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    Nana finally makes it to Never Land in "Battle for the Book!," a primetime "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" special

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    Let's be honest here. You kind of feel bad for Nana whenever you watch Disney's " Peter Pan ." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved After all, everyone else gets to fly off to Never Land in this 1953 animated feature. But because Mr. Darling had tied this canine caretaker up in the backyard before he and Mrs. Darling then went out for the evening, even though Michael actually sprinkles Nana with pixie dust, she just wind up levitating at the end of her leash. Mind...
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    John Musker and Ron Clements chart an ambitious course for "Moana," Walt Disney Animation Studios' 2016 release

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    They've taken us under the sea with their charming reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's " The Little Mermaid ." Not to mention soaring through the sky aboard a magic carpet in their wildly comic take on the 1001 Arabian Nights, " Aladdin ." So where will John Musker and Ron Clements be taking moviegoers next? To the South Seas. A remote spot on the map that these two Walt Disney Animation Studios veterans genuinely believe is the perfect setting for "Moana,"...
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    How Wilmer Valderrama helped make 'From Dusk Till Dawn' a featured attraction at this year's Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

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    If you're one of the tens of thousands of people who've already screamed your way through the "From Dusk Till Dawn" maze at this year's Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and the Universal Orlando Resort ... Well, you have Wilmer Valderrama to thank for those scares. And -- no -- that's not because Wilmer plays a key role in this hit TV series on the El Rey Network . But rather because Valderrama has been a longtime Halloween Horror Nights fan. "Seriously...
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    How Comic-Con helped create fans for Disney XD's "Star vs. The Forces of Evil" six months before its first episode airs

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    There's a way that things used to work in the television animation universe. First a new show would go on the air. Then viewers would sample a few episodes and decide if they actually liked a program. If that were the case, then the fan base for this new animated series would slowly build over time. Well, things move a lot faster these days. Take -- for example -- Disney XD's "Star vs. The Forces of Evil." The new animated series doesn't actually go on the air 'til January...
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    Pixar's "Lava" uses massive characters & settings to tell sweet little love story

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    The history of Hollywood is littered with stories of short leading men and all the tricks the studios had to use in order to make these diminutive actors seem larger-than-life. But what happens when you have the opposite problem? When your film is built around a performer who's so enormous that it's genuinely hard to fit them in the frame with anyone else? That's the challenge that James Ford Murphy faced with " Lava ," the brand-new short he just wrote & directed for Pixar...
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    Disney characters puts the fun in fundraising at annual CHOC "Walk in the Park" event

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    It's the fundraiser that Disney fans happily and willingly get out of bed at 3 a.m. to take part in. The one that people actually schedule their Southern California vacations around, with some participants flying in from as far away as Texas, Illinois and Connecticut. Which event am I talking about? The largest walk for pediatric care in the nation, Children's Hospital of Orange County 's annual "Walk in the Park." Or as this 5K is more fondly known to the thousands who participate...
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    "Big Hero 6" hopes to make a big splash in the Big Apple at this year's New York Comic-Con

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    To hear Don Hall tell this story, it was just weeks after The Walt Disney Company revealed that it would be acquiring Marvel Entertainment for $4.24 billion back in August of 2009 when he first came up with the idea of using a relatively obscure Marvel comic book series as the inspiration for a full-length animated feature. "I grew up loving Marvel comics. So imagine my excitement when those two crazy kids -- Marvel & Disney -- got together," The co-director of " Big Hero 6 "...
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    "Downton Abbey" stars help "Doc McStuffins" pay tribute to the "Lady with the Lamp," Florence Nightingale

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    Are you a stateside " Downton Abbey " fan? If so, isn't it just killing you that -- while Season 5 of this acclaimed period drama officially got underway in the U.K. back on September 21st -- here in the States, we actually have to wait 'til January of 2015 before we can then find out what's been going on with the Earl of Grantham & his extended family. Well, if you're just not willing to wait another three months before you can once again hear Mrs. Patmore clattering...
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    50th anniversary display of 1964 - 1965 New York World's Fair items was one of the highlights of this year's Big E

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    I don't know about you folks. But weekends here are all about getting away. Even if it's just for a little while. Turning off my laptop & pushing back from my desk. Getting out of the house for even a few hours with the hope that a temporary change of venue might help Nancy & I recharge our batteries. Take -- for example -- last weekend. When we hopped in the car and drove on down to Massachusetts to catch the last day of the Big E. Photo by Jim Hill For those of you who don't...
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    Damon Lindelof's obsession with Peter the Panda leads to a "Lost" -inspired episode of "Phineas and Ferb"

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    Ten years ago this week, the world was first introduced to " Lost ," that Emmy Award-winning series which Jeffrey Lieber , J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof created for ABC that soon became an obsession with television viewers. Each week, million of people would first tune in to watch the continuing adventures of the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 and then spend the following day discussing what the hatch, the smoke monster and -- of course -- those polar bears might actually mean. Mind you...
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    Nate D. Sanders' auction throws a spotlight on Ray Bradbury's long association with The Walt Disney Company

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    When I dropped by Disneyland earlier this month, I made a point of walking through Frontierland. Not so much to check out the "Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush" game ... Photo by Jim Hill ... which -- I have to admit -- given all the Guests crowded around the telegraph station that afternoon looked wildly popular / like a lot of fun. Photo by Jim Hill No, the reason I was there was to check out the Halloween Tree. But because I was there on September 8th and Disneyland's Halloween...
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    It's all the little details that help Universal Orlando deliver the really big scares at Halloween Horror Nights 24

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    You can't spell "scare" without "care." And the fiendish folks behind Universal Orlando 's Halloween Horror Nights clearly understand this. That's why they put a full year of careful thought & planning into the 24th edition of this seasonal scare-fest. Which officially opens to the public tonight at Universal Studios Florida . Copyright 2014 Universal Studios. All rights reserved But given the sheer size & scale of this annual entertainment experience (We're...
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    Will this eye-popping CG animation test power up Genndy Tartakovsky's "Popeye" ?

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    Everyone knows that Popeye is " ... strong to the finich 'cuz he eats his spinach." But what was this Sailor Man like before he discovered that those leafy greens gave him amazing strength? And what were Popeye's early days at sea like? And where exactly did he get that anchor-shaped tattoo? That's what Genndy Tartakovsky aims to find out with that feature-length "Popeye" project that he's currently developing for Sony Pictures Animation . Genndy Tartakovsky in...
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    Disney looks to avoid the mistakes that it made with "The Little Mermaid" as it expands its "Frozen" empire

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    25 years ago when "The Little Mermaid" first arrived in theaters, The Walt Disney Company really wasn't ready to capitalize on how successful that hand-drawn animated feature would become. And I mean REALLY not ready. If you dropped by your local Disney Store during the 1989 holiday season looking to purchase some "Little Mermaid" -themed merchandise, you'd have learned that what little had been ordered in advance had long since been sold out. Most likely, the only item...
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    Where Disneyland almost was (and what's now in the works for the Happiest Place on Earth)

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    It's been an amazing eight days here in Southern California. I've met with a lot of great people while I was out here. And these folks then shared tons of tremendous stories. Many of which I'll be posting on JHM & the Huffington Post in coming weeks. But before I blow town, I did want to let you guys know that I was mostly successful in my search for where Disneyland was almost built back in the mid-1950s. Working off of that "Analysis of Location Factors" report that Stanford...
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    "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" goes Hollywood with a fun S.H.I.E.L.D. themed promo event at Amoeba Music

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    It's been a pretty incredible week in Southern California so far. With me scoring all sorts of stories that I'll soon be sharing via the Huffington Post & JHM. But before I head back home to New Hampshire, I want to share what happened at Amoeba Music at Sunset & Caheunga last night. Photo by Jim Hill For those of you who don't know: Hollywood's Amoeba Music is the Southern California branch of this great independent music chain store. Though -- last night -- it was the movies...
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    Construction continues on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Springfield at Universal Studios Hollywood

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    Greetings from Universal Studio Hollywood. Where there's an epic transformation underway. And no, I'm not just talking about what's going on up the Upper Lot. Everywhere you look around Universal City, there are teams of construction workers taking down trees and/or trimming brush ... Photo by Jim Hill ... or building massive new parking structures (which is deliberately being built now so that -- when USH' next set of attractions all come on line in 2015 & 2016 -- this theme...
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    Walking around Walt 's backyard high in the Hollywood Hills at Disney's Woking Way house

