Star Wars characters get “Happy”

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

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by | March 9, 2014 · 4:27 PM

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

After bragging to his friends about how he’d like to take on the bully, Mickey finds himself the reluctant challenger to a wrestling champion, a character designed after Pegleg Pete, but bearing striking resemblance to a couple WWF stars from the early ’90s.

The World Champion, Pete

The World Champion, Pete

To date, Tapped Out is the farthest removed from classic Mickey Mouse shorts in terms of style and content.  In his early days, Mickey Mouse was a mischievous rascal who would get himself in trouble and learn a lesson.  When sidekick Donald Duck took over some of Mickey’s bad habits in later years, Mickey became the lovable straight man, setting up the gags for the other guys.  In this new short, Mickey Mouse goes from obnoxious braggart, to coward, and back again.  Set against a background of John K-inspired artwork, this cartoon will definitely appeal to a crowd that has never needed me as a member.

Intentionally ugly character design has been standard for Goofy in the new Mickey Mouse shorts.

Intentionally ugly character design has been standard for Goofy in the new Mickey Mouse shorts.

The highlight here is Donald Duck, who plays true to character and has a couple great moments as a result of his usual self-serving nature.

Donald Duck is a flaming ball of rage.

Donald Duck is a flaming ball of rage.

I don’t have much else to say about Tapped Out.  It’s my least favorite of the modern Mickey Mouse shorts to date, and that’s especially disappointing on the heels of Sleepwalkin’.  You can watch the short below and tell me if you agree.

What are your thoughts on Tapped Out and the other modern Mickey cartoons?  Am I being too nostalgic, or do you agree?  Is this new Mickey the wave of the future or a flash in the pan?

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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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Weekend Reads – 1/3/14

Happy New Year, Disney fans!  Enjoy your weekend with these reads from around the web:

Disney Dudes Without Their Beards | Artist Annie Erskine

Disney Files Trademark Lawsuit Over “Frozen Land” | Cartoon Brew

Goofy Pencil Tests | Deja View

Japan gets to the point and makes straight-up Disney princess lingerie. (Possibly NSFW) | io9

Top Ten Stylish Disney Villains | Disney Dining

Blue Poinsettias at Downtown Disney | Extra WDW Magic

Let’s Cook! Kimchi Hot Dogs | Eating (and Drinking) Around the World

The Walt Disney Image Problem | Cartoon Brew

Predictions: Trends for 2014 Disney Weddings | Magical Day Weddings

Turkey Legs Conquer the Land of Mouse Ears | NY Times

Shops Closing at Walt Disney World | Touring Plans

Prescriptions for Walt Disney World in 2014 | The Disney Blog

Milt Kahl’s First Shere Khan Scene | Deja View

 

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Mickey Mouse in Sleepwalkin’

Today I’m sharing my favorite of Disney’s modern Mickey Mouse shorts to date!  Sleepwalkin’ is a treasure trove of classic cartoon convention in a small, action-packed package.

Sleepwalkin' (2013) Title Card

Sleepwalkin‘ (2013) Title Card

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Dinner at Be Our Guest

The Magic Kingdom’s newest table service restaurant is touted as a can’t-miss experience, and Danny and I have been waiting for nearly a year to check it out.  While reviews on the food tend to vary, everybody is wowed by the massive restaurant’s detailed atmosphere and decor.  I’ll spare you my grainy, low-light photos of the ballroom, where we ate our meal, but will share some blurry shots of the food.

The napkins are folded to look like rosebuds.

The napkins are folded to look like rosebuds.

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