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  • Blog Post: New extra features make Platinum Edition of "Peter Pan" worth picking up

    Okay. Let's be honest here, folks. If you're a JHM reader, you're already a great big honking Disney dweeb. Which means that you probably bought the Special Edition of "Peter Pan" when that DVD went on sale back in February of 2002. Not to mention the Limited Issue disc of this same Disney classic, which...
  • Blog Post: Mouse Watch Monday: Wait 'til next year

    What exactly is a Disney film? That's the question that Oren Aviv (I.E. The new president of production of Walt Disney Pictures) and Dick Cook (I.E. The longtime chairman of Walt Disney Studios) have supposedly struggled with these past seven months. As these two execs have tried to define what makes...
  • Blog Post: An extra "Beauty" -iful edition of Why For

    BelleFan227 writes in to ask about her favorite film: Dear Jim, As you might have already guessed by my screen name, I'm a huge fan of Disney's " Beast & the Beast ." So I was wondering if you had any stories that you could share about the production of this animated feature? Dear BellFan, Well,...
  • Blog Post: The Walt Disney Company embraces the "F" Word ...

    Disney dweebs the world over are still chattering about the bombshell that Al Lutz dropped over on Miceage on Tuesday morning. About how Walt Disney Pictures is reportedly toying with the idea of producing a second trio of "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. With the first installment of this...
  • Blog Post: Volume 4 of "Walt's People" series is a must-have for animation fans

    I don't know how Didier Ghez does it. I mean, the guy holds down a full-time job at Warner Bros. He also travels the world (Didier & his wife just got back from a trip to Africa). In addition to running his snazzy Disney History website (If you haven't already bookmarked this great little site, do...
  • Blog Post: Now in full color: A cartoonish take on Black History

    I've always loved Toontown in the " Roger Rabbit " cartoons. Toontown was the special area of Tinseltown where cartoon characters were segregated because they were -- Toons. I've always thought this a brilliant metaphor for racial inequities in the real world. Being a cartoonist and a person of color...
  • Blog Post: "At World's End" promises to be the biggest & boldest installment of Disney's "Pirates" series yet

    So last week, I'm wandering around the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center , trying to scope out all of the cool Disney-related stuff that's on display at the American International Toy Fair (Take -- for example -- these truly beautiful "Pirates of the Caribbean" sculptures that National Entertainment...
  • Blog Post: "The Winston Effect" offers real insight into how special effects are created these days

    I got a lot of nice notes in response to yesterday's Peter Ellenshaw tribute . Though what I thought was kind of intriguing was the theme that ran through many of these e-mails. Which was: "How I wish I'd had the chance to stand in Peter Ellenshaw's studio and watch that man work. See how the special...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday : How Disney is fixing "American Dog"

    It's often been said that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Well, I'm guessing that the folks at Walt Disney Feature Animation have never heard that expression. For they're right in the middle of an Extreme Makeover of their 2008 release, "American Dog." Gone is Chris Sanders ' quirk-filled take...
  • Blog Post: Will "The Little Mermaid" 's 'way-out-of-town try-out actually keep Broadway gossips at bay?

    All you Disney theatre fans out there might want to make a point of circling March 18th on your calendars. You see, that's the day that tickets for the world premiere of Disney Theatrical 's next production, " The Little Mermaid ," will officially go on sale. Copyright 2007 Disney Enterprises Of course...
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