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“Ponyo” celebrates childhood, magic, the beauty of nature and … oh, yeah … ham
If you’re going to see “ Ponyo ” and expecting yet another ambitious animated feature like “ Spirited Away ” and/or “ Princess Mononoke ,” you may be in for a bit of a disappointment. Copyright 2009 Disney Enterprises, Inc. / Copyright 2008 Nibariki-GNDHDDT. All Rights Reserved This time around, Japanese...
14 Aug 2009
Toon Tuesday: Glen Keane goes back to the drawing board
He’s ba-a-ack. After taking a six month sabbatical from the Mouse House, master animator Glen Keane is back. Keane – who stepped down from his directorial position on “ Rapunzel ” last October due to health-related reasons – is now back supervising animation on that project. Master animator Glen Keane...
11 Aug 2009
Do eye-popping effects & an emotional thru-line really hold the key to audiences connecting with “Alice” ?
In response to last week’s Alice in Wonderland touring exhibit article , Cheshire Brat wrote in to say: In today’s article, you say that Tim Burton wants his version of “ Alice in Wonderland ” to be different from all the movies & TV shows that proceed it. That this time around, Burton wants to emotionally...
5 Aug 2009
Will showing selected scenes from “The Princess and the Frog” finally silence this film’s critics?
Is it just me? Or does it seem like – every other week – someone new is inventing yet another reason to go after “ The Princess and the Frog ”? Almost from the moment that this Walt Disney Animation Studios’ production was officially announced back in March of 2007, there have been individuals &...
3 Aug 2009
“Mary” moves to Cleveland, “Sleeping Beauty” awakes in San Francisco and Connecticut gets ready for an “Enchanted” Q & A
A somewhat angry Tom B. writes in say: Enough with the stories about Comic-Con ! I think it’s pretty arrogant of you to assume that every JHM reader is interested in hearing about what’s going on in San Diego this year. You know what would be a nice change? If you posted a story about some Disneyana...
16 Jul 2009
The parade passes WALL-E by : Pixar star's appearance cut from Sunday's Tonys telecast
Over the years, many actors have been accused of turning in somewhat robotic performances while appearing on Broadway. But when’s the last time you heard about an actual robot performing on the Great White Way? Well, this coming Sunday night, history was supposed to be made. As WALL-E (Or at least the...
2 Jun 2009
"From the Deep Blue Sea to the Great White Way" charts Ariel's journey to Broadway
It’s the Hans Christian Andersen story that Walt Disney almost put into production back in the 1940s (as part of a live action / animated co-production with Samuel Goldwyn ). This is one of Kay Nielsen's Little Mermaid concept paintings for that aborted Hans Christian Andersen feature from the 1940s...
20 May 2009
Say "Yup" to "Up" : Pixar's latest is a charming mix of heartbreak, hope and hilarity
Forget about the flying house, that giant bird and the talking dog. All of those out-of-the-ordinary items. Because -- when you get right down to it --“ Up ” is a movie that celebrates the boring stuff. Those tiny, little moments that really make life worth living. Copyright Disney / Pixar. All Rights...
13 May 2009
Monday Mouse Watch: Will "Bolt" 's box office rebound over the long Thanksgiving weekend?
Twilight is traditionally a time of shadows. But from what I hear, no one at Walt Disney Pictures dreamed that " Bolt " would be so totally overshadowed by “ Twilight ” at the box office this past weekend . As recently as 10 days ago, Mouse House marketing types were quietly putting out the word that...
24 Nov 2008
"The Art of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" details how DreamWorks Animation's latest came together
When it comes to putting together a good "Art of" book, especially one that covers the creation of a new animated feature ... Well, it's a lot harder than it looks. Sometimes the authors of these over-sized coffee table books take themselves a bit too seriously. Which is why they then make the mistake...
5 Nov 2008
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