LeapFrog And Walt Disney Records Join Together To Bring Disney Hits To Award-Winning Educational Entertainment Platforms

LeapFrog Entertainment to Join Walt Disney Records

LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., the leader in educational entertainment, and Walt Disney Records today announced a collaboration to bring Disney music to LeapFrog’s award-winning learning platforms. Disney Princess: Fairy Tale Songs, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Baby Einstein Lullaby Classics™ and They Might Be Giants’ Here Come the ABCs albums will be available for purchase starting early December.

All the Disney hits will be featured in the “Music” section of the LeapFrog App Center for the #1 kids’ learning tablets, LeapPad1™ and LeapPad2™, and best learning video game systems, Leapster Explorer™ and LeapsterGS™.

“We are thrilled to offer music from the most recognized children’s brand featuring favorite characters such as Mickey, Jake and Rapunzel,” said Greg Ahearn, chief marketing officer at LeapFrog. “Music continues to be an underserved subject area in schools despite the fact that it can benefit many areas of children’s development. Our team of learning experts worked with Disney to select age-appropriate music content that will provide children with hours of fun on our best-selling learning platforms.”
The albums will join the library of hundreds of educational games, eBooks, videos, music and more that have been reviewed and approved by LeapFrog’s highly experienced team of learning experts to be part of the LeapFrog App Center.

“We are very excited to showcase some of our most popular characters and songs on LeapFrog’s top-notch learning platforms,” said Rob Souriall, vice president, marketing at Walt Disney Records. “Disney has been a pioneer in kids’ music and LeapFrog is a pioneer in educational entertainment. Together we are able to offer millions of children the chance to experience the magic of Disney through music on their favorite tablet or gaming device.”

Walt Disney Records

Disney Princess: Fairy Tale Songs is a collection of classics from Disney animated films including “Tangled,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Snow White,” plus the official Disney Princess anthem, “The Glow.” From the Emmy-nominated Disney Junior series “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” the soundtrack features 18 hook-filled songs by The Never Land Pirate Band such as “Hot Lava,” “Talk Like a Pirate” and the hit show’s theme song. The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse album features 2 songs from Grammy®-winning duo They Might Be Giants and 16 fun-filled tracks performed by Disney’s Sensational Six: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Pluto. Baby Einstein: Lullaby Classics™ is a collection of soothing melodies from composers such as Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Vivaldi and other classical masters. From alternative rock legends They Might Be Giants, the Grammy®-winning album Here Come the ABCs features a parade of inventive, original songs. From the happy, globe-trotting “Alphabet of Nations” to the propulsive “Pictures of Pandas Painting,” this album is overflowing with unforgettable melodies and ideas that will spark the imaginations of kids everywhere.

The Walt Disney Records albums will be available for purchase (MSRP $10, for children 3 years and up) in the LeapFrog App Center beginning in December. The LeapFrog App Center can be accessed through the LeapFrog Connect Application for LeapPad1, LeapPad2 and LeapsterGS. LeapPad1 (MSRP $79.99, for children ages 4-9), LeapPad2 (MSRP $99.99, for children ages 3-9), Leapster Explorer (MSRP $69.99, for children ages 4-9) and LeapsterGS (MSRP $69.99, for children ages 4-9) are currently available at major retail locations and at www.leapfrog.com.
For more information on LeapPad1, LeapPad2, Leapster Explorer, LeapsterGS and other LeapFrog products, visit www.LeapFrog.com.

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #25 w/Special Guest JUDITH HOAG

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast

October 30, 2012 – Show #25

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #25 w/Special Guest JUDITH HOAG

It’s Time D-Heads! Halloween has arrived and after our month long Halloween Celebration Shows we have a special treat for you on Halloween. The mother of all witches, the news reporter and more as JUDITH HOAG is stopping into the show! Judith, from such hits as the Halloweentown Franchise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Big Love and currently on Nashville, is stopping in to discuss her lifelong career, newest projects and more!

In addition we have the D-Team Back. Tony will be bringing you yet another stat in Disney By The Numbers, Lexie is here with a look into the career, life and times of Judith. Jason is back as well to pull out a Special Halloween Treat and there is the Debut of The Artists Corner with D-Team Member Jayme.

We have alot of Disney News to cover and all kinds of fun.

So Put on Your Ears, Give it a Little Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, and get ready to Relive the Magic, Memories and Appreciation from Your Lifetime of Disney with DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand “A New Kind of Disney Show”!

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The “Artist Corner”: Storm Trooper Donald

Storm Trooper Donald Duck: by D-Team Jamey Wright

Hey D-Heads™, D-Team Jamey Wright here. With the recent news posted here on the site I thought I would draw up some fun for you all from The Artists Corner

Storm Trooper Donald is ready for the CHALLENGE with the merge of the Walt Disney Company and Lucas Films ltd.

Nothing will get in his way!

Walt Disney Company Buys Lucasfilm Ltd, with Star Wars: Episode 7 to come in 2015 for $4.05 Billion

Disney Aquires Lucasfilm Ltd.

Hey D-Heads, those of us know a partnership with Disney can only lead to great things and now in a bold, yet smart move, The Walt disney Company has aquired Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction.

Lucasfilm is 100% Owned by George Lucas himself, so this seems like a smart and strategic move on his part to keep the Star Wars Universe alive. Under the terms, it is set to be valued at $4.05 Billion with the Walt Disney Company paying out about half of that in cash and the rest in stocks, about 40 million shares.

I personally feel this is a great move to join forces with a partnership that already is full of family entertainment and will continue to grow both the Disney Company and the Star Wars Brands.

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”

Star Wars as part of Lucasfilm Ltd.

“Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”

With the new acquired franchise Disney will take over Ownership of Lucasfilm Ltd. and all of its Star Wars Franchise, Operating Businesses, and Technology currently developed and under development. The Lucasfilm Headquarters will remain in its current location in San Franciso, California along with all its other locations to remain in tact as well such as LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound. All of its current employees will remain at their locations and positions.

The biggest change will come as Kathleen Kennedy, Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm Ltd., will take over as President with George stepping down but remaining as Creative Consultant to the Disney Company for future projects, and the direction of the Star Wars Universe. A very smart movie might I add.

Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. And if that wasn’t enough, Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more films to follow in later years to continue the Universe and Brand of Star Wars.

George Lucas to remain as Creative Consultant for Disney

This is a smart move on Disney’s part and in recent years we have seen such great partnerships in acquisitions such as these with Pixar Animation Studios and more recently with Marvel. This will great expand Disney’s Universe, continue the legacy of George Lucas long after he is gone and also keep High End Quality Entertainment coming for Generations of Children.

With Disney’s Star Wars Weekends always a top hit and widely popular, the relaunch of the re-envisioned Star Tours and with Indy in the parks, it is a smart bold move one which I completely agree with.

Welcome Artist Jamey Wright to the D-Team with “The Artists Corner” and Mickey Voorhees

Mickey Voorhees by: Jamey Wright (D-Team on DizRadio.com)

Hey there D-Heads and Happy Hallowen! We hope you have been enjoying our month long Not-So-Scary Halloween Shows throughout the Season with all kinds of spooky, scary skeletons, Mickey Mouse and Disney Haunted Mansion fun.

With such guests as Ken Page (Oogie Boogie), Larry Bagby (Ice from Hocus Pocus), Susanne Blakeslee (Voice of Maleficent, Cruella DeVille, Lady Tremaine), and coming tomorrow Judith Hoag (from Halloweentown), we have had a great spooky lineup this month

But what better way to close out the month with a special Halloween show coming tonight and the debut of an All-New D-Team Member and Segment on Show #25. Coming in Show 25 is the addition of JAMEY WRIGHT and THE ARTISTS CORNER on DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast at DizRadio.com.

Jamey Wright: The Newest D-Team Member

Jamey is bringing a new flair to our weekly shows looking into the world of Disney Art, Animation, the Artists Behind it, and the latest in Animation and Art News. You can meet him on our D-Team Page on the site, learn more about him and just in time for Halloween, take a look at his Disney Halloween Masterpieces hand drawn by Jamey himself.

So give him a warm D-Head welcome and enjoy the new segment and Halloween Works of Art below. Welcome Jamey.


Former Disney Consumer Products Chairman, Creator of the Disney Princess and Fairies Franchises, Andy Mooney, Joins TRC Family Entertainment

October 30, 2012 Disney News No Comments

Former Disney Consumer Products Chairman, Creator of the Disney Princess and Fairies Franchises, Andy Mooney, Joins TRC Family Entertainment

TRC Family Entertainment Limited today announced that the former Chairman of Disney Consumer Products (DCP), Andy Mooney, has joined its Board of directors as Joint-Chairman. As a recognized leader in brand licensing, publishing and retail, Mooney will join the new family online entertainment and trans-media company focused on building a new global brand experience that brings families together.
“Our intention is to create a global family brand that spans generations and cultures. Our stories and characters will come to life and be enjoyed by parents and children in the digital and virtual worlds,” said Paul Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, TRC Family Entertainment. “Andy’s track record in building, extending and evolving global brands is a huge asset as we continue our development. His experience will help us realize our full potential.”

As the previous Chairman of Disney Consumer Products (DCP), Mooney and his team revolutionized Disney’s licensing business, re-invented the Disney Stores and opened Disney English Language Learning Centers in mainland China, creating exciting new growth opportunities for the company. Mooney grew Disney’s publishing division to become the global leader in children’s publishing and was responsible for creating two of the company’s largest franchises, Disney Princess and Fairies.

TRC Family Entertainment

Prior to joining Disney, Mooney spent 20 years at Nike, ultimately becoming that company’s Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, he collaborated with Portland based ad agency Wieden & Kennedy in the development of the iconic advertising campaign ‘Just Do It.’ During his tenure at Nike, Andy managed the company’s footwear and apparel divisions and founded Nike’s equipment division.

On joining TRC Mr. Mooney said ‘’I’m thrilled to be part of the TRC team and excited at the potential of the brands and properties currently in development. TRC is committed to developing properties to be enjoyed and experienced by the entire family across multiple platforms and mediums. I firmly believe that the development of ‘trans-media’ properties is essential to meet the entertainment needs of today’s family.”

Theme Park Connection Selling Replica Disneyland Haunted Mansion Home

October 29, 2012 Disney News No Comments

Theme Park Connection: Selling 10,000 Sq Ft. Haunted Mansion Replica

Just in time for Halloween, a distinct Georgia home is being sold by Theme Park Connection, the “World’s Largest Disney Pawn Shop.”
Theme Park Connection is selling the more than just a 10,000-square-foot replica of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion that features bizarre noises, lightning crashes and “ghosts.” Theme Park Connection specializes in buying and selling some of the rarest Disney items, including props, signs and memorabilia.

The home is located in a gated community, the seven-bedroom and six-bath home has hosted two weddings and numerous parties. The owner designed his home in 1996 with dimensions and architectural structure to match Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. The owner used the same foundry that Walt Disney used for the real attraction for the iron in his home. The home has an authentic welcome plaque at the gate entrance with the iconic four white pillars and the four faux smokestacks, which match the Disneyland Haunted Mansion to a tee. Although the Duluth mansion does not have its own internal buggy ride, this is the world’s only known home built and modeled after a Disney attraction.

Flickering lights and outside elements add to the uniqueness of the replica home’s exterior. The owner of the home says the house is is not actually haunted as he has lived there with his wife and son for many years. Unique interior design elements include an animated bathroom hitchhiking ghost scene.

“This definitely is the most unique Disney item we have ever offered for sale,” said Marc Pianko, CEO of Theme Park Connection. “We sell unique Disney items like ride vehicles, attraction props and signs. This home would be a dream come true for any Disney collector and Theme Park Connection is thrilled to sell this Haunted Mansion replica.”

Theme Park Connection

Theme Park Connection’s, Florida-based, 8,000-square-foot warehouse is the only retail showroom of Disney items that is open to the public. Pricing and more information can be found on Theme Park Connection’s website, http://www.themeparkconnection.com, the MLS listing. Only real estate agents, media and pre-qualified individuals will be able to view the home; there will be no public tours offered.

Be sure to find out more at their official website at: www.ThemeParkConnection.com

It’s Friday. Make it Disney Freaky

So Friday has arrived. And since it is Halloween Season, make today a Freaky Friday. Yes, I thought I would just relive one of the Disney Family Classics with you this morning.

This film, and style of story has been done so many times over the years. Swop places with your parents and see just what it is really like to be each other.

“The film is based on the novel of the same name by Mary Rodgers, in which mother and daughter switch bodies and get a taste of each other’s lives. The cause of the switch is left unexplained in this film, but occurs one Friday the 13th, when Mrs. Andrews and Annabel, in different places, say about each other at the same time “I wish I could switch places with her for just one day.” Rodgers adds a waterskiing subplot to her screenplay. The cast also includes John Astin, Ruth Buzzi, Dick Van Patten, and Charlene Tilton.” (wiki)

The 1976 Walt Disney Pictures Classic Freaky Friday

The film was fun, and family friendly and continued that tradition of Disney flair. In 2003 it was remade with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan and updated the story line just a bit. IT continued that Disney tradition of great story telling and fun and upheld the light hearted hijinx of the original.

So it may not be news, but hey, go and enjoy a 1976 classic Disney Film, wether that is listening to it in our Lifetime of Disney player on the site while you work, or show it to your kids tonight. There are Magic in the Memories.

Time to Closeout the Workday with a Little Song to Sing on Your Way Home

October 25, 2012 Walt Disney Records No Comments

Since it is the closeout of the business day today, I thought I’d kick it mid 1990’s with a little tune for the ride home. Chasen was a guest on our show a while back (find it in the archives) and you D-Heads™ have asked for us to get him back on and the entire band.

So as you drive home today, think back to those fun days of summer, the Mickey Mouse Club, Fresh Prince as a Rapper and the Walt Disney World Resort had the MGM Studios, yes you guessed it, let’s close the day with a little SUMMER VACATION by THE PARTY

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