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Disney and LEGO announce strategic partnership

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.”

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Disney Character Weebles Wobble flashback

Check out this 1977 commercial for the Mickey Mouse Magic Kingdom set from the Weebles. That monorail action is cool. I did have the Haunted Mansion set, but I’m wondering why this didn’t show up under my Christmas tree that year. Santa was sleeping on… Read More »Disney Character Weebles Wobble flashback

Even more WALL-E News

Experts are predicting the 4th of July holiday weekend box office to be huge as families choose to stay close to home instead of taking the traditional road trip. The Will Smith superhero flick “Hancock” is predicted to do over $100 million for the holiday weekend. Pixar’s WALL-E looks likely to bring in $35 million. I plan to get out their and add my families $27 to the total.

Good stories about Pixar’s WALL-E continue to flow in. Remember that “I watch WALL-E” Youtube Video of the woman who cried while watching the the WALL-E trailer? Well the folks at Pixar saw that video too and were inspired by it. As thanks they sent a few gifts to her and invited her to the movie’s Wrap Party. How cool is that. She’s written up her experience on her blog. [ via Cinematical]

Remember that line from “The Incredibles” – “When everyone is special, no one is”. Columnist Paul Edwards sees elements of that same strong individualist message in WALL-E. Edwards takes an anti-liberal slant to his article, I think he might be confusing liberalism with lack of personal responsibility which can be found in every wash of life. There might be a few other facts wrong about the movie too.

Meanwhile, Christianity Today interviews Director Andrew Stanton about some of the religious themes in the movie. [ via CartoonBrew]

Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing humorously points out that WALL-E is a copyright criminal. Wait, wouldn’t the copyright have expired 700 years into the future? Maybe not if Disney gets its way in congress.

IO9, the sci-fi blog, has a long but somewhat pessimistic view of WALL-E in it’s review.

If you’re a fan of toys “Captain Toys” has reviewed a number of WALL-E Toys with more detail than you could possibly want.

Finally, Jason Kottke, whose opinion I find myself agreeing with alot, gave WALL-E a perfect 5.0 out of 5.0 rating.

Below the cut check out this great featurette on how close modern day robotics is to creating a real WALL-E.

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Futuristic Toys of Tomorrowland 1958

This page from a 1958 catalog of Disneyland souvenirs features such cool futuristic toys as your own Space Helmet, a model of Space Station S-1, and the famous Disneyland Moonliner Rocket. Check out the prices too. Just $1.00 for that Moonliner or $8.95 for the… Read More »Futuristic Toys of Tomorrowland 1958