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Xena the Warrior Princess and Gabrielle managed to kick the butts of anyone who crossed them, and they look tough as nails in this Disney style art by NIA. She told The Escapist that Xena was one of her role models growing up, and she’d like to see more characters like Xena and Gabrielle on television and in films now. I agree entirely, and I’d love to start with an animated series documenting their adventures.

See Gabrielle and a couple other Xena illustrations after the break.

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duck tales with live ducks

I really love the Oh My Disney blog because it understands that Disney lovers come in all ages.  Just because we might be older doesn’t mean that we aren’t kids at heart. Kids that want to see the DuckTales intro with real ducks.

Now that you know such a thing exists, you know you have to see it.

Watch it after the break.

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ursula meets st. peter

A new webseries by Above Average imagines what might happen when St. Peter Meets Disney villains who are trying to get into heaven.

I think they may have some trouble with this, as Nicole Byer‘s Ursula The Sea Witch learns. Her idea of good and St. Peter’s (George Basil) idea of good are more than a tentacle’s length apart.

A little racy, a little irreverent, but they’ve got some solid Disney references and you won’t go to hell for enjoying it.

Check it out after the break.

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Those with a love of animation will truly appreciate what creator James Lopez (Pocahontas, The Lion King, Paperman) is hoping to do with Hullabaloo. This isn’t a Disney project, but pays homage to the 2D, hand-drawn style of Disney films past. There’s something noticeably different, and beautiful, about hand-drawn animation and Lopez has quite a talented team to help him create this film. Animators and fine line artists who’ve worked on some of the biggest animated films in history are all a part of the project.

Hullabaloo currently up on IndieGoGo and has exceeded its goal many times over with more than three weeks still left in the campaign. You can pledge now and earn everything from signed prints to the soundtrack to animation classes. Watch the video and see if you’re not completely sucked into this incredible project.

Read the synopsis and see the video after the break.

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It would seem like dating a Disney prince would be a dream come true, but you might be wrong. This video takes a look at what it would be like to date one of those guys in the real, modern world. Prince Charming just wants a hot chick and Prince Eric can’t even recognize you as the love of his life, the idiot.

See the video after the break.

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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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awesome mix

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)

thor woman

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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