Author: Bill Iadonisi

Jim Henson and the Fantastic world of the Muppets

Everyone knows the Muppets. This group of fuzzy, goggle-eyed puppets has been delighting audiences worldwide since even before the debut of the Muppet show in 1976. The Muppets were “born” when Jim and his future wife Jane Nebel created a five-minute puppet show on a Washington TV station called “Sam and Friends” Famous Muppet “Kermit” was conceived from a character on the show, but he nowhere resembled the famous frog we know today. Jim Henson was much like Walt Disney; a dreamer and a doer. Walt created a Magical world of cartoon characters and fairytales, Jim’s magical world consisted...

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Animal Kingdom’s Pandora… “The World of Avatar”

Right now, Walt Disney is looking down at Animal Kingdom’s new “World of Avatar” with a Cheshire Cat grin on his face and nodding his head in approval, as the world’s greatest storyteller takes in this new land. Since it was announced on September 20th, 2011 that Walt Disney was joining creative forces with James Cameron, the filmmaker who brought us the film Avatar. This groundbreaking film released by 20th Century Fox on December 18th, 2009, concerning the mining operations of Humans on a fictional moon called Pandora in the Alpha Centauri system and the struggles of the indigenous...

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Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men”

The World can thank Walter Elias Disney for amazing Theme Parks, heart-warming stories and feature films, both live and animated, and his vision and innovations which has brought animation today to its present zenith. Many, if not most Disney fans and aficionados’ probable don’t know that as an artist and animator, Walt was really just pedestrian and he was the first to acknowledge it. He once quipped… “I am in no sense of the word a great artist. I have always had artists working for me whose skills were greater than my own.” He went on to say… “People...

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Animal Kingdom’s “Rivers of Light” Show

Today, the most anticipated land ever to open at Walt Disney World is Pandora, World of Avatar. This astonishing land is based on the James Cameron’s blockbuster film Avatar. This land is a recreation of the exoplanetary moon, Pandora, and with the uber talents of Disney Imagineers and craftsmen, Guests will experience bioluminescent plants, floating mountains and two major attractions, the Na’vi River Journey and the Avatar Flight of Passage ride, where Guests will climb aboard a Banshee and experience flying through canyons and river areas. But another amazing bit of magic and technical wizardry is now playing at...

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Les Clark

Of Disney’s Nine Old Men, Les Clark has the distinction of being the first of the “Nine” and the only one to work on Mickey. When he retired in 1976, he was a director and senior animator and the “longest continuously employed member of the Walt Disney Studios” Les Clark first met Walt Disney in 1925 when Walt complimented him on lettering he had done on a mirror in the candy store where he worked. Two years later when Les was about to graduate High School, he had a summer job in an eatery near the Disney Brothers Studios;...

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