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Monday Mouse Watch : “Carol” makes cash registers ring, while “Frog” ‘s financial future makes Disney animators jumpy
You’re going to read a lot of stories this morning about how Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” had a bad opening weekend. How – because this new Robert Zemeckis movie didn’t make $35 - $40 million during its first three days in domestic release – this rather expensive ImageMovers Digital production is now...
9 Nov 2009
AquaDuck to bring theme park thrills out onto the high seas
You want proof that The Walt Disney Company is serious about its commitment to creativity & technology? Then look no further than the Disney Dream , that 128,000 ton vessel which is currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg , Germany. Copyright Disney. All Rights Reserved...
2 Nov 2009
Toon Thursday: Disney hits the reset button on Winnie the Pooh
It wasn’t exactly the news that animation fans were expecting. That Walt Disney Animation Studios would be following up “ The Princess and the Frog ” (i.e. The Company’s much anticipated return to hand-drawn animation) with a feature-length Winnie the Pooh project . Ah, but there was method to the Mouse...
15 Oct 2009
Wine & dine & run for your lives! Mickey may be getting into the blood-sucking business
In honor of Columbus Day, I thought that we’d spend today peeking over the horizon. Discovering what new worlds possibly awaits us by checking out some of the domain names The Walt Disney Company has registered over the past few weeks. All of you athletic-types who enjoy taking part in endurance events...
12 Oct 2009
Monday Mouse Watch: What to make of Mickey’s mixed signals
It’s been quite a month for the Mouse, don’t you think? Inside of one single 30 day span, The Walt Disney Company has: Revealed that it would be spending $4 billion to acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. and its library of 5000 characters At the D23 EXPO , the Studios announced a new production label...
5 Oct 2009
Monday Mouse Watch: Will Dick Cook’s exit trip up “Pirates 4” as well as the Muppets’ big-screen return?
As I sat in the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center earlier this month, watching the Walt Disney Studios presentation at the D23 EXPO, I remember thinking that no one but Dick Cook could pull off a show like this. Kelly Preston, Ella Bleu Travolta, John Travolta and Disney's Dick Cook at Walt Disney...
21 Sep 2009
Pixar piles on the international intrigue with “Cars 2”
Quick question: What do you think of the “Back to the Future” sequels? Copyright 1989 Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved The reason I ask … Well, while many people consider the original “Back to the Future” to be an enormously entertaining movie, most folks don’t feel the same about “BTTF II” &...
17 Sep 2009
Monday Mouse Watch: The road ahead for Disney·Pixar ‘s “Cars”
First the good news: What Disney Princess is for little girls, Cars has become for little boys. Copyright Disney·Pixar. All Rights Reserved As in: This John Lasseter film is now one of Disney Consumer Products ’ fastest growing key franchises. Global retail sales of “Cars”-themed licensed merchandise...
24 Aug 2009
“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
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