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  • Press Releases

    New Still from Disney Animated Feature "Wreck-it Ralph" Released for SDCC

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    Copyright 2012 Walt Disney Pictures All rights reserved. Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore (TV's "The Simpsons," "Futurama") take moviegoers on a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in "Wreck-It Ralph." Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly, "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," "Step Brothers") is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer, "30 Rock"), the "good...
  • Wade Sampson

    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....
  • Wade Sampson

    In Praise of Alberto Becattini

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    "Alberto Who?" you ask. Here, let JHM columnist Wade Sampson fill you in on who this little known Disney historian actually is....
  • PODCASTS

    Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Podcast Episode 52: The Continued History of Christmas at Disneyland

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    Len: Welcome back to another addition of the Unofficial Guide Disney Dish With Jim Hill. I'm Len Testa, your host and today Jim and I are going to be finishing up our conversation on the history of Christmas at Disney Theme Parks. As you can recall, the last episode we ended up with just after Walt had passed away in the mid-Sixties and the company was sort of trying to figure out what to do for Christmas at Walt- at Disneyland and Walt Disney World... The company was trying to figure out what...
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    Chip Davis to conduct the Mannheim Steamroller orchestra concert at Universal Studios Florida

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    This Saturday guests will enjoy a special occasion as Chip Davis, founder of Mannheim Steamroller, will take the stage to conduct the Mannheim Steamroller orchestra concert. As part of our Holidays celebration at Universal Orlando Resort this year we are excited to have Mannheim Steamroller play their memorable holiday music for our guests on our Music Plaza stage on select nights. With more than 30 million albums sold worldwide Mannheim Steamroller is considered the masters of Christmas music. The...
  • Jim Hill

    Why For?

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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?

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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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    "Magic Quizdom" is NOT your typical Disney trivia book

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    Jim Hill is no fan of Disney trivia books, but he found lots to like about Kevin Yee and Jason Schulz's new Disneyland quiz book, which explores some of the more obscure aspects of that theme park's history....
  • Alice Hill

    When it comes to creating Aquabats merch for SDCC, Toddland always goes "with the most fun & crazy idea"

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    If you're a regular reader of JHM, then you might already be familiar with The Aquabats . A band of five spandex-wearing middle-aged men who live out of a van and travel the land to fight crime, sing songs & stuff. And, if you're an Adventure Time , Yo Gabba Gabba , or just a cute-and-cool-things-in-general fan, then you're most likely already familiar with Toddland Started in 2009 by " ... a few friends that liked rad stuff, and wanted to make rad stuff to give to our friends...
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: Linkletter looks back at Disneyland's beginnings

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    JHM reader favorite Wade Sampson shares a story from September of 1960, when Art Linkletter described what it was his family liked the best about "The Happiest Place on Earth."...
  • Jim Hill

    ... Unless -- of course -- they service a need

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    Jim Hill takes the contrary position in this argument. Insisting that these unauthorized DVDs actually cater to a niche market that the Walt Disney Company has (up until now, anyway) chosen to ignore. ...
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    Mountain climbers for DAK? A "Make-a-Muppet" store for MGM?

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    ... Plus a new "Toy Story" -themed character breakfast for Disney-MGM? Jim Hill shares the latest scuttlebutt that's been coming out of the Walt Disney World Resort...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - The Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volumes I, II and III

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    There is a series of DVD's that any true fan of classic animation will want to have. Or will they? Roger Colton has a review of them in this week's Ruminations....
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    Ruminations - Oktoberfest! There's A Party Going On...

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    Oh, to be in Munich, now that Oktoberfest is here! Alas, it is not to be, but Roger's back with some views of his 2001 visit and more in this week's edition of Ruminations....
  • Press Releases

    Take a Peek at the BOOM! Studios March / May Comic Previews

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    BOOM! Studios March Previews for May Shipping 2011 LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE MCDCUK $1 BOOM! BLAST Written by Don Rosa Drawn by Don Rosa SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $1.00 Diamond Code: MAR110954 Greed is good! And this Free Comic Book Day 2011 is your chance to check out a great sample of the Eisner-Award Winning THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE MCDUCK in a special $1 BOOM! Blast edition. These stories, written and drawn by legendary cartoonist Don Rosa, chronicle Scrooge McDuck's fascinating life. See...
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    Kenny Ortega to guest star on musical episode of "Phineas and Ferb"

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    KENNY ORTEGA GUEST STARS IN A NEW MUSICAL EPISODE OF "PHINEAS AND FERB" FRIDAY, JANUARY 28 ON DISNEY CHANNEL "Rollercoaster The Musical!" - In this musical, Phineas and Ferb revisit the day they built their gigantic rollercoaster. Using a combination of music, song and dance, Phineas and Ferb build a rollercoaster in their backyard, Candace tries to bust them by getting their mom to return from the grocery store early, and Dr. Doofenshmirtz attempts to pull the Eastern Seaboard...
  • Jim Hill

    Just how well did "Chicken Little" really do this past weekend?

