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  • Blog Post: Would Walt's version of "The Aristocats" have been a bigger hit for Disney Studios?

    The full-length animated features that Walt Disney Animation Studios has produced over the past 75 years can mostly be sorted into two distinctly different piles: Those films that Walt personally had a hand in and those movies which were produced after Disney passed away. Please note that I said "mostly...
  • Blog Post: From the JHM Archives: Scenes that were cut out of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"

    We're conducting a little experiment today. Taking one of the more popular pieces that was ever posted on this website (this detailed look at a full 10 pages of script that was cut out of the original theatrical release of " Who Framed Roger Rabbit " originally ran on JHM back in August...
  • Blog Post: "Halo Legends" is an entertaining way to waste a few hours

    Ever since the release of " Halo 3 " in 2007, Microsoft ’s hugely successful video game franchise has been spinning its wheels with no real progress. The two Xbox 360 titles which have followed "Halo 3" — " Halo Wars " and " Halo 3: ODST " were amusing but lackluster; and since both games were prequels...
  • Blog Post: A special "Toon Much of a Good Thing" edition of Why For

    First up, Danny writes in to ask: Jim, Any reason that you know of why Pixar started skimping on their DVD packages? Up to and including " The Incredibles ," no company did the medium justice better than Pixar. But the discs for " Cars " and " Rataouille " (which I have an advanced copy of) are pathetic...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday : The Failure Factor

    A couple weeks ago, we had a visit from John Lasseter and two hundred of his wizards from Pixar Animation Studios . The Pixar team was getting a special tour of both the Burbank and Glendale facilities of the Walt Disney Company. It was good to see so many old friends & colleagues again. And I couldn...
  • Blog Post: "Walt Disney's Cinderella" is a picture-perfect picture book

    This is probably going to seem like a very weird request. But -- if you could -- I'd really like it if you guys could buy up a bunch of copies of " Walt Disney's Cinderella " (Disney Press, August 2007) Copyright 2007 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved "And why should we do that?," you ask...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday: A tribute to Hurricane Eva

    If you were a young woman working in Disney's animation department in the 1950s, chances are you were pretty darn good. Though it was clearly a man's world back then, you might be surprised to know that the Mouse House had a fair share of young women toiling away at animation desks. Savvy young women...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch : When it comes to Disney's Vanessa Hudgens problem, no new nudes is good news

    Well, here we are in Week 2 of the Walt Disney Company dealing with its Undressa Hudgens situation. And based on what I've been hearing, Mickey has finally decided that it will in fact stand behind this " High School Musical " star. Mind you, it's not like the Mouse ever really had the option of distancing...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch : Will a second set of nude photographs cause Disney to flunk Vanessa Hudgens out of its "High School Musical" franchise?

    By late Friday night, the headlines read " Disney Stands by High School Musical Star ." Which meant that -- in spite of what a Mouse House spokesperson called " ... obviously a lapse in judgment" -- the Walt Disney Company wasn't going to distance itself from Vanessa Hudgens. Punish this tween favorite...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Is Disney getting ready to send in the "Clones" ?

    Okay. Let's start your Monday morning off with a funny little Disney-related story from the September issue of " Star Wars Insider " magazine. Which alludes to a particularly bizarre moment during the production of " Episode IV - A New Hope ." It seems that -- with the hope that they might be able to...
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