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  • Blog Post: New prototype for Disney Store retail chain has grand opening

    It was a quiet Sunday morning at the Westfield Shoppingtown Mall in Trumbull, CT. Photo by Jeff Lange Or -- rather -- it should have been But were you to make your way to the mall's second floor, you'd find dozens of shoppers & their children crammed in the corridor. Photo by Jeff Lange What are...
  • Blog Post: Ruminations: What's it all about, Mickey?

    Was it only a month ago that we were all at Disneyland celebrating the big 50th Anniversary? Sure seems like it was only yesterday... Despite comments from other quarters, it actually was one heck of a lot of fun that weekend. Yes, it truly is a special place and Walt Disney's personal brand of magic...
  • Blog Post: Why was the head of WDFA afraid to put "Fraidy Cat" into production?

    It was to have been Ron'n'John's first computer animated feature. A comedy thriller that affectionately paid tribute to the films of Alfred Hitchcock. And -- according to WDFA insiders -- the rough story reel version of this picture was playing as well as anything that Ron Clements & John Musker...
  • Blog Post: "Disney Fairies" make a Grand (Californian) entrance

    "What if there were a world where fairies lived... where they played music and danced and sang under the light of the fireflies? The wonder of it is that there is such a place. It is the world of Disney Fairies ..." Photo by Jeff Lange And so begins a tale that the folks who run Disney Consumer Products...
  • Blog Post: "Happiest Homecoming" DVD offers disappointing coverage of once-in-a-lifetime event

    Looking for an extra-special souvenir to commemorate your visit to Disneyland during that theme park's 50th anniversary celebration? Well, if you're looking for something that really captures what it felt like to be in Anaheim this summer, then I suggest you take a pass on the "Happiest Homecoming on...
  • Blog Post: Why For returns!

    First up, Ari S. writes in to ask: Jim -- There's this weird old house on Walden Drive in Beverly Hills. You may have seen pictures of it in LA history books. It looks like something straight out of a Disney animated feature from the 1930s. That's actually why I'm writing today. A friend of mine swears...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready for this? "Disney Princess Cereal" !?

    I have to admit that I'm not all that enthusiastic when it comes to breakfast cereals these days. But maybe that's because I'm a guy in my mid-forties. Which means that -- if I've got a box of cereal in front of me on the breakfast table -- chances are that this food product will prominently feature...
  • Blog Post: Wednesdays with Wade: A guided tour of Disneyland circa 1963

    When I was asking David Koenig when we were going to get the next installment in his MousePlanet column describing the first guided tours at Disneyland, he shared with me the great news that Cicely Rigdon is supposedly writing a book about her experiences. Some Disney fans may know Cicely as the "Keeper...
  • Blog Post: Requiem for a Gag Man

    I was taking a noontime stroll on the Walt Disney studio lot some years ago with veteran animation writer/director, Chuck Couch when he pointed to a building known as The Studio Bungalow and said, "I used to work in that building on the old Hyperion lot in Silver Lake. Although Chuck had done pretty...
  • Blog Post: Trail Mix-Up: What a Party!

    Waaaaay back in 1994, Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida finished its second Roger Rabbit Short, "Trail Mix-Up" (The first, being of course "Roller Coaster Rabbit", and there was one started before "Trail", but never completed, called "Hare in My Soup"). It was my first project with the mouse, and...
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