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  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Could "Cars" dwindling domestic box office clear the way for a "Monsters, Inc." sequel?

    To hear Chuck Viane, the president of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, tell the story … Well, Walt Disney Studios was absolutely thrilled with the way that " Cars " performed this past weekend. With this Pixar Animation film pulling in $33.7 at the box office during its second weekend in domestic release...
  • Blog Post: Wanna peek at the plot for "Pirates III"? How about "Ratatouille"?

    When it comes to surprises, I'm not the most patient person. I mean, back when I was a kid ... As early as October, I was already tearing my family's house apart. Trying to find out where exactly my parents had hidden the presents. Just so I could know in advance whether or not I was getting something...
  • Blog Post: "Cars," "Over the Hedge" soundtracks make for great traveling music

    So I'm sitting at the computer late yesterday afternoon, inserting links in Chris Barry's " Disney Insider Yearbook " article, when Nancy says: "You do remember that you're supposed to pick your parents up tonight, right?" "Of course, I do," I replied. "And I've still got plenty of time. Their flight...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Excuses abound as to why "Cars" under-performed

    The good news is ... " Cars " was No. 1 at the box office this past weekend, raking in $60.1 million. Which (according to Box Office Mojo ) gave this John Lasseter film the second highest opening weekend gross ever for a film that was released in the month of June (Only Warners' " Harry Potter &...
  • Blog Post: Disney's next big dream to be revealed in the Big Apple tonight

    "Soooo ... What exactly is Disney doing down in Soho tomorrow night?" That was the question that I kept getting asked yesterday afternoon. From reporters & Disneyana fans alike. Each of them interested in the super-secret soiree that the Walt Disney Company will be holding on Hudson Street later...
  • Blog Post: Unrealized Epcot: Rides, shows & entire pavilions that never quite made it off the drawing board

    Jamie B. writes in to say: I really enjoyed this past Friday's Why For . It was great to see that very early version of " The Living Seas " and finally get a sense of what the ride-thru attraction that was originally supposed to have been built there was supposed to have been like. Do you have any other...
  • Blog Post: Can "Cars" crash through the $75 - $80 million barrier?

    By this time next week, we'll know. By that I mean: By this time next Monday morning, we'll finally have the preliminary box office results in hand for the opening weekend of " Cars ." And then we'll know for sure if John Lasseter's newest film has actually met Wall Street's expectations. "And what exactly...
  • Blog Post: Be sure and set the Tivo: Pixar 20th anniversary special airs on ABC tomorrow night

    Got plans for tomorrow night? Change 'em. Or -- at the very least -- set up your Tivo and/or throw a tape into the old VCR and be sure & record what ABC is airing Saturday night between 8 - 11 p.m. "What's the big deal?," you ask. "Isn't ABC just supposed to be showing 'The Wonderful World of Disney...
  • Blog Post: Why For: The Seas-and-desist edition

    Will L. writes in to say: Have you seen the concept art for Epcot's new "The Seas with Nemo & Friends" attraction yet? Copyright Disney Enterprises LLC Originally I was very excited when I saw all of this stuff. Copyright Disney Enterprises LLC But then I got to see some of the concept...
  • Blog Post: Double Booked: First JHM takes a look at the new Epcot Field Guide ...

    Rarely has something so small given so much pleasure to a Disney Dweeb. Honestly, I don't know how Imagineer Alex Wright does it. Take the entire history of a Disney theme park and then squeeze it into a book that's so small you can literally fit it into your back pocket. Me? I can't even tell the story...
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