Sneak peek: Disney’s new ‘Frozen Fever’ coming in March

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Just as kids were preparing to “Let It Go,” Disney is back with a new “Frozen” Film.

The seven minute short movie is called, “Frozen Fever,” and will air before Disney’s “Cinderella,” which will be released March 13.

The short film reunites the award-winning creative team behind the 2013 blockbuster, including directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee.

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the duo who gave us the ironically titled “Let It Go,” have also committed to supplying a new song for “Frozen Fever.”

The original movie told the story of a princess named Anna and her older sister, Elsa, whose icy powers drove a rift between the siblings and threatened the survival of their homeland. Throw in a talking snowman named Olaf and an outdoorsy companion named Kristoff, and you have “Frozen,” has earned more than $1.27 billion worldwide.

In “Frozen Fever,” Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff are all reunited for Anna’s birthday, which may be put at risk because of Elsa’s chilly abilities.

 

Let Disney’s Donald Duck Teach You About…Pentagrams!?

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How Satanic is the pentagram, really?

While conspiracy theorists try and find new reasons to call the elite Satanists, it’s quite possible that they are just more enlightened.

Back in 1959 Disney created and aired a 27-minute cartoon entitled “Mathmagic Land” in which Donald Donald discovers the everyday opportunities of math and why math is useful.

It’s a spectacular video that breaks down why the pentagram is such a special shape. It will blow your mind, and possibly teach you how to play pool in the process (get ready to hustle your friends).

It is well known that Walt Disney was a high-ranked (33-degress, to be exact) member of the Freemasons, and integrated a lot of this into his cartoons and theme parks. It’s not shocking in the slightest that this Donald Duck cartoon would break down the importance of pentagrams, a mathematical shape important to the Freemasons, although I don’t see this airing on television ever again.

Does this make Walt Disney a Satanist? No. But it definitely feels a bit like he was rubbing his vast knowledge of our universe in our collective faces…

Via Wiki: The Spirit shows Donald how the golden rectangle and pentagram are related to the human body and nature, respectively. The human body contains the “ideal proportions” of the golden section; Donald, overinterpreting the Spirit’s advice, tries to make his own body fit such a proportion, but his efforts are to no avail; he ends up “all pent up in a pentagon”. The pentagram and pentagon are then shown to be found in many flowers and animals, such as the petunia, the star jasmine, the starfish, the waxflower, and with the help of the inside of a nautilus shell, the Spirit explains that the magic proportions of the golden section are often found in the spirals of nature’s designs, quoting Pythagoras: “Everything is arranged according to number and mathematical shape”.

(cont.) “Donald discovers that pentagrams can be drawn inside each other indefinitely. Therefore, numbers provide an avenue to consider the infinite. The Spirit states that scientific knowledge and technological advances are unlimited, and the key to unlocking the doors of the future is mathematics. By the end of the film, Donald understands and appreciates the value of mathematics. The film closes with a quote from Galileo: “Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the universe”.

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‘My Little Pony: Cutie Mark Crusaders’ DVD

 

Princess Twilight Sparkle (Tara Strong) gets surprised by a throng of new fans in our exclusive clip from My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Adventures Of The Cutie Mark Crusaders, which debuted on DVD today from Shout! Factory. In Equestria, obtaining a Cutie Mark is an important coming-of-age moment for a young Pony. After all, Ponies acquire their Cutie Marks only after they discover a unique characteristic about themselves, setting them apart from all other Ponies. So when Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo and Apple Bloom meet, they instantly become friends and make it their mission to find their Cutie Marks! They are The Cutie Mark Crusaders!

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My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Adventures Of The Cutie Mark Crusaders episodes include The Cutie Mark Chronicles, The Cutie Pox, Flight To The Finish, Pinkie Pride, and Twilight Time. For even more Pony fun, PlayDate Digital has announced the new Cutie Pox Storybook App. When Apple Bloom becomes impatient waiting for her cutie mark, she decides to take things into her own hooves!
In this interactive story book, follow Apple Bloom and the fillies as they learn that taking the easy path toward your goals isn’t always the best way. Enter the world of Equestria in this storybook adventure full of excitement, humor and friendship! The release of “Cutie Mark Crusaders” marks the first of a series of planned collaborations between PlayDate Digital and Shout! Factory to cross-promote My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is Magic stories and media. In this collaboration, products contain promotional material highlighting a variety of products. In addition, Shout Factory and PlayDate will host contests and offer value-added bonus material. Take a look at our exclusive clip from My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Adventures Of The Cutie Mark Crusaders before picking this up on DVD.

