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  • Blog Post: How Disney's two-dimensional "Beast" became a 3D "Beauty"

    New and a bit alarming Who 'd have ever thought that this could be? Well, " Beauty and the Beast " co-director Kirk Wise doesn't seem all that surprised that this Academy Award-winning film (which was the first animated feature to ever be nominated for Best Picture) got selected for...
  • Blog Post: Pixar's Darla K. Anderson's slow & steady path to success

    Here's kind of a depressing fact to start 2011 off with: 88% of all people will fail to keep their New Year's resolution . With 45% of those folks falling off the self-improvement wagon by the end of January. And why is that exactly? To be blunt, it's because a lot of us aren't willing...
  • Blog Post: Will Johnny Depp’s version of the Mad Hatter soon be making appearances at Disney’s theme parks?

    First up, Mark K. writes to ask about WDW ’s Night Kingdom / Jungle Trek project: There was considerable talk several years back about a potential 5th park opening but I have heard no mention of it recently. Did the recession and the decision to remake fantasy land doom this project? Dear Mark K. – There...
  • Blog Post: “We Make Our Own Destiny” reveals how Disney’s “Prince of Persia” movie actually came together

    When discussing a new summer blockbuster like Disney’s “ Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time ,” it’s hard not to get caught up in all the details. Like those 1,200 visual effects shots that you’ll find in this Jerry Bruckheimer production. Or the action sequences that Mike Newell chose to stage 8,200...
  • Blog Post: Why For does Howard Stark look like Walt Disney in “Iron Man 2” ?

    IronManFan236 sent in a question that was short & sweet: Did Marvel Studios deliberately make Howard Stark look like Walt in “ Iron Man 2 ” as a tribute / tip-of-the-hat to the Disney acquisition deal? Iron Man 2, the Movie: Copyright 2010 MVL Film Finance LLC. Iron Man, the character: TM & Copyright...
  • Blog Post: “Ponyo” celebrates childhood, magic, the beauty of nature and … oh, yeah … ham

    If you’re going to see “ Ponyo ” and expecting yet another ambitious animated feature like “ Spirited Away ” and/or “ Princess Mononoke ,” you may be in for a bit of a disappointment. Copyright 2009 Disney Enterprises, Inc. / Copyright 2008 Nibariki-GNDHDDT. All Rights Reserved This time around, Japanese...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Will "Bolt" 's box office rebound over the long Thanksgiving weekend?

    Twilight is traditionally a time of shadows. But from what I hear, no one at Walt Disney Pictures dreamed that " Bolt " would be so totally overshadowed by “ Twilight ” at the box office this past weekend . As recently as 10 days ago, Mouse House marketing types were quietly putting out the word that...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch : Waiting for the "Dawn"

    Do you recall that shindig that Walt Disney Studios held at the Kodak Theatre back in September. Where the 26 movies that the Mouse House now has in the works -- among them highly anticipated sequels like " Pirates of the Caribbean 4 ," " Toy Story 3 ," " National Treasure 3 " and " Tron 2 " -- were...
  • Blog Post: Want the full picture when it comes to Disney's "Morning Light" ? Then see the movie AND pick up its companion book

    This past weekend, I found myself 90 miles from home in Hingham, MA. Photo by Jim Hill Why had I driven down to the South Shore ? Because I was trying to find a theater here in New England that was screening " Morning Light ." Which went into extremely limited release this past Friday. Photo by Jim Hill...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday : Will Disney Animation's latest "Rapunzel" rescue attempt have a negative impact on "Bolt" 's debut ?

    By now, I'm sure that you're heard that Glen Keane is no longer the co-director of "Rapunzel." That he and Dean Wellins will be turning the reins over to Byron Howard & Nathan Greno , who were the co-director and head of story on " Bolt " respectively. To be honest, this change couldn't have come...
  • Blog Post: Will the Credit Crunch & tech troubles trip up Disney's new Blu-ray push ?

    This is not how Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment thought this particular retail fairy tale would play out. Back in January when the Mouse announced that " Sleeping Beauty " would be the first Disney Platinum Edition title to be released on Blu-ray , executives in that division of the Walt Disney...
  • Blog Post: Will "Senior Year" re-energize Disney's "High School Musical" franchise ?

    For " High School Musical " fans, tomorrow's the big day. Copyright 2008 Disney. All Rights Reserved Starting on Friday, September 26th, advance tickets to "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" will be available for purchase over at this Walt Disney Pictures release's official website . Copyright 2008...
  • 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: The Towers live on ... in movies & television, that is

    I wonder if you've ever had an experience like this: The other day, I was feeling blue. Alice had just gone home after spending almost the entire summer up here in New Hampshire. And I was missing my daughter something fierce. Which is why I decided that I'd try & cheer myself up by watching...
  • Blog Post: Tune Tuesday : "Shrek the Musical" gets off to a great start in Seattle

    There are so many movie-based musicals turning up on Broadway these days that the theater community has actually invented a somewhat derogatory term to describe these high profile productions: movsicals. And what with the rather tepid respection that " Young Frankenstein " and " The Little Mermaid "...
  • Blog Post: In just one week, the Con is on !

    A week from today, the madness begins. Okay. I know. Comic-Con 2008 does have a preview night on Wednesday, which allows pre-registered 4-day members as well as industry professionals to enter the San Diego Convention Center early. Which then gives these folks first crack at acquiring cool crud like...
  • Blog Post: Tune Tuesday : "Hello, WALL-E! Well, Hello, WALL-E ..."

    It's one of the main reasons that people just can't stop talking about " WALL-E ." And -- no -- I'm not talking about the opening weekend grosses for this new Andrew Stanton movie (Though -- now that we've broached this subject -- while "WALL-E" didn't earn the $70-million-plus that Mouse House officials...
  • Blog Post: As Disney begins to get nervous about "Narnia," Pixar now sets its sights on "Mars"

    Last week, the trades were full of stories about how Brad Bird was getting ready to make his live action debut. How the director of " The Incredibles " and " Ratatouille " would soon be helming the big screen adaptation of James Dalessandro 's " 1906 ." Now some animation fans had initially assumed that...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday : How Pixar fixed "Finding Nemo"

    It's the story that won't go away. How back in 2001, Michael Eisner reportedly told Disney's board of directors that he'd be postponing any further contract talks with Pixar Animation Studios . "And why would the then-Chairman & CEO of the Walt Disney Company do that?," you ask. Because Eisner had...
  • Blog Post: Dorks save the day in Disney Channel's "Minutemen"

    Okay. Fess up. Who's been screwing with the space - time continuum? The reason I ask is … In the world where I live (Well, used to live), TV movies that were produced for airing on cable channels - particularly those cable channels that targeted the tween demographic - were always pretty horrible. These...
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