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  • Jeff Lange

    Imagineers add "Boom!" and bite to Disneyland's "Jungle Cruise"

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    Jeff Lange fills you in all the "plusses" that were recently added to this classic Adventureland attraction. ...
  • Jeff Lange

    Hellish behavior mars an evening of heavenly music at the Magic Kingdom

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    Let me be blunt here: Jeff Lange did NOT have a joyful experience at this past Saturday's "Night of Joy." He explains why in the photo essay that you'll find below. ...
  • Jeff Lange

    Where the "World of Motion" AA figures finally came to rest

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    During a recent visit to Disney-MGM Studios, Jeff Lange found some old friends from Epcot literally hanging around in the queue area of that theme park's backstage tram tour....
  • Jeff Lange

    Character cameos at the Disney theme parks

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    Never mind about all those hidden Mickeys. Jeff Lange shows you where to find Toad in "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" and Ariel in "Peter Pan's Flight"...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Floyd Norman

    Walt's Jolly Holiday

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    Animation legend Floyd Norman returns with another great article for JimHillMedia.com. This time around, Floyd lets you know what it was really like to be on the Disney lot while "Mary Poppins" was in production....
  • Floyd Norman

    Black to the Future

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    JHM reader favorite Floyd Norman returns with another great column today. This time around, Floyd talks about the fateful day that he brought Uncle Remus out of retirement. ...
  • Floyd Norman

    Castaway, Disney Style

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    Floyd Norman looks back on the time when Walt Disney and *** Van *** tried doing their very own movie version of Robinson Crusoe. But somehow this film got marooned. ...
  • Floyd Norman

    Animation Lockdown

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    JHM reader favorite Floyd Norman asks: If animation studios are really in the business of making fun cartoons, then why do they need security systems that rival the Pentagon?...
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