Disney Infinity 2.0 Goes On Sale September 23

Disney Infinity Starter Pack

In conjunction with San Diego Comic Con, Disney Interactive set up a pop-up shop near the convention center for Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, the ambitious follow-up to the incredibly successful Disney Infinity. There, fans can get a closer look at the current build of the game and can try it out for themselves. On the heels of the announcement of a Guardians of the Galaxy Play Set for the game, a release date was announced and it is sooner than you think – you can pick up the game on September 23rd! [Read more...]

Preview: ‘Big Hero 6′ Toys

Disney Holiday Preview 2014 - Big Hero 6 - Baymax and Hiro

Recently, Disney held a preview in NY showcasing upcoming merchandise, from those that celebrate its classic films and newer successes (Frozen) to those that tie-in with its theme parks and upcoming films. Big Hero 6, the first film from Walt Disney Animation Studios after Frozen, is a highly-anticipated adaptation of a Marvel series, the first collaboration between the superhero company and Disney Animation. After the break, take a look at a selection of Big Hero 6 toys that will be available in the Fall! [Read more...]

First Look: Elsa and Kristoff In ‘Once Upon A Time’

SCOTT MICHAEL FOSTER, GEORGINA HAIG

Once Upon A Time is generating more buzz this summer than in years past for one simple reason: the cliffhanger in the season finale that aired in May clearly indicated that Elsa from Frozen would be joining the show. We now know that several others from the film will be joining her as well, including Anna and Kristoff. Three weeks ago, following great speculation as to who would play the popular Elsa on the live-action show, producers announced it would be Georgina Haig, an actress best known for her role as Etta on Fringe. Now, you can get your first look at Haig in character as Elsa after the break! [Read more...]

The Pitfalls of Live-Action Remakes: The “Dumbo” Edition

Dumbo - And Mother

One of the most magical films in the Walt Disney animated feature canon is Dumbo, written about at length on this very site mere weeks ago. This isn’t to suggest that Dumbo is a perfect piece of animation; arguably, flaws like its expedited and forcibly inexpensive production process contribute to its charms. (As ever, the inclusion of a crow named Jim, voiced by a white actor, does not.) But Dumbo is widely considered to be one of the crown jewels of Disney animation, with its title character having become something of an icon in the intervening decades. In some respects, because it was one of the first five Disney animated features, Dumbo has been fairly untouchable for a long time. Like Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, there has never been a direct-to-DVD sequel of Dumbo, though there were rumors that such a film would be willed into existence had John Lasseter and Ed Catmull not taken charge of Disney’s animation department in the mid-2000s. (Bambi, sadly, was not so lucky.) [Read more...]

‘Big Hero 6′ Cast, New Images Unveiled

Big Hero 6 - Hiro

We are over six months removed from the release of Frozen, the incredibly popular Disney film which continues to rake in money at the worldwide box office, sell through endless merchandise, and just conquer the Internet, placing some pressure on Disney Animation’s next film, Big Hero 6. Although nobody expects the studio’s first Marvel animated film to match the unprecedented success of Frozen, there is renewed interest in seeing what the reinvigorated animation house can accomplish. The voice cast for the film has now been announced, just a few months before the film’s release – take a look at the list of actors and new images of the characters after the break! [Read more...]

Hands-On: ‘Disney Infinity 2.0′

Disney Infinity 2 - Spider-Man and Venom

Recently, I attended Disney Consumer Products’ Holiday Product Showcase, where the group previewed select pieces of merchandise that are expected to be this year’s big hits. In addition to a wealth of Frozen-related products and those involving Disney’s classic line-up of characters (e.g. Mickey, Minnie), I had the chance to get an in-depth preview of the highly anticipated follow-up to Disney Infinity. Although I first got a look at the game at its announcement a few months back, this was my first opportunity at a hands-on. Check out my thoughts after the break! [Read more...]