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Tune Tuesday : By playing it safe, did Disney Theatrical miss the chance to turn "Tarzan" into a real Broadway spectacular?
By now, I'm sure that you've heard that the Broadway musical version of "Tarzan" will be shuttering on July 8th after only 486 performances and 35 previews. To be honest, this news took a lot of theater insiders by surprise. By that I mean: Everyone in the industry was aware that -- since this Disney...
25 Jun 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
Marni Nixon's autobiography is a treat, Depp bio a dud, while new Alwaleed biography offers real insight into the financial bail-out of Disneyland - Paris
Danni C. writes in to say: Jim, Don't let those cynics who've been posting negative comments on JHM get to you. I for one love your website. It's the first place that I go to every morning after I turn on my computer. Why for? Because I just love all of the stories that you tell! Speaking of which: Where...
28 Nov 2006
New stage version of "Mary Poppins" may not be practically perfect in every way, but it's still a memorable night at the theater
" Mary Poppins " touched down on Broadway last night, toting a carpet bag that was filled to the brim with new songs, colorful sets & costumes as well as eye-popping special effects. Copyright 2006 Disney / CML. Photo by Joan Marcus Of course, the big question is: Will Disney purists (As well as...
16 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
"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
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
The truth behind the tunes: "Mouse Tracks" offers an entertaining & affectionate look back at the history of Walt Disney Records
Now I know that this may sound like a very left-handed compliment. But -- as I was reading Tim Hollis & Greg Ehrbar's excellent " Mouse Tracks: The Story of Walt Disney Records " (University Press of Mississippi, May 2006) -- I kept putting their book down so that I could then go downstairs &...
23 Aug 2006
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