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  • Blog Post: In Search of "The Sweatbox"

    I just got this e-mail from someone deep inside Disney Toon Studios: Jim - I know a lot of Disneyana fans out there are already carping about "Bambi II." Complaining that this direct-to-video film is really just another unnecessary sequel. Well, wait 'til these folks get a look at "The Emperor's Newer...
  • Blog Post: The Pixar countdown clock continues to tick ...

    Some of you may already have seen this announcement last week. The one where Sony Pictures revealed that -- even before "Spiderman II" opened in theaters -- that "Spiderman III" will be opening at a multiplex near you on May 4, 2007. But such is life in Hollywood today. Where -- in order to secure the...
  • Blog Post: The Color of Animation

    Black comics use to joke that February was chosen for Black History Month because it was the shortest month of the year. Okay, so it's not that funny. Anyway, it seems appropriate that during this time of focusing on people of color, we might take a look at the color of my favorite business, the world...
  • Blog Post: A JHM exclusive: Feature Animation-Florida's going away party

    When you look back over the past three months of Disney Company history, with all its dramatic twists and turns, all the sudden surprises ... one has to wonder: How did we actually get here? How did we get to the point where Roy Disney and Stanley Gold are on the outside of the corporation, calling for...
  • Blog Post: Be Careful What You Wish For

    Spring 1991: Robin Williams was suited up in green tights and hanging from a wire when he got the call. It was then Disney Studio head Jeffrey Katzenberg on the line. Realizing that Robin is busy filming Steven Spielberg's big budget Peter Pan update, Jeffrey apologized for the intrusion. But the Mouse...
  • Blog Post: Getting just the right voices for "Hunchback"'s Gargoyles proved to be a pretty gruesome go

    How tough can it be to do the voicework for the comic relief in a Disney animated film? I mean, what do you do? You show up at the studio, schmooze with the director, say a few jokes, take an hour for lunch, do a few more jokes, break for tea, do another couple of jokes, then -- ooops -- it's time to...
  • Blog Post: A JHM Exclusive: A Full Transcript of Pixar's Quarterly Earnings Conference Call

    Hey, gang! Jim Hill here. I hope you all had a safe and restful Presidents Day Weekend. Me? I didn't get much of a chance to rest. Why for? My e-mail box kept getting filled with notes from JHM readers who wanted to know more-more-MORE about this whole Roy/Stanley/Michael/Steve/ Brian and the other Steve...
  • Blog Post: All Eyes are on the Annies this Saturday Night

    God, how I wish I was going to the Annies this weekend. "What's the Annies?" you ask. Surely, you jest. I mean, you being the savvy JHM reader that you are, you MUST already know about the Annies. The Animation community's annual equivalent of the Academy Awards? Right? Presented by the International...
  • Blog Post: "Gnomeo & Juliet" not quite dead yet?

    In William Shakespeare's tragic romance "Romeo & Juliet," one of the key points of the plot is that Friar Lawrence gives Ms. Capulet a potion which will allow the play's heroine to briefly simulate death. Well, could it be that the Walt Disney Company has begun serving this very same brew in the...
  • Blog Post: A Red Letter Day?

    Will someone PLEASE send WDFA President David Stainton to sensitivity training? Picture this: You're a recently fired Feature Animation Florida employee. You've gone back to Disney-MGM for the day to finally clean out your office. As you're packing up your belongings, your e-mail suddenly goes "PING...
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