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  • Blog Post: Did Disney make a mammoth mistake?

    According to legendary screenwriter William Goldman, there is only one constant in Hollywood: "Nobody knows anything." TRANSLATION: No one person in the business can actually accurately predict what's going to happen next. Whether a picture is going to hit and/or turn out to be a flop. Some senior studio...
  • Blog Post: Setting Sail with Walt in Mind: Treasure Planet

    EDITOR'S NOTE: What a treat it is to have Rhett Wickham join us as our special guest today. Those of you who are familiar with the insightful and entertaining articles that Wickham has already contributed to LaughingPlace.com are no doubt aware of Rhett's unique take on the animation industry. As an...
  • Blog Post: The Clone Wars: Traditional Animation and the Digital Revolution

    Hey, gang! Jim Hill here. Last week's letter from Floyd Norman got such a huge response from JHM readers that I asked Floyd if he would consider contributing a regular feature to JimHillMedia.com. Norman's response was the article that you'll find tacked onto this intro. Which (I guess) means that Floyd...
  • Blog Post: A two hour long commercial?! What a "Beast"-ly thing to do!

    Guess what's on the "Wonderful World of Disney" this Sunday night? "A Tale as old as time, true as it can be ... " That's right. Disney's 1991 Academy Award winner "Beauty and the Beast." The very same film that you (and I) already own in the VHS format, but just recently bought as a DVD, is being shown...
  • Blog Post: Is Disney trying to torpedo "Nemo"?

    What's the hottest piece of gossip that's currently making the rounds in Tinsel Town? The news that Pixar Animation Studio recently held a test screening of "Finding Nemo" AND that the audience had a somewhat tepid response to the film. Okay, so that's not exactly earth-shaking news. After all, work...
  • Blog Post: What's in a name? Plenty! (At least according to Mickey's lawyers)

    Hey, gang. Did you miss me? Sorry about the lack of new stories for the past couple of days. But my computer and I both appear to have caught a virus last week. Which is why I've been crashed out on the couch, surrounded by piles of crumpled Kleenex, instead of churning out nice fresh copy for you folks...
  • Blog Post: Scenes that You DIDN'T Get to See: Like the prologue from "Beauty and the Beast"

    Just like many of you out there, I spent 'way too much time over the past couple of days looking at the newly released Platinum Edition of Disney's "Beauty & the Beast - Special Edition" DVD. All in all, I think that Buena Vista Home Entertainment did a wonderful job with their latest release .....
  • Blog Post: Two Really Good Reasons Why You Ought to be Watching the Disney Channel

    You know, we're still getting a lot of mail here at JimHillMedia.com about that recent programming change at the Disney Channel. Extremely angry e-mails like this one from P**** B. of Townsend, MA. Who writes to say: "I can't believe that Eisner actually had the b&%$@ to cancel 'Vault Disney.' Now...
  • Blog Post: Deutschland says "Treasure Planet" ist gut

    Okay. Now the answer that you've all been waiting for: "Is 'Treasure Planet' really any good?" Well, the word out of Germany - where the Walt Disney Company held a series of test screenings for the film back in early September - seems to be mostly positive. Kara K. wrote to say: "My son and I received...
  • Blog Post: Disney goes for the gold with "Treasure Planet"

    The feature length cartoon that Jeffrey Katzenberg continually tried to stop is finally coming to theaters next month. For over 15 years now, director Ron Clements has had a dream. To make an animated version of "Treasure Island." Only - this time around - Robert Louis Stevenson's epic adventure would...
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