Saturday, May 3, 2008

Disney's Hollywood studios Toy Story Mania : The VIDEO !!

That's it! Here is the very first video of the Toy Story mania ride, the one we were all waiting for, filmed here by DisneyHD at the Disney's Hollywood Studios!

You must remember that Toy Story mania is an attraction with 3D effects that can be appreciate only with the 3D glasses that each guest have during the ride. However, DisneyHD did his best during this filming and had the good idea to put the 3D glasses in front of the lens of his camera. So, let's all thanks DisneyHD for this great video!

You can also download this video in HD - with a better quality than below - on the WDW News Today Podcast website

Enjoy it!

Photo: copyright Disney

Youtube video: copyright DisneyHD

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull : Here is the final trailer !!

The highly awaited second - and probably final - trailer of indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the crystal skull is released, and here it is below!

And believe me, this new Indy movie looks reaaaaly good! Less than three weeks now to have a confirmation!

You can also watch it in HD directly on the web site, which is even better, just click HERE

video: copyright Lucas Film Ltd

Friday, May 2, 2008

Last news from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull !

Less than three weeks now before the release of the highly awaited Indiana Jones and the crystal skull. And those of you living in the U.S who will go to see the Iron Man movie ( i saw it last night and it's excellent, by the way ) should have the pleasure to discover the new and probably final trailer.

A new TV trailer was released, it's short but there is some few new shots and you can watch it below.

Indiana also released plenty of new photos and some like the one on the top give some infos. This one above shows a market scene and it's a Peruvian market - it's easy to recognize Peru with the typical clothes and hats. Which means of course that part of the action is set in Peru, and may be not in Mexico as we thought before...

Here are the other pictures showing Cate Blanchett and Shia LaBeouf who plays Indy's son.

The movie will have its world première May 18 at legendary Cannes film festival and is released in France on May 21, one day before the U.S!

The Cars are back !

I wanted to do a pictorial article about the opening of HKD It's a small world, but the HKD press site don't work for some reasons. You'll have later the pictures of this Grand Opening, don't worry, but in the meantime, let's talk about Cars as Disney Consumer Products announced their 2008 line up for the Cars product line. Here is below the corporate release:

Disney· Pixar's Cars has quickly become a leading boys franchise for Disney Consumer Products. Generating over $2B in global retail sales during 2007, Cars is an unstoppable force of nature delivering on boys' classic play patterns and fueling imaginations with new products and content that extend the storyline from film to books and into the home with a lifestyle merchandising program.

The film centers on high-octane adventure/comedy featuring an assortment of cars as characters that, through a series of mishaps, learn that life is about the journey, not just the destination. Grossing $462M in global box office sales, DCP has tapped into the film's success and leveraged it as a franchise with year round opportunity at retail. To date, the Cars franchise boasts a publishing program resulting in 19 Million books sold worldwide, a home décor line featuring the #1 boys bedding pattern in the industry, and a thriving toys and youth electronics product line.
Lightning McQueen

Ongoing Content:
In 2008, DCP will unveil a new product line inspired by "The World of Cars," an umbrella brand that fuels the Cars franchise with new automotive faces, places and adventures to power boys' imaginations and satisfy their need for speed. Kids will join Lightning McQueen and friends as they race to the finish line with the world of Cars.

Coming up in 2008:

* New content from Disney Publishing Worldwide including titles creatively directed by John Lasseter
* Disney Channel will premiere "Cars Toons," animated interstitials offering kids a close up and new look at the world of Cars
* An all new Cars website will soon launch featuring games and immersive activities
* New Cars inspired soundtracks will release from Walt Disney Records

Photo: copyright Disney

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Breaking News : Disney Marks Entry into Robotic Toy Market with an Ultimate WALL-E and Tinkerbell Toy Robots

May be it don't looks like, but believe me, this new official collaboration between Disney, Pixar, Thinkway Toys and WowWee to develop Robotic Toys that can talk, dance, fly, respond to commands, feature motion tracking and more could be a major merchandise news, and strangely, nobody seems to talk about it.

Until now, Disney Consumers Products and its licensees were manufacturing the toys and plushs we all know about. But now, with this new collaboration with WowWee robotics and Thinkway, Disney merchandise may enter in a new dimension.

If you don't know WowWee, you surely know their robots as WowWee is the company who created the Robosapien robot - a huge hit everywhere on the planet - and many others like the Roboraptor, Roboreptile, etc...And last year they introduced their new FlyTech technology with a remote controlled flying Dragonfly.

We are not talking about sophisticated Audio-animatronics available for everyone, and there is on the market more sophisticated robots than the one produced by WowWee, but considering their reasonable prices their performances are impressive, and Mark Tilden, WowWee's founder was working at NASA before, so he's a guy who knows what the word robotic mean.

