Friday, December 27, 2019

Fan Art Friday: Disney Stocking Stuffers (Part 4)

Christmas may be over, but the holiday season won't be until New Year's. And if you consider the 12 days of Christmas, the holiday itself isn't officially over until January 6. So here's some leftover random fan art for stocking stuffers. Enjoy!

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Toy Story Burger King Xmas Commercial


Still recovering from the holidays. Don't have a substantial post this week. So here's a quickie. Toy Story 4 was released earlier this year. And it's Christmas--or rather, was Christmas! So how about an old Christmas commercial for Toy Story gifts at Burger King? But not without watching a Welch's juice commercial first.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Magic Ears Dudebro Reviews: Christmas Eve On Sesame Street

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Several years ago, I reviewed two Muppets Christmas specials: one bad (“It’s A Wonderful Muppet Christmas”), and one good (“A Muppet Family Christmas”). With Sesame Street celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, and with the recent passing of Carol Spinney, the actor who played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, I wanted to review another Muppets special, this one taking place on the most famous street in the world: Sesame Street.

If you grew up after 1969 like me, chances are Sesame Street was one of the very first television shows you ever watched. For more than 50 years, this show taught children their ABCs and 123s, all without them even knowing that they were learning. This show broke revolutionary ground by revealing how education and entertainment could be seamlessly blended together, proving that television, especially public television, could be a worthwhile educational asset. The show has been running for more than 50 years, and Lord willing, it’ll run for 50 years more. Sesame Street has had many Christmas specials during its run. Perhaps its most famous is also it’s very first: "Christmas Eve on Sesame Street."

The special was first released in 1978, and experienced several re-runs in the 80s and 90s. As such, I had the opportunity to watch it growing up. However, as the special was released 11 years before I was born, it portrayed a vastly different Sesame Street than I was initially familiar with. Many familiar Muppet characters like Elmo were absent (as they wouldn’t be introduced until years later), all of the human characters were much younger, the street setting looked different with a much grungier (and almost dirtier) look, and to top off the uncanniness, Mr. Hooper actually existed.

Yes, I was born in 1987, a good five years after the death of the character for whom Mr. Hooper’s Store was named after. Growing up, I always wondered who Mr. Hooper was. After all, if there was a Mr. Hooper’s Store, certainly there had to be a Mr. Hooper. The absence of such an eponymous character always confused me, and actually getting to see him in this special proved quite uncanny. It wouldn’t be until years later that I learned his actor passed away long before my time, and how his death managed to become the subject of one of the most influential Sesame Street episodes.

With the special showing a vastly different Sesame Street than I was familiar with, watching it as a little kid always proved to be a jarring experience. I enjoyed it, to be sure, but the stark contrast from the show I was growing up with made watching the special feel uncanny. I can’t say it’s one of my favorite specials. It certainly isn’t a Christmas classic like "A Charlie Brown Christmas" or "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer."

And yet, for some reason, I keep coming back to this special time and again every Christmas. But why? What is it about this special that continues to intrigue me? What makes "Christmas on Sesame Street" worth watching and re-watching time and again?

To learn more about this special Sesame Street Christmas special, click READ MORE:

Friday, December 20, 2019

Fan Art Friday: Disney Stocking Stuffers (Star Wars Edition)

Rise of the Skywalker premieres today. So of course I'm going to be showcasing Star Wars-related fan art this week. Because what other type of fan art would be more apropos?

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Burger Chef Star Wars Commercial


I know I said I would be focusing on obscure Christmas commercials all this month for Throwback Thursday. However, since the new Star Wars releases this week, I'd figure I'd highlight an obscure Star Wars commercial instead. The new Star Wars movies are being released around the holidays, so an obscure Star Wars commercial would technically count as a holiday commercial, right? Right?

Rise Of The Skywalker premieres this week. But you already knew that. It's impossible not to know that. The movie trailer practically plays as an advertisement before every single YouTube video. Not to mention all of the other advertising and marketing, including the McDonalds Happy Meal Toys.

