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First Trailer for Wreck-It Ralph from Walt Disney Animation Studios

Disney has partnered with MSN to release the first trailer for its next animated feature – “Wreck-It Ralph”. I definitely recommend clicking the little button in the right corner and watching it in HD on full screen. There are a ton of great details hidden throughout (for instance, see if you can spot Paperman). The trailer also includes a first good luck at what the movie will be about.

Wreck-It Ralph lives in the video game world. After hours all the video game characters congregate at Grand Central Station and do things like have support groups for bad guys and meet other characters (including some from classic games like Bowser and Zangief and Q-Bert). Wreck-It Ralph decides that his role as a bad guy is no fun and he wants to be a good guy, so he decides to go visit some other games to see if he can handle the new role. That’s where the adventure begins.

Rich Moore directs and brings some of the humor and fun from his runs helming Futurama and The Simpsons. Starring voices include John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch. Wreck-It Ralph will start demolishing theaters everywhere November 2nd, 2012.

The full synopsis is below the jump:

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Team from Phineas & Ferb Come to Disney Universe

In an effort to expand my coverage of Disney’s many video gaming efforts, here’s the latest news from the Disney Universe property. Gamers can now suit up, power-up, and battle through the suburbs of Danville in some of their favorite Phineas and Ferb costumes with the release of the “Phineas and Ferb” level downloadable content pack.

Based on Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Phineas and Ferb,” the #1 animated TV series among tweens 9-14, the “Phineas and Ferb” level in Disney Universe allows players to experience the adventures of Phineas, Ferb and friends in the suburbs of Danville firsthand. Gamers will be able suit up as Phineas, Ferb, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, Agent P and Candace as they utilize cool gadgets. The Chick-Inator will turn players into chickens in order to access small spaces, while the Atomic Leaf Blow-Inator will allow them to blow away piles of leaves to reveal collectibles and more as they advance through the neighborhood avoiding traps and hazards. The level will culminate as players battle Dr. Doofenshmirtz in an epic showdown to bring down his blimp and save a trapped passenger.

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Where are the Disney Game Apps?

There is a great library of Disney characters ranging from Oswald The Lucky Rabbit to the Disney Afternoon Cartoons; and yet, when you look at the iOS Apps that Disney is releasing, it seems if there isn’t a marketing budget for some new movie or… Read More »Where are the Disney Game Apps?

Club Penguin Spreads to iOS devices with first game

It’s been a while since we checked in with Club Penguin, Disney’s $350 million acquisition aimed at youth around the world. While staying mostly out of the headlines, ClubPenguin.com has continued chugging along with a new group of kids signing on every school year. A… Read More »Club Penguin Spreads to iOS devices with first game

Disney Princess Video Game Coming This Fall

If you have ever purchased a Disney Princess game, you already know they are typically made for very young audiences. This fall, the iconic ladies will be featured again in a video game called Disney Princesses: Enchanting Storybooks.

Created by THQ, the game will be available November 1 on the Wii (with the uDraw GameTablet) and Nintendo DS, and will essentially be exactly what the name suggests. Based off of interactive stylus-based activities, the game will include number-painting pages, painting games, and coloring pages that will narrate their respective stories aloud. Players will also meet a new fairy named Opal, who will play alongside classic characters, like Ariel, Belle, and Rapunzel. According to Martin Good, Executive Vice President of PlayTHQ, the company’s division for kids games,

“The Disney Princess characters are favorites of little girls everywhere, and our goal has been to make a game for them that takes advantage of the special capabilities of the uDraw GameTablet…Whether they venture under the sea or into the bayou, we’re excited that the uDraw will allow generations of fans to experience these classic Disney princesses.”

To me, it sounds like this is basically a glorified coloring book, which could be pretty fun for a young girl, especially when accompanied by the Disney Princesses. However, as a college student on a pretty tight budget, I could foresee having trouble justifying the price (Wii-$29.99, Nintendo- $19.99), especially because I have personally found the princess games to be fairly dull. Having said that, the game is worth considering for any young girl aspiring to be a Disney princess. If you are interested in more information, read the product press release or watch the game trailer below!

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A closer look at Kinect Disneyland Adventures

Earlier, I wrote about the upcoming game from Microsoft known as “Kinect Disneyland Adventures.” Gameplay involves players walking around Disneyland and interacting with various aspects of the park as if they were actually there. (You can collect autographs, hug your favorite character, and create souvenirs.) The actual “challenges” are within lands inspired by the various rides of the park.

The game was originally previewed at E3, but more images were released at Gamescom (a large gaming conference recently held in Germany.) According to InsideTheMagic.net, the game is slated for a November 15, 2011 release, although this is not yet confirmed on Amazon. Click here to see my original preview of the game (including video trailers and ordering information) or go below the jump for more pictures. I’ll admit, the more pictures I see of the game, the more I like it.Read More »A closer look at Kinect Disneyland Adventures

Two new trailers for “Disney Universe” – Wall-E & Lion King worlds

Two new trailers for the upcoming video game “Disney Universe” were released by Disney Interactive Studios. It was also announced on Twitter that the game will be at the Disney Gaming Pavilion at D23. Click here to read more about the game, or watch the two following trailers that give a preview of the Wall-E and Lion King themed worlds. (The Lion King one gives some nice hints as to the type of mini-games that will be included in Disney Universe.)

Pre-order it today for Wii, Xbox, or Playstation.

one more below the jump:

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Kinect Disneyland Adventures revealed at E3 2011

Kinect Disneyland Adventures (pre-order on Amazon now) was announced at E3, a popular computer and video game trade show. The premise of the game is that players can roam around Walt’s original park in an effort to ride various rides and complete challenges. Gameplay also lets players high five Mickey, hug Snow White and create souvenirs for Kinect Share. While this game has some appeal, I worry that it won’t compare to Epic Mickey or even Disney Universe, another recently announced title from Disney.

Players get to interact with over 40 popular Disney faces including The Queen of Hearts, Cinderella, Captain Hook, Winnie the Pooh and many others. Avatars explore the park and enter various levels within certain attractions. Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan’s Flight, Big Thunder Mountain and many other beloved rides are featured. Players earn coins along the way, and rewards for challenges include a few other experiences familiar to any visitor of Disney parks.

I probably won’t buy this title, but I wouldn’t be surprised if many parents buy it for their younger children. The paid actors that Disney hired to be the “kids having fun on stage” clearly enjoyed the game. If I were younger, I’d probably love the game. It allows children who are mesmerized by the parks to be able to experience a little bit of that at home. That is what I view as the strongest selling point of the game.

On the flip side, that’s also probably my least favorite thing about the game. It cheapens the experience of actually going to the park. Epic Mickey involved a similar notion of exploring a Disney park. However, that was a variation of the living, breathing parks. This is as close to the real park experience as current technology allows for. That all being said, I think the game also functions as a great way to teach your children how to behave in Disneyland or Walt Disney World. There should be bonus points for walking from ride to ride, and you should be forced to wait in line for a FastPass.

See two amazing videos featuring actual game play below the jump:

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