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From the JHM Archives: How the Chefs at Universal Orlando made Butterbeer real
Just yesterday, Universal Orlando served up its five-millionth glass of Butterbeer. Which is quite an achievement. Given that -- prior to the June 2010 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure -- this beverage only existed between the pages of J.K. Rowling...
12 Dec 2012
Pioneering female reporter provides the inspiration for Kara Lindsay's character in Disney "Newsies the Musical"
Elizabeth Jane Cochran didn't exactly make headlines when she was born in Western Pennsylvania 148 years ago this Saturday. But all of that would change when -- at just 16 years of age -- Ms. Cochran took up the pen name Nellie Bly and thus became America's first female investigative reporter...
3 May 2012
How Don Rickles became Mr. Potato Head's voice for Disney Pixar's "Toy Story" films
In honor of Super Bowl Sunday (that annual television event that turns tens of millions of us into couch potatoes, when we wolf down handful of greasy potato chips and/or platters full of toppings-laden potato skins), I thought that - today - it might be appropriate to pay tribute to that most cinematic...
3 Feb 2011
Was news of that "Tron 3" teaser deliberately leaked to the Web by Disney insiders?
Have you heard about this "Tron 3" teaser that Aint It Cool News & Tron-Sector have been talking up this past weekend? As the story goes: This "Tron 3" teaser was supposedly shot back in November before " Tron: Legacy " was released to theaters, with the idea that it...
23 Jan 2011
It took a smarter-than-the-average animation supervisor to make "Yogi Bear"
What was the toughest part of riding herd on all of the CG artists at Rhythm & Hues who worked on " Yogi Bear " ? According to Alex Orrelle , the Animation Supervisor on this new Warner Bros ' live-action/computer animated 3D adventure, it was actually when he had to persuade his crew...
27 Dec 2010
"The War for Late Night" reveals Disney's role in the Leno / O'Brien debacle
It's now considered one of the great PR disasters of 2010. The way that NBC totally mismanaged its Jay Leno / Conan O'Brien situation. Which ultimately resulted in Conan bolting for TBS , a significantly battered & bruised Jay resuming his duties as host of " The Tonight Show "...
26 Dec 2010
Never mind about "Pirates 5" & "6." Does Disney already have a "Santa Paws 3" in the works?
W.C. Fields is often credited with coining that old show business adage, "Never work with children or animals." Copyright 2009 W.C. Fields Productions. All rights reserved Well, Robert Vince has clearly never heard this adage. Given that - as the writer / producer / director of Disney's...
22 Dec 2010
Disney's Night Kingdom lives to see another day (sort of) with DAK's Wild Africa Trek
Do you remember that niche park which the Imagineers toyed with building back in 2008? You know, that project which went by a variety of names among them Disney's Night Kingdom & Disney's Jungle Trek )? Which then would have given WDW Guests the opportunity to have all sorts of hands-on experiences...
18 Oct 2010
Mickey always plans a few moves ahead when it comes to Walt Disney World
There have been lots of looky-loos lately over that Fantasyland Forest construction fence. Which has resulted in an equally large number of theories floating around online about what's currently going on with this $300 million project. Take - for example - all that soil that's been piled up towards...
23 Aug 2010
There’s Lotso great stories to be found in “The Art of Toy Story 3”
If you read my March 16 th non-review of that Showest screening of “ Toy Story 3 ,” then you already know that I’m a huge fan of this Lee Unkrich film. But you know what truly impressed me about this Pixar production? That in the months leading up to the release of this acclaimed animated feature, no...
30 Jun 2010
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