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  • Floyd Norman

    Jim Henson, Walt Disney, and What Could Have Been

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    JHM contributor Floyd Norman returns with a snazzy new column about Jim Henson. A creative genius that Floyd feels was worthy of Walt's crown, a man who could have brought vision and imagination back to Disney. Alas, it was not to be....
  • Joseph L Kleiman

    Jeffrey Katzenberg and the Future of Cinema

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    JHM columnist Joseph L. Kleiman listens in as the co-founder of DreamWorks' Studios talks at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. ...
  • Jim Hill

    A JimHillMedia.com exclusive: Your first look at the storyline for Disney / Pixar's "Finding Nemo"

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    Just can't wait 'til May 30th to find out what "Finding Nemo" is actually all about? Jim Hill brings you a detailed breakdown of the storyline for Pixar Animation Studio's next sure-to-be smash....
  • Jim Hill

    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....
  • Jeff Lange

    One last look back at this year's Halloween festivities at Walt Disney World

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    Jeff Lange's just back from Orlando where he spent the weekend getting pictures of all of WDW's festive decor. Take a peek at all his colorful pics....
  • Guest Writer

    2015 Philadelphia Flower Show pays tribute to Disney and Pixar films

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    Lights, Cameras, Bloom! The curtain has gone up on the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show , with this year's theme "Celebrate the Movies." The glitz and glamor of Hollywood has transformed the Pennsylvania Convention Center into a studio backlot now through March 8th. Acres of gardens pay tribute to films inspired by Disney and Disney-Pixar. Make no mistake about this presentation of flowers, gardens and shrubs, oh my, it is in no way sponsored by The Walt Disney Company but rather only...
  • Dale Ward

    It's time for Mouse FACTory 3.0

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    Dale Ward returns with even more trivial tales about Disney's magical kingdom. In this week's installment, you can learn more about the Muppets, Goofy's origins as well as Davy Crockett's big screen debut....
  • Joseph L Kleiman

    Beyond Sound and Color

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    Big news could be breaking in the 3D / digital projection world this coming weekend out in Vegas. Joseph L. Kleiman fills you in on all the particulars. ...
  • Jim Hill

    Further thoughts on the Glen Keane / Andreas Deja debate

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    As you might expect, there's more to this story than meets the eye. Jim Hill shares what he's learned over the past couple of days....
  • Press Releases

    Walt Disney Studios releases new still of "Brave" Merida

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    Merida (voice by Kelly Macdonald) ©Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved. Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In "Brave," a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor...
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    Disney's modern Christmas tale "Prep & Landing" arrives on DVD - November 22nd

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    An All-New, Modern Christmas Tale To Add To The Family Holiday Viewing Collection! Disney's PREP & LANDING Arrives on DVD - November 22, 2011 Featuring Two New Animated Shorts - "Tiny's Big Adventure" and "Operation Secret Santa" BURBANK, Calif., May 20, 2011 - This coming holiday, Disney invites audiences of all ages to make Prep & Landing (the all-new modern classic Christmas tale) part of their family's -must own‖ holiday-viewing collection! Arriving to...
  • Jim Hill

    Did you hear? Jim Hill is a con man!

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    Yep. Hill - and an estimated 80,000 of his close, personal friends - are all attending Comic Con. As he fights his way through the crowded aisles at the San Diego Convention Center, Hill reports in on who he's already seen at this year's show....
  • Paul Schnebelen

    You're going to do WHAT!? Starting down the Road to the WDW Marathon

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    There's definitely "some walking involved" in writer Paul Schnebelen's latest story for JimHillMedia.com. So let's let Paul bring you up to speed about all the preparations that he's made for the 2005 WDW Marathon....
  • Press Releases

    Mouseketrips - 2012 Fall Disney World Discount

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    Posted: 01 Sep 2012 10:53 AM PDT Travel dates : September 30 - December 24, 2012 Walt Disney World has released a special discount for the general public where guests can save up to 30% off of their room only reservation at select Walt Disney World resorts. Savings are based on resort; Sample Savings : Save up to 15% at Disney's Art of Animation Resort (Family Suite Rooms) Save up to 20% at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort, Disney's All-Star Music Resort, Disney's Pop Century Resort...
  • Rick Gutierrez

    The Mummy Unwrapped - Part I

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    In preparation for next week's grand opening of Universal Studios Hollywood's "Curse of the Mummy" attraction, JHM contributor Rick Guitterez offers up a brief history this film franchise....
  • Jim Hill

    Introducing JHM's Virtual Flea Market

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    Jim talks up this website's new online store. Where you can pre-order his unauthorized Disneyland History CD as well as purchase some other cool JHM-related products....
  • Jim Hill

    Twas Brillig and the Flying Clothes ...

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    Jim Hill returns with yet another article about WDW cast member-only films. This time around, Jim got to see a lot more of the title character of Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" film than he ever thought possible. Which wasn't necessarily a good thing....
  • Dan Weckerly

    Disney Deja View: Sorting out the sequels V

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    JHM guest columnist Dan Weckerly continues his multi-part series on the various film series that Walt Disney Studios has produced over the years....
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    1950s Peter Pan Live Action Reference photographs from Walt Disney Studio's Vault

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    Peter Pan will be available on Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy + Storybook App on Tuesday February 5th
  • Noe Valladolid

    How does the mobile game version of Disney Tsum Tsum stack up?

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    Did you know that one of the most popular Disney games on mobile devices is also a free title? Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Disney Tsum Tsum is based on the line of plush toys that bear the same name. The bean-shaped figures have been very popular with audiences since the characters first appeared in the Japanese Disney Parks in 2013. The name Tsum Tsum translates to Stack Stack because the characters are indeed stackable. The figures sold extremely well in Japan and it...
  • Press Releases

    Disney's D23 Expo: Walt Disney Studios to present sneak peeks & surprise guests from upcoming film slate Aug. 20th

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS TAKES FANS BEHIND THE SCENES AT DISNEY'S D23 EXPO, AUGUST 19-21 BURBANK, Calif. - August 9, 2011 - Exclusively at Disney's D23 Expo August 19-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Disney film fans will go behind the scenes to explore the exciting roster of projects on the horizon at The Walt Disney Studios, with a variety of panel discussions, sneak peeks and exhibits. On Saturday, August 20, Rich Ross, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios; Sean Bailey...
  • Press Releases

    First teaser trailer for Walt Disney Pictures' JOHN CARTER

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    From Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”—a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars...
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    Disney•Pixar Celebrated USA Swimming with a Special Screening of Finding Nemo 3D

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    On Thursday, July 12 th , Disney●Pixar held a private screening of FINDING NEMO 3D for the U.S Olympic Swim Team in Knoxville, TN. The Olympians and their families were one of the first audiences to "Sea" the film in breathtaking digital 3D before heading off to London. Left - Chloe Sutton, Scott Weltz, Jessica Hardy with Insider Kid Correspondent Lauren Kaplan Right - Chloe Sutton, Scott Weltz, Jessica Hardy, Missy Franklin, Nick Thoman, Micah Lawrence Additionally, Dory, Marlin and a...
  • Floyd Norman

    False Fronts

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    Floyd Norman returns from a recent visit to the Burbank lot with some unique thoughts about what's been happening lately with the Walt Disney Company....
  • Press Releases

    Donald Duck & Friends #363 In Stores February 2011 - Classics Are Back At BOOM!

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    For Immediate Release: CLASSICS ARE BACK AT BOOM! WITH DONALD DUCK #363 COMING THIS FEBRUARY THE CELEBRATION OF THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF WALT DISNEY COMICS CONTINUES! DONALD DUCK #363 FEATURES DISNEY MASTERS CARL BARKS, GEOFFREY BLUM, DAAN JIPPES, & CARLOS MOTA ALL IN ONE BOOK! DONALD DUCK AND FRIENDS #363 SHIPS WITH A NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN COVER BY DON ROSA & A SPECIAL 1-IN-10 COVER BY CARL BARKS! December 21, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA - Join BOOM! as we continue to celebrate the 70th anniversary...
  • Press Releases

    Disney Studios: Limited-time Coupon Offer on "Disney Secret of the Wings" on Blu-ray or DVD

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    Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Attn: Consumer Relations 120 N. Commercial Street Neenah, WI 54956 © 2012 Disney
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    Disney Consumer Products to Take Fans on Journey at D23 EXPO 2013

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    DISNEY CONSUMER PRODUCTS TAKES FANS ON JOURNEY FROM SKETCH TO SHELF AT DISNEY'S D23 EXPO 2013 Disney's Ultimate Fans to Enjoy Access to Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Content and Merchandise Glendale, Calif. - July 9, 2013 - Disney Consumer Products (DCP) will give Disney's most loyal fans an up close look at an extensive collection of interactive experiences and merchandise that celebrate Disney, Marvel and Star Wars timeless characters during the bi-annual D23 Expo , the ultimate Disney...
  • Paul Schnebelen

    Paul's CD Bin

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    So how do you top a sneak peek at the "Finding Nemo" DVD? How about a new column from JHM contributor Paul Schnebelen which offers up his opinions about which CDs to pick up. PLUS an update on Paul's progress toward his WDW marathon run....
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    "Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2" star Papi shares his parenting tips

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    PAPI’S PARENTING TIPS Papi faces fatherhood in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 – and it’s his toughest challenge yet! How does the doggy dad handle life with his pups? Well, he follows his very own set of parenting tips… TIP ONE: ASK AWAY… Papi says: “This dad business is harder than I thought. I should’ve read the manual – or at least some books! Don’t be scared to ask your friends and family for help or advice. After all, that’s what they’re...
  • Press Releases

    Kermit the Frog Joins the First Lady in a Special Appearance at the National Tree Lighting

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    Photo by Sara Jaye Weiss The 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting took place on Thursday, December 1, 2011 on the Ellipse at President's Park in Washington, D.C. The ceremony ushers in the holiday season in our nation's capital and can be viewed on demand online at www.thenationaltree.org . The event can also be seen on public television throughout the month of December. Check local listings or visit www.thenationaltree.org for more information. The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony...
  • Jim Hill

    Jay Leads The Way

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    With James (Jay) Rasulo quickly slipping into Paul Pressler's old position, Jim Hill predicts that this will be great news for Disney theme park fans who live outside of the U.S. As for the rest of us ... Well ... ...
  • Jeff Lange

    A Front Row Seat at Disneyland's Star Ceremony

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    Jeff Lange takes you to Tinsel Town, where -- last Thursday -- Hollywood's Chamber of Commerce paid tribute to "The Happiest Place on Earth" in recognition of the Anaheim theme park's 50th anniversary....
  • Josh Edwards

    Live Dangerously

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    JHM guest writer Josh Edwards returns with an intriguing article that uses the Disney Company's past to illustrate just what Mickey's modern masters are doing wrong. ...
  • Press Releases

    Win a trip from Disney to Rapunzel's Royal Celebration in London

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    DISNEY GIVES FANS A CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP TO RAPUNZEL’S ROYAL CELEBRATION AT KENSINGTON PALACE IN LONDON Fans Can Participate Through the “My Princess Moment – The Story Begins With You” Video Contest on Disney.com Glendale, Calif. – August 25, 2011 – As Rapunzel is welcomed into the Disney Princess royal court on Oct. 2 at Kensington Palace in London, England, Disney Princess fans can feel a part of the special occasion by participating in an online video contest...
  • Noe Valladolid

    Disney Infinity 3.0 showcases its design & development process at E3 2015

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    As the E3 wraps up we find ourselves exhausted yet also enthusiastic about the next year of gaming. There were many great titles announced for all of the major platforms. Several sequels, including the big names like Call of Duty, Assassins Creed and Fallout that will be fighting for game of the year honors. The front-runner seems to be Fallout 4 but the year is still young. Photo by Noe Valladolid Meanwhile over at Disney, rather Disney Interactive. the train is picking up speed. This past week...
  • Seth Kubersky

    A Heapin' Helpin' of Horror

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    JHM columnist Seth Kubersky returns from Tampa with a review of Busch Garden's "Howl-O-Scream" festivities. Seth also gives us an update on Universal's Halloween Horror Nights. Have the scares suddenly become scarce at that Central Florida theme park? ...
  • Jim Hill

    Monday Mouse Watch: Waiting on John

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    Jim Hill shares the latest scuttlebutt coming out of Walt Disney Imagineering. Where the guys at WDI figure that it will at least be another six months before John Lasseter can take a more hands-on approach toward creatively overseeing that part of the company...
  • Jim Hill

    The "Star Tours" saga continues: One attraction, two tracks

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    Jim Hill delivers Part II of this new series. This time around, Hill talks about the interactive "Star Wars" themed roller coaster that the Imagineers once wanted to build. ...
  • Press Releases

    "Newsies" Celebrates First Anniversary on Broadway

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    As a Thank You to Fans, Tony®-Winning Musical to Offer Free Ticket Lottery For One Week Only, March 23 - 29 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Friday, March 22, 2013): Newsies , The Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical, celebrates one year on Broadway March 29 th at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41 st Street, New York City). To thank the fans of the show whose support brought Newsies to the Great White Way and who have made it one of Broadway's biggest hits, tickets at the Newsies lottery will...
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    Disney Store Celebrates Star Wars Day, May the Fourth Be With You

