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  • Blog Post: The "Toy Story 3" that you didn't get to see

    Looking for something fun to do with the family after you finish Thanksgiving dinner? Well, why not toss a copy of " Toy Story 3 " into the Blu-ray player. Where you can then learn about what happens to poor Buzz Lightyear once he begins malfunctioning and then has to be sent to Taiwan in order...
  • Blog Post: Lotso fun was had at Pixar's Cartoon Art Museum fundraiser

    So what was it like to attend this year's Cartoon Art Museum fundraiser at Pixar Animation Studios ? Well, for starters, given that work is already underway on that 155,000 square foot building that's being added to the Emeryville campus, event attendees had to find another way enter this 21...
  • Blog Post: Today's your last chance to buy tickets to Pixar's Cartoon Art Museum fundraiser

    You hear that whirring sound? That's the steel door descending on your chance to visit Pixar Animation Studios at the 7 th annual Cartoon Art Museum benefit . Pixar University dean Randy Nelson welcomes Sybil Lockart and Margot Johnson to this benefit for the Cartoon Art Museum. Photo by Robert Binka...
  • Blog Post: Saturday's Cartoon Art Museum benefit at Pixar Animation Studios looks to be a sell-out

    So why would you want to give the Cartoon Art Museum $199? Because - if you do so - you get to spend some of this coming Saturday ... Photo by Gina Mongenel ... here. Yep. One day a year (as part of its annual benefit for the Cartoon Art Museum ) Pixar Animation Studios throws open its doors. Allowing...
  • Blog Post: How Pixar's Lee Unkrich went from attending USC to directing "TS3"

    So what's the very best way to break into the biz? Does going to some four year school like Emerson College or CalArts (which specializes in Communications and the performing arts) really give you an advantage? Or would it better in the long run to just hook up with some outfit like pabootcamp and...
  • Blog Post: Michael Giacchino's love of toons helped make him today's top tunesmith in Hollywood

    Did you catch that terrific profile of Michael Giacchino that " Variety " ran yesterday? I mean, if you thought that this Academy Award-winning composer was busy in 2009 - 2010 (i.e. that's when he composed & conducted the music for " Prep and Landing ," " Day & Night...
  • Blog Post: Disney to talk up Epic Mickey & TRON: Evolution games at New York Comic Con

    Yesterday, Nancy twittered that we were headed down to the City this weekend to cover New York Comic Con . And Daniel W. twittered back: (I) was thinking about going Saturday, but it looks kind of lame! What Disney booths/programs are going on there? Just Epic Mickey ? Sample pages from the Disney Epic...
  • 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: There's a real art to keeping Pixar's traveling art exhibition fresh

    Remysthe14me writes in to say: Copyright Disney Pixar. All rights reserved I saw Jon Nadelberg 's story about the " Pixar: 25 Years of Animation " exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California and was wondering if this is the same exhibition of art that was presented at the MOMA in 2005?...
  • Blog Post: Carolwood Foundation's fundraiser will reunite 5 of the 6 cars that originally made up the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad

    Yesterday's article about DCA 's entrance complex seems to have struck a nerve with JHM readers. Especially the part of that column which talked about the California Zephyr replica that sits in Sunshine Plaza. I can't tell you how many e-mails I got from rail fans who moaned about how their...
  • Blog Post: "Toy Story 3" gets put on ice tomorrow at Lakeland Center

    " Toy Story 3 ," you've just crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office . How are you going to celebrate? "I'm going to Disney On Ice ." Or - rather - Pixar's latest hit is about to become an ice show. Which will actually have its world premiere tomorrow afternoon...
  • Blog Post: Picture book version of "Day & Night" preserves the wit & charm of this Pixar short

    For those of you who haven't already seen Pixar 's latest short, " Day & Night " is a charming if somewhat impossible to describe film. Given that ... Copyright 2010 Disney / Pixar. All rights reserved SPOILERS ALERT: If you haven't yet seen "Day & Night" and don't...
  • Blog Post: "Two Guys Named Joe" celebrates the creative legacy of two Disney Legends

    So why exactly should you buy " Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers Joe Grant & Joe Ranft " (Disney Editions, August 2010)? Because this new John Canemaker book not only does a brilliant job of paying tribute to these animation legends, this 192-page hardcover contains one...
  • Blog Post: Disney piled on the promotion for "TRON: Legacy" at Comic-Con

    Let's cut to the chase here: There was just no escaping " TRON: Legacy " at this year's Comic-Con . Even before you entered the San Diego Convention Center , thanks to those banners that seemed to be hanging off of every light post in the city, you found yourself face-to-face with Jeff...
  • Blog Post: Which professional actor was the original voice of Heimlich the caterpillar?

    Okay. It's time for a little audience participation here at JHM. Normally, I'm the guy who answers your questions (Speaking of which: I'm working on a new "Why For" for Friday. So if you have any Disney-related questions that you'd like to see answered on this site, please send...
  • Blog Post: Is Pixar planning on producing some "Finding Nemo" sequels?

    What with " Toy Story 3 " in theaters right now, " Cars 2 " due to debut next summer and a sequel to " Monsters, Inc. " reportedly in the works, one has to wonder what other follow-ups Pixar Animation Studios has planned. Well, based on the domain names that The Walt Disney...
  • Blog Post: The devil’s in the detailing when it comes to the World of Cars Online

    So how’s your summer shaping up so far? Are you like so many of us these days? In that you’re really feeling the call of the open road and yet unable to get away in June, July and August because there are things to do and bills to pay. Well, given that it’s unlikely that you’ll...
  • Blog Post: Looking back on the early, early days of the “Toy Story” franchise

    With “Toy Story 3” earning over $365 million worldwide since this Lee Unkrich film was released on June 18 th (More importantly, with the “Toy Story” franchise having produced over $8 billion in global retail sales to date), it is sometime hard to remember that – just 15 years ago – there weren’t a whole...
  • Blog Post: There’s Lotso great stories to be found in “The Art of Toy Story 3”

    If you read my March 16 th non-review of that Showest screening of “ Toy Story 3 ,” then you already know that I’m a huge fan of this Lee Unkrich film. But you know what truly impressed me about this Pixar production? That in the months leading up to the release of this acclaimed animated feature, no...
  • Blog Post: Hamming it up at Disney’s Holiday Showcase

    My apologies for JHM getting a late start today. But Nancy and I really do have a very good excuse for not posting ‘til just now. You see, we were invited down NYC yesterday for Disney’s holiday showcase. Which means that we spent 5 hours going from room-to-room-to-room, seeing virtually everything that...
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