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  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part II -- Tiny Tim Talks

    Picking up where we left off yesterday ... Though sound would arrive in Hollywood in 1928, it wouldn't be until 1935 'til someone made the first full-length "talking picture" version of "A Christmas Carol." Copyright 2005 Delta Entertainment Corporation Produced in the U.K...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: New stage version of "Mary Poppins" may not be practically perfect in every way, but it's still a memorable night at the theater

    " Mary Poppins " touched down on Broadway last night, toting a carpet bag that was filled to the brim with new songs, colorful sets & costumes as well as eye-popping special effects. Copyright 2006 Disney / CML. Photo by Joan Marcus Of course, the big question is: Will Disney purists (As well as...
  • Blog Post: "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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: "Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination" is a triumph

    Let's cut to the chase, shall we? The Walt Disney biography that all of us dweebs have been waiting for (Some of us, for decades now) ... is finally here . While there may have been other fine books written about the founder of the Walt Disney Company (Bob Thomas' " Walt Disney: An American Original...
  • Blog Post: "Disney Dossiers" showcases some seldom-seen art from the studio's animation research library

    It's what every good Disney dweeb dreams of. Someday getting into the ARL. As in: WDFA's Animation Research Library . You see, the ARL is the place where -- once production is completed on a particular animated feature -- all the artwork is then sent. Both the finished animation drawings as well as the...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday: Recycling, Disney Feature Animation-style

    Could it that " American Dog " is about to get "fixed"? Copyright 2008 Disney Enterprises, Inc. For the past few months, there have been rumors that John Lasseter (I.E. The new ubermeister of Disney Feature Animation) hasn't exactly been thrilled with what he's seen (so far) of this new Chris Sanders...
  • Blog Post: Buena Vista Home Entertainment starts to get out of the unnecessary sequel business

    I got this e-mail from Jessica L. yesterday: Jim, I'm confused. I picked up a copy of the Platinum Edition of " The Little Mermaid " at the store today. Copyright 2006 Disney Enterprises But when I put this disc in my DVD player, I not only saw an ad for "The Little Mermaid III" ... Copyright 2008 Disney...
  • Blog Post: Monday MouseWatch: Disney tries to make the most of "High School Musical"

    Has it really been just eight months since " High School Musical " was first presented on the Disney Channel ? Copyright 2006 Disney Enterprises Back in January of this year, Disney Channel execs obviously had very high hopes for this Kenny Ortega film. Otherwise, why would they have spent all of that...
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