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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...
21 Sep 2006
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...
7 Sep 2006
The truth behind the tunes: "Mouse Tracks" offers an entertaining & affectionate look back at the history of Walt Disney Records
Now I know that this may sound like a very left-handed compliment. But -- as I was reading Tim Hollis & Greg Ehrbar's excellent " Mouse Tracks: The Story of Walt Disney Records " (University Press of Mississippi, May 2006) -- I kept putting their book down so that I could then go downstairs &...
23 Aug 2006
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...
17 Aug 2006
"I once made the mistake of asking Walt a question ... and he replied by saying, 'Let me check that with my Jew.' "
To answer your first question: Yes, the "Walt" that's referred to in the headline for today's story is Walt Disney. To answer your second question: The conversation in question actually happened back in the 1960s. A young reporter from the New York Times heard the old Mousetro say this. In the Disney...
15 Aug 2006
Re-imagining Walt Disney Imagineering: Will the coming staff cuts actually save this division of the Walt Disney Company from itself?
The good news is ... Bob Iger has reportedly signed off on a rescue plan for Disney's California Adventure . According to those who are familiar with this theme park revival project, Disney's new CEO has agreed (in principle) to spend hundreds of million of dollars over the next decade in order to turn...
24 Jul 2006
Why For: The Seas-and-desist edition
Will L. writes in to say: Have you seen the concept art for Epcot's new "The Seas with Nemo & Friends" attraction yet? Copyright Disney Enterprises LLC Originally I was very excited when I saw all of this stuff. Copyright Disney Enterprises LLC But then I got to see some of the concept...
1 Jun 2006
Why For Returns
First up, Ravi T. writes in to ask about Sunset Boulevard at Disney-MGM Studios . To be specific, something that he noticed was embedded in the asphalt on Sunset. Jim -- Last week, my family and I were down at Walt Disney World . And while we were walking through MGM to get to the Tower of Terror , I...
18 May 2006
Arrrr Eww ready for a spoiler-iffic look at "Dead Man's Chest"?
It is easily one of the most eagerily anticipated films of the summer. The sequel that everyone (Not just die-hard Disney fans) is just dying to see. Copyright Disney Enterprises LLC And -- up until now -- the plot for this follow-up to " Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl " has been...
27 Apr 2006
Monday Mouse Watch: Insecurity & in-jokes
You’ll find signs like this all over the Disney lot. Photo by Jeff Lange “No lookie-loos.” In Disney speak, this means: “Employees only.” Translation: If you’re a guest and/or a visitor on the lot, you really shouldn’t be nosing around. Peering in through any open conference room doors. Trying to find...
16 Apr 2006
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