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  • Blog Post: Disney to release a 3D version of "Chicken Little" to theaters

    Hey, gang -- Jim Hill here. Now normally we don't run press releases here at JHM. But this particular press release ... Well, it heralds a pretty significant change in the way Walt Disney Studios will be presenting its animated films from here on. So I thought you folks would want to hear about it ASAP...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Paul Winchell (1922-2005)

    Sometimes I wonder if it's better not to know too much about your favorite performers. By that I mean: Over the last day or so, the Web has been awash with stories about Paul Winchell -- who sadly passed away this past Friday at the age of 82. And virtually all of these articles have talked about what...
  • Blog Post: Getting Ready to Hit the "Reset" Button

    Okay, where the hell is Hill? I've been coming to JHM for the past four days, looking for the last few installments of his "Star Tours" series. Only to find that JimHillMedia.com has become a Jim-free zone. So okay, Roy. Tell the truth. You've got Hill locked in a closet somewhere, right? And you're...
  • Blog Post: The "Star Tours" Saga continues: Let George do it

    So it was official. The Imagineers and George Lucas were going to combine their talents to create some sort of "Star Wars" -based attraction for the Disney theme parks. In particular, an attraction that would make use of simulator technology. But how does one actually go about doing something like that...
  • Blog Post: Today's the last day to take part in JHM's special "Mouse Tales" promotion

    In the words of the late, great Douglas Adams: Don't panic. Now I know -- judging by all the agitated e-mails that have popped up in my in-box today -- that some JHM readers are getting concerned. They see that a day or so has gone by since the last installment of my new "Star Tours" series was posted...
  • Blog Post: Wanna help David Koenig do something Amazon.com... er ... amazing?

    David Koenig has a dream. The author of arguably the best Disneyland history on the market today -- " Mouse Tales: A Behind the Ears Look at Disneyland " -- wants to make a little publishing history. And you can help David achieve his dream. How can you help? Well, Koenig's publishing house -- Bonaventure...
  • Blog Post: The "Star Tours" Saga: First, a quick pre-flight drink ...

    Well, I don't know if I believe in the Force or not. But I'm thinking that it was probably preordained that George Lucas would eventually do something for the Disney theme parks. After all, George was one of the very first people on the planet to actually experience "The Happiest Place on Earth." Or...
  • Blog Post: Giant Japanese Monsters invade Hollywood!

    For more than half a century, audiences around the world have been thrilled and amused by kaiju-Japan's monster stars of the theater and television screen. The huge international success of the original GODZILLA (Gojira, 1954) spawned a neverending wave of beasts and aliens of all shapes and sizes. Last...
  • Blog Post: Independence Lake fact sheet

    Copyright 1976 Walt Disney Productions NAME: Independence Lake -- A Walt Disney Outdoor Division Project LOCATION: The Independence lake - Mt. Lola area of California, approximately 10 miles north of Truckee, and outside the Lake Tahoe Basin. WHO ARE THE PARTNERS: The Walt Disney Company has entered...
  • Blog Post: "Tarzan II" surprisingly good

    Look. Somebody has to say this ... I realize that all of these "video premiere" prequels / midquels / sequels remain kind of a hot-button issue with the animation community. With a lot of folks saying that the only reason that the Walt Disney Company keeps turning these things out is that they make an...
  • Blog Post: "Why For" scrubbed on account of "Scrubs"

    I swear to God I was going to do a "Why For" today. Honestly. I had already selected my first question to answer. Which was Kelly C. of Thousand Oaks, CA. Who wrote in to ask: Jim: I know that Disneyland's "Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" ride has some sort of tribute to the "Country Bears" stashed...
  • Blog Post: The Harry / Hurley Connection

    Okay. Now that we've all seen "Lost" 's season finale, we've had some of our questions about this hit ABC series answered. Like what's actually inside that hatch. Or what the "Black Rock" is. But -- for every "Lost"-related question that got answered by last week's two-hour-long episode -- two more have...
  • Blog Post: Let's take a trip to "The Island at the Top of the World"

    Barry S. dropped me a line yesterday to say: "Jeff Lange's 'Circusland' story last Friday was just great. I love it when JHM posts articles about attractions that the Imagineers never got around to building. Can you please do another story about Discovery Bay?" Okay, Barry. How about an article about...
  • Blog Post: "Muppets' Wizard of Oz" fall-out continues

    If you thought that Dorothy got badly spun around when her farmhouse was sucked up into that tornado, wait 'til you hear about what Disney's spinmeisters are trying to do with "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz." In the wake of the lackluster reviews and less-than-impressive ratings that this TV movie recieved...
  • Blog Post: Could car crashes soon be a part of Tomorrowland's past?

    Putt-putt-putt ... BANG! That's a sound that you can hear echoing throughout Tomorrowland virtually all day long. The sound of one Autopia car suddenly smashing into the rear-end of another Autopia. Sometimes this happens because you're dealing with an inexperienced driver. Still other times, these collisions...
  • Blog Post: "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz" disappoints

    One of my favorite Bloom County cartoons has Opus reviewing a particularly horrible movie. Seated at his typewriter, the prissy little penguin hammers out: "George Phblat's new film, 'Benji Saves the Universe,' has brought the word 'BAD' to new levels of badness. Bad acting. Bad effects. Bad everything...
  • Blog Post: "Kingdom Keepers" attempts to translate Disney theme park fun to new book series.

    Okay. I'm guessing that you've been to a Disney theme parks. And maybe you've already signed up for Disney's Virtual Magic Kingdom . Which is the Mouse's attempt to replicate the fun of visiting a Disney theme park, only in Internet form. Well, you haven't seen anything yet, kids. Just wait until this...
  • Blog Post: How "Star Tours" became a reality

    The following press release was actually released to the media back in January of 1987. Bringing the "Star Wars" mythology to Disneyland is no small venture, as the two-year collaborative effort of Walt Disney Imagineering and George Lucas will attest. The Tomorrowland attraction that would evolve into...
  • Blog Post: Is FastPass going to become a "Pay for Play" perk?

    The good news is ... We're probably going to see far fewer FastPass machines in the Disney theme parks in the future. The bad news is ... Disney's virtual queuing system isn't going anywhere. It's just going to mutate from being something that day visitors to the parks can take advantage of to more of...
  • Blog Post: Were Disney's lawyers at odds with "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz"?

    Well, we're just days away from " The Muppets' Wizard of Oz " premiering on ABC. And though Disney continues to aggressively promote the TV movie (With Miss Piggy appearing on " Live with Regis & Kelly " on Thursday, followed by Ashanti on Friday), the early word on "Oz" isn't all that great. Not...
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