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How Disney's two-dimensional "Beast" became a 3D "Beauty"
New and a bit alarming Who 'd have ever thought that this could be? Well, " Beauty and the Beast " co-director Kirk Wise doesn't seem all that surprised that this Academy Award-winning film (which was the first animated feature to ever be nominated for Best Picture) got selected for...
5 Sep 2011
Did you spot all of the in-jokes & Disney references in “Prep and Landing”?
Okay. I know. JHM has already done a number of stories on “ Disney Prep and Landing ,” that new holiday special that Walt Disney Animation Studios produced exclusively for ABC (which – FYI – wound up being the highest rated Christmas special of the 2009 – 2010 season ). Copyright 2009 Disney Enterprises...
24 Dec 2009
"The Archive Series: Story" features a stunning selection of art from Disney's Animation Research Library
In response to last week's review of Jeff Kurtti 's newest book , " Walt Disney's Imagineering Legends and the Genesis of the Disney Theme Park ," I got the following e-mail: Not everyone who reads JimHillMedia is interested in the Disney theme parks. Some of us come to your site because we want to learn...
10 Dec 2008
"Disney Dogs" showcases canine cartoon stars
If you're a Disney trivia buff, I'm sure that you can already name the father & mother dog in " 101 Dalmatians ." But can you name all 15 of the puppies that Perdita had? Copyright 2008 Disney. All Rights Reserved Okay. I know. That's kind of a trick question. Given that -- in the original 1961 film...
29 Oct 2008
Pixar's first "Cars Toon" debuts tonight on Toon Disney
You all remember Lightning McQueen and Mater from " Cars ," right ? Copyright 2008 Disney - Pixar. All Rights Reserved Well, the folks at Disney - Pixar certainly hope that you remember these two animated autos. Given that -- come the Summer of 2011 -- they're going to be starring in " Cars 2 " ... Copyright...
27 Oct 2008
ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive fundraiser shines spotlight on how modern animated features are actually made
Are you confused about where animation is going these days? If so, join the club. What with the rise of performance capture, the revival of hand-drawn animation over at Disney, not to mention CG going 3D, animation students aren't sure what they should be doing these days in order to properly prepare...
23 Oct 2008
A special "May the (Stephen) Schwartz Be With You" edition of Why For
Evidently that book review of Carol de Giere 's " Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked " that this site ran two week back really struck a chord with JHM readers as we've received a number of Stephen Schwartz -related questions since then. First up, Gayle B...
17 Oct 2008
"Character Animation Crash Course !" is a terrific how-to-toon book
Well, it's September now and the kids are headed back to class. Which means that it's time to start stocking up on those essential school supplies: Pencils. Erasers. Lined paper. Copyright 2008 Silman-James Press. All Rights Reserved And if you've got a son or daughter who's heading off to Cal Arts ...
10 Sep 2008
End of a Mouse Ear-a: "Where the Magic Begins" to close
Copyright Disney. All Rights Reserved CINDERELLA : Why, it's like a dream. A wonderful dream come true. FAIRY GODMOTHER: Yes, my child. But like all dreams ... Well, I'm afraid that this can't last forever. How often do you see a car that co-ordinates with a store's exterior? Photo by Roger Colton For...
26 Aug 2008
Toon Tuesday : A tribute to Ollie Johnston
Todd James Pierce
Last Tuesday night, I traveled down to one of the cities I most dislike in all of Southern California: I went to Hollywood . Good ol’ Tinsel Town, with its sidewalk hucksters wearing eBay costumes of Bugs Bunny and SpongeBob , with its endless food courts and faux-trendy boutiques. Hollywood, that theme...
26 Aug 2008
Oscar Watch '08: Miramax maxes out while the Mouse gets skunked
"Maybe Tuesday will be my good news day ..." -- lyric from "The Man I Love" by George & Ira Gershwin Well, if you worked on the Miramax Films side of the Mouse House, Tuesday definitely was a "good news day." Disney's art house arm snagged Academy Award nominations for four of its most recent releases...
22 Jan 2008
Animation fans prematurely shoot off their mouths about "Bolt"
How many of you know the story of the blind men and the elephant ? I bring up this ancient Indian fable because ... Well ... I have to admit that I was highly amused by what happened last Wednesday. When the on-line animation community went completely bananas over those "Bolt" pre-release images . Copyright...
1 Jan 2008
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