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  • Blog Post: Tube Tuesday: Xmas marks the spot for the Muppets in 2009

    Thanksgiving is traditionally a time when we reconnect with friends & family. And this year, The Walt Disney Company must be feeling especially thankful for the way the public passionately re-embraced the Muppets last week. I mean, who would have thought that a viral video (which was shot on the...
  • Blog Post: Tune Tuesday: Disney to celebrate the performing arts in 2010

    If you’re a fan of The Walt Disney Company’s theatrical productions , then you should probably make a point of setting your TiVo to record Friday’s “ Live with Regis & Kelly ” (when the Las Vegas company of “ The Lion King ” will be making an appearance on that syndicated morning talk show) as well...
  • Blog Post: Disney XD uses out-of-the-box thinking to promote out-of-this-world TV movie

    It happened this past July. After another long day at Comic-Con , my daughter and I had just exited the San Diego Convention Center . We were trudging across those trolley tracks in the usual crush of conventioneers when Alice suddenly stopped and pointed at something off to the side. “Do you see that...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Meet Alan Bergman, Disney’s leader of the brand

    All of you “ Pirates of the Caribbean ” fans who have been feeling seasick ever since Johnny Depp said that his interest in appearing in a fourth installment of this film series had waned can now breath a bit easier. According to what Bob Iger said last Thursday during The Walt Disney Company’s fourth...
  • Blog Post: Practice makes perfect with the stage version of Disney's "The Lion King"

    Can it really be almost twelve years since Julie Taymor ’s acclaimed stage adaptation of “The Lion King” first bowed on Broadway? Given that the London production just celebrated its 10 th anniversary at the Lyceum Theatre , I guess the answer to that question would have to be “Yes...
  • Blog Post: Let George Do It: One-time WDW busboy becomes Disneyland’s newest president

    What with that $1.1 billion worth of construction that’s currently going on at Disney’s California Adventure (not to mention that $100+ milllion redo of the Disneyland Hotel that just got underway), the next three years are going to be a particularly tough time for the Disneyland Resort . Walt Disney...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: What to make of Mickey’s mixed signals

    It’s been quite a month for the Mouse, don’t you think? Inside of one single 30 day span, The Walt Disney Company has: Revealed that it would be spending $4 billion to acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. and its library of 5000 characters At the D23 EXPO , the Studios announced a new production label...
  • Blog Post: “Shrek the Musical” piles on the promotions, gets ready to launch its national tour in July of 2010

    You gotta give DreamWorks Theatricals & Neal Street Productions their props. These folks will do whatever they have to in order to make sure that “ Shrek the Musical ” stands out from the crowd. Seem that much more different than all the other shows that are currently running on Broadway. Take –...
  • Blog Post: The Muppets lead the way with Disney Parks & Resorts' new "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" promotion

    Because Kermit the Frog helps hammer together the framing for a new Habitat for Humanity house, he gets to take his little nephew Robin off to Disneyland to experience “ Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride .” And because Miss Piggy muscles some plywood into place at this very same construction site, she then gets a...
  • Blog Post: Wicked, warped “Eastwick” adds some adult fun to ABC’s 2009 – 2010 line-up

    Take a dollop of “ Desperate Housewives ” and then toss that into a blender with a cup full of “ Charmed .” Now whip up elements of these two hit show elements up until they’re light & frothy, then pour the whole thing over the Stars Hollow sets from “ Gilmore Girls .” What do you wind up with? A...
  • Blog Post: D23 EXPO presentation to reveal what Muppets have planned for 2010 & beyond

    For those of you out there who have been grousing about the Marvel acquisition deal – saying, in essence that “ … Disney’s going to ruin those characters just like they did the Muppets ” … Well, you clearly haven’t been paying attention to what Kermit & Co. have been up to this year. The Muppets...
  • Blog Post: Lasseter sprinkles Pixar dust over Disney Consumer Products, Imagineering

    When people talk about the impact that John Lasseter has had on the Mouse House, they tend to focus on Walt Disney Animations Studios as well as the Company’s Parks & Resorts division. Which is a shame. Why For? Because these folks are really missing the bigger picture. You see, John isn’t just out...
  • Blog Post: Michael Roddy's ready to take you behind-the-screams at Halloween Horror Nights 19

    How's this for a twist on social media? Universal Orlando has just set up a Facebook fan page for Halloween Horror Nights . Which is this seasonal USF event that typically features tons of performers who look as though they've just had their faces ripped off. If you can get past that grisly irony, then...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: The road ahead for Disney·Pixar ‘s “Cars”

    First the good news: What Disney Princess is for little girls, Cars has become for little boys. Copyright Disney·Pixar. All Rights Reserved As in: This John Lasseter film is now one of Disney Consumer Products ’ fastest growing key franchises. Global retail sales of “Cars”-themed licensed merchandise...
  • Blog Post: Tourists mob Muppets & Mouse shops, snatch up last “Mermaid” tickets

    According to the good folks at Gallup , consumer confidence is on the rise . At the very least, there’s been a sharp albeit seasonal increase in spending over the past two weeks. Of course, anyone who wandered through FAO Schwartz yesterday could have told that you spending was up. Based on the tons...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday: Glen Keane goes back to the drawing board

    He’s ba-a-ack. After taking a six month sabbatical from the Mouse House, master animator Glen Keane is back. Keane – who stepped down from his directorial position on “ Rapunzel ” last October due to health-related reasons – is now back supervising animation on that project. Master animator Glen Keane...
  • Blog Post: Do eye-popping effects & an emotional thru-line really hold the key to audiences connecting with “Alice” ?

    In response to last week’s Alice in Wonderland touring exhibit article , Cheshire Brat wrote in to say: In today’s article, you say that Tim Burton wants his version of “ Alice in Wonderland ” to be different from all the movies & TV shows that proceed it. That this time around, Burton wants to emotionally...
  • Blog Post: Comic-Con crowds go crazy for “TRON: Legacy”

    Given the firestorm that that “TRON” test footage created at last year’s Comic-Con … Well, it only made sense that the creative team behind this highly anticipated follow-up to that landmark 1982 film would then return to San Diego to reveal even more to this year’s attendees. The only problem is … Director...
  • Blog Post: Disney has big plans for “Prince of Persia” & “Phineas & Ferb” in 2010

    After dealing with all of the Preview Night craziness (i.e. the traffic, the lines, the crowds), it’s sometimes hard to remember why you’d ever willing subject yourself to something that‘s as brutal & intense as Comic-Con can often be. But me? Whenever I find myself wavering, debating whether I really...
  • Blog Post: “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is a full-bodied piece of entertainment

    I’m almost afraid to say this, given that there are still two installments of the “Harry Potter” film franchise yet to come (i.e. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One,” which is currently slated to hit theaters in November of 2010. While “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two” will...
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