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As "Tarzan" swings off Broadway, is Beyoncé getting ready to play Aida in Disney's next big movie musical?
First up, Kevin writes in to say: I was just wondering, how do Disney executives feel about the Wiggles joining up with Six Flags for the " Wiggles World " theme areas in their parks? Is this a sign that the Wiggles and Disney may be parting company soon? Kevin Dear Kevin -- Nope. You have to understand...
5 Jul 2007
Why For do the Imagineers keep adding new characters to Disney's classic theme park attractions?
Earlier this week, Perry T. sent me the following e-mail : Jim, Are you as sick as I am about how the Imagineers keep forcing characters into older attractions at the Disney theme parks? Just in the past six months, we've had that new " Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor " show replace the Magic Kingdom 's old...
21 Jun 2007
Why (For) Pat Carroll wasn't actually Disney's first choice to voice Ursula in "The Little Mermaid"
Steve T. writes in to say: My family and I caught a sneak preview of " Nancy Drew " this past weekend. And I was surprised to see Pat Carroll do a cameo in that movie. She's always been one of my favorites, even before she did her memorable turn in Disney's " The Little Mermaid ." But I've also heard...
14 Jun 2007
Toon Tuesday : "WALL E" skillfully blends sci-fi & satire to tell a surprisingly sweet tale
By now, you've probably seen pictures of " WALL E " 's title character. Maybe you've even caught a glimpse of this film's unique-looking logo. But what do you actually know about Pixar 's 2008 release? Very little, I'll bet. Which is standard operating procedure for this Emeryville-based animation studio...
26 Feb 2007
Will "The Little Mermaid" 's 'way-out-of-town try-out actually keep Broadway gossips at bay?
All you Disney theatre fans out there might want to make a point of circling March 18th on your calendars. You see, that's the day that tickets for the world premiere of Disney Theatrical 's next production, " The Little Mermaid ," will officially go on sale. Copyright 2007 Disney Enterprises Of course...
11 Feb 2007
"Today in Disney History" is a perfect last-minute gift for the Disney obsessive on your holiday shopping list
It's Christmas-crunch time, kiddies. You know what I mean. That horrible moment that arrives every holiday season. When you're feeling all smug & self-satisfied because you think that you've completed your Xmas shopping. Only to suddenly sit bolt upright in your chair and say: "Oh, cr*p! I forgot...
19 Dec 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
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
Tune Tuesday: "Sister Act" musical signals the start of a major Menken resurgence
Let's clear up the confusion right from the start, shall we? That " Sister Act: The Musical " that's holding its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse tonight ... Copyright SisActs, Limited Liability Company ... is based on the Whoopi Goldberg movie that Walt Disney Studios released through its Touchstone...
23 Oct 2006
A special which-witch-is-which edition of Why For
First up, George S. writes to say: My family and I were visiting Disney-MGM earlier this year. And while I was at that park, I got talking with a cast member who was working at the " Great Movie Ride. " He met our car as we rolled back in that attraction's exit area and asked us what we had all thought...
19 Oct 2006
Donny Osmond brings his big white smile to the Great White Way
You know, it was almost inevitable that Donny Osmond would wind up appearing in Disney's "Beauty & the Beast" on Broadway . Photo by Jeff Lange After all, back in 1962, the Osmonds supposedly got their start in big-time show business because they sang one day at Disneyland . As the story goes, Alan...
27 Sep 2006
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