Friday, January 31, 2020

Fan Art Friday: Sleeping Beauty Proposal


Sorry I haven't been posting any Fan Art Fridays this month. I've been slightly pre-occupied lately from looking through potential fan art. I assure you all there will be plenty of those posts next month. Until then, here's a little something to make up for it.

Recently, a filmmaker from Boston proposed to his high school sweetheart. That's not the interesting part. What was interesting was how he proposed to her. He decided to show her a special screening of her favorite movie, Sleeping Beauty, albeit with an alternative ending, one that ended with his proposal to her. See the tender moment for yourself in the video below:

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Throwback Thursday: 1978 Orange Bowl Halftime Show


The Super Bowl is this weekend. Who are you rooting for? The 49ers? Or The Chiefs? Neither, in my case. I only watch the game for the commercials and halftime show. I really hope this year’s show is spectacular. Then again, when is the Super Bowl Halftime Show never spectacular? You know, other than last year’s disappointment?!

Speaking of which, did you know that Disney once hosted a halftime show? Okay, it wasn’t for the Super Bowl. But it was for the Orange Bowl. And you could say that it was a “spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination!”

To watch a halftime show with thousands of sparkling lights, click READ MORE:

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Happy Birthday To Me!

Today marks 33 years I've been alive on this planet. Let's hope the planet remains around long enough for me to see 33 more years on it! Happy birthday to me!

Anyway, here's a special birthday music video. It may be about Donald Duck, but in the end, haven't we all been like Donald before?

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Throwback Thursday: The Craziest Party Walt Disney Ever Threw

Disney History Institute

In 1938, following the successful premiere of Snow White, Walt Disney hosted a big wrap party and field day at a California hotel. The party would go down in history as one of the company's biggest and wildest. One animator stumbled drunk out of a second story window. Another rode a horse into a pool. And there was plenty of drinking, dancing, and hanky-panky to go around. Sadly, the years following the party would prove not to be as happy, as the company would quickly go downhill with the animators talking about striking and unionization.

Now that's a wild tale from Disney History that you won't hear officially from the Mouse! But you can learn all about it and the sordid details from Defunctland's latest video. Click here to learn more, or watch the video below the break:

To learn more about the wildest party by Disney, click READ MORE:

Monday, January 20, 2020

Happy MLK Day – We Shall Be Free!

Muppets Wiki

On Aug. 28, 1963, more than 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. He spoke aloud his vision of a world where people could walk hand-in-hand with each other in peace and harmony regardless of the race, where people would be judged “not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Two years later, the Civil Rights Act was passed, banning segregation and Jim Crow laws that had prevented such a world from existing.

Nearly 30 years later, on Aug. 31, 1992, Garth Brooks released his song, “We Shall Be Free.” He sang aloud his vision of a world where people could truly be free, where people could marry who they loved, where people would not want food, clothing, or shelter, and where people could freely express their views without fear of persecution or suppression. While not directly related to MLK’s speech, his song does convey a similar sense of optimism of a better world and better future.

So what better way to honor MLK’s birthday than by sharing a song that shares his same bold vision? The following performance was from Garth Brook’s apperance on Muppets Tonight (a sorely underrated and short-lived show!). It’s a very fun performance, if not very moving. The song states a very bold message. A better world is possible. As the lyrics go, we simply need to have a little faith and walk proud—for we shall be free!

To listen to a song about a better world, click READ MORE:

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Throwback Thursday: Space Mountain 1977 Commercial


Exactly 25 years ago, on January 15, 1975, my favorite ride at the Magic Kingdom first opened. In honor of the attraction's 25th anniversary, here's a commercial about Space Disneyland!

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Throwback Thursday: Tron At The Parks


The end of 2019 saw the passing of Syd Mead, the concept designer who created the conceptual artwork for many sci-fi films such as Tron. Despite not doing well in the box office, the 1982 movie  gained cult movie status, so much so that a sequel was released nearly 30 years later, Tron: Legacy.

Since the film's initial release, Disney has featured elements of the movie into their parks. A proper attraction would not be built until more than 30 years later with the Lightcycle Coaster in Shanghai Disneyland in 2016. Before then, Disney has featured the movie throughout the parks.

