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Last week, I did an article that focused on the Walt Disney Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con, which you can find here. But I think it’s time to take a closer look at one of this year’s most anticipated films, ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, Disney Animation’s newest film due out November 2, 2012. The film follows the Wreck-it Ralph, the villain inside of an arcade game from the 80s. But Ralph is tired of being the bad guy so he leaves his game to become a hero in a new one. It’s a very fun and interesting concept, and what we’ve seen so far has been great. It’s one of the movies I’m most looking forward to right now. ’Wreck-It Ralph’ features the voice talents of John C. Reilly, Sara Silverman, Jane Lynch, and Alan Tudyk. Hit the jump for a description of the footage, a video of the panel featuring the cast and director, and my reaction to it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has picked up Neil Gaiman’s award winning novel Graveyard Book. Gaiman is probably best known outside of comic book circles for his book Coraline which was also turned into a film. Attached to direct is Henry Selick who not only directed Coraline but also Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Producing the project is Gil Netter who has worked on other literary adaptations like Marley & Me and Water for Elepahants.
Reportedly inspired by The Jungle Book, Graveyard Book centers around a boy name Nobody “Bod” Owens. He is raised in a graveyard by ghosts and other creatures after his family is murdered. As a teen he must confront he family’s murderer , a being called “the Man Jack.” I am intrigued by not only the story but also by Selick being attached to direct.
A new home video from Walt Disney Studios releases this Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Featuring five fun-filled episodes and one special bonus feature that underline the themes of friendship, teamwork, sharing and problem solving, MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: I ♥ MINNIE was a sure hit with my little girl and is bound to become a favorite in your home too.
- Mickey Mouse and his Clubhouse friends are planning a surprise party for Minnie’s Birthday. My daughter was truly worried they wouldn’t be able to keep Minnie occupied while they got ready. She worried along with Minnie too, who thought her friends had forgotten her special day, but a happy ending brought a smile back to her face.
- When Daisy discovers her shoe is broken, the Clubhouse friends get creative. My daughter felt like she was really helping with her suggestions on how to fix it, and she had a great time learning the steps to Daisy’s Dance.
- The Pet Parade is almost here, and everyone has a pet to pamper except Daisy. My daughter, who recently got her very own puppy, absolutely loved this episode, because Daisy ends up keeping not just one but three adorable critters for Daisy’s Pet Project.
- Minnie and her friends follow the colorful rainbow that has appeared over the clubhouse and encounter a mischievous leprechaun along the way. At first, my daughter was irritated by the leprechaun, because he kept thwarting their plans, but in the end she and the Clubhouse gang were pleasantly surprised by the special treasure waiting at the end of Minnie’s Rainbow.
- The flower festival is fast approaching, but Minnie’s and Daisy’s flowers won’t bloom. My daughter wanted to run to the store and buy them a bouquet! But in this all new, never-before-seen episode, the two friends are able to coax the clouds to rain on Minnie & Daisy’s Flower Shower.
The bonus episode makes it personal. You’re Invited to Minnie’s Birthday Party lets your children join the celebration. My daughter really enjoyed using Toodles’ Mouseketools to RSVP to the invitation, choose the perfect gift for Minnie and decorate a party hat. She made a pink hat with lots of colorful polka dots and oodles of sparkly glitter. She thought Minnie would approve and wished Minnie could see her through the television. The episode ties in to Minnie’s Birthday, wishing the Guest of Honor special birthday wishes.
We were excited to see the bonus sneak peeks at the upcoming Disney Studios All Access offers, Lady and the Tramp and Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure DVD/Blu-ray releases, Lion King 1-1/2 and Lion King 2 combo pack DVD release, and Cinderella DVD/Blu-ray diamond edition, as well as a look at some brand new features that are in the works: Brave (coming to theaters Summer 2012 from Disney-Pixar), Planes (coming to theaters Spring 2013 from Disney-Pixar), and Tinker Bell Secret of the Wings (coming soon to DVD). A Digital Copy is also included for computer download, so we can watch our favorite episodes on the go, but my daughter was most excited about the two complimentary Best Friend necklaces that are packaged with MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: I ♥ MINNIE, providing a keepsake memento to share with her BFF.
