Muppets Now! was recently released on Disney Plus. Will this new streaming series bring the Muppets into the 2020s in a fresh light? Or will this series be the final nail in the coffin for the Muppets owned by Disney? Only time will tell. Until then, here's some Muppet-related fan art to celebrate.
Friday, July 31, 2020
Thursday, July 30, 2020
I previously mentioned I wanted to write a feature blog post on Mousercise. However, I'm not sure if I can anymore. Defunctland released a new video about the old exercise program, and they did a better job of explaining it than I ever could. So for this Throwback Thursday, I'm sharing their video.
As you can probably tell from the title, Mousercise was a Disney-themed exercise program that aired on Disney Channel in the 1980s when the channel first premiered. A few episodes have been uploaded to YouTube, and they have been a good way to keep fit during the current pandemic.
As you can probably tell, I don't really have much to say. I've been rather busy lately, and I wanted to share something quick and easy for this week's Throwback Thursday, especially since I haven't had a post in quite some time. So enjoy this video by Defunctland:
To learn the history of Mousercise, click READ MORE:
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Disney Plus has proven to be a true treasure trove. Not only does the streaming service showcase some of Disney’s greatest hits, but it also unveils some hidden gems that had been lost and long forgotten, including several obscure movies, shows, and television specials. If you’ve never heard of Candleshoe, Mr. Bogedy, or The Apple Dumpling Gang, then Disney Plus offers you a chance to watch these uncovered gems from the Disney Vault.
However, just as all that glistens is not gold, not all that was lost and forgotten a hidden gem. In fact, upon re-watching them, you realize why they were lost and forgotten to begin with. Recently, Disney Plus uploaded one such hidden gem: an obscure 1977 television special based on a failed revival of the Mickey Mouse Club. Is this long, lost television special a diamond hidden in the rough, or is it a dud that needs to be chucked back into the recesses of the Disney Vault next to Walt’s Frozen Head?
For a bizarre look at this bizarre special, click READ MORE:
Friday, July 17, 2020
On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened its gates, and the history of amusement parks changed forever. Nearly 60 years later, and there are countless other Disney Parks around the world.
Unfortunately, many of them have been suffering lately, as the pandemic has forced their gates to remain closed; and while those gates have since re-opened, the park experience has changed to accommodate these uncertain times. Many people argue that the parks should not have opened at all.
Regardless, the sheer fact that people miss the parks and desperately want to go back, even in face masks, proves that these parks have had a major impact on people's lives. And that's something worth celebrating, even virtually!
For some fan art of the happiest place on Earth, click READ MORE:
Friday, July 10, 2020
Another weekend in July. Another excuse to go all gung-ho on the American patriotism. And another excuse to share even more fan art of the most patriotic Avenger, Captain America. Here's some more Star-Spangled fan art of that Star-Spangled Man with the plan who knows he can!
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Thursday, July 9, 2020
On July 4, 1976, America celebrated its Bicentennial, memorializing the 200 year milestone since America declared its independence and became a nation. Disney World decided to celebrate this most momentous occasion—ten years later! In 1986, the Magic Kingdom kicked off a yearlong celebration of all things Red, White, and Blue with a Spirit of America parade and a special patriotic castle show.
So why did Disney decide to showcase its patriotic colors in 1986? Who can say? No major American milestone transpired that year or the year before. My only guess is that Disney decided to go patriotic during that time because the resort has since grown into America’s premier vacation destination—and while Disney World existed in 1976, it was still relatively new and thus hadn’t grown its reputation as a theme park, or at least enough to warrant a special American celebration. So that's most likely why the park celebrated the Bicentennial ten years later.
And boy did Disney decide to promote its tribute to America in the most—um, “interesting” way. Check out this commercial starring a Claymation pie.
To watch a commercial more American than mom and apple pie, click READ MORE:
Friday, July 3, 2020
What could be more patriotic to share on 4th of July weekend than fan art of the most patriotic Avenger? Even during hard times when it's hard to be proud about America, Captain America is more than worthy of our pride and joy. Here's a salute to the best Avenger in this week's Fan Art Friday.
For some patriotic fan art of the most patriotic Avenger, click READ MORE:
Thursday, July 2, 2020
By now, I'm sure most of you heard the news that Splash Mountain in Disney World and Disneyland will be re-themed to Princess And The Frog. I have mixed feelings about this announcement. On the one hand, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't slightly sad to see this ride from my childhood leave. On the other hand, if the ride needs to be re-themed, at least it's being themed to the movie about Disney's one and only black princess. Tiana certainly deserves her own ride.
No doubt most of the animatronics in the old ride will be removed to make way for the new theme. However, this would not be the first time that the robots had been moved. Once upon a time, there was another Americana-based ride that many of these animatronics called home, and just like Splash Mountain, this attraction had its fair share of controversy.
Of course, I'm talking about the cult classic, America Sings.