D23’s Destination D Celebrates Marc Davis, True-Life Adventures

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In case you haven’t already heard, D23 is hosting their next “Destination D” event this November at Walt Disney World in Florida. The theme is “Amazing Adventures” and they’ve got some interesting items on the docket.

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Art and Humor Reign at D23 Expo’s ‘Zootopia’ Panel

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Walt Disney Animation Studios rocked the D23 Expo 2015 this year with some amazing stuff. My time at the Expo was limited, but I was happy (and grateful) that I was able to get a seat for the “Welcome to Zootopia!” panel held on Saturday, August 15th, 2015, at the Anaheim Convention Center. Here’s a quick rundown of what was presented.

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‘Sleeping Beauty’ Diamond Edition Coming October 7th

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The Walt Disney Studios has released the details on the upcoming Blu-ray re-release of its 1959’s animated classic Sleeping Beauty. Most likely to coincide with promotions for Disney’s live-action Maleficent film (we anticipate the Blu-ray release for Maleficent on or near the same date), the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition will be released on October 7th. It will be available in a 2-disc “Superset” which will include a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy. It will also be re-released as a standalone DVD.

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A Fascinating Day In Animation History: Walt Disney’s ‘One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ (1961)

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“We’ll have a Dalmatian Plantation! What an inspiration!”

Walt Disney’s seventeenth feature-length animated film 101 Dalmatians came out January 25, 1961 and was a resounding success for the company.  Sleeping Beauty had been a failure and had cost the company tons, so there was actually talk of shutting down the animation department. Walt was averse to the idea, but something had to be done to cut costs. 101 Dalmatians would be made for $2 million less than its predecessor thanks to a new Xeroxing technique that eliminated the ink department and it would be the highest grossing film of 1961 in the United States.

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