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 Exciting news, peeps! According to The New York Times, after the Broadway musical Mary Poppins closes on March 3rd, the Disney-owned New Amsterdam Theater will gear up to premiere Aladdin, which was originally staged in Seattle in 2006. Renovations to accommodate the play will most likely be finished in Spring 2014.

Who has seen a Disney musical live? If so, where? A theme park like Disneyland? On Broadway or in your city? Which one is your favorite? 

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This information comes to us today from Stitch Kingdom.

As a roundup, here is a list of Disney movies we will see released next year, along with (tentative) dates!

1/8/13 - Frankenweenie

2/5/13 - Peter Pan

3/5/13 - Wreck-it Ralph

3/12/13 - Mulan/Mulan II, The Hunchback of Notre Dame/HoND II, Atlantis: The Lost Empire/Atlantis: Milo's Return, Who Framed Roger Rabbit (25th Anniversary Edition) 

Which movies are you most excited for? Will you be purchasing any? :D 
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From Toyhobbyretailer:

Disney has big plans for one of its biggest franchises for the next year! Along with The Little Mermaid returning to the silver screen and Frozen bringing yet another princess to the line, Merida, heroine of Brave, will also have her official coronation as a Disney Princess in July 2013.

Who's excited? :)
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Today is the 111th anniversary of Walter Elias Disney's birth! *confetti*

Here is a short biography from

"Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago Illinois, to his father Elias Disney, and mother Flora Call Disney. Walt was one of five children, four boys and a girl.

After Walt's birth, the Disney family moved to Marceline Missouri, Walt lived most of his childhood here.

Walt had very early interests in art, he would often sell drawings to neighbors to make extra money. He pursued his art career, by studying art and photography by going to McKinley High School in Chicago.

Walt began to love, and appreciate nature and wildlife, and family and community, which were a large part of agrarian living. Though his father could be quite stern, and often there was little money, Walt was encouraged by his mother, and older brother, Roy to pursue his talents.

During the fall of 1918, Disney attempted to enlist for military service. Rejected because he was under age, only sixteen years old at the time. Instead, Walt joined the Red Cross and was sent overseas to France, where he spent a year driving an ambulance and chauffeuring Red Cross officials. His ambulance was covered from stem to stern, not with stock camouflage, but with Disney cartoons.

Once Walt returned from France, he began to pursue a career in commercial art. He started a small company called Laugh-O-Grams, which eventually fell bankrupt. With his suitcase, and twenty dollars, Walt headed to Hollywood to start anew.

After making a success of his "Alice Comedies," Walt became a recognized Hollywood figure. On July 13, 1925, Walt married one of his first employees, Lillian Bounds, in Lewiston, Idaho. Later on they would be blessed with two daughters, Diane and Sharon .

In 1932, the production entitled Flowers and Trees(the first color cartoon) won Walt the first of his studio's Academy Awards. In 1937, he released The Old Mill, the first short subject to utilize the multi-plane camera technique.

On December 21, 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated musical feature, premiered at the Carthay Theater in Los Angeles. The film produced at the unheard cost of $1,499,000 during the depths of the Depression, the film is still considered one of the great feats and imperishable monuments of the motion picture industry. During the next five years, Walt Disney Studios completed other full-length animated classics such asPinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi.

Walt Disney's dream of a clean, and organized amusement park, came true, as Disneyland Park opened in 1955. Walt also became a television pioneer, Disney began television production in 1954, and was among the first to present full-color programming with hisWonderful World of Color in 1961.

Walt Disney is a legend; a folk hero of the 20th century. His worldwide popularity was based upon the ideals which his name represents: imagination, optimism, creation, and self-made success in the American tradition. He brought us closer to the future, while telling us of the past, it is certain, that there will never be such as great a man, as Walt Disney."

Walt Disney died of lung cancer on December 15th, 1966. Walt Disney World was named after him by his brother Roy in honor of his memory; before, the Florida project was simply named "Disney World". His ashes currently rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, CA, next to his wife Lillian and their adopted daughter Sharon. His brother Roy O. Disney rests in the same cemetary. Walt is survived by his only biological daughter Diane.
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 This year was extremely fruitful for Disney, both financially and critically (even when one discounts the wild success of Marvel's The Avengers) as Pixar's Brave, Frankenweenie, and finally Wreck-it Ralph pulled in positive reviews from critics and cold, hard cash from audiences, with only Frankenweenie failing to make a profit. Wreck-it Ralph alone broke a Disney record, having brought the company its most successful opening weekend for any Animated Canon movie ever. 

Now, as 2012 wraps up, all three of Disney's newest animated movies are being honored with Annie Award nominations. All three films pulled in Best Animated Feature nominations and numerous others, earning Disney 27 separate nominations in total for film categories only, the most for any single studio. Dreamworks, which has hit a financial hard point with weak stock performance due to its projected $50 million loss for Rise of the Guardians, is in second place with 13 nominations including Best Animated Feature for Guardians.

Other competitors for Best Animated Feature include ParaNorman, Hotel Transylvania, Pirates! Band of Misfits, and GKIDS Studios' The Rabbi's Cat

Paperman, the short film that intricately blended traditional and CG animation and played before Wreck-it Ralph, has also been nominated for Best Animated Short

The Annie Awards also gives recognition for achievements in storyboarding, video games, television shows, and much more. In non-film categories, Disney has also received nominations including some for Motorcity, Tron: Uprising, and Gravity Falls.

For a complete list of Annie Award nominees for animated productions, please click here.

So tell me, what do you think of Disney's performance this year? Do you think 2013 will be better? On a side note, are you surprised that Rise of the Guardians is performing so poorly at the box office despite very good critical reviews? Did any of the nominations surprise you? Discuss, my pretties, discuss!
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From The Huffington Post:

Riding on the billion dollar success of Tim Burton's 2010 re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland, Disney is reportedly working on a live-action Cinderella movie, currently untitled, in the spirit of Angelina Jolie's Maleficent. The film was pitched in 2010, shortly after Alice really started to shine. 

Recent news has rumored that Cate Blanchett, known for playing Galadriel in the Lord of the Rings movies and the upcoming Hobbit films, is being considered for the role of Lady Tremaine. 

I'll post more information once it comes! If anyone has anything to add about this new project, please post it. :D


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