To see how the World of Tron came to Disney Park, click READ MORE:

Friday, January 3, 2020

Fan Art Friday: #RoseTicoDeservedBetter

Rise of Skywalker was recently released in theaters. The last installment within the sequel trilogy saw the return of many characters. Well, many characters except one: Rose Tico. Despite having a prominent role within The Last Jedi, she unfortunately had her role in this movie downplayed with less than two minutes of overall screen time.

Making matters worse is how the actress, Kelly Marie Tran, was subjected to racist and sexist harassment, to the point where she was forced to leave social media. And Disney's response to this was to reward the angry racist fan boys by downplaying her role in the new movie? Way to reward bad behavior, guys! Not cool!

The good new is that Jon Chu, the director of Rich Crazy Asians, has offered to create a spinoff series starring her on Disney Plus. Whether Disney will accept this offer, only time will tell. But we can hope. Because #RoseTicoDeservedBetter! At the very least, here's this week's Fan Art Friday showcasing fan art of this most underrated and overhated character. Because she deserves better!

For some fan art of a very underrated and overhated character, click READ MORE:

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Throwback Thursday: R.I.P. Syd Mead (1933-2019)


Recently Syd Mead passed away at the age of 86. You may not know him, but if you enjoy sci-fi movies such as Star Trek, Blade Runner, and Tron, then you’ve seen some of his work. As a concept artist and illustrator, he designed art for companies like Ford and American Steel. Most importantly, he created concept art for movies, most notably sci-fi movies. Even later in his life, he would contribute to films such as Elysium and Tomorrowland. From the skylines in Blade Runner to the light cycles in Tron to even the main robot character in Short Circuit, if you’ve watched a sci-fi movie, chances are you’ve seen his art.

More than simply being a prolific artist, Mead was quite influential, popularizing the genre of “visual futurism.” Every concept art of his exhibits a very sleek and clean design that exemplifies, for lack of a better term, “a great big beautiful tomorrow.” Even when creating designs for bleak dystopias such as Blade Runner or Elysium, his artwork denotes a sense of hope and optimism for the future even within the darkest of timelines.

In a time when the fate of the world appears bleak due to climate change, economic instability, and rising authoritarianism, such optimism is needed now more than ever. That makes his recent death, especially before the turn of a new decade, an even greater loss. We need artists like him to inspire vision of a brighter better future. We need hope that, even when things look bad, that there’s always…well…a great big beautiful tomorrow just a dream away.

Below is a sample of some of his artwork. If you want to see more, visit his official website. These are just a few of my personal favorites.

To view some of the visual futurism of Syd Mead, click READ MORE:

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Magic Ears Dudebro Reviews: Rise Of Skywalker


As I’ve mentioned many times before, I’m not a hardcore Star Wars fan. I like Star Wars, but I don’t love it—or at least I’m not in love with it! For me, the franchise has simply been a series of entertaining sci-fi flicks. For others, though, Star Wars is much more than that. It’s an entire lifestyle for them, almost like a religion. In fact, many fans have even tried to make it an official religion. (No, I’m not kidding!) But for me, these films have simply been mindless entertainment and nothing more. As such, I never had any real expectations for the new movies other than for them to be good.

The recent slew of Star Wars movies have proven to be a mixed bag. Out of the four movies produced by Disney, only one has proven exceptional (The Last Jedi). The others have ranged from “fun buy painfully unoriginal” (The Force Awakens) to “boringly pretentious” (Rouge One) to “blatant fan pandering not worth watching” (Solo). With such an inconsistent level of quality, it was hard for me to have any real expectations for the latest movie. For all I knew, it could be great, bad, or anywhere in between.

Either way, Rise Of Skywalker has a lot riding on it. This movie is literally the end, not only of the new sequel trilogy, but pretty much the entire franchise as a whole—or at least for the time being until Disney needs to make more money (which is always!). This movie simply isn’t concluding the story created by J.J. Abrams for the new trilogy. It’s essentially wrapping up 40+ years of content within the overall franchise. As such, expectations are high for it to end with a big bang. But will this movie allow the Star Wars franchise to end with a big bang, or will it go out on a whimper?

To read how well this movie ends the Star Wars franchise, click READ MORE: