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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...
14 May 2006
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...
7 May 2006
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...
5 May 2006
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...
2 May 2006
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...
1 May 2006
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...
30 Apr 2006
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...
27 Apr 2006
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...
24 Apr 2006
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...
23 Apr 2006
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...
20 Apr 2006
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