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Monday Mouse Watch: You'll believe a car can fly
Okay. How many of you remember that story that I told as part of last Friday's "Why For" column ? Where I detailed how -- back in the early 1990s -- Universal Studios swooped in & snagged the theme park rights to Jay Ward 's Rocky & Bullwinkle characters right out from under Mickey's nose? The...
4 Feb 2007
A special Which-Wizard-is-going-where edition of Why For
Steve writes in to say that ... An interesting article has popped up about Harry Potter and Universal. You can find it here . Last year, you reported that Disney had signed a Letter of Intent with Rowling . Any word on where that has gone? Oh, no ! Not Harry Potter again ! Sorry. You're going to have...
1 Feb 2007
A special which-witch-is-which edition of Why For
First up, George S. writes to say: My family and I were visiting Disney-MGM earlier this year. And while I was at that park, I got talking with a cast member who was working at the " Great Movie Ride. " He met our car as we rolled back in that attraction's exit area and asked us what we had all thought...
19 Oct 2006
A special what-might-have-been version of Why For
First up is Dan Ling, who wrote in to ask about the Imagineers' initial concept for the Haunted Mansion: Jim, Jeff Lange 's "Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party" story earlier this week got me thinking about the Haunted Mansion . Especially the early, early version of this attraction, back when Walt...
12 Oct 2006
A special "No nudes is good news" edition of Why For
First up, Mark S. writes in to ask: You've done a number of stories lately about the impact that Disney Consumer Products has on the types of movies that the studio produced. What I want to know is is this a recent phenomenon or has Disney always done business like this? Mark S. To be honest, the Walt...
5 Oct 2006
A special "Under the Sea," bulge-free, M-I-C edition of Why For
First off, Major Mudd writes in to say: Jim -- I just got my hands on a preview copy of the new " Little Mermaid " 2-disc set. This DVD is a Disney geek's delight. It's absolutely loaded with goodies. Everything from a dishy commentary track by Alan Menken , John Musker & Ron Clements...
28 Sep 2006
I'm not lion, folks. This may be the most gruesome edition of "Why For" yet
First George K. writes in to say: Jim I really enjoyed today's story about the Muppet Mobile Laboratory that's going into DCA next year. But in that listing of all the "Living Character Initiative" projects that have gone into the parks already, you left out the first (and my personal favorite) : Push...
21 Sep 2006
Don't toy with me! An extra-long hair-of-the-dog edition of Why For
Lucie S. wrote in to ask: Enough with all the " Roger Rabbit " stories . What I really want to know about is what Disney Feature Animation is going to do after " Meet the Robinsons ." What's happening with "American Dog" ... Copyright 2005 Disney Enterprises ... and "Rapunzel Unbraided"? And are the...
14 Sep 2006
A special talkin', blinkin', name changin' and swan boat ridin' edition of Why For
First up, Roger A. writes in to ask: Jim, We just went to see Disney Live !, the new touring magic show this weekend, and were very impressed that Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Daisy all had mouths that moved in sync and their eyes blinked. Copyright 2006 Disney/Feld Entertainment Do you know if...
7 Sep 2006
Waise the woof! It's a special going-to-the-dogs edition of Why For
First up, Greg O. writes to say: Jim, I'm a long time reader and quite honestly I don't understand the brouhaha regarding your site. I don't particularly have an interest in the business side of the WDC, but I agree with you, news is news. I think the biggest gripe is that it appears you have been spending...
24 Aug 2006
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