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  • Blog Post: Agent P to replace Kim Possible as star of Epcot's World Showcase Adventure

    It's official. Teen crime fighter Kim Possible is being replaced by a platypus. In a recent interview with Travel Weekly editor-in-chief Arnie Weissmann, Chairman of Disney Parks & Resorts Tom Staggs was asked about the rumors which have been circulating lately about Disney's Kim Possible...
  • Blog Post: Wander the Cartoon Wastelands with Warren Spector in "The Art of Epic Mickey"

    It's the rumor which has got the gaming community buzzing . That there's supposedly a "Disney Epic Mickey 2" in the works. Even better, that the next videogame in this critically acclaimed series (which will reportedly be available in the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii formats) will...
  • Blog Post: How the Imagineers came to create the "Country Bear Christmas Special" show

    Back when I lived in Central Florida in the early-to-mid 1990s, one of my favorite things to do this time of year was to go into Frontierland at WDW 's Magic Kingdom and then catch a performance of "Country Bear Christmas Special." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved...
  • Blog Post: How come Hong Kong Disneyland can have a frightening Halloween event but the Anaheim original can't?

    So how did Disney diehards react to the recent news that Walt Disney World would soon be getting a brand-new interactive experience, " Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom " ... Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... and Disneyland Park would soon be bumping out the borders of...
  • Blog Post: Want a peek at Circle 7's unproduced "Monsters, Inc." sequel?

    Drop what you're doing right now. Seriously. Why For? Because truly cool things like this have a way of disappearing on the Web. Lawyers suddenly swoop in and something simply amazing that was there a minute ago is then gone forever. Which is why you need to head over to the Bob & Rob "Professional...
  • Blog Post: There's a real art to keeping Pixar's traveling art exhibition fresh

    Remysthe14me writes in to say: Copyright Disney Pixar. All rights reserved I saw Jon Nadelberg 's story about the " Pixar: 25 Years of Animation " exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California and was wondering if this is the same exhibition of art that was presented at the MOMA in 2005?...
  • Blog Post: "Two Guys Named Joe" celebrates the creative legacy of two Disney Legends

    So why exactly should you buy " Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers Joe Grant & Joe Ranft " (Disney Editions, August 2010)? Because this new John Canemaker book not only does a brilliant job of paying tribute to these animation legends, this 192-page hardcover contains one...
  • Blog Post: Tune Tuesday: Reimagined "Beauty and the Beast" puts a contemporary spin on this " ... Tale as Old as Time"

    Let me start out this review by admitting a somewhat embarrassing fact: Over the past 13 years, between the two of us, Nancy and I have seen the stage version of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" 10 times. To be honest, I'm not exactly sure how this happened. We started out innocently enough by catching...
  • Blog Post: You’re gonna need a bigger boat … er … theater

    I know, I know. It’s just the first week of May. But as far as Hollywood is concerned, Summer blockbuster season starts tomorrow with the release of “ Iron Man 2 .” But before the Web goes wild with predictions of how much this “ Iron Man ” sequel will earn over its opening weekend, I thought it might...
  • Blog Post: John Canemaker pays tribute to a guy named Joe

    You’ve probably seen a lot of Joe Ranft -related material popping up around the Web over the past few days. John Musker ’s excellent story reel-based tribute to his old pal (who was tragically killed in an automobile accident back on August 16, 2005 ). No to mention the first installment of Leo Holzer...
  • Blog Post: Why For is “Captain EO” really returning to Disneyland Park?

    First up, RedRyderBB writes in to say: Disneyland can’t be serious about bringing back “Captain EO.” I saw that 3D movie when it first opened in 1987 and once was really enough. “EO” was just a glorified music video. And even MTV doesn’t show music videos anymore. So what’s the point of bringing “Captain...
  • Blog Post: Stan “The Man” Lee to become Disney's front man for Marvel

    Well, it’s official. Provided – of course – that the Securities and Exchange Commission actually signs off on this merger, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is now a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company . Marvel shareholders voted last Thursday to approve this $4.24 billion acquisition, which...
  • Blog Post: Tune Thursday: “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas” returns to the Goodspeed Opera House

    Every family has Christmas Eve traditions. For the Hills … Well, first we eat itty-bitty pizzas. Then the family gathers in the living room, where – going from oldest to youngest – we each hang up our stocking before taking a single candy cane off of the Christmas tree. Whereas for the Gattelli family...
  • Blog Post: London’s original musical “Mary” is now Broadway’s newest nanny

    This is Sardi’s . The 82 year-old restaurant that was once the white-hot center of the celebrity universe. Photo by Nancy Stadler By that I mean: You weren’t really considered a star in NYC unless your caricature adorned the wall of this exclusive eatery. Which is why -- as you wander the halls at 234...
  • Blog Post: You don’t know Jack about Disneyland’s “Halloween Screams - A Villainous Surprise in the Skies"

    Boys and girls of every age, Wouldn’t you like to see something strange … Like – say – Zero flying over Sleeping Beauty Castle . Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer. Copyright 2009 Disney. All Rights Reserved Or – better yet -- a 20-foot tall magical orb that rises 45 feet in the air behind the Castle. Which then...
  • Blog Post: Tube Thursday: "Castle" fans storm SoHo's Apple Store

    Is it just me or does Nathan Fillion seem to be everywhere these days? I mean, the guy reprised his role as Captain Hammer in that “ Dr. Horrible ” sketch on the Emmys back on September 20th. The second season of Fillion’s latest show, “ Castle ,” debuted on the 21 st , while the DVD version of the first...
  • Blog Post: "The Art of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" details how DreamWorks Animation's latest came together

    When it comes to putting together a good "Art of" book, especially one that covers the creation of a new animated feature ... Well, it's a lot harder than it looks. Sometimes the authors of these over-sized coffee table books take themselves a bit too seriously. Which is why they then make the mistake...
  • Blog Post: "Disney at Dawn" continues the adventures of the Kingdom Keepers

    When we left Finn, Willa, Philby, Charlene and Terry at the end of " The Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark " (Disney Editions, September 2005), these five plucky teenagers had just defeated the Overtakers -- that mysterious group of characters led by Maleficent herself who were out to destroy WDW's...
  • Blog Post: Universal Studios Hollywood freshens up for the Fall

    As far as Universal Studios Hollywood is considered, this was the Summer of the Simpsons. " The Simpsons Ride ," to be exact. Photo by Shelly Smith But now Autumn's on its way. Which typically means that this is the start of the slow season for Southern California's theme parks. A time when you push...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday : Are you ready for the walkaround versions of the Disney Fairies ?

    I'm sure that you're familiar with the animated version of Tinker Bell that appeared from Walt Disney Productions' 1951 release, " Peter Pan " ... Copyright Disney. All Rights Reserved ... not to mention the live-action version of this pixie that periodically appears in fireworks displays ... Photo by...
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