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Scrooge U : Part VIII -- Williams wins an Oscar
Okay. I know. We all love those moments in "A Christmas Carol" after Scrooge has been redeemed. When the old skinflint tries to make amends to all those he's wronged over the years. That's when Dickens' classic holiday tale becomes truly heart-warming. But -- prior to this point...
29 Nov 2006
Toon Tuesday: Never mind "To Infinity and Beyond." How about "From your PC straight to DCA"?
So here I was yesterday, talking about how the Mouse is growing frustrated with the on-line Disneyana community . Reportedly because us dweebs are so quick to condemn anything new that Walt Disney Imagineering proposes for the parks. But now comes word that WDI is actually thinking of using us weenies...
27 Nov 2006
Scrooge U : Part VI -- Magoo's a musical miser
Remember how I talked yesterday about how the CBS " Shower of Stars " version of " Scrooge " should have worked? What with a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright handling the adaptation of Dickens' classic holiday tale, a two-time Academy Award-winner performing the title role and...
27 Nov 2006
New edition of "Disney A to Z" is a great starter book for budding Disney history buffs
John S. writes in to ask: Jim -- My son and I recently discovered your website and we've really been enjoyed digging through all of your old stories. Since my son is now showing such a keen interest in the history of the Walt Disney Company, I thought that I might give him a Disney history book as a...
21 Nov 2006
Toon Tuesday: Cartoon characters connect with seriously ill children through Famous Fone Friends
I was just watching the news. And they had on another one of those stories about Black Friday . You know, the day after Thanksgiving? Which is supposedly the busiest shopping day of the year. Anyway ... This reporter was going on and on about the sales that the big boxes will be holding this Friday....
20 Nov 2006
Is Disney's promotion of its iTunes downloads now making the Mouse's other merchandise a target for retaliation at Target?
The order reportedly came down on November 1st. Target employees around the country were given very specific instructions about what they were supposed to do. Which involved pulling down in-store signage that promoted most Disney products. Mind you, this order didn't just go out to a handful of Target...
13 Nov 2006
"Drawing the Line" is a seriously entertaining look at animation history
If you're a Disney history buff, you've undoubtedly seen this photograph before ... Copyright 2006 University Press of Kentucky It's from the infamous strike of 1941. When hundreds of artists & animators picketed right outside of the Buena Vista Street entrance to the studio. With the hope that Walt...
7 Nov 2006
DreamWorks plans on kicking its "Shrek" franchise into ogre-drive with next year's "Shrek the Halls" holiday special
Yesterday's announcement that DreamWorks Animation SKG will be producing "Shrek the Halls," a new holiday special for ABC, caught a number of animation professionals by surprise. Not so much because this Glendale-based animation company was looking to move into television. As DreamWorks Animation's 2004...
6 Nov 2006
Remembering the Other Retta: Disney Feature Animation's Retta Davidson
Perhaps some of you are knowledgeable about Disney's first female animator, Retta Scott . Ms Scott has a credit on the Disney feature, " Bambi ." And I'm willing to bet she has been an inspiration for a lot of young women hoping for a career in animation. Unfortunately, I never met Retta Scott. But I...
5 Nov 2006
Disney's long, long journey to Oz
It was 50 years ago tonight that the 1939 version of " The Wizard of Oz " was first shown on television. Copyright 2005 Warner Home Video The first-ever telecast of this Victor Fleming film was a rating smash. Over 44 million people tuned in to catch this broadcast (Which was hosted by the...
3 Nov 2006
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