| Mar 13, 2014
| 6:19 AM
Festival of Fantasy, Walt Disney World's new parade, is like an overgrown wind-up toy — bright, cheerful, crowd-pleasing and relentless.
Kilts spin, hippos do pirouettes, thugs swing, Lost Boys jump through hoops and fish form a circular conga...
| May 27, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Howard Ashman may have died in 1991, but he left a musical theater legacy that endures across film and theater -- stretching all the way into this year's Tony's race.
With composer Alan Menken, lyricist Ashman wrote the songs for the 1992 Disney animated...
| May 30, 2014
| 6:50 AM
Ralph in Disney's "Wreck-It-Ralph" said it best.
"I am bad and that is good. I will never be good and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be than me."
The key to a great hero is an even greater villain.
While Ralph made the rare switch from...
| May 30, 2014
| 6:30 AM
She is the meanest woman ever to get her own plush toy.
Maleficent, the wicked fairy from "Sleeping Beauty" who condemns the infant Princess Aurora to die, is the protagonist of a new movie starring Angelina Jolie and an unlikely character to boast...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 10:54 AM
Hollywood loves a good fairy tale, and it's easy to see why: The stories are time-tested and widely known, they're in the public domain, and the fantastical elements provide fodder for the eye-popping visuals that drive tent-pole movies these days.
| May 10, 2014
| 9:39 AM
Still recovering from jet lag after a three-day trip to Australia, India and China, Jeffrey Katzenberg sat in a courtyard next to a duck pond at the Mediterranean-style campus dotted with oaks and olive trees.
The legendary Hollywood mogul, who...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 4:31 AM
No other film released 25 years ago, and few made since, captured the crosscurrents of a single neighborhood on a sweltering summer day in late 20th-century America the way Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" did.
Lee's brash masterwork still plays like...
| Apr 26, 2014
| 11:38 AM
Riders aboard Walt Disney World's new roller coaster will travel through dark passageways and into the Florida sunshine in cars that wobble a bit while charging ahead.
But riders won't be turning upside down, reaching high speeds or soaring to extreme...
| Jul 5, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Jasmin Banuelos wasn't even alive when "The Little Mermaid" hit theaters in 1989.
But the 19-year-old, named after Princess Jasmine from "Aladdin," said Disney is "in her blood." Like her mom, who grew up with Disney movies, Banuelos loves the classics....
| Jul 12, 2014
When considering a mermaid's career, one doesn't tend to ponder the occupational hazards.
Afternoon thunderstorms, for instance.
During my recent visit, the weather threatened to inject unwelcome reality into the mythical underwater world at Weeki...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 5:49 AM
The role of a strong fatherly character is essential in many Disney animated films.
For films like "The Little Mermaid," "Pocahontas" and "Finding Nemo," this is due to one simple fact -- all the moms are dead.
Or, at least, nonexistent.