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  • Blog Post: The time I spent among the Muppets

    I've had a handful of heroes in my life. Paul McCartney, Walt Disney, and Charles Schulz to name a few. One of the real "biggies," to me, though was Jim Henson. I grew up with Sesame Street and later on The Muppet Show and all the films. I loved all of it. Imagine my excitement when, with my last semester...
  • Blog Post: Will bargains bring consumers back to the Disney Store?

    So what's the biggest change that The Children's Place retail chain has made so far at the Disney Stores? Well, they reworked the store's logo. With the hope that this might then help make the Disney Store seem a little bit hipper, a little more "part of the now." Photo by Jeff Lange And -- at least...
  • Blog Post: Disney takes a two tiered approach to the promotion of "Narnia"

    Normally at WDW's " Night of Joy " Christian music events, it's the performers who are on stage at WDW's who are doing all the promoting. Who spend their time between songs talking up their new CDs and/or upcoming tour schedules. However -- starting next month -- it'll be the Mouse who'll be doing the...
  • 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: That little old lady bears an "Incredibles" resemblance to ...

    I'm told that the tradition goes all the way back to 1938. Where a quick sequence in "Ferdinand the Bull" (which showed the picadors parading into the arena) featured caricatures of several key Disney animators and directors. With Walt himself closing out this scene as the matador who struts proudly...
  • 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...
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