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    It was the No. 1 film in the country this past weekend. So why isn't Jim Hill celebrating "Chicken Little" 's success? Because -- when you really break down the numbers -- this film's box office performance was solid but not exactly spectacular. ...
  • Press Releases

    BOOM! Kids : Disney's Chip 'n Dale & Darkwing Duck Comics Coming in April

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    BOOM! Studios February Previews for April Shipping 2011 CHIP 'N' DALE RESCUE RANGERS #5 (A) CHIP 'N' DALE RESCUE RANGERS #5 (B) Written by Ian Brill Drawn by Leonel Castellani SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99 Diamond Code: FEB110861 NEW READER FRIENDLY. A NEW STORY ARC BEGINS! Join DARKWING DUCK writer Ian Brill and MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD artist Leonel Castellani for the return of your favorite furry flatfoots in this all-new original ongoing series! Who or what are the Danger Rangers...
  • Dan Weckerly

    Disney Deja View: Sorting out the sequels

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    JHM guest columnist Dan Weckerly returns with a look at several live action Disney films and their sometimes uninspired sequels...
  • Floyd Norman

    Castaway, Disney Style

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    Floyd Norman looks back on the time when Walt Disney and *** Van *** tried doing their very own movie version of Robinson Crusoe. But somehow this film got marooned. ...
  • Press Releases

    WINNIE THE POOH -- Zooey Deschanel Hits the Hundred Acre Wood

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    “WINNIE THE POOH” TUNES IN ZOOEY DESCHANEL HITS THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD Actress/Musician/Singer/Songwriter Deschanel Performs Three Songs for the Philosophical Bear’s New Big-Screen Endeavor BURBANK , Calif. ( March 31, 2011 ) – He’s a bear of very little brain. She’s half of the acclaimed band She & Him. This year, they come together on the big screen in “Winnie the Pooh,” which hits theaters in select international markets in Spring 2011, and in...
  • Press Releases

    Walt Disney Pictures/Imagemovers Digital releases 'Mars Needs Moms' Trailer #2

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    MARS NEEDS MOMS (In Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D) WALT DISNEY PICTURES /IMAGEMOVERS DIGITAL Take out the trash, eat your broccoli—who needs moms, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out just how much he needs his mom (Joan Cusack) when she’s nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. Produced by the team behind “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” and “The Polar Express,” “Mars Needs Moms” showcases Milo’s...
  • Jim Hill

    Even More Info on Disney's America

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    Jim Hill burrows through his archives and unearths an official Disney Company document that details how Disney's America would have been different from Disneyland & Walt Disney World. Judge for yourself whether this history theme park would have worth a trip to Prince William County, VA. ...
  • Press Releases

    John Lasseter gets revved up by the "Cars 2" soundtrack in the latest D23 Disney Geek show

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    This week on the show: - All the excitement of Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th, from Disney luminaries to big surprises! - The Enchanted Tiki Room at Walt Disney World will be reimagined in homage to the original Tropical Serenade - More than 550 teams raced around the World in D23's Great Disney Scavenger Hunt: Walt Disney World - The ultimate "Fantasy" prize for the Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament - Brad Paisley, Robbie Williams and Weezer lend their talents to the "Cars...
  • Press Releases

    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...
  • Dan Weckerly

    Disney Deja View: Sorting out the sequels III

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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...
  • Larry Pontius

    Mickey's Mulligan OR How Disney kept redoing WDW's Golf Resort over and over and over ...

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    JHM columnist Larry Pontius returns with a wonderful piece about the one hotel that WDW management could never quite get right: The Golf Resort AKA the Disney Inn AKA Shades of Green....
  • Jim Hill

    It's not easy being (ever) green

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    The Muppet Holding Company's announcement earlier this month that it would hold auditions for new puppeteers in NYC, LA and Toronto has caused some real controversy in the fan community. Jim Hill explains why....
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    Arrrrr you kidding me? An extra's eye-view of "Pirates of the Caribbean II"?!

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    Avast, me hearties! Freelance journalist Diane B. Rooney drops anchor at JHM to bring us an on-the-set report from Universal Studios Hollywood, where "Dead Man's Chest" is currently in production. ...
  • Wade Sampson

    Wednesdays with Wade: Walt Disney Recognition Day

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    Wade Sampson looks back at the time that Ronald Reagan issued a presidential proclaimation to honor Walt Disney...
  • Press Releases

    Jack & Angelica Have Chemistry in this Disney Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Featurette

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    Disney Pixar Cars 2: Meet Carla Veloso

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    Carla Veloso World Grand Prix contender Carla Veloso hails from Rio de Janiero, Brazil. The sweet but powerful Latin diva can dance the night away at “Car-nival,” but spends most of her time on the racetrack. After setting a new track record at the local Interlagos circuit, she was drafted to join the 24-hour endurance racing team in Europe, where she posted a consistent seri es of podium finishes. In the World Grand Prix, the proud Brazilian Le Motor Prototype racer is the only female...
  • Press Releases

