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By Mike Antonucci and Mike Antonucci,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | September 26, 2002
So far, I'm not cheating my way through Kingdom Hearts, a game that is touted to contain about 40 hours of play. That means I've sampled only a relatively small portion. Still, it's worth discussing. No concise description does Kingdom Hearts justice, but its essence is a combination of Disney characters with the Japanese style of the Final Fantasy quest-and-battle game series on the Sony PlayStation 2. The result is intriguing and beautiful, with parts that deserve to be called inspired.
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By Mike Antonucci and Mike Antonucci,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | September 26, 2002
So far, I'm not cheating my way through Kingdom Hearts, a game that is touted to contain about 40 hours of play. That means I've sampled only a relatively small portion. Still, it's worth discussing. No concise description does Kingdom Hearts justice, but its essence is a combination of Disney characters with the Japanese style of the Final Fantasy quest-and-battle game series on the Sony PlayStation 2. The result is intriguing and beautiful, with parts that deserve to be called inspired.
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By Robert K. Elder and Robert K. Elder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 26, 2002
Disney's Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Mrs. Rabbit's hyperbolically feminine frame lampooned the exaggerated hourglass figure of most animated heroines, but now, after years of catching flak from parent and feminist groups for depicting girls as miniature women with impossibly perfect bodies, Disney may be changing with the times. In its latest animated film, Lilo & Stitch, the girl protagonists possess body types more reflective of reality. Here, female images seem diametrically opposed to the Barbie doll-like Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas.
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By Robert K. Elder and Robert K. Elder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 26, 2002
Disney's Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Mrs. Rabbit's hyperbolically feminine frame lampooned the exaggerated hourglass figure of most animated heroines, but now, after years of catching flak from parent and feminist groups for depicting girls as miniature women with impossibly perfect bodies, Disney may be changing with the times. In its latest animated film, Lilo & Stitch, the girl protagonists possess body types more reflective of reality. Here, female images seem diametrically opposed to the Barbie doll-like Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas.
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January 15, 2000
Ivan DeBlois Combe ,88, the developer of Clearasil, the acne cream that helped millions of baby boomers get through the awkward teen-age years, died Tuesday in Greenwich, Conn., after a stroke. Bob McFadden, 76, a retired singer and television commercial voice-over actor best known as the parrot's voice for Whisk commercials in the 1970s, died Jan. 7 in Delray Beach, Fla., of Lou Gehrig's disease. He exclaimed "Ring around the collar!" and "Pretty shirt!" as the parrot's voice in commercials for the laundry detergent in the 1970s and 1980s.
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By Lita Solis-Cohen and Sally Solis-Cohen and Lita Solis-Cohen and Sally Solis-Cohen,Contributing Writers Solis-Cohen Enterprises Peter R. Solis-Cohen contributed to this story | November 7, 1993
Although veteran collectors, dealers and auctioneers always are battling to conquer new fields, this Veterans' Day some are targeting old allies and finding that Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, Jiminy Cricket and the corps of Disney characters are perennial heroes. But rather than setting their sights just on Disney animation "cels" and vintage wind-up toys in which there already has been explosive growth in demand and prices, they're stalking an overlooked corner of "Disneyana:" World War II military insignia designed by the Walt Disney Studio.
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By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | March 8, 1998
Just as Baltimore's Harborplace was a leader in the wave of festival marketplaces that swept the country in the '80s, the Inner Harbor again will serve as proving ground for a new dimension in family entertainment.Opening in the Power Plant this summer will be the ESPN Zone, Walt Disney Co.'s latest entertainment concept, a production that's part high-tech dining room, part sports arena.If the idea of using Disney wizardry succeeds during its high-profile trial run here, the company will expand the restaurant-playground idea nationwide.
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By Richard Verrier and Richard Verrier,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 26, 2002
Walt Disney Co. revealed in a government corporate filing that a court fight over the merchandising rights to Winnie the Pooh characters could, in the worst-case scenario, cost the company several hundred million dollars and affect the value of future licensing rights for the lucrative Pooh characters. The disclosure was made in a quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It marks the first time Disney has notified shareholders of the potential impact of the 11-year-old legal battled with Stephen Slesinger Inc. That family-owned company acquired the merchandising rights to the Hundred Acre Wood characters from author A.A. Milne in 1930.
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By Mike Gordon and Deborah Belgum and Mike Gordon and Deborah Belgum,Orange County Register | December 27, 1994
In Anaheim, Calif., heads are turning and George Reiger is loving it, sucking in the attention like oxygen, like a drug, like his flesh was an epidermal sponge.This is what he lives for, what he craves: to strut through ZTC Disneyland and feel the bug-eyed recognition of people gaping at his full-body collection of Disney tattoos.From his shoulders to his shins, Mr. Reiger is Disney on parade.Peter Pan flies across his right shoulder. Beauty and the Beast grace his left shoulder. Characters from "The Jungle Book" and "Song of the South" spill down his right arm.He has all 101 Dalmatians on his back and the genie from !
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By Suzan Bibisi and Suzan Bibisi,Los Angeles Daily News | October 4, 1993
Some people have guardian angels. Annette Funicello has a guardian mouse.The Disney mascot with the perfectly round ears was with her when she debuted in 1955 on "The Mickey Mouse Club," when she married for the first time and when she gave birth to her first child.The character also was there to steady her last month when she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.And for a taped interview on the "John & Leeza" television talk show that aired recently, Ms. Funicello wore a gold pin in the unmistakable shape of Mickey's head and ears.
