Saturday, March 29, 2014

Disney Characters Re-imagined as College students

I have something cool for you for this week-end as here is a fun set of artwork created by Deviant Art artist Hyung86 who re-imagined classic Disney characters... as college students! Also include below the notes of the artist for each Disney character. I think he did a fantastic job and i even think that he's so talented that he should work at Disney Animation Studios! Enjoy the artwork!

I started with Peter Pan ( picture above ) because he represents the youth looking so funny and friendly with tinkerbell in his Converse. Wendy is studying Literature and Languages because she loves English literature. Her favorite writers are James Matthew Barrie, Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens. She would love writing children's books in a few years.
She loves adventure films (with pirates and Indians) and she's desperately in love with Johnny Depp (yoohoo...yoohoo...)

It's clear that little Tinkerbell had to be in the Adam team as Cheerleader. She is fun, cheerful, dreamy and usually a little bit hyperactive XD
She is secretly in love with Peter Pan so she's always argue with all the girls who are near him, after all the fairies are so small that they can't fit two feelings at once.

Aurora is a design student who loves fashion and sleep.
One of her best friends is Charlotte La Bouff and she usually try all Aurora's costumes.
When she was young her family forced her dress like a smart and sweet princess but actually, she prefer something more urban and sassy. Say goodbye to pink and blue. 

Philip is the boyfriend of Aurora, he is studying Political Science as his father some years ago. He aslo practice fencing and loves Tv series and adventure video games. His favorites are The Legend of Zelda and Skyrim (Fus Ro Dah Maleficent!).

The shy new girl in the school. Ariel is in the swimming club of the University waiting for her "surfer" Eric.

I'll always see Eric like a trendy surfer with his surfboard and his tattoos XD

Ursula is the teacher of the university choir. When she was young she failed in show business and that why she hates all young promises of the choir. (She want to steal everybody's voice) Sadistic, power-hungry, manipulative and ambitious, Ursula only thinks of herself.

Roger and Anita are a perfect couple. They are Music teachers.
Roger is a famous composer and musician. Funny, sarcastic and a little crazy. He has composed tunes for famous advertisements like Kanine Krunchies.
Anita is Roger's assistant. She studied Management and Finance in this University. They love dogs (obviously).

Hercules and Beast will be the Quaterbacks of this university. They are cool, strong and a little bit arrogant.

Megara is the Cheerleader of "heroes" and the girlfriend of Hercules. She is quite serious and sarcastic. She love the gospel and Greek mythology and she's studying anthropology.

I always see Alice like a freaky bohemian girl who's every hour in is inner-wonderland.

Our freaky/Nerd/lovely Belle!

China's heroine now as a modern city girl. She is part of the dance team of the university, loves Jay Chou and Wang Lee Hom

Li Shang is a second year student. He loves martial arts. Capoeira, Judo, Taekwondo, Kung Fu ... he wants to look like one of his idols, Bruce Lee.
He usually helps Mulan with her dance practice.

SnowWhite is a simple girl who loves to sing. It is part of the choir with Aurora and after her lessons, she use her free time to learn more of computer. Obviously she loves Mac XD. The weekends usually helps Kenai and Pocahontas to take care of the Animal Welfare Association in the campus.

Beast is the quarterback of the football team of school. He´s egocentric, cocky and rude but thanks to a girl is changing all that (XD) You do not know who is this girl (Adam give to her his team jacket...)

Arthur is a member of the fencing team despite being thin and wimpy. Phoebus is one of his best friends and from who has learned most of his moves. He is loyal to his friends and he's always willing to learn new things being her favorite class History, (with Professor Merlin)

Cinderella wants to study botany and she joined the gardening club at the university. She's a very good student and always seems to arrive before 12 to her room. Her stepsisters wanted to go to a public university but Cinderella proved to be much smarter than they thought ... Is it because she have a fairy godmother?

Shanti is a polite, quiet, sweet and beautiful young girl who's studying tropical fauna and environment. She has some fear of the forests surrounding the university that why she always goes Mowgli. Hates snakes and love bollywoods movies!

Esmeralda has been dancing since she was little. She loves ballet and exotic dances. She love mixing dance styles and for this, usually train with Aladdin (B-Boy) (sound familiar? Ballerina+b-boy ... Step Up

Today's the turn of Tarzan, the City Skater.

Jane. Student of zoology and expert on primates. She loves drawing, walk in the woods and jumping vines (Just kidding XD).She is one of the best students in her class. She has changed her elegant and classic style for something more casual matching with her ​​boyfriend.

Pocahontas is an environmentalist who cares for all the animals in the shelter near the university with his friend Kenai. Aurora made a keychain with the shape of raccoon tail to hang on her bag.

John and Kocoum, Kocoum and John, both are in love with the same woman and play in different team (Kocoum plays with BEASTS and Smith with HEROES)
Serious, strict, stoic, but kind with all his friends, Kocoum is studying physical education and sport pedagogy. He loves go for coffee with friends and spend the evening talking. He shares his love for nature world with Pocahontas.
John Smith studies Naval architecture. He is on the swim and football team with Eric and Adam. He loves nature world but prefer stay in city buildings. 

Aladdin practiced dance with Esmeralda in the college gym. He has been part of a group of breakdancing and loves dance battles. He also practice parkour and his favorite video game is "The Prince of Persia" (obviously, right? XD).

Jasmine is Aladdin's girlfriend. She loves to dance and practice with Mulan new steps every weekend. She is studying political, social and human sciences despite she hates the teacher of this subject ... Yafar! She loves cats (big and small) and would like to travel around the world (something like visit... "A whole new world")

Rapunzel loves everything. She is studying design and fashion and she is on several university clubs. Sewing, drawing, sculpture, crafts ... she also practice martial arts and archery with Shang and Merida. She can do it all!
Rapunzel is curious, funny and sometimes too vibrant (and bipolar)

Tiana was born in New Orleans and she started working very young to pay her university.
She is on the Faculty of Culinary Arts and she would love to have her own restaurant. She's always experimenting in the kitchen and writes everything in her notebook of recipes. (kermit's notebook). She love to hear Soul and Jazz and likes retro clothes (She really love the look of Janelle Monae!)

Fun-loving, lazy, dashing and arrogant Naveen hates the rules. Allthough his parents forced him to study Political Science he prefers to use his time to music.
He enjoys all genres of music and loves learning to play different instruments. 
He meets Tiana while playing in a pub. Naveen asked Tiana for a kiss and she slapped him (She prefers green frogs XD). Naveen has friends... on the other side (Anastacia, Cale, Tulio & Miguel...)

Merida is studying Anglo-Saxon history.  She loves Celtic music and her favorites artists are Enya and Loreena McKennitt (also a fan of Russian Red!)  She is part of the archery club. Her best friends are Kenai and Robin (she feels something ...)

Elsa and Anna were close during their childhood but after some little problems (eternal winter, boyfriends...etc) now their relationship is stronger than ever.
The two sisters are one of the most popular girls in the University. Elsa has left her past behind and finally she's studying what she want, Architecture. Elegant, powerful, reserved and very protective with her sister.
She has started dating a guy a little bit ... cold... his last name is Frost!
Anna, unlike Elsa, is fearless, playful and optimistic. She is always looking for new adventures with her boyfriend, Kristoff. She has a obsession with romance and this has brought her many troubles, usually acts before she speaks, and can be rather impulsive.
She want to be Preschool Teacher.

Kristoff is friendly, nice, funny and a little shy. He loves winter sports and practices snowboarding and ice hockey. He adore the animals, especially reindeers, and likes to go with his girlfriend Anna to visit Pocahontas and Kenai in the shelter near the university
He is studying Meteorology in University. 
Loves the films of the 80s, his favorite movie is LEGEND

Discover more Disney characters artwork by Hyung86 on Deviant Art ! 

All artwork: copyright Deviant Art artist Hyung86

Friday, March 28, 2014

Saving Mr Banks Blu-Ray Now Released and Include Great Special Features !

