D23 Day 1 Happenings: Books, Princesses, Pirates, Honorees and Fans!

JAKE, DAVID ARQUETTE, MR. SMEE, CAPTAIN HOOK

JAKE, DAVID ARQUETTE, MR. SMEE, CAPTAIN HOOK

David Arquette – the Voice of Skully on Disney Junior’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates

LESLIE GOODMAN (SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, DISNEY CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP), NANCY KANTER (SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING AND GENERAL MANAGER, DISNEY JUNIOR WORLDWIDE), KYLE ZIMMER (PRESIDENT, FIRST BOOK), CAROLINA LIGHTCAP (PRESIDENT, DISNEY CHANNELS WORLDWIDE)

LESLIE GOODMAN (SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, DISNEY CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP), NANCY KANTER (SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING AND GENERAL MANAGER, DISNEY JUNIOR WORLDWIDE), KYLE ZIMMER (PRESIDENT, FIRST BOOK), CAROLINA LIGHTCAP (PRESIDENT, DISNEY CHANNELS WORLDWIDE)

What a wonderful surprise to have actor David Arquette, AKA Skully, on Disney Junior’s “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” kick off Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA today by helping announce the donation of $500,000 and 8 million Disney Publishing Worldwide books to First Book, a national nonprofit organization that provides new books to children in need.

The most fantastic thing about this donation is that last year First Book distributed 8 million books and now they have 8 million new ones and a generous donation of $500,000 which will First Book cover some expenses involved in getting all those books out to schools and programs serving kids from low-income families around the country.

Here’s a peek at the fans waiting to get into the next event

FANS at D23 Friday Waiting in Line for Next Event

FANS at D23 Friday Waiting in Line for Next Event

DISNEY LEGENDS CEREMONY – Congrats to Regis Philbin!

REGIS PHILBIN

REGIS PHILBIN

At D23 today men and women who have contributed to the creative legacy of The Walt Disney Company were honored in a special presentation, hosted by Tom Bergeron.

In addition to TV icon Regis Philbin, Muppets creator Jim Henson, the extraordinary actresses who vocally brought to life many modern-day Disney Princesses including Jodi Benson (Ariel from The Little Mermaid), Paige O’Hara (Belle from Beauty and the Beast), Lea Salonga (singing voices of Jasmine from Aladdin and Mulan from Mulan), Linda Larkin (speaking voice of Jasmine from Aladdin), and Anika Noni Rose (Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog) plus other equally impressive contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends.

Each honoree will receive a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity and magic they have brought to the Company. Disney Legends Award recipients also participate in a handprint ceremony, and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the Company’s Burbank headquarters.

Fun Facts about Disney Legends 

  • The first Disney Legend named in 1987 was actor Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire).
  • There have been a total of 237 Disney Legends named and include Tim Allen, Robin Williams, Julie Andrews, Howard Ashman, Annette Funicello, Peter Jennings, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Alan Menken, Hayley Mills, Fess Parker, Sir Tim Rice, Dick Van Dyke and Barbara Walters.
GUY WILLIAMS FAMILY with Mickey Mouse
GUY WILLIAMS FAMILY with Mickey Mouse
ANIKA NONI ROSE, REGIS PHILBIN, LINDA LARKIN, LEA SALONGA
ANIKA NONI ROSE, REGIS PHILBIN, LINDA LARKIN, LEA SALONGA
KERMIT THE FROG, ROWLF, TOM BERGERON
KERMIT THE FROG, ROWLF, TOM BERGERON
REGIS PHILBIN Surrounded by Disney Princesses
REGIS PHILBIN Surrounded by Disney Princesses
ANIKA NONI ROSE, Princess Tiana in Disney's The Princess and the Frog.

ANIKA NONI ROSE, Princess Tiana in Disney's The Princess and the Frog.

PAIGE O'HARA, LEA SALONGA, ANIKA NONI ROSE, JODI BENSON

PAIGE O'HARA, LEA SALONGA, ANIKA NONI ROSE, JODI BENSON

MICKEY MOUSE at D23 2011

MICKEY MOUSE at D23 2011

Be sure to stay tuned to our blog for more updates from D23! Two more days of fun from Anaheim and D23 2011!

Where Do Uber-Disney Fans Go? to the D23 Ultimate Fan Event of Course!

