Monday, December 22, 2014

Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration on ABC, Christmas day!

It's a holiday party parade and a tradition that's bigger and better than ever!

The Happiest Place on Earth is hosting "Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration." It's a parade unparalleled with floats, fame, and festivities filled with familiar faces, all set to air on Christmas Day.

"Good Morning America" Robin Roberts and Rob Marciano will take you behind the scenes in Hawaii, California, and Florida.

This special will feature Olaf, Elsa, and Anna, plus our favorite sing-alongs from "Frozen." And we'll rock around the Christmas tree with Train, Trisha Yearwood, Gavin DeGraw, and Ariana Grande.

The jolly old man with the bag and all of your Disney favorites are sure to make your Christmas morning a little more magical.

Watch all the festive "Frozen" fun on ABC starting at 10 a.m/EST. on Christmas Day!



 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lost Disney film, featuring Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, found In norway!

A copy of a 1927 Walt Disney cartoon film - thought to have been lost to the world - has been discovered in a remote part of Norway near the Arctic circle.
 
The short movie is nearly a complete version of Empty Socks - the first Christmas film by the US entertainment giant, starring Mickey Mouse's predecessor Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
 
The film was found during an inventory of a facility owned by Norway's National Library in the northerly town of Mo i Rana. 
'At the beginning, we didn't know it was a lost cinematographic treasure,' Kvale Soerenssen, an archivist at the library, told AFP in a statement.
'The film was in two reels which weren't clearly labelled.'
 
The original version of 'Empty Socks' was five and a half minutes long but between 30 and 60 seconds from the middle part of the footage found in Norway are missing.
The historic piece of reel has since been authenticated by Disney cartoonist David Gerstein
The cartoon features Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit, a predecessor of Mickey Mouse who appeared in 26 movies by Walt Disney and his countryman Ub Iwerks.
The National Library said it had digitized the short and sent a copy to the Walt Disney Company.
 
Before this find, the only copy of 'Empty Socks' known to exist was a 25-second sequence preserved at New York's Museum of Modern Art.
The Norwegian film originally belonged to a private individual, before ending up in the collection of the Norwegian Film Institute - which handed over its collection to the National Library of Norway.
 
The majority of the library's works and documents are stored in a high-security bunker in Moi Rana.
 
According to Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, the nitrocellulose reels - a highly flammable compound - are stored in a room where temperature and humidity can be controlled.
The National Library has launched a large digitization project to make its collection more accessible, which has helped discover lost documents.

Along with Empty Socks, the library also found a copy of another Oswald cartoon called Tall Timber, Huffington Post reports.
 
Made in 1928, it's one of the last Oswald films made by Disney and Iwerks, who lost the character in a contract dispute to Universal, which had been distributing the films.
 
That ultimately led the pair to create Mickey Mouse.
The Walt Disney Company eventually took back the rights to Oswald in 2006 in bizarre deal with Universal. 
 
Sportscaster Al Michaels, then under contract with Disney-owned ABC, was allowed to join Universal-owned NBC in exchange for the character. 
 
 
 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Disneyland's FANTASMIC will be using FAST PASS starting today!

Disneyland is stamping out the abundance of abandoned blankets at the Rivers Of America that "reserve" people's prime viewing spot for Fantasmic!

 Starting today, you will need to acquire a Fast Pass by Big Thunder Railroad in the wee hours of the morning to be able to get the good spots. Disney will be blocking off the front of the river hours prior to the shows start and won't allow "camping." For the non-Fast Passers standing room in the back, they will allow people to line up 90 minutes prior.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ABC's Backstage with Disney On Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years!

This Sunday, December 14 at 7pm on ABC, will be airing "Backstage with Disney On Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years".

The hour long special hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and will include performances by Darren Criss, Sir Elton John, Ashley Brown, Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen!



Friday, December 5, 2014

Happy Birthday Walt!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! On this day, December 5, 1901, Walt Disney was born! Thanks for all the magic you left us Walt.









 
 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

TOY STORY that time forgot, tonight on ABC!

Don't forget Buzz, Woody, and the whole gang are back tonight for the world holiday premiere of Toy Story That Time Forgot. Catch it at 8|7c on ABC!


 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Disney's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer is here!

After months of leaked images and idle speculation around director J.J. Abrams' film, Disney and Lucasfilm on Friday debuted an 88 second teaser trailer for the seventh entry into the blockbuster franchise online and in about 30 North American theaters.

Check it out below!


 
 

Friday, November 28, 2014

The TCM/Disney deal includes Great Movie Ride changes at Disney's Hollywood Studios!

From OS.com - The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios will get some tweaks, and classic Disney productions will find a new cable-TV home through a corporate partnership announced Wednesday.

Turner Classic Movies will air a collection of Disney shows and movies a few times a year — some of them making their television debut. It will also sponsor the Great Movie Ride, one of Disney's Hollywood Studios' original attractions.
"Overall, we're both two brands that are a part of the history of classic movies in very different ways — Disney with the incredible library, the incredible content they've produced over the years … and then we are a brand that likes to bring all of that history to life," said Charlie Tabesh, TCM's senior vice president for programming and production. "It just feels like a great fit."
TCM will work with Disney Imagineers to give a makeover to the ride's film-montage finale. It also will install a classic-movie-themed scene in which visitors can have photos taken.
Boarding the ride, visitors will see digital displays of movie posters. TCM host Robert Osborne will appear in a pre-ride video.

Osborne will also provide audio for the ride, including more in-depth explanations of the film genres it explores.
Changes should happen by spring.
The montage will feature up to 200 high-definition clips from a broad range of movies, about half of them ones not already represented, said Pola Changnon, TCM's creative director. The montage is still in production. Examples of what it could feature, Changnon said, include segments such as dance sequences from the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers classic "Swing Time" juxtaposed with "Saturday Night Fever."

The Chinese Theatre facade will remain the same, Changnon said.
"This is a beloved ride. We didn't want to surprise people to the extent they didn't know a good friend anymore," Changnon said. "This more about a refresh that adds an extra layer of context and depth."
Early next year, the towering sorcerer's hat that blocks the view of the Chinese Theatre will come down.
ThemeParkInsider.com editor Robert Niles described the ride's changes as a good start but said more dramatic ones could help make it more of a must-see attraction.

Still, Niles said, the announcement is one of the "rare things that has happened recently that everybody seems to be in agreement about, that, yeah, this is cool."
On television, TCM next month will launch "Treasures From the Disney Vault." The occasional special will include live-action features such as "Treasure Island," animated films such as "The Three Caballeros" and special episodes from "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color."

It will be the first time some of the content has ever been on TV, Tabesh said, and "some of it will not have played since it first aired on television."
The new programming "will definitely bring in some younger people who didn't notice us before because they're interested in what Disney's done in the past," Tabesh said.
The specials will air at 8 p.m. and run about 10 hours.

The first will premiere on TCM on Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. The opening night will include the holiday and winter animated shorts "Santa's Workshop," "On Ice" and "Chip an' Dale," followed by "The Disneyland Story."

The night will also include "The Reluctant Dragon," Disney's 1941 film that combined a live-action tour of the Walt Disney Studios facility with animated shorts.
Financial details of the five-year deal were not disclosed.

This is not TCM's first time working with Disney. It has hosted TCM cruises on Disney ships, with special screenings, panel discussions and appearances by stars such as Debbie Reynolds.

Visit: http://www.tcm.com/disney/ for more info!