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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: If Kimberly Williamson-Butler actually wins this election, should they hold the victory party at the Blue Bayou?

    I mean, let's be honest here, folks. It's easy to understand why Kimberly Williamson Butler might be a little distracted these days. After all, Kimberly lives & works in post-Katrina New Orleans. Which (obviously) offers its own unique set of challenges. Now add to this that Ms. Williamson Butler...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Tis a pity that he's a "quote whore"

    Okay. You remember that classic piece of parental advice from " Bambi ," right? As in: "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." And maybe you know Alice Roosevelt Longworth (I.E. Teddy Roosevelt 's outspoken daughter)'s somewhat mean-spirited variation of this axiom: "If you can...
  • Blog Post: Me Tarzan. You ... Why For?

    Let's start things off with an e-mail from Tony, who asks ... Hi Jim, I have been following your Tarzan stories and got depressed after reading today's " Why For ." Why for? Because I had purchased tickets when they first became available and shelled out extra money to buy the VIP tickets at $200 a pop...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: With great power comes ... some surprising limitations

    There's this great story that I heard recently. One that (I think) speaks volumes about the way the Walt Disney Company is really run. This tale reportedly dates back to when Michael Eisner was still running the Mouse House. To be specific, this story deals with a meeting that was once held at Walt Disney...
  • Blog Post: A rather theatrical edition of "Why For"

    First up, Leslie C. writes in to say: Your "Tarzan" story on Monday must have really struck a nerve with Disney Theatrical. By Tuesday afternoon, Schumacher's flunkies already had an article up on Playbill.com where they denied that "Tarzan" had any significant sightline issues. They also insisted that...
  • Blog Post: Cast of Disney Channel's "High School Musical" to go on tour

    You'd think that -- what with the record-breaking sales of the "High School Musical" soundtrack (This certified-platinum CD returned to the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top 200 chart just last week) Advertisement plus the fact that this wildly popular Disney Channel TV movie has become the very first full...
  • Blog Post: No more "Gnomeo"?! "Robinsons" to be radically retooled?!

    There have been a lot of great episodes of " The Simpsons " over the past 17 years. But one of my personal favorites comes from the fifth season of this animated Fox sitcom, "Deep Space Homer." During which the father of the Simpson clan finds himself on board the Space Shuttle ... along with an ant...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: A somewhat obstructed view of "Tarzan"

    It's one of Broadway's hard & fast rules. That a critic (or anyone else, for that matter) isn't supposed to review a show prior to its official opening. To do so robs the show's creative team of the chance to make any necessary changes. Add new scenes, cut songs that aren't working. Even recast roles...
  • Blog Post: "Cars" 's premiere to be held (appropriately enough) at North Carolina racetrack

    Listen. Do you hear that persistent whining sound? "What sort of miserable creature could ever make a horrible noise like that?," you ask. Well, that -- my friends -- is the sound that an East Coast-based Disneyana fan makes. Mind you, the reason that these poor pitiful people continually whine like...
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