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  • Nancy Stadler

    It's Jim Hill in the Restaurant with the Book - The Jungle Book - and You Can Join Him June 5th

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    It’s a Jungle (Book) Out There For more than 50 years, The Walt Disney Company has been reimagining the writings of Rudyard Kipling–taking his tales of Mowgli the man-cub and his animal friends and then turning them into hugely popular films and television series. Let Jim Hill take you from Bill Peet’s far-too-dark take on this tale (which Walt Disney just hated) to Jon Favreau’s photo-realistic box office smash (for which the Studio is already developing a sequel). You’re...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    "They Drew As They Pleased" is sure to please Disney history buffs & animation fans alike

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    Do you want to learn about what REALLY happened back in the day at Disney Studios? Sorry, but you probably won't get the complete picture from watching a certain four-hour television special . And Tom Sito is busy with his day job at USC's animation department . He tells the most balanced history of The Strike I've ever heard. Tom Sito & his excellent animation history book, "Drawing the Line: The Untold Story of the Animation Union from Bosko to Bart Simpson." No, in order...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    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...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    An in-depth look at "Voyage to the Iron Reef," Knott's Berry Farm's new interactive attraction

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    Last week, a few hundred lucky fans got to preview Knott's Berry Farm 's " Voyage to the Iron Reef " a day before it opened to the general public, followed by a panel discussion with Jeff Tucker (Entertainment Supervisor, Knott's Berry Farm), Lara Hanneman (Director of Entertainment and Production, Knott's Berry Farm), Jeff Gahagen (VP of Maintenance, Knott's Berry Farm), and Ernest Yale (CEO of Triotech ). Copyright CFEC / Cedar Fair Parks. All rights reserved Yale's...
  • Nancy Stadler

    Get your Disney fix in New York with entertainment historian Jim Hill : Disney Trivia Challenge May 2nd, 'Frozen' talk May 16th

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    Do you love Disney? Is New York City one of your favorite places to be in the Spring? Are you amazing at solving word puzzles? If you said "Yes !" to all of the above, then you're gonna LOVE the Time'd Square Trivia Challenge What: Get ready for the Time'd Square Challenge , a three-hour experience designed by the fiendishly clever, one and only Jim Hill of Jimhillmedia.com. But what will I be doing?: Prepare to repeatedly crisscross the Crossroads of the World as you seek out...
  • Nancy Stadler

    Spring is nearly here, but we're still talking "Frozen": Join Jim Hill for a "Making Of" talk in New York May 16th

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    Let's Talk Frozen! Join entertainment historian Jim Hill for a behind-the-scenes look at Disney's mega-hit movie "Frozen" Brought to you by - e.t.c.: Events Tailor-made & Customized What: Entertainment writer and Disney historian Jim Hill takes you behind the scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios and reveals Disney's more than 60-year struggle to turn Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fairy tale into a full-length animated feature. Over the course of this 90 minute...
  • Nancy Stadler

    10 Things You Should Know About Disney's Film Version of "Into The Woods"

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    Twelve years ago, following the phenomenal success of the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Chicago" director Rob Marshall sat down with Stephen Sondheim and expressed an interest in directing a film version of one of the legendary composer's stage productions. At the top of Sondheim's list: "Into the Woods," one of his most acclaimed - and poignant - works, and one which he thought would be a perfect fit for Marshall. Marshall and his producing partner, John...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Walt Disney Birthplace Restoration - Phase One: Halfway Home

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    Last week, I attended a fundraising dinner at one of Walt's favorite restaurants, The Tam O'Shanter . As attendees dined on their famous prime rib, Disney author (and former Disney Home Video honcho) Mindy Johnson talked with special guests Alice Davis and Kathryn Beaumont about their experiences with Walt. Alice talked about how she first met Walt (at that very restaurant!) and how Walt prophesied that one day she would work for him, and how that prophecy coming true worked out. Kathryn...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    GameStop Expo 2014 gives Disney fans sneak preview of "Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay" and Disney Infinity 2.0 figures

