Saturday, July 13, 2013

In Disney News...

It's time for some of the latest Disney news!

...The 2013 Disney Legend honorees have been announced. They include the truly legendary Imagineers Tony Baxter and Collin Campbell, animator Glen Keane, the late actor Ed Wynn, and MONSTERS, INC. stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman. The ceremony will take place at the Disney Expo on Saturday, August 10th.

...The Expo schedule is taking shape. Among the presentations of the most interest to me are Tony Baxter's "Undiscovered Disneyland," Dave Bossert discussing his new book REMEMBERING ROY E. DISNEY, a talk by Imagineering Legend Marty Sklar, "Broadcasts from Buena Vista Street," and a 60th Anniversary celebration of Disney Imagineering. I was glad to see that they are reprising "Voices of the Parks," which was one of the best panels we saw in 2011; I highly recommend it. There will also be an "Imagineering Open House" on the convention show floor.

...MiceChat interviewed D23's Jeffrey Epstein about the upcoming convention. Hopefully the new "StagePass" system will mean not as much time wasted sitting in line as at the last Expo.

...Those interested in the Expo will want to follow @D23Expo on Twitter.

...A trailer is now online for SAVING MR. BANKS (2013), due in theaters December 20th. SAVING MR. BANKS stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as notoriously difficult MARY POPPINS author P.L. Travers. I'm not sure what I think of the trailer; it initially seemed a little too irreverent and jokey to me, and watching Thompson be a pill for an entire movie could get old. But it's a fascinating topic, especially considering that MARY POPPINS (1963) was the first film I ever saw in a movie theater. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie this Christmas.

...Want to know where to find the Pizza Planet truck and the Luxo, Jr. ball in MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (2013)? Here you go!

...Here's the story of a "VIP Hostess" who worked at Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room. She was interviewed by Walt himself!

...Leonard Maltin recently wrote about the tribute to the late Annette Funicello which took place at the Walt Disney Studio in June, with many Mouseketeers in attendance.

...Here's the latest MiceAge update chock full of Disneyland Resort rumors and news.

...I like the new Buena Vista Street logo which will soon be seen on merchandise at California Adventure.

...Musical locations at Disneyland: The Disneyana store has moved to the Disney Gallery, and the Gallery is now in the Opera House, in order to make room for Starbucks moving into the Market House.

...The CALIFORNIA letters that once stood in front of the entrance to Disney California Adventure are now at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento. They were dedicated Thursday.

...Attention Southern Californians: On Sunday, July 28th, there will be a tribute to Disney production designer Harper Goff at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The tribute will include a screening of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1956), for which Goff designed the Nautilus submarine. Goff was named a Disney Legend two decades ago.

...And here's a brief piece on 20,000 LEAGUES at Greenbriar Picture Shows, with some nice photos.

...For more Disney links, please visit the June roundup!


Blogger Jacqueline T Lynch said...

I liked Leonard Maltin's tribute piece to Annette describing the ceremony. Very sweet. Thanks for passing that along.

5:38 AM  
Blogger Irene said...

I read several articles about the naming of the studio for Annette but missed this one. A very loving tribute and more details then the other articles I've read. I just finished reading her book (that the movie was based on) titled "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes". You can certainly see why she was so sweet and down to earth when you read it. She was very grounded and had great parents who kept everything real.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'm very glad I was able to share that article on the Annette tribute. It sounded so nice. When I saw the Mouseketeers a couple of years ago they spoke of her with great fondness.

Best wishes,

10:34 PM  

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