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April 24, 2015

Disney News This Week: ‘Doc McStuffins’ Wins Peabody Award, Tokyo Disney Resort Debuts a New Musical and ‘The 2015 ESPYS’ Move to ABC

By Beth Deitchman, The Walt Disney Company

Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins has been awarded the Peabody Award for excellence in children’s programming. The animated series for kids ages 2–7, which depicts a young girl who aspires to be a doctor like her mom and runs a clinic for stuffed animals and toys in her backyard playhouse, was recognized for its “disarming, inspiring storytelling.” The series, created and executive-produced by Humanitas Prize and Emmy Award® winner Chris Nee, recently received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Program and is currently nominated for a NAMIC (National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications) and Emmy Award. The series premiered in March 2012 to record ratings and shortly thereafter, a group of female African-American physicians were inspired to begin a “movement” they coined “We Are Doc McStuffins.” Seeing a reflection of themselves in Doc, the group grew to form the Artemis Medical Society, which now boasts a membership of more than 4,700 women physicians of color from around the world.


This week, Tokyo Disney Resort premiered the new musical show King Triton’s Concert in the Mermaid Lagoon Theater at Tokyo DisneySea Park. The show features Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian and other beloved characters from the animated film The Little Mermaid in a concert hosted by King Triton and filled with dynamic musical performances. During the show, Ariel “swims” above the audience to greet guests, creating a fully immersive experience under the sea.


The ABC Television Network and ESPN announced this week that The 2015 ESPYS will move to ABC and will broadcast live on Wednesday, July 15 from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The award show gathers top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting leading performers and performances. The ESPYS also raise more than $1 million annually for The V Foundation, the charity founded by ESPN and late basketball coach Jim Valvano to promote cancer research. 


April 23, 2015

Infographic: Disney Helps Connect Kids and Families to Nature

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company

For two decades, the Disney Conservation Fund has been a key pillar in the Company’s efforts to conserve nature. The fund is committed to protecting the planet and helping kids develop lifelong conservation values. One of the ways Disney brings this to life is by helping families enjoy nature together.

In celebration of Earth Month, the fund released a new infographic that highlights the benefits of spending time outdoors.


To learn more about how you and your family can connect with nature visit Disney.com/Conservation.

Topics: Citizenship
April 22, 2015

Earth Day Comes Alive With Disneynature’s ‘Monkey Kingdom’

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios

As we celebrate Earth Day, the new Disneynature film Monkey Kingdom is wrapping up its first week at the box office. This is the sixth theatrical release from Disneynature, which was created in April 2008 with the purpose of bringing the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories.

In addition, Disneynature helps continue a longstanding Disney tradition of supporting conservation, with a conservation initiative tied to each film. Past Disneynature releases have helped plant over 3 million trees in Brazil, established over 40,000 acres of marine protected area in the Bahamas, initiated research and restoration grants across hundreds of thousands of acres of U.S. national parks, and protected 65,000 acres of savanna in Kenya and nearly 130,000 acres of chimpanzee habitat in the Congo. That’s in addition to several complementary educational programs provided to educators nationwide.

For every ticket sold during Monkey Kingdom’s opening week—through tomorrow (April 23)—Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats, supporting projects across Cambodia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

Narrated by Tina Fey, Monkey Kingdom transports audiences into the storied jungles of South Asia, full of monkeys, leopards, monitor lizards and even a mischievous mongoose. “It’s a fabulously atmospheric location,” said director Mark Linfield. “Ruins of a grand city that ruled Sri Lanka a thousand years ago still stand—and now these monkeys call it home—only to them it’s a giant playground.”

Among an extended family in this grand city lives Maya, a resourceful blonde-bobbed macaque monkey, and her newborn son, Kip. When the monkeys are forced from their home by a neighboring rival band, Maya must use her ingenuity to help the group work together and reclaim their home.

The Disneynature filmmakers were able to capture this incredible journey through patience and careful observation, and as co-director Alastair Fothergill noted, “We witnessed events that few people get to see—much less film.”  

For all the impressive effort it took to bring Maya and Kip to the big screen, the most important work is being done off-screen to protect these amazing animals.



Tags: Earth Day
April 17, 2015

Disney News This Week: New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Teaser Debuts, ‘Inside Out’ to Premiere at Cannes Film Festival and Adventures by Disney Announces River Cruise Itineraries

By Beth Deitchman, The Walt Disney Company


J.J. Abrams, writer/director/producer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and producer Kathleen Kennedy debuted a brand-new teaser trailer for the film at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, on Thursday. They were joined at the event by actors from the upcoming film, including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac; as well as Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew, veterans of the original saga. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18, 2015.


Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out will make its world premiere at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival. Director Pete Docter, who also helmed Disney•Pixar’s Up—the first animated film ever to be the Festival’s Opening-Ceremony film—will be in attendance, along with producer Jonas Rivera (Up) and co-director Ronnie Del Carmen (Up), as well as members of the all-star English-language voice cast. “We are overjoyed at being included in this year’s official selection at Cannes. With Inside Out, we spent years imagining—and then building—never-before-seen settings and characters within the mind. It was an incredible, fun and exciting challenge and now we can’t wait to share it with the world,” Docter said.


On Tuesday, Adventures by Disney announced the introduction of its first-ever river cruising itineraries. Sailing with AmaWaterways, the travel industry’s premier luxury river cruise line, Adventures by Disney river cruises will allow travelers to experience iconic locations and hidden gems in eight destinations across four countries—Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary—during four sailings along the Danube River in the summer of 2016, as well as one holiday-themed sailing in December 2016. “Celebrating 10 years in the family tourism industry, Adventures by Disney is always looking for new ways to deliver extraordinary vacation experiences that are both memorable and effortless for our guests,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Adventures by Disney. “Recognizing the untapped potential and broadening appeal of the river cruising market, we worked with AmaWaterways to provide families with an immersive, personalized experience unlike anything we’ve presented before.”


April 14, 2015

The Walt Disney Company Collaborates with National Recreation and Park Association to Revitalize Local Parks Across America

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company


Parks are places where families can gather, explore the great outdoors, spend quality time together and create memories that’ll last a lifetime.

To help revitalize parks that serve thousands of people every day, The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, ABC and ESPN, is collaborating with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) this Earth Month to expand the organization’s Parks Build Community program, which is aimed at improving parks in communities around the U.S. so that kids and families can live healthier, connect with nature and have access to sports.

Just imagine—what if your local park was able to start a community garden, improve its hiking trail or even refurbish its playground with new equipment? These types of Parks Build Community projects will add more exciting experiences and activities at a park near you, and also help families develop a lifelong interest in conservation and nature.

Throughout April, you can nominate a favorite park, which will be entered for a chance to win $20,000, by visiting Disney.com/BeInspired. There, you can also vote for projects in 15 cities, like creating a bouldering wall in Durham, North Carolina, constructing a solar-powered outdoor classroom in New York City, or adding a nature trail in Houston, Texas. Projects that receive the most votes will also receive $20,000 each to help make improvements or expand programs, and Disney VoluntEARS will lend their time and talent to help each project come to life.

Let’s get active this Earth Month and help our local parks remain a safe place to play, learn and live better. 

Topics: Citizenship
Tags: Earth Day