Phineas & Ferb: Mission Marvel Looks AWESOME!

6 06 2013

Bleeding Cool: Disney Announce Skylanders Type Game Called Disney Infinity That Uses Player Creativity

16 01 2013

I have a nephew who is an absolute Skylanders fiend, and if I were a kid his age, I probably would be also. It’s a great concept: A video game with action figures to go with it… and when the figures are placed on a special platform, they can be used in the game!

Disney has decided to get on board with a similar game that uses all of their hottest properties like Cars, The Incredibles, Toy Story, Phineas & Ferb, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Monsters, Inc. At first glance, it may come across as an attempt to cash in on the popularity of Skylanders, but it looks like they’ve got their own unique spin on things and the designs for both the game and the figures look great!


More information below, courtesy of Bleeding Cool.

– dEV

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Bleeding Cool LogoPatrick Dane writes for Bleeding Cool

Disney Infinity is something you are going to start hearing a lot about. Especially if you are a parent.

Stich Kingdom reported that Disney and Avalanche Software took over the El Capitan Theatre to announce their new video game project called Disney Infinity. In the ilk of Skylanders, Disney Infinity is a new game that will utilise a ‘Disney Infinity reader’ to process physical toys into the game that the player can then interact with.

Through the ‘toybox’ mode, players will be able to have characters from Disney and Pixar’s back catalogue interact with a world they create. In addition to that, players will be able to unlock ‘play set’ mode that will allow them to explore the worlds of their favorite Disney movies and play through some of the classic storylines.

The game puts emphasis on player creativity, and as Disney Interactive’s co-president John Pleasants explains:

Disney Infinity is not a single game… It’s up to you to unlock the heart and soul of Disney Infinity.

John  Lasseter was also in attendence and added:

This is one of the most creative things in the interactive world that I’ve ever seen

That is a bold claim. But then again, Lasseter is no chump when ti comes to these things.

The game seems to use a token system that will allow the player to unlock new attributes and locations. If you decide to give in and buy Disney Infinity, you would get Sully, Mr. Incredible and Jack Sparrow characters as starters as well as the Monsters University ‘”landmark token”.

Cars sets will also be available on release with The Lone Ranger, Phineas and Ferb and Toy Story in Space sets not far after release.

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Daily Mail: UP fan takes to the skies in a house by tying hundreds of balloons to it… just like character in Pixar film

20 11 2012

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 07:37 EST, 19 November 2012 | UPDATED: 11:03 EST, 19 November 2012

A cluster-balloonist who became the first person to fly the English Channel has launched a house into the sky just like in the Disney movie ‘Up’.

Intrepid Jonathan Trappe, 38, took off just like the 78-year-old character Carl Frederickson in the hit movie.

Trappe, from Raleigh, North Carolina, stepped into the cartoon themed home before soaring above the Leon International Balloon festival in Mexico yesterday.

Trappe was using the event as a warm-up for his planned trans-Atlantic flight scheduled for next summer.

He aims to complete the 2,500 mile journey across the pond in a seven foot lifeboat carried by 365 huge helium balloons.

Trappe has invested $170,000 into his Atlantic dream, for which he’s been training his whole career, and now he’s launching a site so ordinary people can play their part this amazing adventure.

The daredevil, is learning to sail a lifeboat, in case he needs to ditch into the ocean during the danger-filled mission.

The unique gondola will have an open roof for take-off but a canopy to protect Trappe from high-altitude winds and frost bite during the crossing.

He will fly at between 18,000ft  and 25,000ft, beating his previous world altitude record of 21,600ft, and must fly uninterrupted a distance ten times longer than his previous world record of 230 miles in order to succeed.

The adventurer, who holds records for crossing the Alps, flying the most cluster balloons, and the longest distance, has spent his entire career building up to the momentous expedition.

He said: ‘I didn’t wake up one day and think: ‘I’m going to fly across the Atlantic.’

‘Every attempt before this was geared towards this flight. I’ve been training for a long time.’

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TODAY: George Lucas donating Disney sale billions to charity

5 11 2012
By Alex Ben Block, The Hollywood Reporter

By the end of the year, the $4.05 billion sale of Lucasfilm to Disney should be finalized. And since George Lucas owns 100 percent of his company – which has little to no debt — all that money goes to him.

After that, Lucas plans to quickly put the bulk of the money into a foundation which will primarily focus on educational issues, a spokesperson for Lucasfilm tells THR.

“George Lucas has expressed his intention, in the event the deal closes, to donate the majority of the proceeds to his philanthropic endeavors.”

It’s not yet clear which foundation will get the proceeds. Lucas is currently the chairman of Edutopia, which is part of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. He could put money into that or create a new foundation which would be funded from the sale.

The Foundation was the vehicle Lucas used to make a $175 million donation to his alma mater USC in 2006. He has also given to many other causes over the years including the Film Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company,” Lucas said in a statement Wednesday. “As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy.”

The spokesperson noted that this “announcement continues a commitment that Lucas made in 2010 to The Giving Pledge where he stated,  “I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education.  It is the key to the survival of the human race.  We have to plan for our collective future—and the first step begins with social, emotional, and intellectual tools we provide to our children.  As humans, our greatest tool for survival is our ability to think and to adapt—as educators, storytellers, and communicators our responsibility is to continue to do so.’”

For the full text of the 2010 letter, click here.

NBC News: Disney buying Lucasfilm, will release new ‘Star Wars’ movie in 2015

30 10 2012
By NBC News staff and wires

Updated at 7:15 p.m. ET: Walt Disney Co. is buying Lucasfilm in a $4 billion deal that brings the best-selling “Star Wars” franchise under the Disney umbrella, with plans to release Episode 7 of the long-running saga in 2015.

Disney has long had a close relationship with closely held Lucasfilm and founder George Lucas, including featured attractions at Disney theme parks such as Star Tours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

“It’s now time for me to pass ‘Star Wars’ on to a new generation of filmmakers,” said Lucas, 68, in a statement.

The cash and stock deal is valued at about $4.05 billion, Disney said. Lucasfilm is solely owned by George Lucas.

“This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value,” Disney CEO Robert Iger said in a statement.

Lucas will act as creative consultant on the new “Star Wars” film, with more feature films expected beyond Episode 7.

The six “Star Wars” feature films have earned a total of $4.4 billion at the box office alone and offer “a sustainable source of high quality, branded content with global appeal,” according to the Disney news release.

The deal is subject to federal antitrust approval.

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Ferb never looked so delicious…

10 09 2012

BleedingCool: Disney Characters Get Size Zero Makeover For Gross New Cartoon

1 09 2012


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Written on August 30, 2012 by in Film, Recent Updates

Oh dear, Disney. This isn’t going to go down well at all. You’ve made a very bad match here.

The House of Mouse have teamed up with various fashion luminaries for a new promotional project with Barneys, the New York department store. They’re working on a campaign for the holiday season, comprised of:


“a three-dimensional electric light show; a moving art short film in the window displays that will turn Disney’s most favorite heroes into runway supermodels and fashion regulars into Disney types, and an original score by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino.”

The film will recount a story of:

“Minnie Mouse’s fantasy to be at the Paris shows. There she comes across key Disney characters — Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Daisy Duck, Cruella de Vil, Princess Tiana and Snow White — all decked out in unique designer clothes as they make their way down the runway.”

And we now have the first, fashion world-ified images of Disney characters. And they look painfully thin. They come from Women’s Wear Daily, whose Executive Editor makes some kind of cameo appearance in the film.

Each of these three images is more upsetting than the last.


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10 08 2012

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Newsarama: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES Canceled for New AVENGERS Series?

7 06 2012

Newsarama is reporting that the excellent Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes animated series that is currently airing on Disney XD will be canceled at the end of the second season. This is absolutely criminal, as the ratings for A:EMH have been consistently good, and it’s one of the most-watched shows on the channel.

Debuting in 2013 will be a re-tooled series called Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, which will feature a lineup similar to that of the Avengers live action movie, and will echo the look and tone of the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon.

I’m really put off by this, as I found A:EMH to be nearly flawless. It’s the Avengers cartoon that I’ve always wanted to see, and it’s been successful. I went so far as to dress up my 2 1/2 year old daughter like the Wasp for Halloween last year. Why change? It’s a sad day to be an old-school Avengers fan.

– dEV

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From Newsarama:

By Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer
posted: 07 June 2012 01:44 pm ET

Multiple outlets say that Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will be ending its run on Disney XD after two seasons, in favor of a new animated series starting in 2013.

Sources including Marvel TV News cite a “print only” press release stating the following:

The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes won’t be renewed for the 3rd Season. Marvel Animation will present their newly developed series Marvel’s Avengers Assemble in 2013.”

The report came with a purported promotional image ofAvengers Assemble, featuring the movie Avengers cast — Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye — along with the Falcon.

In recent weeks, rumors had mounted on sites like Comic Book Movie that Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes was targeted for cancellation, in favor of a new show closer in line to the recently launched Ultimate Spider-Man series, its partner on the Sunday morning “Marvel Universe” programming block.

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes debuted on Oct. 20, 2010, with the currently unfolding second season starting on April 1 of this year. The show has featured a large cast — including the movie Avengers along with Wasp, Hank Pym, Black Panther and more — plus guest appearances from characters such as Luke Cage, Iron Fist and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Marvel declined to comment on the story, or the veracity of the press release. Keep reading Newsarama for more as this develops.

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MSNBC: Disney to stop some junk-food ads on kids’ TV

5 06 2012

Probably not a bad move, although I’d be very curious to see what guidelines they are going to use to determine what’s “healthy” and what’s “junk-food.” It’s ultimately up to parents to decide what their children will eat, but maybe dialing back the ads directed at kids will cut back on the “I want, I want, I want” outbursts at the grocery store.

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Chief Executive Bob Iger and first lady Michelle Obama plan to make an announcement on Tuesday in Washington, says Reuters

By Lisa Richwine and Ronald Grover
updated 6/5/2012 7:09:57 AM ET

LOS ANGELES – Walt Disney Co, owner of the ABC broadcast network and a suite of cable channels, will stop accepting some junk-food ads on TV programs, radio shows and websites aimed at children, according to sources with knowledge of the plan.

Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger and first lady Michelle Obama plan to make an announcement on Tuesday in Washington, the sources said.

The United States faces an obesity epidemic. Nearly one-third of U.S. children are overweight or obese, and a 2006 Institute of Medicine report said junk food marketing contributed to childhood obesity.

The Disney move follows New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement last week of a plan to ban sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces (about half a liter) in most restaurants, theaters, delis and vending carts throughout the city.

The ban, also aimed at fighting obesity, would affect drinks equivalent to what McDonald’s Corp calls small and has incensed food and beverage makers, many of which have agreed to voluntary nutritional measures.

Disney plans to cut advertising during children’s programming on its networks such as ABC and Disney XD or its kid-focused websites for foods that fail to meet minimum nutrition requirements, the sources said.

A Disney spokeswoman declined to comment on Tuesday’s announcement.

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