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2015 Disney Movie—Tomy details toy lines for Pixar’s Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur

Tomy’s line for Inside Out will include poseable character figures boasting light up features.

The Walt Disney Company has detailed Tomy’s new toy lines for Disney Pixar’s Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur.

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Tomy’s line for Inside Out will include poseable character figures boasting light up features while the range for The Good Dinosaur appeals spans action figure play and remote control walking and talking. T

The unique characteristics of the film’s dinosaurs are reflected in the toy line, and several working models were built and shared with filmmakers to get the movements right. RFID technology also allows the characters to interact as they do in the film.

“We put our hearts into these films, so it’s incredibly important to us that our toy-making partners care about and do justice to these characters we know so well,” said John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.

“When I visited Tomy’s headquarters in Japan, I was impressed by their commitment to quality and craftsmanship. The toys they’ve created for Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur are fantastic – they’ve truly brought our characters to life.”

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Inside Out lands in UK cinemas on July 24th, 2015 while The Good Dinosaur debuts on December 4th, 2015.

“With the debut of Cars in 2006, we introduced personality and humour to toy vehicles adding a new dimension of storytelling to an established play pattern, and lifting the entire category at retail,” said Josh Silverman, executive vice president global licensing, Disney Consumer Products.

“Dinosaurs have always fascinated kids and we believe Pixar’s unique take on our prehistoric friends will have a similar impact on the way they play with them in the future.”

This summer will also see The Walt Disney Company will roll out a special toy line to celebrate Toy Story’s 20th anniversary that will include a collectible figure range and talking versions of Buzz, Woody and Jessie.

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FIRST LOOK: Cinderella’s New Designer Slippers

IF THERE’S one girl who deserves a designer shoe, it surely is Cinderella (considering her desperate home life, those horrible step-sisters, and an otherwise drab wardrobe offering) and fortunately it’s not just her fairy godmother who has come to her fashion rescue. In honour of the release of the new live-action Cinderella film – in cinemas this March – some of the world’s most famous shoe designers are coming to her aid, creating a glass slipper fit for a fairy-tale princess.

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From Perspex to Swarovski-adorned, the fictional shoe has been reimagined in a range of ways by designers including Nicholas Kirkwood, Jimmy Choo, Charlotte Olympia, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jerome Rousseau, Stuart Weitzman, Paul Andrew, Alexandre Birman, and Rene Caovilla. They will then be available to order from key stores across the world – Harrods, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and Beverly Hills, Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Excelsior Milano, Tsum in Moscow, Isetan in Tokyo, Level Shoe District in Dubai will all offer the “glass” slippers – and are set to be unveiled just before Valentine’s Day.

“Cinderella has both delicate and strong qualities as a character,” Nicolas Kirkwood said. “The moment of transformation emphasises both and gave me the design inspiration to create a piece that spoke to the film’s magic.”

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“I think every girl desires a Cinderella moment in their lives,” Sandra Choi, creative director of Jimmy Choo added. “This story ignites a love affair and fascination with shoes that never dies. The power they have to transform is instilled from a young age and the fantasy remains alive forever. I wanted to create a shoe that felt magical, with alluring sparkle and a feminine, timeless silhouette evoking those childhood emotions.”

Elsa, Anna & Olaf Return In ‘Frozen Fever’

Yes it’s new animation from Disney, starring the characters from Frozen and all of the original actors who voiced them.

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No, it’s not a new movie. Though it is sort of a sequel.

Frozen Fever is a seven-minute short film that Disney is playing in theaters, attached to its live-action Cinderella. Set after the mega-hit movie, it’s a little slice-of-what-life-is-like-after-Frozen among this new family unit consisting of Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven.

To illustrate their unusual dynamic, there’s a portrait glimpsed in the short film that depicts all five characters in a way that’s inspired by Awkward Family Photos. Here it is.

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USA Today reports that the plot centers around Elsa’s attempt to throw a big birthday party for her sister Anna. But it wouldn’t be terribly entertaining if everything went according to plan, would it? The party hits a snag when Elsa catches a cold — and given her unique powers, it’s safe to say that her control over all things ice and snow are going to go a little haywire.

