Magic dear readers, I offer you magic . . . and the melted helmet of Darth Vader . . . and the return of Mary Poppins, and . . . well . . . lots of Disney goodness. I promise!
Updated! Disney Interactive just let me know about a new Finding Dory game they’re releasing TODAY! Scroll to the very bottom for the deets. ~ Fab
New Nighttime Show, ‘The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic’ Celebrates Blockbuster Hit with Music, Magic and Dance at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic,” a new live musical show inspired by the blockbuster live-action film “The Jungle Book,” kicks off new nighttime experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The epic, limited-engagement celebration immerses guests in Indian culture with live performers, music, water screens and vibrant costumes amidst the beauty and danger of the jungle. (Preston Mack, photographer)
Live singers, dancers, musicians and fire performers celebrate the epic story of The Walt Disney Studios’ “The Jungle Book” in a limited-engagement nighttime extravaganza opening May 28, 2016, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World Resort.
Performed beneath the stars in the park’s new outdoor 5,000-seat Discovery River Theater, “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic,” debuts as the park introduces additional nighttime entertainment including a post-sunset Kilimanjaro Safaris adventure and visually stunning Tree of Life “awakenings” with Discovery Island song-and-dance merriment.
“The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” welcomes guests to the dangerous, captivating world of the young “man cub” Mowgli and the jungle animals that protect and threaten him. Featuring traditional Indian music as well as the wildly popular songs of The Jungle Book, the show immerses guests in the culture of and beauty of India and the peril of the jungle with singers, musicians, dancers and visuals.
As the show opens, barges festooned with Indian banners and intricate flower decorations float into view carrying river-bound singers, dancers and musicians.
The show’s opening number begins with an ethereal Indian chant in the Rajasthan style, then builds to an energetic sound featuring drummers and performers offering gifts of light with a dance of candles. The music segues to the film’s score, and the show’s water screens rise to reveal an image of the ornate cover of “The Jungle Book” story by Rudyard Kipling. As the book pages open, an engraved jungle scene transitions from black and white to the colorful 3-D world of the film.
Driven by John Debney’s “The Jungle Book” film score, the show’s live music is arranged in Indian styles that feature the sitar and tabla drums for beloved tunes including “The Bare Necessities,” “Trust in Me,” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.” Big-screen images from the film combine with impressionist projections and narration by the panther character Bagheera, to open a portal into the artfully-told story.
The 25-minute show is awash in special effects that include fire, and massive water-screen projections. While some of the cast tell the story from water’s edge and inside the theater, multiple barges and boats become additional sets pulsating with dozens of performers, scenic backdrops and light and fire effects.
“We’ve been fortunate to work with an amazing team of collaborators from around the world, from the filmmakers behind the blockbuster movie to a creative team of artists who helped to infuse our show with authentic aspects of the culture of India,” said Michael Jung, executive creative director, Walt Disney Imagineering.
Poignant film moments resonate, as when “wolf-mother” Raksha says farewell to Mowgli and tells him, “You will always be my son.” As the journey proceeds, guests will flinch at the sudden roar of tiger Shere Khan that leads to a thrilling chase, and they’ll laugh at antics of Baloo, the free-spirited bear and pal of Mowgli. As the tale unfolds, the audience can’t help but be mesmerized by the frighteningly hypnotic charm of Kaa.
Breathtaking water-screen images of an elephant herd, a virtuosic fire performance and dynamic live percussion build to a frenzied show climax. For the show finale, the cast of “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic,” performs an Indian-influenced mega-medley that becomes a boisterous mash-up of the acclaimed film’s top tunes, and performers spread throughout the aisles to transform the amphitheater into one huge immersive party celebrating the music, story and world of “The Jungle Book.”
Filmmaker Jon Favreau was there for the World Premiere and was kind enough to come give the talented, hardworking cast their props as well, calling their work “incredible” and the re-imagining of his film for the show “amazing” and “beautiful”, praising the crew as well, raving over the seven stages’ worth of entertaining, and talking about how his own family joined in the audience members singing, dancing and having fun during the show, and reiterating how much he loved the wonderful music. ~ Fab
The Gifts Every Fab Girl is Dying For
And by every Fab Girl, I mean “me”. And yes, the helmets. THE KYLO REN AND MELTED DARTH VADER HELMETS!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!!!!!! I’d be going all Yorick with that melted helmet like Dame Judi Dench week before last at the Fathom Shakespeare show.
