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Pictured (front, L-R) Mr. Mistoffelees, Munkustrap, Macavity, Skimbleshanks (back, L-R) Jennyanydots, Grizabella, Rum Tum Tugger. Photo [CC0] via Pxhere.

DisneyNature will make a live-action version of the Cats musical

No, not CGI, or humans in costumes. Actual cats. BR'ER BANK, CA -- DisneyNature, the division of Walt Disney Studios that makes those animal movies, has announced its next project: a live action remake of the Broadway musical Cats! Paul Baribault, president of DisneyNature, is excited about the project. He spoke to Uncle Walt's Insider by phone. Straight from the (lion?) king "This will be something we've never done before," Baribault says. What, make a movie someone will actually go see, we ask? "Well, that, yes," ... Read more
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Next Lion King: 2D animation, real animal voices

The next in a long series of Lion King remakes will be interesting. BR'ER BANK, CA -- As previously reported, the Walt Disney Studios and Spa are going all-in on Lion King remakes. The second remake (working title: Cats) will be in theaters soon. And now the third remake has been announced for next year -- and it will flip the previous one on its head! (Not literally. Films don't have heads.) 2019's (first) Lion King remake used live animals and human voices. Surprisingly, the 2020 ... Read more
Still from a trailer for the next Lion King remake. Photo © Disney -- no, wait... Universal? That can't be right -- via YouTube.

Second Lion King remake coming to theaters!

It's odd that they'd put out a second remake so close to the first. UNCLE WALT'S INSIDER H.Q., SVALBARD -- Disney is remaking 1994's beloved animated classic The Lion King! I know what you're thinking -- didn't they just do that? Yes, yes, they did, and it's in theaters now. In fact, your humble reporter was actually attending a showing of the new fully live-action Lion King when a preview for the next remake came on! At first I was amazed that Disney would be ... Read more
Cats on stage at Cinderella Castle. Image by Michael Gray Wantagh [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.

Magic Kingdom’s newest afternoon castle show: Cats

Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash hit replaces Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire. WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL -- It's the fourth-longest running show on Broadway. It's spawned a Broadway sequel (Cats 2: Kitty Boogaloo) and inspired two major films (The Lion King, with Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane repeating their roles as Leo Bloom and Max Bialystock, and DisneyNature's African Cats, with Samuel L. Jackson as Mufasa). And now Cats is coming to the Magic Kingdom! "Thrown together" "It's actually a Cast Member production from start to finish," says ... Read more
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Hey Walt, what’s up with these feral cats?

"Ask Uncle Walt" is a regular feature of Uncle Walt's Insider: you ask, Uncle Walt answers! Today's question: "Hey Walt, what's up with these feral cats?" Submitted by Waldo E., Fort Wayne, IN. Hi Waldo, Thanks for asking. The feral cat question is probably the second most asked question at Guest Relations! (Questions about churro cart locations are by far the top question asked, leading almost 7 to 1.) The feral cat can be easily explained, but first I need to give you a history lesson. You ... Read more