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Disney Looks to Avoid the Mistakes That It Made With 'The Little Mermaid' as It Expands Its 'Frozen' Empire

Jim Hill | Posted 09.17.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

If you dropped by your local Disney Store during the 1989 holiday season looking to purchase some The Little Mermaid -themed merchandise, you'd have learned that what little had been ordered in advance had long since been sold out. Most likely, the only item that would have been left in stock was an Ariel doll with long blonde hair.

Original Ending of Disney's Aladdin Reveals the Wedding Gift That the Genie Wanted to Give Aladdin and Jasmine

Jim Hill | Posted 08.15.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Let's cut to the chase here, folks: If there hadn't been a Robin Williams, there never would have been a Disney's Aladdin. Don't believe me? Then check out this excerpt from the screenplay for this animated classic.

The Artists & Animators Behind Disney's Aladdin Pay Tribute to Robin Williams

Jim Hill | Posted 08.12.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

If you were to ask members of the general public which Disney character they most closely associated with this late comic genius... Well, it wouldn't be even close. It was Williams' hilarious & heartfelt voice work as the Genie in 1992's Aladdin.

What Was It Like as a Woman Animator in the Early Disney Days?

Quora | Posted 07.30.2014 | Entertainment
Quora

"It was fun around there. We enjoyed it. The girls in ink and paint were called "The Nunnery." This was during and after the Depression. I loved it. And I loved having some money in my pocket. It was great."

Disneytoon Studios worked closely with CalFire to make "Planes: Fire & Rescue" as authentic as possible

Jim Hill | Posted 09.14.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

"Do your research." That is the lesson that John Lasseter -- Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney & Pixar Animation Studios -- has repeatedly drille...

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Literally Puts a New Face on the Disney Theme Park Experience

Jim Hill | Posted 07.27.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

When it comes to the Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, it's kind of a tradition that good enough isn't really good enough.

Annecy Attendees Will Be the First to Feast Their Eyes on Feast, Walt Disney Animation Studios' Newest Short

Jim Hill | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

The artists at Walt Disney Animation Studios have literally prepared a Feast. Which is the title of a brand-new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne. Osborne first came to John Kahrs' attention after he created an experimental animation test at WDAS.

'Frozen' Takes Crown From 'Toy Story 3'

Posted 03.31.2014 | Entertainment

"Frozen" has officially become the highest-grossing animated film of all time, its total reaching $1.072 billion this weekend -- $398.4 million domest...

After 22 Years, Lella Smith Checks Out as Creative Director of Disney's Animation Research Library

Jim Hill | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

When Lella Smith's 10-year-old godson, Rey, found out she was retiring from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, he was incredulous. "Why would you do that, Auntie?" he said. "You've got the coolest job in the world!"

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Loves How Hayao Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises' Celebrates the Magic of Normal, Everyday Life

Jim Hill | Posted 04.28.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Given that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gotten so good at doing the action-hero thing in these big budget blockbusters, one might wonder why he'd then be so eager to voice a desk-bound aeronautical engineer in The Wind Rises. But Joseph has a two word answer to that question: Hayao Miyazaki.

How Walt Disney Animation Studios Evolved Mickey Mouse Backwards for Get A Horse!

Jim Hill | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

It's the question that most animation professionals ask immediately after they've seen Get A Horse! How did Walt Disney Animation Studios actually pull that short off?

Bobby and Kristen Anderson-Lopez Reveal the Real-life Inspirations for Disney Frozen Songs

Jim Hill | Posted 04.15.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

How were Bobby and Kristen-Anderson Lopez were able to create the first movie soundtrack since 2003 to sit at the top of the charts -- No. 1 on the Billboard 200 -- for four non-consecutive weeks? I mean, when you make music that's No. 1 on iTunes in more than 30 countries, you have to be doing something different, right?

'Frozen' Has Made More Money At The Box Office Than 'The Lion King'

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 01.28.2014 | Entertainment

Disney's "Frozen" has become a sensation in the 10 weeks since its Thanksgiving premiere. It has made a worldwide total of $810 million during its tim...

