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  • Blog Post: Monday Mouse Watch: "It's like sending a boy scout into the court of the Borgias"

    John Lasseter clearly must be a theater fan. After all, week before last, Lasseter was down at Disney World checking out DAK 's " Finding Nemo --The Musical ." Then this past Thursday, John was out in NYC attending the opening night of Disney Theatrical 's newest production, " Mary Poppins ." Which is...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: "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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: A special what-might-have-been version of Why For

    First up is Dan Ling, who wrote in to ask about the Imagineers' initial concept for the Haunted Mansion: Jim, Jeff Lange 's "Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party" story earlier this week got me thinking about the Haunted Mansion . Especially the early, early version of this attraction, back when Walt...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 &...
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