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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
Tune Tuesday : Meet the (Julie) Andrews Sisters
Barry S. of Stowe, VT writes in to say: Dear Jim - Since you're such a fan of visual effects , I was wondering if you've seen Christina Aguilera 's new video, " Candyman ". Didn't the effect artists who worked on this production do a great job ? The digital doubling of Christina looks seamless to me...
16 Apr 2007
"Today in Disney History" is a perfect last-minute gift for the Disney obsessive on your holiday shopping list
It's Christmas-crunch time, kiddies. You know what I mean. That horrible moment that arrives every holiday season. When you're feeling all smug & self-satisfied because you think that you've completed your Xmas shopping. Only to suddenly sit bolt upright in your chair and say: "Oh, cr*p! I forgot...
19 Dec 2006
Breaking the "Mary Poppins" stalemate
When musical theater fans complain about Disney Theatrical (And they do complain about Disney Theatrical. If you don't believe me, go check out the discussion boards over at Talkin' Broadway and Broadway World ), their main complaint about the Mouse seems to be that " ... the shows that Disney presents...
9 Nov 2006
DreamWorks plans on kicking its "Shrek" franchise into ogre-drive with next year's "Shrek the Halls" holiday special
Yesterday's announcement that DreamWorks Animation SKG will be producing "Shrek the Halls," a new holiday special for ABC, caught a number of animation professionals by surprise. Not so much because this Glendale-based animation company was looking to move into television. As DreamWorks Animation's 2004...
6 Nov 2006
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...
3 Nov 2006
Tune Tuesday: "Sister Act" musical signals the start of a major Menken resurgence
Let's clear up the confusion right from the start, shall we? That " Sister Act: The Musical " that's holding its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse tonight ... Copyright SisActs, Limited Liability Company ... is based on the Whoopi Goldberg movie that Walt Disney Studios released through its Touchstone...
23 Oct 2006
Donny Osmond brings his big white smile to the Great White Way
You know, it was almost inevitable that Donny Osmond would wind up appearing in Disney's "Beauty & the Beast" on Broadway . Photo by Jeff Lange After all, back in 1962, the Osmonds supposedly got their start in big-time show business because they sang one day at Disneyland . As the story goes, Alan...
27 Sep 2006
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...
24 Sep 2006
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