Special look at “Feast” a new short that will open Disney’s “Big Hero 6″

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“Feast” is a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation on “Paperman”) and Walt Disney Animation Studios. It is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.

Disney has just shared this extended look at the animated short. I predict audiences will fall in love with Winston. What about you?

Director Patrick Osborne, who joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2008 as an animator on “Bolt,” took part in the studio’s Spark program—which invites artists to explore their own unique ideas in a month-long project that is presented to the Studio team. His experimental short “Pet” was a hit among his fellow Disney artists.

Osborne, whose credits Disney’s 2010 feature “Tangled” and 2012’s Oscar-winning short “Paperman,” for which he served as head of animation, was later tapped as co-head of animation for “Big Hero 6.” But his plans changed when he pitched the idea for “Feast” as part of WDAS’ new shorts program—the project was greenlit with Osborne as director.

Feast opens on Nov. 7, 2014, in front of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6.”

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Instapic: Hidden at Disney


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Hidden Disney: where can you find this famous pair of Droids?

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review – S2-E4: Face My Enemy

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This week’s episode was a lot of fun.  While we may not be any closer to finding out the truth about the alien writings or Skye’s dad, we did get to see Coulson and May, the senior officers, show the rest of the team how the spy game is played.

The episode starts with little set up as Coulson and May go undercover to retrieve a painting that has the mysterious writing on the back. Skye, Tripp, Hunter and Fitz act as back up from the Bus, at least, until a computer virus threatens to blow it up.

When the two agents spot General Talbot at the party, they think that they’ve been compromised.  Coulson confronts Talbot to remind him of the uneasy alliance that they have. After Coulson leaves, Talbot makes a call to Dr. Whitehall giving us the impression that he is actually working for Hydra.

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Tinney Farms Corn Maze and Fall Festival Adds haunted nights

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If you’re out and about in central Florida and wondering just what sort of family friendly fun can be had in a Corn Maze, you should head down to St. Cloud (just east of of the 15 (Narcossee) on the 192) for Tinney Farms Corn Maze and Fall Festival.

It’s the first year for a Corn Maze and fall festival to be held in this part of central Florida. Normally you have to drive up north a bit to find one. The Tinney’s have set it up so the corn maze is what I would call intermediate level. It’s very child friendly with wide lanes and the nature of corn means you never really feel enclosed. If you want to make it more difficult, try exploring the scavenger hunt they’ve set up throughout the maze.

The corn maze is open every Thur-Sun now through November 1, but on Saturday’s they invite local vendors in and turn it into a fall festival. Hours for Thu, Fri and Sun are 10-5 and Saturday is 9-6.

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Just announced last night, Tinney Farms will add 6 nights of Haunted Corn Maze fun to the event. October 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, and November 1 from 8pm to 11pm, you and your friends can explore the maze in a spooky “children of the corn” sort of way.

The best part of this is how affordable the whole experience is. Admission is just $5 and it includes the maze, games, and even a hay ride.

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Legal sparring between Disney and Deadmau5 reveals existence of new Fantasia project?

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To say that the Walt Disney Company is known for the fierce protection of its intellectual property (copyright, trademarks, etc) is probably the understatement of the year. So I was not surprised when they asked musician Deadmau5 (aka Joel Zimmerman) not to trademark his ‘trademark’ DJ costume. Like the name implies, it resembles a mouse. Disney has a trademark on the look and feel of Mickey Mouse so they were understandably worried. But the two really don’t have anything in common other than what mice naturally share (ears, eyes, and a mouth).

I think Disney might be making a mountain out of a molehill on this one. As a creature, a mouse is pretty ubiquitous. No one, even an idiot in a hurry, is going to confuse the technopunk Deadmau5 headpiece with the classic Mickey Mouse silhouette. Letting Zimmerman have his intellectual property appear on toys, clothing, or other products will in no way harm Disney’s vast wealth in the same arena.

Since I expect Deadmau5 to win pretty handily in court, I’ve been paying attention to the case only loosely. But a story in The Hollywood Reporter today, caught my attention. Turns out, while one arm of Disney was preparing to sue Deadmau5, another appendage was asking him to collaborate.

Disney’s music division asked him if he wanted to produce some music for Disney’s new animated series Star Wars Rebels. But he lost that opportunity because of the dispute. Disney, through a third party, also offered him the opportunity of contributing to a live concert series commemorating the 75th anniversary of Fantasia. In the invitation, Disney’s business partner states:

“Deadmau5 is the most innovative musician of our time, and Disney the most successful entertainment brand to ever exist. Bringing these two visionaries together, with this particular franchise, provides for an incredible opportunity that could touch millions of people around the world.”

They even sent Deadmau5 a mockup of his intellectual property combined with Disneys iconic Sorcerer Mickey (above).
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