Monday, February 20, 2012

In Disney News...

...Disney has added some new titles to its Disney Generations Collection, a manufactured-on-demand DVD program which continues to operate very quietly. Recent additions include JUSTIN MORGAN HAD A HORSE (1972) with Don Murray and Lana Wood, the TV-movie BEYOND WITCH MOUNTAIN (1982) with Eddie Albert, and the cartoon BEN AND ME (1953), which has previously been released on VHS and in a Disney Treasures DVD set. All of the Disney Generations DVDs can be purchased from Amazon.

...Disney is said to be looking at acquiring the script for SAVING MR. BANKS, about the relationship between Walt Disney and MARY POPPINS author P.L. Travers. The script was on the 2011 Black List, an industry list of the best unproduced scripts circulating around Hollywood.

...Forgotten Films takes a look at the 1943 Disney film VICTORY THROUGH AIR POWER, which is available in the Disney Treasures DVD set WALT DISNEY - ON THE FRONT LINES.

...A battle is shaping up between Disney and Warner Bros. over WIZARD OF OZ rights. Disney plans an OZ film based on the Baum books, which are in the public domain, but Warner Bros. holds the rights to the characters from the 1939 MGM film. Stay tuned.

...Don't miss this pristine 1957 home movie of Disneyland! It's remarkable that some places haven't changed a bit and other areas have been completely transformed over the years.

...Disney is considering a 28-day window before they will sell new DVDs to rental services such as Netflix.

...Disneyland Imagineering Legend Rolly Crump is looking for vintage photos for his memoirs. Crump was the designer of Disney's Tower of the Four Winds and It's a Small World for the New York World's Fair. A surviving model of the Tower of the Four Winds is seen at the left.

...Slashfilm recently interviewed Diane Disney Miller.

...WDW News Today has lots of photos of the new Art of Animation Resort at Disney World.

...Through March 31st, annual passholders at Disneyland and Walt Disney World can receive a $15 discount for new D23 memberships.

...In late March Disneyland passholders can attend a preview of some of the new merchandise, entertainment, and other fun stuff coming to California Adventure this summer.

...The World of Color show at Disney's California Adventure is expected to add a scene from the upcoming Pixar film BRAVE (2012) later this year.

...Disneyland has a great new idea -- charging lockers. For $2 per hour guests can leave their phone, camera battery, or other electronic device securely locked up and charging. Scroll down at MiceChat's Dateline Disney for a peek, as well as great photos of the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe and the New Orleans Bayou Bash Mardi Gras celebrations. We hope to visit the Mardi Gras fun next weekend; Lent starts this week, but apparently Mardi Gras won't come to an end at Disneyland till March 11th!

...The very latest Dateline Disneyland has photos of the brand-new Minnie's Fly Girls show performed in California Adventure. Looks like a fun time.

...For more recent links, please check out the January 30th Disney News roundup!

2 Comments:

Blogger la peregrina said...

...A battle is shaping up between Disney and Warner Bros. over WIZARD OF OZ rights. Disney plans an OZ film based on the Baum books, which are in the public domain, but Warner Bros. holds the rights to the characters from the 1939 MGM film.

I think Warner Bros. is going to lose this one. They own the look of characters that they created for their movie, not the L. Frank Baum story. If Warner Bros. argument had a validity there would never had been a Judy Garland Wizard of Oz movie. Three movies based on the book were made before Warner Bros. got a hold of it, one in 1910, one in 1925, and one 1933.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Jandy Stone Hardesty said...

Whoa, Justin Morgan Had a Horse! I must've watched that movie 100 times when I was a kid. I don't think we ever owned it - just wore out the rental store's copy. I'm not sure why my mom didn't just buy it - I guess it might've been in Disney's Vault or something at the time. But I haven't seen it for years. Wonder if it holds up.

3:10 PM  

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