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"Small World: A Fantasia" brings some Disney magic to a tragic Connecticut town
Newtown, Connecticut, was the scene of one of the most hideous mass slaughters in American history. Driving into this quaint New England town, it is impossible to miss the sad reminders of that horror, cutout angels along the roadside and tributes of sympathy from around the world in the town hall. But...
14 Jan 2013
Only a dope would miss out on S/R Laboratories Spring 2012 Animation Art Auction
The old adage is "April Showers bring May Flowers." Image courtesy of S/R Laboratories. All rights reserved Well, Nancy and I are down in Orlando right now. And this year, April Showers seems to be bringing May Downpours. Which suggests that June might be a really good time to go shopping for...
8 May 2012
Huffington Post: Jim Hill - "Disney Studios is still struggling with controversial cartoon characters from its past"
"Disney Studios is stiIl struggling with controversial cartoon characters from its past" A buck-toothed, squinty-eyed Chinese cook. A pickaninny centaurette who shines hooves. A tar baby. A red-faced Indian Chief who says "Ugh" and "How." Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc...
25 Oct 2011
"Working with Disney" gives you an up-close look at Walt Disney, the man
So when did Don Peri start collecting Mouse-related stories? Over 35 years ago. Back when genuine Disney Legends were still working at the Studios. " Frank and Ollie were still doing animation back then. When I first met them, they were both working on ' The Rescuers ' and were getting started...
10 May 2011
Toon Tuesday: Enjoy a little cheesecake from the Mouse
Here's an interesting bit of trivia for you film history buff out there. Grim Natwick - the animation legend who many in the industry credit with making the title character in Disney's " Snow White " seem so lifelike ... Snow White and Forest Animals Special Set-up from "Snow White...
9 May 2011
Southern California gears up for four full days of Disney-related fun
You know, I kind of feel sorry for all of you Disneyana fans who live out in the Los Angeles area. Why For? Because starting tomorrow ... There are so many Mouse-related events going on in & around Southern California that it will literally be impossible to attend them all. Want proof? Okay then...
26 Apr 2011
TCM celebrates Disney live-action with movie marathon, 2011 film festival
So what exactly is the deal with Boxing Day ? How did December 26 th wind up with this particular moniker? Well, in the U.K., the name supposedly dates back to the tradition of Victorian tradesmen receiving "Christmas boxes" and/or gifts on the day after Christmas in return for goods &...
25 Dec 2010
Can the "Fantasia" Blu-ray help raise the Walt Disney Family Museum 's profile?
Leo N. Holzer
Well, it looks like Christmas is coming a little early not only for fans of Walt Disney the man, but also for the Walt Disney Family Museum at The Presidio in San Francisco . Today, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is releasing a combo Blu-ray / DVD collection featuring both " Fantasia"...
29 Nov 2010
Don Hahn & Dave Bossert help Boston's D23 fans celebrate the 70th anniversary of Disney's "Fantasia"
Greetings from Beantown. Where Nancy and I joined several hundred D23 members at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts yesterday night for a special celebration of "Fantasia" & "Fantasia 2000. " Photo by Nancy Stadler Even before this event officially got underway, attendees could...
9 Nov 2010
Michael Giacchino's love of toons helped make him today's top tunesmith in Hollywood
Did you catch that terrific profile of Michael Giacchino that " Variety " ran yesterday? I mean, if you thought that this Academy Award-winning composer was busy in 2009 - 2010 (i.e. that's when he composed & conducted the music for " Prep and Landing ," " Day & Night...
15 Oct 2010
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