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Film Producer Ben McConley Joins As a Producer of the Highly Anticipated Film ‘Walt Before Mickey’

Walt Before Mickey

Walt Before Mickey

Film Producer Ben McConley, with the assistance of his advisors at the Washington D.C.-based public affairs firm CapitalKeys, announces his participation as a Producer in ‘Walt Before Mickey’, the highly anticipated biopic on the early years of Walt Disney based on the book with the same name written by Timothy Susanin and Diane Disney Miller.

This family film marks Mr. McConley’s 16th film as a producer. Recently, the producers signed a domestic distribution deal with Voltage Pictures, distributors of such films as Dallas Buyers Club and the Hurt Locker and an international distribution deal with Mission Pictures.

“It’s a beautiful portrayal of a side of Walt Disney never before seen!” says actor David Henrie who plays Rudy Ising in the film. Award winning actor Hunter Gomez says, “This is my proudest film. We’re showing a side of Walt Disney that most don’t even know existed.”

The film will premier in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC, prior to wide release. The film is also the opening night featured film at The Skyway Film Festival, which runs from June 12 – 14 in Florida.

We at DizRadio.com had a chance to interview Jon Heder and Thomas Ian Nicholas as well as the team behind the film live from the set in our archives at: DizRadio.com / Archives

For more information visit the official site for ‘Walt Before Mickey’ at: http://waltbeforemickey.com/

Marvel’s “Avengers” Superpowers Meet Autism Superpowers

Marvel's "Avengers" Superpowers Meet Autism Superpowers

Marvel’s “Avengers” Superpowers Meet Autism Superpowers

Not all the heroes with superpowers are on the big screen in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the year’s most anticipated movie that opened in theaters this month.

Some are behind the screen.

Earlier at the cast and crew screening held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles, four young adults with autism from Exceptional Minds Studio were singled out by Marvel Studios’ Executive VP of Visual Effects and Post Production Victoria Alonso for their work on the film.

“It was the first time that any of our young artists were recognized publicly on behalf of Exceptional Minds,” commented Susie Zwerman, Executive Producer and Job Developer for Exceptional Minds. “It was a wonderful moment of industry recognition and we are so proud to be a part of this amazing film.”

The four completed tracker-marker cleanup as well as the end title credits for the film, proving once again that what individuals with autism might lack in social skills, they make up for in visual artistry, focus, and attention to detail – or what some call the superpowers of autism.

“It’s not just the big hero shots that matter; it’s absolutely every single little detail which creates the whole aesthetic, the whole story. And the work (they’ve) done has helped to build that,” said Marvel Studio’s visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend.

“I hope you are as proud of their work up on the screen as we are,” he added, referring to the visual effects team including Patrick Brady, Lloyd Hackl, Eli Katz and Christopher Chapman.

The four are 2014 graduates of Exceptional Minds vocational school for young adults with autism, which is co-located with Exceptional Minds Studio in Sherman Oaks, California.

Exceptional Minds is the only school and working studio for young adults on the spectrum pursuing careers in visual effects and related fields. The school was started in 2011 to help these young men and women transition from high school into meaningful careers through accredited instruction and professional work experience.

All in their early to mid-20s and on the spectrum, three of the four artists completed tracking-marker removal for Marvel Studios, the production company for “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The fourth, Christopher Chapman, along with the help of Exceptional Minds staff Josh Dagg and freelance VFX Title Supervisor William Lebeda, completed a huge amount of cast and crew credits in a 7.5 minute end-credit crawl for the movie.

“This title project was massive in scope and complexity with dozens of revisions that had to be addressed quickly and accurately. But this is what our team does naturally… extreme attention to detail is first nature to them,” said Craig Seitz, Exceptional Minds Head of Production.

Exceptional Minds is known for its close working relationship with the visual effects industry.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is the latest in a growing list of visual effects projects by Exceptional Minds students and graduates, who have worked on more than a dozen projects, including films “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “American Hustle.”

“They are all huge fans of Marvel and cannot wait to put a poster from Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron on our studio wall,” said Zwerman.

The cast and crew screening was held the evening of April 28 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles. The movie opened in U.S. theaters May 1.