Don’t let the party start without you!
For more information on MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: I ♥ MINNIE, see press release.
Don’t Let The Party Start Without You! Come on along and celebrate Minnie Mouse’s birthday in a brand new video from The Walt Disney Studios.
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: I ♥ MINNIE will be released on DVD with Digital Copy for the first time and made available for purchase nationwide on February 7, 2012. This coming Valentine and Easter seasons, The Walt Disney Studios invites everyone to join the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse gang—Daisy, Mickey, Donald & Goofy—in a special celebration of Minnie Mouse’s birthday.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: I ♥ Minnie includes five, fun-filled episodes—each underlining the themes of friendship, teamwork, sharing and problem solving—and an all new bonus feature “You’re Invited to Minnie’s Birthday Party,” as well as two complimentary Best Friend necklaces, one to keep and one to share with a very special someone this Valentine’s Day.
The five classic episodes include:
- Minnie & Daisy’s Flower Shower (All-New, Never-Before-Seen) - The botanical highlight of the year is in trouble, unless Minnie and Daisy can get their flowers to bloom! Together, they board the glove balloon to help coax the clouds to sprinkle much needed rain.
- Daisy’s Dance - Clap your hands and tap your feet! Join Daisy, as she gets ready for one of the most important events of her life––performing in the big talent show!
- Daisy’s Pet Project - The Pet Parade is almost here and Daisy needs to find the perfect animal for which she can love and care. But it’s not as easy as she thinks and soon she has three new friends: an elephant named Bubbles, a giraffe called Longfellow and a bunny called Captain Jumps-a-lot!
- Minnie’s Rainbow - After a brightly colored rainbow appears over the clubhouse, Minnie searches for the pot of gold that’s supposed to be at its end. Along the way, she meets a leprechaun and discovers that not all treasure turns out to be as she expected!
- Minnie’s Birthday – Today is Minnie’s birthday, but the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse friends need to set up her birthday party.
Street Date: February 7, 2012
Direct Prebook: December 13, 2011
Distributors Prebook: December 27, 2011
Suggested Retail Prices: $19.99 U.S./$24.99 Canada
Run Time: Approximately 120 minutes
Rated: TV-Y (bonus not rated)
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (1.78:1)
Sound: Dolby Digital Sound
Languages: English, Spanish, French
The Digital Copy allows parents to easily and quickly download episodes onto a computer or secondary handheld device for on-the-go access.
- MICKEY MOUSE - Wayne Allwine (TV’s “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” & “House of Mouse”)
- MINNIE MOUSE - Russi Taylor (TV’s “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” & “The Simpsons”)
- DAISY DUCK - Tress MacNeille (TV’s “Futurama,” & “The Simpsons”)
- DONALD DUCK - Tony Anselmo (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Fantasia/2000)
- GOOFY - Bill Farmer (Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc.)
- PLUTO - he doesn’t speak
About The Walt Disney Studios:
For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (DIS: NYSE) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Touchstone Pictures and Marvel. Original music and motion picture soundtracks are produced under Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, while Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Broadway theatrical productions, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE!. For more information, please visit www.disney.com.
Slash Film is reporting that Walt Disney Animation has added a new movie to their Holiday slate. Frozen, formerly titled The Snow Queen, was announced today through the Hollywood trades. There was some confusion with the announcement since some trades thought it was the title of a new film about dinosaurs that Pixar is developing since Frozen has been given the date that was originally given to the Pixar film.
The movie will be an adaptation of the orginial Hans Christian Anderson story. The original story is about two children, Gerda and Kay, who are neighbors and friends. One day Kay is hurt by the fragments of a mirror and his put under the spell of the Snow Queen and taken to her palace. It is up to Gerda to save him.
It is being reported that the film will not be done in traditional hand-drawn animation and will be in 3D. The project had been put on hold several times, most recently in 2010. I think the story will work great as a Disney animated film and I am looking forward to hearing more about the project.
Frozen is set to be released in theaters November 27th, 2013.
- Disney’s 2012 Movie Lineup (couponingtodisney.com)
- Walt Disney Imagineers Install Nemo Icons at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (chipandco.com)