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    Does no Joe mean that Disney could soon be in for another Howard's end?

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    Jim Hill wonders what sort of long-range impact Joe Ranft's death will have on Pixar Animation Studios. Will the Emeryville-based operation continue to churn out hits? Or will Pixar eventually flounder like Disney Feature Animation did following Howard Ashman's untimely passing?...
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    Kick in some cash to help give cancer the boot, okay?

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    Jim Hill plugs a charity that's very near and dear to his heart: An annual cancer walk that honors the memory of his late cousin, Janet McDonald. Which will be held in Randolph, MA. on April 1st...
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    Why For

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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about Roy Disney's reaction to the Pixar acquisition, gives us some background on Hani El-Masri, offers up some details about the "Discovery Bay" theme park, delivers an update on his unauthorized Disneyland history CD as well as revealing the key role that a veteran Disney animator played in the creation of that classic sci-fi film, "Forbidden Planet"...
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    Disney theme park emergency plan is simple as A, B, C

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    Ever wonder what it must have like to be at Disney World on 9/11? Jim Hill shares some of the details, plus filling you in on the various procedures that the Disney theme parks follow in emergency situations...
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    "My, people come and go so quickly here"

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    In a quick story for the site today, Jim Hill charts the recent comings and goings at the Walt Disney Company ...
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    Remembering Don Knotts (1924 - 2006)

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    Jim Hill looks back at the career of this sitcom legend who made several family comedies for Walt Disney Productions during the 1970s...
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    Wanna peek at Pixar's theme park "To Do" list? Go check out "Re-Imagineering"

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    Jim Hill directs you to a blog that's actually being run by some Pixar staffers who are actively soliciting opinions about what should be done to fix the Disney theme parks and Walt Disney Imagineering ...
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    A bad news edition of Why For

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    Jim Hill delivers somewhat depressing answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim reveals why "The Morning Report" wound up on the Special Edition "Lion King" DVD, why Innoventions has become so bland, what happens to all those articles on "Save Disney" as well as what's supposedly holding up the Disney Cruise Line's third ship...
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    Traditional animation's slow-but-steady return to Walt Disney Studios

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    Jim Hill suggests that you all keep an eye on "Enchanted." For many folks at the Mouse House now view this live action / animated romantic comic-fantasy as the vehicle that will eventually help revive traditional animation at Walt Disney Studios...
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    Veterans recognized at Magic Kingdom's flag retreat ceremony

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    In honor of Presidents Day, Jim Hill talks up a patriotic ceremony that's held most afternoons at WDW's flagship theme park ...
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    Wh(Yeti) For

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    In a special all "Expedition Everest" edition of Why For, Jim Hill answers your questions about Animal Kingdom's newest thrill ride. WARNING! This JHM article features spoiler photos. So reader beware!...
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    New Surrell book offers detailed look at "Pirates" origins

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    Jim Hill reviews Jason Surrell's latest theme park history, which offers a detailed look at how the "Pirates of the Caribbean" attraction originally came together. More importantly, a glimpse at what the future of this franchise might be...
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    Tidbits from Toy Fair 2006

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    Jim Hill braved this past weekend's blizzard in NYC just to bring you an update from the American International Toy Fair. Learn what's coming from the "Toy Story and Beyond" line as well as get a glimpse of the new CG Mickey...
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    Monday Mouse Watch: Waiting on John

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    Jim Hill shares the latest scuttlebutt coming out of Walt Disney Imagineering. Where the guys at WDI figure that it will at least be another six months before John Lasseter can take a more hands-on approach toward creatively overseeing that part of the company...
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    A special "Lucky Rabbit" 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 talks about what reportedly really caused the Oswald acquisition deal to happen, Pleasure Island's original line-up of nightclubs and the current status of "Toy Story III" ...
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    "The Black Cauldron" : What went wrong

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    Jim Hill takes a look back at the production history of this animated feature, paying particularly close attention to the role Don Bluth may have played in sending this once promising project off track...
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    The "American Adventures" we almost got

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    Jim Hill takes a look at some of the other ideas that the Imagineers considered for EPCOT Center's U.S.A. pavilion...
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    In search of the very first Hidden Mickey

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    Jim Hill attempts to get to the bottom of this whimsical tradition at the Disney theme parks, which involves stashing Mickey-shaped objects inside of rides, shows and attractions ...
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    Indiana Jones and the Lost Expedition ... Found!

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    Jim Hill unearths the site plan for an attraction that was originally proposed for Disneyland nearly 20 years ago. One that would have combined a jeep ride, a mine car-themed roller coaster, the Jungle Cruise as well as Disneyland's own railroad into one mega-sized Indiana Jones-themed attraction ...
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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 the backside of Expedition Everest, Pixar's possible impact on DCA, Pleasure Island's old "Forbidden Disney" show, how Buzz Lightyear got his voice and the DVD debut of "Dream On Silly Dreamer"...
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    What will 2006 bring for the now New-Year's-Eve-free Pleasure Island?

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    Jim Hill shares what he's been hearing about this once-wildly-popular WDW nightclub complex. Which may be in for a pretty radical makeover in the coming months...
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    Could a monster be what's needed to keep DisneyToon Studios off the chopping block?

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    Jim Hill offers a suggestion to Sharon Morrill, president of DisneyToon Studios. A way she can perhaps keep John Lasseter from closing down Disney's video premiere operation...
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    Big John

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    Do you wonder what John Lasseter actually did last Wednesday as he made his way through Disney Feature Animation and Walt Disney Imagineering? Jim Hill fills you in on all the incredible details of his tour...
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    Monday Mouse Watch 1

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    Jim Hill rolls out a brand-new column today. Where he'll attempt -- in a somewhat breezy manner -- to bring us all up to speed about what's been going on lately at the Mouse House. This time around, Jim talks about what's going on at WDI, seagulls at Disneyland, shipping crates at MGM as well as elephants at DAK...
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    Could it finally be time for Disney to drop a few Stitches?

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    Has the Walt Disney Company accidentally over-exposed one of the only franchisable sets of characters that the studio has created over the past 10 years? Jim Hill gives you the lowdown on "Lilo & Stitch" 's slumping popularity...
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