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.


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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

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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?

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


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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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Animal Kingdom's "Nahtazu"

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Calling Animal Kingdom one of the most unique Disney theme parks would be rather dubious, as there are plenty of other Disney parks such as Epcot and DisneySea that would better fit that description.

There's no doubt that Animal Kingdom was one of Disney World's most ambitious theme park additions, especially with the overall vast size of the park. (As a comparison, the entire Magic Kingdom park could fit inside the ride area of Kilimanjaro Safaris.)

However, despite its uniqueness and ambition, the park still manages to be one of the less popular of the four Disney World theme parks, especially due to its overall lack of rides (the new Avatar section notwithstanding).

This was especially true back when the park first opened, back when very few people visited. To help overcome this image problem, the park released an ad campaign to help assure park guests that the park was worth visiting alongside the other parks.

To learn more about how Disney tried to sell Animal Kingdom, click READ MORE.


Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Purge, Hobbes, And Anarchy: Why The Purge Is Dumb And Its Politics Are Dumber

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The Purge franchise is quite the modern oddity. Despite these movies not doing well in the box office or with critical reviews, they still remain popular enough to warrant further sequels. The only thing more perplexing than their ongoing popularity is the appeal of their "political satire."

With every new movie released, more than a dozen think pieces follow praising these movies for their "cutting" political commentary. "They’re the political satire of our time," the sycophants proclaim. "They have the smartest movie premise ever," other critics say. "They’re even more important than Orwell," still others claim.

The Purge movies have thus ascended within our cultural zeitgeist to the level of The Matrix or Idiocracy as movies lauded for being "politically deep", when in reality, once you look past the pseudo-intellectual grandstanding, they’re not really. In fact, their political commentary lacks so much depth that you couldn’t even drown in it if you shoved you face directly into its surface.

Since I’ve grown tired of these dumb movies being praised for having "the smartest premise ever," I’ve decided to take this opportunity to explain in detail why these movies are dumb, why their politics are dumb, and why everyone else is dumb for thinking otherwise.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Willy Nilly Silly Old Bear


Christopher Robin came flying into theaters like a blustery day. Whether the movie will rise like a pair of Poohsticks or flop harder than Pooh falling from the honey tree will remain to be determined. Until then, let's celebrate this occasion with some scrum-diddly-umptious Pooh-related fan art.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Too Smart For Strangers

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The new Disney live-action movie, Christopher Robin, will be released tomorrow. So what better way to commemorate the occasion than by sharing something Pooh-related for this week's Throwback Thursday.

Now as you recall, the new movie involves the grown-up Christopher Robin coming across his old friend, Winnie the Pooh. Now if Christopher didn't know Pooh, that would make Pooh a stranger. And we all know better than to talk with strangers, especially if they want us to walk through a "magic tree" with them.

Of course, most of us were already taught never to talk to strangers. Coincidentally enough, most of us were probably taught that very lesson by Pooh and his friends. Though the way it was taught to us was, well, rather strange.

To learn how Pooh taught kids not to talk to strangers, click READ MORE.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Magic Ears Dudebro Reviews: Ant-Man And The Wasp

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Ant-Man is a movie that gives you exactly what the title promises: a superhero with the power to shrink down to the size of ants and control them with his mind. The premise is as goofy as it sounds.
By all accounts, this movie should not have worked. Not only is its silly premise, well, silly, but the movie had previously suffered through production hell behind the scenes, especially with the original director up and leaving due to creative differences.

By all means, this movie should have been one big mess that flopped harder than Loki being tossed around like a rag doll by Hulk. And yet it didn't. While by no means a box office success, the original movie did well enough that it now has a second movie.

One probable reason why this movie, as well as Marvel's other off-the-wall films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange, has done so well is because it was made by a studio that has since earned the trust of its audience. Marvel already proved in its first MCU phase that it can not only make good movies about well-established superheroes like Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor, but that it can bring all those heroes together under one roof with a massive crossover like The Avengers.

So when you've proven yourself like that as a studio, your audience is more than willing to take a chance on your more off-beat movie choices. A movie about a man who can shrink to the size of an ant? About a talking tree and gun-wielding raccoon? About a person literally named Doctor Strange? Well, they made The Avengers, so why can't they pull all that off?!

So the first Ant-Man did well enough, but will the second movie prove just as successful? Will the second movie grow to the same size as the original movie, or will it shrink down to the exact size of the straw that finally broke the camel's back for the Marvel movies?

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