Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Additional Angles Added Plus View the Animated Short That Inspired It!

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In 1949, Walt Disney moved his family to 355 N. Carolwood Drive. Inspired by his animators Ward Kimball and Ollie Johnston, who had backyard railroads, Walt launched construction of a 1/8 scale live steam locomotive, rolling stock such as gondolas and a caboose, track and a small barn modeled in miniature for the one in Marceline, Missouri from his youth to keep them in.
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The locomotive was patterned after the Central Pacific #173, a wood burning engine brought aboard ship from the east 'around the horn' and assembled in California to begin construction of the transcontinental railroad east through the Rocky Mountains. To keep the initials identical on the CP #173 he named his railroad the Carolwood Pacific in reference to the residence location on Carolwood Drive.
2,615 feet (797 m) of railway track circled the house, looped and crossed, with turnouts, gradients, a trestle 46-foot (14 m) long, overpasses with an elevated dirt berm. Lillian Disney was supportive of her dear husband Walt's train hobby, although she vetoed a track through her flower beds—so Walt instead built a 90 ft (27 m) 'S' curved tunnel beneath them.
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In an episode of his television show, Walt Disney shared that not only he but also several of his key animators were model train enthusiasts.

“With so many of us interested in model trains,”said Walt, “it wasn’t too much of a surprise when our story department came up with a cartoon idea about this hobby,” and Out of Scale (released November 02, 1951) was the charming result.

Now this intricately detailed sculpture commemorates this unforgettable cartoon short, Disney favorite Donald Duck and also Walt Disney’s love of trains.

'Backyard Whistle Stop' is Limited to Production Year 2012.

Courtesy of YouTube.com, for viewing pleasure is the 1951 animated short, Out of Scale.

Summer Releases Starting to Ship!

The Summer 2012 Releases have started to arrive at retailers and have begun to ship!


Four of the five releases announced last Monday are reported to be enroute to collectors:
  • Donald on Train ("Backyard Whistle Stop") - Limited to Production Year 2012.
  • Lilo & Stitch ("Storefront Spaceship") - Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 750.
  • Maleficent ("Sinister Sorceress") - Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 750.
  • Dug ("Proud Pooch)" - Limited to Production Year 2012.
Please contact your Authorized Walt Disney Classics Collection dealer for availability.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Blast Off With Two New Angles of Storefront Spaceship!

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Two additional angles (above and below)have been made available of Lilo and Stitch taking you on their space adventure in this storefront spaceship!

These two additional angles give you a good idea of the detail of this piece plus the vibrant color palette used. The piece is not only a fun piece but has a really cool retro feel to it.


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In celebration of the unconventionally classic animated feature’s 10th Anniversary, this colorful sculpture rockets Lilo and her out-ofthis-world friend to new heights of lovability.

'Storefront Spaceship' sculpted by Bruce Lau is a Numbered Limited Edition of 750.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

More Additional Angles Added!

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Two additional angles (side view pictured at left and back view) have been made available for Dug, from Disney/Pixar's Up!

This new angle really captures Dug's personality!

Joining the previously released sculpture of Carl and Russell this heartwarming Up sculpture depicts Dug’s exuberant eagerness right down to the tip of his tail.

'Proud Pooch' sculpted by Jacqueline Perreault Gonzales is Limited to Production Year 2012.

'What's Your Favorite of the Summer 2012 Releases?' Poll

The Walt Disney Classics Collection announced their Summer 2012 Releases this past Monday.  

As with the last announcement, most are already at the warehouse, ready to ship and should be arriving at retailers shortly!  

Lilo and Stitch are wondering ... 'What is your favorite release of the 2012 Summer Announcement?'

The poll (at your left) will run through next Saturday night (June 2nd).

Additional Angles Made Available for Tinker Bell & Maleficent Releases!

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On Monday, the Summer 2012 releases from the Walt Disney Classics Collection were announced! 

Additional back view angles have been made available for Tinker Bell from the Tinker Bell Seasons Series and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty.


'Enchanting Encounter' (Tinker Bell) sculpted by Jacqueline Perreault Gonzales is the showpiece of the 2012 Enchanting Encounter Premiere Event to be held September 07-09, 2012. 

'Summer Tinker Bell' a Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 1,500 is the fourth (and final) release in the Tinker Bell Seasons Series and seventh release in the Disney Artist Series.


