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  • Jim Korkis

    If at first you don't succeed ... call Peter Jackson

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    Jim Korkis shines a spotlight on Hollywood's first attempt to turn J.R.R. Tolkien's literary masterpiece into an epic film series: Ralph Bakshi's animated "Lord of the Rings."...
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    Finding John Lasseter

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    Jim Korkis returns with the profile of a man with the boyish sense of wonder that led to the imagining and creation of such films as "Toy Story" and "Finding Nemo." He's Pixar's Big Cheese, and now Jim shares a little on John Lasseter and the career of this CG pioneer....
  • Michael Howe

    Are there hidden gems in the "Finding Nemo" soundtrack?

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    Michael Howe returns to JimHillMedia with a review of the soundtrack for Pixar's latest hit. So how does Thomas Newman's score stack up? Read and learn....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    Roger is back this week with the first in the series of things you always wanted to do but never knew you could. So come on along and see what's in store for you this time......
  • Jim Hill

    "The Imagineering Way" reveals how to make your everyday life more magical

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    Ever wish that you could work at Walt Disney Imagineering? Well, this book from Disney Editions doesn't give you a new job, but it will at least teach you to think like an Imagineer. To not just think outside the box, but to actually throw the box away....
  • Jim Korkis

    The Return of Jim Korkis' "Animation Anecdotes"

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    They're funny. They're strange. They're often unbelievable. They are some of Jim Korkis' favorite tales about toons and he's sharing them in his latest JimHillMedia.com column. ...
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    Never mind Big Brother watching you. What about "My Pal Mickey?"

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    Sure, it's the hot new toy for WDW guests to buy. But what else is "My Pal Mickey" doing for the Mouse (besides fattening Disney's wallet, of course)? Maybe monitoring theme park guests movements? Strange but true, folks. Read and heed....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For? : Baxter in 20K, Tiki Room Jokes, Haunter Hollywood Hotel, Disney TV Special, Project Gemini and a Mea Culpa

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    Tanned (okay, sunburned), rested and refreshed, Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney related questions, including some insight into several Disney theme park attractions.

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  • Jim Korkis

    Good Mousekeeping -- Part III

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    Jim Korkis wraps up his series on the "Good Housekeeping" Disney pages with a definitive listing of these delightful illustrations from the 1930s and 1940s....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    Hoping you enjoyed one of Jim Hill's Disneyland Resort tours last weekend, Roger's back, first with a look at meeting customer needs and then a peek at three of the "official" Disneyland tours. Surprises await! ...
  • Jim Hill

    Mell Kilpatrick's picture books cast a nostalgic eye back on Disneyland's past

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    Jim Hill returns from his West Coast road trip with a review of the first three books in Carlene Thie's "Disneyland Under Construction" series. Which -- barring a few minor quibbles -- should make a fine addition to any Disneyana fan's library....
  • Jim Korkis

    Good Mousekeeping -- Part II

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    Jim Korkis presents the second installment in this entertaining multi-part tale of "Good Housekeeping"'s Disney Pages....
  • Jim Korkis

    Good Mousekeeping -- Part I

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    Jim Korkis returns with another fun multi-part tale for JHM readers. This time around, Korkis tells the tale of "Good Housekeeping"'s Disney Pages....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    It's a story of greed and revenge from beyond the grave! Roger Colton shares a look at the Colton mansion, high atop San Francisco's Nob Hill....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    This time around, it isn't Jim who's providing the in-depth answers to your Disney related questions. Saddle up as JHM readers themselves pony up all of the extra cool inside info....
  • AliKzam

    Hidden Magic in Hollywood: Disney's connection to the historic Tam O'Shanter Restaurant

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    AliKzam returns with a brand new article about one of Tinsel Town's more intriguing eateries and its ties to the Mouse Factory....
  • Jim Korkis

    Lost Cartoons: The Animated "John Carter of Mars"

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    Jim Korkis returns with another exciting new column for JHM readers. This time around, Korkis talks about the time that animation legend Bob Clampett and "Tarzan" creator Edgar Rice Burroughs almost got an ambitious series of cartoons off the ground....
  • Jim Hill

