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"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...
31 Oct 2006
"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...
25 Oct 2006
Monday Mouse Watch: Harry Potter and the Letter of Intent
So what's the verdict on Bob Iger 's first year as the new head of the Walt Disney Company ? Judging by various press reports that I've read over the past two weeks, most people seem to think that Bob's done a pretty good job so far. Oh, sure. There are those (myself included) who think that the Walt...
15 Oct 2006
"The Gremlins: The Lost Walt Disney Production" finally finds its way back into bookstores
Do you see this book that my little friend is pointing at? Copyright 1943 Walt Disney Productions Disney & Roald Dahl fans have been rejoicing for months now, ever since word first leaked out that Dark Horse Books was going to reprint " The Gremlins: A Royal Air Force Story ." "What's the hubbub...
11 Oct 2006
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...
9 Oct 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
I'm not lion, folks. This may be the most gruesome edition of "Why For" yet
First George K. writes in to say: Jim I really enjoyed today's story about the Muppet Mobile Laboratory that's going into DCA next year. But in that listing of all the "Living Character Initiative" projects that have gone into the parks already, you left out the first (and my personal favorite) : Push...
21 Sep 2006
A special talkin', blinkin', name changin' and swan boat ridin' edition of Why For
First up, Roger A. writes in to ask: Jim, We just went to see Disney Live !, the new touring magic show this weekend, and were very impressed that Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Daisy all had mouths that moved in sync and their eyes blinked. Copyright 2006 Disney/Feld Entertainment Do you know if...
7 Sep 2006
... before looking ahead to Disney Feature Animation's next big project, "Meet the Robinsons
"Let go of the past and embrace the future." That's not just the mantra of Disney Feature Animation now that John Lasseter and Ed Catmull are calling the shots. No, it's also the underlying theme of WDFA's next big release, "Meet the Robinsons." But how do you get a message like that across to modern...
4 Sep 2006
Waise the woof! It's a special going-to-the-dogs edition of Why For
First up, Greg O. writes to say: Jim, I'm a long time reader and quite honestly I don't understand the brouhaha regarding your site. I don't particularly have an interest in the business side of the WDC, but I agree with you, news is news. I think the biggest gripe is that it appears you have been spending...
24 Aug 2006
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