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'Sinister Sorceress' (Maleficent with Diablo) sculpted by Ruben Procopio is a Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 750.

 The Disney animators designed this wicked fairy to resemble a vampire bat, and so it is fearfully fitting that her magnificently malevolent throne has a macabre bat-wing motif. 

This elaborate sculpture is plussed with bronze hands on Maleficent and bronze legs on Diablo and shows Maleficent at her most sinister!

Monday, May 21, 2012

All Aboard for a 'Backyard Whistle Stop'!

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Chugging straight out of the classic cartoon, Out of Scale, engineer Donald takes pride in his scale-model choo-choo, even though his hobby becomes a train-wreck when he moves Chip and Dale’s full-size tree because it doesn’t fit in with the size of his miniature locomotive. 

In an episode of his television show, Walt Disney shared that not only he but also several of his key animators were model train enthusiasts.“With so many of us interested in model trains,”said Walt, “it wasn’t too much of a surprise when our story department came up with a cartoon idea about this hobby,” and Out of Scale was the charming result. 

Now this intricately detailed sculpture commemorates this unforgettable cartoon, Disney favorite Donald Duck and also Walt Disney’s love of trains.

'Backyard Whistle Stop' is Limited to Production Year 2012.

One of Disney's Most Powerful Villains in a New WDCC Release!

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Celebrating the triumph of evil, Maleficent gazes upon the ghastly scene with her devious pet raven Diablo, serenely confident in her complete domination as the Mistress of All Evil.

One of Walt Disney’s most powerful villains, Maleficent is the dark force in Sleeping Beauty whose nefarious spell subjects the beautiful princess to endless slumber. 

The Disney animators designed this wicked fairy to resemble a vampire bat, and so it is fearfully fitting that her magnificently malevolent throne has a macabre bat-wing motif. 

'Sinister Sorceress' sculpted by Ruben Procopio is a Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 750. This elaborate sculpture is plussed with bronze hands on Maleficent and bronze legs on Diablo and shows Maleficent at her most sinister!

Go On a 'Space Adventure' with Lilo & Stitch!

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For Lilo, it’s always about ‘ohana, the Hawaiian word and concept for family where no one gets left behind or forgotten. So when this lonely child adopts a little dog (in reality, a destructive alien from another galaxy known as Experiment 626), she shows this strange creature (who she names Stitch) all the family-type fun her small world has to offer including a ride on a coin-operated supermarket rocket ship. 

Drawing inspiration from the Disney classics Dumbo and Bambithe creators of Lilo & Stitch focused on the simplicity and warmth of the character relationships, especially that of the offbeat little girl and the hyperactive alien. 

In celebration of the unconventionally classic animated feature’s 10th Anniversary, this colorful sculpture rockets Lilo and her out-ofthis-world friend to new heights of lovability.

'Storefront Spaceship' sculpted by Bruce Lau is a Numbered Limited Edition of 750.

An 'Enchanting Encounter' is Planned for the 2012 Fall Premiere Event!

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Celebrating summer while sitting pretty on a blossom in full bloom, Tinker Bell shows all the sunniness and sass that has made her so irresistible ever since she first flitted onto the scene in Walt Disney’s Peter Pan

Pretty as a posy, this twinkling pixie lights up with a pert smile for a ladybug who lights on her shoulder. The piece is plussed with pewter leaves, hair ribbon and ladybug, and specially designed by Disney Master Artist David Pacheco. 

'Enchanting Encounter' sculpted by Jacqueline Perreault Gonzales is the fourth and final release of the Tinker Bell Seasons Series (and the seventh release in the Disney Artist Series) is the showpiece of the 2012 Enchanting Encounter Premiere Event to be held September 07-09, 2012.

This 'Proud Pooch' Joins UP with Carl & Russell!

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Loyal Dug eagerly serves the wealthy explorer Charles F. Muntz, and wants to show he belongs with the pack. Though Dug is not muscular and sharp-witted like the other dogs, he is sweet and devoted. 

In order to portray Dug as an authentically pet-like pooch, the filmmakers purposely infused him with enthusiastic emotion and lovable appeal, including a furry, rotund body, a wide mouth that always looks like he is grinning and an audible stream of enthusiastic consciousness (thanks to his high-tech collar). 

