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    The sad tale of Disney's Secret Lab

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    Using "Kangaroo Jack" as his jumping off point, Jim Hill reveals how short sighted Disney studio execs robbed the Mouse House of its one big chance to become a major player in the digital film-making field....
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    "Oh ho, the Wells Fargo Wagon is a-comin ..." again

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    As anticipation builds for next month's airing of "The Music Man" on ABC's "The Wonderful World of Disney," Jim Hill asks: What happens when you remake a musical that (perhaps) doesn't really need remaking?...
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    Why For?

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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney related questions. This time around, Jim talks about Disney Television Animation projects that didn't make the cut, a sequence that got cut from "Alice in Wonderland," and an update on The Tower of Terror stories......
  • Roger Colton

    Notes from a hole in the ground...

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    Roger Colton checks in from Macworld Expo....
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    "The Invisible Art" is a must-have for the serious film fan

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    Jim Hill returns with a review of Mark Cotta Vaz and Craig Barron's great new book about matte painting. If you love hearing behind-the-scenes stories about how your favorite movies were made, this really is the book for you!...
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    No more Mr. Nice Mouse?

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    Why is the Guest Relations staff at the Disney theme parks no longer bending over backwards to please Mickey's pickier customers? Jim Hill explains why the Walt Disney Company abandoned its long standing customer service policy ... then reveals that a change may already be in the works....
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    Why "Treasure Planet" tanked

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    Jim Hill explores many of the causes behind the under-performance of this recent Walt Disney Studios release....
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    Happy Topsy Turvy Day!!

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    In honor of January 6th (AKA the "Feast of Fools"), Jim tells you why a particular sequence ended up getting cut out of Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." ...
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    Why For?

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    Jim Hill returns from his sojourn to Georgia with even more answers to your Disney related questions. This time around, he expounds on New England's recent snowfall rates, teases an upcoming "Treasure Planet" story, offers some additional insights about what's been going on with Disney and the Muppets, and -- before he heads back out into the snow -- even finds time to say something nice about Al Lutz....
  • Roger Colton

    Greetings from north of Cupertino

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    Before Roger Colton begins his exclusive coverage of next week's Macworld Expo, he offers a few hints of what's in store....
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    Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 - Intro

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    It's been a long time coming, but its finally here. With all new information and more exciting material in hand, Jim Hill delves back into the long history behind the ill-fated streetacular. ...
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    Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 -- Part 1

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    In this first installment of the radically revamped version of his streetacular saga, Jim Hill shines a spotlight on "Light Magic"'s predecessor: Disneyland's "Main Street Electrical Parade," a show that DL Entertainment staffers really didn't care for ... but that the public loved....
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    Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 -- Part 2

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    In the second installment of the radically revamped version of his streetacular saga, Jim Hill takes you inside Disneyland's Entertainment Office, revealing why they did what they did. More importantly, Jim gives you a peek at the street shows that you almost got to see....
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    Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 -- Part 3

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    In the third installment of the radically revamped version of his streetacular saga, Jim Hill tells you about how the Lumins became pixies and how "Tinker Bell's Night Magic" became "Tinker Bell's Light Magic."...
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    Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 -- Part 4

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    As Jim Hill continues his revamped version of "Light Magic" saga, he takes a moment to explain the Disneyland Entertainment Office's side of the story. Why they did what they did. How "Tinker Bell's Light Magic"'s somewhat strange storyline ended up the way that it did....
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    Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 -- Part 8

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    As Jim Hill begins his trek south (to host the inaugural series of JHM WDW tours), he offers up the next installment of his "Light Magic" series, detailing what happened as the "streetacular" entered into its last week of previews and rehearsals. ...
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    Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 -- Part 5

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    As Jim Hill rolls out the next chapter of the revamped version of this continuing series, he gets to the real meat of the matter: how technical snafus and misleading PR pretty much tripped up the "streetacular" before "Light Magic" even had its world premiere....
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    Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 -- Part 6

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    Before Jim Hill gets started on the next installment of the revamped version of the of the "Light Magic" saga (which will detail the infamous annual passholders preview party), he reveals which well-intentioned divisions of the Disneyland Resort -- while trying to be supportive of the "streetacular" -- actually sent the show to its doom....
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    Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 -- Part 7

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    As Jim Hill continues the radically revamped version of his saga of Disneyland's ill-fated "streetacular," he details what actually happened the night of "Light Magic"'s infamous annual passholder preview....
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    What to do when confronted by a clipboard

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    Jim Hill walks you through what to do when you meet up with one of Disney's ever-present survey takers. His advice? Don't miss out on a chance to learn about what Mickey may have up his sleeve....
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    $10 off (and a free gift) at the Disney Catalog Outlet stores?!

