2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Marketplace Menus

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  That is, it’s planning season for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  The Festival Marketplace menus were announced yesterday, and we want to take a look at what’s new, what’s returning, and what’s off the menu for 2014.  We’ll also share our opinions, because such things surely must matter.

Culinary Demonstration with Chef Phillip Ponticelli: Pan-Seared Florida Shrimp with Tomato Egg Fettuccini and Tomato Basil Water

Culinary Demonstration with Chef Phillip Ponticelli: Pan-Seared Florida Shrimp with Tomato Egg Fettuccini and Tomato Basil Water

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Rest in peace, Bob Hoskins.

Eddie

Tonight, I’m going to have a scotch on the rocks (and I mean ice), and watch Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  Thanks for giving me my favorite movie, Bob.

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Celebrate Easter with Funny Little Bunnies

A few years ago, I endeavored to watch all of Walt Disney’s 75 Silly Symphonies cartoons in chronological order of release.  It was a fun and enriching project for me, and I came out of it with several favorites.  Among them was Funny Little Bunnies (1934).  I thought watching it again today would be a great way to celebrate Easter.

Funny Little Bunnies (1934)

Funny Little Bunnies (1934)

This is a cartoon that inspires mixed reviews from animation fans.  Some say that it’s saccharine and devoid of plot, while others say that it is, in fact, a very subtle political cartoon exploring Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs.  Whether you think it’s either of those things, I hope you can delight in the animation and cartoon humor.  I particularly love the patterned cans of paint.

 

 

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Star Wars characters get “Happy”

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Star Wars Characters Dancing Along To Pharrell’s “Happy”.

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Muppets: I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face

“I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” was a song originally written for the play My Fair Lady.  It’s a song I like quite a lot, particularly the Dean Martin version.  However, a close second is Kermit’s bizarre lip-synching of Rosemary Clooney’s rendition.

I shared this video on Twitter a couple weeks ago, but thought I would post about it some more, because it’s just so darn funny.  Kermit would often perform this song in drag in the 1950s and 60s, back in the days when he was more reptilian than amphibian, to Yorick, who was in need of a snack.  This rendition was filmed at Henson Alternative’s live Stuffed and Unstrung variety show.  There is no watching this video and telling me that puppets (especially Muppets) are just for kids.

Note: I scheduled the below post last week, before John Henson’s untimely passing due to a massive heart attack.  It seems even more appropriate to share it now, as this was a piece originated by his father, but one that he brought back to life for both the D23 Expo and Stuffed and Unstrung.  Rest in peace, Mr. Henson.

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Weekend Reads – 2/14/14

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Here are some Disney-related posts from around the web that we just love.

Mickey and Minnie in Yodelberg

Mickey and Minnie in Yodelberg

 

• 365 Random Muppets! | 365 Random Muppets

• Host a Frozen Viewing Party Inspired by the Disney Movie! | A Magical Day

• Disney Villains Perfume Bottles | Cartoon Brew

• This Frozen Fan Art Will Melt Your Heart | The Daily Dot

• The Most Fancy-Pants Mickey Mouse Ears You Could Ever Buy | Refinery 29

• Disneyland’s Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Find New Home at Knott’s Berry Farm | Touring Plans

• Coverland: “In a World of My Own” | Disney Hipsters

• A Galaxy of Very Dated Stars Assembled for Captain E.O.‘s 1986 Premiere | A.V. Club

The Simpsons Pays Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki | Slate

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Throwback Thursday: D-TV’s “Doggone Valentine”

In honor of Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I thought I’d share a blast from the past that was a favorite in my household when I was growing up.  My parents and I still talk about all the songs we loved in the D-TV episode titled “Doggone Valentine.”

Disney's D-TV "Doggone Valentine" Title Card

Disney’s D-TV “Doggone Valentine” Title Card

For those of you who don’t remember it, D-TV was Disney’s kid-friendly response to the growing popularity of music videos in the mid to late 1980s.  Originally released on NBC for Valentine’s Day 1987, “Doggone Valentine” was branded as “Doggone Hits” in subsequent airings on the Disney Channel.  I think this is where my parents taped it on VHS, ostensibly for me, but mostly because they loved the songs featured, like “Stray Cat Strut” and “Bad to the Bone.”  You can watch the entire special in five parts on YouTube, which are linked below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wXZd7pzIv0

Note that the last video is mis-labled as “Part 6″, but it’s actually the fifth and final part.

 

Many thanks to YouTube subscriber ReijiThePhantom and his 80s TV nostalgia videos!

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Mickey Mouse in Tapped Out

The 16th installment in the DisneyShorts series is Tapped Out, in which Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy go to a wrestling match, and Mickey’s machismo earns him a spot in the ring.

Tapped Out (2013) Title Card

Tapped Out (2013) Title Card

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Kitschy Spots in Disney Parks: DinoLand U.S.A.

One of the most overlooked lands in all of Walt Disney World has to be DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  I love it in all of its roadside attraction glory.  It’s really cool to see something like this in the Florida parks, because it looks like it would be right at home on Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure.

DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney's Animal Kingdom

DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Above is a quick photo I snapped the last time we were in DinoLand.  The garish colors and carnival barkers really give the area a totally different atmosphere than the rest of the serene, subdued park.  I know many guests don’t care for it, but I think DinoLand is a welcome bit of campy fun.

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Totoro Pop Tarts

I’m taking some liberty with today’s “Life Imitates the Art of Disney” installment.  As the Walt Disney Company is Studio Ghibli’s distributor in the USA, I think I’m allowed.  Let’s just call today’s post “Life Imitates the Art of Disney Ghibli.”

Totoro Pop Tarts

Today we’re visiting the YouTube channel of kawaiisweetworld, who teaches us how to make Totoro Pop Tarts!  This is both easy and adorable.  Watch her tutorial below:

 

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