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!

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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.

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

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

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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.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Premier Cruise Lines

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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:

Friday, August 24, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Life Is Like A Hurricane (Part 3)

With the first season finale having come and gone, we're all curious as to what the next season has in store. They might solve a mystery. Or rewrite history! We'll just have to wait and see. Until then, here's some Ducktales fan art.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Vegetable Soup


For this week's Throwback Thursday, I'd like to focus on something that isn't made by Disney. Instead, I'd like to share something a little more relevant. In fact, you could argue that it's much more relevant today than when it first premiered.

Pop Arena is a YouTube channel currently working on an ongoing series, Nick Knacks, a retrospective on Nickelodeon. His series is covering every show that ever aired on the kids network ever since its debut in 1979--and when I say "every" show, I mean every show, including those not originally created by the network.

One of his most recent videos within the retrospective focuses on a children's program that originally aired on PBS in the 1970s. But even though that show is more than 40 years old, its lessons are relevant now more than ever.

To learn more about this old yet relevant children's series, click READ MORE:

Friday, August 17, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Life Is Like A Hurricane (Part Deux)

The Ducktales Reboot will be rewriting history by solving its mystery with the big season finale tomorrow. What better way to celebrate this celebration of a classic than with a fan art showcase?

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Eastern Airlines

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If you've ever taken a trip to Walt Disney World, you've either traveled there by car or by plane. If your family decided not to re-enact the plot of National Lampoon's Vacation by taking a road trip, they most likely flew to The Happiest Place on Earth via one of many Orlando-bound flights.

When Walt Disney World first opened, the most prominent airline to Disney's then new Florida park was Eastern Airlines. From 1971 to 1987, the airline served as the "Official Airline of Walt Disney World."

Unfortunately, during the 1980s, the airline would struggle economically through various labor disputes and high debt loads, forcing it to drop its partnership with Disney World in 1987.

Disney would enter a new partnership with Delta Airlines (which became its new "official airlines"), while Eastern would suffer a massive labor strike, bankruptcy, and inevitable closure in 1991.

When Eastern Airlines was the "official" airline of Walt Disney World, the airlines advertised its "official" status through various commercials and even a full Magic Kingdom attraction.

To watch many of the commercials for Disney's official airlines, click READ MORE.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Willy Nilly Silly Old Bear (Part Deux)

Disney's Christopher Robin may not have nabbed the box office from Mission Impossible: Fallout, but there's no doubt that it managed to nab the hearts of the children and adults who watched it--especially the adults!

So to continue celebrating this magnificent live-action adaptation of everyone's favorite silly old bear, here's some more willy nilly silly fan art of him.

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