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Monday Mouse Watch: Disney’s working to raise Guest awareness of its “365” & “Pirate” makeovers
When it comes to real estate & retail, there are two adages that these worlds share: “Timing is everything” and “Location, location, location.” Which brings to mind “ Studio Disney 365 ” (i.e. that tween-centric store which opened in the Disneyland Resort ’s Downtown Disney shopping district back...
8 Feb 2010
Is it possible to experience your favorite Disney Park attraction for the very first time … again?
At last month’s “ Practically Perfect Night at Mary Poppins ” event at LA’s Ahmanson Theatre , a D23 member stood up and asked the cast of the North American touring company of this Disney / Cameron Mackintosh production how they did it. Where they found the energy to perform like that, night after night...
4 Feb 2010
Batman follows the Fantastic Mr. Fox at the Cartoon Art Museum
GnatteringGnate writes in to ask: So you were out in Southern California last week. Did you do anything cool? Did you get to see any celebrities? Well, I did get to see the cast of one Academy Award-nominated film up-close while I was out on the West Coast … Photo by Noe Valladolid … but they were all...
3 Feb 2010
Animators & cartoonists from all over come together to “Help the Hodges”
I know, I know. Wednesday is typically the day we talk about books here at JHM. But today, I just had to make an exception. I mean, take a look at this beauty. Copyright 2010 Help the Hodges. All Rights Reserved This copy of Jeff Kurtti ’s “The Art of Mulan” redefines one-of-a-kind. By that I mean, this...
21 Jan 2010
Walt Disney Imagineering is very serious when it comes to play testing
Did you hear about the play test that WDI ran at The Magic Kingdom last month? Where the Imagineers used Guests who were waiting in line for a character meet-n-greet right outside of Pooh’s Playful Spot to try out a new entertainment-based queuing system? Though the Imagineers are being pretty close...
19 Jan 2010
Huge crowds for Harry Potter: The Exhibition offers clues as to how well Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World will be received
Denny P. dropped me a line on Saturday to ask: Did you see Jason Garcia’s story in the Sentinel yesterday about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter ? As a Disney fan, this sounds like complete hype to me. But what do you think? Is this Islands of Adventure addition really going to be a game changer for...
11 Jan 2010
Why For is “Captain EO” really returning to Disneyland Park?
First up, RedRyderBB writes in to say: Disneyland can’t be serious about bringing back “Captain EO.” I saw that 3D movie when it first opened in 1987 and once was really enough. “EO” was just a glorified music video. And even MTV doesn’t show music videos anymore. So what’s the point of bringing “Captain...
8 Jan 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
Tube Tuesday: ABC’s “All My Children” celebrates its 40th anniversary today
If you're a pop culture fan, you were fixated on “ Doctor Who ” this past weekend as David Tennant regenerated and then exited this long-running BBC science fiction program . Copyright 2010 BBC. All Rights Reserved While I myself have enjoyed Tennant’s take on the good Doctor, David’s four-series-stint...
5 Jan 2010
Stan “The Man” Lee to become Disney's front man for Marvel
Well, it’s official. Provided – of course – that the Securities and Exchange Commission actually signs off on this merger, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is now a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company . Marvel shareholders voted last Thursday to approve this $4.24 billion acquisition, which...
4 Jan 2010
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