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    Star of Disney's Oz The Great And Powerful Actor James Franco Named Grand Marshal for 55th Annual Daytona 500

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2013 Actor James Franco Named Grand Marshal for 55 th Annual Daytona 500 Star of Disney's Upcoming 'Oz The Great and Powerful' to Deliver Starting Command for 'The Great American Race' DAYTONA BEACH, Fla . - James Franco, star of the Disney fantastical adventure "Oz The Great and Powerful," which is scheduled for release on March 8, will serve as Grand Marshal for the 55 th running of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on...
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: The Disney Treasures that never were

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    Wade Sampson has some suggestions for film historian Leonard Maltin about what he might want to pull out of the Disney Studios vault the next time Leonard preps another set of "Walt Disney Treasures" DVDs...
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    Recommended Reading for all you "Disney Goes to War" fans

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    Just can't wait 'til that "Walt Disney Treasures - On the Front Lines" DVD hits store shelves tomorrow? Then check out this list that JHM columnist Wade Sampson has put together of WWII / Disney-related books & magazines....
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    Produced by Disney & Sonia Friedman Productions "Shakespear​e in Love" Opens to Critical Acclaim in London

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    Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall Director Declan Donnellan Designer Nick Ormerod Company with Tom Bateman as Will. Photo by Johan Persson - Disney ‘ « « « « « A stirring love story. Terrific jokes. A joyous celebration of theatre itself. At a time when so many stage shows are based on films, it is odd that it has taken so long for Shakespeare in Love to arrive in the West End, but boy has Lee Hall’s...
  • Jim Hill

    How "I have a dream" actually led to "Golden Dreams"

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    Jim Hill reveals how Martin Luther King's memorable words indirectly inspired Randy Bright to write the theme song for Epcot's "American Adventure." ...
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    News from LEGOLAND California Resort - LEGO STAR WARS(TM) Miniland Now Open

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    760.918.5346 faq@LEGOLAND.com Calendar of Events Get all 3 with a RESORT Membership: *LEGOLAND California *LEGOLAND Water Park *SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium Bonus Admission to: *Madame Tussauds Hollywood *SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium Plus dining & retail discounts, parking and more ! Buy or renew your Membership today! STAR WARS™ Miniland Now Open! Take your family to a galaxy far, far away as you experience scenes from the six live-action STAR WARS™ movies and one from the animated series...
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    The Sparky Challenge: Cartoon Art Museum awarded matching grant by the Charles M. Schulz Donor Advised Grant

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    San Francisco, CA: The Cartoon Art Museum has received a generous $30,000 matching grant from The Charles M. Schulz Donor Advised Grant in support of the museum's ongoing programs and exhibitions. Contributions to The Sparky Challenge made to CAM between April 15 and September 15, 2011 will be matched dollar for dollar up to the total amount of the grant. "The Schulz family have been friends of the museum for more than 25 years and we're extremely grateful for the boost to our spring...
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    Disney Channel Launches "Fish Hooks" Game for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

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    -- Fish Hooks Available Now from the App Store -- Disney/ABC Television Group's Digital Media team is launching "Fish Hooks," a new physics-based puzzle game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch based on the popular Disney Channel series of the same name. The game is available for free from the App Store in more than 70 countries. Fish Hooks features Milo the fish and a host of his aquatic friends from Freshwater High. In the game, the ever "crabby" Randy Pincherson lives up to...
  • Jim Hill

    They may call it the "City of Brotherly Love," but it looks like a brawl is about to break out ...

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    From the front lines in Philly, Jim Hill files a brief report on the highlights of yesterday's "Save Disney" events at the Loews Hotel....
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    To the Horizon and Beyond! Disney Wonder Offering Special Pixar Cruises This Fall

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    CELEBRATION, Fla. (May 30, 2012) - A new cast of characters will stroll the decks and visit with guests aboard the Disney Wonder as Mr. Incredible, Remy, Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear and other memorable characters from Pixar Animation Studios' award-winning films make their shipboard debut during four special Pixar-inspired seven-night California Coastal cruises Sept. 16 through Oct. 14, 2012. During these voyages, Disney Cruise Line guests will be able to interact with and explore the world...
  • Floyd Norman

    Navel Maneuvers and other silly stuff

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    Some pretty strange stuff can happen when you work in the entertainment industry. Floyd Norman shares some tales about his experiences back during the early days of television...
  • Jim Korkis

