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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...
26 Aug 2007
Why For do the Imagineers keep adding new characters to Disney's classic theme park attractions?
Earlier this week, Perry T. sent me the following e-mail : Jim, Are you as sick as I am about how the Imagineers keep forcing characters into older attractions at the Disney theme parks? Just in the past six months, we've had that new " Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor " show replace the Magic Kingdom 's old...
21 Jun 2007
Monday Mouse Watch : Is Disney milking it a bit too much with its "High School Musical" franchise ?
Good God. Has it really been less than a year and a half since " High School Musical " originally debuted on the Disney Channel ? Copyright 2006 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved Back in January of 2006, Mouse House execs were just hoping that they hadn't wasted any of their promotional money...
10 Jun 2007
"Bring Me That Horizon" features a treasure trove of tales about Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy
Look, if you're a regular reader of JHM, I'm just going to assume that you already know what this is a picture of. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved Yep, that's Johnny Depp. Making his memorable entrance as Captain Jack Sparrow in the very first film of Disney's " Pirates of the...
22 May 2007
Why For did Michael Eisner try and shut down production of "The Curse of the Black Pearl" back in 2002 ?
Christian P. writes in today to say: I'm a huge Pirates of the Caribbean fan and I'm literally counting down the hours now until the third movie opens next week. Do you have any new stories that you can tell about these great great movies that might distract me for a while? Prevent me from spending so...
17 May 2007
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...
4 Apr 2007
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...
29 Mar 2007
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 ...
7 Feb 2007
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...
4 Feb 2007
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...
17 Jan 2007
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