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  • Blog Post: What Rich Ross' exit from Walt Disney Studios is really all about

    For the past three days, the story that's been dominating entertainment news is Rich Ross' removal as Chairman of Walt Disney Studios . Now most of these articles seem to lay the blame for Ross' exit on " John Carter " 's box office . And while it's true that this Andrew...
  • Blog Post: How Disney's two-dimensional "Beast" became a 3D "Beauty"

    New and a bit alarming Who 'd have ever thought that this could be? Well, " Beauty and the Beast " co-director Kirk Wise doesn't seem all that surprised that this Academy Award-winning film (which was the first animated feature to ever be nominated for Best Picture) got selected for...
  • Blog Post: October is a very knife time to visit the Disneyland Resort

    Now let me say from the very start of today's photo essay that the Security Hosts who patrol the grounds of the Disneyland Resort actively discourage people from bringing knives on property (That's why they do those bag checks at Disneyland Plaza, after all). But that said, this time of year...
  • Blog Post: Further info on Fantasyland Forest, additional details on the Disney Dream Home

    Alec M. writes in to say: I’ve really been enjoying all of these stories that you’ve been running lately that tie back to the D23 EXPO . As someone who wasn’t able to get out to the Anaheim Convention Center last September in order to experience this Disneyana fan event in person, I have to admit that...
  • Blog Post: “The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History” looks back at Conan O’Brien’s beginnings

    With all the talk this past week or so about how NBC is booting Conan O’Brien off of The Tonight Night so that network execs can then turn this show back over to Jay Leno , I thought that it might be interesting to take a look back at how CoCo actually got into the late night talk game. Which is why...
  • Blog Post: Is 2010 the year that Walt Disney Studios begins showing its movies online?

    Have you looked at the calendar lately? No, I’m not talking about how there are just seven shopping days ‘til Christmas. I mean that – as of today – we’ve just two weeks left ‘til 2010 gets underway. Well, the folks who run The Walt Disney Company are clearly already making plans for next year. Over...
  • Blog Post: “Waking Sleeping Beauty” pays tribute to Roy E. Disney’s creative legacy

    Nancy and I got the news yesterday afternoon as we were driving down to NYC. We’d stopped to gas up the car in Tolland, CT when Angela called on the cell to say that Roy E. Disney had died . This was obviously sad news. But -- to be honest -- not exactly unexpected. Ever since word leaked back in June...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Meet Alan Bergman, Disney’s leader of the brand

    All of you “ Pirates of the Caribbean ” fans who have been feeling seasick ever since Johnny Depp said that his interest in appearing in a fourth installment of this film series had waned can now breath a bit easier. According to what Bob Iger said last Thursday during The Walt Disney Company’s fourth...
  • Blog Post: What to know what’s “Up” at Pixar? Then buy a ticket to next month’s Cartoon Art Museum benefit

    So what are the odds that – all on your own – you’ll ever get to see the inside of Pixar Animation Studios ? To be honest, they’re not good. At an “Up” preview screening that was held in Hartford, CT. back in May of this year, Donald Evans (i.e. the Senior Vice President of Animation Marketing for Walt...
  • Blog Post: Toon Thursday: Disney hits the reset button on Winnie the Pooh

    It wasn’t exactly the news that animation fans were expecting. That Walt Disney Animation Studios would be following up “ The Princess and the Frog ” (i.e. The Company’s much anticipated return to hand-drawn animation) with a feature-length Winnie the Pooh project . Ah, but there was method to the Mouse...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: What to make of Mickey’s mixed signals

    It’s been quite a month for the Mouse, don’t you think? Inside of one single 30 day span, The Walt Disney Company has: Revealed that it would be spending $4 billion to acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. and its library of 5000 characters At the D23 EXPO , the Studios announced a new production label...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Marvel acquisition offers significant challenges, huge potential rewards for The Walt Disney Company

    Mickey, meet Spidey. Spidey, Mickey. In a deal that (I’m sure) the Disneyana community will have trouble wrapping its head around, The Walt Disney Company announced plans today to acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. in a stock and cash transaction worth an estimated $4 billion. As to what actually drove...
  • Blog Post: Tourists mob Muppets & Mouse shops, snatch up last “Mermaid” tickets

    According to the good folks at Gallup , consumer confidence is on the rise . At the very least, there’s been a sharp albeit seasonal increase in spending over the past two weeks. Of course, anyone who wandered through FAO Schwartz yesterday could have told that you spending was up. Based on the tons...
  • Blog Post: Is Disney / Pixar finally getting serious about “Monsters, Inc. 2.” And … “The Tiger King” ?!

    Okay. Quick show of hands. How many of you remember the story that JHM posted back on June 24 th , where this site revealed that The Walt Disney Company had purchased the following domain names: BEVERLYHILLSCHIHUAHUATWO.COM CHIHUAHUA2.COM The reason I bring this up now is – earlier this week – the California...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Unconventional promotion really paid off for “Up”

    It’s been kind of interesting watching the Pixar fan community react to Rich Greenfield ’s recent mea culpa in regards to “ Up .” Back in April, Greenfield (who’s this Wall Street analyst that keeps tabs on The Walt Disney Company for Pali Research ) expressed concerns about this Pete Docter film. Saying...
  • Blog Post: The parade passes WALL-E by : Pixar star's appearance cut from Sunday's Tonys telecast

    Over the years, many actors have been accused of turning in somewhat robotic performances while appearing on Broadway. But when’s the last time you heard about an actual robot performing on the Great White Way? Well, this coming Sunday night, history was supposed to be made. As WALL-E (Or at least the...
  • Blog Post: "Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?"

    It wasn’t exactly what Boston’s early risers expected to see, as they took their dogs for walks along the Esplanade or sculled down the Charles . But even so, there it was. An armchair floating high above the Hatch Shell, held aloft by 68 helium balloons. Photo by Nancy Stadler “So what’s going here...
  • Blog Post: Say "Yup" to "Up" : Pixar's latest is a charming mix of heartbreak, hope and hilarity

    Forget about the flying house, that giant bird and the talking dog. All of those out-of-the-ordinary items. Because -- when you get right down to it --“ Up ” is a movie that celebrates the boring stuff. Those tiny, little moments that really make life worth living. Copyright Disney / Pixar. All Rights...
  • Blog Post: Pixar's first "Cars Toon" debuts tonight on Toon Disney

    You all remember Lightning McQueen and Mater from " Cars ," right ? Copyright 2008 Disney - Pixar. All Rights Reserved Well, the folks at Disney - Pixar certainly hope that you remember these two animated autos. Given that -- come the Summer of 2011 -- they're going to be starring in " Cars 2 " ... Copyright...
  • Blog Post: In just one week, the Con is on !

    A week from today, the madness begins. Okay. I know. Comic-Con 2008 does have a preview night on Wednesday, which allows pre-registered 4-day members as well as industry professionals to enter the San Diego Convention Center early. Which then gives these folks first crack at acquiring cool crud like...
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