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  • Blog Post: Your favorite cartoon characters come back from the dead for Disney Television Animation's "Re-Animated: The Zombie Show"

    Most companies -- when they're celebrating their 30th anniversary -- would hold a party. Maybe spring for a sheet cake and some punch. Photo by Rick Rowell . Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved But because Disney Television Animation will be commemorating this auspicious occasion...
  • Blog Post: From the JHM Archives: Exploring Marc Davis' Enchanted Snow Palace

    Go ahead. Ask a Disneyana fan who Marc Davis was. Better yet: Find yourself a comfy chair, sit down, and THEN ask a Disneyana fan who Marc Davis was. Marc Davis shows Walt one of the Audio Animatronic figures that were built based on his designs for Disneyland's "Pirates of the Caribbean"...
  • Blog Post: Would Walt's version of "The Aristocats" have been a bigger hit for Disney Studios?

    The full-length animated features that Walt Disney Animation Studios has produced over the past 75 years can mostly be sorted into two distinctly different piles: Those films that Walt personally had a hand in and those movies which were produced after Disney passed away. Please note that I said "mostly...
  • Blog Post: The countdown begins for the 2011 edition of the D23 Expo

    It all starts one week from today. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved A solid two years of planning has gone into the 2011 edition of the D23 Expo . We're talking about months of meetings with the various divisions of The Walt Disney Company. Hundreds of hours spent putting together...
  • Blog Post: Vinylmation Villains arrive at your local Disney Store today

    I'll be honest with you. I don't entirely get Vinylmation . Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Don't get me wrong. As I tried to explain to Nathan Rose during this week's Magical Definition podcast , I can appreciate the craft & artistry that go into the creation...
  • Blog Post: Volume 9 of the “Walt’s People” series features some great behind-the-scenes stories

    Good God. Are we really already be up to Volume 9 in the “Walt’s People” series? I can recall when Disney Historian Didier Ghez initially proposed these books (which – if I’m remembering correctly – was sometime back during the Pleistocene Epoch) that would collect & then reprint the very best Mouse...
  • Blog Post: The John Hughes / ABC / Walt Disney Company connection

    You'll find all sorts of tributes to the late John Hughes around the Web today. Stories where people talk about their favorite lines and/or sequences from " Sixteen Candles ," " Pretty in Pink " and " Ferris Bueller's Day Off ." But I wonder how many of these articles will bother to mention the role...
  • Blog Post: "Disney Dogs" showcases canine cartoon stars

    If you're a Disney trivia buff, I'm sure that you can already name the father & mother dog in " 101 Dalmatians ." But can you name all 15 of the puppies that Perdita had? Copyright 2008 Disney. All Rights Reserved Okay. I know. That's kind of a trick question. Given that -- in the original 1961 film...
  • Blog Post: "Dream Worlds" offers look at abandoned Disney animated features

    Who is Hans Bacher ? Trust me, folks. If you're a Disneyana fan, you know this man's work. If you were creeped out by the look of the Beast's lair in " Beauty & the Beast " ... Copyright 2007 Disney Enterprises. All Rights Reserved ... or ever marveled at the clean, crisp design of the logo for the...
  • Blog Post: Will Walt Disney Imagineering ever revisit the "Pluto's Playland" project ?

    For over 50 years now, the Walt Disney Company has been going to the dogs. Particularly when Mickey was looking for strong story material to build new motion pictures around. Think about it. Ever since " Lady and the Tramp " first bounded into theaters back in June of 1955, the Mouse Factory has turned...
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