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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
Disney's "TRON: Legacy" is more visually arresting than it is entertaining
28 years ago, the original " TRON " dazzled audiences with its cutting-edge visual effects. But then this ambitious Walt Disney Productions release kind of underwhelmed moviegoers when it came to story. So does " TRON: Legacy " correct the sins of the past? Does this Joseph Kosinski...
15 Dec 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
The female artists & animators who changed Disney Studio’s “boys will be boys” culture
There’s a mistaken notion that back in the 1950s the Walt Disney Studio was strictly a man’s world and women were not even allowed in the Animation Building. It was believed that women employees were restricted to the “women’s work” over in the Ink and Paint Department where...
5 Jul 2010
Toon Tuesday: The Wow Factor
I’ve often been asked this goofy question. “How would you run an animation studio if you were in charge?” Questions like this come from young people who assume I have answers. The truth is, I’m not in that position, and I don’t expect to be. However, I once ran my own business...
1 Jun 2010
Volume 9 of the “Walt’s People” series features some great behind-the-scenes stories
Good God. Are we really already be up to Volume 9 in the “Walt’s People” series? I can recall when Disney Historian Didier Ghez initially proposed these books (which – if I’m remembering correctly – was sometime back during the Pleistocene Epoch) that would collect & then reprint the very best Mouse...
5 May 2010
Monday Mouse Watch: MoMA’s Tim Burton exhibition gets ready to go down under
In response to Friday’s “ Panel discussion? Product signing? Rarities screening? Which would you choose? ” article, ToadinaWhole wrote: “Let me turn this question around you: Which would you choose?” Well, this past Friday afternoon, what Nancy and I chose to do is spend 4½ hours in the car. We traded...
26 Apr 2010
When you work in animation, there’s just no avoiding those Pink Slip Blues
It was late summer 1958 and things had been going well. The mad rush to wrap the animated feature film, “ Sleeping Beauty ” was finally succeeding, and the film was well on its way to completion. Taking a break from the drawing board, I headed up to the second floor of the Animation Building...
1 Mar 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
“Waking Sleeping Beauty” pays tribute to Roy E. Disney’s creative legacy
Nancy and I got the news yesterday afternoon as we were driving down to NYC. We’d stopped to gas up the car in Tolland, CT when Angela called on the cell to say that Roy E. Disney had died . This was obviously sad news. But -- to be honest -- not exactly unexpected. Ever since word leaked back in June...
17 Dec 2009
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