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Prep and Landing
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Disney’s “Prince of Persia” ends well. But is that really enough?
All’s well that ends well. Or so says William Shakespeare and/or John Heywood . But it’s not Heywood that we’re talking about today. But – rather – Hollywood. And after having watched Disney’s “ Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time ,” I’m now wondering if it’s actually okay to overlook the first 100 minutes...
28 May 2010
“The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History” looks back at Conan O’Brien’s beginnings
With all the talk this past week or so about how NBC is booting Conan O’Brien off of The Tonight Night so that network execs can then turn this show back over to Jay Leno , I thought that it might be interesting to take a look back at how CoCo actually got into the late night talk game. Which is why...
20 Jan 2010
“Disney Prep and Landing” claims the top spot among this year’s holiday specials
For 35 years now, “ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ” has been leading the way. At least when it comes to Christmas specials. Ever since this Rankin/Bass production first premiered on NBC in December of 1964, year after year, “Rudolph” has consistently occupied the top spot. Ratings-wise, that is. But...
16 Dec 2009
Disney's "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation" is one special holiday special
Given that Phineas & Ferb manage to make the most of all 104 days of summer vacation, is it such a surprise to learn that these step-brothers really step things up when it comes to their two-week long holiday break from school? Copyright 2009 Disney. All Rights Reserved In " Phineas and Ferb Christmas...
4 Dec 2009
Wicked, warped “Eastwick” adds some adult fun to ABC’s 2009 – 2010 line-up
Take a dollop of “ Desperate Housewives ” and then toss that into a blender with a cup full of “ Charmed .” Now whip up elements of these two hit show elements up until they’re light & frothy, then pour the whole thing over the Stars Hollow sets from “ Gilmore Girls .” What do you wind up with? A...
23 Sep 2009
Disney’s “Prep & Landing” wows animation fans at the D23 EXPO
CatastropheCanyonCat writes in to say: Photo by Jeff Lange “I’ve been checking your site for days now, waiting for the D23 EXPO coverage to begin. When are you going to start telling us what this show was like, what your favorite parts were?” Favorite parts? There’s a line out of Ben Brantley‘s May 2001...
16 Sep 2009
Monday Mouse Watch: Marvel acquisition offers significant challenges, huge potential rewards for The Walt Disney Company
Mickey, meet Spidey. Spidey, Mickey. In a deal that (I’m sure) the Disneyana community will have trouble wrapping its head around, The Walt Disney Company announced plans today to acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. in a stock and cash transaction worth an estimated $4 billion. As to what actually drove...
31 Aug 2009
Tube Thursday: “LOST” props to come up for auction in May of 2010
In a space that’s as big as the exhibit hall at the San Diego Convention Center is, it’s relatively easy to get … Well, lost. Which is why it might be helpful sometimes to carry a compass with you as you wander the aisles at Comic-Con . As it turns out, I did find a compass this past Sunday. A really...
30 Jul 2009
Tube Tuesday : ABC Studios seeks syndicated success with "Legend of the Seeker"
How many of you have fond memories of "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior Princess" ? You know, those syndicated action-adventure shows that were shot on location in New Zealand back in the 1990s? Well, the folks at ABC Studios are hoping that there's an awful lot of you out there who...
4 Nov 2008
The Towers live on ... in movies & television, that is
I wonder if you've ever had an experience like this: The other day, I was feeling blue. Alice had just gone home after spending almost the entire summer up here in New Hampshire. And I was missing my daughter something fierce. Which is why I decided that I'd try & cheer myself up by watching...
11 Sep 2008
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