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  • Blog Post: "Walt Disney's Cinderella" is a picture-perfect picture book

    This is probably going to seem like a very weird request. But -- if you could -- I'd really like it if you guys could buy up a bunch of copies of " Walt Disney's Cinderella " (Disney Press, August 2007) Copyright 2007 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved "And why should we do that?," you ask...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch : Meet the Pirate Lords from "At World's End"

    I said it in the sub header for today's article. And I'll say it again here: If you don't want certain aspects of " Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End " spoiled for you, please exit this article NOW . Because I'm about to got into great detail about a particularly cool sequence from this Gore Verbinski...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: Is Gore Verbinski looking to bail on "Pirates 4" ?

    First the good news: The rumors that you've hearing are true. Johnny Depp actually has told the folk at Walt Disney Studios that he'd be willing to reprise the role of Capt. Jack Sparrow. Which is why the Mouse has already tentatively made plans to shoot "Pirates 4" in 2009. With the hope that this film...
  • Blog Post: "The Animated Man" offers an intimate, more immediate look at the life of Walt Disney

    I've been getting a lot of e-mail lately about Michael Barrier 's new book, " The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney " (University of California Press, April 2007). Particularly from Disneyana fans who just purchased Neal Gabler 's " Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination " and are now...
  • Blog Post: A special behind-the-scenes version of Why For

    Karen M. writes in to ask a special favor: Dear Jim -- I just want to send you a quick e-mail to thank you for writing about Charlie Ridgway 's new book, " Spinning Disney's World ." On your recommendation , I picked up a copy and found that Mr. Ridgway's biography was just as you said it would be: Loaded...
  • Blog Post: Volume 4 of "Walt's People" series is a must-have for animation fans

    I don't know how Didier Ghez does it. I mean, the guy holds down a full-time job at Warner Bros. He also travels the world (Didier & his wife just got back from a trip to Africa). In addition to running his snazzy Disney History website (If you haven't already bookmarked this great little site, do...
  • Blog Post: "The Winston Effect" offers real insight into how special effects are created these days

    I got a lot of nice notes in response to yesterday's Peter Ellenshaw tribute . Though what I thought was kind of intriguing was the theme that ran through many of these e-mails. Which was: "How I wish I'd had the chance to stand in Peter Ellenshaw's studio and watch that man work. See how the special...
  • Blog Post: Where's Roger? What's going on with Mouse Surplus? And what should I doing this weekend if I'm a Disney fan who lives in LA?

    First up, Kelly T. writes in to ask: Whatever became of Roger Colton ? I used to really enjoy his "Ruminations" column. But it's been months now since you last published anything from Roger. Is everything okay? Kelly T. Everything's fine. It's just that -- after almost four years of writing for JHM ...
  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: You'll believe a car can fly

    Okay. How many of you remember that story that I told as part of last Friday's "Why For" column ? Where I detailed how -- back in the early 1990s -- Universal Studios swooped in & snagged the theme park rights to Jay Ward 's Rocky & Bullwinkle characters right out from under Mickey's nose? The...
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