Back in 2006 when Handy Manny was first broadcast on the Disney Channel, I wrote about the lack of toys available for this very popular series. There were dozens and dozens of comments on that post asking where they could find Handy Manny toys. I… Read More »New Pooh Movie among Disney’s new licensing plans
Disney Consumer Products
TheStreet.com TV has an insightful interview with Simon Waters, vice president and general manager, Disney Consumer Products North America. Waters explores how vast and varied the company’s product lines now are. What I would have liked to see covered is where Waters sees The Disney… Read More »Disney Consumer Products strikes Gold
This year at the American International Toy Fair in New York City The Walt Disney Company revealed a few of the beautiful toys set to accompany it’s next animated feature The Princess And The Frog. Disney Consumer Products (DCP) in collaboration with Mattel and CDI, a division of JAKKS Pacific, unveiled a dazzling and magical toy line inspired by the film and its colorful characters. Tony Award-winning actress/singer Anika Noni Rose, the voice of Princess Tiana, unveiled the line which includes dolls, play sets and role-play dresses.
Opening Holiday 2009, The Princess And The Frog is a magical fairytale set in New Orleans that marks Disney’s return to musicals and the warmth and grandeur of 2D hand drawn animation. Embodying the timelessness of Disney’s storytelling heritage, the film also introduces Disney’s newest princess in more than 10 years, Princess Tiana. The event marked the first time that Ms. Rose and Toy Fair attendees were able to see the toy line. Mattel presented a one-of-a-kind Princess Tiana doll created specifically for Ms. Rose in celebration of her role.
“I have loved Disney movies since seeing Fantasia, Bambi, and Mary Poppins when I was little,” said Ms. Rose. “I have always wanted to do a Disney voice, since before I even thought of being an actor, so for me, this is a dream come true. It didn’t even need to be a princess, so this is just the cherry on top. Tiana is a different sort of princess in that she has had a very loving childhood and is not waiting for someone to change her life for her – she has a vision and a plan. I saw early models of the toy line, but seeing them today in final form, they are just beautiful. What an absolute thrill to be a part of something so timeless!”
In addition to toys, DCP will also introduce an extensive line of The Princess and The Frog-inspired apparel, accessories, home décor, consumer electronics, school supplies and personal care products arriving to retailers nationwide this fall. Disney Publishing Worldwide will launch an assortment of titles including story and activity books. In malls across North America and Canada, over 220 Disney Stores will also celebrate the debut of Princess Tiana and The Princess And The Frog with gorgeous window displays and merchandising. The one-of-a-kind product assortment designed by Disney Store will offer something for everyone including Halloween costumes and role play dresses.
More and a video of Anika Noni Rose, the voice of Princess Tiana, accepting her special one of a kind doll below the cut:
For the last few years Star Wars Weekends have brought some pretty nice new Star Wars themed Disney merchandise, or is that Disney themed Star Wars merchandise? Well, I guess it depends on your perspective. But I digress. For many, chief among these were the… Read More »New Star Wars Big-Figs Revealed
Rumors that LEGO would soon start producing a few Disney themed lines recently made their way around the internet. Turns out they’re true. The LEGO Group and Disney Consumer Products today announced a multi-year licensing agreement that gives the LEGO Group access to an extensive portfolio of renowned Disney and Disney Pixar properties. LEGO® and LEGO DUPLO® products are currently in development for three franchises — Disney Pixar’s Toy Story and Cars, and Prince of Persia — all scheduled to launch in 2010.
“We are thrilled to team up with Disney, another of the world’s premium brands for families with children,” said Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, CEO LEGO Group. “When two brands who share similar values bring their franchises together — in this case a timeless play pattern with some of the industry’s most beloved stories and characters — and combine their access to families, retail strength and marketing power, amazing things can happen. We can’t wait to launch the first three lines and look forward to exploring all of the ways in which we bring the wonderful world of Disney to life in LEGO form.”
The first batch of Disney Collectibles signed by the Disney animator and artist who designed or drew them ends today on eBay. Check them out below, and lend a hand to Philo Barnhart. Several of the items are at or below a dollar. Please don’t… Read More »Help a Disney Artist, get a cool Disney collectible
Architect Clive Wilkinson created this architectural wonderland for The Disney Store headquarters back in 2007. That’s when it was operated by The Children’s Place. I haven’t heard if The Disney Store will move back to its Glendale headquarters now that it is under Disney’s control… Read More »Architectural Wonderland for The Disney Store Headquarters