Teaser Trailer and Poster Debut for Disney’s ‘Mulan’

Saturday, a teaser trailer and poster offered a glimpse into the epic tale of a fearless young woman who risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. Disney’s Mulan opens in U.S. theaters on March 27, 2020.

When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation… and a proud father. Mulan features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”

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New logo revealed for Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World

Disney has just revealed an all-new logo for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and it seems to confirm a whole new look and vibe for the theme park.

The new logo was announced on May 1 in celebration of the theme park’s 30th anniversary. Disney revealed concept art for the upcoming signage for the new logo, which will be displayed on the arch that stands at the entrance to the Animation Courtyard. Take a look at the concept art for the new sign below:

New Hollywood Studio signage
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The park, which made its debut as Walt Disney World’s third theme park under the name Disney-MGM Studios in 1989, has been undergoing quite the transformation and seems to be moving more in the direction of theming around Disney’s intellectual properties like “Toy Story” and “Star Wars.” From giving the theme park the new name of Disney’s Hollywood Studios a few years back to the removal of beloved attractions like The Great Movie Ride and The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, you could say that it’s an entirely different park than it was when it first opened 30 years ago. And to go along with all of the changes and new themes and attractions that have opened and will soon open at this park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has an all-new logo.

The new logo is a nod to the new attractions that have been announced for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Within the word “Hollywood” you can see BB-8 as a reference to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening this August, a modern Mickey Mouse as a nod to the upcoming Mickey &Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction opening in 2020 (replacing The Great Movie Ride, which closed in 2017), and finally Woody as a tip-of-the-hat to Toy Story Land, which opened in 2018 and has since brought even more crowds to this theme park than ever before.

Watch the first teaser for Disney’s live-action Winnie the Pooh movie

In the heartwarming live action adventure Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” the young boy who embarked on countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with his band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remembers the loving and playful boy who is still inside.

Now grown up, Christopher Robin is stuck in a job where he is overworked, underpaid and facing an uncertain future. He has a family of his own, but his work has become his life, leaving little time for his wife and daughter. Christopher has all but forgotten his idyllic childhood spent with a simple-minded, honey-loving stuffed bear and his friends. But when he is reunited with Winnie-the-Pooh, now tattered and soiled from years of hugs and play, their friendship is rekindled, reminding Christopher of the endless days of childlike wonder and make believe that defined his youth, when doing nothing was considered the very best something. Following an unfortunate mishap with Christopher Robin’s briefcase, Pooh and the rest of the gang including Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger, step out of the forest and venture into London to return the crucial possessions…because best friends will always be there for you.

Disney’s “Christopher Robin” will be released nationwide August 3, 2018.

Minnie Mouse will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that Minnie Mouse will be honored with the 2,627th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. PST. The star will be dedicated in the category of Motion Pictures at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in front of El Capitan Theatre.

“Minnie Mouse is a woman of the ages and her iconic status makes her a great addition to our Walk of Fame!” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “Generations of fans of all ages have been looking forward to her seeing her bright new star.”

In 2018, Minnie Mouse will mark her incredible 90th Anniversary in entertainment, a rare accomplishment in the industry. It is the perfect time for Minnie to be recognized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and join other Disney characters: Donald Duck, Tinker Bell, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, Kermit the Frog, and, of course, Mickey Mouse, who received his star in 1978 in recognition of his 50th Anniversary at that time.

Minnie made her debut in the Disney classic, Steamboat Willie, and she instantly became America’s sweetheart. For decades, Minnie has delighted generations of fans with her fun-loving, independent personality and timeless style. Her ability to embody a sense of both old Hollywood elegance and grace, combined with girl-next-door charm established Minnie as one of the most beloved animated characters around the world.

A renowned veteran with more than 70 films, Minnie Mouse is one of Hollywood’s most prolific stars. Since the late 1920s, she’s had starring roles and has performed in a number of period pieces, costume dramas, and TV shows.

Minnie is also a long-standing fashion icon. She has served as a muse for designers, inspiring new fashion collections, and has appeared in magazines and runway shows in New York, Tokyo, and Paris. Her classic polka dot look has been reimagined by the fashion industry through the decades and continues to drive current trends. From her early pill-box flower hat, which has inspired ladies’ hat trends, to her famous bow and ears, Minnie has been looked to for style inspiration since her inception.

In addition to the glitz and glamour, Minnie is civic-minded and has used her talent and celebrity to support causes that affect countless communities in positive ways. In 2016 and 2017, Minnie was well represented by Disney fans and social media users who participated in #ShareYourEars campaigns that resulted in $4-million in donations benefitting Make-A-Wish.

NEW TRAILER – A WRINKLE IN TIME

Check out the all-new trailer for A WRINKLE IN TIME that opens in theaters everywhere March 9th, 2018!

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s
transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

 

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Family Fun ~ Pixar COCO

Disney Pixar Coco Activities and Coloring pages for kids of all ages. You can print or download them to color and offer them to your family and friends. The coloring pages will help your child to focus on details while being relaxed and comfortable. Click on the image to enlarge or Click here to download them as a PDF

Coco Activities

 

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Pan de Muerto & Hot Chocolate Recipe

Pan de Muerto

(Servings:6)

What You Will Need

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup mashed bananas
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp aniseed
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 packet of yeast

Glaze

  • 1⁄2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Sprinkle of beetroot sugar
  • Natural food coloring (varied)

How To Make It

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup of flour, aniseed, applesauce, bananas, and maple syrup.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine water, eggs, and orange zest. Pour into dough mixture, adding an additional 1/3 cup of flour and whisking to combine.
  3. Add another 1/3 cup of flour, along with packet of yeast, and combine with a whisk.
  4. Add 2 cups of flour, and stir with a wooden spoon (dough will start to thicken).
  5. Cover bowl with a dampened towel and let sit to rise for one hour.
  6. Sprinkle flour on your hands, and form 6 balls of dough, setting them on a baking sheet.
  7. Save about 1/5 of the dough, using the remaining dough to form a criss-cross shape on top of each loaf.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise for another 45 minutes. 
  9. Bake for 30 minutes.
  10. While cooling, make a glaze by combining maple syrup and orange juice in a small saucepan. Heat the glaze in a saucepan until completely combined and simmering.Use a brusher to glaze the Pan de Muerto, and finish off with a sprinkle of beetroot sugar to serve.

Hot Chocolate

(Servings:2)

What You Will Need

  • 2 cups of non-fat milk
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 pinches of cayenne pepper
  • Garnish Cinnamon stick, star anise, and sprinkle with cinnamon

How To Make It

  1. Place milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and bittersweet chocolate in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium heat, and whisk together until smooth.
  3. Add in cinnamon and cayenne pepper, and whisk again.
  4. Continue to heat on medium until the hot chocolate becomes fragrant.
  5. Serve with garnishes and enjoy!

 
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Disney•Pixar’s COCO – Fun Facts

THEM BONES – Filmmakers included subtle nods to the skeleton residents in the Land of
the Dead. For example, the cobblestone streets feature some bone-shaped paving stones.

CHANGE OF PLANTS – Artists at Pixar Animation Studios like to add vegetation—grass,
trees, bushes—to exterior environments. But “Coco” filmmakers felt the Land of the Dead
should be different. The only living plants in the vibrant fantastical world are marigolds.

  • Filmmakers learned during their research trips to Mexico that the color and aroma of
    marigold petals are believed to help guide the spirit of a family’s loved one home
    during Día de Muertos.

RECYCLED – Miguel’s loyal canine companion Dante is a Xolo dog—short for
Xoloitzcuintli—the national dog of Mexico whose origins are deeply rooted in
Mesoamerican civilization. The Xolo was regarded as the representative on Earth of the
Aztec god Xolotl, the god of fire and lightning. Nearly hairless, Xolo’s also often have
missing teeth and for that reason, their tongue naturally hangs out. Filmmakers wanted to
include this into Dante’s design and have his tongue behave like a character itself. To
achieve the look, they borrowed the rig used in “Finding Dory” for “septopus” Hank’s
dynamic tentacles.

  • Filmmakers invited local Xolo dogs to Pixar so artists could interact with the lovable
    dogs and study their anatomy.
  • Xoloitzcuintli comes from the Aztec god Xolotl and the Aztec word for dog, Itzcuintli.
  • Archaeological evidence found in the tombs of Aztec Indians, among others,
    indicates the breed may go as far back as 3,500 years.
  • Many consider Xolo dogs to have healing abilities.
    PULLING STRINGS – In “Coco,” Miguel recycles an old guitar, patching it up and painting
    it to mirror Ernesto de la Cruz’s signature guitar. But filmmakers knew that if they assigned
    an adult artist to do the design, it wouldn’t look right. Director Lee Unkrich called on his son
    to tackle the project and create the recycled guitar’s design.
  • All of the guitar playing in “Coco” is technically accurate. Filmmakers videotaped
    musicians playing each song and strapped GoPros to their guitars to give animators
    reference footage.
  • Ernesto has an ofrenda room in his grand tower in the Land of the Dead where he
    keeps all of the offerings people have given him over the years. There are giant
    spirals of guitars and other instruments among the gifts.

HIT THE RIGHT NOTE – Additional facial rigs were added to Ernesto de la Cruz that
enhanced his Adams apple, throat and cheek vibrations when he sings.

A LEG UP – When Miguel and Héctor pay a visit to Chicharrón in hopes of borrowing his
guitar, it becomes clear that it’s not the first time Héctor has borrowed from his friend.
Chicharrón sports a pipe where his femur once was—a bone forever loaned to Héctor.

  • Chicharrón is the least remembered character in the Land of the Dead. Artists
    wanted to showcase the effects of being forgotten: his face has more chips and
    grooves and his bones are much looser and more weathered than his counterparts.

CLOTHES MAKE THE CROWD – More than 500 pieces of clothing were made to dress
the crowd characters—from the residents of Santa Cecilia to the skeleton-attendees of
Ernesto de la Cruz’s party in the Land of the Dead. Pixar artists spent time drawing in life
sessions with Mexican folkloric dancers. Artists shaded, shaped and combined the 500
individual pieces in a variety of ways to outfit thousands of crowd characters.

CHIN UP – Character artists spend months finding the right look for each character. And
because Ernesto de la Cruz is a larger-than-life character known around the world, they
wanted to give him identifiable attributes, including a cleft in his chin—visible in both the
living and dead versions of the character.

  • Artists gave the character a distinctive curl of hair that falls across his forehead.
  • He sports a pencil-thin mustache, which was common in the era Ernesto was
    popular.
  • Ernesto wears all white in the Land of the Dead. With so many vibrant colors
    surrounding him, it helped ensure that Ernesto would be the center of attention—
    just the way he likes it. Even his bones are pristine because he’s so well
    remembered.
  • Animators gave Ernesto a bit of a swagger to showcase his celebrity status.

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Disney•Pixar’s COCO – New Trailer

Coco’ is about a 12-year-old boy with big dreams,” says director Lee Unkrich. “It’s about a hardworking family with great traditions and a lot of love. But what’s so cool about ‘Coco’ is that the boy could be my son. That family could live next door. The sweet, bossy grandmother who insists on one more bite might be your grandma. There’s something familiar to us all in this story. That’s what makes it so special.

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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI OFFICIAL TRAILER

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in U.S. theaters on December 15, 2017.

The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers.