Monday, April 1, 2013

Marc Davis, 'Planes' and Free Disney Movie Screenings in The Mouse Castle Lounge

After a few weeks away from the mike, I'm back in The Mouse Castle Lounge and catching up on a bit of news from the world of Disney. Among the highlights from this week's show:

Iron Man 3 will be making an appearance at Disneyland beginning April 13. Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries will take up room inside Tomorrowland's beleaguered Innoventions, displaying the seven Iron Man suits as seen in Marvel's Iron Man 3 due in theaters May 3. Besides seeing the display, guests will be able to virtually suit up and feel the power of being Iron Man. The exhibit is expected to run at least through September, but the rumors that an Iron Man attraction could take up permanent residence where Innoventions is now could change all that.

There's a new trailer out for the animated feature Planes and, well, it looks a lot like the old trailer. The difference? Dane Cook has replaced Jon Cryer as the voice of Dusty, the crop duster with a ton of heart and a fear of heights. Also, Planes will no longer be a direct-to-video release as was originally announced in 2011. It'll be in theaters August 9, 2013. And while it looks like a high-flying extension of Pixar's Cars franchise, it's actually a DisneyToon Studios film (although John Lasseter is one of the producers).

Disney has announced they are awarding $1.5 million in grants to various children's charities and organizations. The Disney Helps Kids Shine program will benefit around 70,000 kids in Central Florida.

There's more, including a 100th birthday tribute to Disney animating and Imagineering legend Marc Davis, trouble at LucasArts and a way you could get to see preview screenings of Disney films for free. Enjoy!

The Mouse Castle Lounge can also be heard on iTunes and Stitcher.

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