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The Anim(al)ation & Story Safari of Disney's ZOOTOPIA

In a warehouse in North Hollywood, something interesting has been happening. There, behind the bland and unassuming exterior, Walt Disney Animation Studios has sprung to life in a temporary location that once housed the Disney Imagineering department - the result of a massive renovation taking place at the famed Roy E. Disney Animation Building in Burbank. Within the largely open space, work continued through late January on ZOOTOPIA, the 55th feature from the studio, and one that's been gaining fans well before release - due in large part to a slow-moving sloth with a really big smile.  After meeting with Directors Byron Howard (BOLT, TANGLED) and Rich Moore (WRECK-IT RALPH), along with Producer Clark Spencer (WINNIE THE POOH) for a sneak-preview over at the Disney Studios lot, I was invited to take a closer look at the development of the film with some of the key players behind-the-scenes.

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Exclusive: Henry Rollins is "The Biggest SHERIFF CALLIE'S WILD WEST Fan"

When it was announced last Fall that rock icons HENRY ROLLINS and IGGY POP would be lending their voices to a couple of new residents of Nice and Friendly Corners, the interest of many was piqued as to how their appearance on SHERIFF CALLIE'S WILD WEST would play out. Turns out that Rollins and I have something in common outside of our adventures in rock, and that's a love for the Disney Junior series and Callie herself! Some people collect STAR WARS figures and toys from a galaxy far, far away... but Henry prefers his collectibles to be a little more "Wild West." Below you'll find a pair of clips from new week's episode, "Blazing Skaters," along with an exclusive excerpt from a secretly-held interview in which Henry Rollins declares himself to be "The Biggest Callie Fan" - and he's got the collection to prove it! 

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Preview: STAR WARS REBELS - “Legends of the Lasat”

STAR WARS REBELS has reached the point of delivering some much-anticipated backstory for the crew of The Ghost, and in "Legends of the Lasat," we'll find our heroes coming face-to-face with a duo that just might be the last remaining members of the Lasat race... aside from Garazeb Orrelios. If you recall from last season, Agent Kallus was all too excited to try his hand at taking out 'Zeb, and in the time that's followed, it's become very much a special mission. Check out a preview of the next episode below, and see more photos from this episode and all of Season Two on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine Facebook page.

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THE ROCK FATHER's GOOD DINOSAUR Recyclosaurus Contest!

It was just revealed that Disney•Pixar's THE GOOD DINOSAUR is coming home on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on February 23rd, and to celebrate the in-home release of this new film, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine have teamed-up to give readers a shot at winning The Ultimate GOOD DINOSAUR Prize Pack. All you have to do is a little arts & crafts - a fine afternoon project with your little ones... you will build your own Recylosaurus! What's a Recyclosaurus, you ask? It's a "Good Dinosaur" made from simple, recycled materials that are found within your own home. We're providing instructions and a little inspiration, but in the end, we want to see what YOU and your kids can come up with at home. They don't all need to look the same. Check out what the creative minds at Pixar created...

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Watch: SHAKIRA Debuts Her ZOOTOPIA Single, "Try Everything"

Last month, when I met with the filmmakers behind Walt Disney Animation Studios' ZOOTOPIA, one thing we spoke about that didn't make my formal feature was the music of SHAKIRA. "For the role of Gazelle, Zootopia’s most beloved superstar, there was only one person on our wish list: Shakira," said Director Byron Howard. "Luckily for us, she said yes. Her immense talent and charm bring Gazelle and her song, ‘Try Everything,’ to life.” Today, SHAKIRA's "Try Everything" is available as a digital single ahead of the March 4th release of both the film, and it's original soundtrack. Check out an introduction by SHAKIRA below!

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THE GOOD DINOSAUR Comes Home Sooner than You'd Think... Check out the Details!

After delighting audiences in theaters this past Fall, Disney•Pixar's THE GOOD DINOSAUR is coming home on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on February 23rd. Director Peter Sohn's THE GOOD DINOSAUR will include the Oscar-nominated short film, SANJAY'S SUPER TEAM, as well as an impressive amount of added bonus features. Check out a new clip and all the details below...

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Preview: Princess Leia arrives on STAR WARS REBELS...

After winter break, STAR WARS REBELS returns to Disney XD with an all-new episode on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT). In "A Princess on Lothal,"an aide to Bail Organa (Princess Leia Organa) is sent to Lothal with ships for the rebel fleet, but an Imperial lockdown forces the rebels to create a new plan to steal the vehicles. Set just three years prior to the original STAR WARS Trilogy and the events of 1977's A NEW HOPE, Leia is shown as "a young leader on her way to becoming the strong, more resolute character" that fans came to know and love - decades before her appearance as General Leia Organa in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

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Check out the new triptych poster for THE JUNGLE BOOK...

On April 15, 2016, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures will release a new, live-action telling of THE JUNGLE BOOK from director Jon Favreau (IRON MAN, SWINGERS). Today comes the release of a new triptych poster that can be seen as one widescreen vision (featured above), or as three separate sections (as seen below). Check it out....

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Starkiller Base just Blasted Pandora - STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is the Top-Grossing Domestic Film of All-Time!

STAR WARS fans, our time is now. Today, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS became the highest grossing film of all time in the domestic market, surpassing the $760.5M lifetime gross of James Cameron's AVATAR in just 20 days of release hitting the mark nearly 300 days quicker than AVATAR back in 2009.  In addition, the film crossed the $800M mark at the international box office today, in a move I like to envision being akin to THE FIRST ORDER positioning Starkiller Base to blast Pandora and the Na'vi. As one of the 25 #StarWarsEvent bloggers, being but a tiny piece of this film's success is something I will forever cherish having been a part of...

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Build The First Order with the Amazon-Exclusive FIRST ORDER LEGION Action Figure Set...

On January 30, THE FIRST ORDER will arrive in the form an an Amazon-Exclusive action figure set from Hasbro, the FIRST ORDER LEGION. This 7-pack is being called a "Troop Builder" or "Army Builder" set, presenting a variety of troops from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS - several of which have not yet been released in action figure form. Previously offered as a limited-time pre-order, more are being made available now, but act fast - once they're gone, they're probably gone for good...

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