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Disney Song Medley by Alan Menken

I love it whenever Disney releases a movie or DVD overseas. Because that usually means we get some great snip of footage, deleted scenes, or other performance we haven’t seen before. In this case it’s Tangled being released on DVD in the UK and the… Read More »Disney Song Medley by Alan Menken

Bambi Blu-ray DVD and Basket Giveaway

Back in February we posted a review of the Diamond Edition Bambi 2-Disc Disney Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD). With Easter right around the corner, Disney is making another push to spread the news about the Bambi release. So what better way to celebrate than with an Easter Basket themed to the original Disney animated classic Bambi! That’s what we call synergy, right?

I’m happy to announce that Disney has provided me with one of this terrific prize packages to giveaway. This cool Easter-themed basket contains

  • BAMBI Diamond Edition 2-Disk Disney Combo Pack (Blu-ray & DVD)
  • one large size and one mini- sized Bambi plush character plush
  • playful pal Thumper plush
  • Bambi collectible Lunch Box
  • Bambi-themed flower seeds (to sprout a spring garden)

A $75 value.

To enter: First, make sure you’re a fan of The Disney Blog on Facebook by ‘liking’ the fan page. Then, leave a comment sharing the name of your favorite Disney forest friend on this Facebook post on The Disney Blog fan page linking to this post on the blog. Only one entry per person via this method. Finally, you must have a US postal address to ship the prize package to. That’s it. I’ll pick one winner from among all the valid entries.

For a second chance to win, follow @TheDisneyBlog on twitter then tweet the message below up to once per day between now and the end of the contest. Please do not leave an additional comment with a link to your tweet. I’m tracking it another way. One additional winner will be randomly drawn from all qualifying tweets made by those who satisfied the conditions above.

The message to be tweeted is:

Enter to win a Disney Bambi DVD/Blu-Ray Easter Basket on @TheDisneyBlog then learn to draw Bambi & Thumper

The contest begins now and all entries must be received by 11:59PM EST on Saturday April 16st. Not valid where prohibited by law.

Good luck!

Check below the jump for more details on the Bambi Diamond Edition DVD and links to lessons on how to draw Bambi and Thumper from Disney animator Andreas Deja:

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A very Tangled review – DVD and Blu-Ray

Tangled, the 50th feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios is destined to join the ranks of Disney Classics. It has likable characters, great sidekicks, songs that appear to have that timeless element, and a story that will withstand the test of time without seeing out of place. The movie also features a style of animation that I believe has captured some of the artistry of the original hand drawn classics, why combining the new depth of field that’s capable with digital animation. All in all it’s a great template upon which to build future Disney animated films.

You all know the story: When the kingdom’s most wanted—and most charming—bandit Flynn Rider (voiced by ZACHARY LEVI) hides out in a mysterious tower, he’s taken hostage by Rapunzel (voiced by MANDY MOORE), a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn’s curious captor, who’s looking for her ticket out of the tower she’s been locked away in for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief, and the unlikely duo sets off on an action- packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse, an overprotective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs. Tangled is a story of adventure, heart, humor and hair—lots of hair.

Which brings me to the DVD Blu-Ray combo pack I was sent to review. I love the that you get both a DVD and a Blu-Ray in the package. This allows me to have a Blu-Ray disc for when I eventually own one. But Disney needs to do more to share bonus features across both discs. For now, all I can say is that the bonus features on the Blu-ray sound great. But I just can’t see them. I, of course, miss the Director’s commentary. That should be standard for any Disney DVD if you ask me.

The copy of the DVD I reviewed had excellent color and sharpness of detail. Although the film was available in 3D in theaters, it doesn’t really lose anything when viewed in 2D. There is a 4 disc version that includes the 3D version if you have a 3D TV at home, or plan to buy one in the future. That’s also the only version that includes a digital download for your portable device.

DVD and Blue-ray Bonus Features and a special look and some concept art from the film below the cut:

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Zooey Deschanel sings “So Long” from Winnie The Pooh

Actress and recording artist Zooey Deschanel gives us a little preview of ‘So Long’, a song she sings in Disney’s next animated feature, “Winnie The Pooh.”

“Winnie the Pooh” hits theaters July 15, 2011.

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Below the jump you’ll find a short, but cute, clip from the movie:

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Brave – New Concept Art Released by Pixar

Conceived as it’s first foray into Fairy Tales, Pixar’s next release is set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland and features a female protagonist (also a first for Pixar). “Brave” is the grand adventure of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer… Read More »Brave – New Concept Art Released by Pixar

Tangled Q & A Meet the Directors

Disney’s Tangled will be released on Disney Blu-ray & DVD March 29th. Make sure you check out our contest for a chance to win a copy, or pre-order it on Amazon.

As part of the promotional tour for the DVD, I had a chance to sit in on a virtual roundtable with Tangled’s directors Nathan Greno & Bryan Howard. I’d say the biggest news is that Greno and Howard are already tapped to develop another film for Disney.

Q – Congratulations on the film’s success. Have you given any thought to making a sequel?
A – Nathan Greno: We’d only do a sequel if there was a great story to tell. The movie buttons up really nicely… but we do love those characters… I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Again, we’d have to have a great story already in mind if we wanted to do a sequel…

Q – Are you pleased with the film’s title change from “Rapunzel” to “TANGLED”?
A – Byron Howard: When Nathan and I figured out that this film was really about two characters, Flynn and Rapunzel, we knew that changing the title would be a good idea. We like that TANGLED as a title sounds smart and intriguing, while also relating to the tangle of plot, characters and emotion in the film.

Q – Having worked in both mediums, what do you prefer about computer animation and what do you miss about traditional 2D animation?
A – Nathan Greno: I really love both 2D and 3D animation. 2D is really graphic and classic. 3D has amazing textures and cameras to play with. It all comes down to your story… some tales work best in 2D, some in 3D!

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