Monday, July 28, 2014

Guardians Of The Galaxy animated series in works for Disney XD!

From: io9.com - Clearly knowing what a potential mega hit they have on their hands, Disney/Marvel has announced a Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon series that will air on Disney XD, joining Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man, and the channel's other Marvel animated series.

There's no date for the show, but Creative Director Eric Radomski said the Guardians would be making appearances in all the other Marvel cartoons to keep them on kids' minds. Not bad for a superhero group that only barely existed in 2008. 


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Disney/ABC "Toy Story That Time Forgot" gets a release date!

Disney and ABC gave a date to their holiday special “Toy Story That Time Forgot” at the 2014 Comic Con in San Diego. The special stars Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, Kristen Schaal as Trixie the Triceratops and newbie Kevin McKidd as Reptillus Maximus as they embark on an adventure.

“Toy Story That Time Forgot” will air on ABC on December 2, 2014.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Disney's Pirates 5 to set sail on July 7th, 2017!

From: Variety.com - Captain Jack Sparrow has just planted a pirate flag in the 2017 movie season.
After a few false starts and delays, “Pirates of the Caribbean 5″ will sail into theaters on July 7, 2017, Walt Disney Studios said Wednesday. The latest rum-soaked installment in the Johnny Depp franchise has the date to itself, but faces competition from the July 14th release of “Fantastic Four 2″ and the June 30th debut of “Despicable Me 3.”

Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, who got their sea legs with “Kon Tiki,” will direct.

Disney has been getting way out ahead when it comes to dating its films. Last Friday it announced release dates for a quintet of untitled Marvel films, so get ready to enjoy the last of those come 2019.
“Pirates of the Caribbean 5″ was originally slated for a summer 2015 release date, but the film was pushed back over script issues. In the meantime, producer Jerry Bruckheimer ended his long-term deal with Disney last year and decamped for Paramount.

The Pirates movies have made $3.7 billion at the global box office and made Depp a superstar, so it’s easy to see why Disney wants to board the Black Pearl once more.



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PBS and American Experience announce 4 hour Walt Disney documentary for fall 2015 !

From: PBS.org - BEVERLY HILLS, CA; July 22, 2014 -- At the semi-annual Television Critics Association conference today, PBS and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE announced that “Walt Disney,” a new four-hour, two-night film that explores the life and legacy of one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers, will premiere in fall 2015.
Directed and produced by Sarah Colt (“Henry Ford,” “RFK”) and written by Mark Zwonitzer (“JFK,” “Triangle Fire”), the film features rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films, and includes interviews with animators and artists who worked on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Imagineers who helped design Disneyland.

“For many Americans — and for me — the twinkle and swish of the Sunday night Disney logo was pure magic. It was an invitation to a special event,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Officer and General Manager, General Audience Programming for PBS. “For my kids, introducing them to animated Disney movies from Beauty and the Beast to The Lion King brought us great joy and taught them life lessons. Now viewers of all ages can learn about the life and legacy of the man behind the magic and his continuing impact on our lives and culture.”

“Walt Disney is an entrepreneurial and cultural icon,” said AMERICAN EXPERIENCE executive producer Mark Samels. “No single figure shaped American culture in the 20th century more than he.”

In 1966, the year Walt Disney died, 240 million people saw a Disney movie, 100 million tuned in weekly to a Disney television program, 80 million bought Disney merchandise, and close to seven million visited Disneyland. Nearly fifty years later, his reach remains enormous. Few creative figures before or since have held such a long-lasting place in American life and popular culture.

Disney’s movies grew out of his own life experiences. He told stories of outsiders struggling for acceptance and belonging while questioning the conventions of class and authority. As Disney rose to prominence and gained financial security, his work was increasingly celebratory of the American way of life that made his unlikely success possible.

A polarizing figure — though true believers vastly outnumber his critics — Disney’s achievements are indisputable. He created one of the most beloved cartoon characters in history, Mickey Mouse; conceived the first ever feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; pioneered the integration of media and marketing with thousands of branded products; invented the anthropomorphic wildlife documentary; and conceived Disneyland, the world’s first theme park and the fulfillment of a lifelong desire to create a world unto itself. 

About AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Recently honored with three 2014 Primetime Emmy nominations, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013. The series has been hailed as “peerless” (The Wall Street Journal), “the most consistently enriching program on television” (Chicago Tribune), and “a beacon of intelligence and purpose” (Houston Chronicle). On air and online, the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentaries have been honored with every major broadcast award, including 30 Emmy Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards, and 16 George Foster Peabody Awards, one most recently for the series represented by “Freedom Riders,” “Triangle Fire” and “Stonewall Uprising.”

Exclusive corporate funding for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Major funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Public Television Viewers. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.

About PBS
PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 109 million people through television and over 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS PressRoom on Twitter.



Monday, July 21, 2014

Disney's Planes: Fire and Rescue box office!

Disney's animated movie,“Planes: Fire & Rescue” came in 3rd this past weekend with estimated ticket sales of $18 million. Thats 19% lower than the opening weekend total for the first “Planes” movie last summer. Not a big deal, “Fire & Rescue” cost a relatively inexpensive $50 million to make and comes with a big toy business for the Disney company.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Disney Channel plans animated TV special based on Haunted Mansion!

From: OS.com - Welcome, foolish mortals, to the haunted mansion … television special.
Or, at least, so will be the case in the future after it was announced today that Disney Television Animation is preparing an animated special for Disney Channel and Disney XD.
Horror genre artist and kids' book illustrator Gris Grimly will illustrate the project and serve as the art director. A couple of alums of Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb” also will be involved: Scott Peterson will be the executive producer and work with story editing and writing, and Joshua Pruett will help write, as well.

No date was given for when the animated special will air.

The iconic theme-park dark ride was the subject of a 2003 comedy-horror film starring Eddie Murphy, and director Guillermo del Toro continues to work on screenplay adaptations for his big-screen version to come at a later date.
Also announced today were three animated pilots for Disney XD:
“Billy Dilley's Super Duper Subterranean Summer” is about characters Zak and Marsha and their eccentric classmate Billy Dilley who are stuck at the center of the Earth.
“Very Important House” is about an 11-year-old who becomes the caretaker of the universe.
And “Douglas Furs,” created by former Sub Pop Records art director Jesse LeDoux and actor and writer Matt Olsen, centers on an animal community in which Barry the bear, the world’s least handy handyman, tries to fix all of the town’s problems.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Happy 12th Anniversary to us (TDDF) and Disneyland too!

Today we at "TDDF" (The Disney Digital Files) celebrate our 12th Anniversary of starting the site and would also love to wish a "Happy 59th Anniversary" to the Happiest Place On Earth, Disneyland! Below is a video clip of the ABC broadcast of Disneyland's original Opening Day on July 17, 1955.  Thanks for sticking with us and, keep watching! 



                            

                                          

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Disney's Big Hero 6 trailer debuts & Marvel's Thor becomes a woman!?

The first Big Hero 6 trailer is here!

Walt Disney Pictures has previously released a few sneak peeks from its upcoming animated action comedy, but on Tuesday, the studio gave fans its first full look at the family-friendly flick. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, the movie tells the story of robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) and his robot sidekick Baymax (Scott Adsit). When the streets of San Fransokyo become unsafe, Hiro assembles an unlikely crime-fighting team that includes Tadashi (Daniel Henney), Go Go Tomago (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans, Jr.), Honey Lemon (Génesis Rodríguez) and Fred (T. J. Miller).

What sets this group apart? "Reluctant heroes aren't too big in America," Wayans tells USA Today of his character. "Spider-Man loves being Spider-Man. They all like being cool. He doesn't like being cool."





 And - There's an "s" missing in this phrase: "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor."

Marvel announced on Tuesday that in its new comic book run coming in October, Thor as we know him becomes unworthy of Mjolnir, so the hammer — and the title of "Thor" — will pass on from the son of Odin to ... a woman.

Exactly who that woman is isn't entirely clear just yet, but Marvel calls her a "brand new female hero," which pretty much squashes online speculation that it's Angela, a warrior-angel who re-emerged in the Avengers' Age of Ultron event and is prominently featured in the current run of Guardians of the Galaxy.
To be clear, series writer Jason Aaron said in a statement: “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

The switcheroo was first announced on The View, which airs on ABC, which is owned by Disney, which owns Marvel.

 The news was met with everything from hearty huzzas to confusion — what are we supposed to call the son of Odin now?