Star Tours

Sep. 14th, 2009 12:18 pm
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Via Tommy, this is supposedly the promo for the finally revamped Star Tours. Good news: 3D yay! Bad news: for those of you who aren't jiggy with the prequels, well, it's prequels. For us, it's kinda trading Jar Jar for Ewoks, but YMMV.
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Disney and LEGO Group Announce Strategic Licensing Relationship

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- American International Toy Fair -- The LEGO Group and Disney Consumer Products today announced a multi-year licensing agreement that gives the world's premiere construction toy brand access to an extensive portfolio of renowned Disney and Disney Pixar properties. LEGO(R) and LEGO DUPLO(R) products are currently in development for three franchises -- Disney Pixar's Toy Story and Cars, and Prince of Persia -- all scheduled to launch in 2010.

We have some Not!Lego Stitch toys from Japan: needless to say, it would be kewl to some day have the real thing. Meanwhile, OMG LEGO LGM!!!!
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Via WDW News Today...

Disney Sues Couple Over Costumes

CLERMONT, Fla. -- Disney has filed a million-dollar copyright infringement lawsuit against a Clermont couple over costumes resembling Tigger and Eeyore.

David and Marisol Perez-Chaveco about two years ago created their own company, Kool Klowns, which offers face painting, inflatable houses and costumed characters at parties.

"I don't want to be on welfare all my life. I wanted to be something, make something of ourselves and get on our feet," Marisol Perez-Chaveco said.

The couple paid more than $500 for costumes on eBay from a company in Peru and advertised the characters online.

"We bought two characters that to me is an orange tiger and a blue donkey," Marisol Perez-Chaveco said.

The funny thing is, we now own about a million billion jillion plush Stitchies, all licensed to the Walt Disney company, but dressed up in costumes as other licensed (non-Disney) characters, ranging from Super Mario to Hard Gay, and NONE of them carrying any kind of intellectual property mark for the other chara. So when Stitch dresses up as the licensed Sanrio character, Kuromi (as see above), will Hello Kitty sue his fuzzy blue patookie off?


Jul. 7th, 2008 05:21 pm
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The Twitter-ati were flinging recipes back and forth today, so we ended up making Cincinnati chili for the first time in ages.

And, as you know, Cinty chili needs pasta....

We're always attentive to Dizzney food products, for obvious reasons, but we were especially intrigued by this box.

So, Lightning, Mater, and... Ha-HA!

Tonight's dinner: PORSCHE PASTA!!
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Disney takes over Disney Stores from Children's Place

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Walt Disney Co. said Thursday it has taken over the Disney Store chain in North America from Children's Place Retail Stores, and will close about 98 stores U.S. and two in Canada.

Specific financial terms weren't disclosed, but Secaucus, N.J.-based Children's Place said it will cost the company $50 million to exit the operations, at the bottom of its estimated range of $50 million to $100 million.

Walt Disney acquired about 220 Disney Stores in the U.S. and Canada. The deal was completed in conjunction with the bankruptcy proceedings Children's Place subsidiaries Hoop Retail Stores and Hoop Canada, which ran the Disney Store chain. The companies filed for Chapter 11 protection in March.

It's a crappy retail environment out there, so you can't totally blame Children's Place, but we thought the stores have taken a distinct dive downhill these past couple years. One little thing, but it was annoying, was that they stopped getting the widescreen versions of the DVDs when TCP took over. We used to be willing to pay a few extra bux to get our DVDs at Dizzney stores, 'cause they'd have little giveaway prints and suchlike.

Some great commentary from [ profile] thedisneyblog....

It’s my hope that [incoming president James] Fielding will bring back some direction and some “Disney Magic” to The Disney Stores. Return to what worked. Highly themed stores are a must since that sets the stores apart from others in the mall. A decent collectibles area (with store exclusives), some nice watches, plenty of children’s clothes and toys for kids of all ages, and good promotions tied in with movies and theme parks. Some people would add Disney Pins to that, but I think that trend is on the way out.

You may also remember that The Disney Catalog was a casualty of this failed experiment. They definitely need to bring that back (perhaps combined with some new form for The Disney Magazine).