It’s only after Dug joins up with determined Carl and loving Russell that he realizes he’s been part of the wrong pack.

Joining the previously released sculpture of Carl and Russell this heartwarming Up sculpture depicts Dug’s exuberant eagerness right down to the tip of his tail.

'Proud Pooch' sculpted by Jacqueline Perreault Gonzales is Limited to Production Year 2012.

Robin & Maid Marion Honored with Retirement!

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Today the Walt Disney Classics Collection honored Robin and Maid Marian with retirement! From one of the least portrayed weddings in all of Disney animation, a dashing Robin Hood and the lovely Maid Marian walk arm-in-arm after having tied the knot.

'Merry Matrimony' an open edition release sculpted by Bruce Lau was released in May, 2009 with Toby Turtle and Skippy Rabbit (both Limited to Production Year 2009).  They were later joined by Friar Tuck (sculpted by Bruce Lau) and Allan-A-Dale (sculpted by Jacqueline Perreault Gonzales) released in Spring 2011, both Limited to Production Year 2011.

Friar Tuck, Allan-A-Dale and the Opening Title are all On Alert. Please contact your authorized Walt Disney Classics Collection dealer for availability before they all head back to Sherwood Forest and will be gone forever!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Review: Carousel Sweethearts

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How many have passed on a release to end up going back later and add to your collection?  Over the past couple years have found myself doing that.  

In 2010, I added pieces from Fantasia I had initially passed on when released (the Three Mushrooms, Pink & Blue Centaurette and Cupids on Column).  In 2011 I finally had Hercules represented in my collection (added bronze Gallery Edition Hercules & Pegasus and Tribute Series Hercules). This year, "Carousel Sweethearts" from The Brave Little Tailor.

"Carousel Sweethearts" features Mickey and Minnie from the 1938 animated short.  The Numbered Limited Edition set of 1,000, sculpted by Bruce was the 2006 Gold Circle Exclusive released in April, 2006. 

The Walt Disney Classics Collection has done a great job on other horses from the various films (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Melody TimeThe Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Hercules and Mulan) capturing the features and attributes of a real horse from 2D animation into 3D.  

I'm a fan also of when a sculpture captures that sense of movement.  When you compare the two horses, Mickey's horse captures the mood and spirit of Mickey.  You can picture Mickey rocking back and forth on the horse as we've all done, trying to beat the other horses in your row on a carousel by the time the ride ends.  Whereas Minnie's horse (sitting side saddle as any princess would), captures her demeanor and is going at a nice and slow, steady pace.

Like the vibrancy of the set and the flexibility in displaying them. The scale is smaller compared to the Animator Choice versions of Tailor Mickey and Princess Minnie released previously.  

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pre-Signed Busts by Bruce Lau at WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort!

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The Art of Disney Parks announced this week some new offerings for Star Wars™ Weekend , including the Walt Disney Classics Collection Darth Maul Donald Duck and Grand Jester Studios Stitch as Yoda Bust.

For those purchasing theirs at  WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort in Orlando, the website did not mention but Bruce Lau pre-signed the busts that will be available there.

This character-authentic, polystone mini-bust designed and art directed by Disney veteran animator Ruben Procopio and sculpted by Bruce Lau stands 8 ¼” high x 3 ¾” wide x 4” deep and is hand-painted and ready to display.  The base design takes inspiration from architectural elements and color palette from the Grand Convocation Chamber of the Senate Building where Jedi Grand Master Yoda duels the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Sidious.

Stitch as Yoda Polystone Bust will be released during Star Wars™ Weekends.  Stitch is a Maximum Limited Edition of 3,000 with a SRP of $ 65.00 US.

NOTE:   A limited number of Stitch as Yoda polystone busts will be made available at Disneyland® Resort following the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort premiere, subject to availability.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New Behind The Scenes Trailer For "Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two"


“DISNEY EPIC MICKEY 2: THE POWER OF TWO”
RELEASING ON MULTIPLE VIDEO GAME SYSTEMS
THIS FALL
Warren Spector Pays Further Tribute to Disney History with Sequel

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to Debut in a Co-Starring Role and Make His First Ever Appearance as a Playable Video Game Character

