8.08.2009

Spotlight, Savvy?

So I said that I would do spotlights every Monday and Friday, and this week I posted on Sunday and Saturday. At least I'm getting better?

This spotlight comes directly from the amazingness that is YouTube. Hey, it's past midnight and I thought this was hilarious!


Oh man.

8.06.2009

Meet the Robinsons

I miss the days of Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas. The hand drawn animation was amazing, not to mention the music. THE MUSIC! But that's for a later post. I've noticed now that all of Disney Animation's stuff is computer generated (and often in 3D). Thank goodness for The Princess and the Frog! I really can't wait!

/ramble





Alright, back to the movie: Meet the Robinsons! The movie starts off with a lady leaving her baby in front of the doorstep of an orphange. This baby turns out to be Lewis, a boy with huge hair and a huge brain to match. After 124 failed adoption interviews (next time, lay off the peanut butter), Lewis gets the smart idea that his mother is the only person who will want him, so he decides to make a "Memory Scanner" to try and recall her face from his little baby memory. Okay hold on. All you want to do is see her face? How about a phone number? Address? ANYTHING? I expect more from a boy genius.

So Lewis beings to create the Memory Scanner. He keeps his roommate Goob up all night making this invention *this is important* and he finally finishes and scurries on over to the science fair to show of his creation, while Goob goes to play his all important baseball game. In a nutshell: Lewis blows up the gymnasium, Goob falls asleep (roomies can do that to you) during the big game. Cut to Lewis sulking on the rooftop of the orphange. There he meets Wilbur Robinson, who is pretending to be a pidgeon for some unknown reason. Wilbur gets all up in Lewis face and is like "OMG HI! I'm from the future!" and then throws Lewis off the rooftop. No really, he does. Luckily, Lewis falls onto the invisible time machine that Wilbur uses to transport him to 2037 (aka **the future**). Lewis then explains to him that the evil Bowler Hat Guy stole the Robinson's OTHER time machine and he wants Lewis to help get it back.




Wilbur takes Lewis to his house, where Lewis meets the whole Robinson clan, except for Cornelius, who is on a business trip. My favorite character has to be Frannie and her Mafia frogs (video below). First it was the New York pidgeons in Bolt, and now these guys? I seriously can't get enough. Oh, and this scene (yes, I'm too lazy to embed) is amazing.







So after the whole crazy family scene it gets complicated. Lewis wants to use the time machine to see his real mother, Wilbur wants Lewis to help him get the other time machine, Bowler Hat Guy wants to make Lewis's life miserable, and the Robinson family--not knowing Lewis is from the future--wants to adopt Lewis into their family. And I'm not gonna tell you the rest. Oh, c'mon! Don't get mad. I gave you the freaking link to the video! Geez.



Okay, fine. I'll give you one spoiler. Bowler Hat Guy turns out to be none other than... GOOB! Yes, cute widdle Goob. Now, I just don't understand how this complete change in appearance takes place. Would you care to explain, Disney Animation Studios? (Like they'll ever read this.) BHG is just looks so... unfortunate. And he has a unicorn binder! HAHAHAHAHA.



Anyunicorns, I liked Meet the Robinsons. There were parts of the storyline where I almost gave up, but the crazy characters and well-placed jokes make up for it. Not as amazing as Bolt, but what can I say? I'm a dog person.


Bonus Features (better than a DVD!):

So, I was gonna end my wonderful blog post there. However, I found a video of the very touching end of the movie which happens to feature the song "Little Wonders" by Rob Thomas. And Alanna loves Rob Thomas. And I don't think she's gonna watch the movie (which I so graciously provided for her in the first video). So this is pretty much for Alanna... and anyone else who wants to see the end of Meet the Robinsons.



10 bucks says Alanna's crying. Alright, pay up!

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8.02.2009

My Disney Dreams List

Here's a list of some things I want to do while I'm working and/or playing at Disneyland. I need a place to keep track of all these! Some are possible, most are not. But you better believe I'll try to accomplish every single thing!

x 1. Land a role in the show! (Become a Cast Member)

2. Go on every attraction in Disneyland.
Almost there! Just need to go on the Main Street Vehicles and shoot things in the Shootin' Exposition.

x 3. Go on every attraction in Disney's California Adventure.