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    To celebrate Star Wars Day, Disney Store will offer 30% off the entire Star Wars assortment both in-store and online starting May 1, 2015, through May 10, 2015. A special Stormtrooper Watch will be available for $8 with any purchase in-store and online, only on Star Wars Day. Monday, May 4, 2015 is "Star Wars Day" and Disney Store locations nationwide will be celebrating with special "May The Fourth Be With You" events and entertainment. Guests will be able to take part in Star...
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    Disney's The Lion King Celebrates Sold-out Four-week Engagement in Schenectady

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    Schenectady, NY (March 23, 2011) – Disney’s THE LION KING continues to reign across North America with a sold-out four-week premiere engagement in Schenectady, NY which concluded on Sunday, March 20. The engagement, which the Albany Times Union enthused, “offers all of the spectacle one would expect and then some,” grossed over $5.2 million at the box office and entertained more than 77,000 patrons during 32 performances at Proctors Theatre. It is estimated that THE LION KING...
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    Disney & Pixar Team Up with NASCAR Driver Casey Mears & Chicagoland Speedway to Bring the Cars "Take Flight" Experience to Race Fans

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    Joliet, IL - September 14, 2012 - Today Disney•Pixar Cars fans teamed up with NASCAR driver Casey Mears to wave the green flag and kick off the Cars "Take Flight" experience during Chase weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Sept. 14-16. In celebration of the world television premieres of the Cars Toons short films "Air Mater" and "Moon Mater" this fall on Disney Channel, and the launch of a new Cars "Take Flight" product collection, Disney has created a fun...
  • Jim Hill

    Never mind Big Brother watching you. What about "My Pal Mickey?"

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    Sure, it's the hot new toy for WDW guests to buy. But what else is "My Pal Mickey" doing for the Mouse (besides fattening Disney's wallet, of course)? Maybe monitoring theme park guests movements? Strange but true, folks. Read and heed....
  • Jim Hill

    Tales from the Tour: Making a Mountain out of Moat Movings

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    As part of his promotional effort for next weekend's JHM tours of Disneyland & Disney's California Adventure, Jim Hill reveals the real reason that the Matterhorn was so quickly constructed in 1958 / 1959....
  • Angela Ragno

    Are you a Pixie Planner?

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    JHM contributor Angela Ragno certainly is. As in: She's one of those Central Florida residents who always goes out of her way to make sure that friends & family have a really great time on their Disney World vacations. Read all about what Angela just did in order to make her Gram's recent WDW trip that much more memorable. ...
  • Press Releases

    Video: See how 'Disney Dreams!' in Disneyland Paris was created then watch the show in its entirety

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  • Jim Hill

    It takes more than three circles to craft a Classic version of Mickey Mouse

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    You know what Mickey Mouse looks like, right? Little guy, big ears? Truth be told, Disney's corporate symbol has a lot of different looks. If Mickey's interacting with Guests at Disneyland Park (especially this summer, when the Happiest Place on Earth is celebrating its 60th anniversary ), he looks & dresses like this. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Or when he's appearing in one of those Emmy Award-winning shorts that Disney Television Animation has produced...
  • Press Releases

    STAR WARS™ Returns to Marvel With Three Blockbuster New Comic Series

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    STAR WARS, DARTH VADER and PRINCESS LEIA Head to Marvel in 2015 New York, NY - July 28 th , 2014 - Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are extremely proud to announce the iconic Star Wars franchise will return to Marvel in 2015 with a line-up of three comic book titles chronicling the adventures of a galaxy far, far away. Beginning in January 2015, prepare for STAR WARS by writer Jason Aaron ( Thor , Original Sin), artist John Cassaday ( Astonishing X-Men ) and colorist Laura Martin, DARTH VADER...
  • Press Releases

    AVENGERS Blu-ray Trailer Debuts on Yahoo!

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    America's favorite super heroes come home. Marvel's THE AVENGERS will be available September 25th on Blu-ray Combo Pack
  • Jim Hill

    Imagineers go "Boo" (and "Hoo") over the surprise cancellation of DCA's "Monsters, Inc." project

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    As WDI tries to regroup from Friday's startling announcement, Jim Hill sifts through the clues and tries to figure out what comes next for the "Superstar Limo" redo. PLUS an update on the inaugural run of JimHillMedia.com's WDW tours....
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