Jessica – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com Disney Theme Park & Disney Movie News, Disney World & Disneyland Planning Tips, Disney Dining, Reviews and More! Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:40:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 http://www.chipandco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/512-icon-54ced060v1_site_icon-32x32.png Jessica – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com 32 32 Coming Soon: Marvel Tsum Tsum Game! http://www.chipandco.com/coming-soon-marvel-tsum-tsum-game-244794/ Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:05:03 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244794 Finally — Marvel Tsum Tsums game will soon be available in the US! This glorious news was announced this past weekend during San Diego Comic Con. The Marvel version won’t be a complete copy of the original Disney Tsum Tsum game. This means we’ll see some brand new gameplay elements, including a storyline based on the […]

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Finally — Marvel Tsum Tsums game will soon be available in the US! This glorious news was announced this past weekend during San Diego Comic Con.

The Marvel version won’t be a complete copy of the original Disney Tsum Tsum game. This means we’ll see some brand new gameplay elements, including a storyline based on the Marvel universe as well as multiplayer mode.

Multiplayer mode? Yes! You and a buddy can team up for a brand new battle mode to take down some of your favorite (or not-so-favorite) villains in the game.

The game will also include iconic locations in the Marvel Universe including New York City, Knowhere, and Asgard. Just like the original Disney Tsum Tsum game, there will be limited time events and updated character rosters over time.

The game is currently available in Japan.

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‘Moana’ Makes a Splash at San Diego Comic Con http://www.chipandco.com/moana-makes-splash-san-diego-comic-con-244571/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:25:24 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244571 Attendees of this year’s San Diego Comic Con had the chance to get a sneak peek of ‘Moana‘ and learn more about Disney’s latest princess film, directed by John Musker and Ron Clements. The panel, which included Disney family newcomer and the voice of Moana Auli’i Cravalho, provided insights to the story development process, the […]

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Attendees of this year’s San Diego Comic Con had the chance to get a sneak peek of ‘Moana‘ and learn more about Disney’s latest princess film, directed by John Musker and Ron Clements. The panel, which included Disney family newcomer and the voice of Moana Auli’i Cravalho, provided insights to the story development process, the research involved, and, of course, details about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s character Maui.

Here’s a recap of some interesting details we learned about the film today —

  • Lots and lots of research about Polynesian mythology was conducted to learn more about the culture and, of course, Maui.
  • ‘Moana’ is full of music! Lots of original music on the way from the film.
  • Music in the film includes songs from Lin Manuel Miranda, star of Broadway’s “Hamilton”.
  • Navigators from the Pacific Islands played a major influence for the story.
  • Moana is the daughter of a very protective Chief Tui.
  • Water isn’t just nature, it’s a character in this film.
  • Maui’s “Mini Maui” tattoo is drawn 2-D, but the character is CG. This was a huge challenge!
  • The adorable little piggy seen in the first trailer is Moana’s sidekick Pua.
  • Hei Hei the rooster started out as a sneaky smart character. He “evolved” into a rooster with a much lower IQ later on down the line during the film’s development.
  • Auli’i was the last girl that auditioned for the voice of Moana.
  • Moana is drawn to the ocean, as her ancestors were the greatest voyagers.
  • Auli’i took her very first trip to Disneyland a few months ago and met all the other Disney princesses.
  • There is NO romance in this princess movie.
  • Dwayne Johnson SINGS in the movie!
  • Dwayne Johnson was ideal for the part of Maui due to his Pacific Islander (Samoan) ancestry.

‘Moana’ hits theaters November 23, 2016.

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Exclusive Disney Tsum Tsums coming to San Diego Comic Con! http://www.chipandco.com/see-tsum-tsums-san-diego-comic-con-244419/ Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:08:17 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244419 Your favorite loaf-like characters will be making a special appearance this weekend at San Diego Comic Con! Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media are teaming up to bring Comic Con attendees limited edition merchandise (SDCC exclusives!), show off upcoming Tsum Tsum plush and figurine releases, and opportunities to play the free mobile game. All the […]

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Your favorite loaf-like characters will be making a special appearance this weekend at San Diego Comic Con!

Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media are teaming up to bring Comic Con attendees limited edition merchandise (SDCC exclusives!), show off upcoming Tsum Tsum plush and figurine releases, and opportunities to play the free mobile game. All the fun can be found at Booth #3635 on the exhibition floor inside the convention center.

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Which limited edition Tsum Tsums will be available for purchase?

Check out the list below!

  • Star Wars – Han Solo and Greedo Mini Tsum Tsum plush set ($15)
  • Disney – Mini Tsum Tsum Cinema plush set ($35)
  • Disney – Tsum Tsum Baymax ($15)
  • Marvel – Tsum Tsum Captain America ($15)

In addition, attendees will also get a sneak peek at the upcoming all-female Marvel mini Tsum Tsum collection. The Women of Power collection includes Captain Marvel, Wasp, Elektra, She-Hulk, and Spider-woman.

San Diego Comic Con takes place this weekend, starting Thursday, July 21, and ending Sunday, July 24.

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David Tennant Joins Cast of Marvel/Netflix’s ‘Jessica Jones’ http://www.chipandco.com/david-tennant-joins-cast-marvelnetflixs-jessica-jones-206624/ Tue, 03 Feb 2015 04:45:51 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=206624 Calling all Doctor Who fans! It has been announced that David Tennant, the Tenth Doctor (!!!) will be joining the cast of A.K.A. Jessica Jones, a Netflix/Marvel original series starring Krysten Ritter. Isn’t this exciting!? So, who is Tennant playing? He’s a villain. Yes, a villain. He’ll be starring as Zebediah Killgrave, aka The Purple Man. […]

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Calling all Doctor Who fans! It has been announced that David Tennant, the Tenth Doctor (!!!) will be joining the cast of A.K.A. Jessica Jones, a Netflix/Marvel original series starring Krysten Ritter. Isn’t this exciting!?