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    Why no "Why For" today? Because Jim Hill wants to pass along a special holiday treat for JHM readers that dropped in his lap earlier this week....
  • Roger Colton

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...

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    Roger Colton returns with some special holiday memories to share....
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    Disney's "Little Big Book of Pooh" is big fun

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    Jim Hill checks in from the backwoods of Georgia with a new brand book review. He says: "Don't let the diminutive size of the new 'Pooh' book throw you. There's lot of interesting adult-type info found inside its kiddie-sized covers."...
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    A brief non-Disney interlude: A do-it-yourself "White Christmas"

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    Shifting the spotlight away from the Mouse for just a few moments, Jim Hill shares a recent experience that he had while attending a movie screening that benefited the Greater Boston Food Bank. Which just goes to show you: the magic doesn't actually have to end because the film broke.

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    A Stroll Down Disney Memory Lane

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    As a special holiday treat, Andrea Monti returns to offer up some of his favorite memories of the Walt Disney Company, then asks: Do you JHM readers have any stories that you'd like to add to the pile? ...
  • Roger Colton

    Building "Character"

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    Ever wonder what it might be like to play a walk-around character at the Disney parks? Roger Colton fills you in on what it's actually walk to walk a mile in those fur covered boots....
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    Why For?

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    Jim Hill's back with even more answers to your Disney related questions. This time around, Hill gives you an update on what's going on with Mickey and the Muppets, reveals why "The Search for Mickey" is off (at least for now), talks about the various versions of the "Gaston" song, then asks for your help in tracking down Part 4 of his "California Misadventure" series....
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    "What Would Walt Do" reveals the hidden history of WDW construction

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    Jim Hill returns with another book review for JHM readers. This time around, Jim reviews D.M. Miller's thin but fun behind-the-scenes history of the building of the Walt Disney World Resort....
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    Walt Disney hated McDonald's?! What a Kroc ... er ... crock.

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    Knowing that this story is sure to offend a few Disney purists out there, Jim Hill still spills the beans about the Walt Disney Company's real relation with the McDonald's Corporation. First off, he talks about the early years - for both Disneyland as well as the fast food chain....
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    "Destination Disney" is a lot closer than you think

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    Well, whaddaya now? The future really IS now. Jim Hill's back with even more info about this new guest experience enchancing program which will start making its Disney World debut in early 2003....
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    Why For?

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    This week, in an extra special edition of JimHillMedia's Q & A column, Jim Hill deals with a single mountainous question. As in: What's the deal with these proposed WDW additions: the Matterhorn, Mount Fuji / Fire Mountain and Forbidden Mountain? Then - just before he slides into a coma - Jim takes a moment to thank everyone who was nice enough to kick in a few bucks last week....
  • Roger Colton

    The price of freedom is ... ?

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    Roger Colton returns with a cautionary tale about how important it is to always keep your wits about you. Even when you're hanging with Mom at the "Happiest Place on Earth."...
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    Reinventing the WDW vacation experience with "Destination Disney"

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    If you're planning a trip to Disney World over the next year or so, please keep your eyes and ears open, okay? Why for? Well, Jim Hill reports on how the Mouse may soon begin field testing a brand new program that could effectively change forever how we vacation at WDW....
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    Mickey (finally!) plays it smart

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    Tired of writing about how the Mouse is always screwing up, Jim Hill tells a tale about how the corporation's recent clever business dealings with KirchMedia may actually give the Walt Disney Company the inside edge when it comes to acquiring the Jim Henson Company....
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    "What we have here is a failure to communicate ..."