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    So what was GameStop Expo 2014 (i.e., that seven hour-long experience which was held at the Anaheim Convention Center back on September 10th) like? Photo by Shelly Valladolid I have to admit that I found the whole event to be pretty sweet. I mean, you had over 80 companies like Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, EA, Activision and Ubisoft all there under one roof. And if you want to play a game that wasn't even on the market yet (EX: Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts 2.5 ReMIX ) ... Photo by Shelly Valladolid...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Cosplayers with all of their clever costumes were one of the real highlights of this year's WonderCon

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    Well, WonderCon 2014 has come & gone. By now, the last of the thousand or more cosplayers who attended this three day-long event have hopefully cleared out of the Anaheim Convention Center . Photo by Noe Valladolid And while there were a lot of reasons for someone like myself (who makes their living these days writing about entertainment news & pop culture) to have braved the crowds at WonderCon. For example -- getting the chance to test-drive Disney's new Magical World game ... Photo...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Knott's Berry Farm honors its heritage by revamping / refreshing Calico Mine Train & Camp Snoopy

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    On the heels of its highly successful redo of that theme park's iconic Timber Mountain Log Ride , Knott's Berry Farm is doubling down for the Summer of 2014. This time around, two elements of this Southern California favorite are receiving some much needed TLC: The Calico Mine Train (which first began riding the rail back in November of 1960) and Camp Snoopy (which greeted its first guests back in July of 1983). Campy Snoopy back in the early days. Photo by Shelly Valladolid In the case of...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Are you up to an artistic challenge? Then drop on by Disney Interactive and create your own Virtual Vinylmation

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    Do you consider yourself to be kind of a frustrated artist? Are you one of those people who -- when you're confronted with a blank page -- doesn't automatically quake with fear? But -- rather -- just picks up a pen, pencil or stylus and begins creating. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved If so, then you may be interested in learning about this new FREE IOS/Android app. Which then allows you to be the artist and design your own Virtual Vinylmation figure online using a...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    SeaWorld San Diego's new Explorer's Reef area allows guests to have a hands-on animal experience as soon as they enter this theme park

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    It's been said that "You only get one chance to make to make a first impression." Copyright SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. All rights reserved And given that visitors to SeaWorld San Diego have been entering that theme park by strolling past the same old, boring, blocky set of ticket booths since 1985 ... Well, the designers at SeaWorld decided to use this theme park's 50th anniversary as an excuse to reinvent its entry experience. Copyright SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Disney hopes that "Hidden Worlds" will inkspire more Facebook users to try social gaming

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    Disney Hidden Worlds is the newest Playdom social game integrated with Facebook , and it takes the "hidden items" model a step further, while integrating Disney characters to a degree never seen before. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Chrona is your host as you play, and she is helped by the Inklings, who manufacture story items with ingredients you find along the way to create things like Maurice's cart, which unlocks Beast's Castle after you play the Belle's...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    My Happy Disney Life, I hope

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    I have a confession. I like to watch...gameplay videos. Being a woman of very little hand-eye coordination, when it comes to fast-moving games like Epic Mickey and Kingdom Hearts , my choices are: Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved 1. Use a cheat engine (NO) 2. Watch Noe and Alice play. Right now, I'm catching up to one of the Harvest Moon games I put off while in college, " Tale of Two Towns " and watching Alice play the gorgeous " Skyrim " while I wait...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Tripping the light fantastic at Knott's Berry Farm's New Year Eve celebration

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    Having already explored Knott's Merry Farm during the day , I thought that I'd make another trip over to Buena Park and see what the holiday version of America's First Theme Park looked like after dark. Though -- in hindsight -- it might not have been my brightest idea to schedule my return trip to Knott's for New Year's Eve. Photo by Shelly Valladolid In all the years that I've been going to this theme park, I have never seen Knott's Berry Farm as busy as it was this...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    All aboard for all sorts of seasonal surprises at this year's edition of Knott's Merry Farm

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    Can it really only be a couple of weeks since the buildings in Calico Square were covered with cobwebs? Photo by Jim Hill These days, if you drop by America's First Theme Park , you'll find that Knott's Scary Farm has given way to Knott's Merry Farm ... Photo by Noe Valladolid And all of those wraiths ... Photo by Jim Hill ... have been replaced with wreaths. Photo by Noe Valladolid And as you wander the streets of Ghost Town now through January 5th, you'll find poinsettias instead...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Universal Studios Hollywood really put on the dog for this year's kick-off of its Grinchmas Wholidays celebration