You can also expect to see plenty of Olaf, who ought to be having the time of his life since Frozen Fever is set… wait for it… “in summer.” Aka, the season Olaf wanted to experience so badly he sang a song about it.

Disney scored a goliath-sized win with Frozen, the 2013 animated movie that introduced audiences to the Nordic kingdom of Arendelle. Its terrific mix of likable characters, incredible animation and unforgettable songs catapulted it to the status of being the most successful animated film of all time.

Frozen Fever is, of course, just a little morsel to tide audiences over until the inevitable sequel arrives. No, Disney hasn’t announced any such movie yet, but come on. You know it’ll happen. (We love Disney as much as anybody, but it’s no secret that ol’ Mickey has turned “milking a cash cow” into an artform.) Not to mention more shorts, video games, books and the equally inevitable Broadway adaptation.

Kids will be excited by two of Frozen Fever’s developments in particular:

1. There’s a brand new song written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who wrote all of Frozen’s songs.
2. Both Elsa and Anna will sport brand new dresses, as you can see above. (Cue the doll makers!) As in Frozen, Elsa conjures her own dress out of ice — but this time it’s a summer look.

Cinderella and Frozen Fever arrive in theaters on March 13, 2015. Don’t be surprised if showings start selling out early, after this announcement.

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It’s a small world after all: Visiting all the Disney parks

Some people loathe Disney theme parks, and I understand why. The artificiality, the standing in line, that infernal “It’s a Small World” song looping and looping — I get it.

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The opposite extreme was always more of a mystery. Some people love Disney theme parks so much that routine visits to Disneyland in California or the Magic Kingdom in Florida are simply not enough. Some people also make it a mission to visit Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland. And Epcot and Typhoon Lagoon and California Adventure.

There are 13 Disney parks worldwide and the hardest of the hard-core Disneyphiles have visited them all.

What motivates men and women (usually traveling without children) to spend their time and money this way? It can’t just be that they really, really love Pirates of the Caribbean and the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

What kind of person, having already ridden Space Mountain a few dozen times in Florida, flies to Paris and spends an afternoon riding Space Mountain? Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Deranged.

Or so I thought. Confession: Having visited all 13 parks, I am now a full-fledged member of this obsessive Mickey Mouse Club.

Like many people, I visited Disney parks as a boy. I had the time of my little life, but I also never completely bought in. Mouse ears? Over my dead body.

By 2007, when The New York Times hired me to professionally scrutinize the Walt Disney Co., I had not laid eyes on Cinderella’s Castle in about a decade.

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But assignments quickly took me inside Disney parks on both coasts, and I began to notice a rabid breed of visitor — people like Tony Spittell and his son, Andrew, who visited all six of Disney’s major North American parks in a single jet-setting day, or Roger Yamashita, a California engineer who had been to all 13 properties.

Yamashita, 53, cited completion anxiety. “Once I had done California, Florida and Japan, I started to really want to finish my dance card,” he told me. “It was like, ‘Well, I’ve come this far.”

Yamashita, a gold member of D23, the official Disney fan club, added, “Disney is also very good at keeping you hooked.”

Ah, yes. Good old-fashioned marketing. Nobody does it better than Disney. Attendance at the 13 parks last year totaled 132.6 million, a 5 percent increase from 2012, according to the Themed Entertainment Association.

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I relate to Yamashita’s addict-like thinking — more, more, more — but my 13-park adventure was primarily rooted in reportorial curiosity.

Disney haters have long criticized the company’s overseas parks as products of cultural imperialism: the evil Mickey Mousification of the globe. But Disney has aggressively dismissed that criticism as unfair and outdated.

“We made some mistakes early on, but we learned from them,” a senior Disney executive once said to me. “How can you judge us without seeing for yourself?”

So on a 2011 trip to Paris I persuaded my partner, Joe, to skip Sacré-Coeur and instead go to Marne-la-Vallée, a suburb of Paris where two Disney parks now sprawl across former sugar-beet fields. I wanted to see if Buzz Lightyear had really learned to blast off with a proper French accent.

The place certainly smelled French. Arriving around lunchtime, we decided to have a glass of Champagne at the ornate Disneyland Hotel, which is perched near the park gates like a pink and white Victorian bauble. Lovely. But the interior smelled as if it had been hosed down with Jean Patou perfume.

“I think I’m getting a chemical burn inside my nose,” I whispered to Joe, who rolled his eyes. (A Disney spokeswoman said the hotel no longer uses that scent.)

We were slack-jawed upon entering the main park. To compete with the splendor of Paris, Disney spent lavishly to open the resort in 1992, and its ornate landscaping has only improved with age: Austrian black pines, endless rhododendrons, pathways that hug serpentine streams. Of all the Disney castles, the one here is the most extravagant.

“Even I thought that was pretty cool,” a normally nonplused Joe said after a peek at an animatronic dragon residing in the dungeon.

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I hauled him to Hong Kong Disneyland by way of Tokyo Disneyland. At the end of a long trip to Japan last fall, I slipped in a day at the seaside Tokyo Disney Resort, which comprises two parks and a half-dozen hotels connected by a monorail. The excursion turned out to be a surprise highlight of our time in Tokyo.

Tokyo Disneyland may have the single best attraction in the entire Disney empire, but you won’t find it on a park map.

Disneyphiles privately call it the Running of the Bulls, and it takes place every morning on the entrance plaza. When the 20 gates open, roughly 40,000 people stampede through them in the first hour and a half (at least according to a Tokyo Disneyland employee) in an effort to beat the lines. And I do mean stampede.

Joe was nearly mowed down by two young women in Chip and Dale costumes. “Retreat!” he shouted, taking refuge behind a pillar. I was too busy happily soaking up the mania to offer a response. (If you stay at a Disney hotel you can enter the park 15 minutes early and secure a good observation spot.)

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Hong Kong Disneyland was next. It was at this point that I started to wonder if I had gone too far.

But the lines were short as a result of pouring rain, and we took cover inside the “enchanted” Mystic Manor, a twist on Disney’s Haunted Mansion that leaves out the ghosts (because the supernatural is viewed differently in Chinese culture, we were told). We loved it so much we rode it twice and picked up T-shirts adorned with the ride’s mascot, a fez-wearing monkey named Albert, on the way out.

On the subway ride back to Wan Chai, the bustling neighborhood where we were staying, I thought about what visiting the 13 parks had taught me about how Disney operates, particularly overseas. Far from monolithic, the company’s theme park empire is full of quirky surprises.

Yes, the notion of Disney as a cultural bulldozer needs to be retired — especially as it builds a 14th park in Shanghai that will be the first to do away with a Main Street-style entrance. (Instead there will be a vast garden that will accommodate Chinese cultural festivals.)

But Disney is Disney is Disney: Dumbo and Pinocchio and the “Frozen” princesses will always be there. At the end of the day, what makes a Disney park unique are the people who occupy it.

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Sneak peek: ‘Frozen’ returns in ‘Frozen Fever’

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Even in the middle of winter, the world is yearning for a new Frozen. And it’s here.

The filmmakers who brought us the animated hit musical Frozen in November 2013 have created a seven-minute short centered around Princess Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and the snowman Olaf (Josh Gad).

Frozen Fever will show in theaters before Disney’s live-action Cinderella, out March 13.

“The gang is back together. And literally it’s like we never went away,” says Gad. “Every day we’re reminded of Frozen in our lives. So it feels like a continuation of a saga that has many parts still untold. It felt like coming home again after a short absence.”

The first revisiting of the now-beloved characters features some surprising changes, including older sister Elsa’s attitude. Elsa, weighed down by her royal duties in Frozen, has lightened up so much that she’s throwing Anna a birthday bash.

“It’s another side of Elsa the audience hasn’t seen before and we hadn’t really played with in the original feature,” says Chris Buck, who reunited with Jennifer Lee to direct the short.

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The birthday plans go awry when the powerfully magic Elsa comes down with a cold on the big day.

“Elsa doesn’t get a cold in the usual way,” says Lee. “She’s special. Surprising things occur that wreak a little havoc.”

The short features a new song from the husband-and-wife team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who won an Oscar for Let it Go. Parents, be warned: The new song is catchy.

“If history is any indicator, kids will go nuts,” says Gad.

Life for the two princesses has changed in other ways. Olaf and Kristoff (along with Sven, the non-verbal reindeer) add to a highly unorthodox family. Their goofy portrait, inspired by the website AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com, hangs in the castle.