Greyhound Announces “Next Stop: Tomorrowland” Sweepstakes And Promotion

Greyhound Announces "Next Stop: Tomorrowland" Sweepstakes And Promotion

Greyhound Announces “Next Stop: Tomorrowland” Sweepstakes And Promotion

Greyhound, the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in North America, today announced the launch of its “Next Stop: Tomorrowland” Sweepstakes to celebrate its appearance in Disney’s upcoming feature film, “Tomorrowland,” which will be in theaters May 22. Beginning April 24 through June 5, Disney fans can enter to win a trip for two to Los Angeles for an extraordinary experience that only Greyhound can deliver.

Disney's Tomorrowland Coming to Theatres

Disney’s Tomorrowland Coming to Theatres

The sweepstakes is part of a larger cross-promotion with Disney for the film. Greyhound will provide customers with a “Tomorrowland” experience by wrapping several Greyhound buses with imagery from the film, and its terminals will promote the film and the sweepstakes. In addition, a custom web page, www.greyhound.com/tomorrowland, has sweepstakes information, the latest “Tomorrowland” trailer and a link to purchase movie tickets. The company also is sponsoring the “Tomorrowland” world premiere inLos Angeles on May 9.

“We’re excited to be part of and promote such an amazing film,” said Kim Plaskett, vice president of marketing, Greyhound Lines, Inc. “Although there will only be one lucky winner for the sweepstakes, everyone can always travel in style and enjoy great service when they ride Greyhound, which offers express routes between major cities and premium amenities, including free Wi-Fi, power outlets, leather seats and extra legroom, which are typically found on more expensive travel options.”

The winner and one guest will receive roundtrip airfare for two to Los Angeles, transportation between the airport and hotel, a two-night hotel stay, tickets to a Disney movie premiere and premiere after party and a prize package with signed posters and other memorabilia.

Participants may enter the “Next Stop: Tomorrowland” Sweepstakes, as well as view restrictions, official rules and details by visitingwww.greyhound.com/tomorrowland. Participants must submit an official entry form to be eligible. A random drawing will be held to determine the Grand Prize winner on or about July 1, 2015. Odds of winning will depend on the total number of eligible entries received. The Grand Prize winner will be notified by telephone and mail.

No purchase is necessary to enter or win the sweepstakes. The sweepstakes is open only to legal residents who reside in the United States who are at least 18 years old or the age of majority in their state of primary residence (whichever is older). Employees, officers, and directors (including immediate family members and members of the same household) of Greyhound Lines, Inc., Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, and each of their affiliated companies, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies and any other entities directly associated with this sweepstakes (collectively, “Released Parties”), are not eligible to participate.

Marvel Music And Hollywood Records Present Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Digital Album Set For Release April 28 Physical CD Available May 19

Marvel Music And Hollywood Records Present Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Digital Album Set For Release April 28 Physical CD Available May 19

Marvel Music And Hollywood Records Present Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Digital Album Set For Release April 28 Physical CD Available May 19

Marvel Music and Hollywood Records will release the original motion picture digital soundtrack for Marvel’s  “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on April 28, 2015.  The physical CD will be available on May 19, 2015.  The score features music by Brian Tyler (Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” “Furious 7”) and Danny Elfman.  The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in theaters on May 1, 2015.

Brian Tyler has scored over 70 films and recently won Film Composer of the Year at the 2014 Cue Awards.  He has composed and conducted the scores for the Marvel hits Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” and Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” “Now You See Me,” “The Expendables,” “Furious 7,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Rambo,” and “Eagle Eye” produced by Steven Spielberg.  A three-time Emmy nominee, for television he scores the series “Scorpion,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Sleepy Hollow.”  Tyler created the new theme music for ESPN’s NFL studio shows.  He was nominated for a 2014 BAFTA Games Award. He is currently scoring the film “Truth” starring Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes and Robert Redford as Dan Rather.