    First-ever D23 Expo Japan to be held October 12-14, 2013

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    February 25, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FIRST-EVER D23 EXPO JAPAN TO BE HELD OCTOBER 12-14, 2013 The Official Disney Fan Club's Signature Event Makes Its International Debut Meguro-ku, Tokyo , February 25, 2012 -The Walt Disney Company Japan announced today that it will stage the first-ever D23 Expo Japan , a special event for Disney fans created by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. D23 Expo Japan, the first Expo to be held outside the U.S., will feature an array of engaging presentations, hosted...
  • Floyd Norman

    Identity Crisis

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    In "The Lion King," the ghost of Mufasa reminds Simba to "remember who you are." Animation legend Floyd Norman thinks that Disney Feature Animation might be advised to do the same....
  • 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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    JHM Pledge Drive an overwhelming success ... thanks to generous people like you!

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    Jim Hill is just flat-out thrilled at the response that last week's JimHillMedia.com pledge drive got. So he'd like to take a few minutes to thank all of those kind folks who were nice enough to donate....
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    Happy Topsy Turvy Day!!

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    In honor of January 6th (AKA the "Feast of Fools"), Jim tells you why a particular sequence ended up getting cut out of Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." ...
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    The beast that is JHM gets ready for its beautiful transformation

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    As JHM gets for next Monday's big changeover, Jim Hill pays tribute to this website's staff ... then stumbles off in search of coffee. ...
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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....
  • Press Releases

    Meet Rocket, Groot, Gamora, Drax & Peter Quill : The Guardians of the Galaxy

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    Marvel’s “ Guardians of the Galaxy” finds space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain, but when Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe. MEET THE GUARDIANS Rocket Raccoon Groot Gamora Peter Quill
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations: Say hello to Disney iTunes and goodbye to UPN & the WB

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    Strange as it may seem, there's other things going on the entertainment world besides the Disney / Pixar merger. Roger Colton brings you up to speed on some of these news items...
  • 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 ...
  • Press Releases

    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...
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    Cartoon Art Museum mounts exhibit to honor "Bloom County" Berkeley Breathed

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    Cartoon Art Museum exhibition: February 5 – June 19, 2011 Opening Reception Friday, April 1, 2011; details to be announced San Francisco, CA: The Cartoon Art Museum is pleased to present From Bloom County to Mars: The Imagination of Berkeley Breathed , a retrospective exhibition covering the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist’s career from his beloved comic strip Bloom County to the upcoming Disney film Mars Needs Moms , based on his children’s book of the same name. The exhibition features...
  • TRAVEL TALK

    Disney Cruise Line Returning to Hawaii, West Coast and Galveston in 2015

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    Popular destinations and home ports return for limited-time engagements CELEBRATION, Fla. (May 19, 2014) – In the fall of 2015, Disney Cruise Line is returning to popular destinations and home ports for limited-time engagements. Two Hawaii cruises, a return to the West Coast with departures from San Diego and a Galveston, Texas homecoming make up a season of special sailings. Bookings open to the public on May 21, 2014. More details on 2015 itineraries can be found on the Itineraries and Ports...
  • Press Releases

    Star Wars: The Complete Saga Coming To Blu-ray September 2011

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    THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE THE MOST ANTICIPATED BLU-RAY RELEASE IN THE GALAXY IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR WORLDWIDE PRE-ORDER STARTING TODAY LAS VEGAS (Jan. 6, 2011) – The most anticipated Blu-ray release ever – the Star Wars™ Saga – emerges from light speed this September 2011. For the first time, all six of George Lucas’ epic films (Episodes I-VI) are united in one complete set. Fans worldwide are able to pre-order now with online retailers. Twentieth Century Fox Home...
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    Give The Gift of Inspiration - A Ticket to CTN animation eXpo 2011

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    Only 24 hours left to save 20%. "Sharing the CTN Spirit this Holiday Season" Give the gift of inspiration! Full Event Passport to CTNX 2011 Discount Code: CTNXMAS Good for any 1-day or 3-day Pass Offer good until December 24, 2010 midnight Burbank Marriott Convention Center 2500 Hollywood Way Burbank, CA 91505 Map to the event Examiner.com [Los Angeles] "... With a feel that focuses more on the business side of the industry, one expo in particular is very unique, standing out from...
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations -- Around the Disneyland Resort

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    Things are happening in Anaheim as Disneyland's 50th approaches. Roger has just returned from a visit and has some tidbits to share....
  • Roger Colton

    Ruminations - "Play Ball!"

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    It's here at last! Spring training is almost over and baseball season is about to start. But if you've had a long wait like Roger, here's a glimpse into the world of baseball movies now out on DVD. ...
  • Press Releases

    THE LONE RANGER - Two New Featurette​s Now Available

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    “Like” The Lone Ranger on Facebook: Facebook.com/theloneranger “Follow” The Lone Ranger on Twitter: @loneranger Visit the website: www.disney.com/theloneranger
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