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  • Blog Post: Disney geeks freak because they don't get a peek of the Peak they seek

    Okay. I know. A lot of you folks got to see "Brother Bear" this past weekend during the film's exclusive NY and LA engagements. And it was gratifying to hear that so many of you really seemed to enjoy Walt Disney Feature Animation's latest creation. But, me personally, what I found kind of disturbing...
  • Blog Post: Twas Brillig and the Flying Clothes ...

    Everyone knows how Disney theme park characters are supposed to behave, right? They're always supposed to be cute and non-threatening. To happily pose for your family's photographs and/or cheerfully sign your children's autographs books. But what we members of the public often forget is that's not really...
  • Blog Post: A JimHillMedia.com exclusive: Your first look at "Home on the Range"

    Right now, every other Disney info site out there on the web is talking up "Brother Bear." Which is understandable, given that this animated feature is opening nationally on November 1st (on October 24th in NYC and LA). But -- here at JimHillMedia.com - we like to do things a little differently. Not...
  • Blog Post: You know what really Bugs me? Where are all the "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" ads?

    Okay. Even a casual reader of JimHillMedia.com has to know that we're big-time supporters of Disney Feature Animation here. That the folks behind this website are always pulling for the guys at WDFA. Always hoping that they'll be able to produce another big hit. Be able to knock another one out of the...
  • Blog Post: Top Toontown talents gathers to pay tribute to Daws Butler

    Mention the name "Daws Butler" to any animation buff and you'll probably hear "Well, he was the guy who did all of those great voices for Hanna Barbera. Yogi Bear. Huckleberry Hound. Quick Draw McGraw. Wally Gator. Mr. Jinx. The list goes on and on." However, were you to mentions Daws' name to any of...
  • Blog Post: How Disney's animators lost their way on the road to "Atlantis: The Lost Empire"

    It's all that people in Hollywood can talk about these days. The continuing success of Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl." Folks who were supposedly in the know about the way things really work in Tinsel Town had predicted that this pirate picture wouldn't have any legs...
  • Blog Post: It's going to be im-possible to escape Kim Possible this summer

    Surely, by now, you know who Disney's Kim Possible is. If not, here's a quick primer: "Kim Possible" is the title character of a surprisingly entertaining animated series that currently airs on both the Disney Channel and ABC. At first glance, Kim would appear to be your typical high school student....
  • Blog Post: Tales of the VES: Behind-the-scenes on "Finding Nemo"

    "I'm so incredibly proud of 'Finding Nemo,'" said Ralph Eggleston, the production designer of Pixar Animation Studio's latest hit. "It is so close to what we originally wanted to do." Mind you, getting close to director Andrew Stanton's vision for his underwater epic took years of effort. For example...
  • Blog Post: Is Disney Feature Animation ripe for another revolution?

    Next September marks the 25th anniversary of a very auspicious event in animation history. That's when Don Bluth -- who was then a Walt Disney Productions employee -- walked about the door at the Mouse Factory. Taking Gary Goldman, John Pomeroy and 14 other animators and assistants with him. Why did...
  • Blog Post: Tales of the Visual Effects Society: Partying at Pixar

    You'd think that -- given that I've been writing about the entertainment industry for a couple of years now -- that the thrill of getting to go visit a new studio lot and/or animation studio would have faded by now. That a really-for-real reporter would have become jaded about this sort of experience...
  • Blog Post: Make plans NOW to attend VES 2003

    Greetings from New Hampshire, gang. Where it's snowing ... again. Yep, Old Man Winter just refuses to give up the ghost out here in NewEngland. Which is why -- after what seems like six straight months of shoveling snow -- I finally threw in the towel today. After digging out the driveway for the umpteen...
  • Blog Post: A JimHillMedia.com exclusive: Your first look at the storyline for Disney / Pixar's "Finding Nemo"

    Are you the type of person who peeks at the end of novels? Who rattles wrapped Christmas presents for a hint at their contents? Who spends hours poking around the Internet, hoping to uncover cool inside info about major motion pictures months before they open? (Look at whom I'm talking to here. What...
  • Blog Post: Why "Treasure Planet" tanked

    So what IS the deal with "Treasure Planet?" I mean, here you have a film that was crafted by Disney Feature Animation vets Ron Clements and John Musker. The directing duo that brought us "The Great Mouse Detective," "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," and "Hercules." This was also the project that had master...
  • Blog Post: Happy Topsy Turvy Day!!

    Tess Turbo22 recently wrote to ask: Dear Jim: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" has always been one of my favorite Disney animated films. But there's a moment in the movie that I don't quite get. What am I talking about? It's this short sequence right before the film ends. Phoebus has just saved Quasi's...
  • Blog Post: Did Disney make a mammoth mistake?

    According to legendary screenwriter William Goldman, there is only one constant in Hollywood: "Nobody knows anything." TRANSLATION: No one person in the business can actually accurately predict what's going to happen next. Whether a picture is going to hit and/or turn out to be a flop. Some senior studio...
  • Blog Post: A two hour long commercial?! What a "Beast"-ly thing to do!

    Guess what's on the "Wonderful World of Disney" this Sunday night? "A Tale as old as time, true as it can be ... " That's right. Disney's 1991 Academy Award winner "Beauty and the Beast." The very same film that you (and I) already own in the VHS format, but just recently bought as a DVD, is being shown...
  • Blog Post: Is Disney trying to torpedo "Nemo"?

    What's the hottest piece of gossip that's currently making the rounds in Tinsel Town? The news that Pixar Animation Studio recently held a test screening of "Finding Nemo" AND that the audience had a somewhat tepid response to the film. Okay, so that's not exactly earth-shaking news. After all, work...
  • Blog Post: What's in a name? Plenty! (At least according to Mickey's lawyers)

    Hey, gang. Did you miss me? Sorry about the lack of new stories for the past couple of days. But my computer and I both appear to have caught a virus last week. Which is why I've been crashed out on the couch, surrounded by piles of crumpled Kleenex, instead of churning out nice fresh copy for you folks...
  • Blog Post: Scenes that You DIDN'T Get to See: Like the prologue from "Beauty and the Beast"

    Just like many of you out there, I spent 'way too much time over the past couple of days looking at the newly released Platinum Edition of Disney's "Beauty & the Beast - Special Edition" DVD. All in all, I think that Buena Vista Home Entertainment did a wonderful job with their latest release .....
  • Blog Post: Two Really Good Reasons Why You Ought to be Watching the Disney Channel

    You know, we're still getting a lot of mail here at JimHillMedia.com about that recent programming change at the Disney Channel. Extremely angry e-mails like this one from P**** B. of Townsend, MA. Who writes to say: "I can't believe that Eisner actually had the b&%$@ to cancel 'Vault Disney.' Now...
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