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To the Cast Members of Disneyland

As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Walt’s park, we thank the cast members for creating magic every day. Danny Kaye gave a lovely tribute to the “family” that is the Disneyland cast during the 1980 TV special, Kraft Salutes Disneyland’s 25th Anniversary. Today, his parting words still ring true.

A Tribute to the Disneyland Cast Members

Watch the entire special here!

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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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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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Weekend Reads – 12/27/13

We hope you all had a merry Christmas and are gearing up for a happy New Year!  If you get a chance to slow down on this holiday weekend, be sure to check out some cool Disney articles from around the web.

Ghibli Set to Adapt When Marnie Was There | io9

The Queen of Hearts | Deja View

The Star Wars YouTube channel shares a glimpse at animating the AT-AT Walkers.

Prepare for the Mary Blair Invasion | Cartoon Brew

Tips for New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World | Disney Tourist Blog

• Watch The Lion King remade with kittens!


Does Thor: The Dark World Tease Adam Warlock Reference? (Possible spoilers.) | The Disney Blog

• Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort unveils new modern Mickey Mouse sports scenes! | Disney Food Blog

Thoughts During Saving Mr. Banks | The Disney Blog

Frozen‘s Paul Briggs Talks About Truth in Storytelling  (Possible spoilers.) | Cartoon Brew

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Merry Christmas!

In recognition of this most wonderful day of the year (aside from possibly July 17th) we thought we’d share some of our favorite holiday-themed Disney shorts.

Danny’s Pick: Donald’s Snow Fight (1942)

Danny says: I remember liking this one a lot when I was a kid.  Donald and his nephews have an epic snowball fight for Christmas. Interestingly, although this short takes place at Christmastime and opens with Donald singing ‘Jingle Bells’, it was originally released in April of 1942.  Although the film was released in the midst of WWII, the monumental battle fought evokes more of a Civil War feeling.

 

Melissa’s Pick: Lend a Paw (1941)

Melissa says: When Disney and his animators really began to hit their stride in the ’30s and early ’40s, they remade many of their earlier shorts.  1920s shorts featuring Alice or Oswald the Lucky Rabbit were re-written and animated to feature new stars like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.  We’ll explore some of those remakes in-depth one day, but I’ve always thought that this one was notable because Lend a Paw is a remake of the 1933 short, Mickey’s Pal Pluto, which of course already starred Mickey and Pluto.  The remake is special because of the dedication found on the opening title card: ‘This picture is dedicated to the Tailwagger Foundation in recognition of its work in lending a paw to man’s animal friends.’  It also took home the Oscar for best cartoon short subject that year.  While this story doesn’t take place at Christmas specifically, its message of friendship and generosity and the wintry backdrop make it a Christmas cartoon in my eyes.

 

 

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Weekend Reads – Christmas Edition!

We’re kicking off the Christmas season a few days early here at the Hyperion house!  Here are our favorite Disney Christmas links from around the web.

Pluto's Christmas Tree

Prep & Landing Design Illustrations | Disney Hipsters

The Fabulous Sounds of Christmas at Disneyland | Disney Travel Babble

Contemporary Resort’s 2013 Gingerbread Tree | Eating WDW

Tips for Visiting Holidays Around the World at Epcot | Disney Tourist Blog

Disney Japan Celebrates the Holidays with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit | Cartoon Brew

Christmas at the Yacht and Beach Clubs | At Disney Again

Very Mickey Christmas Nail Art | The Nail Network

Christmas Cards from Ward Kimball | Cartoon Brew and the Ward Kimball Tumblr

Five Can’t-Miss Holiday Drinks in Walt Disney World | The Disney Food Blog

Gingerbread Wonderland at the Land Pavilion | At Disney Again

Photo Gallery: Holidays at Epcot | DisneyDining

Christmas Photography Tips | The Disney Tourist Blog

Boardwalk Inn and Villas Christmas Decor | Extra WDW Magic

• Lastly, be sure to tune in to Utilidors Audio Broadcasting as they air seasonal Christmas BGM for the month of December.

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Weekend Reads – 12/13/13

• Exploring Bambi’s Jewish Roots with Author Paul Reitter | Cartoon Brew

If Woody Allen Wrote Your Favorite Disney Films | Buzzfeed

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• Director Saschka Unseld has created an online advent calendar all about the making of The Blue Umbrella.

