Learn to Draw: Rapunzel’s Sidekick, Pascal

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If he’s not blending into the background somewhere, Rapunzel’s buddy Pascal from “Tangled” was one of the best sidekicks in Disney’s recent animation library. Thanks to the Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Character Artist Heather Worley we can learn how to draw Pascal.

Follow along as she shows how you can learn to draw the lovable Pascal.

Be sure to visit the Animation Academy on your next trip to Walt Disney World and learn to draw one of your favorite Disney characters! Who knows, you could be the next Disney animation star!

Previous Learn to Draw characters: Winnie the Pooh, Minnie Mouse, Stitch, Olaf, Grumpy, Oswald, Ray, & Jack Skellington.

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EPCOT 2014 Holidays Around the World preview

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EPCOT’s 2014 holidays around the world celebration doesn’t officially kick off for a few more days. I’m looking forward to trying the new food items and the return of many of my old favorites, such as the Voices of Liberty singing Christmas carols in the America Pavilion.

The good news was that many of the decorations are already installed. We dashed into the park yesterday for a quick look around.

Of course, it’s also fun to find your favorite Disney characters with their winter outfits on. Here Michelle Snow interviews Daisy Duck who is excited about the season.

Previously: Frozen Gingerbread Castle at the Contemporary, 2014 Holiday Merchandise Preview, How to build a ginger bread house, Once upon a Christmas time parade highlights, and Main Street USA holiday decorations.

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“Strange Magic” trailer a wild fairy tale

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The trailer for “Strange Magic” has been released. With a story by George Lucas and animation from Lucasfilm in Singapore, it delivers a wild fairytale ride ands songs to boot.

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“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic” will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015.

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2014 Holiday Merchandise Roundup at Walt Disney World

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Writing your list for Santa? Trying to decide if you’ve been naughty or nice? You might want to wait until you’ve watched the following video.

Steven Miller, Merchandise Communication Manager, walks us through a selection of holiday themed items along with some great stocking stuffers and other gifts to give or receive during the holidays.

You can find some of the items in the video online at The Disney Store, but a lot of it is Park’s Exclusive. You’ll just have to make a trip down to Orlando. A tough job, but someone has to do it, right?

Thanks again to Michelle Snow for filming the interview.

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“Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast” to feature music from KT Tunstall

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British singer/songwriter/musician KT Tunstall will be helping the fairies of Pixie Hollow tell the story of “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast.” Tunstall performs three new songs in the film, including “Float,” “Strange Sight” and “1000 Years.”

“KT is a celebrated songwriter and musician,” says director Steve Loter. “She reminds me of Fawn in a way with her big heart and this amazing voice that has a little bit of edge and a tremendous amount of appeal.”

The all-new Tinker Bell film is about the relationship that develops between Fawn, a compassionate animal fairy who thinks with her heart, and Gruff, a massive beast with glowing green eyes who seems to be on a mission. “It’s a real action-adventure movie,” says Tunstall. “The characters are so cool. I was over the moon to take part. Disney Animation has such an incredible heritage of work, spanning decades, and it’s really special to be part of that.”

Tunstall had fun channeling the film’s heroine. “‘Float’ is Fawn’s opening theme,” she says. “It’s fantastic how she spends her days looking after all the animals around Pixie Hollow. The song says, ‘I’ll just float.’ She doesn’t have to have a reason, she just really loves having a pair of wings, so she’s going out for a fly, getting into trouble and mischief.”

“Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast” clip featuring KT Tunstall’s “Float”:

The artist also helped introduce the NeverBeast. “‘Strange Sight’ is heard when Fawn discovers this beast living in the woods near Pixie Hollow,” says Tunstall. “He’s a huge, scary-looking guy, but she isn’t afraid. She wants to help him and make friends with him, but can’t work out what he is or what he’s doing with the rocks he’s collecting.”

The third song in Tunstall’s lineup, which she sings with singer/songwriter Bleu, is an emotional song that can be heard during the film’s end credits.

Pre-order “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast” today for delivery in March. Your pre-order through this link helps The Disney Blog.

Previously: Tinker Bell series continues on Direct to DVD Neverbeast.

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