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April, 2012

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    "Motorcity" brings some family-friendly anarchy (not to mention great racing sequences) to Disney XD

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    "You're serious? You really want to do this?" That's what Chris Prynoski remembers saying to Mouse House executives when they had their very first conversations with Chris about he and his Robin Red Breast, Inc. team possibly producing a brand-new animated series for Disney XD . Copyright Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. A Time Warner Company. All rights reserved Why the trepidation on Prynoski's part? Because Chris and his crew are probably best known for that Adult Swim favorite...
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    Disney to begin field-testing xPass / FASTPASS Plus at the Magic Kingdom this week

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    You have undoubtedly already heard all of the news coming out of last week's big blogger event at Walt Disney World . With all sorts of Web-based tastemakers getting treated to construction site tours of the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland expansion area as well as Disney's Art of Animation Resort . Not to mention getting interviews with the key creatives on the Agent P's World Showcase Adventure , the reimagined Test Track as well as the Splitsville project. Photo by Matt Stroshane....
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    Don Hahn & Dave Bossert to host "Another Evening of Disney Rarities" at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival

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    Today's the day that the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival officially gets underway. And given that -- for the past four years now -- this annual event has been a lot of animation fans' radar thanks to those "Evenings of Disney Rarities" screenings that Oscar-nominated producer Don Hahn and Disney Creative Director Dave Bossert have hosted ... Well, I thought that I'd reach out to Dave and see if another one of these genuinely fun evenings of film is in the works for this year's...
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    The results for JHM Trivia Contest No. 2 / Plus a brand-new contest for readers who Never (Land) win anything

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    My apologies to those of you who entered last week's contest for those two copies of "Jim Henson's Designs & Doodles: A Muppet Sketchbook" and have since been patiently waiting to learn who won. But what with Friday's not-all-that-surprising announcement that Rich Ross would be exiting Walt Disney Studios effective immediately ... Well, I had to put last week's Why For column on hold while I went off and chased that story . And rather than make you all wait 'til...
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    What Rich Ross' exit from Walt Disney Studios is really all about

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    For the past three days, the story that's been dominating entertainment news is Rich Ross' removal as Chairman of Walt Disney Studios . Now most of these articles seem to lay the blame for Ross' exit on " John Carter " 's box office . And while it's true that this Andrew Stanton film did play a role in Rich being shown the door last week, that movie's lackluster ticket sales weren't quite as big a factor in this decision as you might think. Why For? Because Walt...
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    Hang out with Peter Lord, director at "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," at a Google+ hangout

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    Arrrrgh you looking for something fun to do this Friday afternoon? Then why not head on over to +Sony at 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. Where you can join in on a Google+ Hangout session, where Peter Lord -- the co-founder and creative director of Aardman Studio -- will be talking about @Sony Pictures' upcoming film " The Pirates! Band of Misfits ." Copyright Sony Pictures Animation, Inc. All rights reserved Now what's particularly cool about this Hangout event is that Lord (who is "Pirates...
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    Entire Muppet clan reunites for "Jim Henson's Musical World" concerts at Carnegie Hall

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    There are those who talk about the big planetary alignment that's supposed to occur at the end of 2012 and what that then means for the fate of mankind. But me? I'd prefer to talk about the planetary alignment that just happened this past weekend at Carnegie Hall . Seriously. Someone must have moved heaven and earth prior to Saturday's "Jim Henson's Musical World" concert . Because there onstage right alongside the New York Pops were ALL of the Muppets. To explain: Ever...
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    And the winners are ... / And the next JHM contest is ...

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    Well, it turns out that Friday the 13th was pretty luck for two JHM readers. Because Beth Strutz and Todd Burnside (who was playing for his 8 year-old son) just won copies of Ridley Pearson 's new " Kingdom Keepers " book, " Shell Game ." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Congratulations to Beth & Todd. I'll be putting your "Kingdom Keepers" books in the mail bright & early on Monday. So please keep an eye out for those hardcovers...
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    How Glen Keane & Mark Henn turned some of Disney's most popular Princesses into toddlers

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    Trish D. of Tallahassee, FL. wrote in to say: I enjoyed reading today's story about "Tangled Ever After" and how Disney used all of its divisions to make the most of that animated short . But what really intrigued about today's article was the final photo, which showed a shelf full of Disney Animator's Collection Dolls . I haven't been to our local Disney Store in quite a while, so I'm unfamiliar with this line of toys. What's their story? The Disney Animator's...
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    How a six minute-long "Tangled" short wound up being a big earner for the Disney Store

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    In response of yesterday's "Looking back / looking ahead at Marvel Entertainment's merger with The Walt Disney Company" story , She Hulk wrote in to say: In this article, both Jay Rasulo and Jeph Leob use the term "bandwidth" while discussing what Marvel used to be able to do on its own versus what Marvel can do now that it's owned by Disney. I've never heard "bandwidth" used in this way before. Could you perhaps explain what Jay & Jeph were talking...
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    Looking back / looking ahead at Marvel Entertainment's merger with The Walt Disney Company

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    It's been almost three years now since Bob Iger asked then-Marvel Studios chairman David Maisel to pass along a message to Isaac Perlmutter . To be specific, the Chairman & CEO of the Walt Disney Company wished to talk with the Chief Executive Officer of Marvel Entertainment, Inc. about the Mouse possibly acquiring Marvel and its portfolio of over 8,000 characters . What followed was three months of highly secretive, very intense negotiations. Mind you, what made these talks particularly...
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    Building a better bunny (Rabbit) with master animator Eric Goldberg

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    In honor of Easter, I thought it might be nice to shine a spotlight on one of Disney's better-known bunnies: Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh . Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Now I don't know how many of you saw that full-length version of "Winnie the Pooh which Walt Disney Animation Studios produced last year, but Rabbit was the same only different in that animated feature. Thanks in large part to the talents of master animator Eric Goldberg . To explain: "When...
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    Disney "Newsies: The Musical" is one lean, muscular evening of theatrical entertainment

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    So let me get this straight: Disney Theatrical has just produced a brand- new Broadway show (i.e. that limited engagement of " Newsies: The Musical " which is now running at the Nederlander Theatre through August 19th) which isn't some special effects-filled extravaganza? The cast of Disney "Newsies: The Musical." Photo by Deen van Meer. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved So there's no nanny that flies out over the audience? No mer-people on Heelies...
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    The Kingdom Keepers enter dangerous waters in Ridley Pearson's "Shell Game"

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    Do you remember how -- back in the Summer of 2000, just after " Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire " was published stateside -- some people began grumbling about the direction J.K. Rowling had taken with her best-selling series of books? Among the complaints that you typically heard back then was " ... I'm uncomfortable with my kids reading the 'Potter' books now. They've gotten too dark, too violent." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Which...
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