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Toon Tuesday: Making Magic in the Digital Age
Is it just me or has animated cartoon film making finally evolved into something else? With motion pictures like " Rango " and " The Adventures of Tintin " finding a home in the Academy Awards animated film category I can't help but wonder how these movies are all that different...
28 Feb 2012
Toon Tuesday: Working without a Net
The new Mission Impossible trailer was screened last weekend and I couldn't help looking for the screen credit, "Directed by Brad Bird." I've always considered Brad to be a risk taker and I remember him saying that a creative person has to be willing to "leap off the cliff"...
8 Aug 2011
Great advice & flying Twinkies rain down in Don Hahn's "Brain Storm: Unleashing Your Creative Self"
Welcome to June. That time of year when many of us struggle to find the perfect graduation present. That thoughtful, well-chosen item which will then make an impression on the newly capped-and-gowned. Luckily, Disney Editions has - just yesterday, in fact - released a book that (I think, anyway) will...
31 May 2011
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
Jolie Hales & René Torrico are named as Disneyland Resort Ambassadors for 2011 - 2012
They initially started out with 72 candidates. 72 Cast Members who wanted to be the face of the Disneyland Resort for 2011 - 2012. Who personally wanted to take part in those community outreach programs like when the Disney characters visit local hospitals. Or MC cast recognition events, grand openings...
14 Oct 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
How "Something Wicked" went from being a best seller to the big screen
You know, it's kind of appropriate that D23 and ArcLight Cinemas are kicking off their classic Disney movie series tonight with a screening of " Something Wicked This Way Comes ." Especially since this 1983 Walt Disney Productions release is being shown at the ArcLight Hollywood . "And...
2 Aug 2010
How Disney conjured up a live-action version of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
The tale of the Sorcerer's Apprentice and The Walt Disney Company have been intertwined ever since Walt Disney invited famed conductor Leopold Stokowski to come join him for dinner at Chasen's . Which is where the old Mousetro supposedly asked the Maestro if he'd be interested in working with Disney...
7 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
Why For does Howard Stark look like Walt Disney in “Iron Man 2” ?
IronManFan236 sent in a question that was short & sweet: Did Marvel Studios deliberately make Howard Stark look like Walt in “ Iron Man 2 ” as a tribute / tip-of-the-hat to the Disney acquisition deal? Iron Man 2, the Movie: Copyright 2010 MVL Film Finance LLC. Iron Man, the character: TM & Copyright...
14 May 2010
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