Danny Elfman has received Oscar® nominations for his scores for Gus Van Sant’s “Good Will Hunting” and “Milk,” Tim Burton’s “Big Fish,” and Barry Sonnenfeld’s “Men in Black.” Movie audiences worldwide have also heard Danny Elfman’s unique sound and style in over 80 film scores, including David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle” and Rob Marshall’s Academy Award-winning “Chicago.”  For more than 25 years, Tim Burton and Elfman have collaborated on some of the cinema’s most beloved and recognizable films and soundtracks, including “Beetlejuice,” “Batman,” “Edward Scissorhands,” and more recently “Alice in Wonderland” and “Big Eyes.” Elfman also collaborated with director Sam Raimi for “Oz The Great and Powerful” after composing original scores for the filmmaker’s blockbuster hits including “Spider-Man” and “Spider-Man 2.”  Due later this year, Elfman also scored the independent Sundance film “The End of the Tour.”

Avengers: Age of Ultron track list:

1. “Avengers: Age of Ultron Title”               

Brian Tyler

2. “Heroes” *                                            

Danny Elfman

3. “Rise Together”                                     

Brian Tyler

4. “Breaking and Entering”                          

Brian Tyler

5. “It Begins”                                              

Danny Elfman

6. “Birth of Ultron”                                        

Brian Tyler

7. “Ultron-Twins”                                           

Danny Elfman

8. “Hulkbuster”                                              

Brian Tyler

9. “Can You Stop This Thing?”                         

Danny Elfman

10. “Sacrifice”                                                 

Brian Tyler

11. “Farmhouse”                                              

Danny Elfman

12. “The Vault”                                                 

Brian Tyler

13. “The Mission”                                             

Brian Tyler

14. “Seoul Searching”                                         

Brian Tyler

15. “Inevitability-One Good Eye” *                         

Danny Elfman

16. “Ultron Wakes”                                               

Danny Elfman

17. “Vision”                                                           

Brian Tyler

18. “The Battle”                                                      

Brian Tyler

19. “Wish You Were Here”                                       

Brian Tyler

20. “The Farm”                                                         

Danny Elfman

21. “Darkest of Intentions”                                          

Brian Tyler

22. “Fighting Back”                                                     

Brian Tyler

23. “Avengers Unite”                                                    

Danny Elfman

24. “Keys to the Past”                                                  

Brian Tyler

25. “Uprising”                                                               

Brian Tyler

26. “Outlook”                                                                

Brian Tyler

27. “The Last One”                                                          

Brian Tyler

28. “Nothing Lasts Forever”                                               

Danny Elfman

29. “New Avengers-Avengers: Age of Ultron”                 

Danny Elfman

*Not featured in Film

 

Bleacher Creatures To Launch New Line Of 10-Inch-Tall Plush Marvel Icons To Debut In May With Release Of Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron

April 3, 2015 Disney News, Marvel No Comments
Bleacher Creatures To Launch New Line Of 10-Inch-Tall Plush Marvel Icons To Debut In May With Release Of Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Bleacher Creatures To Launch New Line Of 10-Inch-Tall Plush Marvel Icons To Debut In May With Release Of Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Captain America Bleacher Creature

Captain America Bleacher Creature

What’s the only thing more compelling than Nick Fury or the Black Widow in Marvel’s The Avengers? Incredibly true-to-life—and cuddly—10-inch-tall plush figure versions! Bleacher Creatures, the innovative licensing manufacturer known for its true-to-life plush figures of pro-sports stars and comic characters, will launch a brand-new line of Marvel plush figures in May with the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Other initial characters from the hugely anticipated film receiving the Bleacher Creatures plush treatment include Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America and Hawkeye. The Bleacher Creatures Avengers plush will be available for pre-order starting April 1, and will be delivered by May 1, the movie’s premiere date.

Also in May, Bleacher Creatures and Marvel will debut plush figures from Marvel’s Ant-Man, the new Super Hero film starring Paul Rudd as a con man who finds his inner hero when he dons a suit that enables him to shrink in size but increase his strength.

Additional Bleacher Creatures/Marvel surprises, including characters from Marvel television series and comic-inspired characters, will launch in August and September 2015.

“We’re so excited to be working with the creative geniuses at Marvel as we transform their larger-than-life—or in the case of Ant-Man, smaller-than-life—Super Heroes into adorable yet faithful plush figures,” says Matthew Hoffman, founder and president of Bleacher Creatures. “Our motto is ‘Put your passion in play,’ and Marvel’s ingenious creations make that a thrilling reality.”

