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High School Musical 4: The TV Show?!

Yes you read correctly, the newest High school Musical will be a docu- style series that will consist of 10 episodes following 8 new main characters. We can expect some original High School musical songs from the OG movie with a bit of a rendition, along with some new originals from High School Musical: The Musical.

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Just like the original three HSM, there will be a winter musiCAL! Emphasis on the cal intended. Heres where things get a bit more interesting the musical the students will be performing is High School Musical. The executive producer of the film is Tim Federle and Oliver Goldstick, while Julie Ashton is on the hunt for the cast. It seems like Kenny Ortega will not be returning for the 4th HSM movie and I think its kind of sad if he doesn’t because he directed the other three films.

What are your thoughts on High School Musical: The Musical? Let me know your thoughts.

-Dezi

Bambi’s 75th Anniversary

August 21, 1942, Bambi, the story of a young deer growing up in the forest was released. It was directed by James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, written by Felix Salten, Perce Pearce with the runtime of 70 minutes.

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It was the first and one of the first features where the songs were not sung by any of the films characters. Each song was either sung off screen by a soloist or a choir.

“Man” was ranked the #20 villain on the American Film institutes of the 100 greatest heroes and villains. It’s also the only character not to appear on screen.

Tyrus Wong, a Chinese animator whose sketches used a soft background inspired the look of the film.

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I also love the movie so much that I named my first dog Bambi, he unfortunately passed away BUT I have a lot of great memories when I watch the movie!

Happy Anniversary Bambi!

-Dezi

DCOM Freaky Friday Review!

Tonight was the premier of the newest Disney Channel Original Movie Freaky Friday. I thought it was going to just be a remake of the 2003 Freaky Friday starring Lindsey Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis, but to my surprise it wasn’t. The only thing that was similar was the storyline, mother and daughter don’t see eye to eye and they change bodies and have to figure out how to get back to their own body.

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The one with Lindsey Lohan, Anna (Lindsey’s character) wants to perform with her band even though her mom is getting married. In the new one the daughter Ellie wants to go to The Hunt with her friends and her mom is under stress from planning and catering her own wedding so she can get on the cover of a magazine to promote her business.

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Now the 2003 version wasn’t a musical (incase you haven’t seen it), but the 2018 DCOM version was a full on musical and I don’t know how I feel about it. It was cute, but I don’t think I want to watch it again. I did however buy it on iTunes because I want to grow my DCOM collection. Maybe I’m just judging it way to hard because I prefer the 2003 version, I don’t know but I am going to try and watch it again and really keep an open mind about it. What are your thoughts if you watched it?

-Dezi

Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary!

July 16, 1993 one of the GREATEST movies called Hocus Pocus was born. The film was directed by the one and only Kenny Ortega (Newsies, High School Musical, Descendants etc.) The movies starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and last but never least Kathy Najimy as Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson the three witches in the movie.

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For a while now there has been talk about a sequel to the movie which is currently in production and is set to be a DCOM. There is no release date still but the Hocus Pocus and the All New Sequel has arrived July 10 but it didn’t feel right to buy it then, It felt right to buy it today July 16 in honor of the films 25 anniversary. Have you gotten your copy?

-Dezi

Maleficent 2?

Maleficent Sequel has been rumored for over a year now but has started production. Angelina Jolie and Elle Faning will reprise their roles as Maleficent and Aurora along with Joe Roth returning as producer. Joachim Ronning is rumored to be the director in the second film. Also, Michelle Pfeiffer will be taking the role of the Queen Ingrith.

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The sequel is rumored to take place a couple of years after the first film’s events. It will follow Maleficent and Aurora as they will work together to protect the realm and all the creatures that live in it. I won’t lie, I am kind of nervous about the sequel. I honestly thought the first movie was amazing and covered EVERYTHING so as much as I am nervous I am pretty excited to see how the second movie turns out. What are your thoughts?

-Dezi

 

Peter Pan 65th Anniversary!

To celebrate the 65th anniversary of Peter Pan, the Walt Disney World Resort on June 2nd there will be special entertainment and activities. Guests are invited to the Magic Kingdom at 1:30pm to watch Peter, Wendy, and the Lost Boys along with invited Disney Bounders as they follow the leader up and down Main Street USA in a mini parade.

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At the Walt Disney Resorts, guests can watch a showing of Peter Pan under the second star to the right during Movies Under the Stars. Guests who stay to watch the movie can receive a special Peter Pan 65th anniversary Walt Dinsey signature collection poster while supplies last.

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This timeless treasure from the Golden Age of Animation stirred the hearts and imaginations worldwide since the original 1953 release. The signature collection edition will offer two hours of never before seen extras including ‘stories of Walt’s office’ a reunion between Kathryn Beaumont (Wendy) and Paul Collins (John), and a new ‘oke’ version of ‘You Can Fly’ and a deleted song ‘Never Smile At A Crocodile’. I wish I could make it over to WDW for the special entertainment because Peter Pan is my favorite! Will you be Disney bounding as your favorite Peter Pan character?

-Dezi

On This Day: Sleeping Beauty

One of my favorite movies because it has my favorite villains of all time. Sleeping Beauty premiered January 29, 1959. So here are some fun facts about this amazing Disney Classic.

