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Disney and Pixar have released the first full trailer from the upcoming film “Inside Out,” offering a closer look at what goes on inside our heads.
From Academy AwardÂ®-winning director Pete Docter, the animated film will hit U.S. theaters on June 19, 2015.
The above video is the UK version of the trailer. The US version is currently only available to view on iTunes.
The film’s synopsis:
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions â€“ Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Rileyâ€™s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
In September 2013 Square Enix and Disney Interactive released Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 ReMIX where they offered HD versions of the original Kingdom Hearts game along with a HD copy of Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, and HD version of the cinematics from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days for Nintendo DS. It was a great addition to any KH fanâ€™s collection.
If youâ€™ve been following Inside the Magic you probably know that I did a review of Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 ReMIX last year. It was my first ever review and thanks to some feedback, and the new game, Iâ€™m back to try again. Not only am I back, but Iâ€™m taking a more systematic approach to it. Letâ€™s jump in with game #1 on the disc: Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix.
For Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix I dusted off my PS2 and popped in my Kingdom Hearts II disc. I wanted to see side by side the changes, upgrade, and overall experience. Now having played Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 ReMIX I expected to be a little numbed to the initial HD impact, but I, just like before, found myself calling out to friends raving about how the upgrade looks. Letâ€™s just take the intro as an example. The PS2 version looks great and back when it came out it looked better than great. With the HD upgrade that greatness has been brought back up into place. One thing that stuck out for me was that the last few shots on the intro in the HD version looked almost KH3 in quality making me wonder what happened for those shots and why the whole intro was not given the same detail.
This HD upgrade stays fairly constant throughout the game. The only times I noticed that they either cut corners (or maybe ran out of time/resources?) if for some of the scenery shots. One big example I can give is when Roxas, Hayner, Olette, and Pence are eating their sea salt ice cream on the top of the clock tower. When the camera is angled to show the buildings in the surrounding area they are all very blurry. Itâ€™s like if they had just blown up the original graphics to fit. There were also some posters around town that looked less than perfect, but these did not take away from the experience at all. If I was just playing the game without picking out little details as I am for this I wouldnâ€™t even mention it. I did also notice that in order to make this version widescreen they did a zoom-to-fit instead of rendering more of the world to fill the extra space.
For the first time in forever, Walt Disney World will freeze on Christmas Day. No, Florida isn’t expecting any severe cold weather, but Queen Elsa will make her presence known as she ices over the Magic Kingdom, joined by fellow “Frozen” favorites Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf.
It’s all part of the Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration, the new name for the Christmas Day Parade that will air on ABC on December 25.
Today the “Frozen” foursome taped their parts, riding down Main Street USA on floats to the delight of screaming fans. First came Kristoff, introduced by pickaxe-wielding football star Tim Tebow. Next up Olaf, followed by the “Frozen” sisters, Anna and Elsa. And after the parade ended, host Robin Roberts prompted Elsa to “Let It Go” and unleash her icy powers to freeze over the park with a stomp of the foot – just like in the animated movie.
Video: Elsa freezes Walt Disney World with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf in Frozen Christmas Celebration parade
This past weekend, Universal Orlando launched their 2014 Christmas celebration, including Macy’s Holiday Parade, Mannheim Steamroller concerts, and the return of the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.
While it’s always a treat to see the Grinch ham it up on stage, the real fun begins when you go one-on-one with him. Guests are able to meet the Grinch daily in the park and I spent a minute chatting with him about his plans to steal Christmas this season. As usual, he had some terrible awful ideas.
Video: The Grinch interview at Universal Orlando
The entire story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas can be seen in a musical stage show performed daily at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure theme park, now through January 3. Watch highlights in the video below, including a full performance of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”
Video: Grinch musical highlights at Universal Orlando (Video by Daniel Andersson)
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