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Show #99 w/ Special Guest RYAN RITCHEY (Director of ‘After the Fair’ Documentary of the 1964 World’s Fair) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu's Disney on Demand Show #99 w/ Special Guest RYAN RITCHEY (Director of 'After the Fair' Documentary of the 1964 World's Fair) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Show #99 w/ Special Guest RYAN RITCHEY (Director of ‘After the Fair’ Documentary of the 1964 World’s Fair) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast at DizRadio.com

February 12, 2015 – Show #99

It’s Time D-Heads! This week we take a trip into the past with the World’s Fair as RYAN RITCHEY (Director of After the Fair the Documentary of the 1964’s World’s Fair) to the show! Ryan talks about the World’s Fair, Walt Disney, Small World, Rolly Crump, the Landmarks and his Documentary of the fair.

In addition we have the D-Team back as you have questions and Erin has answers in I Want To Know. Caitlin is here with the latest from the Walt Disney World Resort in WDW-In-2, and Paige returns with the Magical Music Review. We go down into The Vault with Jason with another Blu-Ray and DVD to add to your collection and Nathan gives you a look back with This Week In Disney History.

There is news hot off the D-Wire with information on Walt Disney World, The Richard Petty Driving Experience, Miles from Tomorrowland, Disney Education Apps, Club Penguin, Disneyland, Star Wars, Disney Cruise Lines and more!

So it’s time to 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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Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Soundtrack Is Certified Platinum

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Soundtrack Is Certified Platinum

Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Soundtrack Is Certified Platinum

Marvel Music and Hollywood Records’ Grammy®-nominated Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack has certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A., selling over 1,000,000 copies.  The album was No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in its second and third weeks of release, for the weeks ending Aug. 10 and Aug. 17.  The album also peaked at No. 1 on iTunes in 60 territories.

Marvel Music and Hollywood Records’ Grammy®-nominated Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack has certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A., selling over 1,000,000 copies.

One of the biggest films of 2014, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” has earned over $773 million worldwide, including $333 million in North America. “Guardians of the Galaxy” opened domestically August 1 with $94.3 million to become the biggest August debut of all time and ultimately the biggest August release ever. After becoming the 10th straight Marvel Studios film to open at #1, “Guardians of the Galaxy” occupied the top spot domestically for four of its first six weekends in release.

The vinyl edition of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Deluxe soundtrack, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Deluxe, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy digital score soundtrack are available wherever music is sold.  Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.

About Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio del Toro as The Collector.

James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige, p.g.a. producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, and Nik Korda and Stan Lee  serving as executive producers. Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy released in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.

“Juntos (Together)” Original New Song By Latin Rock Superstar Juanes From Disney’s “McFarland, USA” Set For Release On January 20

"McFarland, USA" Set For Release On January 20

“McFarland, USA” Set For Release On January 20

GRAMMY®-winning Latin music superstar Juanes has recorded the end title track, “Juntos (Together)” for Disney’s “McFarland, USA.”  The original song will be released digitally and serviced to Latin Radio across the country on January 20. “Juntos (Together)”will also be included on the full original motion picture soundtrack,  with score from Brazilian composer Antonio Pinto, set to be released by Walt Disney Records on February 17. “McFarland, USA” will arrive in theaters on February 20, 2015.

Juanes traveled to McFarland, California and filmed a music video for “Juntos (Together)” that will also be premiered next week.  “I was thrilled when Disney invited me to be part of this very special project,” explains Juanes. “Watching the film left me inspired about the power of teamwork, tenacity and faith, and I’m honored to now be part of the ‘McFarland, USA‘ team.”

Niki Caro, the director of “McFarland, USA,” returned to McFarland to shoot the music video and says of Juanes’ participation, “I’m thrilled to have Juanes’ collaboration on this movie. His song ‘Juntos (Together)’ goes to the very soul of ‘McFarland, USA.'”

