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The Los Angeles Times examines Disney's $563-million investment in game developer Playdom, an investment that hasn't yet turned around Disney's games / online performance.
From PCMag: Disney-owned Playdom was fined $3 million last week for collecting and disclosing the personal information of hundreds of thousands of children under the age of 13 without parental consent.
Animator Brian Ferguson recounts the path that led him to "Winnie the Pooh," discusses the hand-drawn v. computer animation debate, and recalls his early hesitation to join a large animation house like Disney.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opened in 10 overseas territories on Wednesday and grossed $18.5 million. The film beat opening day figures from the third film while opening in fewer territories.
According to the Hollywood Reporter Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is tracking to open with smaller box office figures than the third installment four years ago.
Lee Unkrich follows through on promise to share an embarassing video once he reached 100K followers to his twitter account @leeunkrich.
Enjoy his appearance on the daytime game show "Win, Lose or Draw". Unkrich has offered a few tidbits about the video in recent twitter remarks (aka tweets) (HT @CartoonBrew)
Animator's Palate aboard the Disney Fantasy will feature a new dinner show called "Animation Magic" -- an interactive experience that will allow diners the opportunity to experience the magic of bringing sketches to life. The dining room will be decorated with pillars that appear to be oversized pencils and brushes. Character sketches, maquettes, film strips and various animator's tools will be found throughout the room. Dining room chairs in similar style to the Disney Dream will feature the red and yellow colors connected with Mickey Mouse.
As you enter, you'll see a variety of Disney characters as they appeared in concept art, storyboards and character studies.
Then your magical dinner begins -- from the official press release:
As guests are seated at their tables, they are invited to draw a character of their own using a simple template on their placemat. Then, just before dinner, house lights dim and a sprinkling of pixie dust illuminates the room.
Imagery is revealed on several large monitors showing animated, black and white drawings of Mickey Mouse. Mickey then places the Sorcerer’s hat upon his head which transforms him, as well as all of the other pencil drawings shown throughout the room, from black and white to color.
Mickey then invites guests to sit back, relax and enjoy a taste of animation as a montage of memorable food-themed moments from Disney and Pixar films set to “Be Our Guest” begins to delight guests. After the “Be Our Guest” number is complete, animated curtains are drawn on the monitors for a brief intermission. During this time, guests are encouraged to complete their own drawings, if they have not already done so, so they may be whisked off to Mickey Mouse who is conjuring a magical final act.
While guests enjoy dinner, the restaurant’s walls fill with classic Disney and Pixar characters gathering food, eating and drinking together, and celebrating over meals.
After dinner, the animated curtains are opened on the screens and Sorcerer Mickey returns for the exciting finale. With a flourish and musical crescendo, Mickey works magic as only Disney can do. Mickey conjures the guests’ drawings – now fully animated and brought to life – into the onscreen action.
A parade starts as Mickey leads the guests’ drawings in a march across the screens around the dining room. The animation of the drawings becomes increasingly more elaborate, and then the drawings step into scenes from beloved Disney movies and skip, skate and dance side-by-side with characters such as Mickey Mouse, Jiminy Cricket, Cinderella and Snow White.
At the conclusion of the show, Mickey returns to say “so long” to the guests and, as he does, credits roll on screen showing each guest’s name listed as a guest animator. To commemorate the experience, each guest will have their character drawing returned to them, with an added touch… a golden seal proclaiming them an Official Disney Animator.
Europa Nighttime Entertainment District
On the Disney Fantasy, adult guests step into a world that’s all their own at Europa – a nighttime entertainment district exclusively for guests 18 and older that features sophisticated bars and trendy lounges inspired by the very best in European travel.
- La Piazza is a lounge that draws inspiration from Italian cities and their decorative outdoor plazas. The bar is modeled after a colorful vintage carousel. Venetian masks, romantic couples’ booths and a classic Vespa with a sidecar add Italian flair.
- Skyline is a chic bar that provides ever-changing birds-eye views of stunning European city skylines that transform from day to night. Skyline’s “windows to the world” give guests a glimpse of spectacular locales in panorama such as Paris, London, Barcelona, Athens and St. Petersburg.
- O’Gill’s Pub is a rollicking Irish bar with modern-day twists. Dark woods, brass accents and a selection of Irish beers create the perfect pub atmosphere where guests can sip a pint while watching live sporting events on one of several high-definition televisions.
- Ooh La La is inspired by an elegant French boudoir adorned with velvet tufted walls, Victorian furniture and Louis XIV-style chaise lounges. A sensuous color palette is accented with ornate framed mirrors, gold details and a “jewel box” feature bar backed with sparkling diamond-like facets.
- The Tube transports guests to a vibrant metropolitan club via the London Underground. Guests “mind the gap” as they walk across a Tube route map, lounge among mod furniture, pose by a red English phone booth, dance atop an illuminated Union Jack dance floor and enjoy cocktails at a bar inspired by Big Ben and London’s many train stations.
(all concept images (c) Disney)
The three-deck atrium lobby of the Disney Fantasy will celebrate Art Nouveau stylings and feature a statue of Mademoiselle Minnie Mouse. Inspired by travel of the 1920s and 1930s, Minnie, cast in bronze and dressed in vintage fashion with a parasol and steamer luggage at her side will welcome guests as they board.
Disney tops License! Global magazine annual list of licensors. Deadline offers a brief synopsis of the article and Disney's strong performance.
According to The Hollywood Reporter about 30 people stood behind police barricades protesting ABC's decision to cancel "All My Children" and "One Life to Live."
Michelle Williams has been offered the role of Glinda, the good witch in Disney's "Oz: The Great and Powerful" reports The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision Blog.
Los Angeles Times reports ESPN's VP of content talked about the challenges to fill "Monday Night Football" should the NFL season be delayed and explained the sports network will agressively pursue rights to the upcoming Olympics.
View trailers for the new programs coming to ABC including "Charlie's Angels," "Apartment 23," Good Christian Belles," and others.
Earlier this year OPI announced a collection of nail colors would hit shelves in May as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides arrived in theaters. Parade magazine is giving away ten O.P.I. mini sample kits featuring four Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides nail lacquer shades. Visit their site for details on the email contest.
"Mutiny, Cap'n" Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sequence featuring Blackbeard (Ian McShane) (YouTube - DisneyPirates)
The May 16th New Yorker magazine takes readers behind the scenes of Pixar Animation Studios with interviews Pixar employees. Discover the process by which Pixar makes films, including the creation of “Brave,” which is due for release in June of 2012 and “Cars 2,” which will be released this summer. The article highlights studio’s chief creative officer, John Lasseter, and gives a history of Pixar’s evolution and corporate ownership.
Cartoon Brew's review of the piece (click here for their review of the piece) expressed disappointment in the lack of depth or interesting insights presented by the item and sparked a discussion of controversial topics surrounding Pixar Animation Studios (click here for that item)
According to The Hollywood Reporter Tim Burton will not be directing Disney's "Maleficent" starring Angelina Jolie. The industry paper offers a rumored candidate to direct the developing project.
Fans of ABC's recently cancelled daytime soaps All My Children and One Life to Live have organized a protest for tomorrow's afternoon upfronts. Upfronts are a TV industry event where network executives highlight upcoming programming to advertisers to entice commercial time purchases. Soap fans have been successful in targeting and receiving support from corporations such as Hoover who pulled advertisements from ABC following the soaps cancellation and will be outside the New York City venue of ABC's event.
With ABC's upfront presentation coming tomorrow (Tuesday, May 17) Deadline offers the various rumors swirling around the Disney owned network.
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