BURBANK, Calif. – (March 23, 2012) – Disney Interactive Media Group today announced the development of “Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two”, the sequel to the critically acclaimed and commercially successful “Disney Epic Mickey” video game.  In “Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two”, gamers will play as Mickey Mouse and for the first time ever, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Walt Disney’s first cartoon star, in an all-new adventure of creativity and discovery. Created by video game industry luminary Warren Spector and Disney Interactive’s Junction Point game development studio, “Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two” returns the franchise to the Wii™ system from Nintendo, and expands it to new HD consoles including the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

“As a life-long Disney fan, working with Mickey Mouse in the original ‘Disney Epic Mickey’ was a truly humbling experience,” said Warren Spector, creative director and vice president, Junction Point. “Millions of fans fell in love with Mickey as a video game hero and I know they'll experience similar emotions when they get to interact with and actually play as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in ‘Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.’"

“Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two” returns Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to Wasteland, an alternate world filled with 80 years of forgotten Disney characters and theme park attractions.  But for the first time, Mickey and Oswald will join forces as true partners - Mickey with his magical paint brush that allows him to wield paint and thinner, and Oswald with his powerful remote control that allows him to command electricity.   This new co-op play further enhances the idea that “PlayStyle Matters” – a unique approach to gameplay pioneered by Warren Spector where players dynamically tackle different challenges in order to explore all possibilities and storylines, but with consequences for their chosen actions.

Staying true to Disney’s rich musical heritage, “Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two” is the first video game that can be described as a “musical.” At many points throughout the adventure, characters will advance the plot by expressing themselves in song, with all-original music and lyrics.  In addition to this distinctive musical approach to storytelling, players will hear tunes and instrumentation that change based on their personal choices, ultimately allowing each player to “conduct” their own unique soundtrack.  Disney Interactive has enlisted the help of Emmy award-winning composer James Dooley and noted lyricist Mike Himelstein to create these musical gameplay elements.

The magic of Disney will not only resonate through the game’s musical numbers, but also through the introduction of authentic Disney Character Voices talent who provide player direction through genuine character dialogue.  In “Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two,” all characters—most notably Oswald The Lucky Rabbit whose voice will be heard for the first time—will communicate by speaking to the player.

 
“In the first ‘Disney Epic Mickey title,’ fans embraced Mickey as a true video game hero and welcomed Oswald back into the Disney family with open arms,” said John Pleasants, co-president, Disney Interactive Media Group. “Now, as the vision for the “Disney Epic Mickey’ franchise advances, fans and gamers across all platforms will experience completely new ways to embrace the immeasurable vault of Disney characters and attractions.”

Development for “Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two” is being led by Disney Interactive’s Junction Point.   Supporting the latest technology, the game will also feature full support for the PlayStation Move.  The game currently is unrated by the ESRB.   For more information, go to www.disney.com/disneyepicmickey

Disney Interactive Releases New Trailer For "Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure"


GO ON A ROYAL JOURNEY WITH PRINCESSES IN “DISNEY PRINCESS: MY FAIRYTALE ADVENTURE” COMING THIS FALL TO Wii™, NINTENDO 3DS™ AND WINDOWS PC/MAC

Players Will Enter The Kingdoms of Classic Disney Princesses: Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle and Tiana

BURBANK, Calif.April 17, 2012 – Disney Interactive today announced the development of “Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure,” a new interactive journey from the globally successful Disney Princess franchise. Slated for release this fall, the video game will be available for the Wii™ system from Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system and Windows PC/Mac. In the game, players will find that a spell has been cast over the beloved Princess worlds and will need to use their magic wand to help Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle and Tiana restore peace and bring “happily ever after” back to each kingdom.

“The collection of Disney Princesses featured in ‘Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure’ have continued to timelessly captivate and charm audiences,” said Javier Ferreira, senior vice president of publishing, Disney Interactive Media Group. “This new game will allow fans of all ages to enter the worlds of favorite princesses while experiencing iconic locations such as Beast’s castle, Rapunzel’s tower and Cinderella’s ball.”

In “Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure,” players will take on the role of an apprentice to the Fairy Godmother and will accidentally set off a series of events that cause friendly Sprites to transform into mischievous Imps. The evil Imps make their way into the worlds of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle and Tiana, and players must pursue the Imps into each Princess kingdom to prevent them from causing any harm. With the use of their magic wand, they’ll need to turn the Imps back into their original Sprite form, and return them to their rightful home in the Magical Kingdom.
Each of the Princess worlds will allow players to explore and interact with familiar Disney characters such as Lumiere, Pascal, Flounder, Gus and other fan favorites who will help guide them through missions and progress though the game. Quests and mini-games, including platforming, hide and seek, and puzzles, are designed to test the skills of the youngest players and challenge older players alike.

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Players can also customize their avatar and room in the Fairy Godmother’s Castle, utilizing gems that are earned throughout the game to trade for items in the in-game “Wishing Well” store. Outfits, accessories and tiaras can be purchased to dress up avatars, creating hundreds of different combinations. Special items like floor patterns, wallpaper and furniture can be used to personalize and build out each player’s room in the Castle.

“Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure will be available this fall for Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Windows PC/Mac. Please visit www.Disney.com/PrincessVideoGames.com for more information.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Disney Interactive Releases New Trailer For "Brave: The Video Game"


CHALLENGE DESTINY AND CHANGE FATE WITH DISNEY•PIXARBRAVE: THE VIDEO GAME”


Action-Adventure Video Game Inspired by Upcoming Disney•Pixar Fantasy Adventure Film to Launch This Summer


BURBANK, Calif. — (March 19, 2012 ) – Disney Interactive Media Group announced today that “Brave: The Video Game” is currently in development for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii™ system from Nintendo, Nintendo DS™ handheld system and Windows PC/ MAC.  Inspired by “Brave, the upcoming Disney•Pixar animated fantasy adventure movie, the video game invites players to run, jump and battle their way through the rugged landscape of mythical and mysterious Scotland. By using their wits and bravery, gamers will also be able to wield a sword and bow to defeat fierce enemies, break a magical curse and save a kingdom. The video game will release summer 2012, in conjunction with the film.  

A third person action-adventure, “Brave: The Video Game” expands the tale beyond the movie’s storyline. Gamers can play as Merida, an expert archer and heroine, and in the console versions, players can also play as other entertaining characters from the film.  In addition, they will be able to go on quests through a magical world and solve puzzles to uncover secrets. 

“We’re excited to offer a compelling game across multiple platforms for fans of the upcoming Disney•Pixar film ‘Brave. Whether gamers want to play on their own or with others, they can relive highlights from Merida’s journey and go on new adventures inspired by the legends of Scotland and Disney•Pixar storytelling,” said Javier Ferreira, senior vice president of publishing, Disney Interactive Media Group. “With Kinect™ for Xbox 360 and Move on the PlayStation®3, gamers will feel like they are using a bow and arrow in an archery range and have a truly immersive experience.”

The console versions of “Brave: The Video Game” offer a variety of gameplay, including single-player, co-op for family and friends, and a special Bear mode, where players will be able to play as a bear. Several new opponents created exclusively for the game will challenge the player throughout the experience, culminating with an ultimate boss battle to complete the adventure. The Nintendo DS game is filled with its own exciting missions and a myriad of characters to engage single players.  

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“Brave: The Video Game” launches Summer 2012 for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and Windows PC/MAC. 

      
ABOUT THE MOVIE
Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. From Disney and Pixar, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition and challenges destiny to change her fate.

“Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery.

Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor that audiences of all ages around the world have come to eagerly expect. The film takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

L.A. Freeway Traffic Was "Dragon" Yesterday!


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In preparation for the opening this July of D23 Presents: Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the massive head of the fire-breathing “Maleficent” dragon from the Fantasmic! nighttime spectacular at Disneyland Park was transported by truck from Disneyland Resort in Anaheim to The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, traveling on Southern California freeways yesterday.

The Maleficent fire-breathing dragon from Fantasmic! measuring 15 feet long, 9-1/2 feet high and 6 feet wide was transported around 6:00am departing from Disneyland Resort by truck, fully visible to motorists. Scheduled arrival at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley approximately at 8:00am.

Upon arrival, media at the Reagan Library were able to see the unloading of the Maleficent Dragon from the truck and its placement into the exhibit hall.

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The Maleficent Dragon will be one of the largest pieces on display among more than 500 items from Disney's to be installed as part of D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, a new exhibit opening July 6th at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, curated by the Walt Disney Archives and hosted by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Review: A Splash of Spring

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April Showers bring May Flowers and this year's Spring Premiere Event sculpture of Tinker Bell ("A Splash of Spring") did just that!

