Disney Developing ‘Haunted Mansion’ Animated TV Special

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Included with this year’s roster of new pilots from Disney TV Animation is the announcement that an animated TV special based on the classic Disney theme park attraction, Haunted Mansion, is in the works. Legendary horror genre artist and children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly is attached to executive produce and art direct with Scott Peterson executive producing, story editing and writing and Joshua Pruett consulting producing and writing, both of “Phineas and Ferb.”

gris-grimly-wicket-nurseryGris Grimly’s unique water color inspired illustration style can be found in Neil Gaiman’s The Dangerous Alphabet and his own Wicked Nursery Rhymes series. He has numerous projects under his belt including music videos, children’s books, and is rumored to be working on a stop motion version of Pinocchio from Guillermo del Toro.

The studio also extended its overall deal with Emmy Award-winning “Phineas and Ferb” co-creator and executive producer Dan Povenmire for development on new projects. Recently nominated for its ninth Emmy Award, “Phineas and Ferb” currently airs on Disney Channel and Disney XD with the television special “Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars” set to debut later this month.

“Over the past few years we have focused our strategy on making Disney Television Animation the home for the strongest talent in the business,” said Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation. “We have steadily built our roster with both animation veterans and fresh voices, and have fostered an environment where artists support and inspire one another. This group will help us continue to deliver the great storytelling and beloved characters that the Disney animation legacy is known for.”

It’s the 45th anniversary of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, so it’s nice to see some extra attention beying paid to it. I’d still like to see that planned feature film from Guillermo del Toro. According to a recent Reddit AMA, he promises he’s working on it.

Other shows in development below the jump

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New Guardians of the Galaxy Details and Character Posters

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Director James Gunn continues to share new photos from Guardians of the Galaxy. Above is Lee Pace, who plays Ronan, on board the Milano space craft, aka Peter Quill’s ship, set. Gunn describes the concept behind the Milano:

The Milano, though hardly the biggest set in the film, was possibly production designer Charlie Wood’s most impressive. In person it seemed every inch a believable spacecraft. It was two levels high and inspired equally by the Apollo space program, the pulp art of Chris Foss, American muscle cars, and what we imagined was an older cousin Peter Quill idolized who had a 1980′s stoner van (some of the walls have shag carpeting). The Milano is a souped-up version of the Ravagers’ M-ships. Charlie Wood and I discussed early on that different cultures would have different cultural priorities. On Earth all of our technology is geared towards the priorities of ease and luxury. But other worlds could have other priorities – say, aesthetics or procreation. In the case of the Ravagers, what was most important was a tactile sense of control. Of course they had the technology for more automated crafts, but they wanted to be in control and totally feel the power of the engines and the gears beneath them. Touch is important. So all of their ships were designed around this one concept.”

Gunn also revealed four new character posters for Nebula, Yondu, Corpsman Dey, and Nova Prime:

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Planes: Fire & Rescue Opens Today

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I saw “Planes: Fire & Rescue” last month at the Disney Parks Blog event and gave it a mini-review at that time. It’s a small step in the right direction from DisneyToon Studios, a division that has been doing alright with it’s series of Tinkerbell movies. Now, it looks like there are firm plans for a long line of Planes themed movies.

One of the funniest moments in the movie for adults is the segment where they watch and episode of “CHoPs” such a clear spoof of CHiPs that it even includes the voice of Eric Estrada as Nick Loopin’ Lopez.

Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue comes to theatres in 3D on July 18!

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Disneyland marks 59th Anniversary, announces yearlong promotion for 60th.

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Today Disneyland marked the 59th anniversary of its opening with a ceremony attended by 59 of Walt’s most famous characters. At the ceremony they announced yearlong Diamond Celebration that salutes 60 years of magic at Walt’s park.

“It’s an incredible time at the Disneyland Resort as we prepare for next year’s Diamond Celebration,” said Michael Colglazier, president, Disneyland Resort. “We’re excited to honor our rich history, to celebrate the incredible magic that fills our resort today, and to create unforgettable memories with our guests for many years to come.”

The Diamond Celebration logo was unveiled as part of the annual July 17 anniversary celebration at Disneyland Park. Guests joined 59 Disney characters on Main Street, U.S.A., to hear a recording of Walt Disney’s opening day “welcome” speech and sing “Happy Birthday” in a festive marking of the 59th anniversary.

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To help celebrate, Disney has invited the generations of families and friends who have visited the resort to share their favorite memories through photos taken at the Disneyland Resort. Readers of the Disney Parks Blog will vote for the top photos and one lucky guest will have a chance to win a trip to the Disneyland Resort for the start of the 60th anniversary celebration in Spring 2015.* Starting today, guests are invited to submit photos that represent their memories from the Disneyland Decades – 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present. Using hashtag #Disneyland60Contest, guests may share their photos via Twitter or Instagram by August 27, 2014.

It’s great to see them using social media to promote the park this way. I wonder what else they have planned for the 60th? No big attractions, otherwise they’d already be working on them. My guess, and the current leading rumor, is a new night time parade.

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Voices of Liberty sing “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen

The Combined Voices of Liberty Performs A Special Patriotic Show for July 4th

The Combined Voices of Liberty Performs A Special Patriotic Show for July 4th

Voices of Liberty, EPCOT’s talented acapella group, sing a variety of shows daily inside the America Pavilion. It’s one of my favorite stops in the park. With songs arranged by Derric Johnson, they have a unique sound that wraps itself in the harmonies of Americana.

If you catch one of their shows, you may be fortunate enough to hear some new arrangements as they group has just added a few modern classics to their repertoire. “You Raise Me Up,” “True Colors,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and, of course they had to, “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen to their repertoire.

The actually debuted “Let it Go” on the 4th of July weekend. Here’s a recording of it courtesy Disney Parks:

I can’t wait to get out and hear the other three. What about you?

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