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    Bippity Boppity Bombshell

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    Jim Hill talks about what really happened yesterday at DisneyToon Studios' Sydney production facility. No, Disney isn't actually getting out of the traditional animation business. But nearly 300 people will soon be losing their jobs at this Australia studio....
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    "Quintessential Disney" should make a fun addition to your Disneyana book collection

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    Jim Hill reviews Robert Tieman's new pop-up book, which recreates memorable moments from classic Disney animated films in three dimensions. ...
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    Disney showcases upcoming animated films at SIGGRAPH 2005

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    The Mouse is coming on strong at the LA Convention Center this week, using this annual CG fest as a vehicle to promote upcoming pictures as well as recruit new animators to come to work for Walt Disney Feature Animation....
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    When it comes to Pixar, the Mouse is sending very mixed messages

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    When it comes to whether or not Disney's really looking to renew its deal with Pixar, Jim doesn't think that Mickey is sending very clear signals. Also, Hill provides info on WDS's new Summer Associate Technology Program....
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    The Skinny on Circle Seven

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    Since JHM fans seem so interested on Disney's newest animation studio, Jim Hill has done some digging and come up with additional info about the outfit that will supposedly be producing sequels to "Toy Story" & "Monsters, Inc."...
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    "Rapunzel Unbraided" aims to be " ... a film of astonishing beauty."

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    After watching Glen Keane speak at SIGGRAPH 2005 last week, Jim Hill now has a different take on this master animator's career with Walt Disney Feature Animation. Hill also has somewhat higher hopes for Keane's next project....
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    ... or were they?

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    Jim Hill has a real problem with Warner Brothers' decision to retool "Loonatics" before this KidsWB show actually got on the air....
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    McDonalds wants to continue its promotional deal with Disney, BUT ...

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    Jim Hill explains why the fast food giant is now looking for some flexibility, should it chose to renew its multi-year cross-promotional arrangement with the Mouse. ...
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    Four we won't forget

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    Jim Hill takes a moment to honor animation industry vets Marie Johnston, Henry Corden, Howie Morris and Thurl Ravenscroft....
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    Why For?

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    At the risk of offending even more JHM readers, Jim Hill now answers your questions about the "Ward Kimball" steam engine & Disneyland's "Alice in Wonderland" dark ride, talks about which attractions were actually open at that theme park on July 17, 1955, reveals WDI's capacity concerns about "Expedition Everest" as well as looking back at the "Country Bear Jamboree" 's beginnings. ...
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    Hidden (loco)motive

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    How can one early morning event at Disneyland service two very different agendas? Jim Hill reveals how the Mouse recently honored a Disney Legend as well as pleased a major power player at Pixar....
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    Ticket to Ride

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    Ever wonder who Disneyland's first paying customer was? Jim Hill introduces you to Dave MacPherson, the 22-year-old college student who got on line at 2 a.m. just so he could be the first person to buy a ticket to the Anaheim theme park....
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    Is FastPass going to become a "Pay for Play" perk?

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    WDW visitors may soon be able to book a day's worth of FastPasses before they head out for the theme parks. The only catch is ... In order to do this, you'll have to stay on property in a Disney-owned hotel. Jim Hill explains the particulars....
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    Were Disney's lawyers at odds with "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz"?

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    The early word on this new TV movie isn't all that hot. But Jim Hill wonders: Would "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz" have been that much better if Disney's attorneys hadn't insisted on its script being rewritten just days before the start of filming? Plus a story of how the "Oz" scene in Disney-MGM's "Great Movie Ride" also got loused up by lawyers....
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    UPDATE: "Pay for Play" is ALREADY here!

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    Never mind about how the Walt Disney Company may possibly phase in a new version of its virtual queue over the next few years. A sharp-eyed JHM reader reveals how a test of this new "Pay for Play" system is already up for bid over on eBay....
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    How "Star Tours" became a reality

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    In honor of the six and final installment of the "Star Wars" series rolling in theaters today, Jim Hill digs out an old Disneyland press release and shares the story of how "Star Tours" actually came to be....
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    A work-in-progress version of Why For finally finished!

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    Jim Hill answers even more of your Disney-related questions. This time around, he talks about George Lucas' original idea for "Alien Encounter," the "Young Indiana Jones and the Adventure Spectacular" stunt show, offers up some interesting behind-the-scenes info on "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" and well as revealing what Andreas Deja was going to do with Yzma....
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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, he sets the record straight on "Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow," reveals where else in the world the Imagineers wanted to build some new theme parks, talks up what else is in the works for Disneyland's Tomorrowland ...in addition to answering other queries....
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    DCA backlot to be beautified, Crush to soon set up shop inside "Magic of Disney Animation" (UPDATED. WITH PICS.)

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    As Jim Hill gets ready to head out to Anaheim to cover this week's press event, he shares a few quick stories about what's coming next at California Adventure....
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    Remembering Joe Grant (1908-2005)

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    Jim Hill looks back on the life of a true Disney pioneer, who passed away this past Friday afternoon with a charcoal pencil in his hand. ...
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    Could car crashes soon be a part of Tomorrowland's past?

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    Jim Hill points to a patent application that the Walt Disney Company recently filed, which suggests that the Mouse be looking into ways to make their "Autopia / Speedway" attractions safer and more enjoyable to theme park guests....
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    "Disneyland: Then, Now And Forever" & "Around the World with Disney" are must-haves for any serious Disney theme park fan

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    Jim Hill talks about two new volumes from Disney Editions which are almost as much fun as visiting a Disney theme park is. Almost....
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    Disney to mount actual expedition to Everest

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    Mickey's headed for the Himalayas! Jim Hill reveals that -- as part of the promotion for next year's opening of DAK's "Expedition Everest" attraction -- the Walt Disney Company is planning on sending a team of scientists & explorers to Mount Everest so that they can then search for ... Well ... you-know-what....
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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 Disneyland's guest list for July 17th, why "If I Never Knew You" got cut out of "Pocahontas," when Epcot might get a new nighttime fireworks show, as well as your very last chance to get on the official notification list for that JHM Disneyland history CD. ...
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    Could we all be wrong about Hong Kong?

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    Disneyana fans dearly love to bash this soon-to-be-opening theme park. Insisting that it's too small & under-funded. But Jim Hill takes a hard look at what Disneyland originally had to offer back on July 17, 1955, then wonders: Are we all being somewhat hypocritical when it comes to HKDL? ...
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    It's "Hail Mary" time for "Save Disney"

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    Roy Disney & Stanley Gold file a lawsuit as part of their last ditch effort to return to power at the Walt Disney Company. Jim Hill explains how that this legal manuever might wind up costing Walt's nephew big time....
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    Don't like the way your cartoon is turning out? Hit "rewind" & recast.

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    So what do you do when that big name performer that you hired isn't quite in tune with the toon that you're trying to make? Jim Hill talks about one of the lesser known aspects of feature length cartoon production: celebrity recasting. ...
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    Le Plug: The Snowbound Edition

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    Let the media binge-ing begin! Snowed in on a Saturday, Jim Hill begins plowing through all of the books, DVDs, CDs, games and magazines that people have sent him over the past few weeks to review....
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    Monday (Morning Quarterback) Mélange

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    Questions continue to roll in about Iger's rapid ascension at the Walt Disney Company. Like: Why the rush? Wasn't the search for the Mouse House's CEO supposed to continue on into June? Jim Hill tries to get to the bottom of this still evolving story....
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    Darth Disney versus Obi Wan Jimnobi

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    Jim Hill fills you in on what actually happened last weekend at Disneyland as well as what he's been up to these past couple of days. Also: A fond farewell to JHM's webmaster, Tony Moore. ...
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    Mouse House department heads take issue with "Disney" Magazine's sudden closure

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    "Not so fast!," say various Disney VPs. Jim Hill reports how in-house complaints could possibly lead to a reprieve for this venerable publication. ...
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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 reveals who "Captain EO" 's original Supreme Leader was supposed to be, talks about why Disney's animated "Robin Hood" is a bit of a train wreck as well as sharing what he knows about that "Simpsons" simulator ride that Universal Studios once wanted to add to its theme parks....
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    "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz" disappoints

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    Jim Hill talks about how last Friday's TV movie totally missed the mark. Instead of being the comeback vehicle that Kermit & Co. so desperately needed, the "Muppets' Wizard of Oz" was actually a huge setback for this once-popular collection of characters....
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    "Kingdom Keepers" attempts to translate Disney theme park fun to new book series.

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    Jim Hill fills you in on a new Disney Editions book that's due to hit store shelves in September. One that actually use Disney World & its theme parks as the primary setting for an action adventure tale....
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    "Muppets' Wizard of Oz" fall-out continues

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    Though Disney's PR staff is trying to put a positive spin on how this TV movie did last Friday night, many Mouse House insiders are expressing disappointment with how poorly "Oz" performed in the ratings. ...
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    A course correction for Kermit & Co.

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    Tired of watching the Muppet franchise drift ever closer to the rocks, Jim Hill talks with Ken Plume, journalist and longtime Muppet fan. Plume then offers up an intriguing plan as to what Disney can do to quickly get these characters back on track....
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    The Harry / Hurley Connection

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    Did the webmaster of Aint-It-Cool-News actually provide J.J. Abrams with the inspiration for Jorge Garcia's character on "Lost"? Jim Hill attempts to put you in the Knowles ... er ... "know."...
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    "The 'E' Ticket" continues to impress, while "Tales from the Laughing Place" is still finding its way

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    Over the Memorial Day weekend, Jim Hill caught up on his light reading. He found Jack Janzen's fanzine to still be a delight, while some articles in LaughingPlace's spin-off magazine were sort of a snooze....
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    "Walt's People" offers unique perspective on the Old Mousetro

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    Jim Hill talks up Volume One of a new series of books, which will collect interviews with Disney Legends that talk about what it was actually like to work with Walt....
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    Wh(Yeti) For

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    In a special all "Expedition Everest" edition of Why For, Jim Hill answers your questions about Animal Kingdom's newest thrill ride. WARNING! This JHM article features spoiler photos. So reader beware!...
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    Veterans recognized at Magic Kingdom's flag retreat ceremony

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    In honor of Presidents Day, Jim Hill talks up a patriotic ceremony that's held most afternoons at WDW's flagship theme park ...
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    "Why For" scrubbed on account of "Scrubs"

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    Jim Hill really had planned on answering even more of your Disney-related questions today. But then the UPS truck showed up with the first season DVD set for this acclaimed Touchstone Television series ... And then that plan pretty much went out the window....
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    "Tarzan II" surprisingly good

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    Jim Hill takes a look at DisneyToon Studios latest release and really like what he sees. Plus Hill shares some news about the upcoming stage version of Disney's "Tarzan." ...
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    The "Star Tours" Saga: First, a quick pre-flight drink ...

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    Jim Hill finally delivers on the first installment of his long-promised series about this popular Disney thrill ride. In Part One, Jim talks about how it was Ron Miller who tried to get George Lucas to help the Imagineers create a simulator-based attraction....
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    Giant Japanese Monsters invade Hollywood!

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    ... Well, actually just the Egyptian Theater. And only June 24th through July 2nd. But -- even so -- it'll be worth making the trek to Tinsel Town to see Godzilla & pals tear up Tokyo on the big screen. Check this schedule out....
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    Emperor's New Groove Soundtrack

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    Expecting a book review, were you? Well, too bad. This time around, Jim suggests you pick up a copy of the "Groove" CD so you can hear what "Kingdom of the Sun" might have sounded like....
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    What was the original screenplay for Disney's "Haunted Mansion" movie like?

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    Thanks to loyal JHM reader, MrTheFrog, here's the first detailed description of Walt Disney Pictures' much anticipated November 2003 release. Just be warned, foolish mortals ... there be spoilers ahead!

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    "Hidden Mickeys" reveals Disney World's secrets

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    Jim Hill reviews Steve Barrett's fun new book, which offers up hints as to where you can find even the most secretive of WDW's mice....
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    "Comic Books and Other Necessities of Life" is a really great read

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    Jim Hill is happy to introduce JHM readers to Mark Evanier. But -- on the other hand -- Jim's worried that no one will ever come back to JimHillMedia.com once they discover how cool povonline.com is. ...
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    "Disney on Broadway" gives readers a thin but fun overview of three shows

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    Jim Hill returns with a book review of this Disney Editions publication, which gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the stage versions of "Beauty and the Beast," "The Lion King," and "Aida."

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