    The Story Behind the Toonville Murders: Part Two

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    Join Jim Korkis now for the exciting conclusion of yesterday's intriguing tale. Here's one Hollywood-related story that really shouldn't have ended up on the cutting room floor....
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    Inside the exotic new Adventureland Suite at the Disneyland Hotel in D23's Disney Geek video #46

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    This week on the show: - D23's star-studded "Rocketeer" 20th anniversary screening with Bill Campbell, Kevin Smith, Shane West, Thomas Jane and more! - On the Pixar campus for their Motorama event - "Cars 2" races to number one at the box office—plus a report from "D23's Cars 2 Cross Country" events in San Francisco, Washington, DC and Chicago - Announcements about D23's "Sip and Stroll" and "Magic and Merriment" events - Celebrities...
  • Jim Hill

    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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    Mary Poppins Celebrates Six Years on Broadway

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    Mary Poppins Celebrates Six Soaring Years on Broadway Friday, November 16, 2012 2500 th Performance on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 (FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Friday, November 16, 2012) MARY POPPINS, Broadway's perfectly magical musical, celebrates its sixth anniversary on Friday, November 16, 2012. It began previews at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42 nd Street) on October 14, 2006 before officially opening on November 16, 2006. Next week, on Tuesday, November 20 th , the production plays...
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    D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration Tickets Now Available to the General Public

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    The Official Disney Fan Club Brings Roadshow Event to Burbank, San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Orlando, and Washington, D.C. Guests Will Celebrate Favorite Disney Movies, Attractions, Music, Television Shows, Characters, and More. Tickets are now on sale to the general public for the D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration presented by Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection . The live event will bring Disney magic to 11 cities across the U...
  • Roger Colton

    Two Cities and Two Men of Vision

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    Roger Colton's latest column introduces us to two men, two cities, two dreams ... another little piece of California history....
  • Joseph L Kleiman

    The 3D That Got Away: Part II

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    JHM guest writer Joseph L. Kleiman continues about 3D IMAX projects that never quite made it to the big screen. In his second article, Joseph talks about various Disney animated features that -- for some reason or another -- didn't make it to IMAX. ...
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    Super Villains Come to Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)

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    Today, Disney Interactive officially announced that a trio of popular Super Villains will be entering the world of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) - Green Goblin from Spider-Man, Ronan the Accuser from Guardians of the Galaxy and the infamous Loki, God of Mischief from The Avengers. Whether it's flexing their unstoppable powers for all things evil in their respective Play Sets, the updated Toy Box 2.0, or the newly added structured Toy Box Games, these Super Villains are forces...
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    Universal Orlando News: Hot Dog Hall of Fame, Vivo Italian KIitchen and Menchie's Opening This Month at Universal Citywalk

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    New Venues to Debut in June as Part of the Historic Expansion to the Entertainment Complex ORLANDO, Fla. (June 2, 2014) - This month, three new venues will debut at Universal Orlando's CityWalk as part of this year's historic expansion to the entertainment complex. Menchie's is now open and is located on the second floor promenade of CityWalk. This popular frozen yogurt shop provides guests a unique and fun frozen yogurt experience with an expansive, self-serve toppings bar that is guaranteed...
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    Crayola ColorStudio HD iPad App now available on the App Store

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    Griffin and Crayola Announce Availability of Crayola ColorStudio HD for iPad Crayola ColorStudio HD App now available on the App Store; iMarker digital stylus now available at Apple Stores nationwide Nashville, TN / Easton, PA – July 6, 2011 – Griffin Technology, one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, and Crayola, whose products have inspired artistic creativity in children for more than 100 years, announce the availability of Crayola ColorStudio...
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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 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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    D23's Newest Disney Geek Includes Exclusive Collectibles for Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th

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    This week on the show: - Beast's castle rises over Fantasyland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom - "Pirates of the Caribbean" newcomer Angelica makes her Disney park debut - A quartet of sleek new "Cars 2" characters off the streets of Tokyo - A sneak peek at the Summer issue of "Disney twenty-three" featuring "Pirates," George Lucas, Stan Lee and more! - The debut of exclusive collectibles celebrating D23's "Destination D: Walt Disney World...
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    "Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives" returns to the D23 Expo