Among the future products that Thinkway and WowWee will create with Disney there will be an ultimate WALL_E robot and a flying Tinkerbell available this fall - yes, next christmas you will have a Tinkerbell flying inside your home! - Prices should be $189.99 for the WALL-E and $39.99 for Tinkerbell. The Ultimate WALL·E robot will have 10 motors for lifelike movement. With voice activation and a follow-me mode, WALL·E will follow the sound of a human voice and detect someone entering a room. The robot will have a variety of sensors that let it hear, navigate, and detect obstacles.
Also, a IDance WALL·E will be released with USB ports, and will be able to play MP3 music, and have an audio in-jack that works with any iPod or MP3 player. This IDance WALL-E will sell for $24.99.

If you want to know how good they are, you can watch some videos of the WowWee robots HERE

Below is the official Disney press release. And right after there is a special bonus: don't miss this new WALL-E clip where he discover a hula-hoop!

Disney Marks Entry into Robotic Toy Market with New Line of Programmable Toy Robots

GLENDALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Disney Consumer Products today announced its entry into the robotic toy market with an innovative line of robotic toy products created in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios, Thinkway Toys and WowWee.

The robotic toys are inspired by WALL·E, the adorable robot from the Disney·Pixar theatrical release of the same name set to debut this summer, and Tinker Bell, the beloved Disney Fairy. The iDance WALL·E dancing boombox will be available in June; the Ultimate WALL·E robotic toy and the remote control Tinker Bell flying toy will be available this fall. With life-like movements and features designed to impress and delight fans of all ages, these new robotic toys are anticipated to be big hits with holiday shoppers this year.

Disney has been a pioneer in the area of entertainment robotics and Audio-Animatronics™ technology since the early 1960s, beginning with the opening of Disneyland’s famed Enchanted Tiki Room, where a chorus of colorful tropical birds moved their eyes and faces to music, and at the 1964 World’s Fair, where a life-like Abe Lincoln recited famous speeches at the “Great Moments With Lincoln” exhibit. Audio-Animatronics technology has since become a ubiquitous feature of Disney's Theme Parks and Resorts. More recently, Walt Disney Imagineering has debuted such innovations as Lucky The Dinosaur and The Muppet Mobile Lab – free-roaming Muppets capable of interacting with park guests.

The new line of WALL·E and Tinker Bell robotic toys carries on this tradition and seeks to bring its characters and their personalities to life through advanced movement and programming that entertains and delights kids by making them feel as if they are interacting with a real Disney character.

"Walt Disney and the Imagineers invented Audio-Animatronics, and Disney has been a leader in robotic entertainment in our theme parks for decades,” said Chris Heatherly, vice president of Technology & Innovation for Disney Consumer Products. “We’re excited that there is now the ability and technology to bring that experience into people’s homes. With robotics, we have a great opportunity to bring our characters to life in a very realistic and new way. If kids can interact, learn and play with our characters and they become an extension of their family, we will have done something that is truly magical.”

The WALL·E line of robotic toys was developed in collaboration with Toronto-based Thinkway Toys. In addition to the Ultimate WALL·E and iDance WALL·E, Thinkway will bring to market additional WALL·E-inspired robots, action figures, playsets, a role-play WALL·E robot arm, novelties and collectibles.

Disney’s new line of robotic toys will debut at Maker Faire, a popular, ever-growing gathering for die-hard geeks of all ages and tech do-it-yourselfers, which will be held May 3-4 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds in California.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to work with Disney on WALL·E,” said Albert Chan, president and CEO of Thinkway Toys. “This exceptional story is filled with classic Pixar humor, adventure, and characters that are endearing and inspirational. The team at Thinkway Toys has been fast at work with Disney, integrating these key elements into the new WALL·E line of robotic toys.”

Based on the title character from this summer's highly anticipated Disney·Pixar theatrical release, the Ultimate WALL·E is an advanced robot that truly brings the character to life. Designed and developed through a close collaboration between Disney, Pixar animators and Thinkway, the Ultimate WALL·E features 10 motors, giving it a high level of movement and animation. The remote control makes it easy for kids to program WALL·E’s movements. An innovative touch programming system lets kids direct WALL·E simply by making patterns on the remote's touch pad. With voice activation and a follow-me mode, WALL·E can follow the sound of a human voice and detect someone entering a room. He also has several emotional states and an easy system for programming thousands of combinations of movements with the remote. Numerous sensors allow him to detect and respond to his environment, including infrared sensors that allow him to detect obstacles and steer around them, sonic ears that detect sound direction, and touch sensors. The Ultimate WALL·E is also MP3 compatible and features built-in speakers. USB cables and rechargeable batteries are included. The Ultimate WALL·E will debut this fall at ToysRUs and; SRP $189.99.

