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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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....
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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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    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....
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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! ...
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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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    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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    Jim Hill's back with even more long winded answers to your questions about the Walt Disney Company. This week, we learn all about Tim Burton's dealings with the Mouse House, animated shorts that you didn't get to see, a suspenseful sub-plot that was cut out of "Mulan" as well as an apology....
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    Jim Hill answers even more of your Disney related questions. This time around, it's three about the sea. As in: Where exactly is Walt Disney World's first wave machine located, what's the deal with that missing shark scene in "The Little Mermaid"and - finally - a follow-up on yesterday's controversial "Finding Nemo" story. ...
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    "Why For" returns!

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    Your questions about the Walt Disney Company (the obscurer the better) answered in that patented long-winded Jim Hill style...
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    In his patented long winded style, Jim Hill answers questions about Frank Wells, Quasi's bells, and Hell's former occupants....
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    The ExtraTERRORestrial Files -- Part 4

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    Jim Hill delves into the troubling story behind the creation of that controversial Tomorrowland attraction, "The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter."...
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    The Deep Secrets of "Mission: Space"

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    It's time for another classic story from the Jim Hill archive. Epcot's "Mission: Space" pavilion promises to be an incredible new addition to Future World. But how much more exciting would the original version of this proposed Epcot attraction have been?...
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    What went right for "The Emperor's New Groove" ... ... what went wrong for "102 Dalmatians"

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    In this January 2001 piece from the archives, Jim Hill looks at two Disney films and why the Disney Corporation is a little surprised at how they did at the box office....
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    Guess who worked for Disney?

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    In this November 2000 piece from the archives, Jim Hill writes about noted animation legend Chuck Jones and his relationship with the Walt Disney Company ... and its founder....
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    "We all make mistakes..."

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    In a quickie from the archives, Jim answers the question that's sure to intrigue all you animation fans: What Walt Disney REALLY thought of "Fantasia" ......
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    The "Chanticleer" Saga -- Part 1

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    In this three part series from August 2000, Jim Hill looks at the long history of the Walt Disney Company's attempts to turn Edmund Rostand's satirical comedy, "Chantecler" into an animated motion picture....
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    The "Chanticleer" Saga -- Part 2

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    In this three part series from August 2000, Jim Hill looks at the long history of the Walt Disney Company's attempts to turn Edmund Rostand's satirical comedy, "Chantecler" into an animated motion picture....
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    The "Chanticleer" Saga -- Part 3

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    In this three part series from August 2000, Jim Hill looks at the long history of the Walt Disney Company's attempts to turn Edmund Rostand's satirical comedy, "Chantecler" into an animated motion picture....
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    Vhat Vood Vault Do?

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    "Vault Disney" closes its doors on September 9th! Disneyana TV fans moan and gnash their teeth! Jim Hill finds the whole thing kind of bizarre. ...
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    Boags, Bears and Mooses (Meeses?)

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    Pretty much picking up where we left off yesterday, Jim fills you in on what's NOT going to happen at this site as well as what Disney Feature Animation is NOT calling its "Bears" project. ...
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    So how are we doing so far?

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    In honor of the one month anniversary of the launch of JimHillMedia.com, Jim revisits a few recent stories, then solicits suggestions as to what we can do to make this site more entertaining for our regular readers. ...
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