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  • Blog Post: "Brother Bear" bears up under pressure at the box office

    Yesterday's Reuters report probably summed it up best. "The Walt Disney Pictures cartoon "Brother Bear,'' released nationwide on Saturday so as not to compete with Halloween festivities the night before, grabbed the No. 2 position with $18.5 million from 3,030 theaters -- a figure within expectations...
  • Blog Post: Grizzly Peak spotted! Nemo found!

    Boy, this story is really going to annoy you Al Lutz-haters out there. But -- based on conversations that I had yesterday with various folks at Disney Feature Animation -- it would appear that Al was right. Sort of. To explain: As part of yesterday's JHM article (Where I was trying to get some rather...
  • Blog Post: Disney geeks freak because they don't get a peek of the Peak they seek

    Okay. I know. A lot of you folks got to see "Brother Bear" this past weekend during the film's exclusive NY and LA engagements. And it was gratifying to hear that so many of you really seemed to enjoy Walt Disney Feature Animation's latest creation. But, me personally, what I found kind of disturbing...
  • Blog Post: Twas Brillig and the Flying Clothes ...

    Everyone knows how Disney theme park characters are supposed to behave, right? They're always supposed to be cute and non-threatening. To happily pose for your family's photographs and/or cheerfully sign your children's autographs books. But what we members of the public often forget is that's not really...
  • Blog Post: A JimHillMedia.com exclusive: Your first look at "Home on the Range"

    Right now, every other Disney info site out there on the web is talking up "Brother Bear." Which is understandable, given that this animated feature is opening nationally on November 1st (on October 24th in NYC and LA). But -- here at JimHillMedia.com - we like to do things a little differently. Not...
  • Blog Post: You know what really Bugs me? Where are all the "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" ads?

    Okay. Even a casual reader of JimHillMedia.com has to know that we're big-time supporters of Disney Feature Animation here. That the folks behind this website are always pulling for the guys at WDFA. Always hoping that they'll be able to produce another big hit. Be able to knock another one out of the...
  • Blog Post: The Ub Iwerks Story

    He was born in the midwest in 1901. While in Kansas City, he animated a series of cartoons called Laugh-O-Grams. Later in California, he was responsible for the creation of Mickey Mouse. Over the decades, he was recognized as a genius and innovator and was honored with Academy Awards. Even after his...
  • Blog Post: Great Grandmother of Jim Korkis' "Animation Anecdotes"

    WHICH WAY TO NEVERLAND Walt Disney was always interested in acquiring James Barrie's PETER PAN as a property for his studio. In 1937, the year of Barrie's death and before SNOW WHITE was released, a Disney memo was sent to Disney's London representative to obtain the rights to PETER PAN immediately....
  • Blog Post: Carl Fallberg and the Lost Disney Book

    Over the years, one of the greatest frustrations I have had as a Disney fan and animation fan is trying to track down Disney and animation books that were announced and often listed as being published and yet further research eventually revealed that they never existed. In my files is an excerpt from...
  • Blog Post: Top Toontown talents gathers to pay tribute to Daws Butler

    Mention the name "Daws Butler" to any animation buff and you'll probably hear "Well, he was the guy who did all of those great voices for Hanna Barbera. Yogi Bear. Huckleberry Hound. Quick Draw McGraw. Wally Gator. Mr. Jinx. The list goes on and on." However, were you to mentions Daws' name to any of...
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