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    Getting just the right voices for "Hunchback"'s Gargoyles proved to be a pretty gruesome go

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    Yep. We're raiding the JHM archives again. This time around, it's a story from April 2000 that details all the trouble Disney Feature Animation had when it was casting Victor, Hugo, and Laverne ... or should I say Chaney, Laughton, and Quinn?...
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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, Jim talks about why "Dinosaur" isn't usually considered WDFA's first CG feature, why he doubts that Sony's pending purchase of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. will have any impact on Disney-MGM's name, apologizes to the nice folks at wdwinfo.com, then closes the column out by talking about all the other rides that ALMOST got added to Epcot's World Showcase. ...
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    Jim Hill's back with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about the stuff that you almost saw in "Fantasia 2006," why Michael Eisner is supposedly obsessed with the Muppets and why some Disneyana fans need to give "Lion King 1½" another chance....
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    After far too long a delay, Jim Hill's back with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about his plans for Philly, the next set of JHM Disneyland tours as well as answering questions about why he includes negative comments in his articles, what he thinks Roy Disney will say at the Academy Awards this weekend and what's going on with Epcot's "The Land" pavilion....
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    Jim Hill provides answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about when Ace Ventura appeared at Disney-MGM, why that new-Disney-theme-park-in-Turkey rumor really is a turkey, why "Plectu's Fantastic Intergalactic Revue" never landed in Disneyland's Tomorrowland. Plus Mr. Hill apologizes to the staff of Feature Animation-Florida for an unintended slight....
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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, he reveals why "Aladdin"'s IMAX debut has been delayed, why "Home on the Range" is opening in April 2004, where to get a really snazzy t-shirt as well as finally announcing the winners of our "Epcot English Lesson" contest....
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    What do a moose, a caterpillar and a carnotaur all have in common? They're all the subjects of answers to the Disney-related questions you'll find in this week's column....
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    Jim Hill tries to clear out the clogs in his e-mail queue by answering LOTS of your Disney related questions all at once. So you'd best get comfortable before you sit back to read Jim's answers to your questions about "Hotel Mel," Universal's "Mummy" attractions, Hill's fateful encounter with Tik Tok, even more info on "Geyser Mountain," why the large-breasted ladies got down-sized in Pixar's "Knick Knack," the 1970s version of "Fantasia II," "Aladdin" in IMAX, someone needs help with their video scrapbook and -- last but not least -- there's a new JHM Disneyland tour in the works. ...
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    Why For? : What happened to the Geyser Mountain ride Imagineers hoped to add to Disneyland

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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney related questions. This time around, he gushes about Geyser Mountain, puzzles over what was Disney's biggest missed opportunity (movie-wise) might have been, then offers up suggestions about which Disneyland Paris book to pick up.

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    Why For? : Epcot's Space Center, Jim Korkis and Walt Disney World swamp boat rides

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    This time around, Jim Hill answers your questions about what Epcot's Space pavilion was originally supposed to look like, points out a new comic book you should check out, looks to recruit some European-based reporters for the site, and more. There's a lot here ... get comfy.

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    Why For? - Hotel Mel, Where's my Mummy and Who broke Tik Tok?

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    Jim Hill tries to clear out the clogs in his e-mail queue by answering LOTS of your Disney related questions all at once. So you'd best get comfortable before you sit back to read Jim's answers to your questions about "Hotel Mel," Universal's "Mummy" attractions, Hill's fateful encounter with Tik Tok, even more info on "Geyser Mountain," why the large-breasted ladies got down-sized in Pixar's "Knick Knack," the 1970s version of "Fantasia II," "Aladdin" in IMAX, someone needs help with their video scrapbook and -- last but not least -- there's a new JHM Disneyland tour in the works.

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    The story that "Save Disney" tried to hide

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    In case you missed it yesterday! Jim Hill points out how the oh-so-careful timing of "Save Disney" 's no-alternate-slate announcement this past Friday revealed Roy Disney & Stanley Gold's latest attempt to shield their "Oust Eisner" effort from yet another PR disaster. ...
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    Davy Crockett & Georgie Russell rate a window at Disneyland? What a crock!

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    In a column that's sure to offend "King of the Wild Frontier" fans, Jim Hill asks: How do two characters from a 1955 TV show rate a window at the Anaheim theme park, when there are so many flesh-and-blood people who actually worked on Disneyland who have yet to recognized? ...
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    An "On-the-Fly" Why For.

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    Jim Hill's down in Orlando this week, knee-deep in MouseFest 2004. But even so, he still found time to chime in about the "Cars" / "Chicken Little" controversy....
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    How much did it actually cost to build "The Happiest Place on Earth"?

