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"Walt's People -- Volume 5" is an entertaining addition to this ongoing Disney history series
If you've been reading JHM for a while now, you already know that I'm a very big fan of Didier Ghez 's "Walt's People" books . So -- that said -- is it really all that big a surprise that I enjoyed reading " Volume 5 " of this ongoing series. Mind you, at 443 pages in length, this paperback is the heftiest...
24 Jul 2007
"Disney's Lost Chords" showcases long-hidden treasures from the studio's musical archives
What's your absolute favorite musical moment from a Walt Disney Production? Me? If I really had to choose, I guess it would either be that moment in "Uncle Remus Tales" when that old storyteller leads an animated congregation in singing Ned Washington & Leigh Harline 's sweet spiritual, "I'll take...
17 Jul 2007
"The Art of Ratatouille" gives its readers a glimpse of the picture that Pixar Animation Studios almost made
It is one of the more intriguing aspects of the production history of Pixar 's latest, " Ratatouille ." The fact that this animated feature started off with one director (I.E. Jan Pinkava , who helmed this animation studio's Academy Award-winning short , " Geri's Game ") yet wound up being completed...
26 Jun 2007
"Cartoon Modern" takes a witty & informed look back at animation's not-so-distant past
This past Friday, Amid Amidi (Who -- along with noted animation historian Jerry Beck -- rides herd on the always-entertaining-and-informative Cartoon Brew ) was singled out for a pretty amazing honor. You see, the Theatre Library Association declared that Amid's latest book -- " Cartoon Modern: Style...
5 Jun 2007
"The Dream Team" serves up some intriguing insights about how the New Hollywood really operates
In October of 1994, when Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg first announced that they were about to launch a brand-new entertainment company ... Well, this trio of show business vets was thought to be so unstoppable that the Hollywood press corps dubbed them the Dream Team. But 11...
17 Apr 2007
"The Animated Man" offers an intimate, more immediate look at the life of Walt Disney
I've been getting a lot of e-mail lately about Michael Barrier 's new book, " The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney " (University of California Press, April 2007). Particularly from Disneyana fans who just purchased Neal Gabler 's " Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination " and are now...
10 Apr 2007
A special behind-the-scenes version of Why For
Karen M. writes in to ask a special favor: Dear Jim -- I just want to send you a quick e-mail to thank you for writing about Charlie Ridgway 's new book, " Spinning Disney's World ." On your recommendation , I picked up a copy and found that Mr. Ridgway's biography was just as you said it would be: Loaded...
29 Mar 2007
Walt Disney Pictures plans cheesy promotional stunt for "Ratatouille"
In a little more than three months time, Pixar 's next big release, " Ratatouille " will be rolling into theaters. And -- to date -- Walt Disney Pictures ' promotional department has done everything that they can in order to get the word out about this Brad Bird film. This includes creating a teaser...
26 Mar 2007
"The Art of Meet the Robinsons" puts preproduction artwork in the spotlight
Given that it's only 64 pages long, " The Art of Meet the Robinsons " (Hyperion, February 2007) can hardly be called an in-depth look at the creation of Walt Disney Feature Animation's next release. Copyright 2007 Disney Editions But -- then again -- given that making-of books aren't selling all that...
20 Mar 2007
A special wearing-of-the-green edition of Why For
Gaelic Gary G. writes in to say: In honor of St. Patrick's Day , could you please share a few stories about my favorite Disney fantasy film, " Darby O'Gill and the Little People ?" Well ... What I always found intriguing about this Robert Stevenson movie is how long Walt Disney Productions had this project...
15 Mar 2007
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