Thursday, July 4, 2019

Celebrate America--No Matter What!

WDW Theme Parks

Hi! I know it's been forever since I posted something on this blog. I've been wondering whether or not to continue it myself. But for today, I decided to post something, because it's something I'm sure most people need to hear.

Today is July 4, Independence Day here in America. Some people are celebrating as usual. Others, however, probably aren't. They probably don't feel like celebrating. I don't blame them. Considering recent events and revelations, it's hard to feel that America's really worth celebrating.

If you're not feeling especially patriotic this year, or you haven't felt patriotic for a long time, that's okay. Your feelings are valid. There's a lot going on in our country and world, and most of it isn't good. So if you don't feel like you're up for celebrating America, that's okay. I know how you feel. However, let me offer some words of encouragement.

I know many folks aren't feeling patriotic because of things happening in America. My advice for them is to celebrate anyway. Don't let bad things done by bad people in our country make you feel bad. There's nothing bad people love more than making other people feel bad. If you allow them to make you feel bad, then they have won. Don't let them win. Celebrate America in spite of them!

After 9/11, we were told to go on with our daily lives despite what happened that day. Allowing the terrorists to affect our daily lives would have meant that they had won. Bad people want you to feel bad. Don't let them make you feel bad. Don't let them win.

Anyone with open eyes and open hearts know there are bad people in our government doing bad things, and what they're doing is most likely making other people feel ashamed to be an American. Don't let them make you feel bad about being an American. Don't let them win. Be proud to be an American!

Also, this Independence Day, let's celebrate what REALLY makes America great. We are a country built by immigrants. Diversity is our strength. Multiculturalism is our culture. That is what makes America great. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Celebrate America!

Sine this is a Disney blog, allow me to share something Disney-related relevant for today. Here's the song "New World Bound" from the American Adventure in Epcot. Let's never forget that some of the first people from the New World were refugees fleeing religious persecution and seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Our country was built by immigrants and refugees. Never forget that!

There's a land cross this ocean,
I'm waiting to see.
A land for these people
who dream to be free.
So stand by the mainsail,
the fierce storms will race
aloft with our king mates
King Neptune we'll face.

You think that these landlubbers
never would last,
this cargo of pilgrims,
twelve weak for the mast.

It's "Land ho!" me hardies,
at last we've arrived.
and praise be to God,
nearly all have survived.

But look o'er this wilderness,
brings me to dread,
that the first bitter winter
will leave 'em all dead.

They call themselves pilgrims,
these poor wretched souls.
With a dream to be free,
in the new world, their goal.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Magic Ears Dudebro Reviews: Ralph Breaks The Internet


I’ll be honest: When the original Wreck-It Ralph released its first teaser trailer in early 2012, I was skeptical about the movie. I thought to myself: “Really? Disney’s making a movie about video games? Boy, they've really sold out this time!”

So when I walked into the theater to watch the movie later that year, I was expecting at best a giant video game commercial, or at worst, a desperate attempt by middle-aged corporate suits to appeal to the “youth demographic” by making ham-fisted references to “dem vidya games”—in other words, “How do you do, fellow kids?”

Fortunately, what I ended up watching instead was a hilarious yet heart-warming movie about two social outcasts finding solace through each other’s friendship and helping each other gain social acceptance. The movie may have been about video games, but it was not a movie “about” video games, and that’s what made it great.

So when I heard that they were making a sequel to the movie about the characters visiting the internet, again, I was skeptical. Since then, another animation studio attempted to emulate Wreck-It Ralph’s success with a similar movie about the internet. Yes, I’m talking about The Emoji Movie. And of course, that movie did not end up doing well.

And since this new movie about the internet is coming out only one year after another movie about the internet, of course comparisons would be made to it, and of course expectations would be set high.

Obviously, there’s no doubt that Wreck-It Ralph could more than exceed those expectations (since unlike The Emoji Movie, it’s being made by a competent animation studio), but there’s also a chance that it can fall below those expectations. (See: The Incredibles 2 earlier this year.)

So now the question remains: will this movie be so good movie that people will be singing about “When Can They See It Again”, or will this latest attempt at a Disney sequel since Fantasia 2000 end up in the recycle bin of Disney history?

To learn whether or not this movie “breaks” the box office as much as it “breaks” the internet, click READ MORE:

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Movie Reviews Coming Soon!

I know I haven't published anything in a long time, as real life work has kept me busy, but rest assured, I will have some new posts in the future, and they will all be movie reviews.

First and foremost will be a review of Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks The Internet. I'll also be reviewing other movies coming out next month, including Mary Poppins Returns, Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse, and possibly even Aquaman. It all depends on when and if I watch any of those movies.

So stay tuned, as the very first of these reviews will be coming out the first of next month! ;)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Go Out And Vote!


Election Day is only a week away. Many states have important midterm elections that will determine their governors, congressmen, senators, local political offices, school boards, and even constitutional amendments. This election may not be presidential, but nevertheless, it is an important one.

If you weren’t planning to vote this year, by all means, do so anyway. Many states even have early voting, so you can cast your votes early without having to deal with long waits. Consider early voting the FastPass of American democracy.

So go perform your civil duty and vote, and if you can, vote early! This is an important election, and every vote counts. I, by no means, will tell you who to vote for, but by all means, vote for whoever you believe best represents you and your values.