So, who is Tennant playing? He’s a villain. Yes, a villain. He’ll be starring as Zebediah Killgrave, aka The Purple Man. Killgrave, someone Jessica thought was only a part of her past, will be arriving to shake things up.

For some background, the comic version of Killgrave can release pheromones that enable him the power of mind control so long as he is nearby. He also has the ability to quickly heal from injuries and is, well, purple (hence the nickname). We’re not sure how close the Netflix version of Killgrave will resemble the comic version.

A.K.A. Jessica Jones is slated for a 13-episode run. It premieres later this year. Jessica Jones is the second upcoming Marvel series on Netflix, following Daredevil.

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IDW and Disney to Release Comics Based on Classic Characters http://www.chipandco.com/idw-disney-release-comics-based-classic-characters-206460/ Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:00:07 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=206460 Comics and Disney have been pairing quite well lately, but surprisingly it’s not with Marvel this time around. Our favorite classic characters including Donald and beloved Mickey Mouse will be making appearances in comics published by San Diego-based IDW Publishing. This April, you can expect to see Uncle Scrooge No. 1 at your local comic […]

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Comics and Disney have been pairing quite well lately, but surprisingly it’s not with Marvel this time around. Our favorite classic characters including Donald and beloved Mickey Mouse will be making appearances in comics published by San Diego-based IDW Publishing.

This April, you can expect to see Uncle Scrooge No. 1 at your local comic book shop, followed by a new Donald Duck series in May. Be on the lookout for Mickey Mouse comics in June, and Walt Disney Comics in July. Each of these upcoming series will feature reprints of comics originally created for foreign-language Disney comics. The covers will have art based on areas of the Walt Disney resorts. April will feature Adventureland, May will feature Tomorrowland, and July will feature Fantasyland.

Now that Disney is working alongside IDW, this means that the comic licensing is divided even further between three different publishers: IDW (classic Disney characters), Marvel (Figment, Seekers of the Weird, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad) and Canadian publisher Joe’s Books (Frozen and Big Hero 6).

Which of these comic series are you most looking forward to? Tell us!

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Coming Soon: Marvel Star Wars Comics! http://www.chipandco.com/coming-marvel-star-wars-comics-204214/ Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:00:18 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=204214 Marvel and Lucas Films Ltd. are teaming up to bring you an ongoing series focusing on the Star Wars universe. The comic series takes place after Star Wars: A New Hope (Episode IV) immediately after the destruction of the first Death Star. Some of our favorite characters will be revisited, such as Leia, Han, Chewie, C3PO, […]

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Marvel and Lucas Films Ltd. are teaming up to bring you an ongoing series focusing on the Star Wars universe. The comic series takes place after Star Wars: A New Hope (Episode IV) immediately after the destruction of the first Death Star. Some of our favorite characters will be revisited, such as Leia, Han, Chewie, C3PO, and R2-D2, but the main focus will be on Luke Skywalker and his journey through the galaxy. The Rebel Alliance will be working to free the galaxy from tyranny — Darth Vader.

The comics are canon with the Star Wars story line and will debut in January 2015. (We don’t have to wait too long!) It will be available in your local comic shop as well as a digital version on Marvel’s mobile comic app.

Any other Star Wars fans out there? I can’t be the only one nerding out over the upcoming comics!

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Krysten Ritter Cast as ‘Jessica Jones’ in New Netflix Series with Marvel http://www.chipandco.com/krysten-ritter-cast-jessica-jones-netflix-series-marvel-204216/ Sat, 06 Dec 2014 23:00:49 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=204216 Krysten Ritter from ABC’s Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 will portray superheroine Jessica Jones in a new Netflix original series produced by Marvel, in association with ABC Studios. Not too familiar with the Marvel universe? No worries. Jessica Jones is a private eye with a superhero past, with powers caused by exposure to radioactivity. […]

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Krysten Ritter from ABC’s Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 will portray superheroine Jessica Jones in a new Netflix original series produced by Marvel, in association with ABC Studios.

Not too familiar with the Marvel universe? No worries.

Jessica Jones is a private eye with a superhero past, with powers caused by exposure to radioactivity. Her Marvel debut was in the comic series “Alias” (2001).

The series will debut some time in 2015.

“Jessica Jones” isn’t the only Netflix series Marvel has lined up — “Daredevil”, “Luke Cage”, and “Iron Fist” are also in the pipeline. Each series will have 13 hour-long episodes.

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Get Your Own Dancing Groot Funko Pop! Vinyl http://www.chipandco.com/dancing-groot-funko-pop-vinyl-203024/ Mon, 17 Nov 2014 04:00:44 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=203024 I know I’m not alone in thinking that Funko’s Pop! Vinyls are adorable. Ridiculously adorable. But now, the cuteness level is reaching new heights. Fans of Guardians of the Galaxy (like me!) can now order a Dancing Groot bobble head. Funko and Marvel announced the release of the Pop! Vinyl last Friday. It is the […]

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I know I’m not alone in thinking that Funko’s Pop! Vinyls are adorable. Ridiculously adorable. But now, the cuteness level is reaching new heights. Fans of Guardians of the Galaxy (like me!) can now order a Dancing Groot bobble head. Funko and Marvel announced the release of the Pop! Vinyl last Friday. It is the sixth Guardians Pop! Vinyl that has been made available.

Even if you haven’t seen Guardians, there’s a chance you know all about the Dancing Baby Groot phenomena. Mini Groot appears in a scene at the end of Guardians where he is seen dancing to Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back”. A video of the dance made its way all over the internet and has become a worldwide obsession. (I also caved and purchased a t-shirt from TeeFury featuring a dancing Groot a little while ago.) There are also crafting tutorials online so you can make your own baby Groot! But now you can save some time (and possibly some trouble if you’re just not the crafty type) and purchase your own from Funko.

The Pop! Vinyl is currently available for PRE-ORDER and is scheduled to be released next month. Other vinyls available in the Guardians collection are Rocket Raccoon, regular Groot, Drax, Gamora, Howard the Duck, and (of course) Star Lord.

