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“Ponyo” celebrates childhood, magic, the beauty of nature and … oh, yeah … ham
If you’re going to see “ Ponyo ” and expecting yet another ambitious animated feature like “ Spirited Away ” and/or “ Princess Mononoke ,” you may be in for a bit of a disappointment. Copyright 2009 Disney Enterprises, Inc. / Copyright 2008 Nibariki-GNDHDDT. All Rights Reserved This time around, Japanese...
14 Aug 2009
Tube Thursday: “Merlin” 's Prince Arthur ain’t exactly a prince of a guy
You remember what happened to Wart in “ The Sword in the Stone ,” right? How he suddenly went from being Kay’s clumsy squire to becoming the “ … rightwise King born of England.” Copyright Disney. All Rights Reserved Well, Bradley James now knows a little bit about Wart must have gone through. Given that...
13 Aug 2009
Comic-Con crowds go crazy for “TRON: Legacy”
Given the firestorm that that “TRON” test footage created at last year’s Comic-Con … Well, it only made sense that the creative team behind this highly anticipated follow-up to that landmark 1982 film would then return to San Diego to reveal even more to this year’s attendees. The only problem is … Director...
24 Jul 2009
Monday Mouse Watch: Unconventional promotion really paid off for “Up”
It’s been kind of interesting watching the Pixar fan community react to Rich Greenfield ’s recent mea culpa in regards to “ Up .” Back in April, Greenfield (who’s this Wall Street analyst that keeps tabs on The Walt Disney Company for Pali Research ) expressed concerns about this Pete Docter film. Saying...
13 Jul 2009
Tune Thursday: Christopher Sieber kneels to get a rise out of Broadway audiences
Christopher Sieber has a favor to ask of his fans: No more questions about his knees. Please? “Seriously, my knees are fine,” Sieber laughed, “Everything else on my body hurts right now. But my knees are great.” Of course, it’s easy to understand why friends, family, even perfect strangers would continually...
11 Jun 2009
Monster Mansion comes roaring back to life at Six Flags Over Georgia
This past Thursday, Six Flags Over Georgia had a genuinely festive feel. A Dixieland band played while specially invited guests enjoyed a picnic lunch inside of this closed-to-the-public theme park. “And what was the special occasion?,” you ask. Well, a quick look at the centerpieces on the picnic tables...
18 May 2009
Monster Plantation's makeover nearly complete, revamped attraction opens this Saturday
Six Flags Over Georgia fans dodged a bullet a few months back. A speeding bullet, to be exact. Copyright Six Flags Theme Parks, Inc. All Rights Reserved Last year, Six Flags management gave some very serious thought to shutting down that theme park’s much-beloved Monster Plantation attraction. Worse...
14 May 2009
"The Archive Series: Story" features a stunning selection of art from Disney's Animation Research Library
In response to last week's review of Jeff Kurtti 's newest book , " Walt Disney's Imagineering Legends and the Genesis of the Disney Theme Park ," I got the following e-mail: Not everyone who reads JimHillMedia is interested in the Disney theme parks. Some of us come to your site because we want to learn...
10 Dec 2008
Manhattanites mob the Muppet Whatnot Workshop
Christmas time in NYC means lines. All over the city this past Saturday, there were people standing in lines. They lined up on the 8th floor at the Macy's in Herald Square in order to see Santa . They lined up along 5th Avenue in order to see Saks ' holiday windows . They even lined up at Rockefeller...
8 Dec 2008
What gloom & doom? It's still "Happy Poly Days" over at Disney's Polynesian Resort
Alright. I know. It's been kind of a scary week for all you folks who live and work in Central Florida. What with all the stories that are making the rounds about Walt Disney World 's projected occupancy rate for the month of January as well as how miserable things have gotten for all those hotels &...
5 Dec 2008
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