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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Arrrr Eww ready for a spoiler-iffic look at "Dead Man's Chest"?

    It is easily one of the most eagerily anticipated films of the summer. The sequel that everyone (Not just die-hard Disney fans) is just dying to see. Copyright Disney Enterprises LLC And -- up until now -- the plot for this follow-up to " Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl " has been...
  • Blog Post: Game Over: WDW's DisneyQuest to close in early 2008

    This "quest" is finally coming to an end. What was once supposed to have been the flagship of an entire chain of 30 indoor theme parks, one that would have eventually encircled the globe, DisneyQuest will be closing in 18 months. Then this 5-story tall, 100,000 square foot structure -- which towers over...
  • Blog Post: Could "Tarzan" 's original screenplay provide the key to saving Disney's still-floundering new musical?

    With little more than two weeks 'til " Tarzan " officially opens on Broadway, things are reportedly getting a little tense at the Richard Rodgers theatre . Where -- in spite of all the changes that have already been made to this new Disney musical -- preview audiences still aren't all that enthusiatic...
  • Blog Post: A very Toon-ful Why For

    First Adam D. writes to ask: Did you hear about Miramax picking up "Gnomeo & Juliet"? That was kind of unexpected, don't you think? Dear Adam D. Actually, no. Ever since John Lasseter & Ed Catmull pulled the plug on this whimsical reimagining of Shakespeare 's tragic romance back in March, a...
  • Blog Post: John Lasseter: “Quality is a great business plan”

    You know, I’ve been hammering pretty hard on John Lasseter & Ed Catmull lately. Faithfully reporting on virtually every misstep that these two have made as they move through the Mouse House. Which – I think – is giving JHM readers the wrong impression about how I actually feel about these guys. A...
  • Blog Post: Disney's "Magical Beginnings" offer trips that are tailored toward toddlers

    You know, you can learn some pretty amazing things while poking around dailychanges.com . You know, that website where the Walt Disney Company registers all of the domain names that it eventually hopes to use? I mean, some of these names are rather self-explanatory. Take – for example: NATIONALTREASURE2MOVIE...
  • Blog Post: Road Trip! "Cars" stars depart on promotional tour that will take these full-sized replicas to over 40 U.S. cities

    Don't you just hate it when you drive into work and discover that some thoughtless jerk has parked in your parking space? Well, look at what the folks who work at Goodyear Tire & Rubber in Akron, OH had to endure yesterday morning when they arrived at work. First some boob with a big rig blocks the...
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