Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Disney reboots DUCKTALES for Disney XD in 2017!

From: D23.com - Dateline: Duckburg. Oh, how happy it makes us to say that!

Whether you grew up on the Disney Afternoon, or you’re just a fan of iconic Disney animation, we think you’ll be excited to learn that an all-new DuckTales, an animated comedy series based on the Emmy® Award-winning series treasured by a generation of viewers, has been ordered for launch in 2017 on Disney XD channels around the world. Set to be produced by Disney Television Animation (DTVA), the new series will again star Disney’s enduringly popular characters: Scrooge McDuck, his grandnephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and Donald Duck. The announcement was made today by Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming, and General Manager, Disney XD.

Buhaj said, “DuckTales has a special place in Disney’s TV animation history, it drew its inspiration from Disney Legend Carl Barks’ comic books and through its storytelling and artistic showmanship, set an enduring standard for animated entertainment that connects with both kids and adults. Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation.”

The new series’ adventures will once again take viewers along as Scrooge McDuck, his curious and mischief-making grandnephews—Huey, Dewey, and Louie—and the optimistic-yet-temperamental Donald Duck embark on high-flying adventures worldwide. Other beloved characters slated to be in the new stories are: Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell & Poe, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys (Burger Beagle, Bouncer Beagle), Mrs. Beakley, and Webbigail Vanderquack.

A generation’s seminal cartoon, the Emmy Award-winning DuckTales led the daily syndicated cartoon block “The Disney Afternoon” with 100 episodes produced by DTVA from 1987–‘90. An animated theatrical film, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, premiered in 1990.
The original DuckTales is currently available on WATCH Disney Channel, an app that allows consumers to watch on tablet, phones, computer, and set top boxes.

Disney Interactive features several DuckTales-themed items in the Disney Infinity toy box. A music video of the familiar DuckTales theme song (with real ducks) has amassed more than six million views since September 2014 on the popular YouTube channel “Oh My Disney.”


 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tickets for Disneyland and Walt Disney World hit the $100 mark!

FROM: OCRegister.com - ANAHEIM – Visiting the Happiest Place on Earth just got more expensive.

With record attendance at its theme parks, Disney said starting Sunday it would raise ticket prices across the board for the Disneyland Resort here and at Walt Disney World in Florida.

An adult one-day ticket to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure will rise from $96 to $99. A one-day park hopper add-on will increase from $54 to $56.
Tickets for children ages 3 to 9 will climb from $90 to $93. A price for a Premium annual pass with parking and no blackout dates will go up 11 percent, from $699 to $779.

Parkgoers had mixed reactions.

"It is kind of ridiculous that Disney is raising admission costs," said Tarisa McGillivray, 27, Orange."It's sad to think you have to spend so much to go to the "Happiest Place on Earth."

Others saw the price hike as justified.

"In comparison to say a concert ticket to a well known artist, Disneyland ticket prices are not that high for the level of entertainment you get in the parks," said Andrea Bradshaw, 30, of Corona.
Single-day ticket prices at Disneyland have increased by more than 140 percent since 2000; and 13 percent since Cars Land in Disney California Adventure opened in 2012.

At Walt Disney World, ticket prices broke the $100 mark.

A one-day trip to the Magic Kingdom will now cost visitors $105, up $6. Tickets to one of the other three Florida theme parks – Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios – went from $94 to $97.

“A day at a Disney Park is unlike any other in the world, and there is strong demand for our attractions and entertainment,” said Betsy Sanchez, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman, in a statement. “We continually add new experiences, and many of our guests select multi-day tickets or annual passes, which provide a great value and additional savings.”

The $3 adult ticket bump at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure is on par with Disney price hikes from previous years. One of the main drivers of the price boost is likely record attendance at Disney theme parks.

Though Disney does not release attendance figures, CFO Jay Rasulo recently told investors that attendance at Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort was up 7 percent last quarter – a company record for any first quarter.

According to the Theme Park Entertainment Association, which Disney belongs to, California Adventure had 8.5 million visitors in 2013 , while Disneyland had 16.2 million visitors.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Disney/Marvel and SONY makes deal for Spider-Man movies!

Sony Pictures and Disney's Marvel Studios have announced a deal that will allow them to share the beloved superhero Spider-Man.

The deal means that Spider-Man will appear in a film from Marvel's highly successful Cinematic Universe franchise, which has produced blockbusters including "The Avengers" and "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Sony will follow that production with the next installment of its Spider-Man franchise in July, 2017.
That film that will be co-produced by Marvel Studio President Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, who recently stepped down as co-chairwoman of Sony Pictures.

Together, the two studios will collaborate on a new creative direction for Spidey.

"Spider-Man is one of Marvel's great characters, beloved around the world," Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. "We're thrilled to work with Sony Pictures to bring the iconic web-slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe."


Friday, February 6, 2015

Disney promotes parks chief, seen as potential CEO successor!

Walt Disney Co named Thomas Staggs, the head of its theme parks and resorts unit, as chief operating officer of the company on Thursday, putting him in the lead to succeed Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger in 2018.
 
Mr. Staggs will assume the role of COO immediately while he continues to run the parks business until a successor is named, Disney said in a statement.
 
