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Disney Channel surpasses Disney Studios when it comes to creating characters, brands and franchises that the Company can really cash in on
It's one of those generally accepted beliefs about The Walt Disney Company. That the fortunes of the Mouse House are directly tied to how well the Studio's movies do at the box office. More importantly, how successfully the characters from Disney's live-action films - not to mention those...
6 Jan 2012
Disney's "The Muppets" soundtrack mixes fun new songs with old favorites
Okay. If you're a longtime reader of JHM and/or if you saw that two part Jim Henson's creative legacy story that I posted on the Huffington Post last week, you already know that I'm kind of a Muppet geek. Which is why - when Walt Disney Records sent me a digital review copy of Disney's...
20 Oct 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
Why Walt Disney Feature Animation opted NOT to make "My Peoples"
I'm sure that you're already familiar with that Audio Animatronic version of Abraham Lincoln which appears in The Hall of Presidents at WDW 's Magic Kingdom . Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved And maybe you've seen that cool, new NextGen version of Honest Abe which...
21 Feb 2011
The year that Mickey & Minnie almost got married
Take a moment. Go check out your Disney t-shirt and coffee mug collection. There's an awful lot of anniversary logos & celebration slogans there, aren't there? 35 Years of Magic . 40 Years of Adventure . 100 Years of Magic . Remember the Magic . Year of a Million Dreams . What Will You Celebrate...
14 Feb 2011
"The War for Late Night" reveals Disney's role in the Leno / O'Brien debacle
It's now considered one of the great PR disasters of 2010. The way that NBC totally mismanaged its Jay Leno / Conan O'Brien situation. Which ultimately resulted in Conan bolting for TBS , a significantly battered & bruised Jay resuming his duties as host of " The Tonight Show "...
26 Dec 2010
Tube Thursday: Why "CSI" doesn't air on ABC
Given that CSI kicks off its 11 th season on CBS tonight and given that Michael Eisner's new book, "Working Together: Why Great Partnerships Succeed," was released to stores earlier this month, it's almost inevitable that some entertainment reporter out there is going to connect the...
23 Sep 2010
"Restless Nights and Disney Afternoons" webinar looks back at the early, early days of Walt Disney Television Animation
Okay. Everyone knows how to get to Carnegie Hall (i.e. practice, practice, practice) and/or return from Oz (i.e. click your heels three times and say "There's no place like home" ). But when it comes to the entertainment industry ... To be honest, there's no one clear path when it comes...
6 Aug 2010
“The Men Who Would Be King” recalls the bad old days when Disney, DreamWorks & Pixar used to brawl
Given that we now live in the age of DreamWorks 3.0 , with Walt Disney Studios distributing the films that Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider will soon be producing, it’s kind of hard to remember the bad old days. When Jeffery Katzenberg was … … out to deplete Disney’s talent pool. He flattered Disney...
12 May 2010
Why For is “Captain EO” really returning to Disneyland Park?
First up, RedRyderBB writes in to say: Disneyland can’t be serious about bringing back “Captain EO.” I saw that 3D movie when it first opened in 1987 and once was really enough. “EO” was just a glorified music video. And even MTV doesn’t show music videos anymore. So what’s the point of bringing “Captain...
8 Jan 2010
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