Saturday, November 10, 2012

OZ, Great and Powerful Triptych Poster Right Side

You saw last week the first part of this Oz, Great and Powerful triptych poster and Disney released the part two - apparently the right side - of the poster. More "Oz" characters on this one, and in the back a castle that reminds me a bit DLP Sleeping Beauty castle...

The third part of the triptych should be released very soon!

 Picture: copyright Disney

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Shanghaî Disneyland Will Use Shanghaî World Expo 2010 Technologies

Jin Tao, an official of the Shanghai Shendi Co - the official company for SDL - revealed yesterday at an international digital media technology forum in Shanghaî that Shanghaî Disneyland will adopt some of the technologies shown at Shanghaî World Expo 2010! And RFID technology will also be used at SDL:

"Technologies shown at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai will be used in the city's Disneyland theme park, officials told an international digital media technology forum in the city yesterday. Disneyland, which is now under construction and will be finished in 2015, will have typical American features along with local characteristics, said officials from Shanghai Shendi (Group) Co, which represents the Shanghai government's stake in the project.
The technology used in the dynamic version of the famous painting "Along the River during the Qingming Festival" in the China Pavilion will be used at Disneyland. Featuring multimedia technology, the dynamic picture features moving figures and was one of the most popular exhibits at the Expo. "The technology has really improved since then and the display will be more eye-catching and exciting at Disneyland," said Jin Tao, a Shendi official.
LED lights will also be used extensively in the house the mouse built ( NDR: in the park ). Radio Frequency Identification technology, or RFID, used for Expo tickets and the online Expo will also be adopted. A cell phone payment system is also expected to be introduced for purchases made at the Disneyland theme park."
At EXPO 2010 the digital tapestry was created by Crystal CG for the Chinese Pavilion and was a 130-meter long, 6.3-meter high animated digital mural, which is pretty impressive. The same people were also responsible for the digital scroll seen in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Now, this "chinese dynamic painting" itself won't probably be part of SDL but, as far as i've understood the statement of Shendi officials, the same technology will be used in the park. As you may wonder what is this technology and how it looked at Expo 2010 for the "dynamic version" of the chinese famous painting i found for you on Youtube two videos which will tell - and show - you more about it.

As you've seen the technology, well used, can be pretty magical and there is no doubt that WDI can create something amazing with a Disney touch, by using the same technology.
Will the technology be used in SDL Fantasyland or Tomorrowland? Or inside the castle? I'm afraid we'll have to wait Shanghaî Disneyland opening in 2015 to have the answer!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Is " Angry Birds Star Wars " - Released Today on the App Store - the First Effect of the Disney - Lucasfilm Deal ?

It's probably difficult to find someone who never heard about the immensely popular Angry Birds mobile game. The different versions of the game are sold both on the iTunes App Store and the Android Market Store and have been downloaded hundred millions times. And TODAY  Rovio, the game publisher, release the latest version, and it's called Angry Birds Star Wars!

The game was of course designed with Lucas Arts and let me tell you that this one will be hugely popular as it looks more fun than ever with this star Wars theme. The principle - you catapult "angry" birds to destroy the "houses" of the pigs - remain the same but this time the birds looks like famous Star Wars "rebels" characters - from Chewbacca to Princess Leia and of course C3PO and R2D2 - and the pigs of course looks like "Empire" characters - Darth Vader, Storm troopers, and more.

So, is this "Angry Birds Star Wars" the first effect of the Disney - Lucasfilm deal? No, it's not, the deal between Rovio and Lucas Arts to create this mobile game was done months ago but Disney can be happy as for sure Lucasfilm will make millions of dollars with this "Angry Birds Star Wars". As you may be interested to have a look at it, here is the trailer and below others short trailers introducing the different  angry-birds-star-wars characters. The game will be released later today on both Apple and Android App Stores !

Picture and videos: copyright Rovio Mobile

Pixar Studios Pays Tribute to Steve Jobs

Pixar just did a great tribute to Steve Jobs. I remind you that Steve played a large role in the creation of Pixar and even financed the studio long before it became profitable, with millions of his own money to keep Pixar afloat because he believed in digital animation and in the work of Pixar animators. In the end credits of Brave, there was a touching tribute to Steve Jobs but now, a greater tribute has been done to Steve on Pixar’s campus as Pixar gave his name to  the studio’s main building.

As usual with Steve he get really involved in the design of this building and he was the one who wanted a central atrium to stimulate encounters between everyone working at Pixar. Later, John Lasseter revealed in Steve Jobs biography that Steve was right and Lasseter explain how, thanks to the atrium lobby, he met from opening day people he didn't met since months!

Picture: copyright Pixar 

DLP Christmas Season Starts November 9 , Include a New Christmas Parade !