Saving Mr Banks is now released in Blu-Ray and Dvd which is a great news, and there is even better as the edition includes great special features, including a documentary called “The Walt Disney Studios: From Poppins to the Present,” taking a look "at how Walt Disney and his team always looked forward to the next challenge, whether it was a new film or park attraction!" disney released a video showing an excerpt of it and i couldn't resisted to take some screen shots of rare shots of Walt as you will see below.

You can order the Blu-Ray of Saving Mr Banks on Amazon, and if you can do it through the Disney and more Amazon store HERE.

And now here are the screen shots, most of them showing Walt at different eras in the studios or on movie sets. The people on the first picture below are not easy to identify. except for Walt and Ward Kimball who is sitting next to Walt.  The seated man in the foreground on the left side with the clipboard might be Robert Benchley, but that's a guess.  

Another picture of Walt from the same sequence.

The next picture was shot later. It shows from left to right Milt Kahl, Marc Davis, Frank Thomas, Walt, and Wilfred Jackson and they're all watching Ollie Johnston draw. 

A great shot of Walt inside a studio during the shooting of a movie or a TV show.

I did a "sequence shot" with three screen captures from the sequence with Walt and little kids when they start to run... Just like for the others shots, click to see it in big size!

Another picture of Walt at the entrance of a studio.

Last but not least, Walt moving on a studio set with two little girls with him.">
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Pictures and video: copyright Disney

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Are Disney and Lucasfilm preparing a new Indiana Jones trilogy without Harrison Ford ?

An interesting rumor about the next Indiana Jones movies is coming from Latino Review. And it say that Disney and Lucasfilm are preparing to develop a new Indiana Jones trilogy if the sequel project with Harrison Ford doesn't work out.

There is always a chance that Harrison Ford will make a fifth Indy, but according to Latino Review "the window of making that happen is getting smaller and smaller. There is a date and if Indiana Jones 5 is not moving forward by then, the studios are 100% prepared to recast a younger Dr. Jones and ready up a new trilogy."

If they decide to do new Indiana Jones without Ford the new films won't necessarily be a reboot of the franchise, but more like they did with the James Bond movies in which they've continued the adventures the same way with Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig, and others over the last 50 years. And apparently this was actually a part of the original idea thatGeorge Lucas and Steven Spielberg had for the character. 

The inside source for Latino Review told them that the studio is looking at several actors to replace Harrison Ford, but Bradley Cooper is at the top of their list to crack the whip. They also say that Shawshank Redemption writer and director Frank Darabont could work on developing a film for the franchise again. 

Just like you i suppose it's difficult for me to imagine an Indiana Jones film without Harrison Ford playing Indy but Disney surely won't let the franchise die if they can't have Harrison Ford so chances are they will follow through with the plan of recasting the character and develop a new trilogy.

Disneyland Paris Update : Spring Season, Indiana Jones Temple, St Patrick Day, and more...

After the big pictorial update posted last Monday about the works on the Ratatouille ride, here is the second part of the Disneyland Paris update thanks to Max Fan, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome webmaster. First, the park announced officially the Spring season event which will start April 5 and will end on June 22, one day after Summer officially begins in France but also probably a few days before the ratatouille soft-openings start, if DLP imagineers don't have any technical issues on the ride.

Here is the translation of DLP press release about the Spring Season event:

If Disneyland Paris was a garden, it would be the largest in Europe with 35,000 trees, 450,000 shrubs and more than a million flowers planted in the year. Mickey and his friends have decided to that heritage with a special theme for nearly three months, the colors of Spring. With new happenings, new scenery and the opportunity to meet Disney characters in new costumes.

Disneyland Paris turns into a "Springtime Stroll".A new daily happenings "Springtime Promenade" promises to be the event of the day. This musical event ultra-colorful, will be punctuated by more than one hundred artists including more than 90 dancers. Not to mention the Disney Characters in new costumes specially made​​. Mickey and Minnie, Alice and the Mad Hatter, Woody and Jessie from Toy Story, Stitch, Pinocchio, Clarabelle and many others delight the park accompanied by musicians of "Jolly Holiday Band" and "Swing into Spring Orchestra". The new generation will also be honored, including Rapunzel.

Dreamers will discover their favorite Disney heroes in more flowery than ever versions. Near the Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant topiary with images of 101 Dalmatians, Simba and Nala (The Lion King), or Aristocats, Bambi and his friends Flower and Thumper have sprung up like magic. Other emblematic places will turn into flowers theaters.

"Welcome to the Beautiful Season " at the entrance of Disneyland Park, will immerse visitors in the magic of spring with butterflies , flowers, topiary and music that will find place...

Finally , children can play budding explorers through an entertaining leaflet centered around the awakening of nature , ecology and diversity offered by Disneyland Paris .

Disneyland Paris , one of the largest gardens in Europe:
There are not only the attractions and shows in Disneyland Paris . His landscape architecture makes a huge theater scene plant spread over 2230 hectares hectares. It has more than 35,000 trees, 450,000 shrubs and more than 1 million flowers planted in the year. The whole is maintained by the 130 gardeners show who maintain vegetation site daily. Disneyland Paris is also 9 horticultural trades, arborists , irrigation of 6,000 km single pipe system in Europe, 1.5 million m² of biodiversity , without forgetting the famous houseplants that accompany visitors each day in seven themed hotels . Department teams Nature and Environment therefore play a vital role in the life of Disneyland Paris , whose mission is to go deeper into creativity.

A program for new talent:
Spring is the ideal season to participate in the Disney Performing Arts program. It allows amateur groups to perform in the professional world of Disneyland Paris , offering them the unique experience of being an artist "Disney" for a day. Four types of groups may occur: orchestra, choir and dance group parade . Visit for more.

Let's move now inside the park and so far as you can see on the picture above there is nothing new - at least that we can see from the outside - on the transformation of the Main Street Photography shop. So let's move directly to the Indiana Jones and the Temple du Péril  where there is much more to see as they're currently rebuilding the whole temple in real stone, as you know, with a reopening expected for the end of May, if no delay.

A long shot of Les Pirouettes du Vieux Moulin..

The Adventureland bridge and Peter Pan' Flight are also in refurbishment...

But it's the St Patrick day event located in the back of Frontierland which was the big event of the month with Irish dancers, musicians, and free make-up as well as a meet and greet with Mickey and Minnie in Irish costumes!

Here is the video of the Sarah Clark Academy show which happened at Frontierland's Chaparral Theater.

A St Patrick's day animation also happened at Disney Village...

Let's move to the new LEGO Store nearby where there is a special promotion for the grand opening to anyone buying for at least 40€ ( see below ).

Finally, the new footbridge leading to the Panoramagique balloon is finished and soon guests will be to access to it directly from the exit of Disney Village for a stationery flight over the lake and great aerial view of the parks!

That's all for this DLP update and i remind you to don't forget to discover Disney News Central, a new website where daily, at a glance, you can see which are the last five articles posted on your favorite websites, with a direct link to each of them. Just like in New York "Grand Central" - where passengers takes trains to different destinations, with Disney News Central you'll choose each day your destination to more than 50 Disney fans websites ( and more will be added soon ). 

Here is the url:
Note: it works too without the three "w":

Go ahead, jump to Disney News Central, it's a fantastic tool that will be helpful and you'll love it instantly as you'll find websites from all over the world, all talking about Disney theme parks, and more!

Finally, also a good news as the special offer price on the gorgeous Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality book is back and available for both ENGLISH or FRENCH editions.  Thanks to the special offer you can save $50 on the normal price, so if you don't own the book yet i'm sure you don't want to miss it! Paypal and credit card payment are accepted, so make sure you to place your order now! 

You can use the Paypal button below for the english edition, and for the french edition or for credit card payment please send me an email at:

Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality - Include shipping

Don't know yet the Disneyland Paris book? Have a look at the video below or on the book website HERE.

Pictures: copyright Max Fan - DLPWelcome