 

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Lasseter to Direct ‘Toy Story 4’ Debuting in 2017 http://www.chipandco.com/lasseter-direct-toy-story-4-debuting-2017-202780/ http://www.chipandco.com/lasseter-direct-toy-story-4-debuting-2017-202780/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 02:00:04 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=202780 The original “Toy Story” film hit theaters almost 20 years ago. (Crazy to think, isn’t it?) Woody and Buzz captured the hearts of fans worldwide, and thus began the “Toy Story” franchise.  John Lasseter, the director of the original film and its first sequel, will be stepping in to direct the fourth installment. The film […]

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The original “Toy Story” film hit theaters almost 20 years ago. (Crazy to think, isn’t it?) Woody and Buzz captured the hearts of fans worldwide, and thus began the “Toy Story” franchise.  John Lasseter, the director of the original film and its first sequel, will be stepping in to direct the fourth installment.

The film is slated for release June 16, 2017, almost exactly a year after upcoming “Finding Dory” is scheduled to be released (it’s only off by a day!). Other upcoming films on Pixar’s immediate release timeline include “Inside Out” (June 19, 2015) and “The Good Dinosaur” (November 25, 2015).

After thinking the series had wrapped up and finished, Lasseter, along with Pixar alums and original Toy Story creators Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, and Pete Docter cooked up a new idea and hit the ground running to work on the new chapter. They are joined by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack to write the script. (You may know Jones from “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation”, and McCormack starred in “The Sopranos” and the film “Must Love Dogs”.) Pixar veteran Galyn Susman (“Toy Story of TERROR!”, “Toy Story That Time Forgot”) will produce the film.

I personally feel that there is no need for any additional films. I love seeing the shorts! I think they’re great. But there’s just no need for a full-length feature film. I grew up with these movies and cared about Andy and the toys; I really don’t care about Bonnie at all, and I don’t see myself developing much of a relationship with her. It isn’t confirmed that Bonnie will be a big part in this film, but since she owns Buzz, Woody, and the rest of the gang, I think it is implied.

I’m interested to hear what you all think about this. Was the “Toy Story” franchise ready to finish, or is there more to tell?

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Review: “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” and “Atlantis: Milo’s Return” http://www.chipandco.com/review-atlantis-lost-empire-atlantis-milos-return-132064/ Mon, 10 Jun 2013 03:00:14 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=132064 The animated action-adventure film “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” and its sequel “Atlantis: Milo’s Return” arrive on Blu-ray next Tuesday, June 11. Luckily, I got my hands on this Blu-ray combo for review. I enjoyed this film as a kid (which was actually aimed more at boys than girls) but had never seen the sequel, as […]

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The animated action-adventure film “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” and its sequel “Atlantis: Milo’s Return” arrive on Blu-ray next Tuesday, June 11. Luckily, I got my hands on this Blu-ray combo for review. I enjoyed this film as a kid (which was actually aimed more at boys than girls) but had never seen the sequel, as with most of the direct-to-video sequels.  I was excited to reminisce and re-watch “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” and curious to see what “Milo’s Return” was all about. I was pleased and disappointed all at the same time.

Just in case you aren’t too sure what these films are about, here’s a brief overview:

“The Lost Empire” tells the tale of Milo Thatch and his desire to locate the fabled lost civilization of Atlantis, which he believes is located off the coast of Iceland. He joins a crew that is also set on finding the ruins of this ancient, but advanced, city. The crew discovers the mythical Atlantis, but all is not what it seems. It’s Milo’s mission to help this dwindling civilization and protect it from destructive outside forces. In “Milo’s Return”, Thatch returns to the surface and is reunited with some old friends. Some strange things have been happening, all of which have an Atlantean tie, and they have asked for Milo’s help to discover the reasons.

“The Lost Empire” looks amazing on Blu-ray. The animation was already great, but its appearance on Blu-ray is visually stunning. It could not look any better. The film looks like it has even more dimension and some of the visual effects look like that of a fully CGI-animated film (it is only partial CGI). The story’s pace is just as I remember it — it peaks your curiosity, it doesn’t slow down too much, and it’s consistently exciting, even offering what I considered to be a double climax. It’s unfortunate that this film did not perform better during its original release. The fact that Thatch is voiced by Michael J. Fox and the film is produced by Don Hahn (“The Lion King”, “Beauty and the Beast”) is enough of a pull for me. It’s a sign that it’s worth my time. It should also be noted that Joss Whedon (writer and director of Marvel’s “The Avengers” and the new upcoming show “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, debuting on ABC in the fall) took part in writing this film.

The same cannot be said for “Milo’s Return”. Fox did not return to voice Thatch, and there is an obvious loss of charm in James Arnold Taylor’s voicing of the character. The story is so slow and drags on. The animation is significantly lesser quality compared to the first film. It almost looked as if the animators were bummed when they learned they were a part of this sequel project. It wasn’t as fluid; the animation is choppy-looking. Atlantis no longer looks ethereal and crisp — instead it looks as dried up and dull as the southwest that is visited in this second movie. I had the hardest time finishing this movie. I found myself constantly nodding off and distracting myself with other things to do, like playing Candy Crush Saga on my phone. The running time of this film is only 80 minutes, but it felt significantly longer than the first film (96 minutes) because it was so lackluster and boring. I thought it was never going to end. No wonder why I never heard anyone mention this film (I didn’t even know it existed until recently). My pessimistic views toward direct-to-video sequels have been strengthened.

