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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Insecurity & in-jokes

    You’ll find signs like this all over the Disney lot. Photo by Jeff Lange “No lookie-loos.” In Disney speak, this means: “Employees only.” Translation: If you’re a guest and/or a visitor on the lot, you really shouldn’t be nosing around. Peering in through any open conference room doors. Trying to find...
  • Blog Post: Want to "Meet the Robinsons" today? Then be sure and check Starz Kids & Family tonight

    Let’s say that you were a major Hollywood studio that was producing a motion picture that had recently gotten some bad buzz . Like – for example – Disney’s “Meet the Robinsons.” How would you go about turning around that bad buzz? Convincing movie-goers that this project – while it may have experienced...
  • Blog Post: Why For?

    First up, T.S. writes in to ask: Dear Jim: I was wondering if you could clear up a Disneyland -related mystery for me. For years, I’ve owned a copy of that concept painting that Peter Ellenshaw did of this theme park back in the early 1950s. Hopefully you’re familiar with the painting that I’m talking...
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