-mail
newsletter; an array of discounts and special offers; free gifts throughout the year; as well as
exclusive events created especially for its members.

Disney fans can join the world's only Official Disney Fan Club by visiting,
or at select shops at the Disneyland® Resort, the Walt Disney World® Resort and To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow
"DisneyD23" on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

About the TCM Classic Film Festival

Each April, Hollywood rolls out the red carpet to welcome thousands of movie lovers,
filmmakers and legendary stars from around the globe for the TCM Classic Film Festival.
Marking its third year, the TCM Classic Film Festival is the place to experience classic movies
as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen, in some of the world's most iconic venues,
with the people who made them. The four-day festival, which takes place Thursday, April 12
– Sunday, April 15, features a wide range of screenings, events and appearances starting
early in the morning and going into the late evening.

TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne will serve as official host of the TCM Classic Film
Festival, with TCM weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz also introducing several events.
Among the highlights of this year's TCM Classic Film Festival: a gala opening-night screening
of the newly restored Cabaret (1972), with a live appearance by Oscar® winners Liza Minnelli
and Joel Grey*; a multi-tiered celebration of Kim Novak, including the taping of a TCM
special, a hand and footprints ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater and a screening of the
Alfred Hitchcock classic Vertigo (1958); a tribute to director and choreographer Stanley
; live appearances by Debbie Reynolds at anniversary screenings of the newly
restored Singin' in the Rain (1952) and the western epic How the West Was Won (1962),
the latter presented in all its Cinerama glory; introductions by Dick Van Dyke, Shirley Jones,
Angie Dickinson, Robert Wagner and others; a multi-tiered look at Style in the Movies; a
salute to Paramount, featuring an appearance by Oscar-winning producer Robert Evans; the
U.S. premiere of the documentary Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room (2010), with live
appearances by "Baby Peggy" Diana Serra Cary and filmmaker Vera Iwerebor; newly
restored editions of such landmark films as Wings (1927), Casablanca (1942) and Grand
(1937); and much more.

The third-annual TCM Classic Film Festival is produced by TCM. Since launching in spring
2010, the TCM Classic Film Festival has quickly established itself as a destination event for
film lovers, drawing more than 25,000 attendees from around the country and around the globe
in 2011. Festival passes are on sale now at

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which has a longstanding role in movie history and was the
site of the first Oscars® ceremony, will serve as the official hotel for the festival, as well as
home to Club TCM, a central gathering point for passholders. Screenings and events will be
held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and, for the
first time this year, Arclight Cinema's Cinerama Dome and The Avalon.

* Schedule permitting

About TCM

Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award‑winning network that presents great films, uncut
and commercial‑free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than
86 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and
weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests.
As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original
documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The
Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar® and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also stages special events
and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic
Cruise; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and
hosts a wealth of materials on its website, TCM is part of Turner
Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded
news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television
and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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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