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Why For do the Imagineers keep adding new characters to Disney's classic theme park attractions?
Earlier this week, Perry T. sent me the following e-mail : Jim, Are you as sick as I am about how the Imagineers keep forcing characters into older attractions at the Disney theme parks? Just in the past six months, we've had that new " Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor " show replace the Magic Kingdom 's old...
21 Jun 2007
Why For is Disney already doing damage control on "The Princess and the Frog" ?
First up, Jacob L. writes in to ask: Did you see that story earlier this week about how Disney's PR department was reaching out to all these websites, telling them that much of the information that's now posted on the Web about " The Princess and the Frog " is wrong ? I don't recall...
10 May 2007
A special behind-the-scenes version of Why For
Karen M. writes in to ask a special favor: Dear Jim -- I just want to send you a quick e-mail to thank you for writing about Charlie Ridgway 's new book, " Spinning Disney's World ." On your recommendation , I picked up a copy and found that Mr. Ridgway's biography was just as you said it would be: Loaded...
29 Mar 2007
"Make the movie you want to make. Tell your story."
I think that Ken K. speaks for a lot of JHM readers when he says: Now this is more like it. I thought that the JimHillMedia that I first fell in love with was gone for good. That I was never going to enjoy another epic-length theme park history story because you were too busy lecturing us about how the...
1 Mar 2007
A special DreamWorks edition of Why For
First up, Robert M. writes in to ask: Jim, This may have been asked before. But since Robert Zemeckis is now back with Disney, what do you think the chances are that they will try to produce that long anticipated Roger Rabbit sequel? Rob M. Rob M. To be honest, I think that the ship has already sailed...
8 Feb 2007
A special which-witch-is-which edition of Why For
First up, George S. writes to say: My family and I were visiting Disney-MGM earlier this year. And while I was at that park, I got talking with a cast member who was working at the " Great Movie Ride. " He met our car as we rolled back in that attraction's exit area and asked us what we had all thought...
19 Oct 2006
A special "No nudes is good news" edition of Why For
First up, Mark S. writes in to ask: You've done a number of stories lately about the impact that Disney Consumer Products has on the types of movies that the studio produced. What I want to know is is this a recent phenomenon or has Disney always done business like this? Mark S. To be honest, the Walt...
5 Oct 2006
A special "Under the Sea," bulge-free, M-I-C edition of Why For
First off, Major Mudd writes in to say: Jim -- I just got my hands on a preview copy of the new " Little Mermaid " 2-disc set. This DVD is a Disney geek's delight. It's absolutely loaded with goodies. Everything from a dishy commentary track by Alan Menken , John Musker & Ron Clements to a simulated...
28 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
Don't toy with me! An extra-long hair-of-the-dog edition of Why For
Lucie S. wrote in to ask: Enough with all the " Roger Rabbit " stories . What I really want to know about is what Disney Feature Animation is going to do after " Meet the Robinsons ." What's happening with "American Dog" ... Copyright 2005 Disney Enterprises ... and "Rapunzel Unbraided"? And are the...
14 Sep 2006
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