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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...
19 Jun 2006
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...
15 Jun 2006
"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...
14 Jun 2006
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 &...
11 Jun 2006
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...
6 Jun 2006
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...
5 Jun 2006
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...
4 Jun 2006
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...
2 Jun 2006
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...
1 Jun 2006
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...
31 May 2006
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