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  • The running gag where the two fairies argued about what color Princess Auroras dress should be (pink or blue) comes from the filmmakers problem as to deciding just that.
  • In the traditional Italian version of this fairy tale, sleeping beauty is named Princess Aurora. In the German version she is named Briar Rose. The film incorporates both names by having Princess Aurora use the name Briar Rose while under cover.
  • A flamethrower was used to create the dragon’s breath sound effect for the climax for the movie. Castanets were used for the sound of the jaws snapping.
  • Eric Cleworth (animator) based the dragons head movements on those of a rattlesnake about to strike.
  • The Black Cauldron (1985) the only other Disney animated film shot in the format of Technirama.
  • Aurora is barefoot for all but the last scene.
  • This is the only Disney movie with square trees.
  • This was the first Disney animated feature to be created ostensibly for the 70mm format.

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Happy Birthday Sleeping Beauty thank you for creating the best villain around!

-Dezi

On This Day!

November 25, 1992, Aladdin took us on a magic carpet ride and showed us a whole new world. The story, if you haven’t heard goes like this: A poor street rat named Aladdin spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. The adventure begins when he meets a girl who happens to be a princess running from her father trying to marry her to an acceptable suitor. Aladdin’s luck changes when he finds a magic lamp in the cave of wonders, but like any good story, there’s a twist when the Sultans sinister advisor Jafar has his own plans for both Aladdin and the lamp.

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Scott Weinger (Aladdin), Robin Williams (Genie/Peddler), Lina Larkin (Princess Jasmine), Jonathan Freeman (Jafar), Frank Welker (Abu?Cave of wonders/Raja), Gilbert Gottfried (Iago) and so much more magical actors and actresses who bring our favorite and loveable  character to life along with the help of the directors Ron Clements and Jon Musker. Disney made two more movies about Aladdin, the sequel being Aladdin The Return of Jafar which came out May 20, 1994, and the third and final movie Aladdin and The King of Thieves came out August 13, 1996.

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During the course of recording the voices, Robin Williams improvised so much they had almost sixteen hours of material. Because Robin Williams ad-libbed so many of his lines, the scripts were rejected for the best Adoption Screenplay Academy Award nomination. Originally, Jafar was more hot-tempered, while  Iago was a cool haughty British-type. The filmmakers felt having Jafar losing his temper too much made him less menacing so the personalities of the two characters were switched. The film became the 14th (and the first animated) movie to gross more than 200 million dollars. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken originally conceived the opening song “Arabian Nights” to be recurrent throughout the film, acting as narration. The idea was dropped when the visual and storytelling proved strong enough in their own right.

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On Jan 17, 2003, Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular became a Broadway-style show that was performed at the Hyperion Theatre in Dinsey California Adventure which sadly ended 13 years later on Jan 10, 2016. It ran approximately 45 minutes seating 2,011, guests. There were 250 costume changes per show, 48 custom scenery change, and about 36 cast members. This was my all-time favorite show because it was truly a spectacular Broadway show that brought extra magic to the park.

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Jonathan Freeman, who voiced Jafar, ended up playing the live-action version in the Broadway musical. Aladdin premiered at the 5th avenue theater in Seattle in 2011. In 2012 after several regional and international productions. The musical was given a Toronto tryout in 2013 it opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam theater on March 20, 2014. There are 337 costumes in the show, over two million Swarovski crystals were used in the costuming. One pair of gold trousers used in “A Friend Like Me” uses 1,428 crystals alone.The cave of wonders where Aladdin first meets the Genie was built for the stage using the same golden material that was used for C-3PO in the Star Wars films. ‘Friend Like Me’ in the 1992 film was two minutes, but on the stage production, it became an eight-minute extravaganza. It takes 75 people to deliver each performance of Aladdin on tour.

Happy Birthday, Aladdin thank you so much for the adventure of love and laughter you bring to me everytime I watch your movie, show or listen to your soundtrack. Whatever way I watch or listen I always feel like I’m on a magic carpet ride.

-Dezi

Happy Birthday Elliot!! 

Petes Dragon is my all time favorite Disney movie, no not the remake even though I do love that one as well, I love the 1977 classic even more. Elliot is my actual favorite Disney Character EVER! So in honor of the films anniversary here are some fun facts.

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Originally, Elliott, the dragon was not to be seen at all in the film and remain invisible throughout. However, members of the studio animation department gradually lobbied studio heads to increase the amount of visual screen time. At first, it was decided he would only be seen at the end of the film, but ultimately the characters screen time was increased to 22 minutes.

This was the first film to be recorded in the then new Dolby stereo system.

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The studio needed special permission from the coast guard use the authentic lighthouse seen in the film. The lighthouse was supposed to be moved to Disneyland. Unfortunately, the building deteriorated before this happened.

This was Ken Anderson’s final film for Disney. Having spent much of his life in East Asia, he based Elliott on the Chinese Dragons trope; the ancient Chinese consider dragons good while western cultures consider them evil.

Happy Birthday, Petes Dragon!

-Dezi

 

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