“Tsum Tsum Kingdom” Web Series is Absolutely Adorable

Tsum Tsum Kingdom - Episode 1

Disney has just launched the first episode of Tsum Tsum Kingdom, an adorable web series that shows how these cute plushies act in the wild…or at home when you aren’t looking.

Narrated by Pete Beaumont, this wildlife documentary style short tells the story of Mickey and friends as they escape the clutches of a vicious…house cat.

As some one who is personally obsessed with Tsum Tsums (I have over 150 on my desk at work), one could only wonder what kind of havoc they wreak when I leave the office.

Check out the full video below and subscribe to Disney’s channel for future episodes of Tsum Tsum Kingdom!

Disney Infinity is Officially No More, Ceasing Operations in June

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In a shocking turn of events, Disney announced this afternoon that Disney Infinity is officially no more.

Here is the official statement from Disney,

By now you may have heard the news that we have made the difficult decision to discontinue production of Disney Infinity. From the beginning, Disney Infinity was built for you—our fans—and I wanted to take a moment to thank you not just for your support over the years, but for creating a community that made Disney Infinity more than just a game.

Our goal for Disney Infinity was to bring the best of Disney storytelling to life in homes around the world, and with your support we accomplished that. We hope you had as much fun playing the game as we had making it.

So what’s next for Disney Infinity? We have two final retail releases coming, including three new characters from Alice Through the Looking Glass later this month, and the Finding Dory Play Set launching in June.

And as we turn to the next chapter in our story, I want to thank everyone who helped bring Disney Infinity to life, particularly Disney’s Glendale-based production and publishing teams, our external development partners, and of course the incredible Avalanche team for their tireless dedication to this project.

But most of all, I want to again thank you for making Disney Infinity a part of your lives—and for adding to the Disney legacy by being a part of this community.

So what’s going on?

Disney posted their earnings report this afternoon, and it did not meet expectations. We knew the Toys-To-Life bubble was going to pop at some point, but obviously did not expect it to be now.

Here are some excerpts from an internal memo sent to employees today:

The team behind Disney Infinity created an incredible product. It was a critical success that inspired a deeply engaged community of players. But, despite Disney Infinity’s quality, it has become difficult to financially justify continued investment given the lack of growth in the toys-to-life market. Coupled with high development costs, the economics of our current vertical business model no longer add up.

In addition, Disney will also be closing Avalanche Software, the main studio behind the Disney Infinity franchise.

(Check out more of Jason’s articles about Disney Infinity at Infinity Inquirer)

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as Told by Emoji

Star Wars The Force Awakens as told by Emoji

We’ve seen movies like Aladdin, Frozen and Tangled as told by emoji, but this week, Disney has released Star Wars: The Force Awakens as told by emoji in celebration of May the 4th…AKA, Star Wars Day.

Join emoji-fied versions of Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, Poe, Chewbacca, Han Solo, Princess Leia and more Star Wars characters as they retell The Force Awakens, while we all wait for Rogue One.

Check out the video below!

9 New Films Announced by Walt Disney Pictures

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On top of the existing news that Disney would be bringing some more of their classic animated films to life, like Peter Pan, the studio has announced plans for 9 new films!

  1. Cruella – Featuring Emma Stone as the leading villain from 101 Dalmatians. 
  2. A Wrinkle In Time – Which will be based on the 1962 novel and will involve Frozen’s Jennifer Lee as script supervisor.
  3. Jungle Cruise – Featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, here’s to hoping for bad puns!
  4. Dumbo – Directed by Tim Burton.
  5. Mary Poppins sequel – Directed by Rob Marshall and starring Emily Blunt.
  6. Maleficent 2 – Angelina Jolie will return to reprise her role as one of Disney’s greatest villains.
  7. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, this holiday tale will be brought to life in Disney fashion.
  8. The Jungle Book 2 – Jon Favreau returns to direct and expand upon the events of the box office hit, The Jungle Book.
  9. Tinker Bell (title not final) – Starring Reese Witherspoon and written by Finding Dory writer, Victoria Strouse.

“The Jungle Book” Review

The Jungle Book Review

Last Friday, Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book hit theaters and it hit hard!

With an amazing opening box office weekend, both domestically and worldwide, fans flooded theaters to see this star studded film which not only brought the story of the 1967 animated version to life but did so in a way that hadn’t been seen before.

With Mowgli (Neel Sethi) being the only non-animated character in the film, audiences were taken on a journey through the jungle where they were introduced to the reimagined animal characters they grew up loving.

Behind each character was a beloved actor who truly brought the role to life. Kaa was portrayed by Scarlett Johansson, Baloo was voiced by Bill Murray, Bagheera was voiced by Ben Kingsley, King Louie was voiced by Christopher Walken and Raksha was voiced by Lupita Nyong’o…this list goes on…

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Though, for the most part, the story paralleled Disney’s animated feature, Jon Favreau’s directing is truly what set it apart. The jungle was a rich and lavash environment that never seemed to end. What fans may not have known is that the entire film was shot on a sound stage in Los Angeles!

On top of that, the film incorporated some of the original music like “Bear Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You”. The the musical numbers didn’t seem to fit the atmosphere of the film at times, it was still fun to hear these songs rerecorded by the new voice actors.

Overall, The Jungle Book is a technological masterpiece with a good story, great acting and a ton of nostalgia.

To really get a feel for what went into this film, I highly recommend seeing it in 3D!

Disney Releases First Photo of Elliot from Live-Action “Pete’s Dragon”

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Disney has released a first look of Elliot from the upcoming live-action film, Pete’s Dragon.

So far, fan’s reactions have been a bit mixed as Elliot hardly resembles the fun-loving dragon from the original 1977 hybrid animated film.

Elliot - Pete's Dragon 1977

One of our Facebook fans even said:

We finally have the technology to bring Elliot to life, and we get a green dog?

And honestly, we can’t really disagree with her.

Fortunately, the success of Disney’s live-action releases like Cinderella, Maleficent and The Jungle Book have given us a lot of confidence in what the company has been doing and we’re hoping for the same quality family film in Pete’s Dragon.

Pete’s Dragon will be released in theaters this August.

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” In Concert Live at Hollywood Bowl

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This week, Disney announced it’s plans to bring The Little Mermaid to life at the infamous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA.

Similar to The Nightmare Before Christmas event last Halloween, the film will be projected onto a big screen and a star-studded cast will be performing the music live with a full orchestra.

The Little Mermaid - Hollywood Bowl Cast

The cast will include John Stamos as Chef Louie, Rebel Wilson as Ursula and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Titus Burgess as Sebastian.

The event will also include a fireworks show and a costume contest so Disney fans come dressed in your best and be a part of this world on Saturday, June 4th!

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