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    Everybody's heard the stories about Disneyland's $17 million price tag. But only Jim Hill can tell you what actually cost what by recreating some Disneyland construction invoices that he recently unearthed....
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    Never mind the Pink Panther. Meet the Emerald Green Mickey.

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    Why would someone take a 14.55 carat emerald, then sculpt this precious gem 'til it looked just like Mickey Mouse? Jim Hill suspects that it may have something to do with the early, early days of WDW's World Showcase project. ...
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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about the Times Square hotel that the Walt Disney Company almost built, where to look to find Frank & Ollie in "The Incredibles" as well as announcing his next set of Disney World tours. Enjoy!...
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    Disney's up to something fishy ...

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    ... frozen fish, to be precise. Did Jim Hill get a little green around the gills after sampling these new Disney-themed seafood products? Read and find out....
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    Another Monday Mélange

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    Jim Hill starts the week off with some Disney related news, including what Pixar may be looking for in order to extend its current deal with the Mouse House, a brief desciption of "Cars" 's plot, an update on Hong Kong Disneyland's "Autopia" as well as revealing what sort of stage show cruisers can expect to see when the "Disney Magic" makes its inaugural West Coast voyage next summer....
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    A look back at Disneyland's future (circa 1985)

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    Jim Hill unearths a transcript of a video press kit that was released to the media back in July of 1985, just in time for Disneyland's 30th anniversary. This transcript talks about yet another version of "The Happiest Place on Earth" that never quite happened. ...
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    Well, whaddya know? Another Why For!

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    Jim Hill answers only one JHM reader's question this week. But what a question! This time around, Jim talk about Steve Jobs' plans for Pixar, what the Walt Disney Company has just started to do with the Muppets, a one-of-a-kind Henson event that's being held this weekend at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as well as his upcoming Disney World tours. ...
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    Could Disney's PR department inadvertently be setting "Chicken Little" up for a big fall?

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    Jim Hill reveals animators' fears that the Mouse's marketing staff -- in an effort to prove that Disney Feature Animation can actually compete with Pixar -- may be over-selling this Summer 2005 release. ...
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    Beware the Placeholder

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    As news continues to leak about the "Winnie the Pooh" -themed meet-n-greet area that may soon occupy the spot where Captain Nemo's subs once sailed, Jim Hill reminds us that supposedly temporary shows have this awful habit of becoming permanent attractions. ...
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    Holy Moley! Another Monday Mélange

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    In his first post-Thanksgiving article, Jim Hill talks up an important new movie, previews an upcoming JHM article, plugs fabsboards.com as well as carouselchecks.com and ... Oh, yeah! Announces the next JHM contest. ...
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    Movies That Never Got Made: Disney's "Einstein"

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    Jim Hill talks about the never-produced project that Disney Company execs once saw as the logical follow-up to "TRON," a big screen bio of the noted physicist that was to have used computer animation to help illustrate Einstein's theories. ...
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    Around the World with Why For

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    Disney World, that is. In honor of next week's Mega-Mouse Meet at WDW, Jim Hill answers your questions about Central Florida's vacation kingdom. Revealing what the Costa Rica pavilion that was proposed for World Showcase was supposed to have been like as well as talking about all the problems that Disney had with constructing the Contemporary & Polynesian hotels. Plus the winner of this week's JHM readers contest! ...
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    "Why For" goes 'round the world ...

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    ... this week, as Jim Hill answers your questions about Disneyland-Paris, Typhoon Lagoon, Epcot and even Westcot. Plus the winners of the first-ever JHM photo caption contest!...
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    One last chance to ride WDW's "Carousel"

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    Thinking of heading to Anaheim in 2005 to check out Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration? Well, if you're a "Carousel of Progress" fan, Jim Hill says that you might also want to think about squeezing in a trip to Orlando next year. For WDW's COP is supposed to take its final turn in early 2006. ...
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    Snow Job

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    Jim Hill offers us a glimpse inside Marc Davis' ""Enchanted Snow Palace,"" then explains why the ""most beautiful thing that had ever been designed for a Disney theme park"" never got built....
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    The Lowdown on Ms. Lohan

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    Jim Hill brings us up to speed on what's going on Lindsay Lohan, the star of Disney's upcoming "Herbie: Fully Loaded." ...
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    Is "Save Disney" now trying to save face?

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    Following the olive branch that Roy Disney & Stanley Gold extended to Disney's Board of Directors yesterday afternoon, Jim Hill talks about the various ways this story can now play out....
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    Disney's unfinished featurettes: "Mickey Columbus" & "Mickey's Arabian Nights"

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    In honor of Columbus Day, Jim Hill looks back at two short films that Disney Feature Animation never quite got around to completing....
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    "Aladdin" Platinum Edition sets the gold standard for Disney DVD

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    Jim Hill says that this new 2-disc set -- loaded with behind-the-scenes info -- is a must-own for animation fans....
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    Remembering Dragon Rocks

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    Do you recall when there used to be a fire-breathing something-or-other hidden in a cave along Discovery River? Jim Hill looks back at this weird little piece of Disney's Animal Kingdom history: Dragon Rocks. ...
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    "The Incredibles"? Already saw the movie as well as bought the book.

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    How'd Michael Howe do that? What can I tell you folks? Sometimes clean living pays off. Particularly if you're working for the right movie theater at the exact right time. ...
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    Why For returns ... again

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    Jim Hill's back with answers to many of your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim reveals why the changes that are being made to Epcot's "The Land" pavilion are actually a good thing. Rather than the trashing of a classic that some Disneyana fans might be trying to convince you that they are. Plus Hill takes a moment to praise the JHM staff. ...
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    The next voice you hear ...

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    ... may not be the performer that Mickey originally wanted. Jim Hill talks about Disney animated films that didn't actually get their dream casts. ...
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    A Grizz-ly edition of Why For

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    Last week's "Why For" got such a strong response from WDWMagic.com readers that Jim Hill thought that he'd use this week's edition to answer some of their queries. Plus can you help us identify this duck?...
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    "Autopia" on the road to Hong Kong Disneyland?

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    The good news is: HKDL is supposedly getting another ride added to its line-up. The bad news is: Because this Tomorrowland favorite is being rushed into this overseas theme park, it's throwing off WDI's plans to create a "Cars" themed version of this classic attraction. ...
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    So what can you see at NYC's "World of Disney" store ? Muppets. Lots & lots of Muppets

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    Clearly the retail side of the Walt Disney Company thinks that "it's time to get things started." Which is why Kermit & Co. are now front and center at the recently renovated 5th Avenue flagship store. Jim Hill fills you in on all the details. ...
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    Touring Disney's not-so-new New York City store

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    While you will find some very cool merchandise available for sale at NYC's "World of Disney" store, Jim Hill cautions that this 5th Avenue facility hasn't quite had the massive magical makeover that Disney's PR staff would like us to think it has....
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    Once again, Jim Hill answers your Mouse-related questions. This time around, Jim talks about NYC's Jekyll & Hyde Club, Epcot's proposed Russian pavilion, WDW's never-built Mediterranean Resort as well as revealing what became of former JHM columnist, Chuck Oberleitner. ...
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    A Very Muppet-y Monday Mélange

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    Jim Hill's back with a lot of Muppet-related news, including the real origins of that sculpture in the Fifth Avenue "World of Disney" store as well as what's been going on with the "Muppets Wizard of Oz." All this -- plus a new JHM contest!...
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    Eisner emerges as "Save Disney" submerges

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    Jim Hill uses last month's walk of fame ceremony for Donald Duck as a leaping-off point for an update on the Save Disney movement. ...
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    "Hans Conried: A Biography" is informative look back at a very colorful career

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    TV. Movies. Radio. Theater. Cartoons. The late, great Hans Conried was a master of them all. Jim Hill reviews Suzanne Gargiulo's new biography -- which offers readers an exhaustively detailed look back at Conried's career....
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    Peter Jackson's version of "King Kong" is now in need of a new ending

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    Jim Hill reveals how Fay Wray's death last month robbed Peter Jackson's soon-to-begin-filming "Kong" remake of a rather sweet, entirely appropriate ending. ...
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    More Cheese from the Mouse: "The Gnome-Mobile" and "Blackbeard's Ghost"

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    Using these recent DVD releases from Buena Vista Home Entertainment as a jumping-off point, Jim Hill looks back at the career of veteran Disney director Robert Stevenson....
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    Remembering Frank Thomas: 1912 - 2004

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    Jim Hill looks back on the life & career of a real show business legend (NOT just a Disney Legend): Franklin Thomas. ...
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    Two years is a very long time

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    Don't break out those party hats just yet. Jim Hill points out the less obvious aspects of today's announcement that Michael Eisner will be stepping down as head of the Walt Disney Company effective September 30, 2006....
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    Typos undermine "Cinema of Robert Zemeckis"

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    Jim Hill really wanted to like this Norman Kagan book, which looked back on the career of Academy Award winning director Robert Zemeckis. But too many mispellings & misidentifications took the fun -- and most of the believability -- out of this Taylor Trade paperback....
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