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Credit But No Cash for Kirby in "Fantastic Four"

A brief column in the Los Angeles Times states that Jack Kirby, co-creator of Marvel Comics’ Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, and the X-Men, will be receiving some kind of recognition in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, but his estate will still receive no monetary compensation for his contributions. (via Mark Evanier’s weblog; […]

Disney's Daughter Plans Family Museum in San Francisco

According to an article in the Vacaville Reporter, Diane Disney Miller, the last surviving daughter of Walt Disney, is overseeing the construction of the Walt Disney Family Museum at a refurbished barracks building at the Presidio in San Francisco, CA. Miller is also planning a visit to the California Disneyland park on July 16 for […]

Salon Examines Replacing Voice Actors

In the wake of the passing of Paul Winchell and John Fiedler, the voices of Tigger and Piglet in Disney’s Winnie the Pooh cartoons, Salon.com has published an article examining what happens when a cartoon character’s voice actor dies. (via Mark Evanier’s weblog)

"Art of Disney: Celebration" Postage Stamps Available June 30

The United States Postal Service will begin selling “Art of Disney: Celebration” postage stamps starting tomorrow, June 30, 2005. The series of 4 stamps uses classic Disney animated characters to express celebration via music, food, parties, and dance. A First Day of Issue Ceremony is scheduled to occur on June 30 at Disneyland Park at […]

Lara Jill Miller Talks About Being Juniper Lee

Actress Lara Jill Miller has spoken to Comicon.com’s PULSE News about her role as the title character in Cartoon Network’s The Adventures of Juniper Lee. The article details her acting career to date and how she landed the role of Juniper Lee almost by accident.

Howard Chaykin to Pen Western Comic for Disney Italia

Howard Chaykin has been tapped by Disney Italia to write and draw Century, an original graphic novel centering on aging gunfighters living in Texas between the turn of the century and World War I. The book is scheduled to be released in Italy first, but Chaykin states his publisher is working on an American distribution […]

Ghibli French Release Schedule Announced

Nausicaa.net has posted theatrical and DVD release dates for a series of Studio Ghibli movies for France.

McGruff Takes a Bite Out of Identity Theft

McGruff the Crime Dog will star in a new ad campaign to counter identity theft (free registration required). The animated dog in a trench coat has been a longtime fixture of public-service announcements from the National Crime Prevention Council. A publicity campaign to celebrate his 25th birthday starts today.

Shark's Fin Soup Off the Menu at Disneyland Hong Kong

A report in the New York Times states that Disney has taken shark’s fin soup off the menu at Hong Kong’s Disneyland theme park, concluding that shark fishing cannot be conducted in an environmentally sensitive way (free registration required). The dish is a Chinese delicacy often served at wedding banquets and other social occasions.

John Fiedler 1925 - 2005

Veteran voice actor John Fiedler passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2005, at the age of 80 (free registration required). Fiedler was the voice of Piglet in Disney’s Winnie the Pooh cartoons since the 1960s. He also performed on Broadway and in numerous other live-action films.

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