I would also like to see the return of The Disney Gallery concept (perhaps mixed with the new high end clothing and furniture lines). Las Vegas, Anaheim, Orlando, New York City and Chicago are the obvious places to bring those to immediately. The Disney Gallery is an important destination store for The Disney Fan. Even if they don’t have a Disney Store in their community, they’ll go out of their way to find and visit the nearest Disney Gallery.

Dunno what's gonna work for the stores, but we know they've been losing a lot of money from us, just 'cause there's been nothing to buy at The Dizzney Stores lately. If they had something like a mini version of the high end stores on Main Street in the parks, we'd be there every week.

Not dolly

Nov. 7th, 2007 09:28 am
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Also not squid.

But it's Yeti. So, we can still get it, right?
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Looks like the new Stitch "ride" at Disneyland Paris has already had a name change. It's now "Stitch Live" instead of "Stitch Encounter," evidently the result of an online poll. Still slated to open in early 2008.
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Via [ profile] thedisneyblog:

Children's Place Misses Disney Deadlines

Children's Place in Talks With Disney to Postpone Remodeling Deadlines

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) -- The Children's Place Retail Stores Inc. said Thursday it missed several deadlines to remodel and refresh numerous stores in the Disney Store chain and expects to miss more deadlines.

Under a long-term license agreement with Walt Disney Co., Children's Place operates the Disney Store retail chain in the U.S. and Canada. On June 8, Children's Place agreed to an amended license deal that included a timetable to renovate and upgrade hundreds of Disney stores.

We haven't been into a Dizzney store in a dogs age, seeing as there's no Stitch.

When we have gone into the new TCP Dizzney stores, they just seemed kind of awful, just messy and full of nothing we'd want to buy.

Though, to be fair, we've no clue on who makes the decisions about what to stock, TCP of The Mouse.

The company said it is in talks with Disney to postpone the due dates of some of the remodeling obligations. In consideration for the changes, the companies have also discussed additional changes to the original license agreement, including allowing Disney to relocate its flagship store in Manhattan.

The companies are also considering loosening restrictions on Disney's ability to grant direct licenses to other retailers, so that they apply only to retailers primarily focused on selling children's merchandise.

(Emphasis added.)

Ooooo. We hope this means more Stitchies. Because, really, that's what it's all about.

When we were in Shanghai, we went with Mr. Tikistitch to this amazing children's store, where every section of the store was dedicated to a different license. So, there was a section that was all SpongeBob stationery products, and another that was all Teletubbies clothing, and a few different sections on different floors for various Disney products. It was pretty mind-blowing, especially since we didn't expect to find hardly any licensed goods in China.


Aug. 21st, 2007 06:25 am
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Group finds China toy factory conditions "brutal"

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A U.S.-based workers' rights group said it found "brutal conditions" and labor violations at eight Chinese plants that make toys for big multinationals, and called on the companies to take steps for better standards.

China Labor Watch said in a report issued on Tuesday after several months of investigation that the manufacturers -- which served a handful of global players, including Disney, Bandai and Hasbro -- paid "little heed to the most basic standards of the country."

"Wages are low, benefits are non-existent, work environments are dangerous and living conditions are humiliating," it said.

We kinda figured this out back when we saw the video of the 12-year-old girls painting action figures.

Fave quote:

"Instead of concentrating on improving product safety and workers' lives, companies spend their energy creating beautiful pamphlets on social responsibility, disputing critical reports and shifting blame," it said.

They're learning from us! *proud*

Walt Disney Company International said that it and its affiliates take claims of unfair labor practices very seriously, investigate any such allegations thoroughly and take remedial action.

"We have a firm commitment to the safety and well-being of workers, and fair and just labor standards," spokeswoman Alannah Goss said in an e-mailed statement.

"We're so upset, we might have to make another colorful pamphlet!"
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The great thing about coming back from a trip: getting STUFF!!!

Stuffs from our buddy Dave. Whilst tiki was riding the bus from hell in Outer Mongolia, Dave was having a lovely chat with Chris Sanders. And, Mrs. Sanders! For like, half an hour! O, bliss.

And, he got an autograph for us. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Meet Stitch! )
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We wanted to share some images from the fabulous Disney presentation at Star Wars celebration.

First, understand we're not exaggerating when we relate what a marvelous experience it was. We've experienced Star Wars collectibles tracks since the Inky Dawn of Celebration, when hapless presenters were literally standing on the flatbed of a truck waving their action figures at mud-soaked passers by.