I thought maybe the bonus features wouldn’t be so bad. I was wrong. There is a segment where movie owners can learn how to speak “Atlantean”. I thought it would be kind of fun — WRONG. It was boring and actually kind of annoying. I had hoped the “Making of Atlantis” segment would be much better. It was slightly better, but I still found myself growing tired and bored. The commentary by film directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise was more interesting. The deleted scenes were also kind of a bummer but at the same time it made sense why they were deleted scenes. The only one I was surprised was omitted from the final film was the Viking prologue — I thought this scene would have been a fantastic opening to the film and would have provided some foreshadowing that would have made the story that much better. This prologue sequence was also exciting, which lures viewers into the film even earlier on than the opening that is currently in place. The most interesting bonus feature was the mini-discussion about the possible facts (and fiction) behind Atlantis, even though the narration was aimed at younger children.

Purchasing the Blu-ray combo pack is worth it for the first movie alone. I loved the original film and it was just as great as I remember it. There aren’t really any action-adventure animated films out there, and this one took a risk. The risk was well worth the work of the cast and crew. The second film can definitely be skipped. I wouldn’t even consider it as a good background noise film. Instead, it acts more like nails on a chalkboard. Find something else to watch.

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit Arrives on Blu-Ray in March 2013 http://www.chipandco.com/framed-roger-rabbit-arrives-bluray-march-2013-95939/ Thu, 27 Dec 2012 00:00:51 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=95939 I’m so excited that this film is coming to Blu-ray! “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” is one of my favorite films of all time, and it will be landing back on the shelves in a special 25th anniversary edition DVD/Blu-ray combo pack on March 12, 2013. The Academy Award-winning film directed by Robert Zemeckis has been […]

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I’m so excited that this film is coming to Blu-ray! “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” is one of my favorite films of all time, and it will be landing back on the shelves in a special 25th anniversary edition DVD/Blu-ray combo pack on March 12, 2013. The Academy Award-winning film directed by Robert Zemeckis has been restored and will look crisper than ever with clean special effects and digital restoration.

For those who have never seen the film (gasp!), “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” tells the tale of a bitter detective that hates toons after one killed his brother. The detective must prove that Roger Rabbit, a silly cartoon rabbit, is innocent after being accused of murder.

The Blu-ray release will feature some special features, including digitally restored Roger Rabbit shorts (“Tummy Trouble”, “Roller-Coaster Rabbit”, “Trail Mix-Up”), the original theatrical trailer, deleted scenes, audio commentary, and more.

  • ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’, ‘Mulan’, and More Coming to Blu-ray on March 13, 2013 (chipandco.com)
  • ‘Brother Bear’ and ‘Brother Bear 2′ Come to Blu-ray March 3, 2013 (chipandco.com)

 

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Monsters, Inc., Returns to Theaters in 3D! http://www.chipandco.com/monsters-returns-theaters-3d-93913/ Fri, 30 Nov 2012 04:00:06 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=93913 I never stopped loving that Granny-Smith-apple-looking, single-googly-eyed monster Mike Wazowski, which is why I’m super excited to welcome Monsters Inc., back into theaters! The 3D version of Pete Docter’s masterpiece (yes, I think it is a masterpiece) will be hitting theaters December 19. The film was originally released in theaters in 2001 by Pixar. (It’s […]

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I never stopped loving that Granny-Smith-apple-looking, single-googly-eyed monster Mike Wazowski, which is why I’m super excited to welcome Monsters Inc., back into theaters!

The 3D version of Pete Docter’s masterpiece (yes, I think it is a masterpiece) will be hitting theaters December 19. The film was originally released in theaters in 2001 by Pixar. (It’s been more than 10 years already. What in the…?) But even though a chunk of time has passed since the film’s original release, it’s still just as amazing as when it first debuted.

Be sure to be on the lookout for a review of the 3D version right here on Chip & Co. I’ll be seeing a special screening of the movie the weekend prior to release. Also be sure to look for tweets about the film on Chip & Co.’s Twitter account (@chipandcompany).

The re-release of this film is also getting me hyped for next year’s release of Monsters University, which tells the tale of how Mike and Sully became friends in college, not that I wasn’t super excited before. It will be fun to see these films back to back in the future! But in the mean time, we’ll see how big Sully looks in 3D. I think he’ll look like a furry, cuddly Hulk.

  • 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Celebrates with New Blooms, Food, Music, and ‘Oz’ Playground (chipandco.com)

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Bluray Review: ‘Pocahontas’ and ‘Pocahontas II’ on Blu-Ray http://www.chipandco.com/review-pocahontas-pocahontas-ii-bluray-81245/ http://www.chipandco.com/review-pocahontas-pocahontas-ii-bluray-81245/#comments Fri, 31 Aug 2012 17:00:01 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=81245 First off, I’d like to thank Chip for letting me review this one. ‘Pocahontas’ has always had a super special place in my heart. When I was 3 1/2 my parents and I won a trip to New York City for the release of the film. I’ve loved the film pretty much my entire life. […]

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First off, I’d like to thank Chip for letting me review this one. ‘Pocahontas’ has always had a super special place in my heart. When I was 3 1/2 my parents and I won a trip to New York City for the release of the film. I’ve loved the film pretty much my entire life. Having the chance to watch it remastered in Blu-Ray was so exciting for me and I’m glad I had the opportunity.

If you haven’t seen ‘Pocahontas’ in a long time, here’s a (very quick) refresher: The film tells the story of free-spirited Native American Pocahontas and her tribe’s encounter with settlers from England. Pocahontas falls for white-skinned settler Captain John Smith, helping the English and Native Americans set aside their differences.

I had actually never seen ‘Pocahontas II’ until I got to review the films. I was a little nervous watching it since I hadn’t heard the best things about it, but it actually wasn’t as awful as I was told. It wasn’t nearly as good as the original film, but it wasn’t completely un-watchable.

In ‘Pocahontas II’, Pocahontas journeys to London with John Rolfe on behalf of the King. There, she tries to create peace between the Native Americans and the new English civilization of Jamestown in America, but Governor Ratcliffe interferes.

