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D23 News: Big Hero 6 Director Announced

10 Aug

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

More news from D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. This time it’s an update to Marvel’s upcoming animated film Big Hero 6. It was announced that Don Hall was hired to direct the film. Don Hall’s previous credits as writer and/or director involves such well-known film titles as Winnie the Pooh (2011), Meet the Robinsons (2007) and The Emporer’s New Groove (2000).

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Big Hero 6, I offer a quick film synopsis as provided by Walt Disney Pictures:

Brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion, a robot named Baymax, Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city.

Big Hero 6 is scheduled for release in theatres on November 7, 2014.

Source(s): Disney Dreaming

D23 News: Tom Hiddleston the Disney Lounge Singer

10 Aug

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

This one is mostly for you ladies out there. I know what you think of Tom Hiddleston, the actor who’ll be portraying Loki in the upcoming Thor: The Dark World and the Avengers sequel. You love his looks and you love his acting (okay, I’m with you on this one) but will you love his singing?

At Disney’s D23 held at the Anaheim Convention Center, Tom was just one of the celebrities to make an appearance in front of thousands of fans. Perhaps he made the female geeks swoon with his good looks but were they swooning to his singing. If not they were at least swinging along as Tom snapped his fingers while giving his rendition of the tune “Bear Necessities” from Disney’s The Jungle Book. Jack Benny Show alumni Phil Harris originally breathed life into the 1967 song as the voice of ‘Baloo’ the Bear.

Now tell me ladies, which version do you prefer?

D23 To Tease Fans with Star Wars

24 Jul

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind Up Geek)

It’s been talked about for some time now but Disney is closer to a Star Wars Land and fans can see what the Disney Imagineers have waiting for them August 9 – 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

As the Disney Imagineers celebrate 60 years it’ll be the fans who benefit. Dave Fisher, show producer of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Pavilion, says, “There will be teasers for new attractions based on Avatar and Star Wars that we’re working on now for the Disney Parks.”

But where oh where will Star Wars Land go? How about the Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. According to Robert Niles at Theme Park Insider, he says, “From what I’ve heard, it appears that the expansion would take out the area between Star Tours and the auto stunt show stadium, including the Muppet theater and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids play area.”

With Cars Land also in future development that would see completion of both attractions in 2018.

Visit the official D23 Expo website here.

Source(s): Theme Park Insder, D23 Expo, Disney Insder & The Force.net