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Disney's "Tarzan" is Broadway-bound. But -- after that -- could you believe ... Las Vegas?!
I know, I know. It's kind of bizarre to talk about the future plans for a Broadway musical that hasn't even gone into rehearsal yet. Let alone officially opened. But rumors have already begun swirling about Disney's " Tarzan ." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. Mind you, these rumors have nothing to...
18 Oct 2005
Animation fans aren't all that wild about "The Wild" preview
If you listen carefully, you can hear an awful lot of Disney animation fans out there hollering today. And -- no -- it's not because they're imitating the Lord of the Apes. But -- rather -- because of a special feature that can be found on the new " Tarzan: Special Edition " DVD, which actually hits...
17 Oct 2005
Mickey's cost containment moves are starting to make WDI & DisneyToon staffers very, very nervous
My, how times have changed at the Walt Disney Company. Particularly when it comes to Walt Disney Imagineering and DisneyToon Studios. By that I mean ... Just seven years, senior Imagineers wouldn't be caught dead working on something as insignificant as a mere attraction redo like " Journey into Your...
16 Oct 2005
Wright was the right guy to write the Magic Kingdom Field Guide
To hear Alex Wright tell the tale, his interest in the Disney theme parks actually started 'way back in 1975. When he tagged on a trip that his aunt & uncle were taking to WDW's Magic Kingdom . "What I remember from that trip was how fascinated I was by the rides at the park," Wright explained. ...
10 Oct 2005
Muppet stamps take Manhattan
It almost seemed like a Henson Associates reunion yesterday at NYC's Museum of Television & Radio . As members of Jim Henson's family as well as longtime HA employees gathered in the Mark Goodson Theater to dedicate that souvenir sheet of Muppet stamps that the U.S. Postal System recently issued...
6 Oct 2005
Iger removes head of Muppet Holding Company
This past Tuesday was supposed to have been a day of celebration at the Muppet Holding Company. The day when Kermit the Frog would be appearing on "Good Morning America" and reveal that the Walt Disney Company would be holding a 15-month-long celebration in honor of that character's 50th year in show...
2 Oct 2005
Remembering Jerry Juhl
"Whatever you do, just make sure that it's silly." That's supposedly the one request that Susan Juhl is making of writers. All us poor slobs who are now struggling to find just the right words to properly sum up the life of her late husband, Jerry. So I'm going to try and not be mauldin here. Because...
28 Sep 2005
How Rita rained on Kermit's parade
Were you somewhat surprised at the rather low-key approach that the Muppet Holding Company took toward the launch of " Kermit's World Tour " yesterday? I mean, everyone's favorite frog made a brief appearance on " Good Morning, America ," followed by Reuters rolling out a smallish news story . Is this...
27 Sep 2005
Disney gets ready to play "musical chairs" with some of its Broadway musicals
Sometimes, you just have to admire the chutzpah of the folks running Disney Theatrical . I mean, here they are. Their next musical, " Tarzan ," doesn't even open at the Richard Rogers Theater 'til May 9th of next year. But these guys are already hard at work on the musical that they'll open after that...
26 Sep 2005
Exhibitors seem to think that "Chicken Little" could hit big
For the last couple of days, I've gotten some stray e-mails from people who attended the Disney Studio Showcase. Which was a day-long event that was held at Hollywood's Kodak Theater last Thursday in an effort to get exhibitors excited about Disney's upcoming releases. Up until yesterday, most of the...
26 Sep 2005
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