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How Disney's two-dimensional "Beast" became a 3D "Beauty"
New and a bit alarming Who 'd have ever thought that this could be? Well, " Beauty and the Beast " co-director Kirk Wise doesn't seem all that surprised that this Academy Award-winning film (which was the first animated feature to ever be nominated for Best Picture) got selected for...
5 Sep 2011
Will Johnny Depp’s version of the Mad Hatter soon be making appearances at Disney’s theme parks?
First up, Mark K. writes to ask about WDW ’s Night Kingdom / Jungle Trek project: There was considerable talk several years back about a potential 5th park opening but I have heard no mention of it recently. Did the recession and the decision to remake fantasy land doom this project? Dear Mark K. – There...
4 Jun 2010
“We Make Our Own Destiny” reveals how Disney’s “Prince of Persia” movie actually came together
When discussing a new summer blockbuster like Disney’s “ Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time ,” it’s hard not to get caught up in all the details. Like those 1,200 visual effects shots that you’ll find in this Jerry Bruckheimer production. Or the action sequences that Mike Newell chose to stage 8,200...
26 May 2010
Why For does Howard Stark look like Walt Disney in “Iron Man 2” ?
IronManFan236 sent in a question that was short & sweet: Did Marvel Studios deliberately make Howard Stark look like Walt in “ Iron Man 2 ” as a tribute / tip-of-the-hat to the Disney acquisition deal? Iron Man 2, the Movie: Copyright 2010 MVL Film Finance LLC. Iron Man, the character: TM & Copyright...
14 May 2010
Monday Mouse Watch: Will "Bolt" 's box office rebound over the long Thanksgiving weekend?
Twilight is traditionally a time of shadows. But from what I hear, no one at Walt Disney Pictures dreamed that " Bolt " would be so totally overshadowed by “ Twilight ” at the box office this past weekend . As recently as 10 days ago, Mouse House marketing types were quietly putting out the word that...
24 Nov 2008
Monday Mouse Watch : Waiting for the "Dawn"
Do you recall that shindig that Walt Disney Studios held at the Kodak Theatre back in September. Where the 26 movies that the Mouse House now has in the works -- among them highly anticipated sequels like " Pirates of the Caribbean 4 ," " Toy Story 3 ," " National Treasure 3 " and " Tron 2 " -- were...
17 Nov 2008
Want the full picture when it comes to Disney's "Morning Light" ? Then see the movie AND pick up its companion book
This past weekend, I found myself 90 miles from home in Hingham, MA. Photo by Jim Hill Why had I driven down to the South Shore ? Because I was trying to find a theater here in New England that was screening " Morning Light ." Which went into extremely limited release this past Friday. Photo by Jim Hill...
22 Oct 2008
Toon Tuesday : Will Disney Animation's latest "Rapunzel" rescue attempt have a negative impact on "Bolt" 's debut ?
By now, I'm sure that you're heard that Glen Keane is no longer the co-director of "Rapunzel." That he and Dean Wellins will be turning the reins over to Byron Howard & Nathan Greno , who were the co-director and head of story on " Bolt " respectively. To be honest, this change couldn't have come...
14 Oct 2008
Will the Credit Crunch & tech troubles trip up Disney's new Blu-ray push ?
This is not how Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment thought this particular retail fairy tale would play out. Back in January when the Mouse announced that " Sleeping Beauty " would be the first Disney Platinum Edition title to be released on Blu-ray , executives in that division of the Walt Disney...
7 Oct 2008
Will "Senior Year" re-energize Disney's "High School Musical" franchise ?
For " High School Musical " fans, tomorrow's the big day. Copyright 2008 Disney. All Rights Reserved Starting on Friday, September 26th, advance tickets to "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" will be available for purchase over at this Walt Disney Pictures release's official website . Copyright 2008...
25 Sep 2008
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