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  • Blog Post: Wanna peek at the plot for "Pirates III"? How about "Ratatouille"?

    When it comes to surprises, I'm not the most patient person. I mean, back when I was a kid ... As early as October, I was already tearing my family's house apart. Trying to find out where exactly my parents had hidden the presents. Just so I could know in advance whether or not I was getting something...
  • Blog Post: "Cars," "Over the Hedge" soundtracks make for great traveling music

    So I'm sitting at the computer late yesterday afternoon, inserting links in Chris Barry's " Disney Insider Yearbook " article, when Nancy says: "You do remember that you're supposed to pick your parents up tonight, right?" "Of course, I do," I replied. "And I've still got plenty of time. Their flight...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Excuses abound as to why "Cars" under-performed

    The good news is ... " Cars " was No. 1 at the box office this past weekend, raking in $60.1 million. Which (according to Box Office Mojo ) gave this John Lasseter film the second highest opening weekend gross ever for a film that was released in the month of June (Only Warners' " Harry Potter &...
  • Blog Post: Soooo ... Did Michael actually like "Cars"? And Howe!

    Way back when I was just a little boy, our family would take road trips out west to visit relatives. One trip, we arrived early into Gallup, New Mexico, where we'd be staying on the second leg of our journey. After going out for dinner, my Dad took us for a small spin around town. In the dark of...
  • Blog Post: Can "Cars" crash through the $75 - $80 million barrier?

    By this time next week, we'll know. By that I mean: By this time next Monday morning, we'll finally have the preliminary box office results in hand for the opening weekend of " Cars ." And then we'll know for sure if John Lasseter's newest film has actually met Wall Street's expectations. "And what exactly...
  • Blog Post: Be sure and set the Tivo: Pixar 20th anniversary special airs on ABC tomorrow night

    Got plans for tomorrow night? Change 'em. Or -- at the very least -- set up your Tivo and/or throw a tape into the old VCR and be sure & record what ABC is airing Saturday night between 8 - 11 p.m. "What's the big deal?," you ask. "Isn't ABC just supposed to be showing 'The Wonderful World of Disney...
  • Blog Post: Why For: The Seas-and-desist edition

    Will L. writes in to say: Have you seen the concept art for Epcot's new "The Seas with Nemo & Friends" attraction yet? Copyright Disney Enterprises LLC Originally I was very excited when I saw all of this stuff. Copyright Disney Enterprises LLC But then I got to see some of the concept...
  • Blog Post: Road trip! Or "How I got to experience the world premiere of 'Cars' "

    It all started with an email. Being the crazed Pixar/animation fanatic that I am, I sent JHM's editor a note earlier last week, asking if I might do a review of Michael Wallis' new book, " The Art of Cars ." Mr. Hill quickly got back to me, explaining that Roger Colton had already called dibs on Pixar...
  • Blog Post: On the red carpet at the "Cars" premiere

    John Lasseter Director of "Cars" Q: I know you're a huge fan of Hayao Miyazaki . Is the Fiat 500 named Luigi a reference to Miyazaki-san's film (" The Castle of Cagliostro ")? A: No, it's not a reference to it, though I love "Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro." I love that film. But his movies mean...
  • Blog Post: Why For

    First up, Louis T. writes in to ask: What happened to that seasonal retheming of WDW' s " Haunted Mansion" that you talked about a few years back? I thought that the Magic Kingdom's version of Disneyland' s " Haunted Mansion Holiday" was supposed to have officially debuted this past October. But that...
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