Don Rosa’s Life and Time of Scrooge McDuck gets Artist’s Edition from IDW

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An oversize artist’s edition of Don Rosa’s devoutly worshipped The Life and Time of Scrooge McDuck? You’ll have to wait until April, true believers. Rosa’s epic biography of heroic skinflint McDuck is considered a modern classic, and in Scandinavia, it is mandatory for homes to have a small shrine to it.* This volume will take […]

Reminder: Walt Disney was a sexist Jerk

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Yeah yeah, Walt Disney was a genius and a trailblazer and a visionary…but he was also a racist and a horrible sexist. The letter informing a woman applying for a job at the studio informing her that “Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that work is performed entirely by young men. For this reason girls are not considered for the training school.” has been floating around for years, but recently a newspaper story by Disney biographer Bob Thomas laying out his ideas of women’s capabilities has been unearthed and it’s even worse.

Let’s get dangerous: Darkwing Duck writing credit kerfuffle

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This thing is going on with a new publisher called Joe Books, and the credits on Boom! Studio’s long ago (2010) Darkwing Duck series. Yes. The Outhouse has a succinct round-up but as best as I can make out, here’s what happened:

Disney to release Studio Ghibli titles on Blu-Ray: Pom Poko, Porco Rosso and Tales from Earthsea

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February 3rd will see the release of three Studio Ghibli films on BluRay for the first time. Porco Rosso, the tale of a World War I flying ace, is a beloved Hayao Miyazaki classic. The other two are by other Studio Ghibli directors—Isao Takahata’s environmental saga PomPoko, and Tales from Earthsea, Goro Myazakis take on […]

How to say I Am Groot in 15 languages

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In case you had forgotten that Groot and Rocket Raccoon were Disney’s huge breakout stars in 2014, they released a trailer of the gentle giant of a man-tree saying his signature phrase in 15 different languages,. And in case you had forgotten, Guardians of the Galaxy is out on Digital HD today, and available via […]

And finally…here is the dancing Baby Groot you have been clamoring for

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Disney has released a clip of Dancing Baby Groot even though (spoilers) it spoils the end of the movie. I guess good social media is worth more than spoiling movies in the era of downloads and….social media. Anyway…..it’s sweet.

Analysis: ‘Guardians’ rule the galaxy with biggest ever August opening, and Marvel keeps mining the head

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Whoa, Guardians of the Galaxy…where to start. In a summer of unexceptional sequels and remakes, Marvel and Disney triumphed with a new creation that had a fresh take on the space opera genre, while introducing such comics elements as Thanos, Infinity Gems, and Rocket Raccoon. I never thought I would type that sentence outside of a fever dream.

SDCC 2014: Disney Infinity has a pop up shop and more on Marvel Super Heroes

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Wanna know more about Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, the interactive SUper-hero themed game? You’re in luck. Disney Infinity has a bunch of activities planned including a pop-up shop on 4th street. Mac’s new Marge Simpson line also has a pop-up shop and surely there are others we haven’t heard of yet. Here’s info on […]

17-minute Guardians of the Galaxy preview is hilarious…and here are 25 new stills

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In a perfect movie going world, we would have seen the brilliant “Hooked on a Feeling” Guardians of the Galaxy footage shown at Comic-Con last year and then known nothing more about the film until we sat down to see it on August 1. But this is not that world. Disney/Marvel is confident enough in […]

Disney’s Marvel animated movie Big Hero 6 comes into focus with character posters

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Big Hero 6 is this fall’s Disney big animated movie, so it’s hardly wanting for marketing and publicity, however, it is based on a VERY obscure Marvel Comics characters, and that has led to some head scratching. The film is being directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt) with a script […]

Happy 80th Birthday, Donald Fauntleroy Duck!

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Today marks the official 80th birthday of Donald Duck! First appearing in 1934, Donald Duck quickly became one of the marquee stars of the Disney Studio system, rivaling Mickey Mouse in popularity!

Disney Explains Importance of Life Drawing

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  When someone thinks of the name “Disney,” many things can come to mind; Some may think of their theme parks. Some their animated films. Some may look back on fond childhood memories. And others might think of a cartoon mouse that wears pants, gloves, and shoes. But when I hear “Disney,” my first thought […]

Disney heroically attempting to blow the brains out of zombie Stan Lee Media

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I’ve been doing this daily comics news thing for 11 years, more or less, and if there is one thing which has remained consistent throughout those 11 years of comics industry tumult, it’s Stan Lee Media suing someone or something. I honestly don’t remember all the things they’ve sued, but it includes Stan Lee, Marvel (many times) Conan Properties, and Disney (many times). The suits usually claim that Stan Lee Media owns Spider-Man, or the Avengers or Conan or whatever someone is making a movie of, and the suits always involve insanely tortured legal claims over unrelated documents. The courts always rule against SLMi, as it’s called, but that doesn’t stop them. They keep coming back.

Five days of Valentines Day Cards: Snow White’s touchy situation

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I’m sure no one ever had an impure thought about THIS vintage Disney Valentine, No sir! More here Do you have a Valentine set to spotlight in this feature? Tell The Beat!

Sizing up Marvel’s Star Wars franchise

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We all knew that the Star Wars comics franchise would go to Marvel eventually, but no one seems enthused about the idea. Maybe that’s because, as Graeme McMillan points out, every time Disney pulls one of its licenses and give it back to Marvel, it shrinks. Case in point: the Disney kids line that BOOM! […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – Craig Yoe and Jeffrey Brown Interview Special

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Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s interview special, Heidi interviews comics historian, author, editor, and publisher Craig Yoe, author of the acclaimed Secret Identity and head of the Yoe! Books imprint as well […]