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  • Floyd Norman

    When you work in animation, there’s just no avoiding those Pink Slip Blues

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    Disney Legend Floyd Norman returns with a column that discusses one of the lesser popular aspects of working in Toontown. And that’s the layoff that invariably comes whenever a new animated feature completes production

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  • Floyd Norman

    Young kids & old codgers proved to be a very powerful combo at Walt Disney Studio

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    It never occurred to me at the moment. I guess I was too busy being enthralled by all the amazing artwork on the walls. Yet, there was something different about the animation unit, and it took me a while before I realized what it was. It turns out the entire unit was unique. It was comprised of animation veterans and green young kids beginning their move up the animation ladder. Why is this important, you ask? Read on, and you'll find out why. The entire second floor space of D-wing was occupied...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive fundraiser shines spotlight on how modern animated features are actually made

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    Shelly Smith reports in on Monday night's event at Woodbury University. Where Don Hahn, James Baxter, Mike Belzer and Nik Ranieri shared stories about what life is like in today's animation industry...
  • Floyd Norman

    Toon Tuesday: Remembering Ginny Tyler

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    I recently learned of the passing of my friend and colleague, Ginny Tyler . Ginny and I shared our love for Disney. And I always regarded her as a true talent as well as one of the chief Mouseketeers much like the original head mouse, Jimmie Dodd . Back in the 1960s, Ginny performed live segments from Disneyland during the re-edited and repackaged syndication run of the original Mickey Mouse Club . It was during this time she became known as the Disneyland Storyteller and was even praised by Walt...
  • Floyd Norman

    Toon Tuesday: My Meeting with Gerry

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    As I sat at my drawing board wildly sketching away on a new feature film idea, I suddenly glanced up to see two visitors in the room. It seems they were scrutinizing the sketches, models and story boards in my cluttered office. The two older gentleman were wearing the pastel colored garb usually sported by retirees living in the nearby beach community. But, who were these codgers, I wondered. And why would they have any interest in an obscure little cartoon studio in Newport Beach? I could tell by...
  • Floyd Norman

    As Walt Disney once said: "I think it's important to have a good, hard failure"

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    If you're a fan of Pixar Animation Studios (and I'll admit I am) you're probably familiar with the evolution of their first animated feature. A little film called " Toy Story ." You see, the motion picture concept the boys from up north showed Disney back in the 1990s was hardly greeted with warm enthusiasm. As a matter of fact, some Disney executives wanted the movie shut down. Confronted by this dire situation, the Pixar brain trust decided to regroup and rethink the entire...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Trader Sam's adds Tiki-themed fun to the Disneyland Hotel

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    Though there's been no formal announcement yet, jungle drums quickly spread the news last night that Trader Sam's (i.e. the bar component of the Disneyland Hotel 's new Tangaroa Terrace complex ) was finally open for business. Photo by Shelly Valladolid Tiki fans stood in hour-long lines outside of this recently completed facility, hoping that Trader Sam's would actually deliver on the promise of that concept art which the Imagineers released earlier this year. Copyright Disney Enterprises...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Jolie Hales & René Torrico are named as Disneyland Resort Ambassadors for 2011 - 2012

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    They initially started out with 72 candidates. 72 Cast Members who wanted to be the face of the Disneyland Resort for 2011 - 2012. Who personally wanted to take part in those community outreach programs like when the Disney characters visit local hospitals. Or MC cast recognition events, grand openings, special promotions and the like. And then those 72 candidates went through five weeks of classes & intense preparation. Where they learned about the history & the heritage of the Disneyland...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Bruce Boxleitner tells Garrett Hedlund: "TRON is MY legacy ... so don't screw it up"

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    For the past six days or so, TRON fans around the world have been dissecting those 23 minutes of footage that they saw last Thursday on TRON Night . As they try to determine whether this Joseph Kosinski film will actually be a worthy follow-up to the 1982 original. But me? I prefer to get my info straight from the source. So this past Saturday, I dropped by the Lightspeed Fine Art booth at Long Beach Comic Con and had a chat with Tron himself, Bruce Boxleitner . Who - given that he has actually appeared...
  • 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

    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

    LEGOLAND Hotel now set to welcome its first guests on April 5th

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    It was a bright, sunny morning in Carlsbad, CA today, when LEGOLAND California held a brief presentation outlining the upcoming plans for the resort in the next year, including a new 4-D experience based on their new Chima series & toys and the opening of the first LEGOLAND Hotel in the United States. General Manager Peter Ronchetti spoke, outlining the successes of the past year and unveiling the new attraction, which will open to the public March 7 at LEGOLAND California and the LEGO Discovery...
  • Shelly Valladolid

    Celebrating the holidays aboard the Disney Wonder

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    In early December, a pal and I decided to close out the year with a week-long Disney Cruise to the Mexican Riviera, the last time (at least for the near future) that the Wonder will be making this voyage. As with the parks, the holidays were in full swing on board, and we even got to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah our last night on board. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved In the lobby, there's a huge, beautiful Christmas tree - and the scrollwork on the base matches...
  • Floyd Norman

    Toon Tuesday: Funky Warehouse Syndrome

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    Disney Legend Floyd Norman points out an interesting paradox of the animation industry. In that artists deserve the finest facilities, but it's sometimes better if they don't actually get them...
  • Floyd Norman

    King Kahl: A personal look at Disney's master animator, Milt Kahl

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    Animation industry legend Floyd Norman returns to JHM with a great new article about one of Disney's "Nine Old Men," Milt Kahl....
  • Floyd Norman

    Requiem for a Gag Man

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    Animation industry legend Floyd Norman thinks that it's no laughing matter that big shot screenwriters now control the animated story telling in Hollywood....
  • Floyd Norman

    Ward Kimball: Animation's Renaissance Man

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    This time around, Floyd Norman talks about the Disney legend who could could do it all. Though colleagues grumbled when Walt called him a genius, Kimball was indeed just that. ...
  • Floyd Norman

    The trouble with "Dinosaur"

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    Floyd Norman looks back on his involvement with Disney Feature Animation's first CG project. Which -- while this Eric Leighton & Ralph Zontag film may have been visually stunning -- it wasn't all that entertaining...
  • Floyd Norman

    Precious Commodity

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    Floyd Norman returns with a somewhat cautionary tale about what can happen to a corporation when it ties up far too much of its future with just a few individuals...
  • Flo Doyle

    Dropping in on DCA's "Twilight Zone Tower of Terror"

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    How does DCA's newest thrill ride stack up, particularly in comparison to the Disney World original? JHM guest writer Frank Duren (of TalkDisney.com fame) offers up his opinion of the attraction....
  • Floyd Norman

    Crash Landings

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    Animation industry legend Floyd Norman returns with the tale of two high flying animation studios that eventually went down in flames....
  • Floyd Norman

    Hollywood name-dropping, Disney style

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    You can't work at the Mouse Factory without rubbing elbows with a few celebrities. Floyd Norman tells tales about those that he's encountered during his time in Tinsel Town...
  • Floyd Norman

    Identity Crisis

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    In "The Lion King," the ghost of Mufasa reminds Simba to "remember who you are." Animation legend Floyd Norman thinks that Disney Feature Animation might be advised to do the same....
  • Floyd Norman

    A 1950s era tour of Walt Disney Studios: Part I

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    Ever wonder what it was like to work at the Mouse House before it became a mega-corporation? Floyd Norman takes JHM readers on a tour of Disney Studios back when it was still a family friendly company and nobody cared about Wall Street...
  • Floyd Norman

    Navel Maneuvers and other silly stuff

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    Some pretty strange stuff can happen when you work in the entertainment industry. Floyd Norman shares some tales about his experiences back during the early days of television...
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