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    FROM JACK SPARROW'S BLACK PEARL TO WALT DISNEY'S LIMOUSINE, "TREASURES OF THE WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES" RETURNS TO THE D23 EXPO, SHOWCASING MORE THAN 80 YEARS OF DISNEY HISTORY 12,000-Square-Foot Exhibit Will Feature Imagery, Costumes, Props and More From Beloved Disney Movies, Television Shows and Characters BURBANK, Calif. - May 26, 2011 - D23: The Official Disney Fan Club and the Walt Disney Archives are proud to announce the return of the "Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives"...
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    A JHM Exclusive: In-depth coverage of David Stainton's meeting yesterday with the WDFA-F crew

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    Only JimHillMedia.com can actually put you inside the room as artists and technicians confront the President of Disney Feature Animation as he tries to defend the corporation's decision to close the Central Florida studio....
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    Remembering Light Magic: Version 2.0 - Intro

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    It's been a long time coming, but its finally here. With all new information and more exciting material in hand, Jim Hill delves back into the long history behind the ill-fated streetacular. ...
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: Walt's People, Volume II

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    Want to start off the new year by reading a great new Disney-related book? Then Wade Sampson suggests that you pick up a copy of this new paperback which features 16 interviews with notable Disney artists ...
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    Marvel's Iron Man 3 Clip "Air Force One Rescue"

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    Wednesdays with Wade: Future Disney Legends

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    Wade Sampson offers up two past Disney employees as possible nominees for this most prestigious award....
  • Floyd Norman

    Hollywood name-dropping, Disney style

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    You can't work at the Mouse Factory without rubbing elbows with a few celebrities. Floyd Norman tells tales about those that he's encountered during his time in Tinsel Town...
  • Cindy Russell

    The Story-Time Collection -- The Stories Live On!

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    JHM guest writer Cindy Russell brings us the story of a wonderful artist has given us a Disney collection to treasure, Robert Olszewski....
  • Jim Hill

    Will Disney Digital 3D help make "Chicken Little" a hit big?

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    As the box office expectations for WDFA's first fully CG feature continue to slip, Disney insiders are now pinning their hopes on this new 3D projection process to really help boost "Chicken Little" 's box office numbers....
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    Animation Director Carlos Saldanha to Receive CinemaCon International Filmmaker of the Year Award

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    CARLOS SALDANHA TO RECEIVE CINEMACON ® INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR AWARD WASHINGTON D.C. (January 28, 2014) - Acclaimed animation director, Carlos Saldanha, will be honored with a special "International Filmmaker of the Year" Award, as part of CinemaCon's International Day, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will be held March 24 - 27, 2014 at...
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    Universal Orlando Resort Reveals Exciting Entertainment and Interactive Experiences at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

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    Guests Will Enjoy New Entertainment and Shows in Diagon Alley, Featuring Puppetry from Emmy Award-Winning Designer Michael Curry, and Other Interactive Experiences ORLANDO, Fla. (June 4, 2014) - Imagine wandering up the cobbled street of Diagon Alley, turning into nearby CarkittMarket, and enjoying a live performance by one of the wizarding world's most popular singing sensations or seeing stories from The Tales of Beedle the Bard come to life right before your eyes. Today, Universal Orlando...
  • Jim Hill

    "Disneyland Resort: Magical Memories for a Lifetime" has too many pictures, not enough words

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    As Jim continues his Southern Californian sojourn, he picks up a copy of the new Disneyland Resort souvenir book and finds it ... well ... rather wanting....
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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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    Disney's "The Lion King" Sets New House & Production Records on Broadway

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    DISNEY'S THE LION KING SETS NEW HOUSE AND PRODUCTION RECORDS AT BROADWAY'S MINSKOFF THEATRE, THANKSGIVING WEEK 2011 Monday, November 28, 2011 - Disney's landmark musical event, THE LION KING , set a new house record at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre by grossing $2,079,616 during the sold-out eight-performance Thanksgiving week ending November 27, 2011. This figure also marked the highest single week gross in the show's 14 year run. The previous records were set week ending 01/02...
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    DreamWorks Live The Dream Fly Away Sweepstakes - Win One Of Three Grand Prize Trips

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    Trip for 4 to New York City (Airfare for 4 and 3 days/2 nights hotel) VIP tickets to see MADAGASCAR LIVE at Radio City Music Hall A chance to meet Alex and friends backstage A goody bag full of fun MADAGASCAR merchandise Trip for 4 to Los Angeles (Airfare for 4 and 3 days/2 nights hotel) VIP tickets to see SHREK THE MUSICAL at the Pantages Theater A chance to meet Shrek and the fairy tale gang backstage A goody bag full of great SHREK prizes A tour of the DreamWorks Animation campus Trip for 4 to...
  • Jim Hill

    Is Big Mickey Watching You?

