Hello MiceChatters and Fabanistas! Today’s Fab News is a little bit of everything. I want to know what you think, so don’t be afraid to comment. I don’t bite – very hard.

Disney Animation Studios Sponsors Women in Animation

WIA co-president Marge Dean

Walt Disney Animation Studios is the first sponsor for the re-launch of WIA, Women in Animation, which was originally started back in the early 1990s. “The studio’s  generous contributions since the re-launch of WIA in 2013 – including staff support, programming and other resources – has been especially beneficial,” says WIA co-president Marge Dean.


“In particular, the sponsorship will help boost the organization’s ability to host monthly events, the breadth of its mentorship program, and the development of its legacy and archive program. The support will also raise the opportunities to highlight WIA’s “50-50 by 2025” initiative, which calls for women to be equally esteemed by holding 50% of the high-level creative positions within the industry by the year 2025.

“Ann Le Cam, senior vice president of production at Walt Disney Animation Studios, says, ‘We are proud to support Women in Animation and their ‘50-50 by 2025’ initiative, through our corporate sponsorship and our ongoing partnership. At Disney Animation, we deeply value the diversity and inclusiveness within our Studio and appreciate WIA’s efforts in meeting these goals across the animation community.’”

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Ann Le Cam, Senior Vice-President of Production, Walt Disney Studios

This makes me feel so much better about my daughter Alice entering the Animation program at her college. I hope it makes her feel better about it too. Hearing other women’s war stories tends to make her second-guess her decision to go into animation – and she’s not out of school yet. Thank goodness for WIA. For more information, to donate to the Phyllis Craig Scholarship Fund, or to join WIA, please visit http://www.womeninanimation.org.

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Queen of Katwe One-Sheet Released

Check out the poster for Disney’s “Queen of Katwe,” the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. The powerful film, which stars David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and newcomer Madina Nalwanga and is directed by Mira Nair, will be released in U.S. theaters this September.


I mentioned this film before. I can’t wait to see it. No, I’m not a chess movie freak or anything. I just love stories where someone has an amazing talent out of nowhere and uses it to become a superstar. 

Alice Through the Looking Glass Promo-Tea in London

Director James Bobin, producers Tim Burton, Suzanne Todd, stars Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and Sacha Baron Cohen from Disney’s “Alice Through The Looking Glass” joined press for tea and a photo call last week at the Corinthia Hotel in London.
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If you’re a fan of the first film and dying to see the second, Walt Disney Studios gave me access to some images to share with you, to whet your appetite for the film. Here’s a little gallery and the official synopsis.
Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit (Sheen), Absolem (Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Depp), who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends – and enemies – at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out. Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.
With all of the live-action versions of Disney animated classics, do you prefer that they be a continuation, like the Alice films, a remake, like the recent Jungle Book, prequels, alternate universe, don’t touch it, what do you think? Do you like the ONCE treatment? Let me know!

Don’t miss MiceChat’s 10th anniversary Gumball Rally!

Here’s the Info:

  • Compete in teams of 2, 3, or 4 people.
  • You don’t have to be a trivia buff, ride warrior, or theme park nerd to play. The game is designed to put everyone on a level playing field.
  • You can play at the speed that you like. Take it easy or tear through the park. It’s up to you.
  • For one low price you get the game and Awards Party, complete with entertainment and prizes. (admission into the parks is NOT included)
  • Prizes will be awarded for 1st – 10th place, Best Team Logo, Best Team Name, and Spirit of MiceChat Award. There are plenty of chances to win!
  • Plus, while you are waiting for the results, we’ll present you with great entertainment and prizes!
  • An all day race through Disneyland to see who can ride the most attractions in a single day . . . There is simply no better way to challenge yourself, what you think you know about Disneyland, and have a fantastic time with your family and friends (whether you win or not).


‘The Shakespeare Show,’ in U.S. Theaters May 23 Only

David Tennant of Disney XD’s “Doctor Who” to Host
Presented by Fathom Events and BBC Worldwide North America


To commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Fathom Events and BBC Worldwide North America present a unique two-hour event featuring a star-studded cast including Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Joseph Fiennes, John Lithgow, David Suchet and many others, who will pay tribute to one of the most influential writers of all time. The Shakespeare Show: Recorded Live from the Royal Shakespeare Company” comes to select U.S. cinemas nationwide for one night on Monday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. local time.

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Tickets for “The Shakespeare Show: Recorded Live from the Royal Shakespeare Company” can be purchased online beginning Friday, April 15, 2016 by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 400 movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Shakespeare Live! Shakespeare Live! Shakespeare Live!

Go to this and play “Spot the Disney Character Voice”. There are so, so many. Or just go and have one of the best nights of entertainment ever. I’m so going. Hubby and daughter are so not wanting to. Anyone into it? I hear Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) does a hilarious riff on Hamlet.

Shakespeare Live!

Free Comic Book Day, Every Day

Did you miss Free Comic Book Day Saturday? There is now an app called POWFOLIO that enables everyone to read a massive library of comic books free every day right in their pockets! This past Thursday, it launched for iOS, iPhone and iPad.  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/powfolio/id1088396866?mt=8

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PowFolio readers gain instant free access to stream thousands of high quality comics on their Apple iOS devices.  Because of the streaming technology platform, readers never have to worry about PowFolio comics becoming a resource hog, like other apps.  Instead, readers can enjoy as many comics as they want without worrying about space.  Thanks to an unparalleled, proprietary compression engine, readers can experience high-quality comics at faster speeds than ever before.


PowFolio features:

  • Thousands of Modern, Golden, Kids and Manga full comics, completely FREE!
  • Titles from some of the best publishers and critically-acclaimed creators!
  • New comics and fresh content added daily.
  • High quality, fast streaming comics with an easy to use interface.
  • Automatic tracking of your progress as you read.
  • Ability to tag your favorites for easy access at any time!
  • Real-time chat with other users and comic fans.

“Building new comic book readers, and expanding the overall audience is at the heart of PowFolio.  New comic book readers are good for the industry as a whole, which is why Free Comic Book Day exists… to create collectors.  We believe that comics discovered through PowFolio can and will inspire readers to purchase their physical counterparts for their collections, which is great for brick-and-mortar retailers as well.” said Benny Powell, CEO of Red Giant Entertainment


This year marks the 15th year for Free Comic Book Day.  It is a global event where participating comic book specialty shops give away select comics to customers, and took place this year on May 7, 2016.

Hundreds of comics are added to PowFolio every day, ensuring the fun never ends and that every day is a day for free comics.  And the ad-supported content allows publishers and creators to generate revenue with their old and new comics alike, while giving readers a world of entertainment at no cost! If you don’t want ads and are willing to pay for it, future updates will allow readers the option to subscribe for a small monthly fee to remove the streaming advertising as well as unlocking premium content and other exclusive features.

There’s Still Time to See Floyd Norman and Help the Fishies!

Tickets and Info – HERE


Disney Infinity Announces New Series of Toy Box Challenges

May 6, 2016, Disney Infinity Community Manager Allison Petrek, also host of Toy Box TV, announced a summer series of Toy Box Challenges for kids and beginners. The challenges will give players bite-size objectives that encourage their creativity. Winning Toy Boxes will be featured in the El Capitan Theatre in the Toy Box Hub of Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition and on Disney Infinity’s weekly video series, Toy Box TV. The new series kicks off this week with the Space Station Challenge. Here’s the set-up: In their last battle with the evil Emperor Zurg, Star Command’s base was destroyed. It’s up to you to help them make an even better one to protect the galaxy.



Kristoff and Olaf to host inaugural event to kick off summer season

From May 27 to Aug. 21, 2016, Olaf’s wish to experience summer fun with his friends will come true when he and Kristoff, stars of the hit Disney animated film “Frozen,” host the inaugural “Frozen” Games this summer at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park. The “Winter Games Committee” has decided to take advantage of the magical snowstorm over Blizzard Beach and host daily activities this summer. The committee members have even invited Kristoff and Olaf to lead teams of guests in a fun day of “Frozen” activities.

The “Frozen” Games are an all-day event at Blizzard Beach, beginning shortly after the park opens. Guests can sign up at the park entrance, and all activities are included with regular park admission. Guests of all ages visiting Blizzard Beach may choose to join Team Kristoff or Team Olaf to participate in a variety of winter-themed activities throughout each day, including:

  • Ice Pail Relays – teams will line up and pass pails of water quickly from one person to the next, trying to fill a container at the The team that fills their container first is the winner.
  • Snowball Toss – pairs compete in a snow-themed water balloon toss from progressively greater The pair that gets the farthest apart without breaking its water balloon is the winner.
  • Ski Pole Limbo – guests play limbo, using a ski pole as the
  • Slide Races – teams race down one of the signature water slides at Blizzard Beach, and much more!

Frozen Games at Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park

Olaf and Kristoff will take part in the “Frozen” Games’ opening and closing ceremonies by appearing on the Observation Deck near the Summit Plummet attraction each day, accompanied by trumpet fanfare, banners and music. Additionally, one lucky guest will be chosen each morning to be the Ski Captain and thus the first guest to take the plunge down Summit Plummet, signaling the start of the “Frozen” Games. From the observation deck, Olaf and Kristoff will give regular updates throughout the day on their teams’ progress and achievements, as well as announce the winning team of the “Frozen” Games.

Visit Olaf ‘In Summer’ at the New Celebrity Spotlight at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

That’s not all we’ll be seeing of consumers’ favorite snowman; Now, guests can join some of their favorite Disney Characters as they live out their Hollywood dreams in two new character greeting experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Olaf from "Frozen" Greets Guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios

In Celebrity Spotlight, located in the park’s Echo Lake district, guests are invited to meet Olaf from Disney’s blockbuster film, “Frozen.” Olaf is living his dream “In Summer!!!!!,” chilling on the beach and ready to give warm hugs to all his new friends. Get a look at the props while you’re in there if you have a chance. They’re adorable!

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And on Commissary Lane, guests will now find “Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams.” Here, you’ll discover Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, living the dream as A-list Hollywood stars. Guests first walk the red carpet and step right into a scene with Minnie, where she appears as a Tinseltown starlet in a ritzy setting straight out of a lush and colorful musical extravaganza. Next, guests can join Mickey in a scene from “Fantasia,” where he’s portraying his iconic role of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Note the recipe for Yen Sid’s fruitcake. Sounds like he has jolly holidays indeed!

Mickey Mouse Greets Guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Olaf has been in the Celebrity Spotlight for a few weeks now, while “Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams” made its debut on Sunday, May 8.

Disney fans have been saying that the Studios have forgotten its roots, that it was supposed to be about “The Hollywood that never was and always will be,” as Michael Eisner said on opening day. I’m happy to see that this brings back a little of that “HOLL-y-WOOD!!!” that used to be there in the first days, but for those of you who weren’t around back then, it was kind of a snoozefest other than the Great Movie Ride, Animation and Indy. I’d come from Hawaii for 12 days and I’d do the Tour ONCE, and sometimes that was just so I could say hello to Tom Schermann’s Nautilus model. Star Tours, especially with the AT-AT out front, and Muppet-Vision really made the park come to life. But that’s just my opinion. What do you think?

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