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  • Blog Post: Will bargains bring consumers back to the Disney Store?

    So what's the biggest change that The Children's Place retail chain has made so far at the Disney Stores? Well, they reworked the store's logo. With the hope that this might then help make the Disney Store seem a little bit hipper, a little more "part of the now." Photo by Jeff Lange And -- at least...
  • Blog Post: Disney takes a two tiered approach to the promotion of "Narnia"

    Normally at WDW's " Night of Joy " Christian music events, it's the performers who are on stage at WDW's who are doing all the promoting. Who spend their time between songs talking up their new CDs and/or upcoming tour schedules. However -- starting next month -- it'll be the Mouse who'll be doing the...
  • Blog Post: That little old lady bears an "Incredibles" resemblance to ...

    I'm told that the tradition goes all the way back to 1938. Where a quick sequence in "Ferdinand the Bull" (which showed the picadors parading into the arena) featured caricatures of several key Disney animators and directors. With Walt himself closing out this scene as the matador who struts proudly...
  • Blog Post: Why was the head of WDFA afraid to put "Fraidy Cat" into production?

    It was to have been Ron'n'John's first computer animated feature. A comedy thriller that affectionately paid tribute to the films of Alfred Hitchcock. And -- according to WDFA insiders -- the rough story reel version of this picture was playing as well as anything that Ron Clements & John Musker...
  • Blog Post: Why For returns!

    First up, Ari S. writes in to ask: Jim -- There's this weird old house on Walden Drive in Beverly Hills. You may have seen pictures of it in LA history books. It looks like something straight out of a Disney animated feature from the 1930s. That's actually why I'm writing today. A friend of mine swears...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready for this? "Disney Princess Cereal" !?

    I have to admit that I'm not all that enthusiastic when it comes to breakfast cereals these days. But maybe that's because I'm a guy in my mid-forties. Which means that -- if I've got a box of cereal in front of me on the breakfast table -- chances are that this food product will prominently feature...
  • Blog Post: Disney showcases upcoming animated films at SIGGRAPH 2005

    There is nothing Mickey Mouse about the Walt Disney Company's efforts at SIGGRAPH 2005 . Photo by Nancy Stadler As you tour the main exhibition hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center , there's no way you can miss Walt Disney Feature Animation's booth. Easily one of the more impressive exhibits on...
  • Blog Post: When it comes to Pixar, the Mouse is sending very mixed messages

    Greetings from the exhibition floor at SIGGRAPH 2005 . Where it's really hard to know what to think ... Particularly when it comes to the Walt Disney Company. What do I mean by that? Well, let's start by talking about that rather slick recruiting film that's running repeatedly at the WDFA booth (No....
  • Blog Post: "Quintessential Disney" should make a fun addition to your Disneyana book collection

    You know, they say that good things come in small packages. And -- in the case of Robert Tieman's " Quintessential Disney: A Pop-Up Gallery of Classic Disney Moments " (Disney Editions, June 2005) -- they'd be right. Photo by Nancy Stadler I mean, all told, this book really only has five pages. But they...
  • Blog Post: WDW full-timers take back seat to Polk County bus riders

    You know, it's kind of ironic that -- just last week -- Walt Disney World management honored the resort's cast members by giving them their very own "Window on Main Street." For now -- just a few days after giving them that window -- the Mouse appears to be giving long-time WDW employees the shaft. Don...
  • Blog Post: "Mary Poppins" musical to tour? "Green Hornet" movie on the way?

    Well, I'm just back from the airport. Where I put Alice and my former mother-in-law, Nancy Smith, on their early morning flight back to Honolulu. I had a great two weeks with my daughter. The time really flew by. (Though, I would imagine that the JHM readers who have been patiently waiting for me to...
  • Blog Post: Get ready for the Disneyland Marathon!

    Okay. The cupcakes have all been consumed. The limited edition t-shirts & pins have all been purchased. Those special July 17th edition mouse ears and guide maps are already popping up on eBay. So it's now time to stick a fork in Disneyland's 50th anniversary. Because this once-in-a-lifetime celebration...
  • Blog Post: Anaheim Update: Wide Awake next to "Golden Dreams" (Now with pictures!)

    It's just after 5 a.m. out in Southern California. But already the line of annual passholders -- anxious to get into Disneyland's 50th birthday celebration today -- is wrapping itself around DCA's interior. Photo by Jeff Lange To hear Roy Mitchell tell the tale: "The line begins in the Hollywood Pictures...
  • Blog Post: Anaheim Update: Climax at the Castle (Now with pictures!)

    Roy continues: It all came down to this. Hundreds of Disneyana fans -- many of whom had paid top dollar (via the Walt, Roy & Lily packages) for the privilege of sitting down front by Sleeping Beauty Castle -- looked on as Disneyland's 50th anniversary rededication ceremony got underway. First up...
  • Blog Post: Anaheim Update: Hangin' at the Hub (Now with pictures!)

    Roy continues: Okay. The line finally begins to move in DCA. We basically walk around California Adventure's interior before we stroll out of that park straight out into the Esplanade. Here, the entire plaza is roped off. Which gives us a clear shot straight into Disneyland. Photo by Jeff Lange FYI:...
  • Blog Post: Coming soon ... Killer coverage of this week's events out west

    I know, I know. We've been running fairly thin on content at JHM this week. For that I apologize, folks. But -- what with Roger Colton, Jeff Lange & Angela Ragno all out west covering various aspects of this year's N.F.F.C. convention, Disneyland's 50th birthday celebration and Comic Con International...
  • Blog Post: "Camp" offers intriguing Eisner insights

    Who exactly is Michael D. Eisner? I know, I know. Eisner is stepping down as the Walt Disney Company's CEO as of September 30th. So Michael is basically considered old news these days. Which is why Disneyana fans find it far more entertaining to speculate nowadays about what Bob Iger might do once he...
  • Blog Post: Ploy Story

    Q: When is a lawsuit not really a lawsuit? A: When it's something that you file with a deliberate eye toward what you'll get in exchange for eventually agreeing to withdraw that same lawsuit. Friday's announcement -- which revealed that Roy Disney & Stanley Gold were abandoning their 20-month-long...
  • Blog Post: Westward ... No

    I've been getting a lot of e-mails lately from JHM readers. Notes from nice people who are wondering if I'd be able to meet with them on July 17th at the park and/or if I'll be selling my unofficial Disneyland history CD at this year's "Show & Sale" day at the N.F.F.C. convention and/or what seminars...
  • Blog Post: By George! The "Star Tours" Saga: Episode Three

    As I expected, there are already Disneyana fans out there who are taking issue with the version of Disney Company history that I've been trying to present as part of this new JHM series. Typical of the notes I've been getting is this e-mail from Cherry C. Who writes to say: Card Walker wouldn't greenlight...
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