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April 23, 2014

Behind the Music of Walt Disney Records' 'DCONSTRUCTED'

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios

Same old song and dance? When it comes to Disney’s new album DCONSTRUCTED, not quite!

DCONSTRUCTED, available now, is a collection of classic songs from the vast Disney music catalog that have been re-imagined by some of today’s most talented remix artists, including Avicii, Armin Van Buuren and Kaskade.

The album is ingeniously executed and infectiously danceable, and when it comes to remixing, the possibilities are endless. I wanted to go straight to the source to find out about the creative impetus behind DCONSTRUCTED.

Walt Disney Records’ Rob Souriall, vice president of global marketing, took a few moments to sit down with me and discuss what makes DCONSTRUCTED so exciting.

Rob, the concept behind this album is deceptively simple. What inspired it?
Walt Disney Records has really been pushing the envelope when it comes to musical genre trends and our classic Disney music repertoire, and we’ve been having a lot of success. The Electronic Dance Music (EDM) genre has really gained popularity here in the U.S. over the past several years. DJ/producers are the new “guitar heroes,” with artists such as Avicii, Zedd and Calvin Harris at the top of the pop charts. The biggest pop stars have embraced this community and are actively collaborating with DJs and bringing them out on tour. The time felt right to launch a project like this.

With such a vast catalog, how do you go about choosing just a dozen or so tracks?
We wanted to have the right mix of new content such as Frozen and Monsters University, combined with more nostalgic and classic content—à la Annette Funicello, Main Street Electrical Parade and the Muppets. Our track listing offers a little something for everyone. I’d like to take credit, but the amazing Dani Markman on our A&R team was the true creative mastermind at bringing this product to life.

What’s really going to surprise people about this album?
This is clearly Disney music content, but it’s turned upside-down and rebuilt—in other words, “DCONSTRUCTED”—in an edgier, contemporary fashion. The beat-thumping club environment isn’t a place you’d normally expect to hear Disney music, and DCONSTRUCTED allows us to play in this arena. It's really fun.

I know it’s tough to choose, but do you have a favorite song on this album?
Mat Zo is a young, new up-and-comer in the EDM scene. I think his take on “Circle of Life” from The Lion King is amazing! He actually opens every live show with this track. Stay tuned for the music video—it’s mesmerizing and perfectly captures the inspiration of the movie visuals and Mat’s fresh musical vision. I also love the cool vibe of the “Main Street Electrical Parade” remix by Shinichi Osawa.

Check out the just-released video for the Shy Kidx remix of “The Muppet Show Theme” from DCONSTRUCTED:

"DCONSTRUCTED," available now, is a collection of classic songs from the vast Disney music catalog that have been reimagined by some of today’s most talented remix artists, including Avicii, Armin Van Buuren and Kaskade.
April 22, 2014

Disney Parks Cast Members and Guests Join Together to Protect the Planet

By Christi Erwin Donnan, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, our cast members work together daily to make changes large and small that help us use resources wisely and reduce our impact on the environment. Our goal is to protect the planet for tomorrow and encourage others to do the same, and we are doing this in many ways. Teams around the world are excited to share even more of their passion for the planet with our park guests and fans across the globe with the hope of sparking kids’ imaginations and developing conservation values that they can carry with them through adulthood.

Guests can visit Rafiki’s Planet Watch, part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Party for the Planet at Walt Disney World Resort, where they can discover fun ways to make their backyards more welcoming for wildlife and find out how choosing “green” products can make a big difference for wildlife and nature.

Guests staying at Disneyland Resort hotels on select days in April have helped release ladybugs into the resort’s horticulture. These beneficial bugs seek out pests in the landscape, reducing the resort’s need for pesticides. Meanwhile, Disneyland Resort is taking the celebration county-wide on April 26 as they sponsor the Muzeo TrashARTist Challenge. This art contest promotes zero-waste recycling by challenging students in grades 3-12 to turn what some people call trash into a piece of recycled art.

Disney VoluntEARS are also focusing their efforts toward Earth Month activities. In China, Disney VoluntEARS from Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Shanghai Disney Resort are working with Roots & Shoots, a youth-led community action and learning program of the Jane Goodall Institute, to create community gardens at a local hospital in Hong Kong and a school in Shanghai.

Several environmental cleanups are also taking place, including Aulani’s Disney VoluntEARS cleanup at Ka‘ala Farm, a cultural learning center in Hawai‘i. And at Disneyland Paris Resort, VoluntEARS and their families will come together on foot and in canoes to clean the banks of the Grand Morin River in France.

At The Walt Disney Company, we believe that conservation and caring for the planet are more than just good ideas. They are core to who we are and who we have been since the Company's earliest days. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts contributes to Disney’s environmental legacy and goals. This year, we announced significant progress and new targets to further reduce emissions, waste to landfills and incineration and drinking water consumption, and we continue to track our progress toward reducing our environmental impact.

At Rafiki’s Planet Watch, guests can discover fun ways to make their backyards more welcoming for wildlife and find out how choosing “green” products can make a big difference for wildlife and nature.
Disney VoluntEARS from Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Shanghai Disney Resort are working with Roots & Shoots to create community gardens at a local hospital in Hong Kong and a school in Shanghai.
Disney VoluntEARS from Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Shanghai Disney Resort are working with Roots & Shoots to create community gardens at a local hospital in Hong Kong and a school in Shanghai.
April 22, 2014

Six Things You Can Do to Protect Nature on Earth Day and Every Day

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company

The celebration of our planet doesn’t only span a single day or month at Disney. We’re committed to protecting and conserving nature all year long. You may be wondering how the Company and employees stay green?

Well, the answer is much simpler than you think. Small but important everyday actions make a world of a difference for us at Disney and our global community. Here are six you can do to make every day Earth Day:

Rideshare—Pick transportation with the smallest environmental impact. This includes carpooling, taking public transportation, walking or biking.

Conserve electricity—When leaving your office or home, make sure to turn off unnecessary lights and  power down computers and electronics that aren’t in use.

Use water efficiently—Consider how much energy it takes to pump and treat water. A simple, water-smart action, like repairing a leaky faucet or pipe, can also save thousands of gallons of water each year.

Recycle—From recycling plastic bottles to composting food, you can help reduce the amount of garbage that you send to landfills.

Use paper responsibly—Think before you print! Print or copy your content only when it’s really needed. And if you do, remember to use both sides of the paper.

Spread the word—Be contagious! Talk to your family and friends about the actions you’re taking to conserve nature. You can inspire them to make better choices for the planet we share.

Talk to your family and friends about the actions you’re taking to conserve nature. You can inspire them to make better choices for the planet we share.
Pick transportation with the smallest environmental impact. This includes carpooling, taking public transportation, walking or biking.
From recycling plastic bottles to composting food, you can help reduce the amount of garbage that you send to landfills.
April 19, 2014

Disney News This Week: 'Beauty and the Beast' Announces International Tour, New 'Maleficent' Featurette, 'Girl Meets World' Trailer

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Disney's Beauty and the Beast on stage, Disney Theatrical Productions, NETworks and Broadway Entertainment Group recently announced the show's first-ever international tour. The English-language tour will open at Istanbul, Turkey's Zorlu Center in October 2014, and will tour to diverse international markets including Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. This run marks the first time Disney's timeless musical will be seen in these territories. The international tour of Disney's Beauty and the Beast also reunites the stage show's original Broadway creative team as they bring this timeless tale to life in theatres around the world.

The Walt Disney Studios released a new “Legacy” featurette from Maleficent this week, which features a behind-the-scenes interview with Angelina Jolie. Check out the video above and head to theaters on May 30 to watch the film.

Excited to watch Girl Meets World on Disney Channel? A new trailer for the highly anticipated new show was just released, featuring Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel), as well as their daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard). Get a sneak peek in the video above! 

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" Disney Theatrical Productions, NETworks and Broadway Entertainment Group announce the show's first-ever international tour.
The Walt Disney Studios releases a new “Legacy” featurette from "Maleficent."
Disney Channel releases a sneak peek into the world of "Girl Meets World."
April 18, 2014

Disneynature's 'Bears' Roars into Theaters Today

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios

From 1948–1960, Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife filmmaking and produced 13 True Life Adventure films, earning eight Academy Awards®. In 2008, The Walt Disney Studios relaunched the tradition of bringing wildlife stories to audiences with Disneynature, the studio’s first new film label in more than 60 years.

Bringing together top nature filmmakers, Disneynature has since produced several diverse films, including Earth, Oceans, African Cats and Chimpanzee.

The latest, out today and just in time for Earth Day, is Bears.

Narrated by actor John C. Reilly, Bears showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two adorable, impressionable young cubs (Amber and Scout) are taught some of life’s most important lessons as they navigate the majestic—and occasionally dangerous—terrain of Alaskan wilderness.

For co-director Keith Scholey, a British zoologist and longtime wildlife photographer who also co-directed African Cats, chronicling a year in the life of brown bears Amber, Scout and their first-time mother, Sky, was a no-brainer.

“The thing with bears is—they seem like two huge characters in one animal,” Keith explains. “On the one hand, they are cuddly teddy bears. But on the other hand, they are grizzly bears who are these big, fierce monsters. However, the animals are actually neither of those. They are hugely charismatic and incredibly bright. You can feel that intelligence come through.”

The crew spent months in Alaska’s Katmai National Park capturing footage to tell the story of Sky and her family as they ventured out of hibernation at the end of a very cold winter, when any movement could trigger an avalanche. As the seasons changed, the bears worked day and night to find food, while keeping safe from predators, including a very persistent wolf.

The True Life Adventure films like Bears fit perfectly into Disney’s mission of providing quality entertainment for the whole family—while also offering a close-up look at nature that most audiences rarely get to see.

“I think the wonderful thing about Disney is it’s a company of filmmakers,” Keith says. “We have a culture of really looking at human stories and telling them in different kinds of ways. I hope this wildlife film gets into that same space.”

Watching the film opening week isn’t just an educational and entertaining experience, it’s a chance to help change the world, because Disneynature films are paired with complimentary conservation efforts. Previous campaigns have helped plant three million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, establish 40,000 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas, and protect 60,000 acres of Kenyan savanna and 130,000 acres of wild chimpanzee habitat in the Congo.

For Bears, Disneynature will donate a portion of opening-week ticket sales (April 18–24) to the National Park Foundation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. The contribution will benefit initiatives in America’s national parks, including wildlife protection, habitat restoration and conservation research and education.

In addition to opening-week ticket sales, a portion of proceeds from downloads of the Bears anthem “Carry On”—performed by Disney Channel star Olivia Holt—also benefit the National Park Foundation.

And don’t forget to check out the free Disneynature Explore app, available for iPhone and iPad. In this new augmented reality app, 3D animals appear in the live-camera view of your mobile device, taking you on adventures all over your own backyard or neighborhood.

Watch Disneynature's "Bears," now playing in theaters.
“I think the wonderful thing about Disney is it’s a company of filmmakers,” Keith says. “We have a culture of really looking at human stories, and telling them in different kinds of ways. I hope this wildlife film gets into that same space.”
The crew spent months in Alaska’s Katmai National Park capturing footage to tell the story of Sky and her family.

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