The iDance WALL·E talks, dances and has animated eyes that move and groove to the music. Its audio in-jack works with any iPod or MP3 player. It features sound activation functionality, action and play. It will be available at ToysRUs, Target, Wal-Mart, Blockbuster and this summer; SRP $24.99.

Disney Consumer Products also collaborated with WowWee, a leading developer of innovative hi-tech consumer robotic and entertainment products, for the creation of an elegant flying toy wonder inspired by Tinker Bell.

Disney Fairies fans will get big thrills this fall with the new Tinker Bell featuring WowWee’s FlyTech technology, a vertical flyer featuring enchanting flight patterns, graceful wing design and a flower wand remote controller designed specifically for children’s hands. Users can control the height and speed of the Tinker Bell flyer with ease, allowing her to soar, dive and glide. Her light-weight, crash-resistant materials prevent her from getting into mischief.

WowWee’s award-winning FlyTech line of aeronautical products launched in 2007 with FlyTech Dragonfly™, the world’s first commercially available radio-controlled ornithopter and one of TIME Magazine’s “Best Inventions of the Year” (2007). Featuring the same dual wing design to provide lift and propulsion, the Tinker Bell flyer brings the magic of flight to the hands of a younger generation of girls. SRP $39.99, available at ToysRUs, Wal-Mart, Radio Shack and other major retailers beginning this fall.

Photo and video: copyright Disney-pixar

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Simpsons ride at Universal Orlando - The video !

The awaited Simpsons ride at Universal Orlando is now open in "soft opening" and you are going to see everything about it as i found for you athe best available videos, and yes, including the one of the ride itself, so beware, this article is full of spoilers from the beginning to the end!

First, do not miss the Kevin Yee article on today as Kevin did a perfect description of this new ride, with great pictures. As Kevin did a great job better than i could do, may be the best is that you go read his article first and comeback on D&M after, it will help you to better understand what the following videos are about. Also, i must remember you that the Simpsons ride is playing in the former Back to the future building, using exactly the same simulator technology and Omnimax screen.

That's it, you've read Kevin's update? Okay, here are the videos you're waiting for! The first one will show you the Simpson's ride area including the shop.

Next video will show you one of the pre-show movies

And here is the Simpsons Ride Safety Video, the one you see just before you board in the simulator vehicle

This next one will show you other footage of a preshow movie AND the beginning of the ride itself...

But it's on this last video that you will discover all of the new ride movie - a special thanks to Vinnie who had the courage to transgress Universal rules as it is explicitely forbidden to film during the ride itself!

And if you want my feeling, this new Simpsons ride movie looks reaaally good, just as good as the old, and already missed, Back to the future ride!

Photo: copyright Universal studios

Youtube movies: many many thanks to olegnalocj , PumpkinKing8788 and Vinnie from Tonytambe !

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Disney's Animal Kingdom 10th Anniversary Ceremony Video

The excellent Distant creations - Inside the magic web site was this week at the Disney's Animal Kingdom 10th Anniversary Ceremony, and filmed it all.

If you love this beautiful park just like i do, you can watch below the ceremony with famous Dr Jane Goodall and Imagineer Joe Rhode the park's show producer.

Also, on the picture above, Josh Gates, host of the Sci-Fi Channel series “Destination Truth,” presents a cast of what is believed to be a “yeti” footprint to Joe Rohde, senior vice president/executive designer of Walt Disney Imagineering at the Expedition Everest attraction. Gates and his expedition team found the footprint while filming an episode of “Destination Truth” in Nepal in November 2007. The cast will soon be placed on display at Expedition Everest, a Himalayan-themed, high-speed, coaster-like attraction where guests come face-to-face with a yeti.

So, may be this yeti do exist for real!

There is more videos of this celebration to watch on the Inside the magic site, and you can watch them HERE

Photo: copyright Disney

Videos: copyright Distant creations - Inside the magic

Actress Julianne Moore and world champion swimmer Michael Phelps star in the new Annie Leibovitz picture

There is a new picture from Annie Leibovitz in the “Dream Portrait” series for Disney Parks, and this one is a tribute to the Little Mermaid, with Actress Julianne Moore, as “Ariel,” and world champion swimmer Michael Phelps, as a “merman”.

Double-click on the picture to enjoy it!

Photo: copyright Disney

A WALL-E Audio-Animatronic coming soon at a Disney theme park near you !

It's a small but cool news : although it's not officially announced yet, Screamscape sources have confirmed that a Wall-E mobile animatronic character will be running around at WDW just in time for the movie’s release.

This new WDI Wall-E Audio-Animatronic is said to be quite cute and will stand about 3 feet tall. And for U.S theme park fans, there will be no jealous as Disney has decided to build a Wall-E AA for each coast. Let's just hope we will se one at Disneyland Paris, too!