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  1. 'Hakuna Matata!' Animator Tony Bancroft Talks About the Return of 'The Lion King'

    by , 09-17-2011 at 10:24 AM (The Mouse Castle)
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    It's tough to make an ugly, smelly creature with spindly legs into a funny animated character that audiences love. Tony Bancroft managed to do that when he was the supervising animator for the flatulent, fun-loving warthog Pumbaa in [I]The Lion King[/I]. The 1994 animated classic begins a two week theatrical run this weekend in an "enhanced" 3D version ...
  2. Robbie Sherman Talks About the Sherman Brothers and the Kennedy Center Honors

    by , 08-12-2011 at 08:36 PM (The Mouse Castle)
    [COLOR=#000000]Last month, [/COLOR][URL="http://www.themousecastle.com/2011/07/nominate-sherman-brothers-for-kennedy.html"][COLOR=#000000]I blogged about the campaign by Robbie Sherman[/COLOR][/URL][COLOR=#000000] to have his father and uncle, the Sherman Brothers, named as Kennedy Center Honorees. Since then, I reached out to Robbie and he kindly agreed to answer some questions by e-mail about the Sherman Brothers, their music and his relationship with his father Robert, a complex man ...
  3. Jim Henson, Disney Legend?

    by , 07-16-2011 at 12:58 PM (The Mouse Castle)
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    Last month, Disney announced this year's Disney Legends Award winners. This annual honor, recognizing "the many individuals whose imagination, talents and dreams have created the Disney magic," will be presented once again during the D23 Expo in Anaheim.

    This year's honorees range from the deserving (Jodi Benson, Paige O'Hara, Lea Salonga) to the ...
  4. Remembering Betty Taylor

    by , 06-06-2011 at 05:07 AM (The Mouse Castle)
    Disneyland Resort president George Kalogridis called the passing of Disney Legend Betty Taylor a day after the death of her longtime [I]Golden Horseshoe Revue[/I] costar Wally Boag a "tragic coincidence."

    Indeed.

    Betty died yesterday at her Washington State home. She was 91.

    In January 1956, Betty joined the Golden Horseshoe, replacing Judy Marsh in the role of the cafe's owner, emcee and main squeeze to Pecos Bill, Slue-Foot Sue. Betty stayed ...
  5. Wally Boag, 1920-2011

    by , 06-04-2011 at 08:49 AM (The Mouse Castle)
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    In his book, [I]Clown Prince of Disneyland[/I], Wally Boag wrote that spitting out his teeth was probably the bit people remembered most about the [I]Golden Horseshoe Revue[/I]. As a kid, it certainly was for me. In the late 1960s, I can recall sitting at a left-side table with my family inside the Golden Horseshoe, not far from the stage. There'd be a really silly guy up there ...
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