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Is Mickey going to botch "Ratatouille" 's marketing? Don't Betty on it
This week's "Toon Tuesday" column (I.E. "How will 'Ratatouille' fare in Hollywood's Summer 2007 rat race ?" ) generated an awful lot of controversy. I got phone calls from Burbank, e-mails from Emeryville. With all sorts of folks who are intimately involved with this production chiming in, wishing to...
3 Jan 2007
Scrooge U: Part XXXIX -- "A Sesame Street Christmas Carol" regifts footage from earlier Xmas specials
First of all, don't let the title fool you. " A Sesame Street Christmas Carol " really doesn't have a whole lot to do with Charles Dickens. Copyright 2006 Sony Wonder Oh, sure. This 2006 Sony Wonder release does borrow a few key concepts from that classic holiday tale. In that -- on...
30 Dec 2006
Scrooge U: Part XXXVII -- Ahrens & Menken deliver delightful "A Christmas Carol: The Musical"
"Tell the truth. You're getting kind of tired of writing about ' A Christmas Carol ,' aren't you?" No, this wasn't an e-mail that some disgruntled JHM reader sent me. But -- rather -- the ever-wise & patient Nancy (Who -- FYI -- has been formatting each & every one...
28 Dec 2006
Scrooge U: Part XXXV -- How "A Carol Christmas" kick-started William Shatner's career
Are you a fan of William Shatner 's Emmy Award-winning work on ABC 's " Boston Legal "? If so, then you should be aware that one of the main reasons that William was cast as daffy Denny Crane was because " The Practice " creator David E. Kelley supposedly caught Shatner's...
26 Dec 2006
Scrooge U: Part XXXIV -- "Brer Rabbit's Christmas Carol" is almost unbrer ... er ... unbearable
You know, if things had just gone a little bit differently, all us Disney dweebs would have had something truly spectacular to celebrate this holiday season. You see, 2006 was supposed to be the year that Walt Disney Home Entertainment finally released " Song of the South " on DVD. This limited...
25 Dec 2006
Scrooge U: Part XXXI -- "A Diva's Christmas Carol" puts a silly but cynical spin on the season
Some adaptations of "A Christmas Carol" are like a huge holiday meal. Rich, meaty, memorable. Really stick-to-your-ribs kind of shows. And then there are those holiday specials like " A Diva's Christmas Caro l." Which are the television equivalent of Chinese food. Don't get...
22 Dec 2006
Scrooge U : Part XXX -- Patrick Stewart makes a stellar Ebenezer Scrooge
There seems to be a wide variety of opinion when it comes to the Patrick Stewart version of " A Christmas Carol ." Some Dickens fans find this 1999 TV movie to be rather cold and joyless, while still others admire this adaptation for the extremely naturalistic approach that Stewart takes toward...
21 Dec 2006
Scrooge U : Part XXIX -- "An All Dogs Christmas Carol" is mutt ado about nothing
Well, at least there's some truth-in-advertising to be found in this 1998 home premiere. For -- though " An All Dogs Christmas Carol " may not actually be an adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale -- this holiday special is definitely a dog. Copyright 1998 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation...
20 Dec 2006
Scrooge U: Part XXVIII -- "Ms. Scrooge" is kind of hit & ms. ... er ... miss
As I mentioned in this past Sunday's review of " Ebbie ," " A Christmas Carol " is a surprisingly resilient story. It can survive a change of location or time period. Even giving Ebenezer Scrooge a sex change operation doesn't necessarily undercut the emotional effectiveness...
19 Dec 2006
"Today in Disney History" is a perfect last-minute gift for the Disney obsessive on your holiday shopping list
It's Christmas-crunch time, kiddies. You know what I mean. That horrible moment that arrives every holiday season. When you're feeling all smug & self-satisfied because you think that you've completed your Xmas shopping. Only to suddenly sit bolt upright in your chair and say: "Oh, cr*p! I forgot...
19 Dec 2006
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