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    As the "Save Disney" saga enters Round II, many longtime Disney employees are noticing some frankly disturbing trends. With daily news summaries now being censored, access to anti-Eisner websites now being blocked. Even managers attempting to listen in on employees' private conversations. Read and heed....
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    Latest issue of "Tales from the Laughing Place" is fine ... except for the fine print

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    Jim Hill says that there are some great articles (as well as some teeny tiny type) to be found in the third issue of LaughingPlace.com's spin-off magazine....
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    2011 Disney Legends Award Honorees to be Celebrated at D23 Expo

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    2011 DISNEY LEGENDS AWARD HONOREES TO BE CELEBRATED DURING D23 EXPO IN ANAHEIM Regis Philbin, Jim Henson, Disney Princesses Jodi Benson, Paige O’Hara, Lea Salonga, Anika Noni Rose, and Other Talented Contributors to Disney History Take the Spotlight at a Special Ceremony on Friday, August 19 BURBANK, Calif. – June 16, 2011 –Television icon Regis Philbin, Muppets creator Jim Henson, the extraordinary actresses who vocally brought to life many modern-day Disney Princesses including...
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    D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, Announces Spectacular New Prize For Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament

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    D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, Announces Spectacular New Prize For Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament Presented by Hasbro® TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Disney For All Edition Winning Contestant Gets Free Trip on Disney Cruise Line's Newest Majestic Ship, the Disney Fantasy BURBANK, Calif. - May 24, 2011 - D23's Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament Presented by Hasbro® TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Disney For All Edition kicks off the weekend's activities at this year's D23 Expo with a full day of...
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    The North American tour of "Mary Poppins" hits $100 Million at the box office

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    MARY POPPINS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR CELEBRATES $100 MILLION BOX OFFICE GROSS New York, NY (March 9, 2011) - On the eve of celebrating its two-year anniversary, the North American tour of MARY POPPINS is pleased to announce that the production's total box office gross has exceeded $100 million. Since launching in Chicago in March 2009, the MARY POPPINS North American tour has garnered continuous critical praise, recouped its investment and played to 1.5 million delighted theatergoers in 23 cities...
  • Jim Hill

    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. ...
  • Floyd Norman

    Monkey Business

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    JHM favorite Floyd Norman's back with another great column. This time around, Floyd uses a certain troubled monkey movie as an opportunity to talk about what it was like to work in story at Walt Disney Studios back in the 1960s. ...
  • Jim Korkis

    The History of Comic Books: Part I ... In the Beginning

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    As a special weekend treat for JimHillMedia.com readers, Jim Korkis cooks up a history of the American comic book industry. In part one, Jim takes us back to the early, early days. When it was "The Yellow Kid" and "Mutt & Jeff" that tickled the American funny bone....
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    Relativity Music Group Releases Highly Anticipated Jon Brion Movie Soundtrack For ParaNorman August 14th

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    Los Angeles, CA - July 23rd: ParaNorman , the new stop-motion animated comedy thriller, will be released in theaters everywhere on August 17th. The soundtrack, with its music by famed composer, record producer, and singer-songwriter Jon Brion is set for release August 14th from Relativity Music Group. When a small town comes under siege by zombies, who can it call? "Norman!" From Focus Features and LAIKA, the companies behind the Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline , comes...
  • Jim Hill

    Did Mickey Miss Out on the Muppets?

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    As the marathon-length sale of the Jim Henson Company reportedly draws to a close, Jim Hill asks: Are the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers really going to snatch Kermit & Co. away from the Mouse? ...
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    At Disney Feature Animation, words are now important than pictures

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    Animation vets complain about the latest production policy change at WDFA. Which means that only projects that have screenplays that Disney executives approve of will now be allowed to begin artistic development at the studio....
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    Disney's "Little Big Book of Pooh" is big fun

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    Jim Hill checks in from the backwoods of Georgia with a new brand book review. He says: "Don't let the diminutive size of the new 'Pooh' book throw you. There's lot of interesting adult-type info found inside its kiddie-sized covers."...
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