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Jim Hill
Jim Hill is an award-winning entertainment writer who lives in New Boston, NH.
Over the past 30 years, he has interviewed hundreds of veterans of the animation & themed entertainment industry and written extensively about The Walt Disney Company.

Jim is currently working on a behind-the-scene history of the development & construction of Disneyland. For his more immediate musings on movies, TV shows, books and theme parks, please check out his blog, and in-depth theme park history podcasts at

Entries by Jim Hill

"Let It Go" gets the LEGO treatment as a whole new Disney Frozen story unfolds across books, TV & digital with "Frozen Northern Lights"

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 3:01 AM

What with "Frozen - Live at the Hyperion" opening in late May at Disney California Adventure Park and Epcot's "Frozen Ever After" attraction opening its doors later this morning, Anna & Elsa have had a very busy month.

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Before he voiced Dory's Dad in Pixar's Finding Nemo sequel, Eugene Levy made a big splash in Disney's first-ever Touchstone release, Splash

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2016 | 3:00 PM

"I've played some Dads in my day."

Anyone familiar with Eugene Levy's filmography knows that the above statement is true. After all, this Canadian comedy legend played Jim Levenstein's Dad in all eight installments of the American Pie sex comedy series. Not to mention that hyper-competitive...

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Walt Disney Animation Studios' Newest Short, 'Inner Workings', Explores The Importance Of Mixing Work With Pleasure

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 2:00 PM

It's Friday. The end of the work week for a lot of folks. Which means that they're finally able to get away from jobs that they don't necessarily enjoy.

But what if there was a way to take an unpleasant employment situation like that and then transform that chore into...

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Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin Talk About Voicing Nick Wilde and Officer Judy Hopps for Disney's 'Zootopia'

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 12:32 PM

"Will Arnett put you up to this, didn't he?"

That's what Jason Bateman said to his agent four years ago when this Arrested Development star learned that Walt Disney Animation Studios wanted him to come voice one of the leads for

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Josh Gad Looks Back at Angry Birds, Ahead to Live-action Beauty and the Beast & Frozen 2

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 12:50 AM

Never mistake an actor for a role that they've played and/or a character that they've voiced.

That's an especially smart thing to remember when talking with Josh Gad. Sure, he originated the role of insecure, incorrigible Elder Cunningham in the Tony Award-winning Book of Mormon. Not...

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Two Beloved Brits Celebrate Their 90th birthdays With Style in 'Winnie-the-Pooh and the Royal Birthday'

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 1:01 AM

Anyone familiar with the writings of A.A. Milne knows that the author of Winnie-the-Pooh had a real fondness for the Royal Family.

Mind you, the royals who appear in "When We Were Very Young," Milne's best-selling book of poetry from 1924, weren't always on...

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Craig Gillespie Worked Hard to Make Sure That CG Waves Didn't Swamp The Finest Hours's Real-life Story

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 1:25 AM

Take a look at the photo below. See that boat tied up at a marina in Orleans, MA? (And I'm not talking about the fishing charter to the right. But - rather - the modest vessel to the left).


Doesn't look...

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How Jungle Book Director Jon Favreau Got Such a Great Performance Out of Acting Novice Neel Sethi

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 12:11 AM

So who exactly is Neel Sethi, the 12 year-old cinematic newcomer who's the only live-on-screen human performer in Disney's The Jungle Book ? Which -- after spending its second weekend at the top of the domestic box office -- has now gone on to sell

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Universal Creative tweaked the magical formula it used to create Hollywood's Wizarding World of Harry Potter

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 11:31 AM

Given that there are already Wizarding Worlds in Orlando & Osaka, why should Harry Potter fans now travel to Hollywood to experience the third theme park incarnation of that magical realm which J.K. Rowling dreamed up?

Because -- as Professor Flitwick (who teaches the Charms class...

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Universal Orlando Has the Tech It Takes to Make "Skull Island: Reign of Kong" Trackless

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 12:37 PM

When Universal Studios Florida first opened its doors in June of 1990, the way they wowed theme park goers was with an animatronic E.T. Who -- thanks to the 5800 names this mechanical alien had in his data base -- could greet most people by name. Not to...

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Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre gets ready to celebrate its 90th anniversary

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2016 | 8:38 PM

Tonight, all eyes are on the Dolby Theatre and the 88th Academy Awards.

But tomorrow morning -- after that 500 foot-long red carpet (which gets rolled out along Hollywood Boulevard every year so that the stars then have something grand to stand upon) has been packed...

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Never Mind Spider-Man Battling the Sinister Six. You Should See the Fights That Go on Behind-the-Scenes on at Marvel's Story Summits

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2016 | 7:34 AM

As any Spider-Man fan can tell you, "With great power must also come great responsibility." But what comes with great ratings? A surprise renewal.

That was the very-good-problem-to-have that Cort Lane (Vice President of Animation Development & Partnerships at Marvel) and Stephen Wacker (Vice...

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The Good Dinosaur's Production Design Presented Many Challenges to Harley Jessup and His Team at Pixar

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 10:09 AM

Once upon a time, Harley Jessup worked on Twice Upon a Time.

And while this John Korty film would eventually go on to achieve cult status, when George Lucas' first attempt at creating a full length animated feature went into limited release...

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Disney XD's Conspiracy-Crazed Gravity Falls Comes to a Close Tonight (or Does It?) With 'Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back the Falls'

(4) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 5:34 PM

Presidents Day is when we commemorate the people who have led this country. And buy mattresses (or so says Forbes).

So before you focus all of your attention on one of life's truly big decisions (i.e., Do you go with innerspring or memory foam?), let's remember...

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How the Grinch Gave Universal Studios Hollywood a Christmas to Call its Own

(0) Comments | Posted January 1, 2016 | 8:45 PM

So now that the ball has dropped in Times Square and all those flower-covered floats have rolled through downtown Pasadena, that then means we can officially put the 2015 holiday season behind us ... right?

Not according to the folks who run the Disney and Universal theme parks. Where Christmas...

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What would Walt have thought of "Two More Eggs," Disney XD's deliberately anarchic series of animated shorts?

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 12:20 PM

It's a really interesting time to be a Disney fan.

After all, in a year where Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Inside Out helped Walt Disney Studios blow past the $5 billion box office barrier for the...

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Winchester Mystery House Puts a Paranormal Twist on the Holidays With Its 'Spirit of Christmas' Event

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2015 | 9:41 PM

Are you looking for something a little different to do this holiday season?

If so ... Well, given that one of the more popular tales to tell this time of year (i.e., Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol") is just loaded with ghosts, maybe you'd be...

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Don Hahn Shines a Spotlight on Disney Legend Richard M. Sherman With Songs of a Lifetime

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 5:29 PM

Given that he's the guy who produced Beauty and the Beast, the first animated film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, as well as The Lion King, Don Hahn is used to getting the lion's share of the accolades.

But these days, Don is more concerned about making sure...

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By Thinning The Good Dinosaur's Herd, Pixar Wound Up With a Far Better Film

(2) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 10:21 AM

Given that -- this past weekend -- The Good Dinosaur was once again the No. 1 family film at the box office, there are a lot of parents on the prowl right now for toys that draw their inspiration from this new Pixar Animation Studios production

And as luck would...

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What Goes On Behind the Scenes at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 10:52 PM

So where are you right now when it comes to your Thanksgiving to-do list? You know, that running tab of things that you need to get done between now and Thursday afternoon?

Well, as busy as you may be, I'm betting that your Thanksgiving to-do list looks like a Post-it...

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