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  • Blog Post: "Imagineering Field Guide" packs big fun into tiny book

    I know, I know. You've just put away this year's Halloween costume. And you haven't even finished eating all of the leftover trick-or-treat candy yet. So you're really probably not be in the mood to hear something like this. But ... THERE ARE ONLY 52 SHOPPING DAYS LEFT 'TIL CHRISTMAS! AIEEEEE!?! Okay...
  • Blog Post: Will Disney Digital 3D help make "Chicken Little" a hit big?

    What's that cry you hear coming out of the Team Disney Burbank building? Not "The sky is falling." But -- rather -- " ' Chicken Little ' 's box office projections need to be lowered." Where just weeks ago, studio execs were confidently predicting that this Mark Dindal film would earn at least $30 million...
  • Blog Post: Trick-or-treating with Walt Disney

    Okay. There are ten of thousands of us now who can say that we once attended "Mickey's Not-so-Scary Halloween Party." Either in its East Coast or West Coast incarnations. And there are thousands of people who can claim that they once attended the "Little Monsters on Main Street" event. Which used to...
  • Blog Post: Make-up artist creates killer costumes inspired by Disney theme park rides

    Feeling pretty confident about this year's Halloween costume, are you? Fairly certain that you're going to take top prize at tonight's party? Well, you'd better hope and pray that Eric Skodis isn't going to the same Halloween party that you're attending this evening. "Who's Eric Skodis?," you ask. Well...
  • Blog Post: A tentative take on "Trick or Treat"

    J L: Come on, Jim. Please? JH: Jeff, I can't do it. It wouldn't be right. We've been friends for -- what? -- 15 years now? So there's no way that I can be expected to put together a totally impartial review of your "Trick or Treat" DVD . JL: But Halloween's only a couple of days away. And I was really...
  • Blog Post: Disney's "Tarzan" is Broadway-bound. But -- after that -- could you believe ... Las Vegas?!

    I know, I know. It's kind of bizarre to talk about the future plans for a Broadway musical that hasn't even gone into rehearsal yet. Let alone officially opened. But rumors have already begun swirling about Disney's " Tarzan ." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. Mind you, these rumors have nothing to...
  • Blog Post: Animation fans aren't all that wild about "The Wild" preview

    If you listen carefully, you can hear an awful lot of Disney animation fans out there hollering today. And -- no -- it's not because they're imitating the Lord of the Apes. But -- rather -- because of a special feature that can be found on the new " Tarzan: Special Edition " DVD, which actually hits...
  • Blog Post: Mickey's cost containment moves are starting to make WDI & DisneyToon staffers very, very nervous

    My, how times have changed at the Walt Disney Company. Particularly when it comes to Walt Disney Imagineering and DisneyToon Studios. By that I mean ... Just seven years, senior Imagineers wouldn't be caught dead working on something as insignificant as a mere attraction redo like " Journey into Your...
  • Blog Post: Wright was the right guy to write the Magic Kingdom Field Guide

    To hear Alex Wright tell the tale, his interest in the Disney theme parks actually started 'way back in 1975. When he tagged on a trip that his aunt & uncle were taking to WDW's Magic Kingdom . "What I remember from that trip was how fascinated I was by the rides at the park," Wright explained. ...
  • Blog Post: Muppet stamps take Manhattan

    It almost seemed like a Henson Associates reunion yesterday at NYC's Museum of Television & Radio . As members of Jim Henson's family as well as longtime HA employees gathered in the Mark Goodson Theater to dedicate that souvenir sheet of Muppet stamps that the U.S. Postal System recently issued...
  • Blog Post: Iger removes head of Muppet Holding Company

    This past Tuesday was supposed to have been a day of celebration at the Muppet Holding Company. The day when Kermit the Frog would be appearing on "Good Morning America" and reveal that the Walt Disney Company would be holding a 15-month-long celebration in honor of that character's 50th year in show...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Jerry Juhl

    "Whatever you do, just make sure that it's silly." That's supposedly the one request that Susan Juhl is making of writers. All us poor slobs who are now struggling to find just the right words to properly sum up the life of her late husband, Jerry. So I'm going to try and not be mauldin here. Because...
  • Blog Post: How Rita rained on Kermit's parade

    Were you somewhat surprised at the rather low-key approach that the Muppet Holding Company took toward the launch of " Kermit's World Tour " yesterday? I mean, everyone's favorite frog made a brief appearance on " Good Morning, America ," followed by Reuters rolling out a smallish news story . Is this...
  • Blog Post: Exhibitors seem to think that "Chicken Little" could hit big

    For the last couple of days, I've gotten some stray e-mails from people who attended the Disney Studio Showcase. Which was a day-long event that was held at Hollywood's Kodak Theater last Thursday in an effort to get exhibitors excited about Disney's upcoming releases. Up until yesterday, most of the...
  • Blog Post: Disney gets ready to play "musical chairs" with some of its Broadway musicals

    Sometimes, you just have to admire the chutzpah of the folks running Disney Theatrical . I mean, here they are. Their next musical, " Tarzan ," doesn't even open at the Richard Rogers Theater 'til May 9th of next year. But these guys are already hard at work on the musical that they'll open after that...
  • Blog Post: Is "Haunted Mansion Holiday" going on holiday after 2006?

    "You gotta be kidding me." That was honestly my reaction, folks, when this e-mail first appeared in my in-box a few days ago: "Tell your readers to enjoy 'Haunted Mansion Holiday' while they can. There's a rumor flying around TDA that Tim Burton wants Disney to pull the plug on " The Nightmare Before...
  • Blog Post: "Corpse Bride" may be no "Nightmare," but it's still a fun film

    I'll start by answering the most obvious question: Is Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride" as good as his previous stop motion opus, " The Nightmare Before Christmas "? Almost . Copyright Warner Brothers Pictures Don't get me wrong. Due to its amazing art direction as well as its state-of-the-art stop motion...
  • Blog Post: It's not easy being (ever) green

    This auditions announcement has almost become a Rorschach Test among Muppet enthusiasts. Copyright Muppet Holding Company LLC The fine print in this casting notice reads: Seeking experienced puppeteers with improvisitional and vocal skills. Relocation is not required, however you must be available to...
  • Blog Post: "In Your Face" honors the memory of Dan Lee

    If you're an animation fan who's heading to the Bay area sometime in the next few weeks, you really should plan on stopping by the Canvas Gallery . Where - now through September 25th - this restaurant / art gallery / performance space is presenting an exhibition of Dan Lee's work. Photo courtesy of Amber...
  • Blog Post: 10th anniversary "Toy Story" DVD offers sneak peek at "Cars"

    Look. I'll just say it straight out: If you're an animation fan, you've gotta go buy a copy of the 10th anniversary " Toy Story " DVD. "© Disney. All Rights Reserved." I know, I know. You probably already own a copy or two of this landmark Pixar Animation Studios film. Which is why you might (understandably...
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