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17,000 nights at the movies with Leonard Maltin
You'd think that -- when the very first edition of " Leonard Maltin 's Movie Guide" was published back in 1969 -- that this then-18-year-old film historian would have been terribly proud of his first published work. Well, think again. "To be honest, I was embarassed by the book," Maltin admitted in a...
31 Jul 2007
Toon Tuesday : Sure, "Ratatouille" rebounded over the extended Fourth of July holiday. But what happens tomorrow ... When Harry meets Remy?
Okay. I admit it. Maybe -- just maybe -- the folks at Walt Disney Studios actually do know what they are doing. Case in point: " Ratatouille ." When this Brad Bird film only sold $47 million worth of tickets over its opening weekend (Which was at least 20% less than the $60 million that industry experts...
9 Jul 2007
Monday Mouse Watch: Can you actually hear swearing on the "High School Musical : The Concert" DVD? Oh $#!+
It's the word that every Disney executive dreads: Recall. Officials at the Mouse House still shudder when they think back on the " Rescuers " recall of 1999. When 3.4 million copies of that newly released video had to be pulled off store shelves. All because -- in just two frames out of the 110,000 that...
8 Jul 2007
Andreas Deja : " ... If you take the drawing out of Disney, it just isn't Disney"
You know what's really striking about Andreas Deja ? Not that he's such an accomplished animator, the talent behind such memorable Disney characters as Gaston in " Beauty & the Beast ," Jafar in " Aladdin ," Scar in " The Lion King ," the title character in " Hercules " as well as one of the title...
19 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
Monday Mouse Watch : Is Disney milking it a bit too much with its "High School Musical" franchise ?
Good God. Has it really been less than a year and a half since " High School Musical " originally debuted on the Disney Channel ? Copyright 2006 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved Back in January of 2006, Mouse House execs were just hoping that they hadn't wasted any of their promotional money...
10 Jun 2007
Tube Thursday : Are the gruesome extra features found on "Primeval" ' s promotional website eventually going to bite Disney in the butt ?
How many of you remember " Primeval ," that "R" rated horror flick that Walt Disney Studios released through its seldom-used Hollywood Pictures arm back in January ? Copyright 2007 Hollywood Pictures Company. All Rights Reserved Obviously, this isn't the sort of movie that Mickey usually makes. But given...
6 Jun 2007
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