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March, 2006

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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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    9/11 at Walt Disney World: First Person Accounts

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    Have you ever wondered what it must have been like to be at WDW when the towers fell? JHM readers come forward now with their own stories about what it was like to be working at and/or visiting the theme parks on September 11, 2001...
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    The "Cars" showroom is now open!

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    Jim Hill takes you on a brief tour of the recentlv updated version of the promotional website for this upcoming Disney / Pixar release. Jim also shares some of the better inside gags from this John Lasseter film...
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    Monday Mouse Watch: Pirates & fairy godmothers & dinosaurs, oh my!

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    Jim Hill details the upcoming changes at Disney World's waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment complex, including Phase I of the construction/demolition at Pleasure Island ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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