With seven solo albums to his credit and multi-platinum sales of over 16 million copies, Juanes is the world’s leading all-Spanish language rock artist–both a 2-time GRAMMY® and 20-time LATIN GRAMMY® winner with nine #1 singles on Billboard’s Latin Singles charts. Working with famed rock producer Steve Lillywhite, Juanes’ latest album “Loco De Amor” was released in the spring of 2014 and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums chart and topped iTunes sales in over a dozen countries. Juanes is also frequently recognized as one of the Spanish-speaking world’s leading social media voices with an online following of over 18 million fans. The Colombian superstar’s dedication as a global activist also extends far beyond his passionate lyrics and is seen in his wide ranging charitable work for his own Mi Sangre Foundation and as a co-founder of the “Paz sin Fronteras” (Peace Without Borders) organization.  

ABOUT THE MOVIE:
Based on the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

Disney’s “McFarland, USA” stars Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, Michael Aguero, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran, Rafael Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, Carlos Pratts, Ramiro Rodriguez, Danny Mora, Valente Rodriguez, Vanessa Martinez, Chris Ellis and Diana Maria Riva, and is directed by Niki Caro with screenplay by Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois and Grant Thompson, and story by Cleveland & Gilois. Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi are producing, with Mario Iscovich and Mary Martin serving as executive producers.

Disney’s Big Hero 6 Arrives on DMA 02/03 and Blu-ray 02/24 with FROZEN Easter Eggs

Disney's Big Hero 6 Arrives on DMA 02/03 and Blu-ray 02/24 with FROZEN Easter Eggs

Disney’s Big Hero 6 Arrives on DMA 02/03 and Blu-ray 02/24 with FROZEN Easter Eggs

From Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Frozen,” “Wreck-It Ralph”), Disney’s “Big Hero 6” introduces you to a lovable robot who will change your world. Join Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit) and Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter) in a comic adventure that will make your heart soar as they learn about teamwork and becoming more than you thought you could be.

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada.

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios,Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to Baymax and his diverse group of friends — adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred — who transform into a band of unlikely heroes. Bring home Disney’s “Big Hero 6,” featuring comic-book-style action and hilarious, unforgettable characters — it’s fun for the whole family!

 

EXEC. PRODUCER:
John Lasseter (“Toy Story,” “Cars”)

PRODUCER:
Roy Conli
(“Tangled,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”)

DIRECTORS:
Don Hall
(“The Emperor’s New Groove,” “The Princess and the Frog”)
Chris Williams (“Bolt,” “The Emperor’s New Groove”)

VOICE TALENT:
Ryan Potter (“Save the Date”) as Hiro Himada, Scott Adsit (TV’s “30 Rock”) as Baymax, Jamie Chung (TV’s “Once Upon A Time”) as Go Go Tomago, Damon Wayans, Jr. (“Let’s Be Cops,” TV’s “New Girl”) as Wasabi, Genesis Rodriguez (“Identity Theft”) as Honey Lemon, T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”) as Fred, Maya Rudolph (“Bridesmaids”) as Aunt Cass, James Cromwell (“The Green Mile”) as Professor Robert Callaghan, Alan Tudyk (TV’s “Suburgatory”) as Alistair Krei and Daniel Henney (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) as Tadashi Hamada.

SCREENPLAY:
Jordan Roberts (“March of the Penguins”), Daniel Gerson (“Monsters University”), Robert L. Baird (“Monsters University”)

COMPOSER:
Henry Jackman (“The Dark Knight”)

RELEASE DATES:
Digital HD & 3D on February 3, 2015

Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand on Feburary 24, 2015

PRODUCTS:                        Digital HD/3D/SD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand

BONUS:
Digital HD/3D/SD*, Blu-ray Combo Pack & Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA)

·         FEAST Theatrical Short

·         The Origin Story of “Big Hero 6”: Hiro’s Journey (hosted by Jamie Chung, voice of Go Go Tomago) – Join the team behind the team that brought Big Hero 6 to the big screen as they travel on research trips to Tokyo and San Francisco and go behind the scenes of this epic film. Explore everything comic-book about Big Hero 6, from director Don Hall’s passion for comics to the story’s roots in a lesser known Marvel property. We’ll talk to Marvel’s Joe Quesada and Jeph Loeb, who were consultants on the film, to learn what makes a good comic-book story, and how these devices were used to help create Disney’s “Big Hero 6.”

·         Big Animator 6: The Characters Behind the Characters – Join the six lead animators of Big Hero 6 as they talk about each of the characters and how they came to be the heroes they are now.

