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  • Jim Hill

    Would Woody Allen have been a better fit for LeFou in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" ?

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    Given that the silver anniversary of Disney's " Beauty and the Beast " is coming up (This Kirk Wise & Gary Trousdale film initially went into wide release back on November 22, 1991), a lot of bloggers have recently been writing about this hand-drawn animated feature. Using Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment's release of the signature collection edition of "Beast" (which includes a Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD version of this Academy Award-winning movie) as an excuse...
  • Jim Hill

    Universal Studios Hollywood's The Walking Dead Attraction is amazing. Just don't make the mistake of calling it a maze

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    When Southern Californian fright fans return to Universal Studios Hollywood this Friday for the official kick-off of Halloween Horror Nights 2016 , they'll have a wide assortment of scares to choose from. They can climb aboard the Terror Tram (which is presented by horror auteur Eli Roth & his digital network Crypt TV) and have a far-too-close encounter with "Hollywood Harry," the serial killer clown. Or - if these USH visitors prefer -- they can explore the more public portions...
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    How the makers of Disney's "Moana" almost chickened out

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    It's kind of a tradition at Walt Disney Animation Studios that the hero or heroine of each new production has an animal companion. Sometimes they talk (EX: Flounder in " The Little Mermaid ") and sometimes they don't (EX: Abu in " Aladdin "). But these furry, feathered or finny friends always provide support - emotional & otherwise - for that film's lead character. More to the point, these animal companions always find a way - even when they can't talk - to...
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    Will "Kubo" be the next "Iron Giant," a great animated film that has to be rediscovered before it can then be fully appreciated?

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    Let me get right to the point here: It kind of breaks my heart that "Kubo and the Two Strings" hasn't done better at the domestic box office. Copyright Focus Features. All rights reserved I mean, this stop motion movie is arguably the best thing that Laika has ever produced. And if you go over to Rotten Tomatoes , you'll see that - given the 96% freshness rating Focus Features ' most recent release has gotten (Not to its audience score of 91%) - I'm not the only one who...
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    Disney Announces Unprecedented Access to All of the Disney Princess Films Sept 6th

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    I n Celebration of the 25 th Anniversary of "Beauty and the Beast," BRING HOME ALL OF THE DISNEY PRINCESSES for a Limited Time Only Don't Let the Clock Strike Midnight on this Rare Opportunity! For the first time ever, the unforgettable Disney Princess films will all be available for purchase at the same time, Sept. 6 - Oct. 17! In honor of the 25th anniversary of the beloved animated classic "Beauty and the Beast," Disney fans are gaining unprecedented access to Disney's...
  • Jim Hill

    How long should theme parks & movie studios wait when dealing with projects & products that have been impacted by tragedy?

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    Six times a day, Louis the Alligator is up onstage at WDW 's Magic Kingdom . Performing in front of Cinderella Castle as part of the cast of characters featured in " Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire ." Which wasn't always the case. When this new theme park show officially debuted at the Walt Disney World Resort back on June 21st, this trumpet-playing gator from Disney's " The Princess and the Frog " was nowhere to be seen. Which is perfectly understandable. Given...
  • Jim Hill

    "Phineas and Ferb" creators put an optimistic spin on Murphy's Law with their new animated series for Disney XD

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    If you have a kid in your house, ask them what comes after the following line? There's 104 days of summer vacation ... If they respond with " .. . And school comes along just to end it ," you have a " Phineas and Ferb " fan on your hands. And they're no doubt still in deep mourning. Given that this Emmy Award-winning animated series officially ended back on June 12, 2015. Copyright Disney XD. All rights reserved Okay. Given that there were 222 episodes produced over the...
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    Just where was Thor during that epic Avengers battle in "Captain America: Civil War"?(video)

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    What Thor was up to while the rest of the Avengers were battling each other in MARVEL'S CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Thor returns in THOR: RAGNAROK November 2017!
  • Jim Hill

    "American Horror Story" -themed maze brings fiends from the popular FX series to Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights

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    It's often been said that "good things come in threes." For fans of FX's " American Horror Story ," that will most definitely be the case with this year's " Halloween Horror Nights " at the Universal Orlando Resort & Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. For the 2016 edition of the ultimate Halloween event, they're building one massive maze that will then pay tribute to three separate installments of this critically-acclaimed horror anthology series...
  • Jim Hill

    How "Pete's Dragon" went from being a "Mary Poppins" wanna-be to an "E.T." -inspired delight

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    It's the movie that Leonard Maltin is calling " ... the summer's best family film." Disney's "Pete's Dragon" reboot - which opened in theaters earlier today - is a genuine Hollywood rarity. A reimaging that actually improves on the original. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Which - if we're being completely honest here - probably wasn't all that hard to pull off. As delightful as this "E.T." -inspired reboot is, the original...
  • Jim Hill

    Disney XD's "Future-Worm!" puts a pre-teen twist on time travel

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    Over the nearly 15 years that he'd been working in animation, Ryan Quincy had done a great many things. He's helped create Emmy Award-winning episodes of " South Park ." Not to mention " Out There ," that acclaimed series for IFC. "But what I hadn't done was work on anything animated that I could then show my son, who's 11, and my daughter, who's 9," Quincy recalled during a recent phone interview. "And that had genuinely begun to bother me."...
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    Andreas Deja shares the lessons he learned from those animation masters, Disney's Nine Old Men

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    When Andreas Deja was a little boy growing up in Germany, he loved going to the movies. He especially enjoyed catching the theatrical re-releases of classic Disney animated features like "Lady & the Tramp" and "The Jungle Book." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved "And as I watching the credits for these films, I couldn't help but notice that the same names kept appearing over & over," Andreas recalled during a recent phone interview. "Given...
  • Jim Hill

    How a PR problem led to the creation of Disney's first Latina princess, "Elena of Avalor"

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    Back in October of 2012, the Internet temporarily lost its mind when Jamie Mitchell - the producer of the then-soon-to-launch "Sofia the First" television series - mistakenly identified this show's title character as Disney's first Latina princess. Princess Sofia and her mother, Queen Miranda. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Within a day or so, The Mouse House was walking back Mitchell's off-the-cuff comment. But where everyone else saw an embarrassing...
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    Women in Animation panels prove that there's more to San Diego Comic-Con than just promotion of pop culture

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    Thanks to Comic-Con International , now through Sunday, San Diego is the white-hot center of the pop culture universe. Photo by Jim Hill Mind you, there's more to this four day-long event than those high-profile presentations in Hall H. Which is where various movie studios will be parading celebrities & showing exclusive clips. All with the hope that those 6000 early adopters who have (some of them, anyway) been camped out in this cavernous convention center for hours ahead of time will then...
  • Jim Hill

    How Eric Stonestreet almost missed out on voicing Duke the Dog for "The Secret Life of Pets"

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    Given that Eric Stonestreet has spent the past seven years working on " Modern Family ," this two-time Emmy Award-winner thought he knew how things worked in Hollywood. (L to R) Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Eric Stonestreet on ABC's "Modern Family." Copyright 20th Century Fox / American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved "Your manager will periodically send you out to do a meet-n-greet with someone. This is one of those go-through-the-motions business things...
  • Andrea Monti

    "Mickey and the Magician" show opens at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris

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    Thanks to a talented team of artists from California, the UK and Paris, Mickey made some magic at Disneyland Paris this past Saturday. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Katy Harris - the Show director for Creative Entertainment at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Paris - and her team collaborated with Michael Jung - the Vice President of Theatrical Development at Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment - to give European theme park fans a brand-new stage show to enjoy...
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    Disney Announcement - "Wreck-it Ralph" Returns to Wreck the Internet March 9, 2018 (Video)

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    "Let It Go" gets the LEGO treatment as a whole new Disney "Frozen" story unfolds across books, TV & digital with "Frozen Northern Lights"

