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Watch The Owl House’s Opening Credits 

The opening credits to the upcoming Disney Channel animated series, The Owl House, have been released at 2019 San Diego Comic Con, and they should give any Gravity Falls fans a major sense of deja vu.

As the credits begin, a mysterious book appears before an all-black background. The book then opens to reveal series protagonist Luz falling in the sky before being rescued from certain death by Eda and King.

From there, the trailer shows off the series’ beautiful, anime-inspired animation in all its glory, as it teases various moments from the show before the series’ title card appears at the end.

Created by former Gravity Falls story artist and DuckTales director Dana Terrace, The Owl House will follow Luz, a teenage girl who finds herself transported to the Demon Realm, and becomes the apprentice of Eda, a witch, at the titular Owl House.

The Owl House is set premiere on Disney Channel sometime in 2020.

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Marvel’s Storyboards Starring Joe Quesada Is Heading to Disney+

As we near the U.S. launch of Disney+, the ultimate streaming destination for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more, on November 12, a new Marvel New Media non-fiction project has emerged! Marvel’s Storyboards is the third Marvel New Media series to head to Disney+, following the previously announced Marvel’s 616 (Working Title) and Marvel’s Hero Project.

The 12-episode non-fiction original series will follow Joe Quesada, Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, as he explores the origin stories and creative drives of storytellers of all mediums, backgrounds, and experiences. Guests include Robert Lopez (songwriter, Book of Mormon, Avenue Q), Samhita Mukhopadhyay (Executive Editor, Teen Vogue), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Johnny Weir (Olympic figure skater), and Ed Viesturs (high-altitude mountaineer).

Each episode, which spans 10-15 minutes, of Marvel’s Storyboards will also dive into each visionary’s relationship with Marvel as well as a personal account of how they overcame a personal or professional hurdle.

In an interview with Wired, Quesada likened it to a popular series. “A comparison that everyone knows is Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” Quesada says. “We go on locations, but instead of food or culture being the focus, the focus is a guest, the way they tell stories, and their story.”

“The real thrill to me is to find out, ‘What’s your story?’ revealed Quesada. “People tell their stories in all different ways. It’s not just writing, drawing, or filming. Athletes tell stories in how they perform. Dancers tell stories with their bodies.”

The premiere date for Marvel’s Storyboard will be announced at a later date.

Disney+ is launching in late 2019, Disney+ will be the ultimate streaming destination for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. From The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment, Disney+ will offer ad-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live action and animated series and short-form content, along with unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment. The service will also be the exclusive streaming home for films released by The Walt Disney Studios in 2019 and beyond, including “Captain Marvel,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Toy Story 4,” “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” and “Star Wars Episode IX.” The service will launch in the U.S. on November 12 for $6.99/month or $69.99/year.

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Mondo Sorcerer Mickey Tiki Mug

There’s magic in all of us, especially in our imaginations! Now, thanks to Disney, there’s magic in our Tiki Mugs, too!

Mondo is happy to present their very first Disney Tiki Mug – Sorcerer Mickey, as seen in the seminal animated feature, Fantasia! What better way to kick off the Disney Tiki line than with a huge mug, standing tall at 11.5”! Holds approx. 22oz (enough to flood your own chamber), and features a multi-color glaze.

This mug is a Mondo Exclusive and a timed edition going until Friday (7/26) at noon (CT) – available now via mondotees.com.

Sorcerer Mickey Tiki Mug (Pre-Order)
Features a multi-color glaze
Approx. 11.5″ in height
Approx. 3lbs in weight
Material: Ceramic
Artists: Tom “Thor” Thordarson, Mike Bonanno, Tufan Sezer, Tiki Farm
Timed Edition available until 7/26 at noon (CT)
Expected to Ship in Fall 2019
Ships to US & Canada Only
$80

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Star Wars: Rise of The Resistance Will Open At Walt Disney World Resort On December 5 And At Disneyland On January 17

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will officially open on Thursday, December 5 at Walt Disney World Resort.

When it opens, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will blur the lines between fantasy and reality and will put guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Guests will be recruited to join Rey and General Organa at a secret base. Along the way, they will be captured by a First Order Star Destroyer. With the help of some heroes of the Resistance, they break out and must escape the Star Destroyer, protect the secret base, and stay one step ahead of Kylo Ren.