The original film on Blu-Ray — gorgeous. I love the way animation looks on Blu-Ray and this is no exception. The sound is crisp and the movie is just as amazing as I remember it as a child. The bonus features for the film were a nice addition but I didn’t spend too much time with them. I was more concerned with moving onto the next film. The quality of ‘Pocahontas II’ isn’t amazing, since it was released by Disney Toon Studios, but it’s not completely awful. That being said, I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase this film (and I’m sure many others wouldn’t either), so it makes sense that it’s bundled with the original ‘Pocahontas’.

I was really excited to get to explore the special features that Disney brought to ‘Pocahontas’. Their track record with many of the animated features is pretty great across the board, and I’m happy to say that they didn’t skimp here. There is really interesting commentary track, featuring the directors of the film Eric Goldberg and Mike Gabriel, and producer James Pentecost. It’s standard, but I learned quite a few things I didn’t know, which I can’t complain about it. It’s a very fun listen, and fans will very much enjoy it. The best feature on the disc though is ‘Drawing Inspiration: The Lost Story of Hiawatha’. This feature has Eric Goldberg narrating the original storyboards of the scrapped Walt Disney animated Hiawatha film. It’s an incredible behind the scenes look that shows a beautiful behind the scenes look at a history that almost was. As a Disney geek, there is nothing more amazing than getting to see something like this, and this feature, while only about twelve minutes long, is just incredible. To see a lost piece of Disney history brought to life, in a new way of sorts, is a truly surreal experience. There is also fifteen minutes of deleted scenes, plus another deleted song ‘If I Never Knew You’, for about twenty minutes altogether of deleted content from the film. The song is good, and so are many of the scenes, but they don’t add too much to the overall story, and I could see why they were taken out. And of course, if you have internet, you can go into the virtual vault which lets you access even more special features, many from previous versions of the movie that have been released, that weren’t brought over to this disc. While I wish Disney would have ported them over, I’m glad I can access them at all, and the virtual vault is perfect for that.

Regardless of how you feel about ‘Pocahontas II’ it’s definitely worth picking up the Blu-Ray for the original film alone. This classic needs to be in your Blu-Ray collection!

 

Jessica lives in Orange County and practically lives at Disneyland when she isn’t at work or school. Her favorite princess is Belle and loves drinking “apple drank” (AKA Red’s Apple Freeze) in CarsLand.

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Pocahontas and Pocahontas II Arrive on Blu-Ray August 21! http://www.chipandco.com/pocahontas-pocahontas-ii-arrive-bluray-august-21-77889/ http://www.chipandco.com/pocahontas-pocahontas-ii-arrive-bluray-august-21-77889/#comments Sat, 04 Aug 2012 22:00:24 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=77889 I’m super duper excited to let you all know that both Pocahontas films will soon be available to own on Blu-ray! I have very fond memories of Pocahontas as a child, so I’m excited that I can re-watch the film in HD! Here’s the official announcement from Disney! Two Great Adventures — First Time Ever […]

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I’m super duper excited to let you all know that both Pocahontas films will soon be available to own on Blu-ray! I have very fond memories of Pocahontas as a child, so I’m excited that I can re-watch the film in HD!

Here’s the official announcement from Disney!

Two Great Adventures — First Time Ever on Blu-ray™ High Definition!

Available on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and Digital — August 21, 2012!

Includes Both Pocahontas Films and Exciting All-New Bonus Features
Burbank, Calif., July 11, 2012 – Walt Disney Pictures’ action-packed animated musical adventures “Pocahontas” and “Pocahontas II: Journey To A New World” debut for the first time ever in vivid High Definition — on August 21, 2012.   Combined also for the first time in aTwo-Movie Collection, the exciting release allows families and fans of all ages to own these timeless stories of hope, courage and friendship together in an exciting Disney ‘Combo Pack’ Including Blu-ray and DVD, and also available on HD digital download.

The Two-Movie Collection, Blu-ray debut features exciting all-new bonus material including “Drawing Inspiration: The Lost Story of Hiawatha,” a fascinating behind-the-scenes featurette showcasing how Walt Disney and his team were once developing a full-length animated feature called “Hiawatha,” that ultimately directly influenced the development of “Pocahontas.”

Bursting with all the “Colors of the Wind” and filled with spirited adventure, romance, and the show-stopping songs of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, the “Pocahontas Two-Movie Collection” features an award-winning cast that includes Mel Gibson (“The Passion of the Christ;” Academy Award® winner, Best Director “Braveheart,” 1995), Irene Bedard, Christian Bale (“Reign of Fire;” Academy Award®winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a SupportingRole “The Fighter,” 2011) and David Ogden Stiers (“Lilo and Stitch,” “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie”).

“Pocahontas” won Academy Awards® for both “Best Original Score” and “Best Song – “Colors of the Wind” 1995.  The film also earned a Grammy Award® for “Best Song” (“Colors of the Wind,” 1996).

3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack  (1 Disc Blu-ray + 2 Disc DVD)

Includes the movies, plus:

  • Drawing Inspiration: The Lost Story of Hiawatha – During the 1940’s, Walt Disney and his team were developing a full-length animated feature called “Hiawatha.”  During the early stages of development for “Pocahontas,” the directors found the “Hiawatha” storyboards and were amazed at what they saw.  It directly influenced their development of “Pocahontas.”  Now, for the first time ever, the full story of Walt Disney’s “Hiawatha” will be presented by “Pocahontas” co-director Eric Goldberg and animation historian Charles Solomon.
  • Deleted Song: “If I Never Knew You” – Pocahontas co-director Eric Goldberg introduces this fully animated deleted song, now in hi def. Optional audio commentary with co-directors Eric Goldberg & Mike Gabriel and producer James Pentecost.
  • The Music of Pocahontas
  • “Little Hiawatha” Cartoon Short
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Pocahontas” Audio Commentary – with co-directors Eric Goldberg, Mike Gabriel and producer James Pentecost
  • Virtual Vault- a collection of past bonus features,  offered via online streaming

3-Disc DVD Combo Pack  (1 Disc Blu-ray + 2 Disc DVD)

Includes the movies, plus:

  • Drawing Inspiration: The Lost Story of Hiawatha
  • Deleted Song: “If I Never Knew You” The Music of Pocahontas
  • “Little Hiawatha” Cartoon Short
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Pocahontas” Audio Commentary
  • Virtual Vault

2-Disc DVD Set (2 DiscDVD)

Includes the movies, plus:

  • The Music of Pocahontas
  • “Pocahontas II” Storybook

Digital Download

Includes the movies, plus:

  • Drawing Inspiration: The Lost Story of Hiawatha
  • The Making of Pocahontas
  • The Music of Pocahontas
  • Early Presentation Reel
  • “Little Hiawatha” Cartoon Short
  • Pocahontas II Storybook

“Pocahontas” tells the story of a free-spirited girl (voiced by Irene Bedard) who wonders what adventures wait “Just Around the River Bend.”  Pocahontas – along with her playful pals Meeko the raccoon and Flit the hummingbird – relies on the guidance of her loving and wise Grandmother Willow (voice by Linda Hunt) when English settlers arrive on the shores of her village.  Her meeting with the courageous Captain John Smith (voiced by Mel Gibson) leads to a friendship that bridges the gap between two cultures and changes history.

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Disney California Adventure’s Grand Reopening Nothing Short of Magical http://www.chipandco.com/disney-california-adventure-grand-reopening-short-magical-74687/ Thu, 21 Jun 2012 01:00:46 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=74687 I was lucky enough to be invited to attend California Adventure’s grand reopening this past weekend. If you’re planning a visit sometime in the future, you’re definitely in for a treat. Hundreds of people filled up the esplanade area, lined up to get into DCA for a chance to see the opening ceremony. The lines […]

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I was lucky enough to be invited to attend California Adventure’s grand reopening this past weekend. If you’re planning a visit sometime in the future, you’re definitely in for a treat.

Hundreds of people filled up the esplanade area, lined up to get into DCA for a chance to see the opening ceremony. The lines zig-zagged for what seemed like forever! Before the ceremony began, I was lucky enough to be standing right next to the new “Storytellers” statue. Someone very special came over to pose for a photo with young Walt — John Lasseter! I was definitely at the right place at the right time.

The ceremony began with a performance by the new Red Car News Boys cast (they’re wonderful). Mickey joined them onstage to greet Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger.

With the newsies looking on from the sides of the stage, Iger spoke about Walt’s journey to California and how that man with a dream created so much magic that exists today. After some chit chat with Mickey and being joined by other Disney characters, DCA was officially open.

Cars Land cast members led the official Cars Land rope drop. It was a gas hose! Guests were anxious to explore Radiator Springs and closely followed the cast members to the new land. The Fast Pass time for Radiator Springs Racers kept getting later and later as guests snatched up their FPs as quickly as they could. (Later in the day, the line would grow to be approximately seven hours long!)

While the park was crowded, opening day was so much fun. I want to take this little moment to give a few shout outs:

Erin Glover — thank you SO much for allowing me to attend as media. I had a blast. Everything was incredible. The entire time I was there I kept thinking, “Wow, I’m so lucky to be able to do this!” You’ve made this a truly magical experience for a young blogger! I look forward to keeping in touch with you and hopefully meeting you in person at the next event. You’re awesome.

Kevin A. Healy from DOSArtistry.com — thank you for playing photographer for me on opening day. There’s no way I could have gotten photos like yours. I just don’t have that kind of skill. You all can see Kevin’s photos in my other DCA post.

Shaun Brookhyser, Mike Pero, and Luke Meeker — you guys managed to make crazy busy opening day so much fun. Thanks for hanging with me and dealing with me all day long. I didn’t think such a busy, hectic day could be so amazing. Can’t wait to do it all again.

Be on the lookout for my other post with photos from Buena Vista Street and Cars Land!

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Disney Launches the Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition http://www.chipandco.com/disney-launches-art-frankenweenie-exhibition-74210/ Fri, 15 Jun 2012 21:00:48 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=74210 I’m very excited to announce that Disney is launching the Art of Frankenweenie exhibition this month, which is set to tour seven countries! Tim Burton’s latest stop-motion masterpiece arrives in theaters on October 5, 2012. The exhibition’s tour kicks off in Barcelona, Spain, June 18 through the 21st at CineEurope. It will make its way […]

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I’m very excited to announce that Disney is launching the Art of Frankenweenie exhibition this month, which is set to tour seven countries! Tim Burton’s latest stop-motion masterpiece arrives in theaters on October 5, 2012.

The exhibition’s tour kicks off in Barcelona, Spain, June 18 through the 21st at CineEurope. It will make its way to the US by heading to Comic Con San Diego in San Diego, California, July 11-15. Once the tour is complete, the exhibition will have visited seven countries, including Mexico, Spain, Canada, France, the US, England, and Japan.

The exhibition will show the filmmaking process of the stop-motion film. There will be sketches by Burton, props, and puppets from the film on display.

What makes this so exciting for me is that, A) I love Tim Burton films and I’ve been looking forward to this one, and B) Patrick and I will be covering Comic Con, so we’ll be able to see it and write about it! Woohoo! I can’t wait to share it with you all in July!

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‘The Princess Diaries’ Delivers on Blu-Ray http://www.chipandco.com/princess-diaries-delivers-bluray-73554/ http://www.chipandco.com/princess-diaries-delivers-bluray-73554/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2012 02:00:57 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=73554 I remember the very first time I ever saw “The Princess Diaries”. It was for my birthday and I had all of my closest girlfriends with me. My mom took us to the AMC at Downtown Disney out here by Disneyland. We all wore tiaras while we watched the film. I loved the film then, […]

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I remember the very first time I ever saw “The Princess Diaries”. It was for my birthday and I had all of my closest girlfriends with me. My mom took us to the AMC at Downtown Disney out here by Disneyland. We all wore tiaras while we watched the film.

