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Are George Lucas and the Walt Disney Company getting ready to expand their (Rebel) Alliance
Roger A. writes in to ask: Jim, Bravo on your two recent articles on the Disney-MGM name change . After hearing the news, I was thrilled to find your very-informative articles on the subject. One thing you mentioned really intrigued me, and begs for more info: "We'll have to wait 'til "Disney's Hollywood...
16 Aug 2007
Monday Mouse Watch : The reel / real story behind Disney-MGM Studios' upcoming name change
Were you surprised by the rather generic-sounding new name that the Walt Disney Company saddled Disney-MGM with last week? Well, you weren't the only one. Many of the Mouse House managers that I spoke with over this past weekend were really taken aback by the studio theme park's new moniker. As one Disney...
12 Aug 2007
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 did Michael Eisner try and shut down production of "The Curse of the Black Pearl" back in 2002 ?
Christian P. writes in today to say: I'm a huge Pirates of the Caribbean fan and I'm literally counting down the hours now until the third movie opens next week. Do you have any new stories that you can tell about these great great movies that might distract me for a while? Prevent me from spending so...
17 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
Monday Mouse Watch: You'll believe a car can fly
Okay. How many of you remember that story that I told as part of last Friday's "Why For" column ? Where I detailed how -- back in the early 1990s -- Universal Studios swooped in & snagged the theme park rights to Jay Ward 's Rocky & Bullwinkle characters right out from under Mickey's nose? The...
4 Feb 2007
A special Which-Wizard-is-going-where edition of Why For
Steve writes in to say that ... An interesting article has popped up about Harry Potter and Universal. You can find it here . Last year, you reported that Disney had signed a Letter of Intent with Rowling . Any word on where that has gone? Oh, no ! Not Harry Potter again ! Sorry. You're going to have...
1 Feb 2007
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...
12 Oct 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
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