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Hyperion Papers Thanks Our Troops

We here at Hyperion Papers would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all of the soldiers who are serving, have served or have fallen in service to the United States of America and elsewhere in the world on this Veteran’s/Remembrance Day.   Continue reading

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by | November 11, 2014 · 3:11 PM

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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Listen to Melissa on the Disney Weddings Podcast!

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Hi everybody!  This week I was a guest on Carrie Hayward’s Disney Weddings Podcast, and we discussed various options for preserving and displaying wedding photos.  This is advice that I think also transfers to other Disney vacation photos and mementos, so be sure to check it out!

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Also, for any Disney brides and grooms that may be reading, if you’re not already acquainted with Carrie, be sure to check out her blog, Disney Travel Babble, and her book, PassPorter’s Disney Weddings and Honeymoons.  Carrie possesses a wealth of information on weddings in Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and on the Disney Cruise Line, and her resources were invaluable to Danny and me in planning our own wedding.

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Happy Birthday, Walt Disney

In honor of what would have been Walt’s 112th birthday, we thought we’d show you some of the coolest Disney-inspired birthday cakes from around the web.

Lion King Up Fantasia Monsters Inc. Lady and the Tramp

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Just a little update.

We’ve been MIA this week and will probably not be around much next week either.  Tonight we’re both getting a little rest and watching movies.  What are we watching?  Not this:

Teen Beach Movie

I prefer the real Frankie and Annette.

Beach Party

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My Hollywood Studios Wishlist

With the grand unveiling of California Adventure’s Cars Land all of those many months ago, there was much excitement and fanfare.  The reviews were immediate and prevalent, both in traditional media and the blogosphere.  Now, time has passed, Cars Land has become a Disney Parks must see, and the focus has shifted from ‘can’t wait’ to ‘what’s next’.  The rumors are fairly convincing that Hollywood Studios is going to get a serious look.  With the move of the Imagineering visionary behind Cars Land from California to the Disney World properties, it seems like Orlando may be getting a shot in the arm.  As such, Hollywood Studios might just be the next Disney property to get a much needed, long overdue overhaul.

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Alice in Wonderland Style Cookies

My first thought when I saw the below cookies was, “I think I’ve found my next baking project.”

My second thought was, “I want to see more like this!”

So, thanks to the uncredited photo I saw on Tumblr (right), I’ll be starting a new series on this blog, which I’m awkwardly referring to as “Life Imitates the Art of Disney.”  Posts with that tag will be about people who bring the world of Disney into their real-life creative endeavors.

Left: cookies screencaped from Disney's Alice in Wonderland (1951).  Right: eerily similar real-life cookies.  Color me impressed!

Left: cookies screencaped from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (1951). Right: eerily similar real-life cookies. Color me impressed!

On the left is a screencap from Alice in Wonderland (1951).  On the right are some real-life cookies I saw on Tumblr while searching for goodies to hand out as wedding favors.  The attention to detail in recreating the shot is pretty fantastic.  If anybody knows the origin of this photo, I’d love to give credit to the photographer/baker responsible.

 

UPDATE: Many thanks to reader C.A. Stavridis, who appears to have found the original source of these cookies!  Check out the recipe and method of execution for each of the cookies over at Diamonds for Dessert.

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It’s my birthday!

For the last several years, we’ve spent my birthday in Disneyland. It’s not in the cards this year, but we’re still going to celebrate Disney-style.

Birthday

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The List – Disney Style

This has been done before. If you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably made this list before. Heck, even I’ve made this list before (or started it, anyway), in the comments of Tom Bricker’s column on the same subject.

The only item on my grandma's bucket list was a trip to Disneyland with all the grandkids.

The only item on my grandma’s bucket list: to visit Disneyland with all the grandkids.

This is The List. Your Disney life list. Your personal running scavenger hunt of Disney experiences. The “Disney Bucket List”, if you will, although I’m not calling it that because I hope I complete my list much sooner than I do my life. Most of what I’d like to accomplish is fairly attainable. It doesn’t include things that are left only to chance and famous millionaires like staying in the Cinderella Castle Suite. My list is filled entirely with things that I can personally make happen, so it really shouldn’t take me all that long. That said, it’s easy to sink in to the same old habits, travel annually at the same time of year, and see and do your favorite things over and over rather than trying new experiences.

Lots of people want to walk through an empty Magic Kingdom. I've come close, but not quite!

Many want to walk through an empty Magic Kingdom. I’ve come close, but not quite!

I’m putting it all out here because if I publish it, I have to do it, right?

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The Disney Curmudgeon on… Character Dining

The following piece will be a new weekly column on The Hyperion Papers where I, Danny, will express some disgruntled opinions about something Disney-related that I find irksome.  Look for it every Monday evening, and feel free to drop me your opinion on my musings in the comments.  I may even use it for fodder in future posts.

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