Star Wars Launches Most Authentic Line of Prop Replicas Ever Created
Star Wars Collectibles: Ultimate Studio Edition offers fans a completely new way of experiencing ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
Disney and Lucasfilm today launched Star Wars Collectibles: Ultimate Studio Edition bringing an unprecedented level of authenticity to prop replica products for fans. Made to order by propmakers at Propshop in Pinewood Studios using digital data collected during filming of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the production process marries cutting edge 3D printing technology with master craftsmanship to produce replicas virtually identical to those seen on screen. Available initially in the U.S.,starwarsultimatestudioedition.com is the exclusive location to purchase these products.
“We’re delighted to be able to produce such a groundbreaking line of merchandise,” said James Enright, Assets Director and CEO of Propshop. “Designed, made and finished by the hands of specialist motion picture prop makers and artists, we’ve worked extremely hard to create something that we know would make fans and filmmakers proud.”
The initial offering from the Star Wars Collectibles line features eight prop replicas from Star Wars: The Force Awakens including Darth Vader’s melted helmet, Rey’s lightsaber hilt, FN-2187 Stormtrooper helmet and more. Each replica item is a limited production piece due to the high level of craftsmanship required to create them.
“We are continually looking for new ways to extend the storytelling from movies in innovative ways,” said Josh Silverman, executive vice president of global licensing at Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “We’ve worked hand in hand with the film makers and talented team at Propshop to create a unique product experience for fans and we’re excited to see their reactions to these incredible prop replicas.”
(And by “Knight of Ren Villain”, I think they meant to say “Highly Attractive and Deeply Complicated Master of the Knights of Ren.” ~Fab)
(PS: Also: Owner of the Coolest Lightsaber:)
Visit Disney’s YouTube channel to view the latest installment of their “Boxed” series to get a behind-the-scenes look at Darth Vader’s melted helmet being created; then tune in each month to see reveals of new items added to the Star Wars Collectibles: Ultimate Studio Edition line. For more information, visit starwarsultimatestudioedition.com.
Or just look down here, says Fab, though it’s good to subscribe to Disney’s YouTube Channel for the Pie Pops recipes and “‘_________’ in Emoji” alone:
Also, in the fact sheet but not the press kit, there’s a Chewbacca’s Bowcaster!
Black Widow: Standing Tall
We got a press mailing from DCP about the newest line of Black Widow merchandise, and something caught my eye. A few years back, someone noted the awkward way Natasha was posed in almost all of the Avengers art, all boobs and butt. Take a look at (an honest sampling of) every single pose in the art we got. It made me happy.
Even the hyper-sexualized Kai figures were presented very straight-forwardly. You know, like a poseable action figure. It was really refreshing. Props to you at DCP’s MARVEL division for helping to empower whomever wants to play with Black Widow toys not worry about her catching a cold or throwing her back out.
Did Anyone Get it Right?
It’s at the El Capitan Theatre! They surprised Richard Sherman with the dedication of the dressing room during the premiere of Saving Mr. Banks. It’s really lovely.
I was invited to catch Alice Through the Looking Glass opening day, with its awesome curtain show. I liked, but didn’t love the first Tim Burton Alice movie, but heard from friends working on the film that I was really going to like this one, because it tied in several places to the original Carroll story. And it did – explaining one Carroll story point in a manner that had me literally hooting with laughter while the rest of the audience was also cracking up…but it absolutely, positively makes perfect (non)sense with the original Alice in Wonderland’s explanation of why that certain thing … happens to be the way it is … and hilariously so.
The Curtain Show is a simple music and kaleidoscope show with a big finish that kids will love. For Finding Dory, however, I hear that they will have live animals from The Aquarium of the Pacific visiting!
I really, really disliked Sacha Baron Cohen’s Time immediately. But by the end of the film, I really, really was very fond of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Time. Loved him. Appreciated him, deeply. Never in a million years did I imagine that would happen.
After the movie was over, we trekked downstairs to have a look at some of the costumes, sets and props from the film:
The El Capitan Theatre is also the only place where I can really fall into 3-D movies, for some reason, without seeing peripheral blur. I’m so spoiled by the Dolby Atmos and Dolby VISION 3-D there that seeing a movie anywhere else is kind of a drag, with one exception – I’m short, so I still see the tops of the heads of whomever is in front of me. But the theater itself is a showpiece. And I love the reserved seating, which is something I loved when I was in Korea and wish they had in every theater here. I really feel like, if you live in the LA Area, see Disney movies in their House Theater, the El Capitan. There’s always something special going on there. Parking is two dollars across the street, with validation at the theater, and the store always has fab things. And they give you free chocolate when you walk in the door!
Plus, how cute are the sculpts on these Queen of Hearts dolls?
Also in the Studio Store:
Alice Through the Looking Glass is showing through June 12 and tickets are available at their website: https://elcapitantheatre.com. There is a special Tick-Tock Tea showing at certain times (Saturday at 7:30PM, for example,) that includes a tea at Chado Tea Room. Call 1-800-DISNEY-6 for details.
Applications Now Open for the Tenth Annual Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE
High school students nationwide can now apply to be among 100 students selected to participate in the 2017 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE, the innovative, outside-the-classroom, mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort. The 2017 Disney Dreamers Academy will mark the program’s 10th year.
Steve Harvey, syndicated radio and television personality, along with ESSENCE and Walt Disney World Resort will host selected Dreamers during a four-day power-packed career and educational exploration in March 2017. “Giving back is important to me, and especially to our youth – our future leaders, entrepreneurs, and aspiring artists,” said Harvey. “We’ve seen more than 900 committed students come through the program, and I’m excited to find the next 100. The tenth anniversary will be special, and I encourage all high school students to take a minute of their time to apply for this incredible opportunity.”
For nearly a decade, Disney Dreamers Academy has helped to inspire young minds from across the country by fueling their dreams and showing them a world of possibilities as they prepare for the future. Each year, students participate in hands-on, full-immersion workshops related to a variety of career paths, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills, such as communication techniques, leadership values, and networking strategies.
The event takes place in the very magical and creative setting of Walt Disney World Resort. Dreamers are taken both on stage and behind the scenes, where Disney theme parks become vibrant ‘classrooms,’ leading to career discoveries, the pursuit of dreams and fun memories to cherish for a lifetime.
“We’re excited to welcome back Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE for the tenth year,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts vice president of deluxe resorts andDisney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “This program is unique for the opportunity it affords teens to be inspired and motivated to accomplish their goals. By applying for Disney Dreamers Academy, high school students from across the country are taking an important step forward that can influence and change their lives forever.”
Disney Dreamers are exposed to celebrity motivational speakers and special guests who share their stories and provide insight on how to achieve success and DREAM BIG. Dreamers have the opportunity to cultivate relationships with other students from across the nation while they gain first-hand knowledge from Disney experts and world-renowned entrepreneurs and executives.
ESSENCE Communications President Michelle Ebanks added, “ESSENCE has been honored to help identify the next generation of big dreamers and welcome them to Walt Disney World Resort for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This tenth year will be no exception, and we’re delighted to further play a role in setting our future leaders on the path to success.”
Applicants to the Disney Dreamers Academy program must answer essay questions about their personal stories and their dreams for the future. Students are selected based on a combination of attributes, including strong character, positive attitude and determination to achieve their dreams.
Select Disney Dreamers, along with a parent or guardian, will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, where they will participate in life-changing sessions and be surrounded by the creativity and innovation represented in Disney theme parks around the world. Disney Dreamers Academy will take place March 2017.
Applications are open to U.S. high school students, ages 13 to 19, through Oct. 31, 2016. A distinguished panel of leaders will judge the applications, and winners will be announced towards the end of 2016.
EMILY BLUNT AND LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA TO STAR IN “MARY POPPINS RETURNS,” THE SEQUEL TO THE STUDIO’S 1964 CLASSIC, DIRECTED BY ROB MARSHALL
“Mary Poppins Returns” To Be Released December 25, 2018
Golden Globe Award® winner Emily Blunt (“Into the Woods,” the upcoming “Girl on the Train”) and Emmy®, GRAMMY®, Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “In the Heights”) are set to star in “Mary Poppins Returns,” a sequel to the studio’s 1964 classic, “Mary Poppins,” which will be released on December 25, 2018.
(Miranda is also working on MOANA – Fab)
Reuniting the director and producing team behind Disney’s hit film musical “Into the Woods,” the film will be directed by Oscar® nominee, Emmy® and DGA Award winner Rob Marshall and produced by Marshall, Emmy winner and Golden Globe® nominee John DeLuca and Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award® nominee and Golden Globe winner Marc Platt. The screenplay will be written by Oscar nominee David Magee based on The Mary Poppins Stories by P.L. Travers, with Oscar nominee and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman composing an all-new score and Shaiman and Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Scott Wittman writing original songs.
Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven (emphasis Fab’s)additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
“I am truly humbled and honored to be asked by Disney to bring P.L. Travers’ further adventures to the screen. The iconic original film means so much to me personally, and I look forward to creating an original movie musical that can bring Mary Poppins, and her message that childlike wonder can be found in even the most challenging of times, to a whole new generation,” says Marshall.
P.L. Travers introduced the world to the no-nonsense nanny in her 1934 book “Mary Poppins,” which Disney adapted for the screen and released in August, 1964. The film, which was directed by Robert Stevenson and starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, won five Academy Awards®, including Best Actress for Andrews. However, the subsequent adventures of Mary Poppins remained only on the pages of P.L. Travers’ seven additional books, which she published between 1935 and 1988.
Finding Dory – Just Keep Swimming Launches Today
…and there’s more to come!
Disney is preparing a splashy set of mobile offerings for forgetful fish fans, including new apps and updates inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory.” The new apps include:
Finding Dory: Just Keep Swimming: Starting today, kids and families can swim through the story of “Finding Dory” in an underwater adventure for mobile devices. Players can help Dory collect bubbles through the side-scrolling mazes consisting of 13 total levels including the Reef, the Marine Life Institute, the Kelp Forest and more. Along the way, players will meet Marlin, Nemo, Bailey, Destiny, Hank and other friends as they use the ocean’s current for boosts, avoid unexpected underwater obstacles and try to earn three stars for each level.
The Finding Dory: Just Keep Swimming app is available for download for $3.99 on the App Store, Google Play and Microsoft for Windows 10. The first 11 levels are available today and the final 2 will be available with the release of the film.
The game will also be available on Apple TV and Amazon Appstore for Android later this month.
Dory’s Reef: In this upcoming mobile game, players will build an unforgettable reef. Launching later this summer, fans will join Dory and other familiar, finned friends to explore new areas, match-3 to earn resources like shells & coins, complete their fish family collections, and create and customize their own epic reef! Stay tuned for more information on this upcoming app.
Dory, Nemo, Marlin and friends can also be found in these additional Disney apps:
Disney Crossy Road: Dory and her friends will soon be swimming across the road in Disney’s hit mobile game, Disney Crossy Road. Additional information about this integration is coming soon.
Disney Story Central: Also, don’t forget to just keep reading! Disney Story Central will include 10 new eBooks inspired by “Finding Dory,” including beautiful retellings of the film, new adventures under the sea, a joke book to learn Dory’s sense of humor and more. Download Disney Story Central to read the latest “Finding Dory” books.
Disney Jigsaw Puzzles!: Help find the missing piece! Starting today, the Disney Jigsaw Puzzles! app includes 15 new puzzles featuring key moments from the film, with an additional 30 launching later this month. The “Finding Dory” puzzles are available for $2.99 for a pack of 15 or for $6.99 for all 45 puzzles.
Disney Color and Play: Now with Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory: Color Dory, Nemo and Bailey, and use the Disney Color and Play app to watch the drawings of the fish friends come to life. The “Finding Dory” coloring pages can be purchased in store or online, or through the app and printed at home.
When I was on bed rest for months on end, I had an excuse. Now…um…I have to review them! Yes! It’s my job! Ta-daaaaa! It’s not an excuse for playing Disney Games, it’s a REASON TO PLAY Disney Games. BIG difference. ~ Fab
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