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  • Blog Post: A special DreamWorks edition of Why For

    First up, Robert M. writes in to ask: Jim, This may have been asked before. But since Robert Zemeckis is now back with Disney, what do you think the chances are that they will try to produce that long anticipated Roger Rabbit sequel? Rob M. Rob M. To be honest, I think that the ship has already sailed...
  • Blog Post: Where's Roger? What's going on with Mouse Surplus? And what should I doing this weekend if I'm a Disney fan who lives in LA?

    First up, Kelly T. writes in to ask: Whatever became of Roger Colton ? I used to really enjoy his "Ruminations" column. But it's been months now since you last published anything from Roger. Is everything okay? Kelly T. Everything's fine. It's just that -- after almost four years of writing for JHM ...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: You'll believe a car can fly

    Okay. How many of you remember that story that I told as part of last Friday's "Why For" column ? Where I detailed how -- back in the early 1990s -- Universal Studios swooped in & snagged the theme park rights to Jay Ward 's Rocky & Bullwinkle characters right out from under Mickey's nose? The...
  • Blog Post: Playing with Toys -- Part IV : Coming in for a soft landing on a pile of ... shaving cream ?!

    Picking up where we left off last week ... Things were a little bit different when I returned to Pixar Animation Studios in 1998. This was the second year in the development of " Toy Story 2 ," and it's not surprising to hit a few snags in this wacky process of crafting an animated feature film. Things...
  • Blog Post: Why For returns !

    First up, Rich writes in to say: Hello, Jim, I was hoping you could answer this Disney related riddle for me since you seem to be the Disney Go To Guy. A friend, knowing I am a huge fan of both Dave Steven 's The Rocketeer , as well as of the Disney film , once told me that in the summer of 1991, Disneyland...
  • Blog Post: Could cashing in on Pixar now be a whole lot harder than Disney officials had originally thought ?

    It was a year ago today that newspapers around the world featured the headline: " Disney Buys Pixar ." With articles trumpeting the $7.4 billion the Mouse was about to pay out in order to acquire Pixar Animation Studios . Oh, sure. There were a few of us out there who squawked about that ginormous price...
  • Blog Post: Playing with Toys -- Part III: "So where was the dog ?"

    Picking up from last week ... As usual, I decided to sit in the rear of the theater at Pixar Animation Studios . It was the day of the John Lasseter screening of " Toy Story 2 ," and I decided it was best to remain out of sight. This was nothing new for me. I learned this back in the sixties at the Disney...
  • Blog Post: Want a peek at the Mouse House's future? Then check out the on-line version of the Walt Disney Company's 2006 annual report

    Whatever you're reading, whatever you're doing right now ... Stop it. Drop everything and click on this link ASAP. This, my friend, is the on-line version of the Walt Disney Company's 2006 annual report. And -- as you burrow through all of the various sections of this report -- if you're a hardcore Disney...
  • Blog Post: Playing with Toys -- Part II : How Howdy Doody showed us the way

    Picking up where we left off last week ... In early in 1997, we had been storyboarding on the sequel to "Toy Story" at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. Occasionally, our small crew would fly north to meet with our Pixar colleagues. Our meetings were always high spirited and energetic because things were...
  • Blog Post: 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...
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