But at C IV, collectibles came of age, and for our friends from the Mouse, the room was packed, and the audience was psyched.

And, need we mention, there was Stitch???

Let there be Stitch! )
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Just got back from seeing Pirrrrates. As our buddy Greg said, it was long. And odd. Working on our Dizzyland Flickr photo set. Jedi Training Academy is like the cutest thing ever in the entire galaxy.

use the force )

Yoda man

May. 26th, 2007 07:56 am
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Hasbro's newest Star Wars action figure--Stitch!

Yes, really.

The Dizzney panel at Celebration IV was absolutely packed--even the very nice presenters (who'd evidently flown all the way from Mouse Home Base in Florida) were a bit taken aback by the enthusiasm present at a con where people run around dressed as Wookiees. Anyways, they presented concepts for some upcoming Star Wars/Dizzney crossover figures, such as yet more successors to the popular Darth Spud (including a Boba Fett) all named with terrible puns.

Love and death at the Dizzney panel )
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From the handy manufacturer's description:

Who will you find when you open the Mystery Door? Is Ryan steppin' up to take you dancing? Or will Troy be ready for your karaoke date?

Don't suppose any of these swains will want to read goth poetry and contemplate the meaninglessness of existence?

Didn't think so.

Or maybe Chad wants you to go to the basketball game!

Uh, "Chad?" OK, teen tiki flatly refuses to go anywhere with someone named "Chad."

Collect three clothing and accessory cards to get ready for one of four fun dates. Ready for salsa dancing with Ryan, but Zeke meets you for roller skating?

Wait, we have an idea: why don't Ryan and Zeke go out together for roller salsa! Those two crazy kids!!

Sorry, try again!

Wait, we have to go again??? NOOOOOOOO!!!!

Open the door to reveal a matching date and you win!

A matching date? For teen tiki? Wait, we don't see a picture of Alan Rickman on the box.

Lyin' scumbags.

From [ profile] spazzygirl19.
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Mickey's having a bad week.

Chinese Government Acts on Amusement Park Controversy

The Chinese government is working to resolve the controversy regarding the illegal use of trademarked characters at the state-run Shijingshan Amusement Park, a case described in a previous article.

In recent months the park has attracted a great deal of negative international attention over the unauthorized use of Disney characters, Doraemon, etc., in park attractions. According to a Record China report dated May 11th, the Beijing Copyright Office has issued an order to correct these instances of intellectual property misuse, and that the use of Disney characters at the park has ceased. The Beijing Copyright Office stated that it began an investigation of the park after being contacted by the Walt Disney Company.

Until now Shijingshan Amusement Park staff denied allegations of copyright infringement, insisting that a mascot similar to Mickey Mouse in appearance was a "large-eared cat" and that other familiar-seeming figures were not Disney-inspired but instead original characters loosely based on Grimm's fairy tales. However, it appears that the Chinese government has been prompted to act to avoid appearing lax on copyright issues, which have become a common source of friction between China and the outside world.

And Cinderella is "a Chinese country girl."

Yeah, we know copyright infringement is bad, but the sheer chutzpah is fairly hilarious.
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Militant 'Mickey Mouse' pulled off air

RAMALLAH, West Bank - Hamas militants have suspended a TV program that featured a Mickey Mouse lookalike urging Palestinian children to fight Israel and work for global Islamic domination, the Palestinian information minister said Wednesday.

Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti said the character — a giant black-and-white rodent with a high-pitched voice — represented a "mistaken approach" to the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation.

He said that the program was pulled from Hamas-affiliated Al Aqsa TV at his ministry's request and "placed under review."

The character, named "Farfour," or "butterfly," but unmistakably a copy of the Disney character, preached against the U.S. and Israel each Friday on the show called "Tomorrow's Pioneers."

"You and I are laying the foundation for a world led by Islamists," Farfour squeaked on a recent episode. "We will return the Islamic community to its former greatness, and liberate Jerusalem, God willing, liberate Iraq, God willing, and liberate all the countries of the Muslims invaded by the murderers."

Did y'all see this on The Daily Show last night? As Jon said, you can go up against Israel, but don't fuck with Disney!!!
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Our little friend made The Daily Show.
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Stolen from [ profile] fushigikb....

Oooo, they better not make a Stitch Licca. @#$%#$%.....


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