Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tangled Ever After

When Disney re-released "Beauty and the Beast" in 3-D they attached a sort of sequel to "Tangled" in front of it.  Over all, it's a fun cartoon short.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Princess Movies Are Either Dead Or Dying

At least, that's what some would have you believe.

But, let's get one thing straight right off the bat: princess movies are not going away.

We may be tired of being overwhelmed by them everywhere the Disney name can be found from movies to theme parks and everywhere in between, but just because we've grown tired and cynical doesn't mean that Disney is going to give up on one of their biggest money makers.

Disney World is in the final stages of it's biggest land expansion ever, which is heavily influenced by the princesses.  Cinderella, Snow White, Belle and Ariel are all playing major roles in New Fantasyland.

The princess movies are not only big money makers, they've also saved the Disney company multiple times over the years.

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" or, "Disney's Folly" proved to be anything but as it was not only hugely successful fiscally, it was also the genesis of all feature length animation.

After World War II, the studios found themselves in a slump.  Because of the war and the animators strike, they hadn't been able to make a full length feature in years - having to settle for several "package films." What movie brought an end to the package films and was the first truly successful film since before the war?  "Cinderella."

In the 80's, Disney animation was once again in a slump.  Then, in 1989, "The Little Mermaid" not only brought them out of the slump, it also ushered in what is considered by most to be the greatest era in Disney animation history.

"The Princess and the Frog" heralded the return of 2-D animation and it's possible that "Tangled" will be the beginning of a new renaissance for Disney animation.

Yes, Disney has shoved these princesses down our throats it seems and it's not always necessary or palatable.  But, it's ridiculous to think that Disney will ignore an entire genre of stories.

After all,  genres don't go out of style - bad stories do.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Disney Animation

With Wreck-It Ralph opening tomorrow, I though it would be a great time to focus on Disney's animated movies.  With more than 70 years of movies under their belt, there are a ton of topics to be discussed.

This time around the topics will include:
- The end of the princess movie
- The "cheap-quels" of the 90's and 2000's
- A review of "Wreck-It Ralph"
- Another movie review or two
- Videos to enjoy
And that's not all...

I'd love to hear feedback from you guys as well.  First off, what's your favorite Disney animated movie and why?

Mine is Aladdin.  It was the first movie that I can remember seeing that had a strong male lead.  I wanted to be like Aladdin and yet, could relate to him at the same time.  I also love the character of Genie and the music is still some of my favorite.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

New Fantasyland Phase 2: Finally Some Thrills

This would be what I'm looking forward to the most.  The Seven Dwarf's Mine Train Coaster.

I love roller coasters.  I love thrill rides and I cannot wait for this ride to open!  Unfortunately, it's not opening with the rest of New Fantasyland in December.  We have to wait until next year sometime to ride the new coaster.

Not much has been released yet about the Dwarf's mine, but the most exciting part for me is going to be seeing how they tell a good story wile your mine carts are flying all over the track.

Snow White's Scary Adventures had the dubious distinction of being far to scary for some kids, but the mine coaster will bring screams and thrills in a whole new way.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Hump Day Break: Returning to Old Fantasyland

Taking a quick detour back inside the Castle walls you may notice that something is missing.  Snow White's Scary Adventure is being turned into a meet and greet location for your favorite princesses.

I like what Disney is doing with the new themed meet and greet areas.  Andy's room at the Studios, the Magic Show on Main Street and, especially, Pete's Silly Side show that just opened up in Storybook Circus are all great examples of turning what could very easily become something boring and tiresome into something fun that tells a story.

The princesses are a natural fit in Fantasyland and I look forward to taking my daughter there in a few years.

What are you most looking forward to after the Fantasyland expansion is over?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

New Fantasyland - Not Just A Poor Provential Town

Next on our tour of the forest is Belle's village.  With two restaurants and a story/meet and greet attraction, the town is bustling with activity.

The Be Our Guest restaurant and Gaston's Tavern will both be welcome additions to anyone who loves Disney food.  The big news about the Be Our Guest restaurant is that it will mark the first time in the parks 40+ year history that alcohol will be served inside the Magic Kingdom.

The downside for this area is that attraction - Storytime with Belle is very clearly directed toward a younger audience.  Don't get me wrong, I look forward to taking my daughter to the show in a few years, but until then, the only reason I would see the show/meet and greet is to experience the awesome audio animatronics of Lumiere and the Wardrobe come to life.