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"Moving Innovation" is a ridiculously entertaining & informative look back at the history of computer animation
"Discover a new world with Epic the Movie by Blue Sky Studios , a brand-new 3D animated film from the people who brought you Ice Age ." That's the message that the folks who work in promotions at 20th Century Fox have been hammering home for the past few weeks. As they try & make sure...
13 May 2013
Is Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland" movie about that "UFOs are real" TV show which Walt Disney Productions almost made back in the 1950s?
For three weeks now, photos of a mysterious bankers box have been making the rounds on the Web. Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof reportedly deliberately put these images out there to help whet people's appetites for " Tomorrowland ," the sci-fi -themed project that these two wrote which is...
7 Feb 2013
Get ready for JHM's most difficult Disney trivia challenge yet
My apologies to those of you who have been waiting for over five weeks now for me to finally post the results of JHM's "Once Upon a Time" -themed trivia contest . But ... purple smoke?! Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) and Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) meet the purple smoke. Copyright American...
25 Jun 2012
Updated edition of "Building a Dream" covers even more of Disney's world
Wow. Has it really been 15+ years since Beth Dunlop wrote " Building a Dream: The Art of Disney Architecture " ? Obviously Disney's world has gotten a whole lot bigger since 1996. Which is why I think it's terrific that Disney Editions recently decided to revisit Dunlop's book....
10 Jan 2012
"Flyin' Chunks" looks back at Dorse Lanpher's 48 years at Disney & Don Bluth's animation studios
Dorse Lanpher has a real eye for detail. Which is just what you'd expect from one of the top effects artists in feature animation. But as it turns out, Lanpher was able to use his eye for detail for more than just creating all those fire, water and shadow effects that you've seen in most Disney...
28 Dec 2010
"Tale as Old as Time" may make you fall in love with Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" all over again
It is arguably the best-loved film of that trio of fairy tales that Walt Disney Animation Studios produced during its Second Golden Age. The first hand-drawn animated feature ever to be nominated for Best Picture, " Beauty and the Beast " has been discussed, dissected and written about so often...
1 Sep 2010
“Ramayana: Divine Loophole” is filled with inspiration for aspiring artists & animators
It’s that time of year again. When high school and college students all over the country are graduating. More importantly, when JHM readers reach out and ask for my suggestions when it comes to the perfect graduation gift for the would-be animators and Imagineers in their families. This year, though...
2 Jun 2010
Mary Blair concept art showcased in “Walt Disney’s Peter Pan”
It’s always been one of the great what-ifs of Disney history. What if … All of the Studio’s overseas markets hadn’t been cut off by the start of World War II? It’s well known that – as of the late 1930s -- Walt was well into development of full-length animated versions of “ Alice in Wonderland ,” “ Peter...
30 Dec 2009
“The Art of The Princess and The Frog” takes you behind-the-scenes on Disney’s return to hand-drawn animation
Okay. I know. It’s verging on panic time when it comes to holiday gifts. Especially if you’re still looking for something for the Disneyana fan on your Christmas list. You know, the one who’s always so difficult to shop for? Not to worry, though. The always reliable Jeff Kurtti (i.e. the guy behind ...
21 Dec 2009
“Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen” offers a twisted take on Disney's Snow White
No one mourns the Wicked. No one cries “They won’t return!” No one lays a lily on their grave Ah, but as “Wicked” (i.e. Gregory Maguire ’s best-selling book as well as the long-running stage musical ) proves, it is actually possible to feel sadness & sympathy for a character that’s been labeled Wicked...
2 Sep 2009
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