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    "Magic Quizdom" is NOT your typical Disney trivia book

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    Jim Hill is no fan of Disney trivia books, but he found lots to like about Kevin Yee and Jason Schulz's new Disneyland quiz book, which explores some of the more obscure aspects of that theme park's history....
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    When it comes to Disney, when is "good enough" good enough?

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    Jim Hill gives JHM readers a look at concept art for the original version of Epcot's "Space" pavilion, then wonders: Should Walt Disney Imagineering change its corporate motto from "We Make the Magic" to "We Settle for Less"?...
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    A JimHillMedia.com exclusive: Your first look at "Home on the Range"

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    JimHillMedia scores another exclusive, presenting the first truly in-depth look at Disney Feature Animation's April 2004 release. Which -- based on what lucky reader JC has to say -- sounds like one hell of a funny MOOOOO-vie....
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    Why For?

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    Jim Hill tries to clear out the clogs in his e-mail queue by answering LOTS of your Disney related questions all at once. So you'd best get comfortable before you sit back to read Jim's answers to your questions about "Hotel Mel," Universal's "Mummy" attractions, Hill's fateful encounter with Tik Tok, even more info on "Geyser Mountain," why the large-breasted ladies got down-sized in Pixar's "Knick Knack," the 1970s version of "Fantasia II," "Aladdin" in IMAX, someone needs help with their video scrapbook and -- last but not least -- there's a new JHM Disneyland tour in the works. ...
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    "Designing Disney" reveals secrets of theme park design

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    Do you want to know how WDI creates all of those great rides and shows for the Disney theme parks? Then get yourself a copy of this great new Disney Editions book....
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    You know what really Bugs me? Where are all the "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" ads?

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    In kind of a change of pace for JimHillMedia.com, Jim Hill talks up a new animated feature from Warners. Which -- in spite of some stupid studio interference -- is really shaping up to be one fun flick....
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    "It's a Small World" ... The movie?!

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    Strange as it may seem, Walt Disney Productions -- way back in the mid-1970s -- actually did toy with the idea of turning this much beloved theme park attraction into a major motion picture. Jim Hill now gives you the skinny on this most-unlikely-sounding of projects....
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    And speaking of small things ... Take a look at that thong!?

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    JimHillMedia.com is pleased to introduce two new columnists: Monique Pryor (who's dressed in a tight fitting "Superman" ... um ... outfit) and Jackson "Pop Culture" King (who -- thankfully -- is not)....
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    A JHM exclusive: Your very first look at the "Finding Nemo" DVD

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    Jim Hill recently got a chance to preview Disc 1 of this two DVD set. He gives the strictly-for-home-use of this hit Pixar picture extremely high marks, then raves about some of the extras to be found on the disc....
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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 gushes about Geyser Mountain, puzzles over what was Disney's biggest missed opportunity (movie-wise) might have been, then offers up suggestions about which Disneyland Paris book to pick up....
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    Paying tribute to Toontown's tunesmiths

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    Jim plows through a lot of book/Disney related news today. From talking up "The Cartoon Music Book" to asking for your help on "The Walt Disney Records Story" to suggesting that you take in the Buddy Baker tribute at USC this coming Sunday. All in all, it's a pretty full column....
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    Okay ... now tell me what you REALLY think ...

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    After having 112 pro-"Mickey's Philharmagic" e-mails come flooding into his in-box over the past two days, is Jim Hill is having second thoughts about WDW's new 3D movie? Well ......
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    Rumblings at the WDI water cooler

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    Jim Hill's been hanging around the water cooler at Walt Disney Imagineering and what he's heard gets fairly interesting. Will DAK get Lucky? Is "Expedition Everest" due for a rewrite? And is there another WDI layoff in the wings? ...
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    Did Disney execs unintentionally slip "Philharmagic" a Mickey?

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    With three tepid reviews of the Magic Kingdom's newest attraction in hand, Jim Hill wonders: Did Disney accidentally debut its newest 3D film in the wrong theater? And will this prevent "Philharmagic" from becoming the corporation's next franchisable theme park attraction?...
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    Why For? : Epcot's Space Center, Jim Korkis and Walt Disney World swamp boat rides

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    This time around, Jim Hill answers your questions about what Epcot's Space pavilion was originally supposed to look like, points out a new comic book you should check out, looks to recruit some European-based reporters for the site, and more. There's a lot here ... get comfy.

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    "Wertham Was Right!" is a really good read

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    Need a bit of a pick-me-up? Then Jim Hill recommends that you go pick up a copy of Mark Evanier's latest collection of POV columns. For there's lots of entertaining stories to be found inside of this pleasing paperback....
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    Turtle Tales

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    After a week full of just plain awful news, Jim Hill has decided that we all need a break. Which is why he's now going to share a story about snapping turtles. That's right ... snapping turtles. Watch your fingers!...
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    Why For? : Enjoy a Kreuzfahrt down the Rhine on Epcot's never-built Germany boat ride

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    Once again, it's JHM readers to the rescue. This time around, you folks provide additional information about that "Applecore, Baltimore" gag, those mysterious "Wuzzle" costumes as well as Epcot's Rhine River ride. Plus we announce Fab's next round of Disneyland tours, then pass the hat.

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    Covering the Coverage

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    Looking back on how other folks handled this past Friday's Big Thunder Mountain accident, Jim Hill gives high marks to MousePlanet and LaughingPlace.com, expresses some disappointment with his old boss, Al Lutz ... then actually finds something nice to say about Disney Company management....
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    Why For?

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    This week, Jim's taking a break and letting JimHillMedia.com readers answer your Disney related questions. Why For? Because they've got some interesting things to share on the Disney Company and Harry Potter rumors, as well as a follow-up to last month's "Captain Eeyore" story....
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    "Outlaw Animation" gives you the skinny on animated shorts

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    Jim Hill returns with another book review, this one on Jerry Beck's great new book revealing the twisted tale of the Spike & Mike Animation Festivals....
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    Top Toontown talents gathers to pay tribute to Daws Butler

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    Jim Hill shares a story about an ASIFA-Hollywood event that was held back in July which honored the late, great vocal performer and teacher, Daws Butler....
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    Why For?

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    Jim Hill answers even more of your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim advises extreme patience when it comes to Disney-MGM getting a Roger Rabbit ride, asks for JHM readers' help when it comes to solving the origins of "Applecore ... Baltimore" as well as the mystery surrounding those mysterious "Wuzzle" costumes that keep popping up all over the tube. Plus a photo that shows where the entrance to Epcot's Rhine River ride was supposed to have been....
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    "The Art and Flair of Mary Blair" is a must-own for Disneyana fans

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    Jim Hill reviews John Canemaker's latest book, which is a colorful appreciation of this Disney conceptual artist. Though slight in size, this Disney Editions publication packs quite an artistic punch....
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    Does Blue Bunny ice cream leave you with light green intestines?

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    Jim Hill holds a taste test for several of the new Disney-branded products that Blue Bunny has recently begun selling ... then notices a somewhat disgusting side effect to consuming too much of the company's Rainbow Sherbet....
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