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    John Lasseter: “Quality is a great business plan”

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    With the hope that this article might even out the score a bit, make it not seem like JHM is always picking on Pixar, Jim Hill shares a transcript of John Lasseter’s remarks at Disney’s annual shareholder meeting last month. But then – to balance things out – Jim shares a bit of news that will probably upset both Mr. Lasseter & Disneyana fans...
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    Disney's "Magical Beginnings" offer trips that are tailored toward toddlers

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    While poking around that web site where the Walt Disney Company registers all of its domain names, Jim Hill came across a new vacation package that's just begun to be offered at both the Disneyland & the Walt Disney World resorts. One that's sure to be a bit controversial with those folks who already think that the Mouse is making far too much money off of material that's marketed directly to children...
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    Road Trip! "Cars" stars depart on promotional tour that will take these full-sized replicas to over 40 U.S. cities

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    Look who rolled through Akron yesterday? Lightning McQueen and Sally from that upcoming theatrical release, "Cars." Thanks to Chuck Nilson and his trusty camera phone, we now have a sneak preview of this impressive traveling unit. Which will soon be visiting a city near you as it promotes Disney / Pixar's latest animated feature ...
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    Monday Mouse Watch: Insecurity & in-jokes

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    As security begins to tighten at Disney Feature Animation, Jim Hill shares a few of the in-jokes from Walt Disney Pictures' Spring 2007 release, "Meet the Robinsons"...
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    Want to "Meet the Robinsons" today? Then be sure and check Starz Kids & Family tonight

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    In a rather surprising move, Walt Disney Pictures is -- for the next 10 days -- going to offer a sneak peek at WDFA's next project through the Starz Entertainment Group. Jim Hill shares all of the intriguing details...
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    Why For?

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    Jim Hill's back with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about an early Disneyland attraction that never quite made it off the drawing board, why "The Wild" actually was screened for a few critics last week as well as offering a peek at what's been going on lately over at WDW's Pleasure Island...
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    If Kimberly Williamson-Butler actually wins this election, should they hold the victory party at the Blue Bayou?

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    Can you spot the amusing mistake over at the electkimberly.com web site? Well, I can guarantee you that New Orleans residents won't be amused once they see the picture at the top of this page ...
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    Monday Mouse Watch: Tis a pity that he's a "quote whore"

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    Jim Hill has noticed something interesting about the TV commercials that the Walt Disney Company is now using to promote "The Wild." It appears that all three of the quotes that are being featured in these ads are attributed to a single film critic: KNX's Jim Svejda. Who has quite a history of being overly-enthusiastic about Disney Studio releases...
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    Me Tarzan. You ... Why For?

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    Jim Hill's back with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This week's column, though, is something of a departure. Given that it concentrates on JHM readers' concerns & comments about all the sightline challenges that the "Tarzan" creative team are currently facing at the Richard Rodgers theatre ...
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    NOT coming to a Toys 'R' Us near you anytime soon: "The Wild" merchandise

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    In a story that doesn't exactly bode well for the new CG feature that Walt Disney Pictures will be releasing to theaters next Friday, Jim Hill talks about how Toy 'R' Us execs were offered the chance to produce some "The Wild" -themed plush ... but then passed on that opportunity after they saw a work-in-progress version of this CORE Digital production...
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    Does Hollywood actually believe that American audiences have lost their taste for Anglo-style animation?

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    Jim Hill has stumbled upon a fascinating explanation as to why Disney just shut down production of "Gnomeo & Juliet" and Dreamworks Animation is currently retooling "Flushed Away." Could it be that certain studio executives actually believe that the type of humor & story-telling that is typically found in British-themed toons doesn't appeal to American audiences anymore? ...
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    Monday Mouse Watch: With great power comes ... some surprising limitations

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    Jim Hill tries to give us some idea of where John Lasseter & Ed Catmull's power really lies. How these two Pixar execs have absolute control over WDFA but surprisingly little pull when it comes to Disney Consumer Products...
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    A rather theatrical edition of "Why For"

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    Jim Hill's back with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim continues to shine a spotlight on "Tarzan" 's sightline problems, talks about why Bruce Willis (and not Jim Carrey) is now the voice of R.J. the raccoon in Dreamworks' "Over the Hedge" as well as revealing that a really-for-real stage version of "High School Musical" is currently in the works ...
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    Cast of Disney Channel's "High School Musical" to go on tour

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    Looking for yet another way to cash on the astounding success of this TV movie, the Walt Disney Company is reportedly planning on sending several members of the talented teenage cast of "High School Musical" out on the road later this year. Jim Hill reveals what he knows about this still-in-the-works plan...
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    No more "Gnomeo"?! "Robinsons" to be radically retooled?!

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    The changes keep a-coming at Disney Feature Animation. Jim Hill brings us up-to-speed about the WDFA project that John Lasseter & Ed Catmull recently shut down as well as the changes that they now want Stephen Anderson to make to his upcoming Walt Disney Pictures release...
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    Monday Mouse Watch: A somewhat obstructed view of "Tarzan"

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    Jim Hill reports on the sightline problems at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Which had many audience members complainly loudly as Disney's newest musical gave its very first public performance this past Friday night...
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    Why For?

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    Jim Hill's back with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about what was almost done with Disneyland's Grand Canyon & Primeval World dioramas, brings us an update on the "Cars" premiere event in North Carolina as well as sharing some info about what Disney Theatrical has been up to lately...
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    "Cars" 's premiere to be held (appropriately enough) at North Carolina racetrack

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    Jim Hill fills you in on Disney's plans to hold an extra-special world premiere for this upcoming Pixar Animation Studios release. Which involves turning the Lowe's Motor Speedway (for one night only) into a giant outdoor movie theatre ...
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    Monday Mouse Watch: The coming Disney / Pixar corporate culture clash

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    As the Walt Disney Company gets ready to complete its acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios, Jim Hill wonders: Will this Emeryville-based operation really be able to remain unique? Or will Pixar's 850 employees eventually find themselves acting just like the 133,000-plus people who now work for the Mouse House do?...
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    Why For returns

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    Jim Hill's back with even more answers to you Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim discusses what became of that "Song of the South" DVD, what may next be in the works for DAK, defends Don Hahn's reputation as well as trying to get to the bottom of that "Walt's last film" myth...
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    Only two more weeks 'til the Janet McDonald Memorial Walk Against Cancer

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    As the days tick down 'til the kick-off for this annual fundraiser for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Jim Hill shares even more stories about his late cousin. Particularly how Janet used humor & heart to get through the darker days...
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    The folks from Pixar "Meet the Robinsons"

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    Though it's still two months or more 'til the Walt Disney Company officially completes its acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios, John Lasseter & Co. are already reportedly quietly at work on their very first project for the Mouse House. Which is to figure how to gently retool the second act of Steve Anderson's directorial debut, "Meet the Robinsons"...
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    Monday Mouse Watch: How things wax and wane out west

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    As Jim Hill gets ready to head back East, he shares a few highlights of his most recent trip to the West Coast. Including a visit to this past Saturday's Movieland Wax Museum auction...
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    The Disney 9/11 stories continue ...

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    JHM readers continue to share their stories of what it was really like to be at various Disney resorts as these tragic events unfold. In today's article, we journey from Tokyo to Paris to Anaheim ...
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    Just three more weeks 'til the Janet McDonald Memorial Walk Against Cancer

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    Jim Hill is back with yet another column about this fund-raiser that honors the memory of his late cousin which also raises money for the Immunotherapy Research Center at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute...
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