I loved the film then, and watching it on Blu-Ray reminded me how much I enjoy the film. I think I’ve always enjoyed it because Mia is such a relatable character – she’s dorky and quirky and doesn’t quite know how to handle herself. She’s a regular girl that finds out she’s not as ordinary as she thought.

I knew I already loved the first film, but I also got to see the second film, “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement”, for the very first time. The first one is the better of the two, but it’s still a cute, fun film that’s great for younger aspiring princesses.

The films themselves looked fantastic on Blu-Ray. The landscapes of Genovia in the second film stood out in the Blu-Ray format. (The gardens especially looked gorgeous!) I also liked the fact that both films were on one Blu-Ray disc; it was a lot more convenient and I didn’t have to get up to switch discs. (Sure, it sounds lazy, but it made the viewing experience that much better.) There are some silly bloopers and outtakes on the Blu-Ray, but the majority of all of the special features are on the DVD copies.

The first DVD disc has the first “Princess Diaries” film as well as outtakes, deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette, music videos for songs featured in the film, and commentary by Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway. The second DVD is the second movie along with bloopers, deleted scenes, the music video for “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson, commentary by Andrews and film director Garry Marshall, and a personality quiz to find your inner princess. The deleted scenes are probably my favorite features because it gives an idea of what the films could have been, and sometimes you can see why the scenes were deleted. (But I won’t deny that the personality quiz is a fun, silly thing to do!)

I’m so glad I was given the opportunity to review these films. It brought back so many memories! But I’m still in denial that the first film came out ten years ago.

The special combo pack is exclusively available at Target (one of my favorite stores ever!). Be sure to pick up your copy today to watch with your own little princess!

Jessica is currently in denial that she’s not a princess after watching these two films. At the moment, she’s waiting for Cars Land and Buena Vista Street at California Adventure to open so she can take ridiculous amounts of photos for you all.

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‘The Princess Diaries’ and ‘The Princess Diaries 2’ Have Arrived on Blu-Ray! http://www.chipandco.com/the-princess-diaries-the-princess-diaries-2-arrived-bluray-72409/ Fri, 18 May 2012 23:00:48 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=72409 To commemorate the 10th anniversary of a cherished family classic, Disney proudly presents a special movie collection featuring two modern-day fairy tales, The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, for the first time ever on Blu-ray! Starring Academy Award®-Winning Actress Julie Andrews (Best Actress, Mary Poppins, 1964) and Academy Award-Nominated Actress Anne […]

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To commemorate the 10th anniversary of a cherished family classic, Disney proudly presents a special movie collection featuring two modern-day fairy tales, The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, for the first time ever on Blu-ray!

Starring Academy Award®-Winning Actress Julie Andrews (Best Actress, Mary Poppins, 1964) and Academy Award-Nominated Actress Anne Hathaway (Best Actress, Rachel Getting Married, 2008), these two heartwarming and hilarious movies will touch your heart. As the future queen of Genovia, Princess Mia has everything a girl could want – except the enchanting romance she’s always dreamed of. Comic complications rule the day in these delightfully engaging stories about finding out who you really are and discovering what it takes to make your dreams come true!

Relive all the magic and excitement of these two belovedfavorites on this 3-Disc Combo Pack, which includes a DVD of each film. Share the laughter and the love for the first time on Disney Blu-ray.

The Princess Diaries film synopsis: Mia Thermopolis is the average teenager – sweet, a little geeky and pretty much invisible to everyone with theexception of her mother, best friend Lilly and Lilly’s older brother Michael. Making it through high school without throwing up is a challenge in itself for Mia, so it doesn’t come as welcome news when her estranged grandmother shows up out of the blue and calmly informs her that she is in fact the heir to the throne of a European country called Genovia. Suddenly Mia’s life is thrown into complete overload. She’s being taught about scarves, waves and pears in order to become a perfect princess, she gets a makeover and a tough looking yet sweet bodyguard/limo driver called Joe. Things get out of hand when the media gets a hold of the story and suddenly Mia is thrust into the spotlight in both the newspapers and in school. On top of all that Mia has a choice to make. She must decide by Genovia’s Independence Day Ball whether she longs to relinquish her claim on the throne or to become the princess and heir to the throne and father and grandmother want her to be.

The Princess Diaries 2 film synopsis:  Starring the irresistible Anne Hathaway and Academy Award winner Julie Andrews (Best Actress, Mary Poppins), this modern-day fairy tale picks up right where The Princess Diaries left off!  As future queen of Genovia, Princess Mia (Hathaway) has everything a girl could want – except the magical romance she’s always dreamed of.  But soon, Mia’s shocked to discover that she needs to get married right now or her family will lose the crown! Comic complications rule the day in this delightful family story about finding out who you really are and discovering what it takes to make your dreams come true!

Talent/Cast:                 Julie Andrews (Sound of MusicMary Poppins)

Anne Hathaway (Alice in Wonderland, Get Smart)

Hector Elizondo (Pretty WomanValentine’s Day)

Heather Matarazzo (Scream 3, The Devil’s Advocate)

Mandy Moore (Tangled, AWalk to Remember) – The Princess Diaries

Chris Pine (Star Trek, Unstoppable) – The Princess Diaries 2

Director:                      Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Beaches, Valentine’s Day)

Producers:                  Debra Martin Chase (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants)

Whitney Houston (TV’s “Cinderella,” The Preacher’s Wife)

Mario Iscovich (Sister Act, Freaky Friday)

Writer:                         Gina Wendkos (Coyote Ugly)

Princess Diaries         Outtakes and Bloopers

Bonus Features:         “A New Princess” Behind-The-Scenes Featurette

      8 Deleted Scenes – Introduced By Director Garry Marshall

“The Ultimate Tea Party” – With Audio Commentary By Julie Andrews And Anne Hathaway