    Is "Sinbad" bad? A sneak peek at Dreamworks' next animated feature

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    Mark Mitchell -- AKA RKORadio Pictures -- returns to JHM with a review of Dreamworks' latest. Is "Legend of the Seven Seas" worth a trip to your local multiplex? Read and find out!...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    From 30,000 feet up, Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about the history of Epcot's "Wonders of Life" pavilion, why Disney isn't shooting any TV shows at Disney-MGM, whether Latin America is going to get its very own Magic Kingdom anytime soon, an update on last week's "Rhine River" questions, what's the deal with Disneyland's Astro-Orbiter as well as Disney's Platinum Edition DVD release schedule....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    Roger's back from the Southland, and shares a look into some of his favorites from the world of music as found on his wall of compact discs!...
  • Jim Hill

    "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" worth picking up

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    Weird. Unique. Highly entertaining. That's what Jim Hill thought of Cory Doctorow's innovative new sci-fi novel, a smart take on friendship and death set inside a futuristic Magic Kingdom. Seriously....
  • Jim Korkis

    Food for Thought

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    Jim Korkis returns with a brand new column for JimHillMedia.com. This time around, he reveals the recipes for -- as well as the stories behind -- some of Walt's favorite snacks....
  • Jim Hill

    Mineral King: Disney's project that we never got to see ... or ski

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    As Jim gets ready for his next trip west, he talks a bit about Walt Disney Productions' Mineral King project. That state-of-the-art ski area that Disney dreamed of building right next door to California's Sequoia National Park....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill's back with ... well, an apology, then some info on the upcoming "Alien Encounter" change-out, a Glen Keane quote, why certain pavilions in Epcot's World Showcase got rides and others didn't as well as an update on the next set of JHM Disneyland tours. Also ... a somewhat embarrassing plea for contributions....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    Roger Colton is heading down to Anaheim, and takes a moment to look back at visiting the parks with children....
  • Michael Howe

    "Kiki's Delivery Service" (the book) is a pretty magical read

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    Michael Howe returns to JimHillMedia.com with a review of Eiko Kadono's charming book (which served as the basis for the equally charming Hayao Miyazaki movie)....
  • Jim Hill

    I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you ...

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    With so many great new rides and shows coming to the Disney and Universal theme parks this year, Jim decided to take a look back at one of the parks' newer offerings, revealing many secrets behind -- and inside -- Universal Studios Florida's "Men in Black: Alien Attack" attraction....
  • Jim Korkis

    Introducing "The Other Jim"

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    JimHillMedia.com is pleased and proud to welcome on board its newest columnist: animation historian, raconteur, and all around swell guy, Jim Korkis. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Is Disney Feature Animation ripe for another revolution?

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    As WDFA vets continue to grumble about how cruel and clueless Disney Company management has become during this time of extreme upheaval in the animation industry, Jim Hill wonders: Is it time for another Don Bluth?...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    In the long-delayed return of this popular JHM feature, Jim Hill answers your questions about Disneyland's "Partners" statue, "Dumbo 2" as well as what's going on with the Pixar negotiations....
  • Jim Hill

    Buena Vista Home Entertainment's next 18 months worth of video and Disney DVD releases

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    Wanna know when you'll be able to buy a copy of "Finding Nemo" on video? (And we don't mean on a street corner.) Or better yet, when you'll finally be able to get your hands on that long-delayed special edition DVD of "Lilo & Stitch?" Jim reveals all in another JimHillMedia exclusive ......
  • Jim Hill

    Splashy End to Jim's WDW Road Trip

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    With just one more day 'til Mr. Hill finally gets back to New Hampshire (and starts cranking out lots of new stories for JHM), here's another favorite from the archives: the REAL reason that "Splash Mountain" ended up being built at the Disney theme parks....
  • Jim Hill

    "Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast" is a blast for theme park fans

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    Want to ride the hippest, funniest theme park ride that Jim Hill has been on in years? Then forget about heading to Disney and instead make plans now to visit Universal Studios Florida and check out this recently revamped attraction ......
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    If you're not a regular on the Jim Hill Media message boards, you missed this fine tale of something we all take very much for granted -- sugar, and where it comes from. So thanks to Instidude, with additional comments from Roger Colton, here we go......
  • Andrea Monti

    Announcing Excitement!

