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  • Blog Post: Why For Returns

    First up, Ravi T. writes in to ask about Sunset Boulevard at Disney-MGM Studios . To be specific, something that he noticed was embedded in the asphalt on Sunset. Jim -- Last week, my family and I were down at Walt Disney World . And while we were walking through MGM to get to the Tower of Terror , I...
  • Blog Post: Wouldn't it be cool if ...

    You know, a lot of people seem to think that I'm out to "get" the Walt Disney Company. That I deliberately only post stories on JHM that talk about the negative things that are happening at the Mouse House (Gee, after Monday's " Dreamfinder " story and yesterday's " Midway Madness " article yesterday...
  • Blog Post: "You always have to be sure & take those meetings"

    It's one of Hollywood's great unwritten rules: "Take every meeting." Meaning that -- no matter how unlikely it may seem that anything productive will actually come out of a face-to-face meeting with an industry exec -- you should still explore every possiblity. In short, take every meeting. And no one...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: The Battle of Midway (Madness)

    If you've been wandering around the Web lately -- in particular poking around the discussion boards over at MouseInfo and WDWMagic -- you've probably already heard the name "Midway Madness" bandied about this past weekend. This is that new interactive " Toy Story " -themed dark ride that's supposedly...
  • Blog Post: Could the Dreamfinder soon be returning to Epcot's "Journey into Imagination" attraction?

    There's an old cliché that says -- if you want to send a message -- you should use Western Union. Well, now that the Walt Disney Company has finally completed its acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios, John Lasseter -- AKA the new Chief Creative Officer at Disney Feature Animation as well as the Principal...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Disney junks junk food

    If you’re into collecting somewhat unique Disney collectibles, you may want to pick up a set of the “ Pirates of the Caribbean : Dead Man’s Chest ” toys that your local McDonald’s will be selling later this summer. You see, those toys (which will be tucked inside the ten of millions of Happy Meals that...
  • Blog Post: Will a CG Mickey help keep Disney's core group of characters evergreen?

    Over the past few years, you've seen Mickey Mouse as the host of a trendy Hollywood nightclub , as the hero in an old fashioned swashbuckler , as the conductor of a 3D-CG orchestra , even as a hi-tech inter-active tour guide . But are you now ready to see Mickey do his " Dora the Explorer " impression...
  • Blog Post: Making Fun of the Mouse: Part III

    Picking up where we left off yesterday ... Of course, it's not just outsiders who get their jollies by riffing on Mickey. Sometimes it's the Disney Studio employees themselves who like to get in an occassional shot at the Mouse and/or like to slip in a quick tribute to their favorite Disney character...
  • Blog Post: Making Fun of the Mouse: Part II

    Picking up where we left off yesterday ... It wasn't just Disney's films & shorts that were targets for satire. Back in the early 1960s, "The Happiest Place on Earth" also regularly got lampooned. It was Jay Ward that supposedly got the first volley in with his " Rocky and his Friends ," a prime...
  • Blog Post: Making Fun of the Mouse: Part I

    Given the continued carping about " Journey to the Disney Vault ," you'd think that this particular " TV Funhouse " skit (Which reran on " Saturday Night Live " this past Saturday night as part of a " Best of TV Funhouse " episode) was the very first time that anyone had ever made fun of Walt Disney...
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