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  • Blog Post: Don't be too quick to judge whether "Frankenweenie" is a box office mutt or a pure bred

    Director Rob Reiner told this great story earlier this month at the 50th New York Film Festival about how he didn't want " The Princess Bride " to wind up like " The Wizard of Oz ." "And why exactly would he say something like that?," you ask. Given how popular that...
  • Blog Post: Pook-A-Looz give classic Disney characters a quirky new look

    From the people who brought you Passamaquoddy , Heffalumps and Woozles as well as Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo , now come Disney Pook-A-Looz . The official tagline for this quirky new line of plush is “Too cute for their own good.” But these classic Disney characters didn’t get that way all by themselves. They...
  • 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: How it came to snow on Main Street USA

    During the 11 years she spent at The Walt Disney Company, Cynthia Harriss worked on an amazing array of projects. She helped grow The Disney Store chain from just 140 stores in North America to over 400. She also guided the Disneyland Resort through its $1.4 billion transformation, when this Southern...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Will Disney's "Mickey By" program start a fashion trend in 2010?

    We’ve all seen Mickey Mouse in this classic pose before, typically on a t-shirt. Copyright Disney. All Rights Reserved But here’s some food for thought: Would it cheese you off to see Mickey portrayed in this fashion? Photo by Jim Hill Or – better yet – would it bug you to see Disney’s corporate symbol...
  • 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: Is Disney looking to trade its 5th Avenue store in for a brand-new retail location down on Times Square?

    As you might expect, NYC's World of Disney is currently all tricked out for trick-or-treat time. Photo by Jim Hill And as you wander all three floors of this 5th Avenue store, you'll find all sorts of Halloween-related materials. From 15th anniversary " Nightmare Before Christmas " merch ... Photo by...
  • Blog Post: End of a Mouse Ear-a: "Where the Magic Begins" to close

    Copyright Disney. All Rights Reserved CINDERELLA : Why, it's like a dream. A wonderful dream come true. FAIRY GODMOTHER: Yes, my child. But like all dreams ... Well, I'm afraid that this can't last forever. How often do you see a car that co-ordinates with a store's exterior? Photo by Roger Colton For...
  • Blog Post: What's in store for the Disney Stores

    It's been kind of a tough week for Disneyana fans. Given that -- all over the country -- Disney Stores are shutting down. Rockford, IL . Naples, FL. Four stores in Michigan . 6 in Missouri. 9 in New York State. A whopping 16 stores closing in Pennsylvania. All told, 98 Disney Stores in the U.S. will...
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