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D23 Expo Recap: Day 1

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Friday, August 19 was opening day of the D23 Expo (I’m working under the assumption that you are familiar with D23) and it kicked off with a bang. Or a mouse, as the case may be. It always starts with a mouse.

D23 crowdsWhile the expo was open to the general ticket-buying public, it did offer a number of perks specifically to official D23 members, such as discounted passes, special “members only” events and early admission. It pays to belong, people!

Friday’s itinerary started at 9:00 a.m. with two of the aforementioned members only events, namely the Disney Store Opening Ceremony and the Radio Disney Road Crew Dance Party.

Other events that morning included an art contest with Disney.com, vintage footage showcasing the history of the Disneyland Hotel (congrats, DH, on the new ranking!), meet and greets with artists Jim Salvati and Robert Olszewski of the Disney Store and Disney Dream, respectively, and characters from Disney Channel’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates.

Then it was time for the 2011 Disney Legends Ceremony, which was, as you might imagine, magical. However, not everyone was able to attend the ceremony, so they had to settle for other really cool things like The Wonderful Words of Disney… Behind the Page: Kingdom Keepers presentation with Ridley Pearson. I would have loved to have attended this event to discuss some of my issues with the continuity, or lack thereof, within the series, but alas, Mr. Pearson was spared my fanboy criticism, and is probably the better for it.Read More »D23 Expo Recap: Day 1

Epic Mickey Review

Ed: Please welcome new guest author Jeff Heimbuch with this excellent review

When you think of video game stars, Mickey Mouse isn’t exactly one of the first to spring to mind. In fact, he might not even be on the list that is populated by Mario, Sonic, Donkey Kong, and so on. However, Warren Spector and Junction Point Studios want to change that. While the House of Mouse isn’t exactly known for its video games, Spector wanted to bring Mickey into the fold and introduce a brand new concept that would help him join the ranks of his video game colleagues.

Did they succeed?

In my mind, absolutely. Epic Mickey, while some times flawed, is a great way to bring Mickey Mouse to stardom in the world of video games. Not only that, but Spector was given the task of reintroducing the world to Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, Walt’s original creation, who has not been seen in a Walt Disney production of any kind for over 70 years.

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Epic Mickey’s Disneyland Ties

I’m very much looking forward to Epic Mickey, the first video game to feature Mickey Mouse in a long time. I’m also trying to keep relatively spoiler free. But I broke that vow for these cool photos comparing Disneyland to scenes from within the game.… Read More »Epic Mickey’s Disneyland Ties

Epic Mickey – New Trailer on Storytelling

Was just sent a new Epic Mickey trailer that features a few of the game designers, including Warren Spector, talking about the game. Have a look: Disney Epic Mickey will be available exclusively for the Wii console and is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.… Read More »Epic Mickey – New Trailer on Storytelling

Does Mickey really need a makeover?

An article in the Boston Globe states that Mickey Mouse has gotten a little stale, boring even. The mischievous sorcerer’s apprentice of “Fantasia’’ has become an empty vessel, devoid of any of the sharp edges that might define his character. I have to say I… Read More »Does Mickey really need a makeover?

Many more details about ‘Epic Mickey’ revealed

The GoNintendo website got their hands on an early release of Game Informer magazine and shares many new details about the much anticipated ‘Epic Mickey’ game expected to come out later this year. – Mickey’s appearance is much, much closer to his original debut style… Read More »Many more details about ‘Epic Mickey’ revealed