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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Why For does JHM keep posting articles that annoy so many of this site's longtime readers?

    Cheryl O. writes in to say: Jim -- I feel that I'm speaking for a lot of JHM readers out there when I say: Enough with the " Cars " and the " Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest " stories already! Don't get me wrong. I understand what you've been trying to say with all these Advertisement articles...
  • Blog Post: Do you want to join Captain Jack Sparrow on his next voyage? Then why not audition to be an extra in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" ?

    Barrett B. writes in to say: I've really been enjoying Lady F. 's series about working on " Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ." That's always been my dream of mine. To an extra on a big Hollywood film like "Pirates." To stand on the set in costume and watch as the film's cast & crew make...
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