Welcome to Jim Hill Media - Entertainment News : Theme Parks Movies Television

Browse by Tags

Editor In Chief

The main group for JimHillMedia
Related Posts
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Deutschland says "Treasure Planet" ist gut

    Okay. Now the answer that you've all been waiting for: "Is 'Treasure Planet' really any good?" Well, the word out of Germany - where the Walt Disney Company held a series of test screenings for the film back in early September - seems to be mostly positive. Kara K. wrote to say: "My son and I received...
  • Blog Post: Disney goes for the gold with "Treasure Planet"

    The feature length cartoon that Jeffrey Katzenberg continually tried to stop is finally coming to theaters next month. For over 15 years now, director Ron Clements has had a dream. To make an animated version of "Treasure Island." Only - this time around - Robert Louis Stevenson's epic adventure would...
  • Blog Post: $485 Million doesn't count?!

    Perhaps animation veteran Floyd Norman put it best. Floyd (who's beloved by animation insiders for his bitingly funny take on the biz. Don't believe me? Then find yourself a copy of Norman's 1992 book, "Faster! Cheaper! The Flip Side to the Art of Animation." You can thank me later. Anyway ... ) once...
  • Blog Post: Boags, Bears and Mooses (Meeses?)

    Hey, gang. Jim Hill again. It's genuinely nice to see that yesterday's story went over so well with most of you folks. (By the way, Michelle and I actually think that we've come up with a semi-clever name for that proposed "Ask Jim" column. How would you folks feel about calling the thing "Why for?"...
  • Blog Post: What went right for "The Emperor's New Groove" ... ... what went wrong for "102 Dalmatians"

    If you happen to be passing through Burbank today, you may hear this weird thudding noise coming from the Disney lot. Don't worry. There's no cause for alarm. That thud is just the sound of dozens of executives' jaws hitting the floor inside the Team Disney building. These supposedly smart suits will...
  • Blog Post: "We all make mistakes..."

    QUESTION: What did Walt Disney actually think of the original "Fantasia?" ANSWER: Well ... Um ... Perhaps the best way to sum Walt's feelings about his studio's 1940 release would be to recall his appearance at the 1941 Academy Awards. Walt stood at the podium, crying. "We all make mistakes ... I shall...
  • Blog Post: The "Chanticleer" Saga -- Part 1

    Bad news, kids. Disney's animated version of "Don Quixote" is DOA. Again. For almost 60 years now, Walt Disney Studios has been trying to turn Cervantes' satiric stories about the Knight of the Rueful Countenance into an animated feature. Different teams of artists -- in 1940, 1946 and 1951 respectively...
  • Blog Post: The "Chanticleer" Saga -- Part 2

    OUR STORY SO FAR: For over a decade, Walt Disney and his animators struggled to turn Edmond Rostand's satiric play, "Chantecler," into a feature length animated film. But -- in spite of the efforts of dozens of talented artists and gag men -- no one at the studio could ever figure out how to pull this...
  • Blog Post: The "Chanticleer" Saga -- Part 3

    OUR STORY SO FAR: Since the late 1930s, Walt Disney had been trying to turn Edmund Rostand's satirical comedy, "Chantecler" into an animated motion picture. But -- in spite of the best efforts of the studio's top artists and storymen -- the project just wouldn't jell. So Walt reluctantly tabled the proposed...
  • Blog Post: Be Careful What You Wish For

    Spring 1991: Robin Williams was suited up in green tights and hanging from a wire when he got the call. It was then Disney Studio head Jeffrey Katzenberg on the line. Realizing that Robin was busy filming Steven Spielberg's big budget Peter Pan update, Jeffrey apologized for the intrusion. But the...
Page 19 of 19 (373 items) «1516171819