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By Richard Verrier and Richard Verrier,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 26, 2002
Walt Disney Co. revealed in a government corporate filing that a court fight over the merchandising rights to Winnie the Pooh characters could, in the worst-case scenario, cost the company several hundred million dollars and affect the value of future licensing rights for the lucrative Pooh characters. The disclosure was made in a quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It marks the first time Disney has notified shareholders of the potential impact of the 11-year-old legal battled with Stephen Slesinger Inc. That family-owned company acquired the merchandising rights to the Hundred Acre Wood characters from author A.A. Milne in 1930.
NEWS
January 15, 2000
Ivan DeBlois Combe ,88, the developer of Clearasil, the acne cream that helped millions of baby boomers get through the awkward teen-age years, died Tuesday in Greenwich, Conn., after a stroke. Bob McFadden, 76, a retired singer and television commercial voice-over actor best known as the parrot's voice for Whisk commercials in the 1970s, died Jan. 7 in Delray Beach, Fla., of Lou Gehrig's disease. He exclaimed "Ring around the collar!" and "Pretty shirt!" as the parrot's voice in commercials for the laundry detergent in the 1970s and 1980s.
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | March 8, 1998
Just as Baltimore's Harborplace was a leader in the wave of festival marketplaces that swept the country in the '80s, the Inner Harbor again will serve as proving ground for a new dimension in family entertainment.Opening in the Power Plant this summer will be the ESPN Zone, Walt Disney Co.'s latest entertainment concept, a production that's part high-tech dining room, part sports arena.If the idea of using Disney wizardry succeeds during its high-profile trial run here, the company will expand the restaurant-playground idea nationwide.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1996
So Mickey Mouse is Jewish?Albert Einstein we know was Jewish. Isaac Stern and Itzhak Perlman, of course, are Jewish. Barbra Streisand, a Yentl if not a yenta. Bob Dylan, now and again Jewish. Manischewitz wine and Hebrew National salami, absolutely kosher.Mickey Mouse? Who knew?But with Hanukkah starting tomorrow night, there he is on the cover of a catalog called "The Source for Everything Jewish," decorating a menorah, spinning a dreidel with Minnie. That's a traditional Hanukkah game: You spin the dreidel -- a four-sided top -- and you win or lose Hanukkah gelt (money)
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By Mike Gordon and Deborah Belgum and Mike Gordon and Deborah Belgum,Orange County Register | December 27, 1994
In Anaheim, Calif., heads are turning and George Reiger is loving it, sucking in the attention like oxygen, like a drug, like his flesh was an epidermal sponge.This is what he lives for, what he craves: to strut through ZTC Disneyland and feel the bug-eyed recognition of people gaping at his full-body collection of Disney tattoos.From his shoulders to his shins, Mr. Reiger is Disney on parade.Peter Pan flies across his right shoulder. Beauty and the Beast grace his left shoulder. Characters from "The Jungle Book" and "Song of the South" spill down his right arm.He has all 101 Dalmatians on his back and the genie from !
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By JEAN LESLIE | January 10, 1994
Elkridge Business and Professional Association ran a contest during the holiday season to reward residents who knocked themselves out to give their neighbors a beautiful Christmas display. The contest ended yesterday, and -- pass the envelope, please -- the winner is William Beck and family, who live in the Dartmoor Woods area of Elkridge.Mr. Beck won the award for his Disney character display at his home on Kyle Leaf Court.For his efforts, Mr. Beck will be awarded $50 to donate to the charity of his choice, and another $50 for himself -- maybe to help pay the electric bill?
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By JEAN LESLIE | January 10, 1994
Elkridge Business and Professional Association ran a contest during the holiday season to reward residents who knocked themselves out to give their neighbors a beautiful Christmas display. The contest ended yesterday, and -- pass the envelope, please -- the winner is William Beck and family, who live in the Dartmoor Woods area of Elkridge.Mr. Beck won the award for his Disney character display at his home on Kyle Leaf Court.For his efforts, Mr. Beck will be awarded $50 to donate to the charity of his choice, and another $50 for himself -- maybe to help pay the electric bill?
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1996
So Mickey Mouse is Jewish?Albert Einstein we know was Jewish. Isaac Stern and Itzhak Perlman, of course, are Jewish. Barbra Streisand, a Yentl if not a yenta. Bob Dylan, now and again Jewish. Manischewitz wine and Hebrew National salami, absolutely kosher.Mickey Mouse? Who knew?But with Hanukkah starting tomorrow night, there he is on the cover of a catalog called "The Source for Everything Jewish," decorating a menorah, spinning a dreidel with Minnie. That's a traditional Hanukkah game: You spin the dreidel -- a four-sided top -- and you win or lose Hanukkah gelt (money)
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By Lita Solis-Cohen and Sally Solis-Cohen and Lita Solis-Cohen and Sally Solis-Cohen,Contributing Writers Solis-Cohen Enterprises Peter R. Solis-Cohen contributed to this story | November 7, 1993
Although veteran collectors, dealers and auctioneers always are battling to conquer new fields, this Veterans' Day some are targeting old allies and finding that Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, Jiminy Cricket and the corps of Disney characters are perennial heroes. But rather than setting their sights just on Disney animation "cels" and vintage wind-up toys in which there already has been explosive growth in demand and prices, they're stalking an overlooked corner of "Disneyana:" World War II military insignia designed by the Walt Disney Studio.
FEATURES
By Suzan Bibisi and Suzan Bibisi,Los Angeles Daily News | October 4, 1993
Some people have guardian angels. Annette Funicello has a guardian mouse.The Disney mascot with the perfectly round ears was with her when she debuted in 1955 on "The Mickey Mouse Club," when she married for the first time and when she gave birth to her first child.The character also was there to steady her last month when she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.And for a taped interview on the "John & Leeza" television talk show that aired recently, Ms. Funicello wore a gold pin in the unmistakable shape of Mickey's head and ears.
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