It was announced today that Alan Menken will compose the music for two new theatrical shows in development!

HAPPY TRAILS is a tuner based on the life and career of Roy Rogers and his wife Dale Evans.  Also on the creative team is lyricist Glenn Slater, book by Marshall Brickman and direction by Des McAnuff.

Mr. Menken is also developing a musical based on the 1993 classic MRS. DOUBTFIRE which starred Robin Williams , co-starred Sally Fields and Harvey Fierstein and was directed by Chris Columbus.  David Zippel is on board for the lyrics and Harvey Fierstein will write the book.

Huge fan of Alan Menken’s songs and scores.  Looking forward to these projects!

Mondo Announces “The Iron Giant” Deluxe Figure Pre-Sale Info & Leaves Fans Saying, “Just Take My Money!”

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Back in 1999, director Brad Bird gave us a timeless classic with the animated sci-fi, comedy, “Iron Giant.”  The film stars the voice talents of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick, Jr., Eli Marienthal, Christopher McDonald, John Mahoney and Vin Diesel as the lovable Iron Giant.  (Is it just us or have two of Diesel’s best roles been voice work?)

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(Image/ poster by Scott Hopko)


Today Mondo has announced the pre-sale info for their “The Iron Giant” deluxe figure and it, as you would expect, is highly desirable.  With over 30 points of articulation and standing about 16 inches high, it also comes packed with great features:


Two interchangeable heads with light up eyes

- Magnets “S” that can be detached from the Seasfood sign and attached to his chest

-  Switch-out “War Arm” 

- Hogarth mini-figure

- A broken girder for the Iron Giant to snack on

Sound Feature with favorite quotes from the film

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$26,000 per hour vs. $9.32 per hour.

Matthew over at shared some superb insights about a recent Bloomberg report about Disney Chief Bob Iger’s 35% pay increase.  I don’t doubt how strong Disney is and how Mr. Iger has been in the driver’s seat when much of this growth occurred BUT when you read how an average front-line cast member makes $9.32 per hour and how a family is at the poverty level when making less than $23,850 annually, I see a problem and wholeheartedly agree with this article.

It’s shameful that Disney’s (btw, a family company, an entertainment company, a service company) cast members are not treated better.  Their profits and attendance are consistently going up and yet Mickey isn’t sharing as much as he should with the cast members.  They are the stewards of the Disney tradition.  They are the very oxygen that makes the “magic” happen at their resorts.  Mr. Iger needs to be reminded of this.  Undercover Boss maybe?

I believe that high morale, genuine appreciation (not just lip service) and more sharing of the company’s earnings is worth exactly $46.5 million.

Some fun from a galaxy far, far away…

Eclectic Method has translated and given subtitles to R2-D2’s beeping in the movies.

George Lucas walks through a documentary shot in Chicago and suddenly nuclear waste is much more interesting. Watch at 13:39.

It’s really a trap! by Cullen Sweet.

You’ll really need the force to open these doors.  via

Check out the 2015 Star Wars 5K at Disneyland.

The race had some great costumes:

Looks like a mass digital release of Star Wars content, including STAR WARS DETOURS, could be happening this year?  Maybe this May?

Everybody’s favorite scoundrel, LANDO CALRISSIAN played by the always cool, always smooth BILLY DEE WILLIAMS will be in this week’s episode of REBELS!!!