“There’s a slight dorkiness to the painting,” says Lee. “But it’s the best thing they could all wish for, just that ordinary family feeling.”

The Frozen landscape is also changed, as the kingdom embraces warm weather and Anna’s summer solstice birthday. The directors promise other surprises as well. But the sister’s rock-solid support for each other doesn’t change from Frozen, which took in more than $400 million at the box office.

“We continue this story of these two sisters, who only had each other growing up together,” says Gad. “They are still supporting each other. That’s what this is about.”

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The history of the Ducks’ mascot

EUGENE, Ore. — When the University of Oregon’s football team takes the field, the Duck mascot is right there with them.

Sometimes he rides out of the tunnel on a motorcycle.

When the team makes incredible plays, he’s fallen down in disbelief.

The Duck is a favorite of the students.

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“Oh I love Puddles,” said Colleen Daly, a UO student from Vancouver, Wash.

“He’s a school icon and everyone knows him. You see him at games, he’s great!” she said.

Puddles is the name students gave their first mascots back in the early 1940s. Back then, they were real ducks.

By the late 1940s the school had switched to a costumed duck, which resembled Donald Duck, with the blessing of Walt Disney.

The oldest known Duck costume now stands on display at UO’s athletic offices. It’s a bit tattered compared to the modern version.

Today’s students love their Duck mascot.

“He’s the best mascot,” said student Bridget O’Donnel-Davidson with a shocked look on her face. “Are you serious right now? I mean come on, he’s the best college mascot! He’s the Oregon Duck!”

Which is not to say the students wearing the costume were always friendly. Several years ago, the Duck got into such a tussle with the cougar from Houston that the Duck missed the next game as punishment.

And then there was the time a fan attacked the Duck at a basketball game in Vegas, only to be caught by the burly members of the cheer squad and then punched by the infuriated Duck.

But now, he or she, the school won’t say who, is using the uniform is only fun-loving.

Marching band member Conner Richardson said the Duck even takes band instruments.

“He’ll occasionally take my flute and pretend to play it and act like he’s playing an instrument and pretend he’s a part of the band and so yeah, he’s a great character,” Richardson said.

We wanted to talk with the student or students who wear the mascot costume but the head cheer coach said the Duck was flying back from New York and not available.

When asked about other students who wear the Duck costume, the coach refused to offer any information and would only say the identity of the Duck has always been and will always be a mystery.

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Big Hero 6 Review reveals Stan Lee cameo

This heart-warming comedy adventure follows young robotics genius Hiro Hamada, who spends his time taking part in back alley robot fights in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo.

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With help from his older brother, Tadashi, Hiro learns to harness his potential at the university’s robotics lab alongside speed junkie Go Go Tamago, neat freak Wasabi, chemistry nerd Honey Lemon and mascot Fred.

But when devastating events throw Hero into the center of a masked villain’s deadly plot, he activates his brother’s robot Baymax and together they set out to save the city.

The first animated film to bring Marvel and Pixar together, Big Hero 6 still holds old fashioned morals to heart and tackles darker themes head on. It’s both funny and sweet with a sharp witted script that challenges the very conventions of a superhero origin story.

From adorable marshmallow to bad-ass robot, Baymax is truly the film’s heart and soul who delivers glorious laugh out loud moments that will entertain kids and adults alike. Whether he’s falling over in a tipsy stupour with a low battery, patching himself up with sticky tape or giving Hiro a much needed hug, Baymax is the true emotional centre of Big Hero 6.

Originally designed as a “personal health companion”, the loveable robot takes on a more heroic roll to fight bad guys and soar over the stunning backdrop of the futuristic San Fransokyo: a clever cultural hybrid of Tokyo and San Francisco.

The story is a seamless blend of genres from superhero; animation and action which pulls in the best bits of each before letting them run wild in spectacular fun-filled fashion.

While it is a little slow to get going, it soon bursts into live with epic car chases, waves of microbots and glorious battle scenes with the ending being the only real let down (but hey, it’s such a fun origins story we can let it go).

Packed with stunning visuals, larger than life colours and wondrous designs this feels like a classic Pixar film in the making. Baymax’s wobbly face may only be a line and two dots, but the animators still manage to pack an emotional punch when it comes to his touching relationship with Hiro.

Plus as another Marvel revamp make sure you stick around for a fun cameo by Stan Lee…