Tuesday, July 11, 2006

A Smidge of DISNEY Dweebing

Editor's Note: Just a couple of Disney items on this Fine Tuesday.

Old Disney magic in new animated logo
Moviegoers who saw Walt Disney Pictures' "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" over the weekend also discovered an unexpected bit of treasure. Buried beneath the usual movie trailers, just as "Dead Man's Chest" started, Disney unveiled a new, computer-animated logo that the Burbank-based studio spent a year designing.

In just 30 seconds, Disney's digitally revamped curtain-raiser travels from a star high above the clouds to reveal a jewel-colored landscape at dusk. The animated camera glides over a glistening lake to arrive at a glowing Disney castle where the studio's classic logo is spelled out in a silvery new 3-D typeface. Editor's Note: It's lovely. Not sure what took a whole YEAR to do, but it is lovely.

Dis heads back to 'Clubhouse'
Disney Channel has greenlighted a half-hour version of the short-form series "Johnny & the Sprites" and ordered a second season of "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" for Playhouse Disney, the network's learning-focused daily programming block aimed at preschoolers.

In addition, the network has set a premiere date of Sept. 16 for the block's new animated show "Handy Manny," starring Wilmer Valderrama.

Disney Channel Worldwide president of entertainment Gary Marsh is expected to make these announcements today at the Television Critics Assn. press tour at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.


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