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These slightly terrifying versions of the Disney princesses are the work of DeviantArtist Jeffrey Thomas. He’s taken all the elegance of the characters and tossed it aside in favor of brute force, blood, and a little bit of crazy. He’s even written a story for each image to explain its origin. It’s all part of his Twisted Princess series. These princesses are definitely capable of saving themselves without the help of a prince. In fact, the prince might need saving from them.

See more pictures after the break.

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Guardians of the Galaxy was a hit for so many reasons, one of which was the soundtrack “Awesome Mix Vol. 1″. We’ve all been dancing our way through the day thanks to that tape, and now we can do it without people looking at us funny, thanks to an upcoming event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The “Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Tape Dance Party” will be happening during the “Villains Unleashed” event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 23. It will take place at Stage 5 in the Animation Courtyard. The tape is only here on Earth after having been stolen by a bunch of villains, so here’s also the chance that Star Lord and Gamora will be showing up at the party to retrieve the stolen cassette.

Check out Guardians of the Galaxy actor Djimon Hounsou at Disney’s Hollywood Studios after the break.

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Fans have long been clamoring for an unaltered Blu-ray version of the original Star Wars trilogy without all the fancy special effects that were added in years later. If rumors are to be believed, this might actually happen. The first rumors surfaced on Comicbook.com which said:

According to our sources, Disney has plans to release the original cut of the Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Our sources indicate that the project has been under way for quite some time, but it’s been challenging because of some damage to the original negatives they are utilizing. The goal is to release A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of Jedi in their complete, unaltered, original form without the redone special edition SFX.

Huzzah! But wait. As many have pointed out, the problem is that Disney doesn’t even own the rights to the original trilogy. The rights to those films all belong to Fox (along with the distribution rights to the prequels), so Disney can’t release anything on their own. The rights for Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi revert to Lucasfilm in 2020, but A New Hope belongs to Fox forever.

Now, this doesn’t mean Disney and Fox couldn’t work together. After all, there is a lot of money to be made here. However,  the fact that the rumor doesn’t seem to take Fox into account sheds doubt on its credibility. And let’s put one more nail in the coffin of this idea with a quote Ars Technica dug up from George Lucas during an interview on The Today Show a decade ago:

The special edition, that’s the one I wanted out there. The other movie, it’s on VHS, if anybody wants it. … I’m not going to spend the—we’re talking millions of dollars here, the money and the time to refurbish that, because to me, it doesn’t really exist anymore. It’s like this is the movie I wanted it to be, and I’m sorry you saw half a completed film and fell in love with it.

And that was the sound of millions of fans cheering in joy only to be suddenly silenced. Still, a shred of hope is better than nothing.

(via io9)

a wrinkle in time

Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time has taken one step closer to the big screen. Jennifer Lee, co-director of the runaway hit Frozen, will write the movie adaptation of the book for Disney. According to Variety, the book was one of Lee’s favorites as a child. Her script focuses on a female-driven narrative and doesn’t shy away from the sci-fi pieces of the story. They don’t have a director for the project, so there’s no release date information just yet. Fingers crossed the adaptation keeps moving forward.

(via /Film)

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Geek fans love their mash ups and crossovers and I’m pretty sure we’ve seen a Thor/Disney princess mash up along the way, but it’s always magical when these kinds of things come true. In this case, Twitterer Daft Brian pointed out that Thor is now technically a Disney Princess thanks to the recent reveal from Marvel of a female Thor.

See the tweet after the break…

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Art by ellephantidelli.

Lilo as Loki is my personal fave.

(via The Mary Sue)

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Hand drawn animation is no longer the way of things at Disney, but there is still quite a bit of concept art for Frozen that shows how the film might have looked had it come to fruition years ago. The adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s 1845 fairytale The Snow Queen was first contemplated back when Walt was still alive. It was finally attempted just before The Princess and The Frog, but the lackluster performance of that film put the nail in the coffin of hand drawn animation.

However, that doesn’t mean that hand drawn animation doesn’t happen in the course of a film’s development, like these beautiful pieces of concept art that were used to develop Frozen. You can see even more behind-the-scenes of Frozen in The Art of Frozen hardcover book.

Take a look at what could have been, after the break.

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Duet

Glen Keane, an animator who worked on such Disney films as Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast, recently created a gorgeous short about two people falling in love. The art and animation of Duet is enchanting and straightforward. According to Time, the short was made for Google’s I/O event to promote mobile devices. Android will have an interactive version of the story in Duet later this year.

Watch the lovely short after the break.

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(via Cheezburger)

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Funko is making so many fun and cute products that I may as well just sign over my paychecks to them. I didn’t think they could top the Pop! series, but they’re killing it with the Mystery Minis. The latest round of the tiny blind box figures are ridiculous in the best way. There are 12 characters including Simba, Belle, the Beast, Wreck-It Ralph, and others. The petite scale means you can fit more of the figures on your shelf, so that means I can buy one of each, right? Right.

See a close-up of the figures after the break.

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