Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1 – Gerry Conway, Paul Levitz, Paul Kupperberg, Jack C. Harris, Ric Estrada, Mike Grell, George Tuska, James Sherman, Walt Simonson, Jim Starlin & Joe Staton

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Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1

Gerry Conway, Paul Levitz, Paul Kupperberg, Jack C. Harris, Ric Estrada, Mike Grell, George Tuska, James Sherman, Walt Simonson, Jim Starlin & Joe Staton

Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Publish Date: June 27, 2017

Publisher: DC Comics

Seller: DC Comics.


From legendary writer Paul Levitz (THE GREAT DARKNESS SAGA) and artists Mike Grell (GREEN ARROW, Warlord), James Sherman and more comes SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES. It�s the long-awaited wedding of Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad, with a ceremony bringing together Legionnaires and friends from across galaxies! But amid the celebration, one guest�s joy for the happy couple is mixed with apprehension: something is wrong with the 30th century, and only Superboy can see it. To figure out what happened to the Legion�s future, Superboy and his friends must venture a thousand years into the past-to 1978! Plus, the Legion face off against the Worldsmith, rescue their billionaire benefactor, take over Superboy�s brain and more! Continuing directly from the LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARCHIVES, this volume includes stories from SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #234-240, ALL-NEW COLLECTORS� EDITION C-55 and DC SUPER-STARS #17.From legendary writer Paul Levitz (THE GREAT DARKNESS SAGA) and artists Mike Grell (GREEN ARROW, Warlord), James Sherman and more comes SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES. It�s the long-awaited wedding of Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad, with a ceremony bringing together Legionnaires and friends from across galaxies! But amid the celebration, one guest�s joy for the happy couple is mixed with apprehension: something is wrong with the 30th century, and only Superboy can see it. To figure out what happened to the Legion�s future, Superboy and his friends must venture a thousand years into the past-to 1978! Plus, the Legion face off against the Worldsmith, rescue their billionaire benefactor, take over Superboy�s brain and more! Continuing directly from the LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARCHIVES, this volume includes stories from SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #234-240, ALL-NEW COLLECTORS� EDITION C-55 and DC SUPER-STARS #17.From legendary writer Paul Levitz (THE GREAT DARKNESS SAGA) and artists Mike Grell (GREEN ARROW, Warlord), James Sherman and more comes SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES. It�s the long-awaited wedding of Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad, with a ceremony bringing together Legionnaires and friends from across galaxies! But amid the celebration, one guest�s joy for the happy couple is mixed with apprehension: something is wrong with the 30th century, and only Superboy can see it. To figure out what happened to the Legion�s future, Superboy and his friends must venture a thousand years into the past-to 1978! Plus, the Legion face off against the Worldsmith, rescue their billionaire benefactor, take over Superboy�s brain and more! Continuing directly from the LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARCHIVES, this volume includes stories from SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #234-240, ALL-NEW COLLECTORS� EDITION C-55 and DC SUPER-STARS #17.From legendary writer Paul Levitz (THE GREAT DARKNESS SAGA) and artists Mike Grell (GREEN ARROW, Warlord), James Sherman and more comes SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES. It�s the long-awaited wedding of Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad, with a ceremony bringing together Legionnaires and friends from across galaxies! But amid the celebration, one guest�s joy for the happy couple is mixed with apprehension: something is wrong with the 30th century, and only Superboy can see it. To figure out what happened to the Legion�s future, Superboy and his friends must venture a thousand years into the past-to 1978! Plus, the Legion face off against the Worldsmith, rescue their billionaire benefactor, take over Superboy�s brain and more! Continuing directly from the LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARCHIVES, this volume includes stories from SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #234-240, ALL-NEW COLLECTORS� EDITION C-55 and DC SUPER-STARS #17.From legendary writer Paul Levitz (THE GREAT DARKNESS SAGA) and artists Mike Grell (GREEN ARROW, Warlord), James Sherman and more comes SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES. It�s the long-awaited wedding of Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad, with a ceremony bringing together Legionnaires and friends from across galaxies! But amid the celebration, one guest�s joy for the happy couple is mixed with apprehension: something is wrong with the 30th century, and only Superboy can see it. To figure out what happened to the Legion�s future, Superboy and his friends must venture a thousand years into the past-to 1978! Plus, the Legion face off against the Worldsmith, rescue their billionaire benefactor, take over Superboy�s brain and more! Continuing directly from the LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARCHIVES, this volume includes stories from SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #234-240, ALL-NEW COLLECTORS� EDITION C-55 and DC SUPER-STARS #17.

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Maleficent: The Official Multi-Touch Book – Walt Disney Studios

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Maleficent: The Official Multi-Touch Book

Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Seller: Disney Electronic Content, Inc.


“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. The official "Maleficent" multi-touch book will take you on an immersive journey inside the new Disney film, with exclusive content, behind-the-scenes looks and much more, including:  – Interactive timeline of the history of “Sleeping Beauty”, with rare content from the Disney Archives  – Explorable environments from the world of “Maleficent” – Interviews with Angelina Jolie and the rest of the cast and crew – Exclusive behind-the-scenes photo galleries and video featurettes  – Never-before-seen concept art, storyboards and sketches – Fun facts and profiles of the characters and creatures from the film

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Celebrating John Williams (Live At Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles / 2019) – Los Angeles Philharmonic & Gustavo Dudamel

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Celebrating John Williams (Live At Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles / 2019)

Los Angeles Philharmonic & Gustavo Dudamel

Genre: Classical

Price: $ 11.99

Release Date: March 15, 2019

© ℗ 2019 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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Steve Gadd Band (feat. Walt Fowler, Kevin Hays, Jimmy Johnson & Michael Landau) – Steve Gadd Band

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Steve Gadd Band (feat. Walt Fowler, Kevin Hays, Jimmy Johnson & Michael Landau)

Steve Gadd Band

Genre: Contemporary Jazz

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: March 23, 2018

© ℗ 2018 BFM Jazz

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Song of Myself – Walt Whitman

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Song of Myself

Walt Whitman

Genre: Poetry

Publish Date: April 25, 2012

Publisher: Pascal Witzig

Seller: Pascal Witzig


“Song of Myself” was first published as the untitled opening poem of Leaves of Grass in 1855. The author’s name does not appear on the first edition’s title page, but it is mentioned in the poem: “Walt Whitman, an American, one of the roughs, a kosmos.” This characterization sums up the subject of identity in “Song of Myself.” Whitman presents himself as an American working man and as a mystical figure at one with the universe. Although the poem identifies “myself” simply as Walt Whitman, the identity of the speaker is also mythic. Instead of trying to say how unique his feelings and thoughts are, Whitman emphasizes his ordinariness. His ordinariness is in fact so comprehensive that he absorbs each American, past, present, and future. This comprehensive awareness makes the speaker of the poem greater than himself, but it is a greatness and uniqueness that is, he emphasizes, accessible to all. The idea behind “Song of Myself” is that individual identity is temporary but transcendent. The dominant tone of “Song of Myself” is joyous and mystical. The cycle of life renews itself constantly, and so conquers death. If each person absorbs this knowledge, each may feel kinship with all life, and so gain a sense of victory over mortality. “Song of Myself” includes many modulations of tone as it moves toward its climax. To work out the theme of endless renewal, the fifty-two sections of the poem move back and forth between general and specific, between description and emotion, between the body and the soul. “Song of Myself” is a powerful—sometimes shocking—poem of physical identity. Sexuality is part of common humanity, and Whitman ignores pretenses in order to reach to the universal truths of human identity, including the truths of the body. Like the rest of Leaves of Grass , “Song of Myself” is in free verse, or poetry without regular rhyme or meter. Free verse was a perfect form for Whitman to use to explore the themes of identity, nationality, and transcendence in a free country. The national motto— e pluribus unum , out of many one—might equally well serve as the motto for “Song of Myself.” Out of the many ethnic, racial, and gender identities Whitman saw in America, and out of the complexities of his own identity, he forged an epic of transcendent identity.

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National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: The Unrated Version – Walt Becker

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National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: The Unrated Version

Walt Becker

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 4.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: April 5, 2002


Ryan Reynolds stars as ultimate party animal and super slacker Van Wilder in this raunchy and totally outrageous National Lampoon comedy classic.

© NATIONAL LAMPOON is a registered trademark of J2 Communications, Los Angeles, California. ® and © J2 Communications. All Rights Reserved. © 2001 Die Sechste World Media Productions GmbH & co. Medien and Musik KG. All Rights Reserved.

