The Two-Way
10:40 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Lost Disney Film, Featuring Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, Found In Norway

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
The Walt Disney Co. AP

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 2:34 pm

Before Mickey Mouse, there was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

Only 25 seconds of Empty Socks, a Walt Disney cartoon featuring Oswald, was thought to exist. But archivists at Norway's National Library conducting an inventory at the library's vault in Mo i Rana, in the Arctic Circle, found an almost complete version of the film.

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Music Interviews
2:03 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Idina Menzel Of 'Frozen' Has New Holiday Album

Idina Menzel performs during the CMA 2014 Country Christmas on November 7, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 9:10 am

Tony Award-winning singer and actress Idina Menzel became an international sensation last year when she voiced the character of Elsa in the Disney animated film “Frozen” and sang the Oscar-winning song “Let it Go.”

Now she’s released the album “Holiday Wishes.”

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Arts & Culture
12:23 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

The King Of Broadway Roars Into San Antonio

Nick Cordileone & Ben Lipitz
Courtesy The Lion King

It’s a Broadway and touring smash hit. Now it’s set for a San Antonio return engagement. I spoke with one of its animal actors.

(To hear the story, hit Listen above)

That haunting call at the start tells you what show this is.

“In 'The ‘Circle of Life,’ the opening number, everyone reports that it’s the most moving 10 minutes on stage.”

Ben Lipitz plays Pumba, that funny Warthog. He says the opening number gives everyone chills.

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All Tech Considered
9:12 am
Fri November 7, 2014

The Challenge Of 'Big Hero 6': How To Make A Huggable Robot


Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 3:27 pm

"Dude, you had me at 'inflatable,' " is what Disney director Don Hall told Chris Atkeson, a robotics expert at Carnegie Mellon University, back in 2011. Hall was doing research for Big Hero 6, the movie that Disney executives hope will be a worthy follow-up to the mega-blockbuster Frozen. That's no small feat for Hall and his co-director, Chris Williams.

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5:08 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

'Frozen' Characters Holding Strong For Costume Of The Year

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 6:41 pm


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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Shedding Light On Beauty And The Beast's "Lumiere"

Patrick Pevehouse
National Tour Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

It was a huge hit in the movie theater, in the Broadway Theater, and now it’s coming back to San Antonio.
If you’ve seen it, surely you remember this scene (click "listen" above to hear the scene).

"Ma chère mademoiselle! It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And now, we invite to relax, let us pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents: your dinner!"

That’s Patrick Pevehouse, who plays the iconic Lumiere in "Beauty and the Beast" and his return to San Antonio is delightfully coincidental.

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Military Veterans
3:45 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

USAA And Disney Collaborate To Help Employers Hire More Veterans

Spring 2014 cohort of USAA's Veterans for IT (VetFIT®), a group of veterans in a 22-week program in which they received 12 weeks of Java Developing education and training, followed by a 10-week internship.
Credit USAA

USAA is hosting a “best practices summit” on Tuesday for companies that want to learn more about hiring veterans.

The day-long event pairs dozens of local employers and hiring consultants with Disney’s Veterans Institute course for employers.

The Disney course is designed to help companies build effective veteran-hiring programs of their own, and to solve the disconnect between job descriptions and the veterans’ experience.

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Movie Reviews
9:21 am
Fri May 30, 2014

'Maleficent' Tells The Fairy Tale From The Wicked One's Perspective

Maleficent rehabilitates the most maligned figure in the fairy tale canon.
Frank Connor Disney

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 1:00 pm

Of all Disney heroines, Aurora, aka Sleeping Beauty, was the least inspiring. Not her fault: How much spark can you wring from a Forever Nap, especially one that's cut off by a kiss from a prince named after the Duke of Edinburgh?

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Health News
2:23 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Using Disney To Reach A Child With Autism

Through characters in "Aladdin, " "The Lion King" and "The Jungle Book," Owen could express himself and his feelings. (lifeanimated.net)

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 8:50 am

When acclaimed journalist Ron Suskind’s son Owen was two and a half, he suddenly stopped communicating: his vocabulary dropped to a single word, “juice,” he would cry inconsolably and had trouble both eating and sleeping.

Owen was eventually diagnosed with autism, and over the next few years, Ron, his wife Cornelia and older son Walt struggled to communicate with him.

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Movie Reviews
11:00 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

'Million Dollar Arm' Is A Sales Pitch In Search Of Stillness

Aasif Mandvi (left) and Jon Hamm check out the talent in Million Dollar Arm.
Ron Phillips Walt Disney Pictures

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 2:55 pm

Where does Don Draper's formidable presence come from in Mad Men? From his impeccable style, sure, and from his brooding good looks, of course, but also from his stillness. A few drug-induced exceptions aside, Don is as restrained in movement as he is in his speech. The combination gives him an irresistible, if unsettling, allure; in meetings, it's his solid stare that holds your attention as much as his words.

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