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Why the words "Walt" & "Pictures" have been clipped off of that new "Disney" logo
Dave dropped me a note last night which reads: Jim, We saw " The Muppets " over the weekend (fun film, by the way), and noticed that the familiar castle logo at the beginning of the film now just says "Disney," instead of " Walt Disney Pictures ." We also noticed this for...
29 Nov 2011
Shanghai Disneyland concept art reveals how good the Imagineers are at hiding things
I got an e-mail asking me what I thought of that concept painting of the Shanghai Disneyland Resort which was shown at The Walt Disney Company's 2011 Investor's Conference yesterday. Concept art for the Shanghai Disneyland Resort. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved To be honest...
17 Feb 2011
"The War for Late Night" reveals Disney's role in the Leno / O'Brien debacle
It's now considered one of the great PR disasters of 2010. The way that NBC totally mismanaged its Jay Leno / Conan O'Brien situation. Which ultimately resulted in Conan bolting for TBS , a significantly battered & bruised Jay resuming his duties as host of " The Tonight Show "...
26 Dec 2010
Get all caught up on "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!" episodes with this Friday's Disney XD marathon
Go ahead. Admit it. When it comes to the Disney characters , you're confident. You're incredibly well versed when it comes to all of their quirks & histories. But when it comes to all of those comic book heroes & villains that The Walt Disney Company acquired when it purchased Marvel...
22 Nov 2010
The Folks Who do it Right: The Tokyo Disney Resort at Halloween
At heart I'm just a kid, and one of the things I most look forward to every year is trick or treating with my young daughter. The first year we took her out, age 2, I realized how much I had missed it. Seems silly, doesn't it? One of the nice things about having a child is that you get to reclaim...
29 Oct 2010
It was the Internet, rather than a fishing net, that helped make Disney's "Fish Hooks" possible
"Book publishers send me out to schools all the time. And the kids there always ask me how they can get a job like mine. And my answer is: Put your stuff up on the Web. Because you never know who's going to see it." Trust me, folks. Noah Z. Jones knows of what he speaks. You see, this illustrator...
24 Sep 2010
How Disney conjured up a live-action version of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
The tale of the Sorcerer's Apprentice and The Walt Disney Company have been intertwined ever since Walt Disney invited famed conductor Leopold Stokowski to come join him for dinner at Chasen's . Which is where the old Mousetro supposedly asked the Maestro if he'd be interested in working with Disney...
7 Jul 2010
Looking back on the early, early days of the “Toy Story” franchise
With “Toy Story 3” earning over $365 million worldwide since this Lee Unkrich film was released on June 18 th (More importantly, with the “Toy Story” franchise having produced over $8 billion in global retail sales to date), it is sometime hard to remember that – just 15 years ago – there weren’t a whole...
2 Jul 2010
Will Johnny Depp’s version of the Mad Hatter soon be making appearances at Disney’s theme parks?
First up, Mark K. writes to ask about WDW ’s Night Kingdom / Jungle Trek project: There was considerable talk several years back about a potential 5th park opening but I have heard no mention of it recently. Did the recession and the decision to remake fantasy land doom this project? Dear Mark K. – There...
4 Jun 2010
Disney’s going Back to the Future with Winnie the Pooh
Do you hear that loud beep-beep-beep noise coming from Burbank? That’s The Walt Disney Company backing up. Rapidly retreating from its earlier attempts to make the Winnie the Pooh characters seem hip, fashionable and contemporary. “Coming off of ‘ My Friends Tigger and Pooh ,’ we did a lot of research...
3 Jun 2010
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