Twitter Disney Characters

That’s a hashtag with 140 characters. Get it? There’s much more in this edition of Theme Park Bits. Below read about the following:

  • Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage is coming to Disneyland.
  • Check out a fan rendition of what a possible Star Wars overhaul to Disneyland would look like.
  • An official teaser for Disneyland Paris’ Ratatouille ride.
  • Some new looks at the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs roller coaster at Walt Disney World.
  • Universal Studios building new theme parks in Asia.
  • DreamWorks is planning a Shrek attraction in London.

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Cinecitta World

A theme park dedicated solely to Jackie Chan? It’s in the works. Read about that, and the following, in this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The first images of the Ratatouille ride at Disneyland Paris have been revealed.
  • Disney World’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train had its first full test.
  • The movie themed Italian theme park Cinecitta World is on scheduled to open next year.

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Aladdin's Genie and Sebastian

Even casual Disney fans have likely noticed that the studio’s various animated features often contain subtle nods at each other. Rapunzel from Tangled has Disney fairy tale books in her collection, Nani from Lilo & Stitch has a Mulan poster, et cetera. But what if these aren’t mere sight gags from playful animators. What if, instead, they’re hard evidence that all of these movies take place in the same universe?

In an homage of sorts to Jon Negroni’s The Pixar Theory, Josh Butler posits that 30 of Disney’s animated features share a world. His thesis requires some suspension of disbelief — for one thing, it involves a lot of magic and time travel — but it’s fun to think about nonetheless. Hit the jump to see how Butler’s theory shakes out.

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With both Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012′s rearview mirror, you’d think we could leave this particular fairy tale behind us for a little while. Instead, it turns out that even as Disney was hitting pause on its live-action feature The Order of the Seven, Disney TV was planning its own revisionist Snow White update, titled 7D, to air on Disney Junior in 2014.

So how exactly does this take on the fairy tale differ from all the other ones? Well, for starters, it seems to do away with the whole “Snow White” character entirely. Instead, the animated kid-oriented series will focus on the band of dwarfs, who also look completely different this time around. Get more details and check out the dwarfs’ cute new look after the jump.

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Sucker Punch hits next week, and I still have no idea what to expect from the film. But despite the fact that I’m not a particularly big fan of Disney’s princess characters, seeing them inserted into the trailer for Sucker Punch somehow makes a certain sense. Watch the edit after the jump. Read More »

Over the last few years, Disney decided to create live-action reenactments of classic Walt Disney Animated classics using some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

  • The first batch included Rachel Weisz as Snow White, Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella, Beyonce as Alice in Wonderland.
  • The second batch included Jessica Biel as Pocahontas, Whoopi Goldberg as the Genie, Jennifer Lopez as Princess Jasmine and Marc Anthony as Aladdin, Tina Fey as Tinker Bell, Gisele Bundchen as Wendy Darling and Mikhail Baryshnikov as Peter Pan.

Disney has decided to create another series of these Dream Portrait Series Ads by photographer Annie Leibovitz.The new set includes Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen and Alec Baldwin as the spirit of the magic mirror from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Penelope Cruz and Jeff Bridges appear as Belle and the transformed prince recalling the final scene from Beauty and the Beast, and Queen Latifah as Ursula from The Little Mermaid. Check the photos out below.

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Walt Disney’s 50 Animated Motion Pictures


Walt Disney Animation Studios has released a short two-minute video celebrating the release of their latest film, by counting down the 49 animated features produced over the past seven decades — from 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to 2010′s Tangled. The video is set to the song “Dreams” by Brandi Carlile. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.

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Cool Stuff: Walt Disney’s 1935 Animation Manifesto

On December 23, 1935, Walt Disney wrote an eight page letter to a gentleman named Don Graham at the Chouinard Art Institute (now Cal Arts) asking him to help train new, and improve old, Disney animators. Walt felt that many of the men he employed weren’t working up to their potential and that by focusing on a few simple things, the studio’s output would improve exponentially. Well, after this letter, the studio released – in order – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Bambi. So, it seemed to have worked.

The letter is a fascinating look into the genius mind of Walt Disney, as it details the unique way he looked at movies, humor, drawing, running a company and much more. He details the minutia – such as body type and rhythm of movement – of animation and implores animators not to ignore these incredibly important things. Animators, or just fans of Disney, should really enjoy this. Check out scans of the letter and link to the full transcript after the break. Read More »

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