The Los Angeles Film Festival today announced that Walden Media and New Line Cinema’s Journey to the Center of the Earth will make its world premiere with a special 3-D screening as part of the festival’s annual Family Day celebration on Sunday, June 29, at 3:00 p.m. at the Mann Village Theater. One of the festival’s big summer blockbuster premieres (others include Wanted and Hellboy II: The Golden Army, as noted here) the Journey debut is open to the public. Directed by Eric Brevig, the film stars Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson and Anita Briem.
The festival’s popular Family Day celebration, sponsored by Playhouse Disney, will take place on Sunday, June 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Broxton Avenue in Westwood. The one-day event features free screenings, games, booths, live stage performances, pony rides, a petting zoo and more. The Playhouse Disney Tent will host activities throughout the day, including a tentatively scheduled appearance by Handy Manny; there will also be DVD giveaways of Nim’s Island and Her Best Move, plus the Geffen Playhouse’s “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment” activity booth. Family Day will also feature a screening of Walt Disney’s beloved classic Peter Pan, as a tribute to the late Ollie Johnston, whose death in April truly marked the end of an era — that of classic hand-drawn Disney animation. The last of the studio’s original “Nine Old Men,” Johnston worked on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Bambi, Pinocchio and The Jungle Book, among countless other films.
The Los Angeles Film Festival runs from Thursday, June 19 through Sunday, June 29. Over the course of 10 days and 11 nights, the public is invited to take advantage of world premieres including independent films and major studio releases, as well as tribute screenings, outdoor movies, celebrity-filled red carpets and more. Festival passes are now available; individual tickets are available through phone and online sales beginning June 2. For more information, click here.