Jul 22, 2014

Disney's 'Frozen' earns ¥25 billion at Japanese box office

Walt Disney Co. (Japan) said Tuesday the animated movie “Frozen” has earned box-office revenue of ¥25.1 billion in Japan in the roughly four months since it opened here March 14. The U.S.-produced blockbuster is the first movie to cross the ¥25 billion line in ...

1937 'Snow White' billboard offered at auction

Jul 18, 2014

1937 'Snow White' billboard offered at auction

A large, colorful billboard from the 1937 release of the animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is up for auction. Heritage Auctions said the rare billboard is expected to sell for at least $10,000 on Saturday in Dallas. The 20-by-9-foot billboard was ...

Escape From Tomorrow

Jul 16, 2014

Escape From Tomorrow

by Kaori Shoji

An audacious kick-in-the-ribs at the Disney kingdom, “Escape From Tomorrow” is cool, cool stuff — albeit in a clunky and kitsch Ed Wood kind of way. Director Randy Moore made his film guerilla style by taking a small camera and stealth sound-recording equipment into ...

Disney resumes sales of new movies on iTunes in Japan

Jul 10, 2014

Disney resumes sales of new movies on iTunes in Japan

Walt Disney Co., the world’s largest entertainment company, resumed sales of new movies through Apple Inc.’s online store in Japan after halting them temporarily in a dispute over terms. Disney said in a statement Wednesday that the transactions had resumed after saying on its ...

'Frozen' warms hearts across Japan

Jun 18, 2014

'Frozen' warms hearts across Japan

by May Masangkay

Michiko Miyata had never watched Disney movies, thinking they were only for young people. But she was in for a big surprise when she saw the company’s latest animated film about a princess with ice powers and her sister. “I was touched by the ...

Japan won't let 'Frozen' go

| Jun 17, 2014

Japan won't let 'Frozen' go

by Patrick ST. Michel

At first blush, the Japanese success of the animated film “Frozen” seems easy to explain. In a country where people pack Tokyo Disneyland on weekdays, of course a new princess-centric cartoon from Disney would succeed, but “Frozen” has been a phenomenon all its own. ...

Tokyo Disneyland turns 30!

Apr 12, 2013

Tokyo Disneyland turns 30!

by Kaori Shoji

Tokyo Disneyland (or “TDL” as it’s known to the Japanese) turns 30 on April 15, but like George Clooney, or heck, even the famed Mouse himself, age hasn’t withered it a bit. TDL means different things to the Japanese, but if you sift through ...