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  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Is Gore Verbinski looking to bail on "Pirates 4" ?

    First the good news: The rumors that you've hearing are true. Johnny Depp actually has told the folk at Walt Disney Studios that he'd be willing to reprise the role of Capt. Jack Sparrow. Which is why the Mouse has already tentatively made plans to shoot "Pirates 4" in 2009. With the hope that this film...
  • Blog Post: Why For wasn't this episode of "Dinosaurs" ever broadcast on ABC ?

    Karl T. of Watertown, MA. writes in to say: I just discovered your " Making Fun of the Mouse " series from last year. And I really enjoyed reading through that trio of stories. I was wondering : Do you have any plans to continue that series? Because I am sure that there are lots of other cartoons and...
  • Blog Post: Monday MouseWatch : Is Bob Iger getting ready to say "Buenas Noches" to Buena Vista ?

    William Shakespeare once said : "What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other word would smell as sweet." Well, I don't know Bob Iger would agree with the Bard. The way Disney's new CEO supposedly sees things, the proper answer to that "What's in a name?" question should probably be: "Brand...
  • Blog Post: Tune Tuesday : Meet the (Julie) Andrews Sisters

    Barry S. of Stowe, VT writes in to say: Dear Jim - Since you're such a fan of visual effects , I was wondering if you've seen Christina Aguilera 's new video, " Candyman ". Didn't the effect artists who worked on this production do a great job ? The digital doubling of Christina looks seamless to me...
  • Blog Post: Wandering the halls with Roy E. Disney

    To hear Roy Disney tell the tale, he basically owes his entire career in animation to his mother needing a babysitter. "When my Mother needed to go shopping, she'd drop me off with my Dad's office," Roy explained. "And my Dad would eventually say 'Get out of my office and find someone else to play with...
  • Blog Post: "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...
  • Blog Post: Monday MouseWatch : "Meet the Robinsons" keeps moving forward, while "Grindhouse" grinds to a halt. PLUS new "Pirates 3" images !

    There is this rather brutal business-related saying. Which -- at various different times -- has been attributed to Gore Vidal , Genegis Khan , Larry Ellison , David Merrick and Attila the Hun . "It is not enough that I succeed. My enemies must fail." Now, given that I know that several executives at...
  • Blog Post: Do you think that Disney invented the in-park movie premiere ? Think again

    Judging by many of the comments that have been posted on various Disneyland discussion boards around the Web, " Pirates of the Caribbean " fans are obviously looking forward to lining up along the red carpet on May 19th . Just so that they can then catch a glimpse of Johnny Depp & Co. as they stroll...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: John Lasseter to be feted at Sonoma Valley Film Festival

    For the past decade, the Sonoma Valley Film Festival has heard the refrains of "You've Got A Friend In Me" from John Lasseter , the creative force behind Pixar . Now the festival is turning the tables and planning quite a bash April 11-15 in recognition not only of its 10th anniversary but in tribute...
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