D23 Expo 2011

D23 Expo 2011

Starting today at the Anaheim Stadium, is the kick off of D23 Expo.

Before we get into all the happenings, we’ve been asked what is D23 and what am I missing? D23 is an ultimate fan club that includes a special website, Disney twenty-three Magazine, member gifts, events, exclusive merchandise, and the D23 Expo, a Disney fan convention AKA “The Ultimate Disney Fan Event” – wrapped around the name D23 which is “Disney + 1923″ combined.

The Official Disney Fan Club (D23) helps fans old and new celebrate the magic that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his studio in Hollywood. 

Now that you know what D23 is, let’s take a look at the Expo going on right now!

D23 Expo 2011 Highlights:

Exclusive Screenings and Sneak Peeks D23 Expo 2011 guests will sneak peeks and screenings of upcoming Disney TV shows, specials and movies and TV shows from The AvengersThe MuppetsJohn CarterBraveThe Lion King in 3D, Frankenweenie, and Oz The Great + many more.

Special Past, Present and Future Disney Presentations During the three day long expo there will be lots to choose from so guests can go “behind the magic” and get an up close look at Disney theme park attractions and entertainment.

Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit Walt Disney Archives has assembled a 12,000-square-foot exhibition featuring props, costumes and set pieces from LOST and Pirates of the Caribbean; a room devoted to 1982′s Tron, and not to be left out, there will be lots of vintage Mickey Mouse memorabilia. You’ll even get to see Walt Disney’s limousine, a 23-foot-long model of the Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean and the Dharma Initiative Volkswagen van from LOST.

Convention Center Arena Presentations There’s a 4,000-seat Arena in the Anaheim Convention Center where you can watch special presentations starting with the Disney Legends ceremony, honoring individuals who have contributed to the Disney legacy including Regis Philbin, Jim Henson and the voices of many of the Disney Princesses. You’ll also get to see our favorites Zendaya and Bella Thorne and a performance by the cast of the Disney Channel hit Shake It Up.

Fans will also get to see celebrities from other Disney projects (both on screen and behind the scenes) from Jennifer Garner, Dick Van Dyke, Willem Dafoe, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Jason Segel, Marty Sklar, Alice Davis, Michael Giacchino, Tony Baxter, Tom Bergeron, Regis Philbin, Jodi Benson, Lea Salonga, Linda Larkin, Paige O’Hara, Anika Noni Rose, David Arquette, Jason Dolley, Hayley Kiyoko, Sterling Knight, Tiffany Thornton, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Kelly MacDonald, Kevin McKidd, Lynn Collins, Taylor Kitsch, Wilmer Valderrama, Sean Astin, Melissa Joan Hart, Sean Astin, Chelsea Kane, Kyle Massey, cast members from Marvel’s The Avengers and many more.

We’ll be out at D23 and will be reporting on our experience this weekend! Stay tuned to our Blog for more updates or visit D23Expo.com for schedule details and surprises.

They’re Back!! The Muppets are back this November!

Being Green - Kermit the Frog

Being Green - Kermit the Frog

Yes, Mingle Media TV fans, it’s true after 11 long years, the Muppets are back! We’ve been in communication with Kermie and he’s shared this video clip with us, it’s his “Being Green” trailer for the upcoming new Muppets Move.

About the movie: When Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater, they help Kermit reunite the Muppets to stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater.

Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy also wanted us to make sure that we share the official trailer for their new movie written by funny man Jason Segel (TV’s “How I Met Your Mother,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) and Nicholas Stoller and directed by James Bobin (director/writer/EP for HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords”). Here’s the official trailer:

About the upcoming new movie 

Walt Disney Pictures

Story starts on vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With secret, signature, celebrity cameos, “The Muppets” hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011.

The Muppets Coming November 23rd

The Muppets Coming November 23rd

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Cast:    Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and Walter

Producers:  David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman

Executive Producers:  Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller, Martin G. Baker

Fun Trivia:

  • Kermit received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002. His song “The Rainbow Connection” was nominated for an Academy Award®.
  • Bret McKenzie, who starred in, wrote for and served as composer for HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords,” is the music supervisor for “The Muppets,” as well as the writer/producer on some of the songs, which include big Muppet-style opening and closing numbers.