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  • Blog Post: Huffington Post -- How Disney "Aladdin" went from being a diamond in the rough to Broadway's newest hit

    When the reviews for Disney "Aladdin: The New Musical Comedy" finally came in last night, with the New York Times praising this production for its " ... relentless razzle-dazzle and its anything-for-a-laugh spirit," there was no one on this planet that was more pleased & relieved...
  • 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: Disneynature’s “Oceans” takes an in-depth look at the depths

    Summing up Disneynature ’s “ Oceans ” is really kind of a challenge. Given that this seven-years-in-the-making, four-years-of-principal-photography production literally circles the globe. Taking you from the North Pole down to the South Pole as well as making stops in all five of the world’s oceans as...
  • Blog Post: Leonard Maltin to receive the first-ever NFFC-Disneyana Fan Club Heritage Award

    For a guy who spends much of his time among the stars (the Hollywood kind, anyway), author and film historian Leonard Maltin is surprisingly down-to-earth. Which is why – when Leonard and I chatted on the phone yesterday about how he’d been selected to receive the very first NFFC-Disneyana Fan Club Heritage...
  • Blog Post: eFX Inc. to begin taking pre-orders on Disney’s Nautilus replicas this Thursday

    “ … There is hope for the future. When the world is ready for a new and better life, all this will someday come to pass, in God's good time.” Copyright Disney. All Rights Reserved The above quote is – of course – from Walt Disney Productions’ Academy Award-winning version of “ 20,000 Leagues Under The...
  • 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: "I can go to Disney and be a director, or I can stay here and make history"

    "It was 20 years ago today ..." Well, it was tomorrow actually. August 2, 1988 to be precise. That was the date when an incomplete version of " Tin Toy " first screened at SIGGRAPH and truly wowed the crowd in Atlanta. Given the overwhelmingly positive response that this John Lasseter film received ...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Charlton Heston (1924 - 2008)

    I was sorry to hear that Charlton Heston passed away this past weekend. Mind you, that wasn't because I thought that this Academy Award winner was a particularly good actor. But rather ... Well, because -- for the past few weeks -- I've been doing some research for an article that I've now got in the...
  • 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: Oscar Watch '08: Miramax maxes out while the Mouse gets skunked

    "Maybe Tuesday will be my good news day ..." -- lyric from "The Man I Love" by George & Ira Gershwin Well, if you worked on the Miramax Films side of the Mouse House, Tuesday definitely was a "good news day." Disney's art house arm snagged Academy Award nominations for four of its most recent releases...
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