It seemed like a foregone conclusion following Disney's $4.05 billion acquisition of Star Wars owners Lucasfilm last year, but Marvel and Dark Horse Comics made it official today: The Star Wars comics franchise will move next year from Dark Horse, which has had the license for 22 years, back to Marvel, which published the first Star Wars comics when the original movies were coming out in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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As Ric Flair always said, "Space Mountain may be the oldest ride in the park, but it still has the longest line."
Perhaps the Nature Boy's wisdom is why Disney has chosen the ride to be the basis for a trilogy of graphic novels written by Bryan Q. Miller and illustrated by Kelley Jones and Hi-Fi Design, the first of which will hit in May 6, 2014.
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One of the questions people asked when Disney acquired Marvel back in 2009 was how Marvel's characters would be represented at the company's many, many theme parks. Now we have an idea.
The Iron Man Experience, a ride that promises enable guests on "take flight with Iron Man on an epic adventure," will open at Tomorrowland at Hong Kong Disneyland in late 2016, the DisneyParks Blog announced.
While Marvel characters are still gradually making their way into Disney themeparks, it seems that an unfinished Disney attraction is spinning off into a 5-issue series via Marvel's new Disney Kingdom's imprint - and it's just the first of potentially many to make the jump. Inside the Magic reports that Seekers of the Weird #1 by writer Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor) and artist Karl Moline (Avengers Arena) will launch in January and tell a story inspired by Imagineer Rolly Crump's never built “Museum of the Weird” attraction that would've served as a kind of supernatural relic-filled add-on to The Haunted Mansion circa 1965.
Let's just take a moment to glory in the perfection that is Nathan Fillion outfitted with a maple leaf shield riding atop his mighty, dam-building steed. It's just one of many illustrative brainchildren of Mingjue Helen Chen, a visual development artist Walt Disney Animation Studios whose creations range from Adventure Time with Scrubs' Turk and J.D. to some particularly painterly takes on Lara Croft and Sailor Moon.
Legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki has announced his retirement, but Disney is ensuring he's going out big in the United States as well as his native Japan. A subtitled release of what's reportedly his final film, The Wind Rises, will hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles November 8-14 to make the movie eligible for Oscar contention, Variety reports.
Who are those colorful, silhouetted figures? They're none other than the stars of the upcoming animated film adaptation of Marvel's Big Hero 6, revealed today in advance of Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif.
Mickey Mouse is one of animation's most enduring but paradoxically dull icons. But it wasn't always that way. Created by Walt Disney in the late 1920s, Mickey appeared in some truly brilliant films throughout the '30s and '40s, some in black and white and some in color, but almost always in some astonishingly clever, very funny and frequently groundbreaking animated works like Steamboat Willie, Building a Building, The Brave Little Tailor and of course Fantasia. But with notable exceptions of 1983's A Christmas Carol adaptation and 2010's Epic Mickey video game, the character has been little more than a harmless corporate mascot for the majority of his existence. As Walt Disney's signature creation, it's a fitting and auspicious role for Mickey, but also something of a waste of one of American animation's most visible characters.
Fortunately for animation fans, Disney agrees. In what's obviously an earnest effort to resurrect the classic spirit of Mickey Mouse for the 21st century, the studio has enlisted a fantastic assortment of talents from shows like The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Sym-Bionic Titan to honor the brilliant works of the past with an all-new series of genuinely funny and beautifully designed short films set to air on the Disney Channel this summer.