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  • Blog Post: "Pixar: 25 Years of Animation" reveals the art at the heart of all those hits

    In 1979 George Lucas decided to create the Graphics Group as part of the computer division within Lucasfilm . In 1986, Steve Jobs paid Lucas $5 million and renamed the newly independent company Pixar . Twenty-five years have passed, and as of last Friday, " Toy Story 3 " has earned $920 million...
  • Blog Post: Disney animation fans rejoice, now that there’s more Moore on the market

    He’s the Disney Legend who’s credited with changing the look of Mickey Mouse. The self-taught artist who took that rubber armed, pie-eyed rodent from the late 1920s / early 1930s and then turned him into the corporate symbol that we know & love today. He’s the man gave the Seven Dwarfs their appeal...
  • Blog Post: Charles M. Schulz Museum pays tribute to pop culture & imaginary places

    When I was a kid I would read the comics in the Los Angeles Times every day. There was an entire page of them, and they had all kinds: Broom Hilda , Rex Morgan , Andy Capp , Wizard of Id , and many more. One comic that did not appear on the comics page was Peanuts . Peanuts appeared in the first section...
  • Blog Post: WonderCon 2010 winds up being unexpectedly fun

    Here’s the rub: I don’t know anything about this stuff. I have never gone to “fan” type conventions, and I don’t really read a lot of comic books. At least, not since I was 15. I don’t even really watch TV anymore, and rarely go to the movies. When I’m not working, I spend most of my time these days...
  • Blog Post: Disneyland history comes to life at D23's first anniversary party

    Though I must admit that back in January, when the D23 Anniversary event at Disneyland was first announced, I was skeptical as to how Disney would put together a three-hour party on a Wednesday that was worth a three-hour drive to the park.Three hours, each way, I might add. Having just attended the...
  • Blog Post: “Waking Sleeping Beauty” celebrates the Second Golden Age of Disney Feature Animation

    Given this documentary’s title, it’s kind of ironic that “ Waking Sleeping Beauty ” got its start the way most of us do when we’re just trying to wake up. Which is with a good, strong cup of coffee. As director Don Hahn recalls, it was November of 2006. Peter Schneider’s latest project – a stage musical...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch : Vegas veteran wades in on “Disney’s World of Color”

    Construction continue on “ Disney’s World of Color ,” that $40 million fountain show which is supposed to be up & running at DCA in the Spring of 2010. Photo by Shelly Smith For months now, Disneyana fans have been looking on as 1200 nozzles (each with its own individual LED lighting unit) were installed...
  • Blog Post: Hollywood bets big on “Beast,” considers remake of “My Fair Lady”

    Are you a fan of “ Beauty and the Beast ”? I hope so. Because – over the next few years – three different versions of this “Tale as Old as Time” are going to turn up at theaters near you. First up is the re-rendered version of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 1991 hit. Which turns this Academy Award-winning...
  • Blog Post: Toon Thursday : Tickets for Lasseter / Miyazaki event go on sale today at 9:01 a.m.

    If you’re an animation fan – a SERIOUS animation fan – you’re going to want to be in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, July 28 th . Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki Why For? Because on that night – and for that night only – two animation legends will be sharing a stage. John Lasseter will be hosting...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch : “Rapunzel” revealed; a “G-Force” sequel?

    How many of you remember what happened back in March? When the premiere issue of Disney twenty-three hit newsstands and then all the Internet movie news sites went crazy because that magazine featured an article on Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" ? Scans of the pictures that accompanied that piece...
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