·         Deleted Scenes (intro by Directors Don Hall & Chris Williams) – Includes two alternate openings and more.

·         Big Hero Secrets (Easter Egg) The movie is filled with Easter Eggs, and this Buzzfeed-type list piece will give you a sampling of some of the hidden treasures in the film. See if you can find this Easter Egg about Easter Eggs! (BLU-RAY ONLY)

·         Gag Animations (intro by Directors Don Hall & Chris Williams) – For fun, animators made alternate versions of scenes they were working on and threw them into the mix at review sessions. The directors will present some of these gags for the first time to the public in this piece. (DMA ONLY)

·         Beatmax – Check out some of Baymax’s greatest lines auto-tuned like you’ve never heard before.  (DMA ONLY)

 

DVD:

·         FEAST Theatrical Short

·         Big Animator 6: The Characters Behind the Characters

·         “Big Hero 6” Theatrical Teaser

Swarovski Adds Its Magic To Disney’s ‘Cinderella’

Swarovski Cinderella slippers

Swarovski Cinderella slippers

Swarovski has collaborated with the Academy Award® winning costume designer Sandy Powell to add some fairy tale sparkle to Disney’s new enchanting live action film Cinderella. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James in the title role, Cinderella is due for release on March 13th, 2015.

The suite of shimmering Swarovski-embellished costumes included in the lavish production features Cinderella’s iconic crystal slipper, which plays such a pivotal role in the classic fairy tale, as well as gowns, jewellery, accessories, hair, make-up, wigs and props.

Sandy Powell, a long time Swarovski collaborator, worked with technicians at the firm’s headquarters in Austria to design and realize the unique crystal slippers given to Cinderella by her Fairy Godmother, played in the film by Helena Bonham Carter. A team of eight worked on the development and creation of the shoes, taking approximately 150 hours and working on six versions before the final model was decided on. The dazzling slippers are hewn from solid crystal with a 6 inch heel and their dimensions are a dainty 186x75x196mm, featuring 221 facets in a light-reflecting Crystal Blue Aurora Borealis coating.

In addition to the unique slippers, Swarovski also worked with Powell on scores of costumes, jewellery, accessories, hair, make-up, wigs and props. The crystal house provided over 1.7 million crystals, which were used to embellish costumes such as Cinderella’s breathtaking blue ball gown, the Fairy Godmother’s gown and magic wand, and the wicked stepmother’s dress. Swarovski also opened its famous jewellery archives to Sandy Powell and her team, who used vintage pieces to lend added glamour to the ballroom scenes.

Swarovski has collaborated with the Academy Award® winning costume designer Sandy Powell to add some fairy tale sparkle to Disney's new enchanting live action film Cinderella.

Swarovski has collaborated with the Academy Award® winning costume designer Sandy Powell to add some fairy tale sparkle to Disney’s new enchanting live action film Cinderella.

Branagh’s Cinderella, is a live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale. It brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: “We are always delighted and honoured to work with Sandy Powell, a design genius whose artistry and impeccable eye for detail results in the most beautiful costumes that lend magic to every project she works on.

“Swarovski is as much about innovation as it is about glamour and sparkle, so we are especially thrilled to have helped Sandy realise her vision for the crystal slipper, a technically challenging sculptural piece whose 221 crystal facets refract the light in the most enchanting way. Like Dorothy’s ruby slipper, it is an icon of storytelling and absolutely central to the plot, so it had to be perfect.”

Sandy Powell commented: “For me, Swarovski crystals are a key creative ingredient to add sparkle, depth and colour to my costumes. Cinderella is without doubt the ultimate romantic fairy tale, and I honestly couldn’t imagine designing the costumes without the invaluable contribution of Swarovski. Their involvement adds the essential elements of glamour and enchantment necessary to bring the characters to life in a magical way.”

Since the emergence of the silver screen, Swarovski crystals have played a supporting role in some of Hollywood’s most memorable cinematic moments and illuminated its most iconic stars. Working hand and hand with costume and production designers, Swarovski is proud to have captured the spotlight by adding sparkling glamour to show-stopping jewels, costumes, props and sets.

Cinderella will be released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on March 13th, 2015. For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/waltdisneystudios

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