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  • Blog Post: From skeletal Simpsons to Grumpy Cat, the 2014 Licensing Expo had it all

    Janet from Another Planet sent me a note this past weekend, saying: I thought you were going to tell us more about what you saw at this year's Licensing Show in Las Vegas. What happened to that article? Photo by Jim Hill Nothing, actually. It just took me a while to wade through the hundreds of photos...
  • Blog Post: Huffington Post -- Mickey Mouse gets a retro makeover for the Disney Channel's new series of 2D animated shorts

    Huffington Post -- Mickey Mouse gets a retro makeover for the Disney Channel's new series of 2D animated shorts In Hollywood, it's customary for stars of a certain age to periodically go under the knife. Freshen up their look every now and then, if you will. In Mickey Mouse 's case, when...
  • Blog Post: Looking back at the 2012 edition of IAAPA's Attractions Expo

    Over the past week or so, I've gotten a number of e-mails from JHM readers about this year's Attractions Expo . People wanting to know more about what it was like to wander the floor of the Orange County Convention Center after the International Association of Amusement Park & Attractions...
  • Blog Post: Ernest Borgnine may be heard one more time in Tom Hignite's "Miracle Mouse" movie

    Hollywood is mourning the loss today of Ernest Borgnine , that stocky, gap-toothed Academy Award-winner who made us cry with his heartfelt portrayal of a lonely butcher from the Bronx in Paddy Chayefsky's 1955 drama, "Marty." Not to mention making us laugh when he played that lovable rogue...
  • Blog Post: "Brave" makes it Lucky 13 for Pixar favorite John Ratzenberger

    With " Brave " opening at No. 1 this past weekend , that now makes it thirteen hits in a row for Pixar Animation Studios . A box office winning streak which has been applauded & envied by many in Hollywood for nearly two decades now. And speaking of thirteen in a row ... By doing the voice...
  • Blog Post: Cast of Universal Studios Florida's new Superstar Parade spent weeks rehearsing by starlight

    When you're someone like Lora Wallace (i.e. the show director of Universal Studios Florida 's new Superstar Parade ) , and you've spent weeks in the pre-dawn darkness teaching your young, energetic cast the proper way to move through that theme park ... It's kind of ironic that the light...
  • Blog Post: Horror fans flock to the first night of Halloween Haunt at Knott's Scary Farm

    As the sun sets over Buena Park, CA., Knott's Berry Farm - America's 1 st theme park - undergoes an unusual transformation on select nights in September and October. Photo by Noe Valladolid First a weird fog fills the streets of Ghost Town ... Photo by Noe Valladolid Then out of that mist comes...
  • Blog Post: How a dead parrot led to Tom Kenny doing Rabbit's voice in Disney's "Winnie the Pooh"

    Rabbit wasn't Tom Kenny 's favorite character when he was growing up. In fact, when this veteran voice actor saw the original "Winnie the Pooh" featurettes back in the 1960s, he came away from those movies with a very unique take on this character. "I must have been about six when...
  • Blog Post: Who's who on Walt Disney Animation Studios' reboot of Winnie the Pooh

    It is the film that - when Andrew Mooney of Disney Consumer Products revealed that this project was in the works back in June of 2009 at the Licensing International Expo in Las Vegas - made a lot of people go "Huh?" By that I mean: A hand-drawn, feature-length Winnie the Pooh . Which was something...
  • Blog Post: Looking back at Star Wars Celebration V

    Okay. So it wasn't "... a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away." It was just last week in a place called O-Lando. Photo by Angela Ragno But Star Wars enthusiasts from all over the planet (some 35,000 of them. Or so say my sources at the Orange County Convention Center ) made their way...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday: “Phineas & Ferb” serve up a September to remember

    You’d think -- given that those 104 days of summer vacation are now finally drawing to a close – that “Phineas & Ferb” would also begin winding down as well. That – what with the start of school and all -- this Disney XD & Disney Channel hit series would begin ratcheting things back a bit. Over...
  • Blog Post: Disney XD aims to be where the boys are

    Last week, The Walt Disney Company couldn't stop crowing about how well " Tinker Bell " was doing. How this new Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment title was selling well ahead of projections , moving over a million units during its first 48 hours on store shelves. But this week, the Mouse is setting...
  • Blog Post: Jerry Beck to be honored at this year's Annie Awards

    Next Friday night, Toontown's top talents will put on their Sunday best and then motor on over to UCLA 's Royce Hall for the 35th annual Annie Awards . Copyright 2008 ASIFA-Hollywood. All Rights Reserved This is the night that the animation industry honors its own. When the very best work from 2007 in...
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