'Frozen' Directors Credit Crew With Film's Academy Award Nomination

Jim Hill | Posted 03.18.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

So was it glamorous and exciting for Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee earlier today when they learned that Frozen -- the Walt Disney Pictures release that they had co-directed -- had been nominated for Best Animated Feature? Not exactly.

New Disney Film 'Moana' In The Works

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 12.16.2013 | Entertainment

For months, rumors have been swirling about Walt Disney Animation Studios' newest venture, "Moana." Bleeding Cool broke the first details of the new p...

How Josh Gad Almost Missed Out on the Chance to Voice Olaf the Snowman for Disney's Frozen

Jim Hill | Posted 02.01.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Since childhood, Josh had dreamed of voicing the next Timon, Lumiere or Sebastian. That sidekick in a Disney animated film that you just can't forget. But then Book of Mormon happened.

Celebrate Mickey Mouse's 85th Birthday

Jim Hill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Even though today is Mickey Mouse's 85th anniversary, this Disney icon looks like he hasn't aged a day. Especially if you watch this classic cartoon character capering in his newest ground-breaking theatrical short, Get A Horse!

'Remember Roy E. Disney' Shines a Spotlight on Walt's nephew, who saved the Walt Disney Company Not Once but Twice

Jim Hill | Posted 11.24.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

So it was Walt who dreamed up the Disney Company. And it was his older brother Roy O. who repeatedly found the funds necessary to turn Walt's dreams into reality.

Disney Hopes Little Mermaid Fans Will Embrace the Communal, Interactive Movie-going Experience that 'Second Screen Live' Offers

Jim Hill | Posted 11.20.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

While some cinema purists might tell you that this limited engagement of Second Screen Live: The Little Mermaid is the beginning of the end, I personally prefer to think of what Disney is doing in those 16 theaters around the country starting today as kind of a bold experiment.

Why Stephan Franck Was Drawn to Use Hand-drawn Animation on The Legend of Smurfy Hollow

Jim Hill | Posted 09.17.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Mind you, Franck wasn't willing to settle for the sort of half-hearted hand-drawn animation that you used to see on Saturday morning television back in the late 1970s / early 1980s. He wanted to do something richer, far more highly detailed.

Will the Third Time Be the Charm for Disney's D23 EXPO?

Jim Hill | Posted 10.08.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Starting tomorrow, Disney fans from around the world will be pouring into the Anaheim Convention Center, eager to sample all of the wonders that the Mouse will be unveiling at this year's D23 EXPO, a trade show / Comic-Con clone that the company presents biannually.

I Want to Be a Failure, Like Walt Disney

Stacey Alcorn | Posted 06.29.2013 | Small Business
Stacey Alcorn

How is it that one man created something so amazing allowing his name to live on forever? Perhaps the secret is in his failures. We all fear falling down. However, rarely will falling down kill us. Death is in not getting back up. Just ask Mickey Mouse.

Jack McBrayer Says Goodbye to Kenneth From NBC's 30 Rock and Hello to Disney's Wander Over Yonder

Jim Hill | Posted 05.08.2013 | TV
Jim Hill

In the future, McBrayer hopes to introduce his nephew to some of the other animated characters that he's been voicing for the Mouse House. Chief among these is Irving, Phineas & Ferb's biggest fan on that long-running series for the Disney Channel & Disney XD.

Alan Tudyk: It Sucks Not Being Able to Come Back for the Firefly and Wreck-it Ralph Sequels

Jim Hill | Posted 04.07.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

"I've done voicework for animated features before. You can hear me voicing minor characters in three of the four Ice Age movies. But King Candy is the first character that I've had in an animated feature which has some real meat on his bones."

The Online Premiere of Disney's Paperman

Jim Hill | Posted 04.01.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

2013-01-30-Paperman Now don't let this charming, deceptively simple-looking film fool you. Though Paperman may have a limited color palette (i.e. grey, white, black & red), the sky's the limit when it comes to the innovative technology that actually made this animated short possible.