As soon as work is completed at Walt Disney World, Imagineers will head back to California to complete their mission at Disneyland Resort where Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open on Friday, January 17. 

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Watch The New Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Trailer

The second trailer for Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil starts with the evil fairy’s morning being ruined with news of a wedding, before her truly evil plan goes into full effect.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after Maleficent, in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.

Oscar and three-time Golden Globe winner Angelina Jolie (Girl, Interrupted, Wanted) and Elle Fanning (The Beguiled, Super 8) reprise their roles as the dark fairy Maleficent and Princess Aurora, respectively, two characters from the studio’s animated classic Sleeping Beauty, whose untold story was previously brought to life on screen in 2014’s Maleficent.

Michelle Pfeiffer (Murder on the Orient Express, Ant-Man and the Wasp), the Golden Globe Award-winning, Emmy nominated and three-time Academy Award-nominated actress joins the cast as Queen Ingrith. Also joining the cast of the sequel are Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange, 12 Years a Slave), Ed Skrein (Deadpool, Game of Thrones), Robert Lindsay (My Family, Wimbledon), and Harris Dickinson (The Darkest Minds, Trust).

The film is directed by Joachim Rønning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Kon-Tiki) and written by Linda Woolverton (Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast) and Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster (Transparent).

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil opens everywhere October 18.

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Watch The Live-Action Mulan Teaser Trailer

Walt Disney Studios has released the teaser trailer for the live-action film, Mulan.

When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.

Mulan features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”

The epic tale of a fearless young woman who risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known, opens in theaters on March 27, 2020.

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Halle Bailey To Star As Ariel In Disney’s Live-Action The Little Mermaid

Walt Disney Pictures has announced that 19-year-old Grown-ish actress Halle Bailey of the R&B group Chloe x Halle will play the lead role of Ariel in Disney’s Little Mermaid live-action movie adaptation!

“After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” said director Rob Marshall in a statement.

Jacob Tremblay will play Flounder, Ariel’s best friend who is a fish, while Awkwafina will play Scuttle, the seagull friend of the princess. Melissa McCarthy is currently in talks to play the role of the vile Ursula.

Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall will helm the film which features a script by David Magee (Life of Pi, Mary Poppins Returns). No stranger to musicals, or working for Disney, Marshall was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for his feature film debut, Chicago. Since then, he’s helmed the likes of Memoirs of a Geisha and Nine. Marshall has also made his last three films at Disney, including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Into the Woods, and the Poppins sequel.

For their new version of The Little Mermaid, Disney is pairing Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken to create a blend of old and new songs that will be featured in the upcoming big screen version. Miranda and Marshall also worked together on Mary Poppins Returns.

Disney’s animated The Little Mermaid made over $211 million at the box office and became a bestseller on home video, popularizing songs like “Under The Sea” and “Part of Your World.” Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s Danish fairy tale, it tells the story of a 16-year-old mermaid princess named Ariel who longs to be human.

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Check Out Stunning New Images of The Lion King’s Cast With Their Characters

Check out the new images for Disney’s “The Lion King” featuring voice talent with their characters—available for the first time today. Images include Donald Glover with Simba; Beyoncé Knowles-Carter with Nala; John Oliver, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner with Zazu, Pumbaa and Timon; Chiwetel Ejiofor with Scar; Alfre Woodard with Sarabi; Eric André, Florence Kasumba and Keegan-Michael Key with hyenas Azizi, Shenzi and Kamari; and Shahadi Wright Joseph and JD McCrary with Young Nala and Young Simba.

Disney’s “The Lion King,” directed by Jon Favreau, journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. Staying true to the classic story, Favreau utilizes pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring the iconic characters to the big screen in a whole new way.

Disney’s “The Lion King” opens in theaters on July 19, 2019.

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Emotional Whirlwind Now Open At Pixar Pier In Disney California Adventure Park

It’s time to make new memories and hop aboard Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind in Disney California Adventure park. Pixar Pier’s latest attraction is a whimsical, family-friendly delight!

Inspired by the Disney and Pixar film Inside Out, this fun family-friendly attraction invites you to step into the workplace of Riley’s Emotions—Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. Your adventure begins when you hop aboard one of 8 Memory Movers, each uniquely colored to evoke one of Riley’s Emotions or another exuberant character from her imagination.

You’ll find yourself surrounded by vibrant shelves packed with glowing recollections as the Memory Movers ascend in unison, fly in a circle and inspire you to create your own happy memory of this experience.

Emotional Whirlwind is located in the Inside Out Headquarters neighborhood of Pixar Pier, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary! The reimagined land shares the stories and characters of Pixar films with exciting attractions, themed neighborhoods and fun eateries.

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The Lion King Soundtrack Details Revealed

The time is almost finally here for the long-awaited live-action remake of the Disney classic The Lion King and on the same day as tickets went on sale online the details for family musical drama’s soundtrack, which is available for digital purchase on July 11 and physical purchase on July 19!

The soundtrack will once again feature music written and performed by Oscar and Grammy-winning superstar Elton John and Oscar and Grammy-winning lyricist Tim Rice, with songs “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” and “Hakuna Matata” being a few of the original hits returning for the new soundtrack. There is also a new song “Never Too Late,” written by John, Rice, and Beyoncé and performed by John.

“Just hearing that music strikes you deeply,” director Jon Favreau said. “Even if you don’t know the film or stage show, there is a spiritual strength in it. But if you know the film, and if you grew up with this music—now it can suddenly and immediately evoke the story itself, as well as all the connected memories and emotions that you have from your own past experience with The Lion King, or from the time of your life that you were in, or your childhood, or the life events it’s connected to.”

The soundtrack will also feature a new original score from Hans Zimmer, who composed the score for the original film, as well as five songs produced by Grammy winner Pharrell Williams and African vocal and choir arrangements from Grammy-winning South African producer and composer Lebo M.

“The incredible musical talents who came together to contribute to this project are unparalleled,” Mitchell Leib, president of music & soundtracks for The Walt Disney Studios, added. “Jon Favreau’s deep love and instinct for musical collaboration inspired Hans Zimmer, Lebo M, Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Tim Rice, Beyoncé, Donald Glover and the entire music team to an awesome level of generosity, spirit and commitment, resulting in a powerful journey of song, production and performance.” 

The tracklist for the film’s soundtrack, which you can pre-order HERE, is as follows:

1. “Circle of Life”/“Nants’ Ingonyama” – Performed by Lindiwe Mkhize; African vocals performed by Lebo M; written and composed by Elton John and Tim Rice; “Nants’ Ingonyama” written by Lebohang Morake and Hans Zimmer; produced by Hans Zimmer; vocals produced by Stephen Lipson

2. “Life’s Not Fair” – Hans Zimmer

3. “Rafiki’s Fireflies” – Hans Zimmer

4. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” – Performed by JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph and John Oliver; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Pharrell Williams; co-produced by Stephen Lipson

5. “Elephant Graveyard” – Hans Zimmer

6. “Be Prepared” (2019 Version) – Performed by Chiwetel Ejiofor; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Hans Zimmer and David Fleming

7. “Stampede” – Hans Zimmer

8 .“Scar Takes the Throne” – Hans Zimmer

9. “Hakuna Matata” – Performed by Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, JD McCrary and Donald Glover; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Pharrell Williams; co-produced by Stephen Lipson

10. “Simba is Alive!” – Hans Zimmer

11. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – Performed by Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen; written by Luigi Creatore, Hugo Peretti, George David Weiss and Solomon Linda; produced by Pharrell Williams

12. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – Performed by Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Pharrell Williams; co-produced by Stephen Lipson

13. “Reflections of Mufasa” – Hans Zimmer

14. TBA

15. “Battle for Pride Rock” – Hans Zimmer

16. “Remember” – Hans Zimmer

17.  “Never Too Late” – Performed by Elton John; African vocal and choir arrangements created and produced by Lebo M; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Greg Kurstin; additional production by Elton John and Matt Still

18. “He Lives in You” – Performed by Lebo M; written by Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin and Lebohang Morake; produced by Lebo M and Mark Mancina

19. “Mbube” – Performed by Lebo M; African vocal and choir arrangements created and produced by Lebo M; written by Solomon Linda; produced by Pharrell Williams

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