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  • Jim Hill

    Ron Diamond's Animation Show of Shows coming to Comic-Con, getting ready for nationwide debut

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    Toon fans rejoice! The Animation Show of Shows will soon be coming to a theater near you. Thanks to a successful KickstartASOS.com campaign (which still has a few hours left to run, by the way), this animation industry favorite will now transition from being an insider-only exclusive to becoming a program that film fans around the world can participate in and enjoy. For those of you who don't know: The Animation Show of Shows has long been Ron Diamond 's baby. For the past 16 years, this...
  • Jim Hill

    Seward Johnson bronzes add a surreal, artistic touch to NYC's Garment District

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    Greetings from NYC. Nancy and I drove down from New Hampshire yesterday because we'll be checking out Disney Consumer Products ' annual Holiday Showcase later today. Anyway ... After checking into our hotel (i.e., The Paul . Which is located down in NYC's NoMad district), we decided to grab some dinner. Which is how we wound up at the Melt Shop . Photo by Jim Hill Which is this restaurant that only sells grilled cheese sandwiches. This comfort food was delicious, but kind of on the heavy...
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    Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performs the music of Disney's animated shorts live

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    On Saturday, June 13th, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presented a program of music celebrating Walt Disney Animation Studios, with treasures of animation once thought lost forever brought back to life with fresh new scores and new interpretations of some old favorites. The audience lines up outside of the Theatre at Ace Hotel prior to the start of the concert. Photo by Jamie Pham The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles started out as a United Artists theater, founded by artists including...
  • Guest Writer

    Pete Docter & Jonas Rivera offers an inside look at how Pixar's latest, "Inside Out," was produced

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    It is not everyday that you get the chance to speak one-on-one with the creative minds behind what you know will be a summer blockbuster at the box office. That is exactly the opportunity that I had recently when I sat down with Disney / Pixar's Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera responsible for some of the best animation to hit the silver screen. Doctor and Rivera were in Philadelphia recently as part of their cross-country press tour talking up " Inside Out ," what they hope will be the...
  • Noe Valladolid

    Disney Infinity 3.0 showcases its design & development process at E3 2015

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    As the E3 wraps up we find ourselves exhausted yet also enthusiastic about the next year of gaming. There were many great titles announced for all of the major platforms. Several sequels, including the big names like Call of Duty, Assassins Creed and Fallout that will be fighting for game of the year honors. The front-runner seems to be Fallout 4 but the year is still young. Photo by Noe Valladolid Meanwhile over at Disney, rather Disney Interactive. the train is picking up speed. This past week...
  • Jim Hill

    James Earl Jones returns to voice Darth Vader as "Star Wars Rebels" begins its second season on Disney XD

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    Do you remember how big, strong & scary Darth Vader was in " Star Wars IV: A New Hope " ? Well, that version of this Dark Lord of the Sith -- back when Vader was at the very height of his powers -- will be front & center as " Star Wars Rebels " begins its second season on Disney XD this Saturday, June 20th at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Copyright Lucasfilm / Disney. All rights reserved Better yet, to make sure Darth sounds exactly he did in the original " Star Wars "...
  • Jim Hill

    Phineas and Ferb finale, "Last Day of Summer," may not be as final as we think

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    In Stephen Sondheim's " Merrily We Roll Along " (which is this wonderful if flawed musical about friendship & show business), there's this particular line of dialogue that talks about the importance of a properly timed exit. It states that ... "You know what true greatness is? It's knowing when to get off." Well, tonight -- after 126 episodes, five one-hour specials, and a Disney Channel Original movie -- " Phineas and Ferb " are heading for the exit...
  • Jim Hill

    Wondering what you should "Boldly Go" see at the movies next year? The 2015 Licensing Expo offers you some clues

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    Greeting from the 2015 Licensing Expo , which is being held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Photo by Jim Hill I have to admit that I enjoy covering the Licensing Expo. Mostly becomes it allows bloggers & entertainment writers like myself to get a peek over the horizon. Scope out some of the major motion pictures & TV shows that today's vertically integrated entertainment conglomerates (Remember when these companies used to be called movie studios?) will be sending...
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    Disney Channel, Disney XD & Disney Junior Stars From Teen Beach 2, Descendants & More to Appear at Disney's D23 Expo 2015

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    DISNEY CHANNEL, DISNEY XD, AND DISNEY JUNIOR STARS IN-PERSON AT DISNEY'S D23 EXPO Star-Studded Center Stage Musical Performances by Sabrina Carpenter, Olivia Holt, Bea Miller, Dove Cameron & Sofia Carson, plus Teen Beach 2 Dance Party & more -- Fans Invited to Meet the Stars of Disney's Descendants, Teen Beach 2, Liv and Maddie, Jessie, Dog With A Blog, I Didn't Do It, Girl Meets World, K.C. Undercover, Austin & Ally, BUNK'D, and Best Friends Whenever as well as Disney...
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    Walt Disney Animation Studios' Comedy Adventure "Zootopia" Hopps Into Theaters March 2016 (Video)

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    The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it's a melting pot where animals from every environment live together-a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn't so...
  • Jim Hill

    It takes more than three circles to craft a Classic version of Mickey Mouse

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    You know what Mickey Mouse looks like, right? Little guy, big ears? Truth be told, Disney's corporate symbol has a lot of different looks. If Mickey's interacting with Guests at Disneyland Park (especially this summer, when the Happiest Place on Earth is celebrating its 60th anniversary ), he looks & dresses like this. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Or when he's appearing in one of those Emmy Award-winning shorts that Disney Television Animation has produced...
  • Jim Hill

    When did the Imagineers first dream of bringing a Marvel character into a Disney theme park?

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    Given that the highly anticipated "Iron Man Experience" won't actually open at Hong Kong Disneyland 'til the Fall of 2016 ... Copyright Marvel / Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... I thought that it might be interesting to look back at how the Marvel movies and characters first began filtering into the Disney theme parks and resort. Because it didn't happen overnight, folks. Though The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion in the latter...
  • Jim Hill

    Rapunzel & Flynn Rider's adventures continue with "Tangled" animated series, which debuts on the Disney Channel in 2017

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    Given that Disney Theatrical has a "Frozen" musical in the works AND Walt Disney Animation Studios is already working on "Frozen 2" AND a "Frozen" ride will be opening at Epcot early next year, it's easy nowadays to forget that there was actually a CG Disney Princess which preceded Anna & Elsa. And that's Rapunzel of "Tangled" fame. In fact, to hear some Disney insiders talk, if "Tangled" hadn't been as successful as it was when this...
  • Press Releases

    Disney on Broadway's "The Originals": Broadway’s Best Will Light Up D23 EXPO With Exclusive Concerts

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    DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS DISNEY ON BROADWAY'S " THE ORIGINALS" FEATURING STARS FROM BROADWAY'S MARY POPPINS, TARZAN AND ALADDIN. BURBANK, Calif. - June 4, 2015 - Following the incredibly warm and rousing reception from D23 EXPO fans in 2013, Disney Theatrical Productions is thrilled to announce a new concert presented exclusively for this year's D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center entitled Disney on Broadway's " THE ORIGINALS." In anticipation...
  • Jim Hill

    The Disneyland That Might Have Been: Mickey Mouse Club, Treasure Island & Lilliputian Land

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    Given that Disneyland Park kicked off its 60th anniversary celebration last month, I thought it might be fun to take a look at some aspects of the Happiest Place on Earth that didn't make it off the drawing boarding. Take -- for example -- the Mickey Mouse Club. 1953 site plan for Disneyland Park, showing Walt originally envisioned all of the "lands" at his theme park being placed. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved According to the "Inside Disneyland"...
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    Disney Concerts and D23 Present Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration Hosted by Leonard Maltin

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    The Live Concert Event Is the Highlight of Disney Music Emporium's EXPO Activities August 14-16, Which Include Music Product, Album Signings, and a Pre-Order for The Silly Symphony Collection BURBANK, CA - June 2, 2015 - D23 EXPO 2015 will feature the world premiere of Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration- a live concert performance featuring a 32-piece orchestra celebrating the Silly Symphony animated short films and their accompanying music, hosted by film historian Leonard Maltin...
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    Hogwarts and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is Coming to Hollywood in Hyper-Realistic 3D-HD Spring 2016 (video)

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    Universal Studios Hollywood Introduces "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" Bringing the Most Anticipated Global Phenomenon to California in an Authentic Entertainment Experience, Beginning Spring 2016 "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" Attraction, Located within Land's Hogwarts Castle , Makes West Coast Debut in Hyper-Realistic 3D-HD with Guests Wearing Quidditch-Inspired Goggles Hollywood, CA, June 2, 2015 -The countdown to "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter...
  • Andrea Monti

    Disneyland Paris previews new "Jedi Academy" show, debuts clever reimagining of stateside Disney Parks' "Frozen" sing-along

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    For the past few years now, Disneyland Paris hasn't been so lively. At least when it comes to live stage shows. You see, of the three sit-down theatres that this Disney theme park originally opened with back in April of 1992, one -- the Fantasy Festival stage, to be specific -- was transformed into a "Meet Mickey" location three years back that's very similar in concept & layout to the one found at WDW's Magic Kingdom. As for Disneyland Paris' other two locations, Discoveryland's...
  • Jim Hill

    Items up for bid at today's Rick Baker auction include development art from "Captain Eo" and Disney's never-produced live-action "Gargoyles" movie

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    I apologize for the extremely short notice here. But if you're a fan of modern film fantasy and live in the Los Angeles area, you need to get in your car NOW and immediately drive to the Hilton Universal City . Why For? Prop Store (the "Ultimate Movie Collectables" folks) are riding herd on an auction of over 400 items from Rick Baker 's Cinovation Studios. And that auction gets underway in the Hilton Universal City's convention space at 11 a.m. Pacific Time TODAY . Copyright...
  • Jim Hill

    Universal Orlando Resort announces Volcano Bay, the world's first water theme park

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    For the past six months or so, guests staying at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort have been looking their windows and watching as a mysterious mound of dirt grew ... Universal's Volcano Bay construction site in December of 2014. Photo by Jim Hill ... and grew. Universal's Volcano Bay construction site in February 2015. Photo by Jim Hill And when Universal Orlando officials were quizzed about what the Resort was building on this triangular piece of property (which is bounded by I-4...
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    "FUTURE-WORM!" Short-form Series Debuts on Disney XD

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    -- Andy Milonakis and James Adomian Lead the Voice Cast -- Disney XD debuted new episodes of its "Future-Worm" short-form series on WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 on its YouTube Channel . Created by Emmy Award-winning Ryan Quincy ("South Park") and starring comedian Andy Milonakis ("Kroll Show") and James Adomian ("The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson"), "Future-Worm!" follows Danny (Milonakis), an optimistic 12-year-old who creates a time machine lunch box...
  • Jim Hill

    It's the details that really make "Disney Paint the Night," Disneyland Park's all-new electrical parade

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    Greetings from the Happiest Place on Earth, where the Disneyland Resort is kicking off its Diamond Celebration . Last night was the media premiere of " Disney Paint the Night ," which is the all-new Electrical Parade that Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Creative Entertainment whipped up for Disneyland Park 's 60th anniversary celebration. Photo by Michelle Valladolid Three years in making, "Paint the Night" is full of fun nods to previous Disney theme park parades. Take -...
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    Universal’s Volcano Bay to Become Third Park at Universal Orlando Resort

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    VOLCANO BAY AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT WILL BE A WATER THEME PARK BUILT ON A BOLD CREATIVE VISION ORLANDO, Fla. (May 28, 2015) - Universal Orlando Resort today announced a project of remarkable vision: to bring to life an entirely new water theme park experience. Called Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort, it will join Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure and become the resort's third incredibly immersive park. Universal's Volcano Bay will be a place for...
  • Guest Writer

    Countdown to Shanghai Disneyland Resort continues with the opening of the world's largest Disney Store

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    The doors to the world's largest Disney Store are open in the popular Lujiazui area of Pudong, Shanghai, China. The landmark store is the largest retail space of any Disney Store in the world rivaling even the large World of Disney stores at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and in Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort in California. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved "We couldn't be more delighted to open our first Disney Store in China, in Shanghai,"...
  • Alice Hill

    Mysterious world of "Tomorrowland" recreated in gorgeous Minecraft map

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    You have to give the folks at Walt Disney Pictures credit. Because when it came to getting word out about " Tomorrowland ," they certainly didn't go by the standard summer blockbuster promotional playbook. If you think back to February of 2013 when photos of that mysterious "1952" box first popped up online ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... or that alternate reality game, "The Optimist," which Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney...
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