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What Rich Ross' exit from Walt Disney Studios is really all about
For the past three days, the story that's been dominating entertainment news is Rich Ross' removal as Chairman of Walt Disney Studios . Now most of these articles seem to lay the blame for Ross' exit on " John Carter " 's box office . And while it's true that this Andrew...
22 Apr 2012
Why the words "Walt" & "Pictures" have been clipped off of that new "Disney" logo
Dave dropped me a note last night which reads: Jim, We saw " The Muppets " over the weekend (fun film, by the way), and noticed that the familiar castle logo at the beginning of the film now just says "Disney," instead of " Walt Disney Pictures ." We also noticed this for...
29 Nov 2011
Bruce Boxleitner tells Garrett Hedlund: "TRON is MY legacy ... so don't screw it up"
For the past six days or so, TRON fans around the world have been dissecting those 23 minutes of footage that they saw last Thursday on TRON Night . As they try to determine whether this Joseph Kosinski film will actually be a worthy follow-up to the 1982 original. But me? I prefer to get my info straight...
3 Nov 2010
Toon Thursday: How Disney's "Mickey and the Beanstalk" went from being a full length film to an animated featurette
Nancy and I were just watching "The Purdum Reel." Which is this Special Feature on the Blu-ray version of the Diamond Edition of Disney's " Beauty and the Beast ." Which hits store shelves yesterday. Concept art from the Richard Purdum version of "Beauty and the Beast."...
7 Oct 2010
Robby Benson & Paige O'Hara look back on Disney's "Beauty & the Beast"
To hear Robby Benson tell the tale, the only reason that this " Ice Castles " star wound up doing the voice of the Beast in Disney's acclaimed animated feature was because Robby knew his way around a Walkman. "This is a story that I always tell the students in my acting classes. How...
4 Oct 2010
Disney’s “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” serves up some solid summer fun
Like the very best bits of magic, “ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice ” employs a certain amount of misdirection. Jay Baruchel in Disney's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." Copyright 2009 Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Jerry Bruckheimer, Inc. All rights reserved Take – for...
14 Jul 2010
How Disney conjured up a live-action version of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
The tale of the Sorcerer's Apprentice and The Walt Disney Company have been intertwined ever since Walt Disney invited famed conductor Leopold Stokowski to come join him for dinner at Chasen's . Which is where the old Mousetro supposedly asked the Maestro if he'd be interested in working with Disney...
7 Jul 2010
Animation fans can make a real difference this coming weekend
Greetings from the Universal Orlando Resort . Where I’m now in my final day of covering the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter . Photo by Jim Hill It has been an absolutely amazing couple of days. And I’m heading back to New Hampshire tonight with all sorts of stories to share about...
18 Jun 2010
Mything in Action: Mania Happy Returns
Have you seen Toy Story 3 yet? I confess I haven’t. But as I write this article, the movie’s opening date is still nearly a week away, so I’ve got a good excuse. Yet with all the excitement surrounding the movie’s debut, it felt like an appropriate time to take a spin aboard Toy...
15 Jun 2010
Hollywood hypes what it hopes will be its 2011 & 2012 hits at the Licensing International Expo
Welcome to Las Vegas. Where the 2010 Licensing International Expo is just winding down. Just like last year, before attendees could enter the Mandalay Bay Convention Center , they first had to walk through this gauntlet of colorful banners which trumpeted all of The Walt Disney Company’s key brands and...
10 Jun 2010
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