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This Disneyland Map Hand Drawn By Walt Disney Sold For an Insane Amount of Money

There's a map of Disneyland that exists that was hand drawn by Walt Disney himself. He drew it with the help of artist Herb Ryan back in 1953 and according to Van Eaton Galleries, the map was used by Walt and Roy Disney "to secure the financing they needed in order to build the park.” It worked and as a result, the park opened two years later on July 17th, 1955.

The map sold to a very wealthy Disney fanatic, who paid $708,000! That's a lot of freaking cash! There's no information on who bought it, but auctioneers were hoping it would bring in $900,000. The previous owner was Ron Clark who bought it from a Disney employee 40 years ago. There's no doubt he made a good profit.

Walt Disney's Original Disneyland Presentation Map Sells for $708,000 at Auction

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Child Development Expert Claims Disney Stole Idea for ‘Inside Out’

Child Development Expert Claims Disney Stole Idea for ‘Inside Out’
An expert in child development filed a federal lawsuit on Monday alleging that she pitched Disney and Pixar executives on a TV project that bears a striking resemblance to the 2015 film “Inside Out.”

Denise Daniels alleges that Disney breached an implied contract by failing to compensate her for the idea, which she began developing in 2005. According to the suit, Daniels assembled a creative team and produced a pilot for a show called “The Moodsters.” The show was intended to help children understand their feelings, and featured characters representing five emotions: happiness, sadness, anger, love, and fear.

Inside Out” also features characters that represent five emotions: joy, sadness, anger, fear, and disgust.

Daniels alleges that she discussed the idea with several Disney and Pixar executives between 2005 and 2009. She also says she had an extensive phone conversation with Pete Docter, who would go on to direct “Inside Out.” She says she discussed the idea with Thomas Staggs, who was the CFO of Disney at the time, and executives at Playhouse Disney.

A Disney spokesperson issued this statement: “Inside Out was an original Pixar creation, and we look forward to vigorously defending against this lawsuit in court.”

On her website, Daniels describes herself as a Peabody-winning broadcast journalist who has appeared as a parenting expert on “The Today Show,” “The View,” and many other programs. The website also links to a separate site for the Moodsters, which offers a product line of branded toys and games.

In addition to the pilot, Daniels and her team also created a “bible” for the show, which outlined the characters, settings, and other aspects of the show. She says she shared those materials with the Disney executives, including Staggs. She says Staggs discussed the idea with Roy E. Disney and Rich Ross, who would later become chairman of Walt Disney Studios.

In interviews, Docter has said the inspiration for “Inside Out” came from watching his own daughter’s emotional development. He has said he began working on the idea in 2009, when his daughter turned 11 and her personality appeared to change.

“She became a lot more reclusive and quiet,” he told an audience at the L.A. Film Festival in 2015. “We didn’t literally get eye-rolls, because she knew that would get her in trouble, but she gave off that kind of feeling. And that got me wondering, ‘What’s going on in her head?’ That’s when I thought of emotions as characters. This could be exactly what animation does best. And that’s what led us on this five-year journey.”

Daniels, who lives in Minnesota, is seeking unspecified damages. She is represented by the law firm of Robins Kaplan.

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Beauty and the Beast Lyricist Addressed His Struggle with AIDS with the Musical’s Songs

Beauty and the Beast Lyricist Addressed His Struggle with AIDS with the Musical’s Songs
It’s a whole new world.

Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon confirmed in the April issue of Attitude that Josh Gad’s take on LeFou in the live-action reboot is intended to be Disney’s first openly gay character.

Condon, who is gay himself, points to B&TB as a deeply personal work for Disney lyricist Howard Ashman — also a gay man — whose partnership with Alan Menken yielded some astounding work, including the Little Shop of Horrors musical (which Ashman directed) and songs from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.

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Exploring Disney's fascinating dark phase of the 70s and 80s

Ryan Lambie Dec 7, 2016

Space horror in The Black Hole. Animated death in The Black Cauldron. Ryan looks back at a unique period in Disney's filmmaking history...

When George Lucas started writing Star Wars in the early 70s, the space saga was intended to fill a void left behind by westerns, pirate movies and the sci-fi fantasy of old matinee serials. "Disney had abdicated its rein over the children's market," Lucas once said, according to Peter Biskind's book, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, "and nothing had replaced it."

