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Walt Disney Animation Studios has released the first full trailer for “Big Hero 6″ – their first animated movie to be based on a Marvel property, albeit an obscure one.

The comedy adventure follows robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius thanks to his brother Tadashi and their friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, clean freak Wasabi No-Ginger, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred.

When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a cutting-edge robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

The trailer also features a “Frozen” easter egg, including a certain villainous boyfriend on the “Wanted” board:

The voice cast of main characters was also recently announced:

RYAN POTTER (“Supah Ninjas,” “Senior Project”) as robotics prodigy HIRO HAMADA
SCOTT ADSIT (“30 Rock,” “St. Vincent”) as the world’s most compassionate robot. BAYMAX
T.J. MILLER (HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2”) as fanboy FRED
JAMIE CHUNG (“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” “Once Upon A Time,” “The Hangover Part II & Part III”) as the aptly named GO GO TOMAGO
DAMON WAYANS JR. (“Let’s Be Cops,” “Happy Endings”) as WASABI
GENESIS RODRIGUEZ (“Tusk” and “Run All Night”) as chemistry whiz HONEY LEMON
DANIEL HENNEY (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) as TADASHI HAMADA
MAYA RUDOLPH (TV’s “Saturday Night Live,” “Maya Rudolph Variety Show,” Bridesmaids”) as AUNT CASS
JAMES CROMWELL (“Murder in the First,” “L.A. Confidential”) as PROFESSOR ROBERT CALLAGHAN
ALAN TUDYK (“Tell,” “Welcome to Me,” “42”) as entrepreneur and tech guru ALISTAIR KREI

“Big Hero 6″ hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.


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Universal Studios Japan grand opens Wizarding World of Harry Potter making theme park magic overseas

Universal Studios Japan grand opens Wizarding World of Harry Potter making theme park magic overseas

Just a week after Universal Orlando officially opened Diagon Alley, the grand opening for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter took place at Universal Studios Japan.

In attendance for the confetti and fireworks filled opening ceremony were “Harry Potter” actors Evanna Lynch and Tom Felton along with Universal Parks and Resorts President Tom Williams and the Governor of Osaka Prefecture.

Japan’s version of the Wizarding World is largely the same as Orlando’s original, with the shops and dining of Hogsmeade Village and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride in Hogwarts Castle. But it does have some additional features that Orlando’s version does not, including Black Lake next to the castle.

Another version of the Wizarding World will open at Universal Studios Hollywood in California in 2016, including Hogwarts Castle and more enhancements yet to be revealed.


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Full Disney schedule at San Diego Comic-Con spotlights Marvel movies, TV but skips Hall H for “Star Wars,” Disney Studios

Full Disney schedule at San Diego Comic-Con spotlights Marvel movies, TV but skips Hall H for “Star Wars,” Disney Studios

With no D23 Expo taking place this year, fans assumed Disney would have a large presence at San Diego Comic-Con as they have in the past. But with today’s release of the full schedule of panels, it has become clear that Walt Disney Studios has decided to sit this year out.

Now, that’s not to say Disney won’t be at Comic-Con 2014 in a big way. They’ll have multiple big panels from Marvel, Pixar, and other movie and TV fun, but there won’t be one big Hall H presentation showcasing their upcoming feature films. So don’t expect “Star Wars: Episode VII” news in any way, nor “Tomorrowland, “Into The Woods,” or any other upcoming non-Marvel film from Disney.

Disney Highlights at San Diego Comic-Con 2014

Here are the standout panels planned for Disney at SDCC this year, with the full schedule following below:

Thursday – July 24, 2014

Toy Story That Time Forgot
11:15am – 12:15pm, Room 6A

The Art of Big Hero Six
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 7AB

The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels
6:00pm – 7:00pm, Room 6BCF

Friday – July 25, 2014

Hasbro: Star Wars
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Room 7AB

Gravity Falls
1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 6A

Marvel Television Presents
3:00pm – 4:00pm, Ballroom 20

Saturday – July 26, 2014

Phineas and Ferb
10:00am – 11:00am, Room 6A

Once Upon a Time
11:00am – 11:45am, Ballroom 20

Disney’s Gargoyles 20-Year Anniversary
5:00pm – 6:00pm, Room 25ABC

Marvel Studios
5:30pm – 6:30pm, Hall H


Thursday – July 24, 2014

Toy Story That Time Forgot
11:15am – 12:15pm, Room 6A
Executive producer Galyn Susman, director Steve Purcell, head of storyDerek Thompson

Marvel: House of Ideas
1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 7AB

The Art of Big Hero Six
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 7AB
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents director Don Hall, producer Roy Conli, production designer Paul Felix and character designer Shiyoon Kim.

Wander Over Yonder
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 25ABC
Creator Craig McCracken and stars Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), April Winchell (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse), and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants)

The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels
6:00pm – 7:00pm, Room 6BCF
Executive producers Dave Filoniand Simon Kinberg as well as series stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Vanessa Marshall,Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, and Taylor Gray


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The classic Robert Rodriguez horror film “From Dusk Till Dawn” became a TV series earlier this year and now it’s headed for Halloween Horror Nights 2014 on both coasts as a new haunted house.

Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood has announced the vampire-filled may-hem of “From Dusk Till Dawn” as part of the event line-up this year in a new maze.

From Dusk Till Dawn joins The Walking Dead in the revealed line-up for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. Universal Orlando’s event will have 8 haunted houses total, including some original non-IP based ones, so 6 remain a mystery for now. The number of mazes in Hollywood is unknown as of yet.

For a closer look at some of its grizzly visuals, visit Outside the Magic. (Warning: Not necessarily suitable for all ages.)


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Legends of Frontierland interactive experience debuts at Disneyland giving guests a piece of the wild west

Legends of Frontierland interactive experience debuts at Disneyland giving guests a piece of the wild west

Folks visiting Frontierland will find things just a bit different this summer. There seems to be a feud brewing between citizens of Frontierland and the folks who settled in the Gold Rush town of Rainbow Ridge.

Actually, it’s a new interactive game that park guests can participate in at Disneyland in Frontierland with various “characters” such as the sheriff, a telegraph operator, a card shark, outlaws and more.

First stop is anyone of the new locations that have popped up in the area to get a sticker with your own Western-style name; mine was “Marksman Mark.” You also need to pick a side, Frontierland or Rainbow Ridge. Next you need to make some money, known as “bits,” or gold (each nugget is worth 50 bits) by doing various things like delivering telegraphs, helping out as a sheriff, playing cards, or capturing people wanted for various nefarious activities – such as being in the land with a Western-style name.

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There’s trouble brewing in Frontierland.

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A jail cell has popped up in front of The Golden Horseshoe.

Legends of Frontierland

A map showing the lay of the land has shown up in the Outlaw’s hideout in Rainbow Ridge.

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Rutabaga Ricky, a citizen of Frontierland, explains that “outlaws” from the town of Rainbow Ridge are tryin’ to take over Frontierland.

Legends of Frontierland

Marksman Mark joins the old west battle after discussing what to do with Alyssa Sarsaparilla at the Frontierland Trading Post.

After you earn enough money, you can purchase a plot of land for your side, and help them take over the territory. The land sales take place at the Trading Post near the entrance to Frontierland, sale prices start at 85 bits, but quickly escalate to 100 bits and higher. You can also take over a plot of land by bidding on it via auction.

Rainbow Ridgers are considered outlaws by the Frontierland folk, and they even have a hideout near the entrance to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

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Priscilla, the telegraph operator, explains that it costs 15 bits to send a “tellygraf.” But if you’re real sweet to her, she might give you the 15 bits.

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Darlin’ Danielle joins up with the Frontierland crew at the Telegraph office, but I’d watch her, she’s up to sumptin.

Meanwhile, inside the Golden Horseshow, Miss Lilly and others are entertaining everyone, and there’s food to eat.

Legends of Frontierland

Meanwhile, over on stage at the Golden Horseshoe, Miss Lilly belts out a song and entertains citizens of Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge.

Legends of Frontierland

You can play high card at the Golden Horseshoe, they’ll even stake you, but check the dealer’s sleeves before playing.

If you capture a wanted person, you take them to the jail. But it’s not that easy, you face off against them in a “rock, paper, scissors” duel. If you win, you get the reward and they go to jail for two minutes – but don’t worry, there’s a game of checkers inside the jail to entertain the inmates. If you’re the wanted person, and win the duel, you get the reward and escape. Of course the bounty on you goes up by 25 bits, so you best skedaddle and hide before someone else comes after you. Oh, those in jail get a few bits too, just for being a good prisoner.

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“Big Al” (left) has joined forces with Willum of Rainbow Ridge to make a few bits and buy some land.

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Marksman Mark outside the jail, they’ll never get him in there.

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A telegram is sent telling everyone to be on the lookout for Pistol Packin’ Pat, for packing a pistol. There’s a reward.

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Marksman Mark has managed to capture Pistol Packin’ Pat and brought her to the jail for the reward of 25 bits.

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Marksman Mark and Pistol Packin’ Pat have a duel. Marksman Mark wins the duel with rock over her scissors.

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Pistol Packin’ Pat has to spend two minutes in jail, but fellow Frontierland citizen Willy, entertains her with a song and his guitar.

Later in the afternoon, each side has picked someone to run for Mayor of the town, lots of political skullduggery takes place with citizens walking around with homemade political banners and more.
Of course, it’s all in good fun.

A former Imagineer’s take on all this:

This is an experiment by the Disneyland Entertainment group to try something different and bring back some “life” to an area on a regular basis, and involve park guests in the activity.

I think they need to refine a few things to make things clearer, and could also spread it back along the Big Thunder trail.

The set pieces that have been added to the area to help in game and role-playing doesn’t really blend into the area as well as they could have. The Outlaw Hideout is the weakest of the bunch.
I think it’s a good experiment, and hopefully Disney will learn a lot from this, but then design a new role-playing attraction in a dedicated area that really feels more immersive. The weak link is that the area is the normal land, and is also a walk-through area for guests wanting to get to or from New Orleans Square or the hub.

The game is supposed to last until September.

Legends of Frontierland


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