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The Airborne Toxic Event: All I Ever Wanted – Live from Walt Disney Concert Hall – The Airborne Toxic Event

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The Airborne Toxic Event: All I Ever Wanted – Live from Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Airborne Toxic Event

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 15.99

Release Date: January 1, 2010


Known for sweeping orchestral arrangements and blistering live shows, the Airborne Toxic Event burst onto the scene with their song "Sometime Around Midnight," which was voted iTunes' #1 Alternative Song of 2008 and reached #4 on the US Alternative Chart. Counting U2 among its fans, the band has built up a passionate fan base with its epic, string-laden music and extraordinary live performances. Live from Walt Disney Concert Hall is a documentary film chronicling the lead-up to the last of 354 shows in support of the the group's debut album. To mark the occasion, they were joined onstage by a variety of performers, including a world-class string quartet, a children's choir, a high school marching band, horn players, visual artists, and Mexican folkorico dancers. In addition to never-before-recorded new tracks and cover versions of songs by the Ramones, the Magnetic Fields, and Q Lazzarus, the concert film offers an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the exhaustive rehearsals and preparation that went into putting on the show at the world-famous, Frank Gehry-designed venue, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

© © 2010 The Island Def Jam Music Group

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14 (Live at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles 2013) – Los Angeles Philharmonic & Gustavo Dudamel

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14 (Live at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles 2013)

Los Angeles Philharmonic & Gustavo Dudamel

Genre: Classical

Price: $ 11.99

Release Date: November 2, 2018

© ℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book – Walt Disney Studios

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Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book

Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Performing Arts

Publish Date: December 10, 2013

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Seller: Disney Publishing Worldwide


“Wind’s in the east, mist comin’ in. Like something is brewin’ about to begin Can’t put me finger on what lies in store But I feel what’s to happen, all happened before.” —Bert in “Mary Poppins” In 1961, Walt Disney invited “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers to his studio in Los Angeles to discuss, in person, his continued interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character—a pitch he first made to her in the 1940s. Still hesitant and disinterested after all those years, Travers wanted to tell the Hollywood impresario to go fly a kite but with dwindling sales of her books and a bleak economic future looming, PL. Travers said yes and embarked on a two-week sojourn in Los Angeles that would ultimately set the wheels of the beloved film in motion. In the movie, Saving Mr. Banks, audiences will discover how Walt Disney worked his magic on P.L Travers to bring her book to the big screen. Starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L Travers, the movie opens in theaters everywhere this holiday season.  The Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multitouch Book explores this extraordinary, previously untold story, and includes: – Video interviews with Saving Mr. Banks stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, who provide their insights on playing 20th century icons – Original correspondence between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers as they discuss the movie rights and production -Rare storyboards and scripts from the Disney archives -An  interactive timeline of historic Walt Disney Studios milestones – Original recordings of the Sherman Brothers, performing their “Mary Poppins” hit songs -Facts and profiles on the key characters in Saving Mr. Banks, including Walt Disney, PL. Travers, The Sherman Brothers and more

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Maleficent: The Official Multi-Touch Book – Walt Disney Studios

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Maleficent: The Official Multi-Touch Book

Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Seller: Disney Publishing Worldwide


“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. The official "Maleficent" multi-touch book will take you on an immersive journey inside the new Disney film, with exclusive content, behind-the-scenes looks and much more, including:  – Interactive timeline of the history of “Sleeping Beauty”, with rare content from the Disney Archives  – Explorable environments from the world of “Maleficent” – Interviews with Angelina Jolie and the rest of the cast and crew – Exclusive behind-the-scenes photo galleries and video featurettes  – Never-before-seen concept art, storyboards and sketches – Fun facts and profiles of the characters and creatures from the film 

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Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book – Walt Disney Studios

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Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book

Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Performing Arts

Publish Date: December 10, 2013

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Seller: Disney Publishing Worldwide


“Wind’s in the east, mist comin’ in. Like something is brewin’ about to begin Can’t put me finger on what lies in store But I feel what’s to happen, all happened before.” —Bert in “Mary Poppins” In 1961, Walt Disney invited “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers to his studio in Los Angeles to discuss, in person, his continued interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character—a pitch he first made to her in the 1940s. Still hesitant and disinterested after all those years, Travers wanted to tell the Hollywood impresario to go fly a kite but with dwindling sales of her books and a bleak economic future looming, PL. Travers said yes and embarked on a two-week sojourn in Los Angeles that would ultimately set the wheels of the beloved film in motion. In the movie, Saving Mr. Banks, audiences will discover how Walt Disney worked his magic on P.L Travers to bring her book to the big screen. Starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L Travers, the movie opens in theaters everywhere this holiday season.  The Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multitouch Book explores this extraordinary, previously untold story, and includes: – Video interviews with Saving Mr. Banks stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, who provide their insights on playing 20th century icons – Original correspondence between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers as they discuss the movie rights and production -Rare storyboards and scripts from the Disney archives -An  interactive timeline of historic Walt Disney Studios milestones – Original recordings of the Sherman Brothers, performing their “Mary Poppins” hit songs -Facts and profiles on the key characters in Saving Mr. Banks, including Walt Disney, PL. Travers, The Sherman Brothers and more

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The Airborne Toxic Event: All I Ever Wanted – Live from Walt Disney Concert Hall – The Airborne Toxic Event

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The Airborne Toxic Event: All I Ever Wanted – Live from Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Airborne Toxic Event

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 15.99

Release Date: January 1, 2010


Known for sweeping orchestral arrangements and blistering live shows, the Airborne Toxic Event burst onto the scene with their song "Sometime Around Midnight," which was voted iTunes' #1 Alternative Song of 2008 and reached #4 on the US Alternative Chart. Counting U2 among its fans, the band has built up a passionate fan base with its epic, string-laden music and extraordinary live performances. Live from Walt Disney Concert Hall is a documentary film chronicling the lead-up to the last of 354 shows in support of the the group's debut album. To mark the occasion, they were joined onstage by a variety of performers, including a world-class string quartet, a children’s choir, a high school marching band, horn players, visual artists, and Mexican folkórico dancers. In addition to never-before-recorded new tracks and cover versions of songs by the Ramones, the Magnetic Fields, and Q Lazzarus, the concert film offers an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the exhaustive rehearsals and preparation that went into putting on the show at the world-famous, Frank Gehry-designed venue, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

© © 2010 The Island Def Jam Music Group

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Maleficent: The Official Multi-Touch Book – Walt Disney Studios

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Maleficent: The Official Multi-Touch Book

Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Seller: Disney Publishing Worldwide


“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. The official "Maleficent" multi-touch book will take you on an immersive journey inside the new Disney film, with exclusive content, behind-the-scenes looks and much more, including:  – Interactive timeline of the history of “Sleeping Beauty”, with rare content from the Disney Archives  – Explorable environments from the world of “Maleficent” – Interviews with Angelina Jolie and the rest of the cast and crew – Exclusive behind-the-scenes photo galleries and video featurettes  – Never-before-seen concept art, storyboards and sketches – Fun facts and profiles of the characters and creatures from the film 

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National Lampoon’s Van Wilder – Walt Becker

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National Lampoon’s Van Wilder

Walt Becker

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 2.99

Release Date: April 5, 2002


When audiences think of fraternity hijinks, lowbrow humor, student slackers, and enough cold beer and hot sex for 10 colleges, they think of NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VAN WILDER. Ryan Reynolds stars as Van, the Man with the Plan, the King of the Campus, and the Boss with the Sauce, a 7-year student who can always be counted on to bed the hottest ladies, throw the wildest parties, and be the baddest boy around in this raunchy and totally outrageous comedy classic.

© NATIONAL LAMPOON is a registered trademark of J2 Communications, Los Angeles, California. ® and © J2 Communications. All Rights Reserved. © 2001 Die Sechste World Media Productions GmbH & co. Medien and Musik KG. All Rights Reserved.

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Bill Cosby Statue to Be Removed From Walt Disney World (Report)


On Monday, released court papers revealed that Cosby admitted to giving women Quaaludes in order to have sex with them.

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Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman

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Leaves of Grass

Walt Whitman

Genre: Poetry

Publish Date: January 1, 1855

Publisher: Public Domain

Seller: Public Domain


The poems of Leaves of Grass are loosely connected and each represents Auhtor's celebration of his philosophy of life and humanity. This book is notable for its discussion of delight in sensual pleasures during a time when such candid displays were considered immoral.

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Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book – Walt Disney Studios

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Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-Touch Book

Walt Disney Studios

Genre: Performing Arts

Publish Date: December 10, 2013

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Seller: Disney Publishing Worldwide


“Wind’s in the east, mist comin’ in. Like something is brewin’ about to begin Can’t put me finger on what lies in store But I feel what’s to happen, all happened before.” —Bert in “Mary Poppins” In 1961, Walt Disney invited “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers to his studio in Los Angeles to discuss, in person, his continued interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character—a pitch he first made to her in the 1940s. Still hesitant and disinterested after all those years, Travers wanted to tell the Hollywood impresario to go fly a kite but with dwindling sales of her books and a bleak economic future looming, PL. Travers said yes and embarked on a two-week sojourn in Los Angeles that would ultimately set the wheels of the beloved film in motion. In the movie, Saving Mr. Banks, audiences will discover how Walt Disney worked his magic on P.L Travers to bring her book to the big screen. Starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L Travers, the movie opens in theaters everywhere this holiday season.  The Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multitouch Book explores this extraordinary, previously untold story, and includes: – Video interviews with Saving Mr. Banks stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, who provide their insights on playing 20th century icons – Original correspondence between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers as they discuss the movie rights and production -Rare storyboards and scripts from the Disney archives -An  interactive timeline of historic Walt Disney Studios milestones – Original recordings of the Sherman Brothers, performing their “Mary Poppins” hit songs -Facts and profiles on the key characters in Saving Mr. Banks, including Walt Disney, PL. Travers, The Sherman Brothers and more

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Gaston Humbles Tourist During Push-Up Contest At Walt Disney World

No one fights like Gaston, douses lights like Gaston, and apparently no one goes viral like Gaston.

Shortly after a little girl became an Internet sensation by giving the “Beauty and the Beast” villain a piece of her mind at Walt Disney World, Gaston is generating views on YouTube again. This time, a guest at the Florida theme park challenges Gaston to a push-up contest.

And let’s just say the Disney character is very much in character.

“If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you challenged Gaston to a push-up contest,” wrote Blake Platt in the description.

“We were just having fun and I thought a person or two might get a chuckle out of it,” Platt added after the video went viral. “When my brother and I go to the Disney parks (which we love), one of our goals every time we enter is to make someone’s day, even if it’s just one person.”
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How Walt Disney Animation Studios Kept Feast From Looking Like a Dog’s Dinner

Patrick Osborne tried something interesting back in 2012: He set up two 1 Second Everyday accounts. With one he used the app to capture brief glimpses of his day-to-day life, and with the other he recorded quick footage of many of the meals he consumed that year.

“And it was the 1 Second Everyday footage of all that food which turned out to be the far more compelling recording,” Patrick explained during a recent phone interview. “There’s something cool about the amount of life you see just in showing your meals, these hints of intriguing and exciting things happening out beyond the edges of the plate.”

Coincidentally, right after Paperman took home the Oscar for Best Animated Short in February 2013, Walt Disney Animation Studios announced that it was formally reviving its shorts program. What’s more, studio staffers were then invited to submit pitches to WDAS’ new shorts trust.

“And as I was trying to come up with some ideas for films that I then could pitch to the shorts trust, my mind kept circling back to that 1 Second Everyday recording that I did of all that food,” Patrick continued. “It just felt like that there was something there that I could center a short around. So I started with that concept and then mixed it in with the patterning and the color of different foods placed on the table, just to see what that might be like.”

But in the end, in spite of the obvious potential for doing fun things with sound design and color, Patrick’s app-driven idea came up short, mostly because Patrick’s short idea lacked a through line, a reason for an audience to sit and watch this parade of food go by.

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“But then I thought: What if we put a dog under that table?” Patrick stated. “That’s a character who would be supremely interested in what was being served for breakfast, lunch and dinner within that household. Which then gave us a strong reason to focus on all that food. And what if this dog had been newly adopted by this family? Maybe in the background of all these brief snippets of meals, we could then show how this dog’s relationship with his new family was unfolding.”

This was one of the three ideas that Patrick pitched to WDAS’s story trust. (“John Lasseter won’t allow you to come into a pitch session with just one idea,” he explained. “He doesn’t want you to put all of your creative eggs in one basket. So you always have to come into these shorts pitch sessions with three distinctly different ideas.”) Then he went back to his day job, which was working as the co-Head of Animation of Big Hero 6.

“And then, in October of 2013, they called and said they were going to make my short,” Patrick said. “And then, in an instant, everything changes. I’m no longer working on Big Hero 6, and I now have a deadline for story, which is something that I’ve never done. So I immediately began trying to figure out how I was going to turn my pitch into an emotionally satisfying short film.”

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And given that Feast‘s green light also came with a delivery date (this new WDAS short had to be completed by June 10, 2014, so that it could then have its world premiere at the annual Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France), Patrick didn’t have any time to dither — especially since before production could actually begin on Feast, he and his team first had to nail down this short’s story.

“That’s the real difference between making a full-length animated feature and an animated short,” Patrick explained. “When you work on a feature, a little bit of story gets approved and then moves into production. But when you work on a short, all of your story gets approved at once, which is kind of a blessing and a curse, given that you know as soon as your story gets approved, layout needs to get done by next week.”

Getting that final story approval wasn’t easy, though. The first three Feast story reels that Patrick and his team submitted didn’t pass muster with Lasseter, largely because they hadn’t yet realized the vision for this animated short that he had originally pitched.

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“John was always quick to point out all of the stuff that was already worked,” Patrick recalled. “He loved Feast‘s look right from the get-go, how strong the design of the food was, how you could immediately identify every meal that was being served no matter how briefly that food item was up on screen. But what John really pushed us on was this short’s through line. At every meeting John would remind us that the reason he selected my pitch for development was because something felt emotionally right to him about this story idea. He just kept after us to deliver on the emotional promise of that pitch.”

And in the end Patrick and his storyboard artists did finally find a way to deliver on Feast‘s initial promise. But a lot of that was because of many of the behind-the-scenes creative decisions that these WDAS staffers made as they rushed to put this new animated short together.

Take, for example, Winston, the cartoon canine who serves as Feast‘s central character. Given that this animated short was mostly going to be made up of sequences that were less than five seconds long, it was crucial that audiences be able to quickly find Winston in every single scene. What’s more, audience members had to be able to immediately read all this dog’s emotions.

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“That’s why, after looking at all of these breeds of dog, we decided to make Winston a Boston Terrier,” Patrick said. “Given this breed’s distinctive black-and-white coat, that was then going to make Winston very easy to find in every scene. More to the point, given that Boston Terriers have these big, expressive eyes, that was then going to make possible for audience members to quickly determine what this dog is thinking and feeling.”

Of course, to make sure that audiences absolutely knew for sure what was going on at all times in Feast, Patrick and company did employ a few cinematic cheats, like how Winston is placed in the very center of most shots in this short.

“We also don’t immediately start in with those three- and five-second-long shots,” Patrick continued. “What we learned from our first few story reels is that if we started too quickly, we then didn’t give our audience enough time to get on board with the creative conceit of this short. That’s why Feast‘s first few shots are the longest. We wanted to give the audience a chance to get to know these characters first, let them take in a little of their world and enjoy the performances before this short then really kicks into gear.”

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And to make sure that the cartoon canine at the very center of Feast came across as an authentic dog, WDAS brought in a trio of Boston Terriers — Gizmo, Chibi and Swee’Pea — for Patrick and his animators to observe.

“And we took full advantage of our time with those Boston Terriers,” Patrick laughed. “That scene in Feast where Winston is trying to lick peanut butter off of his muzzle comes straight from the afternoon that our artists spent watching and drawing those dogs.”

And in the end Patrick and his team met their deadline and delivered a fully realized version of Feast just three days before this short was supposed to have its world premiere at Annecy 2013. And to now have Feast screening in front of Big Hero 6 in theaters around the globe little more than a year after this WDAS production was first officially put into development just seems kind of amazing to Patrick.

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“John always says to trust the process,” Patrick said. “But to be right in the middle of that process, trying to get the hang of things like scoring? I won’t lie to you: It was very challenging and often pretty scary. But to be honest, the best part of working on Feast was that the team at WDAS got to build on everything that we’d learned from our last couple of shorts. We got to use Meander again like we did in Paperman, but do it in more of a naturalistic style of shooting film, with a little bit more focus on cuts and cinematography.”

Which is perhaps a polite way of saying that just because Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest short stars a dog doesn’t mean that Feast then had to looks like a dog’s dinner.
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