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August 9. Mark it in your iCal right now.
That's the release date for Disney's newest animated film, one based on the winning formula of "Cars," but featuring AIRPLANES. And, just as you'd expect, the title of the film is to be "Planes." The story follows the struggles of Dusty, a single-engine plane from a pastoral background who dreams of hitting the big time in air races.
Even cooler still:
We first reported on the development of Planes way back in August 2011 when some initial sketches were released,but recently Disney not only introduced the whole cast of cutesy flying machines, but also announced the celebrities lending their voices to the film.
Without further ado, meet the Planes:
It’s not exactly Universal Studios Russia just yet, but it sounds like some of your favorite theme park characters will be going on a bit of an international road trip. The critters from movies like Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda—and of course there’s Shrek too—have applied for the necessary passports and visas, and they’re ready to depart.
DreamWorks Animation has licensed out many of their fictional characters, as they’re hoping that they can cash in when a couple new theme parks are constructed in spots like St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Yekaterinburg. No need to book your tickets just yet, however, it sounds like the goal is to have the turnstiles swinging for the first time at some point in 2015.
Organizers are promising that the new parks will be some of the continent’s largest indoor fun zones, and that entertainment won’t stop there either. It’ll all be part of a bigger construction project featuring movie theatres, concert halls, hotels, and of course plenty of stores to spend your extra rubles.
[Photo: AIMS Productions LLP]
[Photo: AIMS Productions LLP]
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Uh oh. Taiwan's EVA Air better watch its precious Hello Kitty planes in the coming months, as Japanese carrier ANA is reintroducing their Pokémon-painted plane onto routes. It's a cartoon catfight (or rather, dogfight, since we're talking airplanes).
The routes to get the cartoon jet will be domestic within Japan and served by a Boeing 777 sporting the special livery, starring Pikachu.
Believe it or not, ANA has been flying Poke-painted planes since 1999, when a 747 was launched with the livery. They still have one or two of those big babes flying around, and they recently all came together at Tokyo-Haneda Airport for ANA's celebration of the special liveries. Gotta catch 'em all!
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Disney Adventures is hosting its first expedition inspired by a Disney-Pixar film this summer with “Scotland: A Brave Adventure.”
Travelers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves into the world of Brave. On this 9-day, 8-night trip, guests will visit Edinburgh, the Isle of Skye, the Isle of Lewis and Inverness in Scotland, just as Merida does in the upcoming film.
San Diego International Comic-Con is still months away, but if you want to volunteer at the world's largest comic convention, you better act soon.
Tickets to SDCC are notoriously hard to get, but there is another way to get into the San Diego Convention Centerand it's free. Online volunteer registration for Comic-Con officially opened this week, but space is limited so it's best to apply as soon as possible.
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We're not going to lie, but Angry Birds might still be our favorite game to play on a plane. It can be played when in airplane mode (ahem, Alec Baldwin) and is the only game that makes us occasionally laugh aloud, all while flinging birds towards mean little pigs. Well, the creators of the game have already announced opening up theme parks designed around the game, but there's more (of course).
If you're huge fan and you've already got Angry Birds flip flops, hoodies, keychains and all those little tchotchkes, our recommendation for your next layover in Helskini is to stop pulling the slingshot and hit the new shop for your favorite characters. The Finnish masterminds behind the game have opened up a little plane-shaped Angry Birds kiosk-shop in the middle of Helsinki International Airport.
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The carriers over in Japan just can’t get enough of wacky airplane liveries and specialty paint jobs, and that’s fine with us because we can’t stop talking about them. Japan Airlines is the latest to reveal a fresh look, and it’s a brand new tribute to the Hello Kitty empire.
It’s not just all fun either, as this latest color scheme (for this plane only) is hanging around to bring recognition and awareness about cervical cancer. Japan Airlines, TOKYO FM, and Sanrio are all joining forces as part of the "Hellosmile Project." The plan is to support prevention programs with the plane—it’s a Boeing 777 with the registration number JA8941—as it flies in and around Japan and the globe for the next year or so.
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein will soon find out if they can put a bird on it in Springfield too. The Simpsons has tapped the dynamic duo of IFC’s Portlandia to guest star on an episode, entitled The Day the Earth Stayed Cool, that will air next fall.
Fred and Carrie will voice characters who are part of a “cool” family which moves in next door to The Simpsons from Portland. In the episode Homer will try to be friends with them, but Marge will remain skeptical about being that "cool."
Simpsons executive producer Al Jean said the Portlandia stars are "the best thing to come out of Portland since everything our show took out of Portland," including Portland native and show creator Matt Groening.
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Okay, this is just plain amazing.
On Christmas Eve, Japanese airline ANA managed to get all of their airplanes sporting special livery into Tokyo-Haneda Airport at the same time, parked at gates one after the other. The planning and background teamwork behind making an event like this happen in staggering; we only wish ANA had devoted more than a small Facebook photoset to the day.
Stars of the tarmac on December 24 were the Pokémon 747s, the 787 Dreamliners, the retro livery, Star Alliance livery and even more.
Just imagine if Southwest Airlines tried something like this. There'd be an Orca whale landing, followed by the state of Florida, followed by Bar Refaeli in a bikini (wait, is that plane still flying?).
Anyway, awesome job, ANA. Same time, same place next year?
[Photo: ANA's Facebook]
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We were certainly all pumped up over the arrival of the very first Boeing 787 to All Nippon Airways, but now we’re getting just as enthused over the offerings arriving aboard Japan Airlines’ new bird.
To get everyone in the mood for a little slice of Japan the airline is planning to roll-out in-flight manga—like Japanese comic books—on all 787 flights. There’s going to be like 30 different comics from which to choose, and they’ll all be there for your reading pleasure right in the seatback entertainment screen. The airline is partnering up with Japanese publisher Shogakukan Inc and eBook Initiative Japan Co—just in case those names sound familiar to you.
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We're going to tell you something you already know: the iPhone game Angry Birds is big. Huge. Ginormous. It's so big that, the other day during a stroll through a night market in Thailand, we spotted many stalls with bootleg Angry Birds T-shirts, tank tops and even flip-flops for sale. Thus it's probably no surprise that of course the airlines are trying to capitalize on the Angry Birds fervor, though not in the way you'd expect.
You know what would be cool? Adding the Angry Birds game to in-flight entertainment. You know what would be kinda weird? Themeing an entire flight after the game, and offering Angry Birds' biggest fans to fly it. According to The Independent, that's what Finnair is doing with their "Angry Birds Asian Challenge" flight:
Just as the internet is always in need of more cute cat photos, similarly adorable drawn manga characters are just as well received online. Thus we feel crazy compelled to share a sweet little discovery the other day, while strolling though the Night Market of Hua Hin, Thailand.
We spotted, bought and devoured a Thai magazine named Take Off, which has such glossy centerfolds such as the Pokemon-painted ANA plane as well as in-depth reporting on other fledgling Southeast Asia airlines. It also has cute features like a whole page devoted to manga-like sketches of airline uniforms...