In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The much-maligned Stitch’s Great Escape attraction goes seasonal.
  • Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents will shut down in January to prepare for the next audio-animatorinc commander-in-chief.
  • A new proposal sheds more light on the original version of Epcot.
  • Go behind-the-scenes of Disneyland’s new Halloween attractions.
  • Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are getting new attractions based on Finding Nemo and Zootopia.
  • Updates on season pass information for Disneyland and Walt Disney World visitors.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood adds more characters from The Simpsons.

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Dory meets princess anna

A couple of weeks ago, Tom Hanks appeared on Ellen where he and host Ellen DeGeneres performed a scene imagining what it would be like if Woody from Toy Story met Dory from Finding Nemo. It looks like this is becoming a regular bit on the Ellen show as this week Kristen Bell appeared to promote her new television series and was roped into imagining what it would be like if Frozen‘s Princess Anna met Dory in the first Pixar/Walt Disney Animation Studios crossover. Watch the video clip now after the jump.

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Woody Meets Dory

If you’re a big fan of Pixar Animation, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of The Pixar Theory. Originally created by Jon Negroni, The Pixar Theory proposes that every single movie from the animation studio actually takes place within the same universe by finding little threads to connect each and every movie to each other somehow. But despite the fact that Pixar movies contain easter eggs referencing some of the other Pixar movies, it’s just a theory in the end.

But what if characters from the Pixar movies could actually run into each other? Tom Hanks was recently a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which just so happens to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, the voice of the titular forgetful fish in Finding Dory. And while they were talking about working on Pixar movies, Hanks decided to have the audience close their eyes while he and Ellen improvised a quick scene where Woody from Toy Story meets Dory, and the result is as funny and adorable as you’d expect.

Watch as Woody meets Dory on The Ellen DeGeneres Show below. Read More »

Finding Dory review

Note: We originally ran Peter’s Finding Dory review on June 10. We’re re-running it now that the film is in theaters.

Finding Dory is an example of why we should never underestimate Pixar. Did we need a sequel to Finding Nemo? No. This film is unnecessary… yet somehow Finding Dory is a fun, rewarding emotional journey. Join me after the jump for a virtually spoiler-free reaction to Pixar’s latest film.

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Finding Dory brings back some key members of the Finding Nemo voice cast, including Albert Brooks as Marlin and of course Ellen DeGeneres as Dory. But one who couldn’t reprise his role was Alexander Gould, who voiced Nemo in the original film. The reason is obvious: Gould was a small child when he recorded the original Nemo, but nowadays he’s a grownup with a grownup’s voice, whereas Nemo has only aged a few months since the last time we saw him.

Fortunately, Finding Nemo and Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton found another way to work Gould into the film. After the jump, learn where you can find the Finding Nemo actor in Finding DoryRead More »

Finding Nemo Honest Trailer

Finding Dory is hitting theaters this weekend, and the buzz before it arrives has been pretty good. Plenty of moviegoers will see for themselves this weekend, with the sequel looking at taking in as much as $120 million. But in the meantime, why not take a look back at its predecessor Finding Nemo by letting the folks at Honest Trailers mock the undersea adventure, including pointing out just how frighteningly dangerous the ocean is for Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Dory (Ellen DeGeneres). Read More »

Rich Moore Finding Dory

At the conclusion of Finding Dory, I was surprised to see Wreck-It Ralph/Zootopia director Rich Moore‘s name listed in the special thanks section of the film’s credits. I decided to ask Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton about it and the fascinating story that followed gives us some insight into how the Disney/Pixar creative ecosystem works, and how the creative heads of each company help push each other to create better stories. What’s the story behind that Rich Moore Finding Dory credit? Find out, after the jump.

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Finding Dory Reviews

Finding Dory doesn’t arrive in theaters until next weekend, but a slew of press and critics have already seen the movie as they participate in press junkets with the cast and crew. Today reviews started hitting the web, and for the most part, it seems the follow-up to Finding Nemo is a worthy successor to the original undersea adventure, though it treads much of the same water. For many, it seems to be just as good as the original, inspiring some tears to roll, but there are a few who weren’t as impressed.

Check out the Finding Dory reviews and early buzz after the jump. Read More »

Finding Dory - dory after dark

Disney has announced that they will be celebrating the theatrical release of Finding Dory with a spacial Dory After Dark event in 90 movie theaters which will include a double feature of Finding Nemo and the new sequel, alongside some swag. Hit the jump to find out more about the Dory After Dark events and where you can buy tickets.

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finding dory real life inspiration

Last month, I traveled to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to talk to Andrew Stanton and the filmmakers of Pixar’s upcoming Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory. On my visit, I got to preview 30 minutes of the upcoming film and chat with many of the filmmakers at Pixar who are creating Dory’s next adventure. But not only that, I got to learn how Pixar took multiple research trips to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which served as inspiration for the Marine Life Institute seen in the final film.

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