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"The War for Late Night" reveals Disney's role in the Leno / O'Brien debacle
It's now considered one of the great PR disasters of 2010. The way that NBC totally mismanaged its Jay Leno / Conan O'Brien situation. Which ultimately resulted in Conan bolting for TBS , a significantly battered & bruised Jay resuming his duties as host of " The Tonight Show "...
26 Dec 2010
There’s Lotso great stories to be found in “The Art of Toy Story 3”
If you read my March 16 th non-review of that Showest screening of “ Toy Story 3 ,” then you already know that I’m a huge fan of this Lee Unkrich film. But you know what truly impressed me about this Pixar production? That in the months leading up to the release of this acclaimed animated feature, no...
30 Jun 2010
“We Make Our Own Destiny” reveals how Disney’s “Prince of Persia” movie actually came together
When discussing a new summer blockbuster like Disney’s “ Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time ,” it’s hard not to get caught up in all the details. Like those 1,200 visual effects shots that you’ll find in this Jerry Bruckheimer production. Or the action sequences that Mike Newell chose to stage 8,200...
26 May 2010
“How to Train Your Dragon” producer credits DWA team with that film’s come-from-behind box office success
Do you recall – just a few weeks back – how quick industry analysts were to write off “ How to Train Your Dragon ”? That – because this Chris Sanders & Dean DeBlois film “only” earned $43.3 million over its opening weekend (as opposed to the $59.3 million that DreamWorks Animation ’s “ Monsters vs...
21 Apr 2010
Tube Thursday: "Castle" fans storm SoHo's Apple Store
Is it just me or does Nathan Fillion seem to be everywhere these days? I mean, the guy reprised his role as Captain Hammer in that “ Dr. Horrible ” sketch on the Emmys back on September 20th. The second season of Fillion’s latest show, “ Castle ,” debuted on the 21 st , while the DVD version of the first...
1 Oct 2009
"The Archive Series: Story" features a stunning selection of art from Disney's Animation Research Library
In response to last week's review of Jeff Kurtti 's newest book , " Walt Disney's Imagineering Legends and the Genesis of the Disney Theme Park ," I got the following e-mail: Not everyone who reads JimHillMedia is interested in the Disney theme parks. Some of us come to your site because we want to learn...
10 Dec 2008
"Imagineering Legends" is the ideal gift for the Disneyana fan on your Christmas list
"There can be only one ..." And -- no -- I'm not channeling for the Highlander here. I'm talking about the real budgetary challenge that many consumers are facing this holiday season. Where -- instead of heaving multiple presents at friends & family as they have in years past -- they can now afford...
3 Dec 2008
Big laughs can be found inside of "It's Hard Out Here For a Shrimp"
A word of warning before you head home for Thanksgiving: Be careful what you place in your mouth this holiday season. For that hors d'oeuvre might just be an author. Don't believe me? Okay. Then let us consider Pepe the King Prawn . With the help of Jim Lewis , this Muppet just turned out his first tome;...
26 Nov 2008
"Why should I worry about a few Diet Coke stains on some ceiling tiles?"
There are many things that you expect to find at the World of Disney at WDW's Downtown Disney . Mountains of Plush. Shelves piled high with Pirates of the Caribbean stuff. Way too much Disney Princess Merchandise. But Pulitzer Prize -winning authors? And yet this was where Dave Barry spent yesterday...
19 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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