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Mickey Ears-Disney Podcast Review 3-8-10

A Window to the Magic (iTunes) Episode #227 Guest Host TJ shares with us a tribute to Harriet Burns. In an NPR ‘This American Life’ type format, we hear from many people who relate anecdotes about Harriet, including several Disney Legends as well as her… Read More »Mickey Ears-Disney Podcast Review 3-8-10

Leonard Maltin Named First Disneyana Fan Club Heritage Award Honoree

Well, the name change may not yet be official, but that hasn’t stopped the Disneyana Fan Club, aka NFFC, from moving forward. A new award honoring individuals outside the Walt Disney Company who have made significant contributions to promoting awareness of, as well as the preservation of, Disney history, will be awarded from the first time in January.

The first recipient of the NFFC—Disneyana Fan Club Heritage Award is Leonard Maltin. In addition to his internationally best selling series of books, Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, Mr. Maltin’s other works include, Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons and The Disney Films. Additionally, he wrote the television special, Fantasia: The Creation of a Disney Classic.

Mr. Maltin is also active in the home entertainment field hosting and producing, among other titles, the popular series of Walt Disney Treasures DVDs.

More about the luncheon and Maltin’s contributions below the jump. But don’t forget the December 10-13 Holiday Show and Sale in Orlando in the meantime. Learn more at NFFC.org.

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Shakeup at Walt Disney Studios, Dick Cook Resigns

Walt Disney Studios chair Richard (Dick) Cook has announced that he will be resigning his post. As chair of the studios cook over saw all live action and animated films released by the Walt Disney Company. Unfortunately there has been a fair amount of pressure for the studios to improve their offerings the last few years and many felt that Cook would eventually resign or be fired if things did not improve.

Cook was liked by most Disney fans, not just because he rose through the company from the bottom ranks of a front line attractions cast member at Disneyland, but also for his involvement in the fan community, such as his participation in the Carolwood Society. I’m sad to see him go and hope he stays involved in the Disney community.

Nikki Finke is reporting that Dick Cook was actually fired. But I guess in the higher levels of Hollywood, they call that a resignation.

(via the LA Times)

Follow below the jump for his official bio:

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Win A Trip to the Inaugural D23 EXPO

I don’t know why I’m sharing this with you since it lessens my chance to win and, face it, I’m not making it out to California any other way in this economy. But hey maybe one of you will win and send me a collectible postcard or something.

Disney.com is offering you a chance to attend the inaugural D23 EXPO, where the world of Disney will come together under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center in California from September 10-13, 2009. Enter exclusively through Disney.com’s mobile Web site by texting D23 to DISNEY (347639)* now through August 21, 2009. The winner will receive the ultimate Disney fan experience including travel accommodations, tickets the to the D23 Expo and Disneyland Resort tickets for a group of four.**

Running September 10–13, the D23 Expo will transform the Anaheim Convention Center into the single largest gathering of all things Disney ever assembled in one place at one magical time. Many more details about D23 EXPO entertainment, events and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans can keep up with all the news by visiting www.D23EXPO.com, as well as by signing up for mobile alerts from Disney.com by texting D23 to DISNEY (347639).*

Still not convinced? Check out this video from the folks at D23 with a special look at some of the Disney archives items that might show up at the expo.

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NFFC Fall Convention moved to December

First, congratulations on NFFC on their new name. As indicated in the press release below, they are in the process of changing to ‘Disneyana Fan Club’ with the full approval of The Walt Disney Company. I think that says something about the way NFFC has been run the last few years and how it’s the best club out there for Disneyana collectors and fans.

The biggest recent news is that the usual fall Orlando convention has been downsized and moved from early October to December 12th, 2009. The event takes place on WDW Property at the Regal Sun Resort which features easy access via WDW Transportation.

With this move NFFC/Disneyana Fan Club moves into the time slot formerly held by the popular Mega Mouse Meet that was part of MouseFest. Mousefest is on hiatus during 2009, but this should give those who are coming to Florida anyway the chance to enjoy some of the same spirit.

Please see the full press release below the cut:

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