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"Raggedy Ann" reunion features look at rarely seen Richard Williams film
A few weeks back, Nathan Rose of MagicalMountain asked me to provide him with some fairly innocuous information (i.e. My favorite Disney theme park, my favorite resort, favorite film, favorite animated character, etc.). Which Nathan then planned on using to help promote his Magical Definition podcast...
14 Nov 2007
A special "Toon Much of a Good Thing" edition of Why For
First up, Danny writes in to ask: Jim, Any reason that you know of why Pixar started skimping on their DVD packages? Up to and including " The Incredibles ," no company did the medium justice better than Pixar. But the discs for " Cars " and " Rataouille " (which I have an advanced copy of) are pathetic...
2 Nov 2007
"Walt Disney's Cinderella" is a picture-perfect picture book
This is probably going to seem like a very weird request. But -- if you could -- I'd really like it if you guys could buy up a bunch of copies of " Walt Disney's Cinderella " (Disney Press, August 2007) Copyright 2007 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved "And why should we do that?," you ask...
3 Oct 2007
Was "Brother Bear" really put into production because Michael Eisner thought that the Disney Store would then be able to sell more plush ?
I know, I know. You people just love behind-the-scenes tales about the Walt Disney Company. Articles that take you behind closed doors in Burbank to reveal how the magic is really made at the Mouse House. Well, if those are the sort of stories that you really do enjoy, have I got a book for you. Jeffrey...
21 Aug 2007
Toon Tuesday : Want to help chart Pixar's future? Then be sure and take that animation studio's online survey
As part of their classic comedy routine, " The 2000 Year Old Man ," Carl Reiner asked Mel Brooks what he attributed his amazing longevity to. To which Mel replied: "I never, ever touch fried food. And I never run for a bus. There'll always be another." I bring up Brooks' bus joke for a reason. In that...
6 Aug 2007
"Walt's People -- Volume 5" is an entertaining addition to this ongoing Disney history series
If you've been reading JHM for a while now, you already know that I'm a very big fan of Didier Ghez 's "Walt's People" books . So -- that said -- is it really all that big a surprise that I enjoyed reading " Volume 5 " of this ongoing series. Mind you, at 443 pages in length, this paperback is the heftiest...
24 Jul 2007
"Disney's Lost Chords" showcases long-hidden treasures from the studio's musical archives
What's your absolute favorite musical moment from a Walt Disney Production? Me? If I really had to choose, I guess it would either be that moment in "Uncle Remus Tales" when that old storyteller leads an animated congregation in singing Ned Washington & Leigh Harline 's sweet spiritual, "I'll take...
17 Jul 2007
As "Tarzan" swings off Broadway, is Beyoncé getting ready to play Aida in Disney's next big movie musical?
First up, Kevin writes in to say: I was just wondering, how do Disney executives feel about the Wiggles joining up with Six Flags for the " Wiggles World " theme areas in their parks? Is this a sign that the Wiggles and Disney may be parting company soon? Kevin Dear Kevin -- Nope. You have to understand...
5 Jul 2007
Tune Thursday: Broadway vet looks back over his record run in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"
For Bill Nabel, Broadway's "Beauty and the Beast" really has been " ... a tale as old as time." Even before Disney Studios execs had officially decided to turn this Academy-Award animated feature into a musical for the stage, Bill has been a part of this show. "I actually took part in the first two readings...
4 Jul 2007
Toon Tuesday : 7-11's Kwik-E-Mart conversions allow you to shop just like "The Simpsons"
Do you still need supplies for tomorrow's big picnic. Not to worry. I know just the place to go ... To the Kwik-E-Mart ! Photo by Max Power What's that you say? That's just a fictitious convenience store from "The Simpsons" TV series . Not anymore, pal. As part of the promotion for " The Simpsons Movie...
2 Jul 2007
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