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“Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen” offers a twisted take on Disney's Snow White
No one mourns the Wicked. No one cries “They won’t return!” No one lays a lily on their grave Ah, but as “Wicked” (i.e. Gregory Maguire ’s best-selling book as well as the long-running stage musical ) proves, it is actually possible to feel sadness & sympathy for a character that’s been labeled Wicked...
2 Sep 2009
"Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" features seldom-seen artwork
We're still six weeks out from the release of the diamond edition of " Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ." But some of the merchandise that's supposed to piggyback on the hi-def Blu-ray version of this Disney Classic is already starting to show up in stores. With Cynthia Rylant & Gustaf Tenggren ...
26 Aug 2009
Toon Tuesday: Glen Keane goes back to the drawing board
He’s ba-a-ack. After taking a six month sabbatical from the Mouse House, master animator Glen Keane is back. Keane – who stepped down from his directorial position on “ Rapunzel ” last October due to health-related reasons – is now back supervising animation on that project. Master animator Glen Keane...
11 Aug 2009
“The Thirteen Days of Christmas” lets you bring Haunted Mansion Holiday home
Boys and girls of every age, Would you like to see something strange? Copyright 2009 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved Okay. I know. It’s July. Which is not exactly when people start thinking about Halloween and/or Christmas. But a book just hit store shelves that I know that Disneyana fans...
21 Jul 2009
"The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World" will give you a renewed appreciation of the WDW Resort
30 years ago this month, I made my very first trip to Walt Disney World . And for 25 years now, I’ve been writing about Central Florida’s Vacation Kingdom. I offer this info up not because I want to impress JHM readers with my advanced age. But – rather – to give you some idea of how long I’ve actually...
10 Jun 2009
"The Archive Series: Story" features a stunning selection of art from Disney's Animation Research Library
In response to last week's review of Jeff Kurtti 's newest book , " Walt Disney's Imagineering Legends and the Genesis of the Disney Theme Park ," I got the following e-mail: Not everyone who reads JimHillMedia is interested in the Disney theme parks. Some of us come to your site because we want to learn...
10 Dec 2008
"Why should I worry about a few Diet Coke stains on some ceiling tiles?"
There are many things that you expect to find at the World of Disney at WDW's Downtown Disney . Mountains of Plush. Shelves piled high with Pirates of the Caribbean stuff. Way too much Disney Princess Merchandise. But Pulitzer Prize -winning authors? And yet this was where Dave Barry spent yesterday...
19 Nov 2008
"Disney Dogs" showcases canine cartoon stars
If you're a Disney trivia buff, I'm sure that you can already name the father & mother dog in " 101 Dalmatians ." But can you name all 15 of the puppies that Perdita had? Copyright 2008 Disney. All Rights Reserved Okay. I know. That's kind of a trick question. Given that -- in the original 1961 film...
29 Oct 2008
Want the full picture when it comes to Disney's "Morning Light" ? Then see the movie AND pick up its companion book
This past weekend, I found myself 90 miles from home in Hingham, MA. Photo by Jim Hill Why had I driven down to the South Shore ? Because I was trying to find a theater here in New England that was screening " Morning Light ." Which went into extremely limited release this past Friday. Photo by Jim Hill...
22 Oct 2008
A special "May the (Stephen) Schwartz Be With You" edition of Why For
Evidently that book review of Carol de Giere 's " Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked " that this site ran two week back really struck a chord with JHM readers as we've received a number of Stephen Schwartz -related questions since then. First up, Gayle B...
17 Oct 2008
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