Radio Harambe T-Shirt for Sale | Jambo Everyone

Blizzard Beach Bathroom Signage | Disney Hipsters

• Mike Bonifer takes an in-depth look at Walt, the Disney biopic that never was | Cartoon Brew

And no, they're not talking about this.

And no, they’re not talking about this.

How to Display and Preserve Your Disney Wedding (and other) Photos | The Disney Wedding Podcast

3X Ward Kimball | Deja View

How Pixar Saved Toy Story from Becoming a Disney Disaster | Deadline

Fact-Checking Rumors of Walt Disney’s Dark Side | Vulture

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Weekend Reads – 11/29/13

Staying in this Black Friday?  Here’s a little reading for you from around the web!  This edition will especially interest animation lovers.

 

• Deja View: Snow White Concepts | Milt Kahl Draws Prince Philip for a Fan

 

• Cartoon Brew: Simpsons Couch Gag Pays Homage to Silly Symphonies

 

• Watch an animated commercial starring Mickey and Donald for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party:

 

• Disney Food Blog: Disney Gift Guide

 

• Disney Hipsters: Disney Concept Art

 

• Walt Disney World for Grownups: Dog Shows in Disney Animation

 

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Weekend Reads – 11/1/13

Tomorrow begins our two week wedding and honeymoon vacation in Walt Disney World!  Here’s lots to read and watch while we’re gone:

 

• Be sure to take the time to watch this brilliant cover of the “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago, as covered by Disney Villains.  This is “Spell Block Tango”, directed by Todrick Hall:

 

• Check out all of Sarah’s in-depth coverage of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Eating WDW.

 

• Enjoy the Disney Hipsters‘ commentary on the truly atrocious photos in The Disney Book of Knitting.  Part 1 and Part 2 are now online, with a promise of more to come.

 

• In ill-advised sequel news, here’s the Planes: Fire & Rescue teaser trailer:

 

• And in ill-advised original films news, read about Disney’s newest project, Fairy Tale Wedding.

 

• Are you subscribed to Deja View?  If not, what the hell are you waiting for?  On his blog, animator Andreas Deja shares a goldmine of drawings, photos and other artwork from the Disney studio, from both his time with the company and before.  Check out recent gems about the development of Wart from The Sword in the Stone, some of the work of Frank Thomas, and the many early designs of Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty.

 

• Hallowen may be over, but if you’re not done being creeped out, be sure to catch the mashup video that features scenes from Cinderella (1950) cut with audio from the trailer for Carrie (2013):

 

• Cartoon Brew has a post up this week that is a little different than their normal stories.  Read all about Eisner-era architecture on Disney properties. 

 

• Are you running in the Wine and Dine Half Marathon events next weekend?  You may want to check out the Touring Plans blog tips for navigating a runDisney Expo.

 

• Nora and Nick of Extra Walt Disney World Magic have attended several special events during the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival.  Read their reviews of the Tequila Lunch at La Hacienda de San Angel, the Beer and Food Pairing at Via Napoli, and the Sake Dinner at Tokyo Dining.  They also attended a number of events at this years Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic.

 

• Last week saw two milestone birthdays for Disney animators Tyrus Wong, who turned 103, and Don Lusk, who turned 100.  Thanks to Cartoon Brew for sharing their stories!

 

That’s it for us!  We don’t have any content planned until we get back from our honeymoon, but be sure to follow Melissa on Twitter and Instagram for updates from Walt Disney World.  See ya real soon!

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Weekend Reads – 10/11/13

Here are our favorite Disney stories from around the web this week.

 

• The Disney Photography Blog shares their tips for taking photos of the Wishes! Nighttime Fireworks Spectacular at the Magic Kingdom.

•  io9 put up a clip from ABC’s upcoming Halloween special, Toy Story of Terror.  Be sure to watch it Wednesday, 10/16, at 8pm/7pm Central.

• Drinking Disney give their review of Unibroue’s Cherry Éphémère at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

• Deadline breaks news about Iron Man coming to Hong Kong Disneyland and the company’s decision to discontinue selling collectible stock certificates.  Get them while they last!  After Wednesday, 11/16, they’re no more.

• Jambo Everyone continues telling the Story of Harambe at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

• Cartoon Brew expresses disappointment with Disney animator Lino DiSalvo’s assertion that animating women is “really, really, difficult” because emotions make girls ugly.  More bad news: Pixar Canada is closed, just four years after opening up shop.

• The Disney Tourist Blog share some of their favorite Disneyland secrets.

 

Happy reading!  Have stories to share?  Leave them in the comments!

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