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    Was "Home on the Range" deliberately under-promoted?

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    Jim Hill reports on an interesting story that's currently making the rounds in animation circles. Evidently, Disney -- in an effort to make sure that its last traditionally animated film didn't accidentally upstage the company's first CG feature -- may have scaled back HOTR's promotion....
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    "Jim, You Ignorant ***!" returns

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    It's that time again. When Jim owns up to all the errors that have been made in JHM stories over the past few months. (Get comfy. This could take a while.)...
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    Does Michael mind his manners while the Web is watching?

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    Jim Hill reveals some interesting information about the impact the Internet appears to be having on Disney's CEO. And you'll never guess who many Mouse House insiders hold responsible for Disneyland's beefed up anniversary plans....
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    Would these little story changes really have made that big a difference (box office-wise) with Disney's "Dinosaur"?

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    It's "Might-Have-Been Monday" here at JimHillMedia.com. Where we talk about various Disney movies and theme park attractions that could have turned out very differently ... if the Imagineers and/or animators working on these particular projects had opted to follow their original instincts....
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    How does Universal Studios get ready for a red letter day? By handing out pink slips.

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    With just days 'til Universal Orlando's sure-to-be smash hit attraction, "Revenge of the Mummy" officially opens to the public, Jim Hill wonders: How is Universal ever going to top this attraction? Particularly since the company has just laid off most of the people who actually designs ride & shows for its theme parks?...
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    Why For Returns

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    Jim Hill answers even more of your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim politely pulls the plug on that DCA "Western River" rumor that's currently making the rounds, tries to find out what actually became of those missing "TL2005" recordings and then announces a new set of JHM tours as well as revealing the website's new promotional partner....
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    Would Disneyland have been just as successful in Santa Ana or La Mirada?

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    Ever wonder why the "Happiest Place on Earth" wound up being built 'way the hell out in Anaheim? Jim Hill shares an excerpt from the Stanford Research Institute's report which reveals the other possible locations for Walt's theme park. ...
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    Recycling, "Shrek" style

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    Heading out to see this Dreamworks sequel today? Well, Jim Hill reveals how many of "Shrek 2"'s biggest laughs were originally created for the first "Shrek" movie. ...
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    Cleaning out the old JHM Mailbag

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    Jim Hill shares some of the intriguing announcements that have popped up in his in-box over the last week or so....
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    Is DCA really going to get its own very version of "Western River Expedition"? Or are web-savvy Disneyana fans just taking a trip through Echo Canyon?

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    As rumors continue to bounce around the Internet about what might get built next at DCA, Jim Hill advises caution. After all, just because a story appears on the Internet doesn't actually mean that it's true. ...
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    Is Universal Creative on a mole hunt?

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    With last Friday's triumphant opening of Universal Orlando's "Revenge of the Mummy" ride, you'd think that the folks at Universal Creative would at least be somewhat happy. So why are these guys currently grilling current & former staffers, as they try to determine who's been leaking information to JimHillMedia.com....
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    A Fowl Feature for Friday Finally Appears

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    It's the Internet equivalent of bird watching. So take a gander at the over-sized gobblers that have begun wandering into Jim and Nancy's backyard. ...
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    How Disney's "Frog Prince" movie got its legs cut out from under it

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    Strange but true, folks. Walt Disney Feature Animation could have been a serious contender in the satirical fairy tale game. Jim Hill reveals the whole sad tail ... er ... tale. ...
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    "From the Swamp to the Screen" is a really entertaining look at the creation of the first two "Shrek" films

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    JHM's "Shrek" fest continues with a review of John Hopkins' new book, which takes an in-depth look at how these two Dreamworks animated features actually came together. ...
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    What would a trip to Disney's America have been like?

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    Ever wonder what it might have been to visit this never-built Virginia theme park? Jim Hill share a sample travel itinerary for a theoretical trip to Disney's America. ...
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    "The cry babies who runs Kilimajaro Safari is complaining again? Well, cry me a Kali River ..."

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    Did you think that WDW employees would really be sympathetic to the plight of the DAK drivers that was described in yesterday's "Kilimanjaro Safari" article? Well, think again ......
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    A Walt Disney World Why For?: Jolly Holidays, Swan and Dolphin and Disney Studios

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    Jim Hill provides detailed answers your Disney-related questions. This time around, he responds to queries about the "Jolly Holidays" dinner show, the Dolphin and the Swan as well as what's going on with Disney's use of the "MGM" name.

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    Can Coney make a comeback?

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    Borrowing a page from the successful revitalization of NYC's 42nd Street & Times Square area, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is actively looking for ways to turn around this historic seaside amusement district. But will a minor league baseball stadium be enough to bring back this blighted area in Brooklyn? ...
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    M - I - C in NYC

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    In another classic from the archive, Jim Hill exposes many of the myths and stories that have arisen over the years about Walt Disney Productions' involvement in the 1964 - 1965 World's Fair. ...
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    Remembering a truly colorful character: John Hench (1908-2004)

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    Jim Hill looks back on the life and times of a real Disney legend: John Hench, who passed away early yesterday morning at the age of 95....
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    A JHM Exclusive: When the Disney Magic is headed west

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    Wanna know when the Disney Cruise Line will be setting up shop on the West Coast in 2005? Then take a gander at this story that a Mouse House insider just threw to JimHillMedia.com....
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    Tales of the Visual Effects Society: How Yoda Learned to Kick Ass

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    In the first installment of a new JHM series (which highlights stories that Hill got to hear while attending various VES festivals), Jim reveals all the struggles that ILM's visual effects guys went through in order to make Yoda and Count Dooku's light saber battle in "Attack of the Clones" work....
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    Is the Muppets deal really part of Michael Eisner's Wall Street distraction plan?

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    Jim Hill wants to feel happy about yesterday's announcement. But -- at the same time -- he wonders: How can Henson's kids actually sell the Muppets off to a man who clearly doesn't view these beloved characters as an asset. But -- rather -- as a quick way to cover his ass....
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    Trying to tell the Good Guys from the Bad Guys

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    At the end of a pretty amazing week of Disney-related news, Jim Hill shares the latest Roy/Stanley/Michael/Pixar/Comcast theories ... then wonders why he's suddenly feeling sorry for Disney's embattled CEO....
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    Why For?

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    This week, Jim's taking a break and letting JimHillMedia.com readers answer your Disney related questions. Why For? Because they've got some interesting things to share on the Disney Company and Harry Potter rumors, as well as a follow-up to last month's "Captain Eeyore" story....
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    Jim Hill answers even more of your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim advises extreme patience when it comes to Disney-MGM getting a Roger Rabbit ride, asks for JHM readers' help when it comes to solving the origins of "Applecore ... Baltimore" as well as the mystery surrounding those mysterious "Wuzzle" costumes that keep popping up all over the tube. Plus a photo that shows where the entrance to Epcot's Rhine River ride was supposed to have been....
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    This time around, Jim answers your Disney-related questions about Epcot's latest additions, the disappearance of the highly detailed queue as well as what could have been done with the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights this year....
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    Why For wouldn't J.K. Rowling let Universal Studios build a Harry Potter stunt show?

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    Jim Hill's back with a semi-coherent answer to this week's big question on the Net: Has the Walt Disney Company actually "wrapped up" the theme park rights to the Harry Potter characters?

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    Why For?

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    After far-too-long a delay, Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney related questions. This time around, Jim answers your queries about "Finding Nemo," the Jabberwock, Captain EO, Universal's "Mummy" coaster and pornographic Disney posters. Also ... keep an eye out for even more new articles on JimHillMedia.com this weekend!...
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    Jim's in a really generous mood this week. So -- what the hell -- here's even more answers to your Disney related questions. This time around, Hill responds to JHM reader queries about the Big Bad Wolf, Walt Disney himself, the "Love Bug" and "20,000 Leagues" DVDs ... as well as clueing you folks in Southern California on another fun event you can attend this weekend....
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    Why For?

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    In a slight inversion of the usual formula, Jim uses today's column to provide a lengthy answer to a single question. As in: How you can see a rather lengthy scene that was cut from "Monsters, Inc." Also where you can go this weekend to meet a veteran Disney artist....
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    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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    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....
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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....
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    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....
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    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....
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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. ...
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    Why For? Better late than never, Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney related questions. This time around, Jim offers up an apology, brings us some sad news about "Miss Piggy's Superstar Limo," reveals Tinker Bell's X-rated past, then points you toward a great couple of articles over at FilmForce. ...
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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, he reveals why Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle is probably going to remain closed, what's up for DAK after "Forbidden Mountain" opens, what's the deal with the calendar in Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" as well as what may happen at DCA once Disney finally acquires the Muppets....
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    As Jim Hill wings his way out to Southern California, he still finds the time to answer some of your more obscure Disney-related questions....
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    In a marathon-length response to a single question, Jim Hill reveals the real reason that Disneyland and Walt Disney World got a "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" ride instead of a "Pooh's Hunny Hunt." (CAUTION: This column will be really depressing reading for hardcore Disneyana fans. So get that Kleenex ready now.)...
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    Disney's "Haunted Mansion" DVD is worth it for the extras

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    Okay. So admittedly this Eddie Murphy movie was a bit of a botch. But Jim Hill still thinks that Buena Vista Home Entertainment's latest release is still worth owning ... if only for the extras. ...
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    "Disneyland Detective" unravels many of the Magic Kingdom's mysteries in a most entertaining fashion

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    Anxious to learn everything you can about "The Happiest Place on Earth"? Then Jim Hill suggests that you pick up a copy of Kendra Trahan's new book, which reveals many of the Anaheim theme park's secrets....
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    Why For did Aeosmith wind up as the hosts of Rock'n'Roller Coaster?

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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers for your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim goes on and on about how the Rolling Stones almost hosted Disney-MGM's "Rock'n'Roller Coaster," why DCA seems somewhat schizophrenic, reveals the origins for WDW's Port Orleans hotel ... then asks for your help in chasing down a making-of-DCA book as well as some dough.

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    Why For did Rocky the Rhino wind up getting cut out of Disney's "The Jungle Book" ?

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    Jim Hill's back with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim tells you where Richard Nixon was in "World of Motion," why Rocky the Rhino wasn't in "Jungle Book" and what's become of the Mouse's plans to build a 5th theme park in Central Florida.

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    Why For did Disney artists have to paint new panties on Jessica Rabbit?

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    Jim Hill returns with even more long-winded answers to your Disney related questions. This time around, Jim talks about Jessica Rabbit's panties, the origins of Disneyland's "Fantasmic!" as well as what he's going to talk about on his DCA tour.

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    Set the Wayback for June of 1993. For Jim Hill's about to take us all back to get a peek at WDI's original concept for WDW's "Animal Kingdom" theme park....
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    In an update so big, it took a few extra days to complete, Jim answers your questions about "Song of the South," reveals the real story about Epcot's "Person of the Century" poll, as well as unveils which books Mr. Hill might have in the works. ...
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    Jim Hill returns with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim offers up info about ABC's made-for-TV musicals and Disney Feature Animation's new President David Stainton, then tells you how to get on the Disney lot in Burbank ... followed by another shameless pitch for contributions....
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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......
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