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    In revisiting the "Lilo & Stitch" 2-disc DVD debacle mentioned in last Friday's "Why For" column, Jim Hill exposes an even bigger problem at the Mouse House. Which is: Has the Disney corporation finally grown so large that the company's different divisions can no longer effectively communicate with one another? Read and learn ... ...
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    Why For?

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    Jim Hill -- the man who just doesn't understand how "to make a long story short" -- returns with even more long-winded answers to your Disney related questions. This week, Jim jabbers on and on about Sean Connery and Chris Farley, shares some disturbing news about the 2-disc deluxe edition of the "Lilo & Stitch" DVD as well as some happy info about Disney's "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" movie ... then makes a blatant bid for your bucks! ...
  • Roger Colton

    Hail the Tiki!

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    The weekend's almost here. So why not settle back with a Mai Tai and let Roger Colton walk through the colorful history of the Tiki Lounge?...
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    Walt Disney's Missouri: The Roots of a Creative Genius

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    Don't be thrown off by this book's seemingly narrow subject matter. Burnes, Butler and Viets' book about Walt's days in the "Show Me" state will really show you a good time....
  • Paul Schnebelen

    One Day Out of the Year: A Visit to the Magical Holiday Faire

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    Have you always wondered what it might be like to visit the Disney lot in Burbank? Well, now you can find out -- thanks to this excellent article by JHM guest columnist Paul Schnebelen....
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    Did Disney make a mammoth mistake?

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    Is "Ice Age" the big one that got away? Jim Hill reveals how Mouse House executives actually had a chance to acquire this year's top grossing feature length animated film (to date), but blew it because they didn't think that this Fox flick was up to WDFA's incredibly high standards. (Say what?)...
  • Roger Colton

    Cranky Pants and you!

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    Not exactly in the holiday spirit yet? Then maybe it's because you're still wearing your ... Cranky Pants!...
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    "Disneyland Paris: From Sketch to Reality" misses greatness by mere inches

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    In the debut of JimHillMedia.com's new book review section, Jim weighs in on Alain Littaye and Didier Ghez's profusely illustrated volume on the Parisian Disney Park. Mind you, Hill loves all the illustrations. He just wishes that the text that accompanied the pictures was a little heftier. ...
  • Rhett Wickham

    Setting Sail with Walt in Mind: Treasure Planet

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    A Film Review and Commentary by Rhett Wickham ...
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    Why For?

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    Jim Hill returns with an extra special edition of this site's Q & A column. This week -- in one marathon-length response to a single question -- Jim reveals why a WDW clone of Disneyland's popular "Indiana Jones Adventure" attraction hasn't been built yet, what happened to that faux-wooden roller coaster that was supposed to have part of DAK's Dinoland U.S.A., as well as the bizarre chain of events that lead Hill to find out some of the info that was used in today's column. ...
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    I just flew in from Orlando (And - Boy! - are my arms tired)

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    Jim Hill (that lazy slob) finally gets back to work, filling you in on what he's got in the works for the next six weeks at the site. ...
  • Roger Colton

    Not the usual suspects...

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    Guest Columnist Roger Colton reflects on his recent travels to Southern California....
  • Floyd Norman

    The Clone Wars: Traditional Animation and the Digital Revolution

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    JHM is proud as a peacock to present the debut column from our newest guest writer, Floyd Norman. A long-time industry insider, he shares with all of us his unique insights about what's actually going on with feature animation today....
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    Why For?

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    The King of the Run-on Sentence returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim goes on (and on and on ...) about Disneyland's Chinatown, why "Aladdin" won't be going Platinum next year, and why it's Lenny (and not Benny) the Cab. Also: Cast your vote for the series that you want Jim to finish next ......
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    A two hour long commercial?! What a "Beast"-ly thing to do!

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    Why on earth would the Walt Disney Company be showing "Beauty and the Beast" - a film that the Mouse only put up for sale in the DVD format four weeks ago - for free on ABC this coming Sunday night? Jim Hill reveals the method to Mickey's marketing madness....
  • Andrea Monti

    It's a Small World. And Getting Smaller ...

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    This time around, Andrea uses the recent arrival of ESPN on European cable systems to talk about what Disney is planning to do to expand its brand internationally. More importantly, he identifies some of Mickey's top players in the European arena. ...
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