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"At World's End" promises to be the biggest & boldest installment of Disney's "Pirates" series yet
So last week, I'm wandering around the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center , trying to scope out all of the cool Disney-related stuff that's on display at the American International Toy Fair (Take -- for example -- these truly beautiful "Pirates of the Caribbean" sculptures that National Entertainment...
18 Feb 2007
"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...
14 Feb 2007
Toon Tuesday : How Disney is fixing "American Dog"
It's often been said that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Well, I'm guessing that the folks at Walt Disney Feature Animation have never heard that expression. For they're right in the middle of an Extreme Makeover of their 2008 release, "American Dog." Gone is Chris Sanders ' quirk-filled take...
12 Feb 2007
Will "The Little Mermaid" 's 'way-out-of-town try-out actually keep Broadway gossips at bay?
All you Disney theatre fans out there might want to make a point of circling March 18th on your calendars. You see, that's the day that tickets for the world premiere of Disney Theatrical 's next production, " The Little Mermaid ," will officially go on sale. Copyright 2007 Disney Enterprises Of course...
11 Feb 2007
A special DreamWorks edition of Why For
First up, Robert M. writes in to ask: Jim, This may have been asked before. But since Robert Zemeckis is now back with Disney, what do you think the chances are that they will try to produce that long anticipated Roger Rabbit sequel? Rob M. Rob M. To be honest, I think that the ship has already sailed...
8 Feb 2007
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 ...
7 Feb 2007
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...
4 Feb 2007
Playing with Toys -- Part IV : Coming in for a soft landing on a pile of ... shaving cream ?!
Picking up where we left off last week ... Things were a little bit different when I returned to Pixar Animation Studios in 1998. This was the second year in the development of " Toy Story 2 ," and it's not surprising to hit a few snags in this wacky process of crafting an animated feature film. Things...
29 Jan 2007
Why For returns !
First up, Rich writes in to say: Hello, Jim, I was hoping you could answer this Disney related riddle for me since you seem to be the Disney Go To Guy. A friend, knowing I am a huge fan of both Dave Steven 's The Rocketeer , as well as of the Disney film , once told me that in the summer of 1991, Disneyland...
25 Jan 2007
Could cashing in on Pixar now be a whole lot harder than Disney officials had originally thought ?
It was a year ago today that newspapers around the world featured the headline: " Disney Buys Pixar ." With articles trumpeting the $7.4 billion the Mouse was about to pay out in order to acquire Pixar Animation Studios . Oh, sure. There were a few of us out there who squawked about that ginormous price...
24 Jan 2007
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