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Everyone knows who Yoda is: he's the small, green Jedi Master who once patrolled the cosmos but was then, after the rise of the Galactic Empire, relegated to a swampy backwater planet, whose relevance was returned when he helped a young Luke Skywalker return balance to the Force. And everyone knows what Yoda sounds like - the scratchy voice, the backwards syntax, the little squeaks and harrumphs, all provided by Frank Oz, a director, puppeteer and close confederate of Jim Henson. Oz provided the voice and performed Yoda in "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back," "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi," and "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" (utilizing a much crummier puppet that was later replaced by computer graphics) and provided his voice for "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith." And he'll be portraying Yoda once again... for Disney Xd's "Star Wars: Rebels" TV show. »
- Drew Taylor
Last week a flurry of speculation erupted across the Internet about the placement of the "Star Wars" franchise within the Disney theme parks, citing recent Disney CEO Bob Iger's comments about waiting for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" to be finalized before progressing on theme park plans. This, of course, meant countless pieces about how the "Star Wars" theme park additions would be based on the new movies and not the classic films, even though anyone, with a passing understanding of the nuances of human language, could have told you that the theme park stuff will be based on both. Meaning that you will be able to drink blue milk at the Mos Eisley Cantina and interact with Bb-88, the cute soccer ball droid from the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer. But wait! There's more! A classic Disney ride might get a "Force Awakens" redo as well...
According to The Star Wars Underground, »
- Drew Taylor
I have to say, this is a particularly good edition of Star Wars Bits. Dare I say, it’s a must read. Let’s get right to it. Below, read about the following: Watch how Ben Burtt created the sound for the Millennium Falcon hyperdrive failure. Star Wars Rebels Season 2 will debut at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. […]
- Germain Lussier
Up until this point, the only main Star Wars attraction that exists at Disneyland is Star Tours and a live show or two — I freakin’ love Star Tours, by the way. But, as expected, we are about to see an influx of Star Wars attractions hitting the Disneyland theme parks, and at Variety’s Dealmakers Breakfast, Disney Chairman and CEO, Bob Iger, revealed that the attractions we see will be based on the upcoming films rather than the older ones. This is what he had to say:
“There will be a much larger ‘Star Wars’ presence in our parks globally. But we want to do this big, which takes time, and to do it right… I didn’t want someone to say, ‘I just saw the movie and there’s nothing in that movie in this (attraction).’ We waited to see what this film would have in it.”
Iger then »
- Joey Paur
Even before Disney snapped up Lucasfilm and began developing new Star Wars movies, the company’s theme parks have been representing George Lucas’s adventures in that galaxy far, far away. Now, the attractions will be evolving to focus on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and beyond.“There will be a much larger Star Wars presence in our parks globally,” Disney boss Bob Iger said during a Variety event. “But we want to do this big, which takes time, and to do it right.” Theoretically, that might mean saying goodbye to the current likes of Star Tours – which got an update a few years ago – or simply adding more content from J.J. Abrams’ film, the other franchise episodes and the spin-offs being crafted by the likes of Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards.The plan is to target those whose primary experience of the Sw universe is from the new movie. »
Two years after buying Lucasfilm for $4 billion, Disney is starting to reveal just how “Star Wars” will be integrated into the company’s theme parks.
Main attractions will be based on new sequels and spinoffs — the first of which, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” bows next year — not the older films in George Lucas’ sci-fi franchise, according to Walt Disney Co. chief Bob Iger.
“There will be a much larger ‘Star Wars’ presence in our parks globally,” Iger said during a Q&A at Variety‘s Dealmakers Breakfast on Wednesday, presented by Bank of America and sponsored by Delta. “But we want to do this big, which takes time, and to do it right.”
For Disney and its team of theme park designers at Walt Disney Imagineering, that meant waiting until director J.J. Abrams could reveal his plans for “The Force Awakens.”
Disney could have easily started producing new »
- Marc Graser
Since the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm, we have seen the House of Mouse begin their vast expansion of the Star Wars brand. With Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens on the way, Disney has also announced plans to expand their theme parks with Star Wars themed rides. While Disney has already had a partnership with Lucasfilm via the Star Tours attraction, this would represent a permanent presence from the franchise around the world. Disney chief Bob Iger explained to Variety that they »
- Alex Maidy
Actress Allison Janney, 54, reveals to Us Weekly 25 things you may not have known about her.1. I am the voice of Aly San San on Disneyland's Star Tours Ride2. My niece and nephew are both recent graduates of Harvard.3. I am a bit of a fitness buff. I love hiking, long walks with my dog, and practicing Pilates.4. My mother [Macy Brooks Putnam] was also an actress.5. I played ice and field hockey in high school. 6. I appear dressed as a man in the [...] »
If you didn’t watch the first two episodes of Star Wars Rebels, there’s still time to correct your error. As the Berenstein Bears taught me when Brother didn’t do his homework and then tried to cut school, “It’s never too late to correct a mistake!” (That almost rhymes.) You should really be watching for a few reasons. First, it’s a good show on its own merits. It’s a fun action adventure series with interesting characters, set in a galactic time period we haven’t seen on screen before. Secondly, the show is going to set up a few things for Star Wars: Episode VII and also shares aesthetics with the new sequels. Third, the show is bringing back some of our favorite Star Wars things. The second episode, “Droids in Distress,” features R2-D2 and C-3Po, plus an homage to Disneyland’s Star Tours, »
- Mily Dunbar
I couldn't be more excited to report that James Earl Jones is reprising his role as Darth Vader in Star Wars Rebels! How freakin' awesome is that?? I'm beside myself with excitement! Okay, that's enough exclamation points.
Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion was a fantastic start to the new series. The kids and I had a great time watching it, and it's only going to get better from here. The movie episode is currently making the rounds on iTunes, Amazon streaming, and Disney Xd. It was also announced that ABC will broadcast an alternate version of Spark of Rebellion on Sunday, October 26th.
The coolest part about this ABC broadcast is that it will include a scene with Darth Vader, and that is when we will be able to hear the magically menacing voice of Jones as the villainous character again.
Here's the full press release with all »
- Joey Paur
Last week, LucasFilm premiered a clip from the first of four new Star Wars Rebels shorts, before the full short film debuted on Monday. USA Today has a clip from the second short, which focuses on Mandalorian explosives expert Sabine Wren (voiced by Tiya Sircar). Watch as the rebellious Sabine tags a Tie Fighter with the Rebel Alliance logo before she is spotted by a pair of Storm Troopers, then read on for more information, including a familiar character that may be introduced into the series..
As we reported last week, Star Wars Rebels will debut these shorts between 9:29 Pm and 9:32 Pm on August 18, August 25 and September 1, following new episodes of Gravity Falls on Disney Xd. We'll bring you the full short as soon as it comes online, so stay tuned.
When we were first introduced to Tiya Sircar's Sabine Wren back in February, it was revealed »
I remember when the Star Tours ride first opened in 1987 (am I old?) they had a ABC Magical World of Disney special which focused on the attraction. And when I finally got to ride the attraction, it was just as magical as I had imagined, taking us on a tour of a galaxy far […]
- Peter Sciretta
During a shareholder’s call yesterday, CEO Bob Iger revealed Disney is "developing designs for a far greater 'Star Wars' presence" in the company's theme parks. While some locations already have attractions like "Star Tours" (a 3D motion simulator) and "Jedi Training Academy" (an interactive show), Iger says the plan is to build new attractions for Disney's parks. It's been rumored »
- Jesse Giroux
But, fear not: The Walt Disney Co. has big theme park plans for its big franchise. “We’re also developing ideas and designs for a far greater Star Wars presence in our parks,” Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger told investors on the company’s quarterly earnings call Tuesday. “We expect to provide details about this sometime next year.”
When asked whether or not Disney has a parks franchise that’s comparable to Harry Potter for Universal, »
- Lindsey Bahr
The first look at new attractions based on the sci-fi franchise, beyond “Star Tours” that currently operates at several of its parks, will be revealed next year, Iger said during a conference call with analysts to discuss Disney’s record third quarter results.
Lucasfilm and Disney also will host Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim on April 16-19, while “Star Wars” is expected to have a major presence at the D23 Expo, Aug. 14-16, again from the Anaheim Convention Center.
Disney opted not to inject more “Star Wars” into its parks until its $4 billion acquisition of the company was complete. Deal also gives it the Indiana Jones franchise, »
- Marc Graser
There's a lot of characters that come with Guardians Of The Galaxy, and the marketing thus far has focused on them. That's about to change as Marvel has launched Galaxy Getaways, a new viral site that takes a look at some of the locations we'll be seeing in the film. It's very reminiscent of Star Tours (for you Star Wars fans) and the tongue-in-cheek humor from Guardians crosses over in the best way. No need to take my word for it though, as you can check out the promo video showcased when »
- Sean Wist
I came across something today that is endlessly fascinating, a "Siskel & Ebert" television special from 1990 where Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel sit down with Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. The discussion ranges from their careers, where they're going, where they've been, what they expect from the movies in the future, film preservation and the coming of high definition television introduced by Siskel saying, "You add a good sound system as well and some people may never want to go to a movie theater again." At the time, Scorsese's GoodFellas was the next film coming from the trio and he makes mention of his want to make The Age of Innocence, which would be released three years later. Spielberg's next film would be Hook (1991) and even talks of wanting to direct a Howard Hughes movie, which, of course, Spielberg would never make, but Scorsese would tackle in The Aviator fourteen years later. »
- Brad Brevet
When I was growing up, Star Wars was the center of my world. I loved everything about that universe, and it was the coolest freakin' thing when Star Wars video games were introduced to the world. Being able to transport myself into that universe and be actively involved in it was a dream come true for a kid like me — and some adults as well! Hell, I still enjoy playing Star Wars video games!
With the recent Star Wars mania caused by the new movie casting announcement and Star Wars Day, I started thinking about all of the things I loved about the franchise and memories of playing that very first Star Wars Atari arcade game popped into my head. That took me back to some good times. Then I started thinking about all of the other Star Wars games that I played. So I started to compile a list, »
- Joey Paur
The ambitious, multi-part addition of "Star Wars"-related rides and attractions, at both California's Disneyland park and Florida's Disney's Hollywood Studios, hit a snag late last year when plans for both coasts were put on hold following the financially catastrophic rollout of Florida's NextGen project (just Google it -- it's too hard to explain here). Well, lucky for stateside "Star Wars" geeks, as the first phase of the Tomorrowland redo of Disneyland has been approved and should begin soon, at least according to a report on Miceage.
According to the site, which has a pretty good track record when it comes to Disneyland developments, the plan is to remodel most of the main Tomorrowland buildings to fit in with the new "Star Wars" theme, which is supposed to loosely follow the concept of an intergalactic "space port." While almost purely cosmetic at this point, the new design will set the »
- Drew Taylor
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