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Indeed, Disney was one of many Hollywood studios that Lucas had approached with Star Wars and they, just like Universal, United Artists and everyone other than 20th Century Fox boss Alan Ladd Jr, had turned it down flat.
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Disney Animation Veterans Ride the CG Tide With ‘Moana’

Disney Animation Veterans Ride the CG Tide With ‘Moana’
Ron Clements and John Musker have just about seen it all in their 30-some years at Disney. They are largely credited — as the creative powers behind 1989’s “The Little Mermaid” — with launching Disney’s animation renaissance following a period of less-than-successful films for the studio. Today, their seventh animated collaboration, “Moana,” is the writer-directors’ first CG-animated project; Jared Bush wrote the screenplay.

Moana” tells the tale of a head-strong teen who defies her village’s ban on sailing the ocean in order to save them from destruction. The movie has been a learning experience for the seasoned veterans.

“We had to learn a whole new pipeline,” Musker says. “The way to get from script to storyboard is the same, but once you get into the production process, it is a different thing. It’s less linear.”

In hand-drawn animation, artists go from storyboards to drawing the sets and figuring out
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Disney’s Pixar Acquisition: Bob Iger’s Bold Move That Reanimated a Studio

Disney’s Pixar Acquisition: Bob Iger’s Bold Move That Reanimated a Studio
It has been just over a decade since Bob Iger engineered the deal that brought Steve JobsPixar Animation Studios to Disney, negotiating a $7.4 billion stock purchase that raised eyebrows at the time. But it swiftly proved to be the smartest move of Iger’s career, restoring his company to the height of the Disney Renaissance — that period from 1989 to 1999 that resulted in classic cartoons such as “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” and “The Lion King.”

Pixar’s “Finding Dory” and Disney’s “Zootopia” are this year’s second- and third-highest-grossing films, and Disney’s “Frozen,” from 2013, holds the all-time record, with $1.3 billion in global receipts.

The Pixar deal went a long way toward appeasing Walt Disney’s nephew, Roy E. Disney, whose concern that the company had de-emphasized animation helped lead to Michael Eisner’s 2004 ouster. And by putting Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter and
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How Bob Iger’s Big Bets on Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm Changed Disney’s Fortunes

How Bob Iger’s Big Bets on Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm Changed Disney’s Fortunes
Before the opening of Shanghai Disney last June, Robert Iger sampled every item on every menu throughout the sprawling theme park. When the Walt Disney Co. needed a voice artist to put words in the mouth of Donald Duck for a new animated series, Iger picked the actor. He reviewed the dailies that led to Disney’s biggest blockbuster in years, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” ready to relay his thoughts to Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy before dawn the following day. And now he’s plotting the entertainment delivery mechanisms of the future — the latest being a partnership that will put ABC, Espn, and other Disney-owned channels on a new live-streaming service from Hulu.

The sun never sets on the Disney empire, nor on the responsibilities and interests of Iger, the chairman/CEO for the past 11 years. His top lieutenants describe a leader who presses relentlessly for quality.


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Bob Iger on Shanghai Disney, COO Tom Staggs and His Relentless Pursuit of Perfection

Bob Iger on Shanghai Disney, COO Tom Staggs and His Relentless Pursuit of Perfection
Nothing about Bob Iger’s middle-class upbringing in New York, or his years as a television and radio major at Ithaca College, or his long run up the corporate media ladder at ABC and Disney, suggests that he would find a muse in a Tokyo subway station.

But it is there, in a tiny sushi bar, that the chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Co. finds inspiration, in a wizened nonagenarian who spends most of his waking hours sculpting fine slices of blue fin and eel and combining them with rice that is grown exclusively for the restaurateur.

What captivates Iger about 91-year-old Jiro Ono, reputedly the world’s finest sushi chef, is his unflinching commitment: Never stop striving to improve yourself and your work. The Japanese call such master craftsmen shokunin, and a generation of top Disney executives has now been introduced to the shokunin spirit by Iger.
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Salvador Dali and Walt Disney's Long Lost Collaboration Is Mind Blowing

Salvador Dali and Walt Disney's Long Lost Collaboration Is Mind Blowing
13 years ago to this day, a revolutionary short film dubbed Destino made its American debut at the Rhode Island Film Festival, just a few months after its world premiere at the Annecy Animation Film Festival. For those who don't know about this revolutionary short, thankfully the full film has been making the rounds again, and we have it here for you to watch below. This short film took a whopping 58 years to complete, after starting as an iconic collaboration between artist Savador Dali and Walt Disney.

Nameless TV came across this short film on YouTube, which was posted back in 2011. Back in 1946, Walt Disney and Salvador Dali created this animated story of Chronos, the personification of time who falls in love with a mortal. Here's what the opening title card on this short film states.

"In 1946, two legendary artists began collaboration on a short film. More than half a century later,
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What is 'Pokemon Go' and why won't everyone shut up about it already?

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What is 'Pokemon Go' and why won't everyone shut up about it already?
Last night, I was on the Disney lot for a screening of Pete’s Dragon, and I had both of my kids with me. Both before and after the film, Allen had one thing on his mind, the same thing he’s had on his mind since the beginning of the weekend when I downloaded the Pokemon Go app to my phone. He’s been a Pokemon fan for the last few years, and he’s managed to put together an impressive mountain of the cards. He and his friends are all avid players, and I was impressed to see just how robust things are for Pokemon in general. When it first popped up in pop culture, I was way too old to care at all, and that was true until the day my kids discovered it. Even then, it was something that they did, not something that we all played together.
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Shamrock Capital Advisors Raises $250 Million for Entertainment Deals (Exclusive)

In a sign of bullishness about the entertainment industry, private equity firm Shamrock Capital Advisors LLC has closed its $250 Million Entertainment IP Fund.

The fund is focused on acquiring or financing entertainment intellectual property rights across a diverse group of assets that have been through their initial window of release, including films, television programming, music publishing rights, recorded music masters and video games. It’s the first fund of its type for Shamrock, which said the entity is an extension of its long-term strategy of providing buyout and growth capital investments in companies in the media, entertainment and communications industries.

Shamrock said the fund’s limited partners are a mix of existing and new investors to Shamrock from pension funds, endowments, foundations, family offices and financial institutions.

“The launch of Eip reflects an exciting new chapter in our firm’s storied history and capitalizes on our deep roots and connections across the global entertainment industry,
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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: April 4-10

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only


Jennifer Lawrence, who has a Best Actress Oscar from David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," was nominated for another one as the title character in this bio-drama about Joy Mangano, the real-life self-made millionaire who created the Miracle Mop, among other things. "Joy," written and directed by Russell, is out on Digital HD April 8, and on DVD/Blu-ray May 3. Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, who co-starred in "Silver Linings Playbook," are back in supporting roles in this family story that crosses four generations. When the Blu-ray shows up, it'll feature the extras "Joy, Strength and Perseverance," and "Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell Times Talk with Maureen Dowd."

"Catastrophe" Season 2 (Amazon)

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Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs – ‘The Signature Collection’ Blu Review

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs is a true Hollywood classic. Released for the first time in December 1937. the first full-length Disney feature is a brilliant portrayal of the brothers Grimm’s chilling tale of an evil queen and the beautiful Snow White. The film reflects many of the social conditions of the time; the depression had just passed and songs such as “whistle while you work” were intended to promote a strong work ethic to the young children of America. The budget of the film was a staggering $500,000, around double the cost of an average film, yet the payoff was huge as this was the film that launched Disney’s decades-long domination of the animated features market.

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs arrives on Blu-ray February 2nd in a new two disc set packaged in a slipcover that replicates the artwork beneath. This is not the first release of the film.
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Notorious Disney Fan Theory Confirmed By Aladdin Directors


Despite the suspicions that it might be no more than a money grab, the Diamond Edition release of Disney’s Aladdin does actually seem to promise on the special edition billing.

Not only does it include a tribute to the late, great Robin Williams, but it also features a lot of unseen footage and voice performance material from Williams that didn’t make it into the film. And on top of that the directors have just confirmed a long-held fan theory on the publicity trail for the film.

Speaking to E! News, directors Ron Clements and John Musker confirmed that the musical stall-holder who introduces the film is – as suspected by fans for years – the Genie himself in disguise:

“That’s true,” said Clements. “That was the whole intention, originally. We even had that at the end of the movie, where he would reveal himself to be the Genie,
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Walt Disney Heiress Courts Evangelicals With Anti-Gun Movie

Walt Disney Heiress Courts Evangelicals With Anti-Gun Movie
A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Though Hollywood often dismisses or mocks evangelical Christians, director Abigail Disney is specifically courting them with her new anti-gun documentary, The Armor of Light. Disney boasts a calling-card name, hailing from the legendary Disney family (her father is former Disney vice chairman Roy E. Disney, who famously worked to oust Michael Eisner from the company, and her grandfather Roy O. Disney co-founded The Walt Disney Co. with her great-uncle Walt Disney.

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Disney Collects Their Last 15 Years of Short films into One Blu-Ray

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Disney is bringing their treasure trove of their short films from the last deacde and a half to blu-ray/DVD for you and your family to enjoy together in one complete set. Come inside to learn more about the shorts being collected!

With each new release, Disney continues their tradition of having a short animated film play before their movies, and now they're brining all of their latest (including this year's Frozen Fever) together in one collection on Blu-Ray/DVD...and it's available Now!

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes an extraordinary new collection of award-winning and beloved short films featuring the never-before-released Frozen Fever, starring Frozen's Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven and Kristoff, and the Oscar®-nominated Lorenzo. The Short Films Collection features contemporary shorts starring classic characters, including the 2012 groundbreaking Mickey Mouse cartoon, Get A Horse!, holiday treats like Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa as well as hailed Oscar® winners Paperman and Feast.
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Disney's Snow White: the risk that changed filmmaking forever

Snow White was a risk that could have finished Disney. Ryan looks at how the world's first animated feature changed the landscape of cinema

In 2013, Walt Disney Animation Studios released Frozen, its 53rd animated feature. With takings of well over $1bn and counting, it ranks as the most successful animated film of all time, eclipsing the previous title holder - Pixar's Toy Story 3 - by around $200m.

For a generation who've grown up with such films as The Lion King and Tangled, Disney probably seems like an immovable cultural force: as recognisable and unchanging as Mount Rushmore or the American flag. But Disney has survived a series of peaks and troughs since its founding in the 1920s, from its decline in the 1970s and early 80s, its revival in the 90s, and its second burst of creative energy in the 2000s.

From its inception, Disney Animation Studios has moved with the times,
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How John Lasseter's Pixar Culture Led to ‘Big Hero 6' Breakthrough for Disney

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How John Lasseter's Pixar Culture Led to ‘Big Hero 6'  Breakthrough for Disney
Bringing to life the vision for Disney Animation's “Big Hero 6” required technology that didn't exist. Not a problem. Ever since Pixar legends John Lasseter and Ed Catmull took the reigns at Disney Animation in 2006, reaching for the impossible has been the mandate. For “Big Hero 6,” the Disney team made a leap of faith in a new computer software called Hyperion, named for the street in Los Angeles where Walt and Roy Disney founded their animation studio. Also read: John Lasseter Returning to Direct ‘Toy Story 4' for June 2017 Release Hyperion, which was developed in house as a “science.
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Rare Look at Disneyland's Initial Design Art and Prospectus

If you're a hardcore fan of Disneyland you're going to love this. This is the initial 1953 pitch document for Disneyland from Walt and Roy Disney. It gives us a rare glimpse at what the first design of the theme park was supposed to be and the prospectus that was used to help raise the money to build their dream. In it Walt describes the park as a "new experience in entertainment." These documents are so rare that Disney doesn't even own them!

The document you see here was sent to Boing Boing by an "anonymous benefactor," but it's owned by Glenn Beck. The site also goes into a lot of detail about the the contents of the pitch that is worth reading when you get a chance. One of the interesting things that they point out is that merchandise was one of the main points of the pitch. People would come to Disneyland to shop.
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The Jungle Book 2 -The Blu Review

The Disney Dtv sequels have become a bit if an embarrassment to the Disney legacy. There have been a lot of them and for every Toy Story 2 there are a half dozen cash-ins like Aladdin The Return Of Jafar, Beauty And The Beast’S Enchanted Christmas, and Lilo And Stitch – Stitch Has A Glitch. Most seemed rushed with inferior animation, weak tunes, and lame scripts. They may have worked their way into the wallets of the Disney fans, but not their hearts.

Let’s face it – topping Phil Harris and his classic jungle jive in the original 1967 Jungle Book wasn’t going to happen but 2003’s Jungle Book 2 was better than most sequels, had an impressive voice cast, and was wise enough to include the Jb signature tune “The Bear Necessities” not once but three times! The film’s animation was more detailed and vivid than most of Disney
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