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Secretariat Actually Doing Well at Box Office

“Well what do you know, that horse has got legs.” I guarantee you that someone at the Walt Disney Studios said that this week. Secretariat, which opened to less than stellar box office numbers has managed to actually pull in some decent show money by… Read More »Secretariat Actually Doing Well at Box Office

Magic Kingdom the Movie? It Could Happen

A few years before Pirates Of The Caribbean went into production, a rumor went around that Disney Studios was actively looking at Disneyland’s attractions for possible movie properties. Multiple scripts were written for a Haunted Mansion movie before that horrible one was finally made. Then… Read More »Magic Kingdom the Movie? It Could Happen

Is Disney Movie Marketing Undergoing a Shakeup?

Many Disney fans blame Disney’s marketing efforts for the less than stellar box office for most of the recent animated features to come out of Burbank. Now eyes have again turned to the marketing team, but this time for the lackluster performance of Jerry Bruckheimer’s… Read More »Is Disney Movie Marketing Undergoing a Shakeup?

Live action Mulan coming soon?

As part of their effort to expand their presence in Asia, the Walt Disney Company has a commitment to produce a certain number of films in China and it looks like they found their next one. Zhang Ziyi, the talented actress from Hero and Crouching… Read More »Live action Mulan coming soon?

Disney finally sells Miramax, almost

After a long period of bidding and negotiations, Disney has finally received a non-refundable deposit of $40 million from an investor group that wants to buy Miramax Studios. The final price is $660 million, or about 8 times the original investment from Disney for the… Read More »Disney finally sells Miramax, almost

Disney unloads Miramax for $675 million

Reports from Hollywood are that Disney has sold it’s art house studio Miramax to a consortium of investors for $675 million. TheWrap.com had the scoop, although Disney refuses to confirm the report. This ends a long strange chapter for Disney that found the family entertainment… Read More »Disney unloads Miramax for $675 million

Betty Kimball, R.I.P.

Amid on Cartoon Brew has a wonderful tribute to Betty Lawyer Kimball who died on Thursday at the age of 97. Betty joined the Walt Disney Studios in the Ink & Paint Department. Later she met and married Ward Kimball. Betty was married to Ward,… Read More »Betty Kimball, R.I.P.

Walt Disney’s Secret Sauce – How to Train an Animator

In December of 1935 Walt Disney sent an 8-page memo to Don Graham, a Chouinard Art Institute animation instructor, with suggestions on how to train animators to be prepared for the intensive Walt Disney Studios animation process. This missive helped elevate Disney’s product to the… Read More »Walt Disney’s Secret Sauce – How to Train an Animator