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    Ron'n'John gone?! You gotta be $#!++!^& me!

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    Jim Hill reports on Toontown's latest tragedy: Disney Feature Animation's decision to let studio vets John Musker and Ron Clements go....
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    Udder Madness at the Mouse House

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    You wanna know the REAL reason that Walt Disney Pictures upcoming animated release, "Home on the Range," has been rated PG? Jim Hill reveals this and more in an in-depth article about last Wednesday's WDFA "Town Hall" meeting at the Alex Theater in Glendale, CA....
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    Why For?

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    Jim Hill provides answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about when Ace Ventura appeared at Disney-MGM, why that new-Disney-theme-park-in-Turkey rumor really is a turkey, why "Plectu's Fantastic Intergalactic Revue" never landed in Disneyland's Tomorrowland. Plus Mr. Hill apologizes to the staff of Feature Animation-Florida for an unintended slight....
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    Feature Animation-Florida memories

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    As this unfortunate event winds to a finish, Jim Hill shares some of his favorite stories about Disney's soon-to-be-closed Central Florida animation studio....
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    "The Da Vinci Code" twists with some weird Disney ties

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    Jim Hill finally gets around to reading Dan Brown's best seller and wonders what all the fuss was about. "The Da Vinci Code" is a fairly standard thriller with a somewhat controversial stance on church history thrown in. Not to mention some very odd ideas about the significance of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty."...
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    An animator says "Good-bye" to his WDFA-F buddies

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    JimHillMedia.com tries to put a human face on the closing of Disney's Central Florida studio by running a letter from a Feature Animation-Florida vet....
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    A JHM Exclusive: In-depth coverage of David Stainton's meeting yesterday with the WDFA-F crew

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    Only JimHillMedia.com can actually put you inside the room as artists and technicians confront the President of Disney Feature Animation as he tries to defend the corporation's decision to close the Central Florida studio....
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    Mickey's misdirection misfires OR "Since when do new animated features get announced on Sunday afternoons?"

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    Care to guess why Disney Feature Animation's next high profile project got announced late yesterday afternoon? Could it be that far too many reporters had begun asking questions about today's closing of the Central Florida studio?...
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    3 days and counting: The Walt Disney Feature Animation-Florida countdown clock ticks on

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    As the deadline for the official announcement draws ever nearer, Jim Hill tries to pin down the exact moment that Mouse House managers lost their enthusiasm for Feature Animation-Florida; he seems to think that it had something to do with "Lion King II". PLUS a dramatic new development! ...
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    4 days and counting: The Walt Disney Feature Animation-Florida countdown clock ticks on

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    As more WDFA-F staffers chime in with their stories about what's really going on inside Disney-MGM's animation facility, Jim Hill asks: Why is the Orlando Sentinelso silent on this issue? Shouldn't the WDFA-F hometown paper be doing more reporting on this proposed closure?...
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    While Wandering Around the Web ...

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    ... Jim Hill stumbled onto three websites that are well worth a look-see. And while we don't want you to leave us, there's some great, fun, funny sites out there that you'll definitely want to pay a visit to....
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    5 days and counting: The Walt Disney Feature Animation-Florida countdown clock ticks on

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    In a bit of a change of pace, Jim allows an unnamed Disney Feature Animation exec to tell his side of the story. How the proposed closure of the Disney-MGM animation operation is an unfortunate but necessary step if WDFA is to survive beyond the next few years....
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    6 days and counting: The Walt Disney Feature Animation-Florida countdown clock ticks on

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    JimHillMedia.com continues to shine a spotlight on a story that Disney officials hope you aren't paying attention to: the proposed closure of the company's Central Florida animation studio. Today, one of this Disney-MGM facility's vets reveals how it feels like to be on the inside as all of this is going down....
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    At Disney Feature Animation-Florida, the Countdown Clock is ticking

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    With just days 'til Mouse House managers officially announce whether or not they'll be shutting down Disney-MGM's animation facility, Jim Hill shines a spotlight on this situation. With the hope that something can still be done to prevent Mickey from pulling the plug....
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    Another Monday Melange

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    As JimHillMedia.com gets into gear for the new year, Jim offers up an assortment of stories for your reading pleasure. This Monday morning, Hill talks about the Tournament of Roses / "Twilight Zone Tower of Terror" PR flap, reveals the new storyline that Imagineers have cooked up for the Tokyo DisneySea version of this Disney-MGM favorite, as well as offering up an explanation / expansion of last Monday's "Magical Gathering" article....
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    It's going to take more than just magic to pull off all of WDW's "Magical Gatherings" program

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    If you saw last Thursday's "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade" special on ABC, you no doubt heard (over and over and over again ...) about "Magical Gatherings" at Disney World. But here's something that you may NOT have heard: WDW's resort staff is not entirely sure that they can actually pull off this much hyped program....
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    Myth-Communication or Mything Out on the Mouse's Message

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    As we enter Week 3 of Roy Disney and Stanley Gold's campaign to oust Michael Eisner, Jim Hill wonders: Doesn't Disney's CEO realize that he's quickly emerging as the villain of this piece? And why doesn't Michael understand that the underlying messages from the very movies that Disney makes are working to unseat him?...
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    Why For?

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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, he reveals why "Aladdin"'s IMAX debut has been delayed, why "Home on the Range" is opening in April 2004, where to get a really snazzy t-shirt as well as finally announcing the winners of our "Epcot English Lesson" contest....
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    "Enchanted World" is just that

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    Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass created some of the most memorable animated Christmas specials ever to grace the small screen. Now that magic can be found between the covers of a great new book that Jim says was just made to be enjoyed during the holiday season. So as the snow is falling, microwave yourself a cup of cocoa and curl up with a new friend....
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    A Waste of "Space"

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    As the media's attention once again turns to Epcot's troubled "Mission: Space" attraction, Jim Hill reveals that -- as far back as three years ago -- Imagineering insiders knew that this Future World attraction was going to have problems. But -- despite repeated warnings from WDI about the "MS" ride system -- Disney Theme Parks and Resorts managers still insisted that this "Mission" go forward....
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    Disney Does Dean

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    Wondering what Roy Disney and Stanley Gold might be up to next? Then Jim Hill suggests that you go take a look at the playbook of Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean....
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    When it comes to Disney's CEO, denial isn't just some river in Egypt

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    As more stories leaks out about Michael Eisner's bizarre behavior over the past two weeks, Jim Hill has to ask: when is Disney's Big Cheese actually going to admit that Roy and Stanley's efforts are getting to him?...
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    Tracking down the truth about those delayed "Disney Treasures" DVDs isn't as easy as you might think

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    As promised, Jim Hill spent the weekend trying to get to the bottom of what actually happened with these delayed discs. Unfortunately, a definitive answer to this question may be months away. Jim explains why in today's column....
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    Erasing Roy: Rebuttals

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    You know, not everyone always agrees with Jim. Here's just a few of the e-mails that yesterday's article helped generate....
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    "Waking Walt": A fun read in the Michael Crichton / Jackie Collins tradition

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    Headed to the beach anytime soon (Or wish that you were)? Then Jim Hill recommends that you pick up a copy of Larry Pontuis' "Waking Walt," a fun new fantasy novel that expands on one of America's favorite urban legends....
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