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    Greetings from LA. I'm out in Tinsel Town this week for some JHM & HuffPost-related business. But while I was out West ... Well, I wanted to get a few items off of my Hollywood-related bucket list. So my first stop yesterday was the Hollywood Heritage Museum. Photo by Jim Hill For those of you who don't know this genuinely historic place, it's the barn-looking building on North Highland that sits right across the street from the Hollywood Bowl. And the reason that the Hollywood Heritage...
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    D23 to celebrate Discovery Bay, Disneyland's never-built tribute to Jules Verne & H.G. Wells, at Attraction Rewind event

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    35 years ago this week, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad first began rolling through Disneyland 's Frontierland. And while millions of theme park fans have enjoyed "The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness" since then, few folks today realize that -- if Disney's Imagineers had had their way back in the 1970s -- this thrill ride wouldn't have just been a stand-alone attraction. No, Big Thunder was supposed to have served as the gateway to this entirely new "land" at "The...
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    How did Disneyland Cast Members learn about the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad project back in 1979?

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    35 years ago today, Disneyland 's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad officially opened the public. And the very first Guests were then able to climb aboard the I.M. Brave & U.R. Daring for the "Wildest Ride in the Wilderness." Zooming along 2,780 feet of track at speeds that sometime reached 35 miles per hour! Mind you, back in 1979, there was no Internet or Cast Portals. So when it came time to educate the thousands of Cast Members who worked in Anaheim about what a Big Thunder Mountain...
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    Disney "Newsies" takes its final bow on Broadway before beginning its North American tour

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    You'd think -- what with "Newsies" Broadway run coming to a close this past Sunday afternoon -- that the crowd outside of the Nederlander Theatre would have been a bit blue. Photo by Nancy Stadler But that wasn't really the case. The folks who were lined up along 41st Street yesterday were there for a celebration of the little show that could. Photo by Nancy Stadler Because you have to remember that "Newsies" was never ever supposed to go to Broadway. When Disney Theatrical...
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    Which Disney Princesses will soon be showing up on "Sofia the First" ? Rapunzel & Tiana but not Anna & Elsa

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    With apologies to Mel Brooks , while it may be good to be the king, it's great to be the princess. Particularly if you're " Sofia the First ," Disney's little girl princess. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Take -- for example -- "Princesses to the Rescue," the episode of this acclaimed animated series which ran this past Friday on Disney Junior . Partially because this particular "Sofia the First" featured a special appearance by Disney...
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    Look for "Frozen Fun" to linger on at Disney's Hollywood Studios thru 2015, debut soon in DCA's Hollywood Pictures Backlot area

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    Given that we're right in the middle of an early cold spell up here in New Hampshire, I'm thinking that now would be a good time to bring up how the folks who run Disney's Hollywood Studios ' aren't quite ready to "Let (It) Go" of that theme park's " Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! " Oh, sure. You've no doubt already heard about how this popular special event -- which was originally supposed to come to a close on September 1st has now been extended to September...
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    Are you ready to go on an epic quest? Based on the 23 domain names The Walt Disney Company recently registered, the Mouse sure thinks you are

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    It's been a while since we last checked in on the domain names that The Walt Disney Company has registered. As you may recall, the Mouse will sometimes deliberately take domain names off the market because it doesn't want anyone else using them. Take -- for example -- this one from March 1st of this year ... mymagicminus.com ... which is obviously supposed to be commenting on Walt Disney World's My Disney Experience / FastPass+ / My Magic+ program . Or better yet how about this domain...
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    Original ending of Disney's "Aladdin" reveals the wedding gift that the Genie wanted to give Aladdin & Jasmine

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    Let's cut to the chase here, folks: If there hadn't been a Robin Williams , there never would have been a Disney's " Aladdin ." Don't believe me? Then check out this excerpt from the screenplay for this animated classic that John Musker , Ron Clements , Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio turned in on July 3, 1991: Aladdin studies the lamp carefully. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ALADDIN (CONT.) It's such a beat-up, worthless piece of junk ...? (notices...
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