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Macy's Parade Studio gets some major Buzz (Lightyear) going at D23 EXPO 2015
Can you believe it? This November (November 19th, to be precise) marks the 20th anniversary of the release of " Toy Story ." Copyright Disney / Pixar. All rights reserved D23 -- the Official Disney Fan Club -- wanted to do something special to commemorate this occasion. So they arranged for...
14 Aug 2015
Star Wars and star power -- plus Marvel, Pixar, and plenty of Disney -- at this year's D23 EXPO
When D23 -- Disney's official fan club -- launched the D23 EXPO back in 2009, all the "wonderful worlds" of Disney was pretty much just Disney. And -- of course -- Pixar , a Disney acquisition in 2006. And ABC , which Disney purchased over a decade before that. But now Disney's "world"...
10 Aug 2015
Ron Diamond's Animation Show of Shows coming to Comic-Con, getting ready for nationwide debut
Toon fans rejoice! The Animation Show of Shows will soon be coming to a theater near you. Thanks to a successful KickstartASOS.com campaign (which still has a few hours left to run, by the way), this animation industry favorite will now transition from being an insider-only exclusive to becoming a program...
2 Jul 2015
Wondering what you should "Boldly Go" see at the movies next year? The 2015 Licensing Expo offers you some clues
Greeting from the 2015 Licensing Expo , which is being held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Photo by Jim Hill I have to admit that I enjoy covering the Licensing Expo. Mostly becomes it allows bloggers & entertainment writers like myself to get a peek over the horizon. Scope out...
10 Jun 2015
It takes more than three circles to craft a Classic version of Mickey Mouse
You know what Mickey Mouse looks like, right? Little guy, big ears? Truth be told, Disney's corporate symbol has a lot of different looks. If Mickey's interacting with Guests at Disneyland Park (especially this summer, when the Happiest Place on Earth is celebrating its 60th anniversary ), he...
9 Jun 2015
It's the details that really make "Disney Paint the Night," Disneyland Park's all-new electrical parade
Greetings from the Happiest Place on Earth, where the Disneyland Resort is kicking off its Diamond Celebration . Last night was the media premiere of " Disney Paint the Night ," which is the all-new Electrical Parade that Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Creative Entertainment whipped up for...
22 May 2015
D23's Adam Sanderson sees social media, digital technology as the smart way to grow Disney's official fan club
When it came to proving his "Disney geek" street cred last January, Adam Sanderson -- Head of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club -- had just the secret weapon in mind. To decorate his new office, Sanderson (who had previously worked as the Senior Vice President of Franchise Management for the...
22 Dec 2014
John Musker and Ron Clements chart an ambitious course for "Moana," Walt Disney Animation Studios' 2016 release
They've taken us under the sea with their charming reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's " The Little Mermaid ." Not to mention soaring through the sky aboard a magic carpet in their wildly comic take on the 1001 Arabian Nights, " Aladdin ." So where will John Musker and...
20 Oct 2014
Pixar's "Lava" uses massive characters & settings to tell sweet little love story
The history of Hollywood is littered with stories of short leading men and all the tricks the studios had to use in order to make these diminutive actors seem larger-than-life. But what happens when you have the opposite problem? When your film is built around a performer who's so enormous that it's...
13 Oct 2014
Disneytoon Studios worked closely with CalFire to make "Planes: Fire & Rescue" as authentic as possible
"Do your research." That is the lesson that John Lasseter -- Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney & Pixar Animation Studios -- has repeatedly drilled into the artists that he works with. That before they jump feet-first into developing a brand-new animated feature, these filmmakers must...
16 Jul 2014
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