6.30.2009

Spotlight: The New Fantasmic!

I work at Disneyland. Because of that, I get to go to Disneyland whenever I'd like. And so, I've seen most of the Summer Nightastic! shows (just have to watch the Pixie Hollow Enchantment Night Show, and the Electrical Parade). I saw Fantasmic this past Friday, right after work... and it was AMAZING. Now, I recommend seeing it in person if you can, but if not the videos are below. FYI: The new dragon is broken and hasn't been in the show yet. :(

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Part 2:

Isn't that the sassiest goldfish you've ever seen?

Part 3:


So pretty much, this YouTuber who posted these videos has an amazing camera. Go to their channel to see a lot more Disney vids!

Just for giggles:

Ah, the old Disneyland of my childhood. How I miss you.


PS: Sorry about the lack of movie posting. My DVD player on my computer is broken, and that has slowed down my movie-watching abilities...

6.26.2009

Spotlight: Captain E-O

The weekend spotlight is in rememberance of Michael Jackson, who was an avid Disney fan. He loved going to the different theme parks (often bringing family with him), and even got his very own attraction in Disneyland, where Honey I Shrunk the Audience sits today. It's a 3D short film called Captain E-O.

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R.I.P. Michael Jackson

6.25.2009

The Absent-Minded Professor


I picked up The Absent Minded Professor in the children's section of the library, not knowing anything about it. What I learned is that Flubber is a remake.

The Absent Minded Professor is about a chemistry professor named Ned Brainard who invents a type of rubber that defies gravity, gaining more energy as it bounces instead of losing it. However, the explosion that created the "flubber" also knocked him out, causing him to miss his own wedding... for the third time. Professor Brainard is convinced that his new discovery will win him back Betsy (his fiancee), help save Medfield College, and help change the world. However, Alonzo Hawk, a jerk businessman, accidentally sees Professor Brainard flying his Model T and steals his car. This results in Professor Brainard and Betsy teaming up together, taking the car back, and taking a flying flubber-filled adventure to Washington D.C.


If you'd like to see a small clip of the movie, click HERE. Unfortunately, that's the only clip I could find that was related to this movie. It's quite a shame, because the movie is really good! I liked the main actor, Fred MacMurray--who has starred in some other older Disney movies. Also, upon doing some highly advanced research (AKA a 3-second search on Google), I found out that the Medfield fight song is the first song that the Sherman Brothers wrote for Disney! Boy, they've come a long way...

After watching this, I don't know how I'm going to watch the Robin Williams version!

6.23.2009

Spotlight: The Little Mermaid Attraction

Alright, so a quick blog-tweaking note: there will be TWO, I repeat, TWO spotlights per week! Why, you ask? 'Cause it's my blog and I'll post if I want to (poooost if I want to, poooost if I want to...)! Plus, it's summer vacation and I've got time on my hands. There will be a weekday spotlight on Monday (so this one's a day late) and a weekend spotlight on Friday! Let the fun ensue!

This week's spotlight is...

The Little Mermaid Attraction!

I'm so excited for this attraction! Finally, DCA can look Disneyland in the eye and say, "I CAN BE A THEME PARK TOO!" Don't get me wrong--I love DCA. I've spent many days talking to Crush (my absolute favorite attraction), popping balloons in Midway Mania, and filling myself full of free tortillas. Whenever Disneyland is crowded and tourist-packed (see last week's spotlight), my friends and I always go straight on over to DCA and have fun! However, it takes a true Disney fan to overlook DCA's flaws. I'm really excited for the new and improved DCA, but I will always remember the original... *looks thoughtfully into the distance*


What a fun ride! But really, that is one scary Ursula.

Change is good... but I'm gonna get my fill of the DCA I know and love while it's still here!

PS: Can you find the hidden mickey in the first picture?

Princess Protection Program


How, do you ask, did I already watch Princess Protection Program (scheduled to come out this Friday)? Well, Bob Iger himself invited me to a special screening... Okay, Okay. It was on YouTube. Sadly, the video has already been removed and I'm just lucky I got to it in time!


The movie stars Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, who are best friends *insert girlish squeal here* in real life. Selena Gomez plays Carter, a tomboy from Louisiana who helps her father run a small bait shop. Demi Lovato plays Princess Rosalinda, a princess of the small island Costa Luna. Carter's father is a special agent in the Princess Protection Program, which is a secret program made to protect princesses whose safety is being threatened. Here's the kicker (cause I know you're on the edge of your seats...): Princess Rosalinda will only trust Carter's dad, so she goes to Louisiana and consequently turns Carter's life upside down... and helps her find her "Inner Princess". You can pretty much figure out the plot from there.

Surprisingly, I sat through the whole movie without complaining. The actors actually ACT, which is unheard of in modern DCOM times. Although, I was slightly creeped out that Jamie Chung, the actress who plays Chelsea, is 26! That's pushing it for someone playing a high-schooler. Also, I wonder why they didn't develop the character relationships a bit more. Carter's best friend, Ed, is madly in love with her and he didn't really get his happy ending. Not even a single dance at homecoming! I'm crying, really.

You and every other teenybopper out there can watch Princess Protection Program on June 26th, this Friday, on Disney Channel.

But I don't have to! HAHA!

6.19.2009

Spotlight: Long Wait Times

This week's spotlight is...


Indiana Jones' Adventure
Space Mountain
Tower of Terror


LONG WAIT TIMES AT DISNEYLAND.


You've gotta be kidding me! I took these when I went to Disneyland this past Monday. I was so sad the lines were long because my friend from Arizona was with me and she couldn't really do anything. But we did see the fireworks! They were so amazing!

Luckily, I went back to Disneyland today and it seems that the lines and crowds were back to normal. Hopefully, it stays that way...

6.17.2009

UP

I. LOVED. UP. LOVED. IT.



Alright, let's try to do this post without hyperventilating...

So this is Disney/Pixar's (or as I accidentally called it, Pixey...) 10th film. It's obvious that UP has a way more adult feel. Actually, even though the movie ended on a happy note, the whole mood was a bit somber. I think as the movie progresses, it gets happier. Right in the beginning you get hit with an emotional montage of Carl's life with his late wife Ellie. Fueled by his desire to fufill his and Ellie's wishes, he sets off on a grand adventure to a far-off land in South America. His sidekick is a wilderness explorer named Russell, an exotic bird named Kevin, and Dug, who is the cutest dog EVER.



Dug is right up there in my favorite-Disney-characters-of-all-time list. I want a dog just like him! He sold the movie for me.



Characters aside, UP has a great plot--and even though it is a bit sad, it is still an amazing film and I think you should watch it! Now the question is... 2D or 3D?


DISNEY GEEKOUT TIME:


In D/P's Ratatouille, as Remy is trying to find food after getting separated from his family, look at the shadow of the dog barking (around 0:51 in this clip). Notice something... familiar? I love how they give us little "easter eggs" and we don't even know it!


Look for a shadow of Dug at 0:51!!



UPdate: Look at the beautiful color script!

6.14.2009

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book was Walt Disney's last movie. Disappointed with the bad reactions of The Sword and the Stone, Walt decided to do most of the work on this movie himself, and it shows! The songs are amazing, the characters are well-developed, and the plot line is great. If you have anything negative to say about The Jungle Book, don't say it here!

Now, let's move on. The Jungle Book is about a small "man-cub" named Mowgli who is found and raised in the deep jungles of India by a pack of wolves. When the wolves find out that Shere Khan, the man-eating tiger, is coming back into the jungle, they make Bagheera the black panther take him to the man-village. Mowgli and Bagheera then set off into an animal-filled adventure made of jazzy songs and rockin' beats. Each animal (or group of animals) that Mowgli meets has a personality for days (and usually a cool song to go with it!). My favorite character though is Baloo. He easily makes my top five Disney character list.

Baloo!


I rented the 40th Anniversary 2-Disc Edition, which is full of special features! The first disc has a deleted character, Rocky the Rhino. I'm actually glad that this character didn't make it into the cut, because he has a really annoying voice, and the character didn't flow well with the vultures. There's 21 minutes of deleted songs--I can see why they were deleted. The demo version of "Bare Necessities" is so bad it's hilarious! I almost fell out of my chair laughing. But the worst song (and I mean THE WORST), is a special little gift from the JoBroHoes. Pop stars ruining classic Disney songs is one of my biggest pet peeves. But after I watched the little informercial for the Disney Wildlife Fund, I felt better. Let's all do our part to help the environment, okay? Okay.

The only deleted song I could find online. It's called "Mighty Hunters" and
that Tony the Tiger-on-steroids voice is Shere Khan singing.

Disc 2 was specifically made for me, and every other Disney-geek out there. You have a choice to go to the "Jungle" or the "Man-Village". The jungle option leads you to a whole bunch of not-very-fun games, but if you choose the man-village option, you get more than an hour of fun goodies for your inner Disney nerd. It's okay, we all have one.

...I think I'm gonna train the animals at the zoo to sing and dance. Anyone else in?

6.12.2009

Spotlight: And the Oscar Goes to...

DISNEY!

I love You Tube because it holds so many Disney treasures. You don't want to know how much time I waste watching Disney-related You Tube videos...


Anyways, the spotlight for this week is this 10-part special about Disney's ownage at the Oscars. Enjoy!


Who's the boss now, Tony Danza?

6.05.2009

Spotlight: Frog Lamps

This week it's...

FROG LAMPS!

I finally took my lazy bum to Disneyland and snapped a picture of the oh-so-coveted FROG LAMPS!

6.02.2009

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

Try getting this song out of your head!

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad are two very interesting half-hour cartoons. Not one of my favorite Disney creations, but very entertaining. One of the absolute best parts was being able to hear Bing Crosby (of
White Christmas fame--one of my favorite non-Disney movies!) narrate The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Besides Mr. Crosby, the part that really seals the deal is that there are TWO bonus cartoons in the special features section of the DVD. The first cartoon, Susie the Little Blue Coupe, is a wonderful surprise that's only attainable by playing the incredibly easy trivia game found in the special features. The Lonesome Ghosts (video below) is included on the special features, just click and watch!

What this movie brought Disneyland:
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride! My mom's favorite ride in the park. This is a great dark ride, and I think I'll enjoy it more now that I've seen the cartoon. I have always wanted those cute frog lamps that decorate the end of the ride...


The old school Mickey Mouse head really creeps me out! Which makes walking through California Adventure awkward...