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September, 2012

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    Huffington Post - Disney showcases its past & future with "Snow White" and "Paperman" screenings at New York Film Festival

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    Disney showcases its past & future with "Snow White" and "Paperman" screenings at New York Film Festival You'd think, given her previous dealings with poison apples, that Snow White would be somewhat hesitant when it comes to visiting the Big Apple. But Disney's very first princess (you know? The one who narrowly avoided a bad case of the Sleeping Death) is heading for the City That Never Sleeps. This Saturday morning, Snow and her seven tiny friends can be seen at...
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    Walk-around characters and celebrities share the spotlight at "Hotel Transylvania" screening

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    There's reportedly this interesting moment when you work on an animated feature when the ownership of that movie shifts from the production team to the audience. But I've never actually seen it happen ... Until this past Saturday morning, that is. Sony Pictures Animation was holding a special pre-opening screening of " Hotel Transylvania " at The Grove Stadium 14. And given that some of the key creative & voice talents from this Columbia Pictures release were supposed to be...
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    Huffington Post - How Pixar added depth to the Depths in "Finding Nemo 3D"

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    How Pixar added depth to the Depths in "Finding Nemo 3D" Bob Whitehill is very particular when it comes to particulates. You know what particulates are, right? Suspended solids in liquid. They're those itty-bitty bits of matter that give sea water its unique color and clarity, which is why -- if you're trying to use CG to create believable H20 -- you need to load that faux fluid with lots of artificially-created particulates. Which is just what Pixar Animation Studios did when they...
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    "Tim Hodge's Postcards & Doodles" proves that big fun often does come in small packages

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    We live in a pretty wondrous age when it comes to communications, don't you think? Where if you want to get ahold of someone, you now have a myriad of choices. You can pick up your mobile phone and either dial or text them. Or if you prefer to fire up your computer, you can then e-mail these folks or instant message with them via Facebook. Or just hop on Skype and do a quick video chat. Ah, but all this instantaneous communication does comes at a price. Whenever I go into town nowadays to pick...
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    "Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja" is very smart about the way this new Disney XD series gets dumb laughs

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    Pitches for new TV shows are typically rather elaborate affairs. Featuring over-sized pieces of production art (to help give the execs in Programming some idea what this series' main characters might possibly look like), props, costumes, music ... Whatever it takes to convince the powers-that-be that a pilot for this proposed new program should be produced. Well, that's not how Jed Elinoff & Scott Thomas actually sold their idea for a brand-new animated series to Disney XD . No sir. No...
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    Why For haven't the Imagineers built more rides, shows and attractions around the Disney Villains?

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    Chris B. wrote in on September 10th to say Hi Mr. Hill, Great website and so appreciate how you share your Disney knowledge. With the opening of the New Fantasyland Disney has installed a statue for Beauty and the Beast's Gaston. Disney villains have typically only been out and about for the Halloween events. Is Gaston's statue and tavern the first Disney Villain to get a permanent statue and "attraction"? The statue outside of Gaston's Tavern in the Fantasy- land expansion...
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    Why For was the Euro Disney project built in France rather than in Spain?

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    Earlier today, Chris sent me a note which read: Hi Jim I am loving the daily why for entries. I heard that when planning a european park the original plan was to construct somewhere is Spain. if this is true why for did Disney feel the need to build it in France? As a Britt, I can say that the amount of family trips to Spain must exceed those to France, mainly due to the better weather. If you could shed some light on this it would be much appreciated. The Euro Disneyland construction site in the...
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    Never mind about the $1.1 billion Disney just spent on its DCA redo. Why For isn't anyone talking about the billions Mickey has poured into WDW over the past 3-to-5 years?

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    Brian K. dropped me a line on September 3rd to say: Hey Jim! I can't get enough of your site and I literally feel like I "grew up" reading your insight into the parks and attractions, so thanks! I feel like I already know the answer to this, but do you think we might ever see a major investment in Walt Disney World 's four parks? I know none are near as fundamentally flawed as DCA was, but what about an announced "five year plan" for the resort, divvying another $1 billion...
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    Sony Pictures Animation producer points out the parallels between "Open Season" and "Hotel Transylvania"

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    It's not often that a woman steps off a speeding train and is then immediately asked "What do you want to deal with? A Grizzly bear or monsters?" Well, that's sort of what happened to producer Michelle Murdocca back in 2004. She was just finishing up working on " The Polar Express " when Michelle was asked if she wanted to become VP of Production for the then-soon-to-launch Sony Pictures Animation studio. "Before I could commit, I wanted to learn more about the properties...
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    Why For was Michael Clarke Duncan's Grizz character cut out of Disney's "Brother Bear" ?

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    Danielle F. wrote in yesterday to say: I really enjoyed today's story about Luigi's Flying Tires and like the idea of you turning Why For into a daily feature at your site. I just hope you get sent enough questions to actually make this happen. And speaking of questions: I was sorry to hear that Michael Clarke Duncan died today . I don't suppose that you have any Disney-related stories that you can tell about him? Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan in "The Green Mile." Copyright...
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    Why For are the ride vehicles for Luigi's Flying Tires being retooled

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    Pirate Pete wrote in this weekend to say: Have you been following what's been going on with the Luigi's Flying Tires ride at DCA 's Cars Land ? Why exactly did they remove the balls from that attraction? Was it a safety issue? Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer. Copyright Disneyland. All rights reserved Pirate Pete -- The balls weren't removed from this reimagining of Disneyland's classic Flying Saucers ride because of safety concerns. But -- rather -- because they were slowing down the...
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