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Would Walt's version of "The Aristocats" have been a bigger hit for Disney Studios?
The full-length animated features that Walt Disney Animation Studios has produced over the past 75 years can mostly be sorted into two distinctly different piles: Those films that Walt personally had a hand in and those movies which were produced after Disney passed away. Please note that I said "mostly...
21 Aug 2012
From the JHM Archives: Scenes that were cut out of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
We're conducting a little experiment today. Taking one of the more popular pieces that was ever posted on this website (this detailed look at a full 10 pages of script that was cut out of the original theatrical release of " Who Framed Roger Rabbit " originally ran on JHM back in August...
2 Aug 2011
A special "Toon Much of a Good Thing" edition of Why For
First up, Danny writes in to ask: Jim, Any reason that you know of why Pixar started skimping on their DVD packages? Up to and including " The Incredibles ," no company did the medium justice better than Pixar. But the discs for " Cars " and " Rataouille " (which I have an advanced copy of) are pathetic...
2 Nov 2007
"Walt Disney's Cinderella" is a picture-perfect picture book
This is probably going to seem like a very weird request. But -- if you could -- I'd really like it if you guys could buy up a bunch of copies of " Walt Disney's Cinderella " (Disney Press, August 2007) Copyright 2007 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved "And why should we do that?," you ask...
3 Oct 2007
Monday Mouse Watch : When it comes to Disney's Vanessa Hudgens problem, no new nudes is good news
Well, here we are in Week 2 of the Walt Disney Company dealing with its Undressa Hudgens situation. And based on what I've been hearing, Mickey has finally decided that it will in fact stand behind this " High School Musical " star. Mind you, it's not like the Mouse ever really had the option of distancing...
16 Sep 2007
Monday Mouse Watch : Will a second set of nude photographs cause Disney to flunk Vanessa Hudgens out of its "High School Musical" franchise?
By late Friday night, the headlines read " Disney Stands by High School Musical Star ." Which meant that -- in spite of what a Mouse House spokesperson called " ... obviously a lapse in judgment" -- the Walt Disney Company wasn't going to distance itself from Vanessa Hudgens. Punish this tween favorite...
9 Sep 2007
Monday Mouse Watch: Is Disney getting ready to send in the "Clones" ?
Okay. Let's start your Monday morning off with a funny little Disney-related story from the September issue of " Star Wars Insider " magazine. Which alludes to a particularly bizarre moment during the production of " Episode IV - A New Hope ." It seems that -- with the hope that they might be able to...
26 Aug 2007
Tube Thursday : The "Disney Afternoon" shows that you didn't get to see
A real treat showed up in the mail today. " Darkwing Duck: Volume 2 ." Copyright 2007 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved I don't know how many of you remember this " Disney Afternoon " show. But "Darkwing Duck" was great fun. A witty spoof of the whole superhero genre, "DD" debuted as part...
15 Aug 2007
Monday Mouse Watch : Why all the dough that "The Simpsons Movie" is earning is making Disney & Pixar executives say "D'oh !"
Let's start with the news that may confuse some of you. In that there are folks at Walt Disney Animation Studios who are downright giddy that " The Simpsons Movie " has done as well as it has over the past 10 days. "And why would WDAS employees be excited by the success of a 20th Century Fox film ?,...
5 Aug 2007
17,000 nights at the movies with Leonard Maltin
You'd think that -- when the very first edition of " Leonard Maltin 's Movie Guide" was published back in 1969 -- that this then-18-year-old film historian would have been terribly proud of his first published work. Well, think again. "To be honest, I was embarassed by the book," Maltin admitted in a...
31 Jul 2007
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