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Never mind about finding the perfect Christmas present. Help JHM discover what the "Naughty vs Nice" Easter Egg in "Operation Secret Santa" is
When you watch Disney's "Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa" tonight following ABC 's annual airing of " A Charlie Brown Christmas ," keep a sharp eye out for ... something. Sorry that I can't be more specific here. But there's an Easter Egg hidden in this...
7 Dec 2010
“Waking Sleeping Beauty” celebrates the Second Golden Age of Disney Feature Animation
Given this documentary’s title, it’s kind of ironic that “ Waking Sleeping Beauty ” got its start the way most of us do when we’re just trying to wake up. Which is with a good, strong cup of coffee. As director Don Hahn recalls, it was November of 2006. Peter Schneider’s latest project – a stage musical...
9 Mar 2010
Toon Thursday: Dissecting Disney’s newest villain
You know what they say in Hollywood. That your movie is only as good as your villain. Well, one of the main reasons that Disney’s “ The Princess and the Frog ” was so highly praised (Richard Corliss of “Time” Magazine flat-out called Disney’s return to hand-drawn animation “… the best film of the year...
7 Jan 2010
Did you spot all of the in-jokes & Disney references in “Prep and Landing”?
Okay. I know. JHM has already done a number of stories on “ Disney Prep and Landing ,” that new holiday special that Walt Disney Animation Studios produced exclusively for ABC (which – FYI – wound up being the highest rated Christmas special of the 2009 – 2010 season ). Copyright 2009 Disney Enterprises...
24 Dec 2009
“Disney Prep and Landing” claims the top spot among this year’s holiday specials
For 35 years now, “ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ” has been leading the way. At least when it comes to Christmas specials. Ever since this Rankin/Bass production first premiered on NBC in December of 1964, year after year, “Rudolph” has consistently occupied the top spot. Ratings-wise, that is. But...
16 Dec 2009
Monday Mouse Watch : “Carol” makes cash registers ring, while “Frog” ‘s financial future makes Disney animators jumpy
You’re going to read a lot of stories this morning about how Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” had a bad opening weekend. How – because this new Robert Zemeckis movie didn’t make $35 - $40 million during its first three days in domestic release – this rather expensive ImageMovers Digital production is now...
9 Nov 2009
Monday Mouse Watch : “Rapunzel” revealed; a “G-Force” sequel?
How many of you remember what happened back in March? When the premiere issue of Disney twenty-three hit newsstands and then all the Internet movie news sites went crazy because that magazine featured an article on Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" ? Scans of the pictures that accompanied that piece...
22 Jun 2009
Animation fans prematurely shoot off their mouths about "Bolt"
How many of you know the story of the blind men and the elephant ? I bring up this ancient Indian fable because ... Well ... I have to admit that I was highly amused by what happened last Wednesday. When the on-line animation community went completely bananas over those "Bolt" pre-release images . Copyright...
1 Jan 2008
"To Infinity and Beyond!" is an entertaining look back at Pixar's first two decades
There's this genuinely eerie passage in Karen Paik 's " To Infinity and Beyond! The Story of Pixar Animation Studios " ( Chronicle Books , November 2007), which talks about how a single book basically changed the course of John Lasseter 's life. In ninth grade, Lasseter was searching the art section...
28 Nov 2007
A special "Toon Much of a Good Thing" edition of Why For
First up, Danny writes in to ask: Jim, Any reason that you know of why Pixar started skimping on their DVD packages? Up to and including " The Incredibles ," no company did the medium justice better than Pixar. But the discs for " Cars " and " Rataouille " (which I have an advanced copy of) are pathetic...
2 Nov 2007
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