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  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday: Klay Hall tinkers with Tinker Bell

    This wasn’t what Klay Hall signed on for when he initially signed up with DisneyToon Studios . By that I mean: This CalArts graduate is probably best known for directing smart-ass animated sitcoms like “ The Simpsons ” and “ King of the Hill .” In fact, it was Hall’s work on DreamWorks Animation ’s ...
  • Blog Post: Toon Thursday: "Ariel's Beginning" is a polished, professional & perfectly pleasant prequel to "The Little Mermaid." But ...

    Let's start with the good news: " The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning " isn't nearly as awful as " The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea " was. This prequel to " The Little Mermaid " is a polished, professional piece of work with terrific production values. In fact, I'd dare to say that a good portion...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday : Are you ready for the walkaround versions of the Disney Fairies ?

    I'm sure that you're familiar with the animated version of Tinker Bell that appeared from Walt Disney Productions' 1951 release, " Peter Pan " ... Copyright Disney. All Rights Reserved ... not to mention the live-action version of this pixie that periodically appears in fireworks displays ... Photo by...
  • Blog Post: Why For springs back into action, then ends with a bang

    First up, Kevin L. writes in to ask: Why For have there been no Why For's in so long? I'm a long-time reader of yours and used to get excited every Friday for your Why For column of Disney Trivia and little-known facts. But seems nowadays that when I click over to Jimhillmedia on Fridays, there is no...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday: Disney's "The Aristocats" ... The Animated Series ?!

    Today, the "Special Edition" version of " The Aristocats " DVD goes on sale. Copyright 2008 Disney. All Rights Reserved And while it's hard to find fault with this 1970 Walt Disney Productions release itself (Which remains just as charming as ever. With Duchess the filthy rich feline falling for Thomas...
  • Blog Post: A special "Toon Much of a Good Thing" edition of Why For

    First up, Danny writes in to ask: Jim, Any reason that you know of why Pixar started skimping on their DVD packages? Up to and including " The Incredibles ," no company did the medium justice better than Pixar. But the discs for " Cars " and " Rataouille " (which I have an advanced copy of) are pathetic...
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