But before McDonalds, there was another fast food burger chain that offered free toys with their kid's meals long before Ronald McDonald ever did. And some of them were Star Wars toys! There's even a commercial for it.

To learn more about the Star Wars toys offered at a fast food chain long, long ago (but not in a galaxy far, far away), click READ MORE:

Friday, December 13, 2019

Fan Art Friday: Disney Stocking Stuffers (Part 2)

Throughout the month of December, I'll be sharing random Disney fan art for this month's Fan Art Friday posts. There's no rhyme or reason behind them. They're just stocking stuffers. So go ahead and take a look!

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Santa's Helper Rubberband Man


Welcome back to yet another holiday-themed Throwback Thursday. All this month, we’re taking a look back at obscure holiday commercials, the ones that tend to be overlooked by popular nostalgia yet somehow still linger in the back of our collective memories, even if we don’t realize it.

What do rubber bands and Christmas have in common? Well, nothing, honestly! They have nothing in common, not unless you have a rubber band ball as a Christmas ornament. Yet Office Max not only wanted you to think of rubber bands, but other office supplies as well, when you thought of Christmas. And they used a then-popular character in their commercials to help them do it.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Fan Art Friday: Disney Stocking Stuffers

Christmas is right around the corner! What are you looking forward to getting this holiday season? Would you like some Disney fan art? Because I've found plenty of it! And I'm sharing it all!

All this month, to celebrate the holiday season, I'll be posting "stocking stuffer" versions of my Fan Art Friday posts. I won't be focusing on a specific theme. I'm simply sharing random Disney fan art that I've stumbled across on-line and that I feel are worth sharing. Here's just a few to stuff your stockings!

To dig through this week's stocking of Disney fan art, click READ MORE:

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Christmahanakwanzika

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Merry Christmas, everyone, and Happy Holidays! All through December, I’ll be using my Throwback Thursday posts to reflect upon nostalgic Christmas commercials. There’s a lot of iconic holiday commercials that run all the time during this time of year. There’s also been plenty of obscure commercials, the type of commercials that often air once and only once, only to be forgotten, making you wonder if they were ever real.

This year, I’ll be focusing on some of the more obscure commercials, those that you may have nearly forgotten about but still remain buried in your subconscious. For this week’s post, I’ll be highlighting a very curious commercial, one that gets curiouser and curiouser the more you think about it. It’s a commercial that’s so weird, that even if you have seen it once, chances are you still have the jingle stuck in the back of your head. Allow me to introduce you all to Christmahanakwanzika!

To learn more about this blatant example of performative "woke brands", click READ MORE:

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Is The Live-Action Lady And The Tramp “Problematic”?

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Recently, Disney has been remaking its beloved animated classics into live-action films. This year alone, the company has released three live-action remakes: Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King. However, upon launching their new streaming service, Disney Plus, they released a fourth movie specifically for the new platform: Lady And The Tramp.

As with previous live-action remakes, this movie re-tells the story of the original animated movie with a few minor changes. The biggest change, of course, is that the movie is in live-action. But as with other live-action remakes, the movie also tries to diversify the story by adding non-white characters, either new characters specifically created for the new adaptation, or recasting previously white characters with non-white actors. With Lady And The Tramp, the new movie turns Lady’s owners into an interracial couple and adds a few other non-white background and side characters.

Many Disney fans—or rather, a few loud and obnoxious voices—have decried this push for more diversity as an attempt to push a “woke” political agenda to make Disney’s classic stories more “politically correct” for modern audiences. However, what if diversifying the cast of Lady And The Tramp actually made the movie less “woke” and more “problematic”? Is the live-action remake actually more “problematic” than the original animated version—you know, the version with the song number with Asian stereotypes?

To find out if this movie is "woke" or "problematic", click READ MORE: