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Crazy for Polka Dots: Minnie Mouse’s Evolving Style

Over the years Minnie Mouse has transformed from sassy flapper girl to sweet style icon.

Known for her bright bows and polka dots, Mickey’s forever gal has inspired major fashion designers to create their own line of Minnie-inspired frocks over the past decade. And she continues to update her look — and gain new outfits — as Disney creates new adventures for her across the media landscape.

“I always tell people that she’s as much an actress as Meryl Streep,” says animator Rob Laduca, executive producer of “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” in its first season on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. “Like any other actress, she’s given a part to play and wears an outfit for that character.”

On “Mickey and the Roadster Races,” for example, Minnie has an everyday outfit of a pink dress with polka dots — a traditional look for the famous toon character — plus a garage outfit and racing duds.

“Like everything
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Minnie Mouse, Iconic Toon, Finally Gets a Star of Her Own

Minnie Mouse, Iconic Toon, Finally Gets a Star of Her Own
She may be turning 90, but animated film, TV and fashion icon Minnie Mouse is as vital as ever.

She has a starring role on a Disney Channel show, tirelessly greets fans at Disney theme parks around the globe, and has inspired top fashion designers well into her octogenarian years. She is a licensing powerhouse. And on Jan. 22, she will receive her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Fittingly, Minnie’s longtime boyfriend, Mickey Mouse, will accompany her when she receives the honor. Mickey was the first cartoon character to get a star in 1978, when he was 50, and was later joined by other Disney toon characters.

Now it’s time for the winsome Minnie with the big bow and polka dot dress to join Tinker Bell, Snow White, Winnie the Pooh, Donald Duck and Mickey on the iconic walk. Minnie was unavailable for comment, but Russi Taylor, who has voiced her for more than 30 years
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Watch: ‘Mickey and the Roadster Racers’ to Debut on Disney Junior in 2017

Watch: ‘Mickey and the Roadster Racers’ to Debut on Disney Junior in 2017
Mickey Mouse is coming back to the Mouse House for “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” an animated series slated to debut in 2017 on Disney Junior, Variety has learned.

The action-packed adventure show for preschoolers will star Mickey Mouse and his friends Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Daisy and Donald, as the “Sensational Six” and their own personalized vehicles take on humorous races around the globe and in Hot Dog Hills.

“Preschoolers around the world have enjoyed ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’ for almost a decade, and we are eager to showcase these classic Disney characters once again in a new series centered around their lives in Hot Dog Hills and surprising racing adventures that take the gang to a variety of iconic locales around the world,” Nancy Kanter, Disney Junior Worldwide exec VP, original programming and general manager, announced Wednesday.

The series, aimed towards kids ages 2-7, will utilize CG animation and live-action footage.
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Disney Television Animation Celebrates 30 Years: ‘These Characters Are Like Diamonds’

Disney Television Animation Celebrates 30 Years: ‘These Characters Are Like Diamonds’
The mood was jovial and nostalgic at Wednesday’s Disney Television Animation’s 30th anniversary fete at Burbank’s Walt Disney Studios’ main theater.

The event, hosted by the International Animated Film Association (Asifa) and Disney’s official fan club D23, featured an enlightening panel discussion moderated by D23’s Jeffrey Epstein with the studio’s award-winning creative talent: Bill Farmer (the voice of “Goofy”), Paul Rudish (executive producer of “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts); Jymn Magon (writer of “Duck Tales” and “Darkwing Duck”); Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (co-executive producers of “Phineas and Ferb”); Rob Laduca (executive producer of “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”); and Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle (co-creators/executive producers of “Kim Possible”).

“Disney has perhaps the greatest animation legacy in the world,” said Eric Coleman, senior vice president, original series, Disney Television Animation. “We are so proud to take a sneak peek into the
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Daytime Emmy nominations: 'Young and the Restless' leads CBS

Daytime Emmy nominations: 'Young and the Restless' leads CBS
The Young and the Restless tallied 23 nominations as honors were announced this morning for the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Restless’ impressive take helped CBS lead all networks with 50 overall nominations. PBS and ABC followed, with 44 and 38 nods, respectively.

General Hospital, which earned 19 nominations, joined Restless in the race for Outstanding Drama Series, and Sesame Street received 17 nods, including three for Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo who faces allegations of sexual misconduct.

Good Morning America and Today will bring their ratings rivalry to the Emmys, where they’ll be joined by CBS Sunday Morning in the Outstanding Morning Program category.
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Daytime Emmy Nominations 2013: Ellen DeGeneres, The View & More

The nominations are in! Ellen DeGeneres, The View and General Hospital lead the pack in the 2013 Daytime Emmy nominations.

Sam Champion read the 2013 Daytime Emmy Nominations on Good Morning America on May 1, and it’s a great list! General Hospital and The Young & The Restless were some of the many shows nominated, while Ellen DeGeneres, Katie Couric and the lovely ladies of The View are some of the hosts nominated. Read on for the full list.

Daytime Emmys 2013 — Full List Of Nominations

Outstanding Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

Bradley P. Bell, Executive Producer

Rhonda Friedman, Edward J. Scott, SupervisingProducers

Ronald W. Weaver, Senior Producer

Mark Pinciotti, Coordinating Producer

Cynthia J. Popp, Colleen Bell, Casey Kasprzyk, Producers

Days of Our Lives, NBC

Ken Corday, Executive Producer

Lisa de Cazotte, Greg Meng, Co-Executive Producers

Janet Drucker, Tim Stevens, Coordinating Producers

Albert Alarr, Producer

General Hospital , ABC

Frank Valentini, Executive Producer

Mary-Kelly Weir,
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Josh Duhamel, Sharon Osbourne and More Lend Their Voices to Jake and the Never Land Pirates

Dead men tell no tales — but cartoon pirates sure do! Disney Junior's smash morning hit Jake and the Never Land Pirates kicks off its second season February 20 (8:30am/7:30c) with a slew of new swashbucklers voiced by well-known names.

Look for movie star Josh Duhamel as landlubber Captain Flynn, who "ends up shipwrecked in the middle of the desert with a first mate who's a camel named Camille," says exec producer Rob Laduca.

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Disney Wants its “Clubhouse” to Stay Open

Disney is stocking up on programming for its new Disney Junior channel, ordering a fourth season of preschool fave “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.” Season four, consisting of 13 new episodes and nine “extended specials,” will premiere as a part of the new 24-hour Disney Junior when it launches in 2012. “Clubhouse” focuses on heritage characters Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Pluto and Daisy, all of whom are illustrated via CG animation. Rob Laduca exec produces “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” which comes from Disney Television Animation.

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