roy-e-disney

By Amber Lena

The room was filled with nothing but love and admiration at the Roy E. Disney tribute during D23 Expo on Friday. Those who had waited in line to pay homage to the man who helped shape the Disney company we know today were not disappointed. It wasn't so much of a presentation as it was a conversation between Dave Bossert and Roy's eldest son, Roy P. Disney. They fondly recalled some of their favorite anecdotes and gave everyone an insight into the man behind the name.

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Muppets

 

By Zack Smith

Now available this week is the latest series of "Pillaging Pop Culture" from Tenacious Toys, featuring fan-favorite Muppets the Swedish Chef and balcony-bound hecklers Statler and Waldorf!

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It's official: Marvel and Disney will be publishing Jim Henson's Muppets starting in July! And with the new movie The Muppets coming out in Thanksgiving -- including a subsequent huge marketing push by Disney -- it's no surprise this giant-sized comic is hitting the stands.

Disney•Muppets Presents: Meet The Muppets will be a 96-page all-ages comic...not bad for $5.99! It will feature Muppets stories by Roger Langridge though it is not immediately clear if they will be reprints from Langridge's acclaimed BOOM! series. It is also unclear if Marvel plans to produce an all-new series of Muppet stories now or in the future...though it would be really cool if they did!

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The new "Tron: Betrayal" graphic novel out from Disney Publishing is a must-read if you want to bridge the gaps between the original "Tron" and "Tron Legacy." We interviewed "Betrayal" writer Jai Nitz a couple of days ago, and now his collaborator on the project, artist Andie Tong, took a few minutes to chat with us about illustrating the world of Tron!

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Disney Publishing's "Tron: Betrayal" offers a fascinating look at the story between the stories of the original "Tron" and the new "Tron: Legacy." MTV Geek chatted with "Tron: Betrayal" writer Jai Nitz about Tron's lasting appeal, writing comic book "prequels" of movies, and the charismatic Kevin Flynn!

MTV Geek: What do you account for the massive popularity of "Tron" almost 30 years after the original bmovie first premiered?

Jai Nitz: Tron was a trans-media phenomenon. The movie was something unique, but no one just remembers the movie. If you were the right age (like me) you remember the movie, the toys, and especially the video games. There were stand-up arcade games, Atari games, and Intellivision games. I mean, Tron was about video games in a way that no other movie had been. The games were integral to the story, after all. And the special effects were really special for the time. Don’t get me wrong, you could probably animate those same sequences with my desktop computer today, but at the time they were stunning. Always ahead of his time, Roger Ebert called Tron, “…a dazzling movie from Walt Disney in which computers have been used to make themselves romantic and glamorous. Here's a technological sound-and-light show that is sensational and brainy, stylish, and fun.” Also, Jeff Bridges was on the cover of Rolling Stone in August of 1982 in his Tron costume. A four-star review from Ebert and the cover of Rolling Stone? Those things leave a lasting impression. Read More...

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