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“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is a full-bodied piece of entertainment
I’m almost afraid to say this, given that there are still two installments of the “Harry Potter” film franchise yet to come (i.e. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One,” which is currently slated to hit theaters in November of 2010. While “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two” will...
15 Jul 2009
Licensing International Expo 2009 offers sneak peeks at new films from Fox, Pixar, DreamWorks Animation and Universal Studios
Did you ever wonder what it might be like to be able to see into the future? Well, as I wandered up & down the aisles at Licensing International Expo 2009 , I got a little taste of what that must feel like. As I came upon promotional display after promotional display for motion pictures that would...
8 Jun 2009
Pixar's first "Cars Toon" debuts tonight on Toon Disney
You all remember Lightning McQueen and Mater from " Cars ," right ? Copyright 2008 Disney - Pixar. All Rights Reserved Well, the folks at Disney - Pixar certainly hope that you remember these two animated autos. Given that -- come the Summer of 2011 -- they're going to be starring in " Cars 2 " ... Copyright...
27 Oct 2008
Monday Mouse Watch : The countdown begins for Pleasure Island's final public night
You wanna make a WDW exec happy this week ? Then don't ask about Pleasure Island . To be specific: Don't ask them about the huge crowds that have been pouring onto the Island for the past two months, or the long lines that can now be found nightly outside of each & every one of PI's clubs (When's...
22 Sep 2008
Monday Mouse Watch : Get ready for WDW's monstrous new coaster
Judging by the long lines at " Toy Story Mania " as well as the brisk business that "Hey Howdy Hey!" & the gift shop across the way have been doing, it would appear that Pixar Place has already proven to be a very popular addition to Disney's Hollywood Studios . The only problem with the studio theme...
21 Jul 2008
Toon Tuesday : Are you ready for the walkaround versions of the Disney Fairies ?
I'm sure that you're familiar with the animated version of Tinker Bell that appeared from Walt Disney Productions' 1951 release, " Peter Pan " ... Copyright Disney. All Rights Reserved ... not to mention the live-action version of this pixie that periodically appears in fireworks displays ... Photo by...
5 May 2008
As Disney begins to get nervous about "Narnia," Pixar now sets its sights on "Mars"
Last week, the trades were full of stories about how Brad Bird was getting ready to make his live action debut. How the director of " The Incredibles " and " Ratatouille " would soon be helming the big screen adaptation of James Dalessandro 's " 1906 ." Now some animation fans had initially assumed that...
16 Mar 2008
Will making WDW seem more appealing to young urban professionals really be enough to turn around this resort's merch per capita problem?
Have you heard about this advertorial that the Walt Disney Company had placed in the March issue of GQ ? This 8-page spread (Which is loaded with pictures that fashion photographer Ben Watts took of a handsome family of hipsters cavorting at Walt Disney World ) tries to sell WDW as this great place to...
19 Feb 2008
Night Kingdom to reimagine the Disney-theme-park-going experience
TiggerFan452 writes in to say: Hey Jim, Just wondering if you've heard anything about these focus groups that Disney World has been recruiting people for. If you take part, you're apparently shown a preview video for something called "Disney's Night Kingdom". Any idea what this project is about and if...
14 Feb 2008
Will WDW's Adventurers Club soon be "marching along" to a new location somewhere else on property?
Today may be Valentine's Day. But when it comes to Pleasure Island , it's clear that Disney World management has little love left for this once wildly popular night-time entertainment complex. Want proof? Then let's talk about PI's Rock 'n' Roll Beach Club, which closed its doors back on February 3rd...
13 Feb 2008
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