Posts Tagged ‘disney’

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Wonder Wednesday

August 8, 2018

Chip and Dale — in dinosaur costumes!

 

10000% adorbs.  Gotta see this in person sometime!

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Wonder Wednesday

July 11, 2018

I loooove the how self-referential this is!

Gadget having a fabulous day by kurokuma824

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Wonder Wednesday

June 6, 2018

A little dawwww for everyone…

illustration by Matthias Hausmann

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Wonder Wednesday

May 30, 2018

My first trip to a Disney resort came in 1988, when we visited Walt Disney World.  Back then, only the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT were in operation, and while I enjoyed the heck out of them both, the future world section of EPCOT was my favourite.  All the science and sci-fi and future focused attractions captivated me.  One pavilion though was a bit different, for it traveled someplace quite different… it was a Journey Into Imagination.

That was some 30 odd years ago.  Of the ride itself I remembered only little bits and pieces, including, most importantly, Figment, the little imagination dragon.

I have not thought about, sought out, viewed, or just about anything of the ride since then.

And yet… just the other day when I stumbled upon the song below…

… it was instantly recognizable, familiar, and downright comfortable.  I felt giddy and couldn’t help but smile right away.

Unbeknownst to me, something from so long ago still held such a sweet spot in my heart.

The song got stuck in my head real fast, and I didn’t mind that one bit.

 

* Then again, I revel and value imagination so much, perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised it holds such a spot in my heart…

** Of course, once I saw this I did do the deep dive online.  And there’s a bit of a sad ending to this all.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but my trip came when the park was only 5 years old; as such, I saw many of what now can be termed “classic” versions of the rides.  With Disney’s financial woes around the turn of the century, and with their reliance on sponsorship, the ride ended up getting a “refresh” that was anything but.  Shortened, done on the cheap, and jettisoning both Figment and the song, while also closing the various other parts of the building including the original ImageWorks, the new ride was quite poor.  So poor and roundly disliked that the new version was itself re-done just a couple of years later.  Re-introducing Figment and upping the game somewhat, it’s still shorter and seemingly not as well made nor as magical as the original.

But, thanks to the internet, we can re-live it once more, even if only through old tape-bound handicam footage!

And here’s another video that pulls the narration and the song directly from that amazing opening scene (which itself is a wonder – it’s a carousel that the cars face as it goes around, allowing for the long time on the one scene while still letting the cars move) from the original ride!

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Wonder Wednesday

May 9, 2018

Look to the stars…

Stunning Lion King artwork by Tsaoshin!

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Movie Thursday

March 29, 2018

There’s this “March Madness” style tournament bracket voting deal going around on Twitter, so I figured I’d jump on the train and work it out for myself.  Some of the choices were very easy.  Others, not so much!

Some thoughts:

In my special version of the brackets, Mulan jumps up to the bracket above it* so that it doesn’t get eliminated in the first round against such a strong contender…

If we were talking only the first 10 minutes of UP, it would clean up the first few brackets handily, that is some of the most powerful storytelling ever put to film. (The rest isn’t bad per se, just not nearly as strong.)

Forcing a choice between Ratatouille and Wall-E, erg… they’re two of my favourite films of all times. Both very strong. I gave it to Ratatouille by a whisker.  I’ll probably switch choice if you ask me again.  (And then switch once more…)

As for the final result, well, probably no surprise to anyone here!

What would your bracket look like?

 

* This is the one movie I am interested in the upcoming live remake.  The animated version had some issues with knowing what it was going for (both tone and storywise), and the promise and premise never gelled.  A re-working with a solid vision could turn out well!

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Movie Saturday(s)

December 30, 2017

I thought I’d catch up here with a few capsule reviews of movies I saw in 2017, because I saw a bunch and, while I didn’t do full reviews for them at the time, quite a number of them were what I would categorize as fine or solid.* I want to acknowledge them and celebrate it.

So here we go!  Potential spoilers ahead…

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