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    What with " Frozen - Live at the Hyperion " opening in late May at Disney California Adventure Park and Epcot 's " Frozen Ever After " attraction opening its doors later this morning, Anna & Elsa have had a very busy month. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved So what will these Scandinavian sisters be doing for an encore? Would you believe joining forces with the LEGO Group? Anna & Elsa - along with Kristoff, Olaf & Sven - will be starring in...
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    Universal Orlando Resort's Volcano Bay Water Theme Park to Open in 2017

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    Volcano Bay to Become Universal Orlando’s Third Theme Park, International Tickets On Sale Soon for Travel Dates Beginning June 1, 2017 A One-of-A-Kind Paradise Filled with Adventure-Drenched Thrills, Relaxing Indulgence and Rejuvenation Universal’s Volcano Bay is a radically-innovative water theme park opening next year at Universal Orlando Resort. Spanning 28 fully immersive acres, Universal Orlando’s third theme park will be an entirely new kind of water theme park experience...
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    Before he voiced Dory's Dad in Pixar's "Finding Nemo" sequel, Eugene Levy made a big splash in Disney's first-ever Touchstone release, "Splash"

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    "I've played some Dads in my day." Anyone familiar with Eugene Levy 's filmography knows that the above statement is true. After all, this Canadian comedy legend played Jim Levenstein's Dad in all eight installments of the " American Pie " sex comedy series. Not to mention that hyper-competitive papa in " Cheaper by the Dozen 2 ." And let's not forget that Eugene is currently appearing alongside his own children - Daniel & Sarah Levy -- in Pop's...
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    Walt Disney Animation Studios' newest short, "Inner Workings," explores the importance of mixing work with pleasure

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    It's Friday. The end of the work week for a lot of folks. Which means that they're finally able to get away from jobs that they don't necessarily enjoy. But what if there was a way to take an unpleasant employment situation like that and then transform that chore into a joy? And not by physically transforming one's workplace. But - rather - by changing the way that you view said workplace. That's the creative conceit behind "Inner Workings," the delightful new short...
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    As DC fans will now tell you, it's always darkest before the "Dawn of Justice"

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    Superheroes aren't the feel-good characters they used to be. Copyright Warner Bros. All rights reserved In recent years, many of the superhero films have taken a dark and somber turn. Blame it on the success of the "Dark Knight" trilogy but the truth is rooted in comic book tradition. Long-time comic book fans know that there have been graphic novels featuring characters from both Marvel and DC that have dealt with serious issues for decades. Racism, cancer, addiction, suicide and even...
  • Alice Hill

    "Yo-Kai Wib Wob" mobile game initially charming, but quickly gets repetitive

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    "Yo-Kai Watch" is a series that I worried would never catch on in America. The series rocked Japan, with over 1.33 million units of the first game sold over there, over ten games (including apps and spin-offs), and Yo-Kai tokens featuring characters from the series that had people lining up for hours to get. The character designs in this adorable, fun, ghost-driven game were irresistible, adorable, and sometimes completely repulsive in the most fantastic way. But luckily enough, "Yo...
  • Noe Valladolid

    Ghostbusters enter a new dimension with Madame Tussauds virtual reality experience & LEGO expansion pack

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    The Ghostbusters has been a prime piece of pop culture real estate for over 30 years. In the video game landscape there have been a few memorable and many forgettable titles. In 1987 Data East released an arcade version called the Real Ghostbusters, named after the popular animated series. The game was tedious and difficult. It never saw a sequel but that didn't stop audiences from wanting to try another Ghostbusters game. It also did not stop various studios from trying to get another Ghostbusters...
  • Alice Hill

    "Finding Dory: Just Keep Swimming" app features beautiful design, challenging gameplay

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    The long-awaited sequel to "Finding Nemo" arrives in theaters in little more than a week. To help raise awareness of this highly-anticipated Pixar Animation Studios production, Disney Digital Books and Seven2 have released the "Finding Dory: Just Keep Swimming" app. Which is a fun, interesting storytelling experience geared towards kids that's jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Copyright Disney Pixar. All rights reserved Using your finger, the player guides the world's most famous...
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