This weekend is the Event weekend (May 4-6) in the US and Canada (International Event weekends may vary). The latest installment in the Seasons Series depicts spring. 

The one thing that caught my eye from the first images available, I like how the sculpture depicts the weight of the rain on her wings, angled down vs. upright as we're used to seeing them and her facial expression as she holds out her hand and looking upward. The base is probably one of the most elaborate bases we've seen in a while with the plussing of the pewter grass and water drops, giving an actual splash effect as the raindrops hit the ground. 

A Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 1500 sculpted by Jacqueline Perreault Gonzales is the sixth release  in the Disney Artist Series and third release in the Tinker Bell Seasons Series.

Tinker Bell is plussed with pewter grass, pewter water drops, pewter hair ribbon and a bronze daisy stem.
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Tinker Bell ("A Splash of Spring") is the third release in the Tinker Bell Seasons Series. Images above and below depict her with the previous two releases. 

Fall ("Blithe Spirit") was the 1st release in the series (1st release in Disney Artist Series as well), a Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 2,000 sculpted by Margi Wray and the 2008 Fall Premiere Event Sculpture.  Winter ("Delicate Daydreamer") was the 2nd release in the series (4th release in the Disney Artist Series), a Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 3,000 sculpted by Margi Wray was the 2011 Winter Premiere Event Sculpture.



Wednesday, May 2, 2012

WDCC Announces Retirement & Sold Out Status on Two Recent Releases!

The Walt Disney Classics Collection has announced today the retirement of Chip 'n Dale from the animated classic, Working for Peanuts (1953).

"Determined Duo" sculpted by Bruce Lau was released as an Open Edition release in October 2005.

As a retired sculpture, the piece will not return to the line in the future.

Also announced was the Sold-Out status of two recently released sculptures, Ariel and Sebastian from Disney's The Little Mermaid (1989) and Donald Duck from the animated classic Hawaiian Holiday (1937).

"He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not..." a Numbered Limited Edition of 1,500 was sculpted by Jacqueline Perreault Gonzales and plussed with four pewter flowers and a bronze Sebastian.


Hawaiian Holiday Donald is a NLE of 750, sculpted by Jacqueline Perreault Gonzales.

Please contact your Authorized Walt Disney Classics Collection Dealer for availability.

Reminder: 'A Splash of Spring' Event This Coming Weekend!

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What’s a pretty little pixie to do when the raindrops of a spring shower start to splash down on her delicate beauty? Why, use a dainty daisy as an umbrella, naturally.

Tinker Bell will be available through all participating Walt Disney Classics Collection Retailers this coming weekend, May 4-6, 2012 (in U.S. and Canada, other International Events Weekends may vary).

The sixth in the Disney Artist Series (third release in the Tinker Bell Seasons Series), this fresh-as-a-daisy sculpture is delightfully plussed with pewter grass, water drops, and hair ribbon, and a bronze daisy stem. 

Specially designed by Disney Master Artist David Pacheco, Tinker Bell is the centerpiece of the Walt Disney Classic Collection’s 2012 Spring Premiere Event. 

Aglow with the magic of one of Walt Disney’s most beloved characters, this pixie-dusted piece perfectly captures the sprightly spirit of Tinker Bell as the playful pal of Peter Pan celebrates spring as only she can.

'A Splash of Spring,' sculpted by Jacqueline Perreault Gonzales is a Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 1500.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Let The Force Be With You

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On Friday,  from the creative “Forces” at Disney Parks, Lucasfilm, and Walt Disney Classics Collection, they announced the upcoming release of Donald Duck as Darth Maul during Star Wars™ Weekends.  Donald is the 2nd release in the Star Wars Series joining Jedi Mickey (pictured above), an Open Edition release, released in September 2010.

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The ArtOfDisneyParks.com hasn't updated their site with additional information as of yet on the release of Darth Maul Donald but in the meantime, created an image depicting the two sculptures together for your viewing pleasure.

Using the same principles applied to classic Disney animation and hand-crafted of kiln-fired porcelain with accents of metallic paint on the lightsaber handles. Jedi Mickey stands 6 ¼” tall and has a SRP of $125.00 US. Darth Maul Donald stands 5  ¼” tall with a SRP of $150.00 US. Both include a Disney Certificate of Authenticity.