Disney launches toyetic shonen Avengers cartoon in Japan

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The main reason Disney acquired Marvel was to finally break open the boy market bank, and their simple plan worked pretty well. They’re even conquering Japan, it was just announced, with “the first Japanese Marvel animated television series targeted at boys.” It’s called Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers. “Disk” wars, eh That sound highly, highly toyetic.

Asgard is Promised to Open at Disneyland in November

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As spotted by good ol’ Kevin Melrose over at Robot 6, it appears that Disney are lining up for another Avenger appearance at Disneyland, to tie in with the upcoming Thor film.

Marvel and Disney are getting weird

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D23, Disney’s own proprietary fan access, media blowout event is coming this weekend. It’s Disney’s own little Comic-Con and they typically save some big announcements for it. It’s only held every other year, and this time out there WILL be a Marvel announcement, as shown by this teaser and the caption: This weekend, only at […]

Licensing world round-up: Princesses are king but Avengers are for boys

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As we mentioned in the previous post, the Licensing Show’s wrapping up today and there are always some lists and announcements and other observations that are very germane to where our world is going. It all starts with the product which leads to advertising which leads to media and here’s what we want. Some stats […]

Disney announces two mystery Marvel films for ’16 and ’17

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While some of us reading this will be chewing gruel in a rest home by then, Disney has just announced two as-yet-unnamed Marvel films for the future: UNTITLED MARVEL FILMS We’ve also announced dates for two UNTITLED MARVEL films (5/6/16 and 5/5/17), in line with Marvel’s successful tradition of opening films in early May, including […]

Disney and Marvel Team Up to Create a Big Hero 6 Movie

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With Disney owning Marvel and all their characters, it was expected that they’d eventually set their film-makers to work on a Marvel Universe project – however, I doubt anybody would have expected that project to be Big Hero 6. And yet here we are, with a release date set for next year and footage already […]

More Disney layoffs: ESPN sheds hundreds

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Disney continues its road to profitability by cutting staff, this time at ESPN, where as many as 400 people lost their jobs in a cost-cutting measure to offset increased licensing fees for various sports. Although ESPN is sort of a fiefdom of Disney, it is still subject to the same kind of bottom line boosting […]

Disney rejects Tony Stark alcoholism storyline from Iron Man 3

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It seems Disney has wimped out from using the famous “Demon in a Bottle” storyline in Iron Man 3. A few scenes in Iron Man 2 suggested that Tony Stark’s partying was a little out of control, but the hero can’t take a fall this time out.

On the Scene: WonderCon Hasn’t Lost Its Mojo

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The biggest topic of discussion leading up to WonderCon has been the location. Most WonderCon goers have been very disappointed by the move to Anaheim, CA, over San Francisco. There’s ongoing chatter about whether it will move back to San Francisco in 2014, but no clear news on that possibility yet. If location alone is […]

Don Rosa on retiring from making comics

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Indie and Disney master Don Rosa has posted online the final chapter of a bio intended for a collected edition of his works. after it was rejected by Disney. Rosa explains his decision to retire from drawing comics last year as the result of both the psychological effects years of working, his failing eyesight, and some ongoing difficulties with how Disney deals with it’s comics licenses. It’s an entertaining read — especially for ow his early years intersected with those of his hero, Disney artist supreme Carl Barks, but it’s also not hard to see why Disney may not have been thrilled to publish it.

Have some Mary Blair Peter Pan concept art

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In honor of the release of the 60th Anniversary edition of Peter Pan, here’s a brief Disney supplied sildeshow highlighting some of the concept art by the great Mary Blair.

Disney/Star Wars Mashup Sampling

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Here’s a quick evening sampling of #DisneyStarWars mashups from around the worldwide web-0-sphere…

Dark Horse React to Disney’s Acquisition of Lucasfilm

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Newsarama have published a statement from Dark Horse President Mike Richardson regarding Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm. This move obviously raises questions about Dark Horse, who currently own the rights to the Star Wars franchise. It’s nothing definitive, by any terms, but it does suggest that something may have to change as a result of Disney’s […]

Disney Buy Lucasfilm; Announce New Star Wars Film

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This may be delirium setting in, but it seems that Disney have acquired Lucasfilm today for the princely sum of $4.05 billion. This means Disney now effectively own properties including Star Wars, Indiana Jones…. Willow, and several others. And what are they going to do with this? According to reports, their first move was to […]

Disney acquires Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion

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Details are still emerging, but Disney chairman Bob Iger has just announced Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion. It was a cash-and-stock deal that has probably left George Lucas an ultra-kabillionaire. (That’s $500 million more than they paid for Marvel, for those keeping score.) Disney and George Lucas’s Star Wars universe have had many […]

Ike Perlmutter profiled…from a distance

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A few details of Ike Perlmutter’s moves within the Disney hierarchy leak out in thisprofile in the LA Times, by brave writer Dawn C. Chmielewski who gets, naturally, zero cooperation from Disney, Marvel, or Perlmutter. Ike is of course Marvel’s legendarily cheap—and successful—CEO, who has begun to make his influence felt inside the Magic Kingdom, as shown by the rumors of some epic battles that Chmielewski’s uncovered: