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Disney's Neo Smartwatch for Kids Has Nothing on My '90s Yoda Giga Pet

Disney and Vodafone have teamed up to launch Neo, a smartwatch for kids that features some iconic Disney characters, like Minnie Mouse, Elsa, and Buzz Lightyear. But the watch’s biggest headliner is none other than Grogu. You know, The Child? Baby Yoda! Grogu’s appearance on the watch basically makes it a fancier…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Vodafone, Baby Yoda, Baby Yoda Grogu, Pocket Sized Sadness, The Neo Smart Watch, Gigapets, Yoda Gigapet, Neo Smartwatch, Minnie Mouse Elsa




The Mandalorian’s Journey to Tython and the Enormous Star Wars History Behind It

Din Djarin’s quest on The Mandalorian has evolved. In finding Ahsoka Tano unwilling to train his ward, he has been sent on a new path with a new understanding, both of the child he cares for and that child’s role in his own destiny. It awaits on a planet discussed in whispers in the Disney era of the Star Wars canon,…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Explainer, Streaming, Lucasfilm, The Force, Jedi, Ahsoka Tano, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus, Baby Yoda, Din Djarin, Tython


Our Favorite io9 Videos of 2020

Oh, goodness: What a year, right? Twenty-twenty is one of those (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime events that impacted so much of our lives. We saw countless movie delays, comic cons were canceled or moved online, theme parks , and everything had to happen over video. In spite of the challenges, io9 still…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Horror, Disney, Birds Of Prey, Westworld, Warner Bros, Cosplay, Year In Review, DC Entertainment, Dune, San Diego Comic Con, Empire Strikes Back, The Mummy, Dark Universe, Io9 Year In Review


Of Course The Mandalorian's in Fortnite's Next Season

You think after the Rise of Skywalker stuff and last season’s Marvel-a-go-go Epic that Disney wouldn’t want to put the hottest father/son team-up it’s got in the world’s biggest video game?Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Video Games, Disney, Epic, Streaming, Lucasfilm, Skywalker, Fortnite, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus, Baby Yoda


How Horror Helped Us Survive 2020

It’s tempting to think that since 2020 was basically one real-life nightmare after another, the last thing anyone would want to do is engage with fictional horror on top of that. But that would be discounting the positive power of certain horror movies, TV shows, and video games that helped us navigate through the…Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Horror, Marvel, Disney, Fox, Netflix, Streaming, Universal, Year In Review, Spell, The Invisible Man, Lovecraft Country, Naughty Dog, New Mutants, Dark Universe


Disney Is Teaching Robots How to Sculpt With Clay

Robots might have already taken over industries like manufacturing, but when it comes to more creative endeavors, like the arts, humans still hold a strong lead. But for how long? Disney’s researchers have created a system that allows human artists to teach aspiring robotic Michelangelos how to sculpt clay using tools…Read more...
Tags: Art, Science, Disney, Research, Robots, Disney Research, Eth Zurich, Sculpting


The Team Behind Soul Tells Us About the Culture and Future of Pixar

The thing Joe Gardner loves about jazz is how it’s always changing. Joe is the star of Soul, Pixar’s latest animated film being released on Disney+ on Christmas Day. After the best audition of his life, Joe (voiced by Jamie Foxx) is on top of the world. Until he dies. He then attempts to return his soul to his body…Read more...
Tags: Video, Music, Science, Interview, Disney, Soul, Animation, Jazz, Jamie Foxx, Pixar, Joe, Pete Docter, Kemp Powers, Dana Murray, Joe Gardner


Willow's Disney+ Series May Feature Yet Another Star Wars Favorite

A Game of Thrones star is set to board the remake of cult classic The Toxic Avenger. The Mandalorian may have more in store for its recent guest star. Hawkeye’s Disney+ series may finally be underway. Plus updates from Batwoman, The Flash, Star Trek: Discovery, and more. Spoilers away!Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Batwoman, Alien, Charlie Brooker, Hawkeye, Willow, Red Dot, Star Trek Discovery, Meander, Erin Kellyman, The Mandalorian, Seobok, Back to the Outback, Toxic Avenger, Mighty Max


The Mandalorian Has Raised Some New Questions About Its Star Wars Timeline

When The Mandalorian brazenly introduced a certain former Jedi apprentice this past week, the show connected to the larger Star Wars universe in its biggest way yet. Ahsoka Tano isn’t just “The Jedi” who would help Din Djarin complete his quest with the Child, she’s a Jedi who knows way more than he, or anyone else,…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Animation, Streaming, Lucasfilm, Star Wars Rebels, Jedi, Dave Filoni, Star Wars The Clone Wars, Ahsoka Tano, Ezra Bridger, Sabine Wren, Grand Admiral Thrawn, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus


The Mandalorian's Filoni and Dawson on Why People Still See Ahsoka as a Jedi

As The Mandalorian’s stakes have gradually risen with each episode, the series’ connections to the Star Wars franchise’s larger epic narrative have grown stronger, particularly as characters like Bo-Katan and important items like the Darksaber have been incorporated into the plot. Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Animation, Streaming, Lgbtq, Lucasfilm, Dawson, Rosario Dawson, Ashley Eckstein, Dave Filoni, Ahsoka Tano, Ahsoka, Filoni, Bo Katan, The Mandalorian


The Mandalorian Has Removed 'Jeans Guy,' And I'm Disappointed

Mistakes are a beautiful part of film and television production. Let ‘em be. They’re great. Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Streaming, Lucasfilm, Goofs, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus, Jeans Guy


21 Great Sci-Fi Christmas Ornaments From Hallmark

Is it really Christmas if you don’t have a little sci-fi on your tree? Hallmark would say no. Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Toys, Science, Holidays, Marvel, Christmas, Disney, Star Trek, Back To The Future, Birds Of Prey, Warner Bros, Christmas Tree, Marvel Studios, DC Entertainment, Collectibles, Jaws


The Mandalorian's Grandest Episode Yet Uncovers Old Friends, and Older Pains

The Mandalorian has always promised the picture of a much wider place it could encompass in the Star Wars universe, ever since its first episode flipped the script and put our titular hero in front of a little green mystery from the stars. Its latest chapter re-aligns the show’s place in that world even as it grows it…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Animation, Streaming, Lucasfilm, Star Wars Rebels, TV Recap, Diana Lee Inosanto, Rosario Dawson, Star Wars The Clone Wars, Ahsoka Tano, Michael Biehn, Grand Admiral Thrawn, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus


Toy Watchdog Says Hasbro's Star Wars Darksaber Is Too Dangerous...Because It's a Plastic Sword

Please, this holiday season: be careful when your children enter ritual combat for the right to become Mand’alor.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Hasbro, Lucasfilm, Watchdogs, World Against Toys Causing Harm, The Mandalorian, Darksaber


Coronavirus live news: Germany extends partial lockdown as Ukraine reports record daily cases

Ukraine reports record daily case rise; nearly 13,000 daily deaths reported worldwide; Disney to lay off 32,000 workers in first half of 2021Sicily asks Cuba to send medics as Italy fights second Covid waveChristmas and Covid: is mixing households a good idea?Germany to decide next round of Covid restrictionsSee all our coronavirus coverage 7.34am GMT The UK government is facing calls to publish scientific advice on the relaxing of Covid-19 rules over Christmas amid warnings that a single in...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Germany, Disney, UK News, World news, US news, Ukraine, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Argentina, Cuba, Diego Maradona, Buenos Aires


Flexible expressions could lift 3D-generated faces out of the uncanny valley

3D-rendered faces are a big part of any major movie or game now, but the task of capturing and animated them in a natural way can be a tough one. Disney Research is working on ways to smooth out this process, among them a machine learning tool that makes it much easier to generate and manipulate 3D faces without dipping into the uncanny valley. Of course this technology has come a long way from the wooden expressions and limited details of earlier days. High resolution, convincing 3D faces ca...
Tags: Science, Disney, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Disney Research


The Art of The Mandalorian Says ‘Peekaboo’ in This Exclusive Preview

The Mandalorian has always put its concept work front and center—from behind the scenes looks in shows like Disney Gallery, to literally every episode of the series itself, since its end credits highlight the concept work that helped bring what you just watched to life. Now, as we journey through the second season, a…Read more...
Tags: Art, Star Wars, Books, Science, Disney, Streaming, Jon Favreau, Exclusive, Lucasfilm, Preview, Concept Art, Dave Filoni, Abrams Books, Phil Szostak, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus


The Pop Culture We're Thankful for Getting Us Through 2020

No matter who you are or where you are, 2020 has been a rough year. It’s been a year where things have gotten so bad, sometimes you just had to find joy in the most unexpected of places. Family, friends, a new book or video game. It’s different for everyone.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Hbo, Science, Thanksgiving, Disney, Netflix, Streaming, Lucasfilm, What We Do In The Shadows, Final Fantasy Vii, Final Fantasy, Unsolved Mysteries, Scott C, Lovecraft Country, Bill and Ted Face The Music, The Mandalorian


Disney Security's Unofficial Challenge Coins Are a Different Sort of Collector's Item

As the owner of a substantial portion of the world’s most popular pieces of intellectual property, the Walt Disney Company is more than used to seeing its characters and branding pop up in unofficial, unlicensed places. In some instances, like when the family of a recently deceased child attempted to feature…Read more...
Tags: Science, Police, Marvel, Disney, Racism, Military, Walt Disney Company, Theme Parks, Police Brutality, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Black Lives Matter, Collectibles, Mickey Mouse, Frank Castle, The Punisher


