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Was Walt Disney an anti-Semite? Not according to The Wizard of Oz
Sorry I've been away for a couple of days. So what did I miss? Ah, yeah. Meryl Streep 's speech at the National Board of Review awards. Where -- before she handed Emma Thompson the best actress award for her stellar performance in " Saving Mr. Banks " -- Streep first went out of her...
14 Jan 2014
Life-sized version of Dusty from Disney "Planes" to make appearances at US & Canadian air shows this Summer
Just can't wait to see Disney "Planes ," that new animated feature which is set in the world above " Cars " ? Well, what if I were to tell that there was a way to get close to one of the characters featured in this new Walt Disney Pictures release well ahead of its August 9th...
29 May 2013
How Disney's two-dimensional "Beast" became a 3D "Beauty"
New and a bit alarming Who 'd have ever thought that this could be? Well, " Beauty and the Beast " co-director Kirk Wise doesn't seem all that surprised that this Academy Award-winning film (which was the first animated feature to ever be nominated for Best Picture) got selected for...
5 Sep 2011
Who's who on Walt Disney Animation Studios' reboot of Winnie the Pooh
It is the film that - when Andrew Mooney of Disney Consumer Products revealed that this project was in the works back in June of 2009 at the Licensing International Expo in Las Vegas - made a lot of people go "Huh?" By that I mean: A hand-drawn, feature-length Winnie the Pooh . Which was something...
10 Feb 2011
The Disney Halloween special you never got to see, Tim Burton's "Trick or Treat"
Did you see where Walt Disney Studios put Tim Burton 's " Alice in Wonderland " back in theaters last week ? Not all over the country, mind you. But just in the LA area. With the hope that this limited engagement might then make Academy members remember this 3D blockbuster when awards season...
25 Oct 2010
NFFC / Disneyana Fan Club's annual convention mixes fun with fund-raising
I know, I know. For the past week or so, JHM has been running a lot of Comic-Con- related stories . Talking about the various celebrities who made a special trip down to San Diego this year. Well, as it turns out, Anaheim had its own star-studded affair earlier this month. Jennifer Cody (i.e. the winner...
26 Jul 2010
Disney presents dozens of panels at this year’s Comic-Con
Good Lord?! Is it really just 10 days ‘til Comic-Con officially gets underway? The folks at Comic-Con International have finally posted all four days of programming for this year’s event. And given the huge number of Disney-related panels that are being presented this year … Well, San Diego is the place...
12 Jul 2010
How Disney conjured up a live-action version of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
The tale of the Sorcerer's Apprentice and The Walt Disney Company have been intertwined ever since Walt Disney invited famed conductor Leopold Stokowski to come join him for dinner at Chasen's . Which is where the old Mousetro supposedly asked the Maestro if he'd be interested in working with Disney...
7 Jul 2010
Will Johnny Depp’s version of the Mad Hatter soon be making appearances at Disney’s theme parks?
First up, Mark K. writes to ask about WDW ’s Night Kingdom / Jungle Trek project: There was considerable talk several years back about a potential 5th park opening but I have heard no mention of it recently. Did the recession and the decision to remake fantasy land doom this project? Dear Mark K. – There...
4 Jun 2010
Monday Mouse Watch: Will “Rapunzel” ‘s new title translate into higher grosses for Disney’s next animated fairy tale?
I got a note this past weekend from HatMadder Am I the only who’s confused by what’s going on in Burbank these past few week? First Disney changes “Rapunzel” ‘s title to “Tangled” and then cancels “The Snow Queen” outright because studio execs reportedly believe that modern moviegoers are no longer interested...
22 Feb 2010
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