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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Hidden (loco)motive

    Maybe you saw the photo over at MousePlanet last week. You know? The one that showed a train being trucked into Disneyland after hours? "Yeah, what's the deal with that train, Jim?," you query. Well, as it turns out, the engine on the back of that flatbed was the "Marie E." Which used to belong to Disney...
  • Blog Post: Ticket to Ride

    If you're a Disney history buff, then you probably already know that the very first ticket for Disneyland was reportedly purchased by Roy O. Disney. Supposedly because Walt's brother wanted a physical souvenir of the day. Something that Roy could show his grandkids someday. And if you're seriously into...
  • Blog Post: ... or were they?

    "And a little child shall lead them ..." Isaiah 11:6 Let me see if I've got this straight: 11-year-old Thomas Adams of Tulsa, Oklahoma saw something on the tube about "Loonatics," this new program that's due to debut on the KidsWB in September. And he decided -- strictly based on brief glimpses of early...
  • Blog Post: McDonalds wants to continue its promotional deal with Disney, BUT ...

    Well, it's been a good ten year run. At least as far as the Walt Disney Company is concerned. But from McDonald's side of the fence, life hasn't always been a "Happy Meal." At least when it came to the fast food giant's decade-long decision to become Disney's primary promotional partner in the restaurant...
  • Blog Post: Boo Hoo Silly Dreamer.

    Well, the good news is ... That a lot more people will potentially get the chance to see "Dream On Silly Dreamer." Given this great little movie by Dan Lund & Tony West will be screening tomorrow at the Kalamazoo Animation Festival International as well as on May 23rd at the Alex Theatre in Glendale...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Joe Grant (1908-2005)

    How do you sum up the life of someone like Joe Grant? I mean -- sure -- at Disney, the term "Legend" gets tossed around a lot. But "Legend" isn't quite big enough to sum up who Joe Grant was, what he truly meant to the Walt Disney Company. Though small in stature, Grant was Feature Animation's equivalent...
  • Blog Post: Could we all be wrong about Hong Kong?

    "It's too small." Photo by Seth Kubersky Ask any Disney dweeb about what they think of the soon-to-be-opening Hong Kong Disneyland. And I can virtually guarantee you that the very first thing out of their mouths will be a complaint about the size of that theme park. They'll moan about how the Walt Disney...
  • Blog Post: Disney to mount actual expedition to Everest

    Normally, this is how things work at the Walt Disney Company: First Disney Studios produces a popular motion picture. Which then leads to the creation of a new ride, show or attraction for the theme parks that's based on that film. Of course, over the past five years (What with the production of those...
  • Blog Post: Why For?

    First up, Peter S. writes in to ask: Jim -- Sorry to hear about you missing out on the Disneyland's 50th celebration. But look on the bright side: This was just the kick-off of the "Happiest Homecoming" festivities. Disneyland's real birthday isn't 'til July 17th. So why don't you have Angela & Jeff...
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