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    "You always have to be sure & take those meetings"

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    JHM begins a three part series about Dreamworks Animation's upcoming release, "Over the Hedge." In today's installment, Jim Hill talks with that film's producer, Bonnie Arnold. Who reveals how a chance encounter with the then-head of Disney Feature Animation eventually led Arnold to a whole new career in the CG field...
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    Monday Mouse Watch: The Battle of Midway (Madness)

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    Jim Hill's back with an intriguing tale about the real significance of those two dark rides that are being built at Disney's California Adventure and Disney-MGM Studios. How the proposed locations of these new attractions speak volumes about the way WDI is now trying to reinvent itself ...
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    Could the Dreamfinder soon be returning to Epcot's "Journey into Imagination" attraction?

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    Rumors abound that Tony Baxter has just been tapped to oversee a redo of this Future World favorite which would finally re-unite Figment with his old friend. Jim Hill shares the news that just leaked out of Emeryville...
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    Could "Tarzan" 's lousy reviews translate into an early exit for Josh Strickland?

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    In the wake of the critical drubbing that Disney Theatrical's newest production just received, the Mouse's marketing department is now struggling to come up with ways to make this new musical more appealing to ticket-buyers. And among the ideas that are allegedly being floated is replacing the "American Idol" contestant who now plays the show's title role and bringing in a new name performer to play the Lord of the Apes...
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    Monday Mouse Watch: Disney junks junk food

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    By opting not to renew its global marketing alliance with McDonald’s as well as radically rethinking the types of food products that its characters will now be allowed to help promote, the Walt Disney Company is hoping that it will be able to avoid being sucked into the pending “Big Food” litigation. Jim Hill explains how...
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    Will a CG Mickey help keep Disney's core group of characters evergreen?

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    Jim Hill talks about tonight's premiere of "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" on the Disney Channel, the Walt Disney Company's latest attempt to make the corporation's core roup of characters that much more appealing to the next generation of consumers...
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    Making Fun of the Mouse: Part III

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    In the final installment of this three part series, Jim Hill pays tribute to those magical movie moments when WDFA & Dreamworks Animation employees put the "dis" in "Disney" ...
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    Making Fun of the Mouse: Part II

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    As this new three part series continues, now Jay Ward and Bob Clampett both take swipes at "The Happiest Place on Earth."...
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    Making Fun of the Mouse: Part I

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    While some Disneyana fans are still squawking about "Journey to the Disney Vault," Jim Hill points out that the tradition of parodying Disney's shorts & feature films actually dates back at least 'til the 1940s...
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    Arrrr Eww ready for a spoiler-iffic look at "Dead Man's Chest"?

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    Properly warned, ye be. Jim Hill is about to reveal several major plot points from the upcoming "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequel, which will be sailing into theaters on July 7th. So if you don't want this Walt Disney Pictures release spoiled, now might be a good time to heave to and pull up anchor...
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    Game Over: WDW's DisneyQuest to close in early 2008

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    Jim Hill reveals how Downtown Disney's indoor theme park will soon be closing its doors to make way for a brand-new ESPN Zone. ...
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    Could "Tarzan" 's original screenplay provide the key to saving Disney's still-floundering new musical?

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    Jim Hill offers a suggestion to the creative team that's currently struggling to get "Tarzan" ready for its Broadway debut. Maybe the best way to shore up this show's saggy second act is to borrow a few ideas from the film's original screenplay. Which took the Lord of the Apes out of the jungle and set him down in London's high society...
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    A very Toon-ful Why For

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    Jim Hill's back with even more answers with your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim explains how the once-dead "Gnomeo" wound up being resurrected by Miramax, how "Song of the South" may soon be coming to a PC near you as well as giving you an update on "Enchanted"...
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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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