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The Mouse goes Hog Wild, as every division at Disney does what it can to promote "The Muppets"
You know that " The Muppets " is opening in theaters this Wednesday, right? Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved I mean, how could you not? Given that - for weeks now - virtually every division of The Walt Disney Company has been doing what it can to get the word out about...
20 Nov 2011
WDI's "Carousel of Projects" looks to put a new spin on the D23 EXPO's Parks & Resort pavilion
So what was the very best part of the original D23 EXPO ? To be honest, that depended on what aspect of the Walt Disney Company most excites you. For fans of Disney's live-action movies, it would be hard to top that moment from the Studio Showcase when the wreckage of a sailing ship slowly rotated...
16 Aug 2011
D23 is actively working to increase capacity at its events, reaching out to Official Disney Fan Club members around the country
There's a joke from " Annie Hall " that I love: Two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort. And one of them says, "Boy, the food at this place is really terrible." And then the other one says, "Yeah, I know; and such small portions." I bring this story up today...
21 Jun 2011
D23 makes tweaks & improvements as Disney's official fan club heads into 2011
Have you noticed that Dale - as he's represented within the D23 world - is almost always wearing a set of Mickey Mouse ears? Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Well, there's a reason for that. The folks who run the Official Disney Fan Club want to get across the idea that...
9 Jan 2011
TCM celebrates Disney live-action with movie marathon, 2011 film festival
So what exactly is the deal with Boxing Day ? How did December 26 th wind up with this particular moniker? Well, in the U.K., the name supposedly dates back to the tradition of Victorian tradesmen receiving "Christmas boxes" and/or gifts on the day after Christmas in return for goods &...
25 Dec 2010
Between working with WDI and a new stage show, 2010 was loaded with "Great Moments" for John Tartaglia
What's the weirdest place you ever got a job offer? Because I bet John Tartaglia has you beat. Let me set the scene for you. It's September of 2009. And the star of " Johnny and the Sprites " - having a fun few days exploring & experiencing the inaugural D23 Expo - was over at Disneyland...
16 Dec 2010
Disney’s going Back to the Future with Winnie the Pooh
Do you hear that loud beep-beep-beep noise coming from Burbank? That’s The Walt Disney Company backing up. Rapidly retreating from its earlier attempts to make the Winnie the Pooh characters seem hip, fashionable and contemporary. “Coming off of ‘ My Friends Tigger and Pooh ,’ we did a lot of research...
3 Jun 2010
Monday Mouse Watch: D23’s Steven Clark looks ahead to 2011 and beyond
On the heels of last week’s news that there would be no D23 EXPO in 2010 – but, rather DESTINATION D , a history-based event that celebrates Disneyland ’s 55 th anniversary – I reached out to Steven Clark, the Head of the Official Community for Disney Fans . And – as usual – Steven was forthcoming. ...
15 Mar 2010
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
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
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
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