Disneyland Paris Christmas Season starts in two days and the Press Special Event will be next saturday and sunday, the 10 and 11. If you're in the park on these days - and specially on saturday, lucky you, as you might see the european stars who are invited for the event. DLP sent his invitations last month and they did a really nice visual for the invitation, the one you can see above.

It's also during the event that will be introduced the new Christmas Parade called "La Cavalcade de Noel" with four new Christmas floats, and more. Below, you can see the concept-art and here is the story-line: "Santa Claus and his elfs have worked all year long to create the toys for all children of the world and are proud to present them at Disneyland Paris. In a brand new parade Santa Claus will  be surrounded by puppets, wooden soldiers and plenty of other toys who came alive by magic. Several times per day they will be on Main Street U.S.A to dance in a merry parade with the happier christmas songs. As a surprise never come alone Mickey, Minnie and their friends will join the party to wish from the top of their christmas float a happy christmas to DLP guests."

The four Different floats will include one looking like a toy box with Buzz and Woody, one with Santa Claus on his christmas sleigh, one float with the elfs and deers and one with Mickey and his friends. Please note that this new Christmas Parade does NOT replace the daytime "Disney Magic on Parade" BUT replace the 20th Anniversary Train. DLP Christmas season last until January 6th, 2013.

One more news about DLP as Philippe Gas, DLP CEO has met this morning Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, DLP biggest private shareholder - picture below - to discuss about the buyout of DLP debt by the WDC and probably of DLP future...

Also, talking about Christmas, the Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality book would make not only a great present but one of the best you can offer to a Disney fan - really! Those of you who are interested by the book might have a look at the presentation article on the book web site HERE. One more thing : considering the shipping time for international countries the sooner you will place your order, the better it will be to make sure you'll get the book on time for Christmas.

Also, we're running low of the ENGLISH edition copies of the book and we know that by the end of the year the english collector's edition will be sold out. If you don't own the book yet and wish to order a copy please do it as soon as possible!
Order your copy of the acclaimed Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality book while there is still copies available! You'll find all infos to order an ENGLISH edition HERE and for the FRENCH edition it's HERE. Please watch below the video showing the whole book!

Choose quantity and enjoy an additional discount !

Pictures: copyright Disney

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Disneyland Paris Christmas Update : It's a Small World Celebration HD Video

It's happening each year during the Christmas season at Disneyland Paris Fantasyland, and this year too DLP guests will be able to enjoy "It's a Small World Celebration" a special version of the beloved ride with a Christmas theming! I have a great HD video for you and all you have to do is to jump on D&M MAX to watch it in glorious hish-res! It's right HERE.

See you soon for a new update and in the meantime those of you who are interested by the great DLP book might have a look at the presentation article in the article below or on the book web site HERE

Important Note: We're running low of the ENGLISH edition copies of the book and we know that by the end of the year the english collector's edition will be sold out. If you don't own the book yet and wish to order a copy please do it as soon as possible!
Order your copy of the acclaimed Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality book while there is still copies available! You'll find all infos to order an ENGLISH edition HERE and for the FRENCH edition it's HERE. Watch below the video showing the whole book!

Choose quantity and enjoy an additional discount !

Pictures: copyright Max Fan, Disney and more

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Important Editor's Note: Sometime too much is too much! Because the number of spam comments recently increased dangerously i had to change the way D&M readers can leave a comment. Everyone is always welcome to leave a comment but now you'll have to enter a word which changes every time. I sincerely hope this will not stop you to leave future comments, but the positive side is that all spam comments should be stopped very soon.

Frankenweenie Review

Frankenweenie is now released in European and Asian countries, i watched it two days ago, and personally i loved it. I think it's a real charming movie who also pay great tributes to classic horror films from Frankenstein to Godzilla, and many others. For me, it's also one of the best Tim Burton's movie since quite a while, and probably because it's a film without pretentiousness. I mean, obvioulsly the goal was to do a movie with a lot of simplicity - in the good meaning of the word - and also to find back some childhood innocence. On all these points Tim succeed perfectly, as well as the animation, and all this wih a sumptuous black and white.

All the characters are great and you will probably have your favorites, but mine are the character named Edgar 'E' Gore... well as the professor Rzykruski inspired by the great Vincent Price, with the voice of the also great Martin Landau!

But, to say the truth, all the characters are good, beginning of course by the young Victor and of course his beloved dog Sparky. Go and watch it with a childhood soul, and you will love it!

Pictures: copyright Disney

Oz : The Great and Powerful - New Poster and High-Res Artwork

A new poster has been released for the awaited Oz : The Great and Powerful. I really have a good feeling on this movie and, just like you i presume, i hope to don't be disappointed. That said,  i've never been disappointed by Sam Raimi and i also like James Franco who play the lead character, so everything should go fine.

Anyway, here above is the new poster and below three artworks, each one in high-res of course.

Pictures: copyright Disney