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WDI's "Carousel of Projects" looks to put a new spin on the D23 EXPO's Parks & Resort pavilion
So what was the very best part of the original D23 EXPO ? To be honest, that depended on what aspect of the Walt Disney Company most excites you. For fans of Disney's live-action movies, it would be hard to top that moment from the Studio Showcase when the wreckage of a sailing ship slowly rotated...
16 Aug 2011
Why Walt Disney Feature Animation opted NOT to make "My Peoples"
I'm sure that you're already familiar with that Audio Animatronic version of Abraham Lincoln which appears in The Hall of Presidents at WDW 's Magic Kingdom . Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved And maybe you've seen that cool, new NextGen version of Honest Abe which...
21 Feb 2011
Who's who on Walt Disney Animation Studios' reboot of Winnie the Pooh
It is the film that - when Andrew Mooney of Disney Consumer Products revealed that this project was in the works back in June of 2009 at the Licensing International Expo in Las Vegas - made a lot of people go "Huh?" By that I mean: A hand-drawn, feature-length Winnie the Pooh . Which was something...
10 Feb 2011
Can the "Fantasia" Blu-ray help raise the Walt Disney Family Museum 's profile?
Leo N. Holzer
Well, it looks like Christmas is coming a little early not only for fans of Walt Disney the man, but also for the Walt Disney Family Museum at The Presidio in San Francisco . Today, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is releasing a combo Blu-ray / DVD collection featuring both " Fantasia"...
29 Nov 2010
Toon Tuesday: Disney’s “Dreams Come True” now drawing to a close at the New Orleans Museum of Art
To hear Lella Smith , Creative Director of the Animation Research Library , tell this particular once-upon-a-time, it was John Lasseter who actually came up with the concept for this one-of-a-kind celebration of Disney fairy tale art. (L to R) John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar & Walt...
23 Feb 2010
Toon Thursday: Dissecting Disney’s newest villain
You know what they say in Hollywood. That your movie is only as good as your villain. Well, one of the main reasons that Disney’s “ The Princess and the Frog ” was so highly praised (Richard Corliss of “Time” Magazine flat-out called Disney’s return to hand-drawn animation “… the best film of the year...
7 Jan 2010
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
“Disney Prep and Landing” claims the top spot among this year’s holiday specials
For 35 years now, “ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ” has been leading the way. At least when it comes to Christmas specials. Ever since this Rankin/Bass production first premiered on NBC in December of 1964, year after year, “Rudolph” has consistently occupied the top spot. Ratings-wise, that is. But...
16 Dec 2009
“Disney Prep & Landing” : The making of a modern Christmas classic
When you really think about it, it’s entirely appropriate that “ Disney Prep & Landing ” – ABC ’s new holiday special which is built around an elite group of elves – started out life as a short. Elves. Short. Get it? … Never mind. Copyright 2009 Disney. All Rights Reserved Anyway … As veteran producer...
8 Dec 2009
Disney’s timeless battle between the young punks and the old guard
You probably already know the story. A group of young guys move into the establishment and begin to shake things up. The old guard naturally has issues with the young punks, and they begin to push back. It’s a story we’ve all heard before, and I find it amazing that it remains a story that never really...
7 Dec 2009
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