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  • Blog Post: Soooo ... Did Michael actually like "Cars"? And Howe!

    Way back when I was just a little boy, our family would take road trips out west to visit relatives. One trip, we arrived early into Gallup, New Mexico, where we'd be staying on the second leg of our journey. After going out for dinner, my Dad took us for a small spin around town. In the dark of...
  • Blog Post: Road trip! Or "How I got to experience the world premiere of 'Cars' "

    It all started with an email. Being the crazed Pixar/animation fanatic that I am, I sent JHM's editor a note earlier last week, asking if I might do a review of Michael Wallis' new book, " The Art of Cars ." Mr. Hill quickly got back to me, explaining that Roger Colton had already called dibs on Pixar...
  • Blog Post: On the red carpet at the "Cars" premiere

    John Lasseter Director of "Cars" Q: I know you're a huge fan of Hayao Miyazaki . Is the Fiat 500 named Luigi a reference to Miyazaki-san's film (" The Castle of Cagliostro ")? A: No, it's not a reference to it, though I love "Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro." I love that film. But his movies mean...
  • Blog Post: Wednesday with Wade: More "Making Fun of the Mouse"

    Last week, Jim Hill did a three part article on animated cartoons that made fun of Disney.And thorough as Mr. Hill tried to be with his “Making Fun of the Mouse” series, Jim still managed to miss a few great stories, which I’d like to share with you now. Let’s start where Jim...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Further thoughts on "Song of the South"

    “It wasn’t yesterday nor the day before. But it was a long time ago. Back when the critters, they were closer to the folks and the folks, they was closer to the critters. And -- if you’ll excuse me for saying so -- it was better all around.” -- Uncle Remus, “Song of the South” National Wildlife Week...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Funny Little Bunnies

    If Disney really knew what to do with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit , they would have planned this Easter to have all the Disney rabbits from Thumper to the White Rabbit to Roger Rabbit to all the others welcoming Oswald back to the Disney rabbit family. They might even have had Oswald reveal all the "easter...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: A fond look back at Disney Studios circa 1938

    When one looks at how slickly the Walt Disney Company now promotes its motion pictures and TV shows ... Well, it really makes me miss the 1930s. Back when Disney Studios was still such a mom-and-pop operation that there was no publicity person there to carefully sculpt Walt's words for him. Mind you...
  • Blog Post: The Secret World of Roy Williams

    Like many kids, I was intrigued by Roy Williams on the Mickey Mouse Club. He seemed huge and perhaps a little slow on the uptake compared to the slender and perky Jimmy Dodd. I don't know what really bothered me. Did I fear he would eat one of the Mouseketeers or go on a killing rage or sit and crush...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays ...er ... Thursdays with Wade: Donald Duck's Other Daddy (PART TWO)

    Jack Hannah's first short that he directed was 'Donald's Off Day' in 1944. He directed dozens of cartoons including these eight that were nominated for Academy Awards: "Squatter's Rights' (1946) "Chip'n'Dale' (1947), 'Tea for Two Hundred' (1948), 'Toy Tinkers' (1949), 'Trick or Treat' (1952), 'Lambert...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: Donald Duck's Other Daddy (PART ONE)

    I was recently watching the Disney Treasures DVD: "The Chronological Donald Duck" and once again I marvelled at Jack Hannah's handling of the the character. In the old days, fans used to confuse Jack with William Hanna of Hanna-Barbera fame and Jack always laughed when someone complimented him on his...
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