Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Magic Ears Dudebro Update (07/31/2018)

If you're curious as to why I haven't been posting anything within the past few weeks, it's because I recently returned from an out-of-state trip and was unable to post anything during that time. No worries. I'll soon be returning to my regular schedule.

I have several posts planned for this week. Starting tomorrow, I'll be publishing my review of Ant-Man and The Wasp. Then I will have my regular Throwback Thursday and Fan Art Friday. And lastly, I'll finally be publishing a long form think piece over the weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday.

Let's just say that my latest think piece will be on a current movie franchise--not a Disney franchise, by any means, but one that I don't really care for and one which I've been needing to PURGE myself of my hatred of it. You could say that I need to release the beast!

I have some interesting ideas for this month, and hopefully I'll finally be able to get to them. Until then, if you already haven't, feel free to follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Up And At'Em, Ant-Man (Part Deux)

So it's been one week since Ant-Man and the Wasp was released into theaters. To no one's surprise, the Marvel movie has remained at the top of the box office. So let's continue celebrating the big success of the MCU's smallest hero with another Ant-Man themed Fan Art Friday.

For this week's fan art showcase, click READ MORE:

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Throwback Thursday: South Jersey Sam Presents America Sings


The Fourth of July may have been more than a week ago, but I'm still feeling rather patriotic, even in spite of these less than patriotic times. So why not have another America-loving post for Throwback Thursday?

After the Carousel of Progress re-located to Disney World in 1975, Disneyland needed a new show to fill the old building in Tomorrowland. As America was celebrating its Bicentennial, Disney decided to celebrate as well with a musical revue celebrating 200 years of American music, America Sings.

For 14 years, this show entertained guests with some of America's favorite folk songs as sung by animatronic animals. This particular show was famous for two things: 1) After its closing, many of its animatronics were moved to and re-purposed for Splash Mountain, and 2) Being the location of one of the park's most infamous deaths.

Of course, if you want to learn more about this short-lived show and how it lives long within the memories of fans, even those who have never even watched it, I'd recommend this excellent and humorous retrospective by South Jersey Sam.

To remember the good songs of America Sings, click READ MORE:

Friday, July 6, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Up And At'Em, Ant-Man!

If you told me a decade ago that one of the most successful movie franchises would include a film about a man who can shrink down to the size of ants and control them with his mind, I probably would have called the insane asylum on you.

But not only does the MCU have such a movie, it's now released a sequel to it. I haven't seen the sequel yet, but it should have the same campy superhero fun as the first. Until then, here's some fan art of our favorite insect-themed superhero--er, actually make that our second favorite insect themed superhero.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Throwback Thursday: The War For Disney’s America


Hope you all had a very patriotic Independence Day. Americans of all stripes love to showcase their patriotism every Fourth of July. Disney manages to show its own patriotism every day of the year at its parks, from Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln in Disneyland to the Hall of Presidents and The American Adventure in Disney World.

Of course, there was once a time when The Walt Disney Company didn’t want to keep its national pride isolated within Anaheim and Orlando. They actually desired to create their very own theme park to showcase the American spirit all throughout our country’s history. This most patriotic vision became known as Disney’s America, and it’s perhaps the most famous Disney Park never to be built.

To learn about how Disney's America became history, click READ MORE:

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

America: Not Perfect But It's Mine

Dave Granlund

Happy Fourth of July! As today is Independence Day, it only makes sense to share something fitting of the holiday. As this is a Disney blog, I could be predictable and share an old patriotic Disney short. Or I could be like every other blog and share something cliché like "Proud To Be An American." Instead, I want to do something a little different.

Most people share something patriotic today because the holiday is about celebrating patriotism--that is, having pride in your country. Unfortunately, some people have found it hard to express such pride, especially recently, when there have been many things happening in this country that are not worth being proud of.

Recent polls show that fewer Americans consider themselves proud of their country, more so than any other time in recent years. This has led to much on-line discourse deliberating how great America really is. Has America always been great? Or has it never been great? Very few people seem to have such confidence.

In light of everything happening politically, especially under the current administration, many Americans feel conflicted about this holiday. They don't feel it's worth celebrating. They don't consider America something to be proud of. Many even feel ashamed or embarrassed. After all, how can anyone be proud to be an American when America has done many not so proud things?

To those who feel that way, I understand. I know how you feel. I empathize with your dilemma. I, too, have been having those same thoughts. I've come to realize that my country isn't as great as many people claim it is. Our country falls short on many levels, and it could always be better. And of course, with everything happening in our government, it's easy to lose hope that it can get better.

But that's exactly why you should celebrate this holiday!

No, our country isn't perfect. It's not the greatest country ever. It has done a lot of things that aren't worth being proud of. And considering some of the people currently running it, there's only going to be more things happening that are less than proud.

But again, that's exactly why you should celebrate this holiday. Because if you allow the bad people to affect how you feel about your own country, if you allow them to make you feel less than proud about it, then that only means that they have won.

Don't let them win!

So by all means, go out and celebrate the Fourth! Fly your flags. Wear your colors. Eat a hot dog. And enjoy watching fireworks. Go out and celebrate your country. And when you're done, go out and make it great. Call your politicians. Register to vote. Vote. Rally. Resist. America may not be great, but it can be, and you can help to make it that way.

As for this post, I'd figure that rather than share something overtly patriotic, that I would instead share something that more or less reflects my own personal feelings towards my country.

The following is a song by the artist Tim Minchin called "Not Perfect". In it, he sings about how many of the things in his life have their flaws, but he loves them anyway because, well, it's his.

The lines that he sings about his country are very apropos to the feelings about my own country, and they are most likely feelings that others have. In the end, America isn't perfect, but I love it anyway because, well, it's mine. I hope you all feel that way, too.

This is my country and I live in it
It's pretty big and nice to walk on
And the bloke who runs my country
Has built a demagoguery
And taught us to be fearful and boring
And the weirdest is that he is
Conservative of politics
But really rather radical of eyebrow
This is my country and it's fine
It's where I spend the vast majority of my time
It's not perfect but it's mine
It's not perfect

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Magic Ears Dudebro Reviews: The Incredibles 2


The Incredibles is by far Pixar's most "adult" movie. It's the closest thing to a "mature" animated film that doesn't resort to appearing "mature" through "immature" humor, language, or innuendo. (See: Sausage Party.)

Previously, Pixar had released mostly kids films about things that mostly interested kids such as toys, bugs, monsters, and fish; and while children would still be interested about the superhero aspect of the movie, The Incredibles proved to be just as appealing to adults as it was to the children they brought along to the theater.

This movie contained a lot of surprisingly mature and even dark subject matter that only adults would fully understand: mid-life crisises, body image issues, alleged infidelity, child endangerment, political satire, and perhaps one of the biggest off-screen body counts of any on-screen animated villain; and even then, it still maintained an overall light-hearted and family-friendly tone that allowed it to be suitable for children of all ages.

As such, The Incredibles is one of the few movies that can be fully appreciated both as a child and as an adult. Young viewers will of course love the superhero action and wacky comedic antics, and once they grow up, they'll be able to watch the movie from an older perspective and notice things that may have flown under their radar when they were younger.

So it's very interesting that a sequel is being released 14 years after the first movie premiered. If you were a child when you watched the original movie in theaters, you're probably either starting or even finishing college now that the second movie has been released.

The question remains: will the second movie prove to be as appealing to audiences of all ages? Will it manage to be yet another timeless classic that only improves in age, or has the movie revealed its age as something as far behind the times as the time period it's set in? (This series takes place in 1963, apparently.)

To see if Incredibles 2 is just as "incredible" as the original, click READ MORE: