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  • Blog Post: Apricot Lane is a fashionable new addition to the Downtown Disney District's West End

    I have good news for the fly fisherman of Southern California. Maybe you've heard about this new trend among Hollywood fashionistas . Where they're taken the rooster feathers that are traditionally used in fly tying and then turned them into a fashion accessory? I know that this may sound like...
  • Blog Post: As Walt Disney once said: "I think it's important to have a good, hard failure"

    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...
  • Blog Post: Why it's dangerous for animation studios to get fat & happy

    Several years ago a group of young artists were griping about things at their studio. Their behavior amused and annoyed me. I scolded the kids and informed them that one day they would look back and remember this time as the good old days and wonder why they ever complained about anything. Every studio...
  • Blog Post: Gary Beach and Terrence Mann remember "Beauty and the Beast" 's trip from the screen to the stage

    For Tony Award winner Gary Beach , his association with " Beauty and the Beast " pretty much began the way the rest of ours did. In a movie theater. "I was living in LA when Disney premiered the film at the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. It was a really big deal. They had a...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday: The Wow Factor

    I’ve often been asked this goofy question. “How would you run an animation studio if you were in charge?” Questions like this come from young people who assume I have answers. The truth is, I’m not in that position, and I don’t expect to be. However, I once ran my own business...
  • Blog Post: Sherman Brothers honored with their very own Window on Main Street at Disneyland

    Given the strong positive reaction that Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman ’s Window on Main Street ceremony received this past Thursday morning, Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis remarked “ … we should open the Park like this every day.” But – then again -- how could you not love an event...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday : My Luncheon with Roy

    I don’t know who came up with the bright idea, but it was a darn good one. What about spending our noon hour with the Vice Chairman of Walt Disney Feature Animation ? Would Roy Edward Disney accept our invitation, we wondered? The only way to find out was to simply ask. The early 1980s proved to...
  • Blog Post: Tube Tuesday: ABC’s “All My Children” celebrates its 40th anniversary today

    If you're a pop culture fan, you were fixated on “ Doctor Who ” this past weekend as David Tennant regenerated and then exited this long-running BBC science fiction program . Copyright 2010 BBC. All Rights Reserved While I myself have enjoyed Tennant’s take on the good Doctor, David’s four-series-stint...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday: What was it like to work at the Mouse Factory back in the 1950s?

    A group of young guys and gals gathered in the office of a Disney veteran on the third floor of the Animation Building. “Boy, you missed it,” the old timer rhapsodized as he spoke about the good old days of the late 1930s and early 1940s. “This used to be a great place to work, but the strike ended all...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday: The End of Endless Development

    Recently, I was listening to a writer describe President, Barak Obama and the Obama White House as being impatient. In fact, White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanual has a known reputation for being impatient, and is a guy intent on getting things done. What the heck does this have to do with animation...
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