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November 10, 2014

Disney Grants $1 Million to Inner-City Arts' Creativity Lab

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Today’s youth hold the key to the future. Their ideas will guide us in to the world of tomorrow, which is why we aim to inspire them through our stories, products and experiences at Disney. Whether it’s creating a character like Hiro Hamada from "Big Hero 6" or opening a portal to their favorite Disney films through our attractions at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, the Company has a rich legacy of finding new ways to encourage the young and young at heart to imagine and dream. Inner-City Arts, a Los Angeles-based organization founded on a dream to better the lives of children through creative exploration, has supported that same, significant philosophy since it opened its doors to four students in 1989. For nearly 20 years, The Walt Disney Company has joined Inner-City Arts in its mission to inspire underserved children and unlock their imaginations. This steadfast commitment has enabled us to reach hundreds of those dreamers and doers who will create a brighter tomorrow.
Topics: Citizenship
November 8, 2014

Disney News This Week: 'Toy Story 4' Announced, New 'Into the Woods' Trailer, 'Star Wars': Episode VII Gets a Title—'The Force Awakens'

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Nearly two decades after Pixar Animation Studios created the world’s first computer-animated feature film with Toy Story, it revealed plans for Disney•Pixar’s "Toy Story 4," an adventure that returns audiences to the world of the studio’s signature characters. John Lasseter, director of the original "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2," will direct the film, which opens a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the "Toy Story" gang. The story was dreamt up by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich, the storytellers who have been the driving force behind all three Toy Story films. Writing team Rashida Jones and Will McCormack joined the project, and Pixar veteran Galyn Susman is producing. The film is slated for release on June 16, 2017.
November 7, 2014

Technology's Role in Disney Animation's 'Big Hero 6'

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
Fighting an evil villain and saving the day are probably not very high on an average teenager’s daily to-do list. But for robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, star of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming animated feature Big Hero 6, those tasks just happen to pop up on a typical weekday. With the film opening in domestic theaters today, audiences can now join the mini mastermind and his inflatable robot sidekick, Baymax, on an action-packed adventure as they get entangled in a dangerous plot unfolding in the bustling, East-meets-West city of San Fransokyo.
November 6, 2014

The Inspiration Behind Disney Animation's New Short 'Feast'

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
“There’s something special about dinner.” According to director Patrick Osborne, that’s the simple inspiration for the charming new Walt Disney Animation Studios short "Feast" that debuts in front of Big Hero 6 this Friday, November 7. With its graphic shapes and bright colors, "Feast," as the title suggests, is a tale about food. But it’s also a love story and a life story experienced through canine eyes, as peppy pup Winston accompanies his human on a relationship roller coaster. “It is one of the first actual shorts done at Disney through our new shorts program,” Patrick says. “Over the past couple years, we’ve had shorts go in front of movies and it became clear that that was something that the studio wanted to keep doing.”
November 5, 2014

Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Names 2014 Conservation Heroes

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Protecting diamondback terrapin turtles in New Jersey. Leading a coral restoration program in the Caribbean. Conserving fruit bats in Madagascar. Sound like pretty interesting careers, right? Many people around the world have an unwavering passion and interest in protecting nature and its precious wildlife. Every year, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) proudly honors these special individuals who dedicate their lives to preserving endangered species and wild places. Today, DWCF announced this year’s 19 Conservation Heroes, each of whom will receive a medal and a $1,500 award to share with the nonprofit organization that nominated them.
Topics: Citizenship