The 63-year-old Iger, who has led Disney to record profits, recently extended his contract for a second time through June 2018. Mr. Staggs and Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo have been considered the top candidates to replace Mr. Iger, Wall Street analysts said.
 
Disney operates television networks including ABC and ESPN, theme parks on three continents, a movie studio and gaming and consumer products divisions. The company blew past Wall Street estimates when it released quarterly results on Tuesday, driving its stock to record highs.
Mr. Staggs, 54, is a 25-year veteran of Disney and previously served as CFO. He became head of the parks division in 2010, when Mr. Iger switched the jobs of Mr. Rasulo and Mr. Staggs so each could broaden experience.
 
Elevating Mr. Staggs puts him at the top of the list of candidates to lead Disney when Mr. Iger leaves, Wunderlich Securities analyst Matthew Harrigan said.
“I think it’s likely he’s Iger’s successor,” Mr. Harrigan said.
 
“They are trying to give him even more familiarity with all the businesses.”
No decision has been made about who will be the next CEO, according to people with knowledge of the matter, who noted Mr. Iger has more than three years left on his contract. Disney’s senior management will report jointly to Mr. Iger and Mr. Staggs with a few exceptions, including the CFO.
Mr. Staggs has won accolades for growing the parks business, expanding Disney’s California Adventure and overseeing a Shanghai theme park that will open next year. He also has introduced technology, such as wireless wristbands to help people plan visits, enter the park quickly and pay for products.
 
Disney did not comment on Mr. Rasulo’s future. He has been working without a contract since the end of January.
 
 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Emma Watson to star in Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast film!

From: THR.com - Emma Watson is joining Disney's live-action version of Beauty and the Beast as the lead character Belle, the studio said on Monday. 

The film will be directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 and Part 2) and is set to begin production in 2015. No release date has been announced. 
The Harry Potter franchise actress also shared the news on her Facebook page.

"I'm finally able to tell you … that I will be playing Belle in Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I'll get to dance to 'Be Our Guest' and sing 'Something There.' My six year old self is on the ceiling — heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can't wait for you to see it," Watson wrote. 

Since its release in 1991, the animated Beauty and the Beast has grossed more than
$145 million domestically in various releases, not accounting for inflation. The title also hit Broadway in 1994. 

The development of a live-action version follows the studio's other live-action updates of animated titles, including Alice in Wonderland (2010) and this year's Cinderella, which is set to hit theaters on March 13. A Jon Favreau-directed live-action version of Jungle Book will be released in April 2016. 

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films are producing Beauty and the Beast. Condon was announced as director of the film in June 2014. 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

IDW to release Disney comics Spring 2015!

From: Yahoo.com - Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the rest of the classic Disney characters are headed back to comics — but, interestingly enough, not from the Disney-owned Marvel Entertainment. Instead, it’s San Diego-based independent IDW Publishing that is leading the characters’ return to the U.S. comic book shelves.

The new line will launch with April’s Uncle Scrooge No. 1, followed in May with a new Donald Duck series, with Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney Comics and Stories debuting in June and July, respectively. Each of the series will feature reprints of work originated overseas for foreign-language Disney comics, with new covers featuring monthly themes based on areas of Walt Disney resorts, including Adventureland (April), Tomorrowland (May) and Fantasyland (July).

The announcement means that Disney’s comic book licenses are currently split between a number of different publishers; IDW has the classic Disney animated characters, while Marvel controls the rights to material based on Disney theme park properties (To date, the company has produced Seekers of the Weird, Figment and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad) and Canadian publisher Joe’s Books publishes titles based on recent animated movies including Frozen and Big Hero 6.

As unusual as it may seem, this is actually the second time that IDW has gained comic book rights to a property owned by a corporation that also owns its own comic book publisher; in 2013, the publisher announced that it had gained the comic book license for a number of Cartoon Network properties, despite CN parent Warner Bros. also owning DC Entertainment


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Disney/Touchstone/LucusFilms "Strange Magic" featurette: Meet the Creatures and Cast!

Lucasfilm and Touchtone Pictures have released a featurette that introduces us to the unique cast of characters that debuts when Strange Magic arrives in theaters January 23.   

The film, from the mind of George Lucas, is inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and will feature a pulsating soundtrack filled with hit songs from the last 60 years.

Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas. The film stars Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley,Bob Einstein and Peter Stormare.

 
 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Bye, bye to the Sorcerer's Hat at DHS starting today!

Starting today, Jan 7, 2015, construction walls will be up while the Sorcerer's Hat comes down at Disney Hollywood Studios.

The hat has been an icon at DHS since 2001. No word on why Disney chose to take the hat down now, and Disney also does not know how long it will take to remove the hat. There are no plans to rebuild it anywhere else on Disney property.

The hat is the latest attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios to close. Disney closed American Idol Experience, Studio Backlot Tour and the Legend of Jack Sparrow last year.

The Great Movie Ride will also undergo a refurbishment this year with the help of the cable channel Turner Classic Movies.


(From: Orlando Attractions Magazine - a line of guests waiting to get a Photopass photo taken in front of the Sorcerer's Hat yesterday evening!)