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    Or "the secret of how to save WDW summer season with one simple announcement." Yes, Andrea Monti - AKA MickeyFantasmic - returns to entertain JHM readers (in his imitable writing style) with a look at the recent announcements of what's opening down in Orlando......
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    In today's column, Roger Colton turns the dial and looks back at some classic radio....
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney related questions. This time around, Jim explains the math behind Disney's decision to axe "Lizzie McGuire" after only 65 episodes as well as debunks rumors about the Walt Disney Company building a theme park in Texas. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Reiner's "Anecdotal Life" and new Ron Howard bio are both fun reads

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    Okay. So the books that Jim's reviewing today aren't exactly Disney-related. But "My Anecdotal Life: A Memoir" and "Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Moon ... and Beyond" are still worth a look-see....
  • Jim Hill

    Three to get ready ...

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    As Jim Hill prepares for his next attempt to drive down to Central Florida, he offers up three short stories: Why he's still up in New Hampshire, what's the deal with the aggressive new sales tactics at the Disney Store, and how David Stainton better learn from Bob Weis' mistakes....
  • Jim Hill

    More Tales of the Visual Effects Society: Partying at Pixar

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    Jim Hill wraps up yesterday's story, which details what happened when "VES 2002" attendees got the chance to explore Pixar's new headquarters, including the tale of the hacksaw blade as well as revealing what's in Pixar's trophy case....
  • Jim Hill

    Tales of the Visual Effects Society: Partying at Pixar

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    In this first installment of a new series for JHM -- which details unique experiences that Jim Hill has had while attending various Visual Effects Society events -- Jim recreates a highlight from "VES 2002," which was when festival attendees got to spend a night noshing and nosing around Pixar Animation's new Emeryville digs....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    In today's column, Roger Colton goes all over the proverbial map and returns with ... CRANKY PANTS!...
  • Jim Hill

    Go find a copy of "The Art of Finding Nemo" NOW!

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    Jim Hill reviews Mark Cotta Vaz's great new book, which features hundreds of amazing images from Pixar Animation Studio's upcoming release. ...
  • Jim Hill

    JHM Exclusive: Further stories from the set of Disney's "Haunted Mansion" movie

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    A.K. returns with even more info about this upcoming Walt Disney Pictures' release ... including where to look in the film to find the Hidden Mickey!...
  • AliKzam

    JHM Exclusive: Further stories from the set of Disney's "Haunted Mansion" movie

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    A.K. returns with even more info about this upcoming Walt Disney Pictures' release ... including where to look in the film to find the Hidden Mickey!...
  • AliKzam

    JHM Exclusive: "I was an extra on Disney's 'Haunted Mansion' movie" set report

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    Don't you wish that you could dress up in a period costume and appear in the ballroom sequence of Disney's forthcoming "Haunted Mansion" movie? Well, one of our readers got that chance and here's the scoop from the set ......
  • Michael Howe

    The Making of Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" -- Part 5

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    In the (perhaps) final installment of his excellent series of Hayao Miyazaki's animated masterpiece, JHM guest columnist Michael Howe details how "Spirited Away" became the upset winner for this year's Academy Award for Best Animated Feature....
  • Jim Hill

    JHM Exclusive: "I was an extra on Disney's 'Haunted Mansion' movie" set report

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    Don't you wish that you could dress up in a period costume and appear in the ballroom sequence of Disney's forthcoming "Haunted Mansion" movie? Well, one of our readers got that chance and here's the scoop from the set ......
  • Michael Howe

    The Making of Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" -- Part 4

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    Michael Howe's excellent series on the North American release of this Hayao Miyazaki animation classic continues. In today's installment, Michael details how Disney dropped the ball ... only to be nudged by one promiment film critic to do right by "Spirited Away."...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations

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    In today's column, Roger Colton looks at a true San Francisco treasure who was always the one to remind us of the many pleasures and perils of living along the northern end of the San Andreas Fault......
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