Solo's Vinyl Release Comes With Incredible New Star Wars Artwork

It’s a given that Star Wars movies have great music. So when there’s a vinyl release of one of the soundtracks, the package better have artwork to match. Thankfully, Mondo has done just that for Solo: A Star Wars Story. The company recruited César Moreno to do brand new illustrations for an exclusive release, and it’s…Read more...
Tags: Art, Star Wars, Music, Science, Disney, Soundtrack, Vinyl, Han Solo, Exclusive, Lucasfilm, John Williams, Mondo, John Powell, Cesar Moreno, Solo A Star Wars Story


Disney's Experiments With Disney+ Could Change How We Watch Movies

As covid-19 continues to push theaters to the brink of bankruptcy, Disney has been cagey about the future of its planned theatrical releases. But a new report suggests more big-budget films could be heading to its service Disney+, as have recent releases like Mulan and Artemis Fowl. And even if theaters are able to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Amc, Disney, Streaming, Mulan, Consumer Tech, Regal Cinemas, Movie Theaters, Streaming Wars, Disney Plus


Star Wars' New VR Game Wanted to Build on Galaxy's Edge, Not Just Recreate It

Since Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge only exists in two places on our planet, one might expect a VR experience based on it would just copy them, and give fans who can’t get to Disneyland or Walt Disney World a chance to visit Batuu right from the comfort of home. Star Wars: Tales From the Galaxy’s Edge by ILMxLab sort of…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Video Games, Interview, Disney, Vr, Oculus, Theme Parks, Disneyland, Lucasfilm, Walt Disney World, Ilmxlab, Star Wars Galaxys Edge, Batuu, Oculus Quest, Jose Perez III


Mandalorian Winter Gear Lets You Dress the Child or Your Child as the Child

Like decking the halls, braving the stores on Black Friday, and enduring the rants of visiting relatives, Columbia’s annual Star Wars collaboration has become a holiday tradition. This year, it’s bringing some fun winter wear inspired by The Mandalorian. When the snow falls you can dress your child as the Child.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Fashion, Science, Clothing, Disney, Lucasfilm, Columbia, The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda


The Mandalorian's Villainous New Plan Has Expanded Universe History

While Din Djarin and the Child have been running around trying to find Mandalorians and Jedi, and eating questionable amounts of pretty much anything, the latest chapter of Disney+’s The Mandalorian checked in on what Moff Gideon’s up to. The answer? Nothing good. In fact, something evil, from the days of the old…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Science, Video Games, Disney, Explainer, Streaming, Lucasfilm, Jedi, Giancarlo Esposito, Expanded Universe, Omid Abtahi, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus, Dark Forces, Moff Gideon


This Video Takes a Tour of the Hidden Tunnels Underneath the Original Disney Animation Buildings

What do Paris, Disney, and sprawling nuclear fallout shelters have in common? Catacombs!Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Tunnels, Burbank, Disney Animation, Paris Disney


We Need to Talk About Franklin

Way back at the very beginning of Marvel’s Dawn of X, the Fantastic Four and members of the newly founded mutant nation of Krakoa crossed paths in a fateful, chance encounter that underlined just what it is about this new mutant age that scares the rest of the world so much. That subsequent tension between the…Read more...
Tags: Comics, Science, Race, Fantastic Four, Marvel, Disney, Racism, Cultural Appropriation, Marvel Comics, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Franklin, Reed Richards, Dan Slott, X Men, Mutants, CB Cebulski


Deadpool 3 Finally Has Some Life

The Merc with the Mouth may finally be making his way to Disney’s Marvel Studios.Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Disney, Animation, Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds, Marvel Studios, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Merc, Wendy Molyneux, Bobs Burgers, Deadpool 3, Lizzie Molyneux Loeglin, Disney 's Marvel Studios Read


The Many Looks of Ahsoka Tano

Padawan. General. Jedi. Jedi, no more. Fulcrum. Above all, a hero of Republics and Rebellions alike. Ahsoka Tano has had as many titles in her Star Wars story as she has had killer costumes. As we prepare to imagine what she may look like when Din Djarin finds her on Disney+’s The Mandalorian, let’s look back on the…Read more...
Tags: Costumes, Star Wars, Science, Disney, Animation, Streaming, Lucasfilm, Star Wars Rebels, Republics, Star Wars The Clone Wars, Ahsoka Tano, Jedi Jedi, Sci Fashion, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus, Din Djarin


Star Wars Legend Alan Dean Foster Says Disney Is Withholding Book Royalties

The man who helped start Star Wars’ literary universe as we know it is now saying Disney is failing to pay up. Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Publishing, Science, Disney, Lucasfilm, Authors, Alien, 20th Century Fox, George Lucas, Alan Dean Foster, A New Hope



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