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Thursday
Jul122012

Frankenweenie - The Art of Exhibition at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con

Frankenweenie - The Art of Exhibition at the San Diego Comic-Con International is on its second stop of a worldwide tour. The exhibition features characters, sets and props from Tim Burton's upcoming stop-motion animated film, Frankenweenie. A recreation of Tim Burton's desk is also on display as part of the exhibit, complete with doodles and art supplies. The exhibit runs the duration of this year's comic-con, June 11-15 at booth 3635 in hall E. SDCC attendees are required to obtain return time tickets from the booth for entry into the exhibit.

For more pictures of this exhibit please visit our Frankenweenie - The Art of Exhibition gallery.

Frankenweenie - The Art of Exhibition Worldwide Tour Schedule

CineEurope, Barcelona: June 18-21

Comic-Con, San Diego: July 11-15

Plaza Universidad, Mexico City: July 27-Aug 7

Fan Expo, Toronto: Aug 23-26

Disney California Adventure Park: Sept 14-Nov 5

Madrid: Sept-Oct

Paris: Oct-Nov

Tokyo: Dec

Disney's Frankenweenie, a full-length feature film by Tim Burton, will premiere in theaters on October 5, 2012.

Tuesday
Jul102012

Marvel Hosts Iron Man 3 Kids' Costume Event at SDCC 2012

MARVEL HOSTS “IRON MAN 3” KIDS’ COSTUME EVENT AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2012

All Kids Dressed as Iron Man Treated to Group Photo and Robert Downey Jr.  Autographed Poster

Burbank, CA (July 9, 2012) –Marvel Studios announced today that they will be hosting an “Iron Man 3” Kids’ Costume Event on Saturday, July 14, at 12:30 p.m. at the Marvel booth (#2329), at Comic-Con International in San Diego. The event is open to all children ages 2-14 who come dressed as Iron Man—Marvel’s iconic Super Hero featured in the upcoming “Iron Man 3.”  Anyone looking to participate in the costume event should arrive at the Marvel booth by 12:10 to prepare for the event.

A group photo of all the costumed children will be taken on stage and featured on Marvel.com. All participating children will also receive a poster autographed by Robert Downey Jr., who reprises his role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in the fan-favorite franchise.

“Iron Man 3” continues the epic, big-screen adventures of the world’s favorite billionaire inventor/Super Hero, Tony Stark aka “Iron Man.” Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, “Iron Man 3” stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, along with franchise staples Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes with Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan.

Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black with Shane Black directing.   Executive producers on the project include Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard and Dan Mintz.

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” is slated for release in the U.S. on May 3, 2013.

[official press release]

Tuesday
Jul102012

Disney Banners Dress San Diego for the 2012 Comic-Con

The 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International officially opens on July 12, 2012. However, the anticipation in Southern California has been building over the past few months. Just like turning leaves signify changes in the seasons, successive waves of ticket sales, talk about convention center expansion and the posting of Comic-Con banners lead San Diego toward the annual rite called Comic-Con.

Frankenweenie and Wreck-It-Ralph Banners in front of the San Diego Convention Center

Over the past few days, Walt Disney Pictures sponsored Comic-Con banners have finally been posted directly in front of the San Diego Convention Center, dressing the site for the four-day celebration of the popular arts. At this year's convention Disney has already begun its advertising push, highlighting two of its most anticipated features, Tim Burton's full-length Frankenweenie and Walt Disney Animation Studios Wreck-It Ralph.

Always a Comic-Con favorite, Burton's quirky style and dark humor make attendees gravitate to whatever project he unveils. This year Burton will grace Hall H with the stop-motion animated Frankenweenie (2012), a Mary Shelley-inpired tale about a young boy who brings his dead dog back to life. In a Burtonesque twist of fate, the talented Tim Burton returns to Disney Studios, remaking the Frankenweenie (1984) short-film that actually led to his early firing as a Disney animator and director.

Walt Disney Studios is hoping its 52nd full-length animated feature will also appeal to the Comic-Con in-crowd. Slated for a November 2, 2012 premiere, Disney's Wreck-It Ralph is the story of an arcade game villain who doesn't want to be the bad guy anymore. Voiced by John C. Reilly, Ralph's 8-bit roots and classic game cameos should appeal to both gamers and animation junkies.

Tim Burton's Frankenweenie Banner - San Diego Convention Center

Walt Disney Animation Studios Wreck-It Ralph Banner - San Diego Convention Center

Although the convention center's transformation began just days ago, other parts of San Diego have had Disney sponsored banners posted since mid-June. Signs of the popular arts celebration hug San Diego Bay, adoring street lights along Harbor Drive all the way out to Point Loma. Comic-Con attendees flying into the San Diego International Airport at Lindbergh Field, will be greeted by traditional Comic-Con ads and Disney's Wreck-It Ralph banners.

Walt Disney Animation Studios Wreck-It Ralph Banners - Harbor Drive - San Diego International AirportThe Disney-designed banners are also posted throughout Downtown San Diego, from Petco Park to Horton Plaza. Starting in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Frankenweenie and Wreck-It Ralph will accompany con attendees north to Broadway, possibly coaxing guests to partake in San Diego's downtown nightlife.

Tim Burton's Frankenweenie - San Diego's Historic Gaslamp Quarter

Tim Burton's Frankenweenie - San Diego's Historic Gaslamp QuarterWalt Disney Animation Studios Wreck-It Ralph - San Diego's Historic Gaslamp Quarter

Monday
Jul092012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage - Rope Loops

Rope Loop Hidden Mickey - Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage - Tomorrowland

Rope Loop Hidden Mickey - Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage - Tomorrowland

On ocassion, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Cast Members create a classic Hidden Mickey by looping spare rope on the wooden submarine dock.

Friday
Jul062012

Hidden Disney Details - Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Batteries

Imagineers have been hiding secrets and inside jokes since Disneyland construction began on July 21, 1954. There are several interesting Disney details hidden inside Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, including a few Hidden Mickeys, nods to the Toy Story animated features, an old sun & moon from Circle-Vision and specially Imagineered batteries.

Throughout the attraction, there are several batteries that have been labeled Made in Glendale, California, USA, Earth, Gamma Quadrant.

Glendale, California is about 35 miles away from the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. It is home to Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) and the Imagineers who design, develop, conceive and construct everything for the Walt Disney Company and its theme parks. The batteries are a hidden tribute to the Imagineers who brought Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters to Tomorrowland.

The Gamma Quadrant refers to Pixar's Toy Story (1995) and Buzz Lightyear's official Space Ranger assignment. He tells the other toys that he has been assigned to the Gamma Quadrant Section 4, a sector in space which presumably includes the planet Earth.