4. Eat/drink...
x a) at the Blue Bayou
b) a turkey leg on Thanksgiving
c) a root beer on Pirates of the Caribbean
d) fresh popcorn from the popcorn stand
e) every single ice cream flavor from Catch a Flav
f) a huge sourdough Mickey Mouse head

5. Buy my own spray bottle from the dollar store and bring it to Disneyland. Then proceed to laugh at the tourists who spent $20 on a Disney spray bottle.

x 6. Go on an attraction with the Mad Hatter.

7. Send someone a piece of mail from Disneyland.

x 8. Tell Jafar that his beard is twisted.

9. Walk through Disneyland after hours.

10. Find Steven Davison and shake his hand.

11. Sing "Once Upon a Dream" to Prince Philip.

12. Stay in the Dream Suite.

x 13. Tell random strangers Disney secrets.
Probably one of the best parts of my job!


14. Stay in the Grand Californian hotel.

x 15. Tell Captain Hook how much I love him.


16. Find the Beast for Brianna.

17. Take a picture with Jimney Cricket.

x 18. Discover a Disney secret.
Hint: It's about Fantasmic...

19. Have a conversation with Japanese tourists completely in Japanese.

20. Get my face painted.

21. Look over Disneyland from the top of Sleeping Beauty's castle.

22. Visit the Disney Parks located in...
a) Florida
b) Paris, France
c) Tokyo, Japan

23. Sing a Disney song (preferably this one) while dancing down Main Street.

24. Get a picture with Ludwig von Drake.

x 25. Arrive at the park before it opens and wait outside the gates.

26. Ask Bert to fly a kite with me!

x 27. Get a video of Peter Pan for Alanna.

28. Get a picture with every character from Fantasmic.

29. Read all of the funny signs posted throughout the Monsters, Inc. attraction.

Spotlight: One Mad Carousel Ride!

Wow. Haven't been here in quite a while! I doubled up on my work schedule and have been playing at Disneyland all day, so I haven't had time for posting (or the internet for that matter)! Anyways, I have a few movie posts in the making, so look out for those!

On to the spotlight, which is very dear to my heart:



The Mad Hatter!

I originally asked the Mad Hatter to go on Mad Tea Party with me, but the carousel is just as nice. I'm surprised I was allowed to even do this! Anyways, Alanna (who photoshopped this for me!) thinks I need to preserve the conversation we had on the carousel. So I'm gonna post what I can remember. It was pretty hilarious!

Alice: Mad Hatter, what are you going to name your horse?

Mad Hatter: I don't want to place him into a category.

A: (to me) Well then, what are you going to name your horse?

Me: uh... I have no idea.

A: Well he looks rather angry. Maybe it's because of the haircut you gave him? (Ed. note: please take a look at how incredibly weird my horse looks)

MH: That looks like something you would do, Alice.

Me: Well, the Mad Hatter would be riding this horse, if I had picked the other one. He let me choose.

A: He let you choose? He never lets me decide ANYTHING!

MH: Well, you screw things up. Here... I'll let you decide something: ONE LUMP OR TWO? (Ed. note: yes, he's referencing BATB. He belted that so loud...)

A: I'll take three!

Me: So Alice, what did you name your horse?

A: (thinks for a minute) Petunia!

MH: Well in that case, I'll name mine... Rupert! Although that name is a little flamboyant, even for me.

A: Splendid! And (turning to me) we'll name yours... Travis!

MH: Oh yes! He looks like a Travis.

Me: Travis is an angry name?

A: Of course.

Disney Geekout Time:
While looking for online videos of the Mad Hatter, I realized that there is a whole group of crazy fans who have taken a liking to the Mad Hatter and Alice. They've even named them all. The one I know is "Sweet Hatter" (and he really is sweet!). Oh, and these kids have their own website.


Yes, that really is me in the picture. You're just gonna have to trust me on this one.