If you’re still uncertain about how to vote or who to vote for, consider the following resources:

Register to Vote – The official government website for elections. Learn if you’re eligible to vote, register to vote, check your voter status, or make changes to your party affiliation.

On The Issues – Learn where the political canidates within your state stand on the most important political issues.

Ballotpedia – Preview the sample ballot for your state and district, and learn more about the political canidates and amendments on your ballot.

VoteSmart – Learn more about the political canidates, where they stand on the issues, and who’s providing their campaign donations.

VoteEasy – A simple quiz that allows you to determine which candidate to vote for based on how well they align with you on the important issues.

Educate yourself and go vote! If you’ve already voted, leave a comment below and let everyone know you did your patriotic duty. (Just keep the politics to a minimum, please. We want discussions here to remain civil.)

Monday, October 15, 2018

I’m Not Dead. I’m Still Here.

Unless you’ve been stuck inside Monstro the Whale, you’ve probably noticed that it’s been more than one month since I’ve posted something on this blog. Don’t worry. I’m not dead. I’m still living—though barely!

If you’re curious as to where I’ve been and why I haven’t posted anything in such a long time, I’ve been attending to other things, mostly work and family matters. As this blog is a hobby of mine, it unfortunately has to take a back seat as a priority when it comes to real life. And real life has been hitting me hard!

I’ve been up to my neck in work, I’ve become emotionally drained by the news and political madness occurring in my country and throughout the world, and to top it all off, I’ve recently had to deal with a death in the family. So needless to say, I’ve been too stressed and busy to write anything on this blog.

As I’ve already mentioned, this blog is a hobby, not a job. This blog doesn’t pay the bills for me. I have a real job for that. As such, when faced with the choice of either writing for a living or writing for fun, obviously, writing for a living takes a higher priority. Hence why I’ve been focusing more on my real life job and less on my blog here.

So does this mean I’m finished with this blog? Is this the end of the Magic Ears Dudebro? Probably not. But at the moment, I’m not going to be writing as consistently as I previously did. I’m probably going to focus on writing when I have a chance and not once a week every week as was previously the case.

My advice for you all is to keep checking in on this blog now and then to see if I have anything new posted. And as always, feel free to follow me on Twitter and Facebook for my most recent thoughts. Until then, stay magical.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Rescue Rangers To The Rescue!

The Disney Afternoon originally aired nearly 30 years ago on September 10, 1990. So to celebrate this milestone, I'm dedicating the next few Fan Art Fridays to artwork based on the DA shows.

This week, I'm showcasing art based on those two gumshoes for whom no case is too big and no feat is too small, so when you need help, you just call C-C-Chip and Dale, Rescue Rangers!

For this week's Fan Art Friday, click READ MORE:

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Nostalgia Critic Reviews Disney Afternoon


More that 30 years ago, The Disney Afternoon first aired on television on September 10, 1990. This was the first time that Disney offered an entire programming block of original animated shows. Not only did they air on the then still new Disney Channel, but also on syndicated television, allowing all children the opportunity to watch these quality animated shows.

Even though we all remember watching these shows (at least for those of us raised during the 90s), the Nostalgia Critic still manages to remember them so we don't have to, and he did so four years ago with his special hour-long review of the block during its seven year run.

Feel free to remember the magic as NC and friends remember as well with his classic review down below. Just make sure you don't remind him of the show Doug or of the DT theme song. (He doesn't take to kindly to either, as Malcom learned the hard way.

To have the NC bring you a Disney Afternoon, click READ MORE:

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Keep Stupid Politics Out Of Media: 6 Ways Popular Media Bungled Their Political Messages

Sequential Pictures

Recently, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski created controversy when he said his company's comics "can’t get too deep into politics." His statement reinvigorated the on-line debate about whether comics, movies, and video games should be "political", or whether they should "keep politics out."

On the one hand, many people insist that no piece of media is truly "apolitical." "Everything is political", they argue, explaining that all media is created within a political system and thus either reflects or refutes the values of that system.

As Bob "Moviebob" Chipman explained in his video on the subject, "Just about anything that has value or draws interest has a political dimension simply by virtue of existing within a culture, and even if you don't want to dwell on [their politics], you can't very well pretend they aren't there either."

On the other hand, while art can certainly send a powerful political message if done well, if done poorly, it can either send a bad message (intentionally or unintentionally) or undermine a good message.

As Lily Orchard explained in one of her videos, you can fill your writing desks with people with bad political motivations and they won't mess up as badly as one person with good political intentions who can't create a good story.

So perhaps instead of arguing that we should keep politics out of popular media, we should be arguing that we need to keep STUPID politics out of them. As a demonstration, allow me to present six examples of popular media that tried to convey a serious political message but messed up either because that message was bad or it was expressed badly.

To learn more about how media can spread stupid politics, click READ MORE:

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Premier Cruise Lines

Amino Apps

Disney Cruises are quite popular nowadays. But did you know that before Disney were sailing their own ships, that they were hosting cruises with a company known for their red boats?

Before the first Disney Cruise ever set sail, Disney had previously partnered with a cruise company that no longer exists now, but was instrumental in not only popularizing the idea of a Disney cruise, but also in changing the entire cruise industry for the better.

To learn more about the original official cruise line of Disney World, click READ MORE: