Zootopia - Tundra Town

Disney Animation features don’t officially share a single universe, even if we get the occasional wackadoodle theory explaining how they could. But the animators do love sneaking in references to previous Disney films. Like the time Tangled‘s Rapunzel dropped by Frozen‘s Arendelle, or the time Wreck-It Ralph‘s Saitine made an appearance in Big Hero 6.

Usually, these little details slip out after the movie’s actually opened, as fans pore over the imagery and share what they’ve seen. But in the case of Zootopia, a new batch of images has already revealed one adorable Frozen Easter egg. Find out where — and see a whole bunch of new Zootopia stills, after the jump.  Read More »

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Frozen Broadway

When it comes to a huge hit like Frozen, it should come as no surprise that Disney just won’t let it go (I know, I’m sorry). The House of Mouse has already delivered an animated short called Frozen Fever that played with Cinderella last year and there’s already a Frozen 2 in the works, but without a release date to look forward to yet. But that’s not all Disney has planned for Frozen.

Disney has officially announced that a Broadway adaptation of Frozen is in the works, for an expected opening in the spring of 2018. In addition, an animated holiday special is in development for release in 2017. Find out more about the Frozen Broadway adaptation and holiday special below. Read More »

The Flying Dinosaur Jurassic Park Ride

In the latest edition of Theme Park Bits, we take a look at the following:

  • Universal Studios Japan announces new Jurassic Park ride
  • Find out when Star Wars Season of the Force will take place in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando
  • See a preview of Pixar’s Good Dinosaur in Disneyland and Walt Disney World
  • More information about the Frozen stage production coming to Disney California Adventure
  • Get a first look at the Motiongate theme park coming to Dubai in 2016
  • Universal Orlando follows Disney’s lead and raises Annual Pass and parking prices
  • Comcast is buying 51% stake in Universal Studios Japan

All this and more, hit the jump to get started.
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disneyland frozen musical

Good and bad news for Disneyland fans:

  • We’ll start off with the good news — a new stage production based on the hit Walt Disney Animation Studios film Frozen will be coming to Disney California Adventure in Disneyland Resort. Fans of Frozen have proven they can’t get enough of Anna, Elsa and the whole gang, so Disney is giving fans something bigger and better than the other Frozen park offerings.
  • The bad news is that it will be replacing the wonderful Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular stage show which has been playing in the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure park since 2003.

Find out more details about the Disneyland Frozen musical after the jump.

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Frozen Tarzan theory

Disney’s animated films aren’t really a “shared universe” the way Disney’s Marvel films are, but that hasn’t stopped fans from making connections between them all the same. One popular theory posits Tarzan is actually the younger brother of Elsa and Anna from Frozen, born after the King and Queen of Arendelle embark on their ill-fated trip.

It’s a cute idea, but could it possibly be true? In a new interview, Chris Buck — who co-directed both Frozen and Tarzan — addresses the Frozen Tarzan theory, and adds another new wrinkle to consider. Read his comments on the Frozen Tarzan theory after the jump.  Read More »

D23 Expo 2015 Schedule

Walt Disney Studios has released a list of their presentation and show floor line-up, which will include exclusive looks at its upcoming projects from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm at D23 EXPO 2015, which will take place August 14th-16th 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The highlights include a Friday presentation hosted by John Lasseter on the upcoming films from Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, a saturday morning presentation hosted by Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn called “Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios” which yes will include Star WarsFrozen FANdemonium: A Musical Celebration! and much more. Read the full D23 Expo 2015 press release after the jump.

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D23 Expo 2015 Schedule

Disney continues to announce their plans for D23 Expo 2015,  which will take place August 14th to 16th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California. The latest batch of announcements include the Disney Animation and Pixar’s presentations and some immersive experiences.

The announcements include: a joint Pixar and Disney animation presentation which will include looks at The Good Dinosaur, Finding DoryZootopia and Moana, a stand-alone behind the scenes look at Zootopia presentation, an Aladdin retrospective titled “The Making of a Classic”, a behind the scenes panel focusing on Walt Disney Animation short films, Frozen FANdemonium: A Musical Celebration!, a screening of the short documentary The Tunes Behind the Toons followed by a Q&A, and some information about Disney Animation’s presence on the show floor which also includes a Frozen Album signing.

Find out details on all of the newly announced D23 Expo 2015 Animation presentations, after the jump.

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Frozen

It was only a matter of time before Disney World unveiled a Frozen ride, and that time will finally come next year. Disney World has unveiled its new plans for Frozen Ever After, the new attraction which will replace Maelstrom in Epcot Center’s Norway pavilion. Find out everything there is to know about the Frozen Ever After ride after the jump.  Read More »

Disney Reveals Playmation, But What Is It?

Playmation

Disney Consumer Products invited me to a top secret event this morning at MILK Studios in Hollywood to announce what they were promising to be “the future of PLAY”. The subject of the secret announcement could be the hottest toy of Christmas 2015 – Playmation “powered by Disney”. We posted the Disney Playmation teaser trailer this morning, but that probably left a lot of you wondering exactly what this new product is. After the jump I’ll tell you all about Disney’s attempt to redesign the toy, and what that actually is. We also have images and more.

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