Music Videos

                        Livin’ Like A Princess

The Princess Diaries Royal Bloopers

2 Bonus Features:      The PD2 Makeover

                                    Deleted Scenes – Introduced By Director Garry Marshall

“Breakaway” Music Video – By Kelly Clarkson

Find Your Inner Princess – A Personality Quiz

      A Julie and Garry Commentary

Release Date:             Exclusively at Target Stores in April

Prices        3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack = $29.99

Rating:                         G (bonus material not rated)

Feature Run Time:       The Princess Diaries: 115 minutes / The Princess Diaries 2: 113 minutes

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Disney Legend Alice Davis Will Receive an Honorary Window on Main Street, U.S.A., Tomorrow Morning at Disneyland http://www.chipandco.com/disney-legend-alice-davis-receive-honorary-window-main-street-usa-tomorrow-morning-disneyland-71872/ Thu, 10 May 2012 03:00:10 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=71872 Tomorrow morning marks a very special day for Alice Davis: she has earned her place on Main Street with a window. Employed by Walt himself, Davis is known for developing costumes for the theme parks, films, and television programs. She was married to Marc Davis, an Imagineer and one of Disney’s “Nine Old Men” animators. […]

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Tomorrow morning marks a very special day for Alice Davis: she has earned her place on Main Street with a window. Employed by Walt himself, Davis is known for developing costumes for the theme parks, films, and television programs. She was married to Marc Davis, an Imagineer and one of Disney’s “Nine Old Men” animators.

Davis’ work in Disneyland park ranges from the costumes the children wear on “it’s a small world” to the dirty, raggedy attire worn by the pirates in Pirates of the Caribbean. She retired from WED (Walt Disney Enterprises, now known as Walt Disney Imagineering) in 1978 but still consults on film projects, most recently Disney/Pixar’s “Up”.

Davis was named a Disney Legend in 2004. Her window will be right next to her husband’s.

I will be there tomorrow morning (before school!) and I plan to tweet live during the event. You can follow me on Twitter at @ocswaynee to follow along with the event as it happens.

Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog.

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Marvel Comics and Benefit Cosmetics Join Forces to Create Female Comic Hero http://www.chipandco.com/marvel-comics-benefit-cosmetics-join-forces-create-female-comic-hero-71848/ Wed, 09 May 2012 21:00:34 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=71848 Marvel Comics and Benefit Cosmetics have joined together to bring the world a new female comic book hero, SpyGal. SpyGal’s persona is based off the POREfessional product from Benefit Cosmetics, which features a vintage female hero with a pore-zapping ray gun. I’m excited to see these comics. I’ve been looking for new comics to read, […]

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Marvel Comics and Benefit Cosmetics have joined together to bring the world a new female comic book hero, SpyGal. SpyGal’s persona is based off the POREfessional product from Benefit Cosmetics, which features a vintage female hero with a pore-zapping ray gun.

I’m excited to see these comics. I’ve been looking for new comics to read, and having one featuring a respectable female figure is really catching my attention (not all female superheroes need skimpy outfits!). I plan on getting my hands on these as soon as I can.

Here’s the official press release from Marvel:

Benefit Cosmetics & Marvel Custom Solutions Transform Beauty Bestseller into Comic Book Action Hero

 Get ready for thrills, frills & espionage! Marvel Custom Solutions, the custom publishing division of Marvel Entertainment, and Benefit Cosmetics, the San Francisco beauty brand known for its fun instant beauty solutions, have co-created SpyGal, the FIRST EVER beauty-inspired comic book hero.

SpyGal’s wise-cracking, pore-zapping persona was modeled after the POREfessional pore minimizing primer. With over 1 million products sold worldwide, the POREfessional is an international sensation.The POREfessional packaging evokes a vintage female action figure complete with a pore-zapping ray gun and touch-up pro case. She’s smooth! She’s sexy! She’s your secret weapon against pores!

“The superpowers of our bestselling pore minimizer, the POREfessional, created such an international sensation, we knew it was destined for greatness!,” explained Julie Bell, EVP Global Marketing at Benefit Cosmetics. “Marvel, the world’s top storytellers, helped us bring our action hero SpyGal to life in the first ever beauty-inspired comic book.”

Inspired by SpyGal’s covert mission to empower women around the world, Marvel and Benefit assembled a dynamic creative team including fan favorite writer James Asmus (Uncanny X-Men,Captain America) and acclaimed artist Phil Noto (Avengers: The Origin, X-Men Origins) to bring SpyGal to life in her collectors’ item debut comic book. Together they seamlessly blended the trademark humor of Benefit with the iconic action & drama of Marvel storytelling to create a witty, globe-trotting espionage adventure.

“It’s exciting to bring Benefit Cosmetics and Marvel Custom Solutions together for such a historic collaboration,” said John Dokes, Marvel SVP of Integrated Sales and Marketing, Publishing and Digital Media. “SpyGal is a dynamic, nuanced hero for a new generation and combining that with the unparalleled storytelling of Marvel brings fans one of the most unique comics they’ll read all year.”

In addition to pulse-pounding beauty action, this very first issue of SpyGal also delivers an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek into the collaborative process that transformed our globe-trottin’, face-savin’ secret agent into a comic book hero. Plus, fans can use the FREE Marvel AR app to access video content from the glamorous world of makeup using their smartphone or tablet!

“Marvel and Benefit both know that humor and intelligence can be a heroes’ greatest strength, especially when faced with life’s modern problems,” said Marvel Custom Solutions Editor Bill Rosemann. “SpyGal dispenses justice, beauty tips and witty life advice with an effortless grace, while also grappling with work and dating worries. Can SpyGal ever find Mr. Right…or must she sacrifice romance to the demands of her job helping powerful women spread their influence around the world? Writer James Asmus and artist Phil Noto reveal all in SpyGal #1!”

Packed with intrigue, romance and excitement, this limited edition SpyGal comic is available in May at Benefit counters everywhere. It’s undercover…and over the top!

Photo courtesy of Marvel

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