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    Trim up the tree with Christmas stuff Like bingle balls, and whofoo fluff Trim up the town with goowho gums and bizilbix and wums Copyright 2013 Universal Studios. All rights reserved You gotta give the folks at Universal Studio Hollywood credit. For -- when it came to the kick-off of this year's Grinchmas Wholidays celebration -- they not only broke out their presents, their ribbons, their wrappings, Universal even sprang for some snoof and some fuzzle, some tringlers and trappings. They even...
  • Nancy Stadler

    How did Brian Morrow sell SeaWorld executives on building "Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin" in Orlando? It started with some cardboard & glue

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    Do you remember how you used to do those projects in grade school? Where you'd sit at the kitchen table with a pair of safety scissors, a pile of cardboard, a bottle of Elmer's Glue and a shoebox? And then -- after an hour or so of cutting & gluing (and a little help from Mom) -- you'd wind up with a pretty crummy diorama of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Or a fairly lumpy relief map of South America. Well, Brian Morrow -- the Creative Director for SeaWorld Parks...
  • Floyd Norman

    Toon Tuesday: An old fashioned notion in the Cartoon Business

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    At the risk of being considered a grumpy old timer, I have a need to air a few gripes from time to time. Plus, my sixty or so years in the cartoon business has earned me the right to be critical on occasion. I'll say upfront that I have no personal ax to grind. I've been treated extraordinarily well during my years in animation and my personal complaints are few. Sadly, this hasn't always been the case for my colleagues. I've watched this same scenario played out dozens of times during...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    "Marvel's Avengers Assemble" is looking to bring some of the big fun of the "Marvel's The Avengers" movie to the small screen

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    So what's the deal with " Marvel's Avengers Assemble ," that new animated series that premieres tomorrow morning, July 7th at 11 a.m. ET/ PT on Disney XD ? Didn't XD already an animated series (i.e. " The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! ," which aired on this cable channel from 2010 - 2012) that celebrated this comic book crew? To hear Jeph Loeb (i.e. the head of Marvel Television and executive producer of "Marvel's Avengers Assemble") talk, the...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Animation fans are sure to get a bang out of Disney's new series of Mickey Mouse shorts

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    "I hope that we don't lose sight of one thing. That it all started with a mouse." -- Walt Disney And given that Mickey is basically the well-spring from which all good things flow at The Walt Disney Company ... well, it's kind of appropriate that -- on Disney's Glendale Campus -- there's this very cool Mickey-inspired fountain. Photo by Noe Valladolid "And what exactly were you & Noe doing on Disney's Glendale Campus?," you ask. This past Friday was Mickey...
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    Getting hands-on with Disney Interactive's new gaming initiative, Disney Infinity

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    Disney Infinity was the star of the Disney Interactive booth at E3 last week. Photo by Noe Valladolid People stood in two-plus hour-long lines to have a t-shirt, jersey tee or hoodie made with their choice of Disney Infinity character mash-ups: Photo by Noe Valladolid Mike Wazowski with Mr. Incredible Evil Emperor Zurg with Vanellope Von Schweetz Captain Jack Sparrow in Cinderella's coach, which has monster truck Photo by Noe Valladolid Davy Jones atop a rainbow bus Tonto surfing with Stitch...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    The sky's the limit when it comes to playing options for Nintendo's soon-to-be-released "Disney's Planes" game

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    On the final day of E3 2013 , I flew on into that huge pavilion which Nintendo had set up inside of the Los Angeles Convention Center . Where I then had a chance to chat with Corey Valencia from Disney Interactive about the upcoming Planes game . Which will be based on that new animated feature which Walt Disney Pictures will be releasing to theaters on August 6th of this year. --> Copyright Disney - Nintendo. All rights reserved According to Corey, "Disney's Planes" is actually...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    SEGA showcases its remastered, reimagined version of Disney Castle of Illusion at E3 2013

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    So what can gamers expected from Disney Castle of Illusion when it finally hits store shelves later this year? Photo by Shelly Valladolid Omar Woodley from SEGA took time yesterday to show us the remastered, re-imagined version of this classic Genesis title. According to Omar, the collaboration between Sega and Disney started about two years ago. "It's a re-imagined version." Omar explains. "There's quite a bit of the old game there, but also new stuff." SEGA's Omar...
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