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[4 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
‘Cars 2: The Video Game’ to Go 3D on the Sony Playstation 3

Cars 2: The Video Game will mark the first game from Disney Interactive Studios that supports Sony’s Playstation 3 3D technology. The Disney game will also be available in 2D on PC/Mac, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360 and the Wii.
John Blackburn, vice president and general manager of Avalanche Software, who developed the game, said that “the advancement of 3D technology will allow us to immerse the player into the Cars 2 game environment in a whole new way.” He also noted that with the new 3D effects, players will be able …

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[30 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
New Details Emerge about Disney Pixar’s ‘Brave’

New concept art from Disney Pixar’s upcoming “Brave” was posted at Entertainment Weekly online earlier this week, and gives fans an eyeful of the amazing scenes we can expect to see when the feature arrives June 22, 2012. In addition to the artwork, EW’s piece also mentioned several more details about the film, including the fact that Reese Witherspoon won’t be voicing the lead character Princess Merida. Due to scheduling issues, Witherspoon was replaced with Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald.
We also learn that the story will involve three Scottish nobleman:  “enormous” Lord MacGuffin, …

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[23 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
‘Toy Story 3’ Director Lee Unkrich to be Honored with Prestigious Award

Director Lee Unkrich , noted Pixar creative force who is most recently known for his work on the blockbuster “Toy Story 3,” will soon add another award to his trophy case, as the University of Southern California graduate has been named the recipient of this year’s Mary Pickford Alumni Award.

The award, which recognizes alumni contributions to the cinematic arts, will be presented to Unkrich at the graduation ceremony for USC’s School of the Cinematic Arts.  The ceremony will be held May 13 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Said Dean …

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[13 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
Lotso the Bear and Other Final Topiaries Installed at Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival

If you are a topiary junkie like I am, then you will be over the moon to know that Lotso, that strawberry-scented “Toy Story 3” bad guy has arrived at Epcot!
The massive topiary was installed to welcome guests to the 18th Annual Flower and Garden Festival.  He now stands proudly, waving with his good-natured (and oh so deceptive) happy grin to bid a happy hello to visitors, from the large bed at the front of the park, which serves as the gateway to Futureworld.
But the real question:  does he indeed smell like …

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[28 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Disney Films Win Four Oscars

At last night’s star-studded 83rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony, films affiliated with Disney took home four honors out of the thirteen nominations they had received.
Disney Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” won two Oscars, for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song for Randy Newman’s “We Belong Together.”  Tim Burton’s live action “Alice in Wonderland” also triumphed in two categories:  Art Direction and Costume Design.
In two of the four categories won by Disney films, other works by the company were also nominated.  Randy Newman’s song bested Alan Menken and Glenn Slater’s …

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[14 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Randy Newman Wins Fifth Grammy For “Toy Story 3” Song

Composer and singer Randy Newman took home his fifth Grammy this weekend, as the Recording Academy awarded him the Best Score Soundtrack Album prize for “Toy Story 3” at Sunday night’s star-studded ceremony.
This marks the fourteenth nomination for Newman, who has been a fixture in the world of film composition for more than twenty years.  Newman’s album beat out another Disney contender, Alice in Wonderland, to take home honors.
Newman was also nominated in the category of Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media, for the “The Princess and the …

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[14 Feb 2011 | One Comment | ]
Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus Nominated for Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards

Disney will be well represented at the 2011 Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards.
“Hannah Montana” darling Miley Cyrus leads the pack for most nominations with 3 nods, including Best TV Actress, Best Movie Actress, and Best Female Singer.   Selena Gomez also performed well, with nominations for Best TV Actress for her series “The Wizards of Waverly Place,” as well as Best Female Singer.
Disney films were also well represented, as both “Alice in Wonderland” and “Toy Story 3” garnered votes for Favorite Movie and Favorite Animated Movie, respectively.  Both Tim Allen and Tom Hanks received nominations …

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[5 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Randy Newman, Alan Menken, Mandy Moore, and Zachary Levi Set to Perform During Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Friday that perennial Randy Newman will be performing “We Belong Together” from Disney Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” at this year’s Academy Awards Ceremony.  Also performing songs during the evening with be the team from “Tangled” – composer extraordinaire Alan Menken will accompany Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi (Rapunzel and Flynn, respectively) as they sing Oscar-nominated “I See the Light.”
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be shown live on ABC Television, Sunday, February 27 at 8 p.m. EST.

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[3 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Michael Arndt Negotiating to Write ‘Snow and the Seven’

Snow White is going to be one busy princess in 2012. 
With no less than three film adaptations of the “Snow White” story racing to the finish line, “Toy Story 3” screenwriter Michael Arndt is negotiating to bring the newest Disney iteration to life.
Entitled “Snow and the Seven,” the new film sets the tale of Snow White in 19th-century China.  When Snow, an Englishwoman, travels to Hong Kong for her father’s funeral, she finds that her stepmother has been plotting against her.  She escapes to China, and is aided there by a band …

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[31 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Teddy Newton and Lee Unkrich to Participate in Oscar Panels Open to the Public

Teddy Newton and Lee Unkrich will be participating in panel discussions sponsored by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.
On Tuesday, February 22, Newton, director of the Disney Pixar short “Day & Night,” will participate in Oscar’s Annual celebration, Shorts!  The event, which includes a screening of both the live action and animated short films nominated for this year’s Oscars, will also feature a discussion by many of the films’ directors.
Unkrich, director of “Toy Story 3,” will participate in a symposium with the directors of other 2011 Animated Feature Oscar Nominees.  Each …