Thursday, May 30, 2013

Disney/Pixar Animated Short Reviews: #14 Knick Knack 1989 10 out of 10

Knick Knack 1989  10 out of 10

Directed by John Lasseter Knick Knack is a cartoon short that is perfect.  The adventures of a snow globe snowman that wants to join the party of knick knacks outside his glass dome.  His efforts to get out of his dome and join the fun are entertaining.  This short is Pixar perfection.  You really feel for this little snow globe snowman.  This is a 10 out of 10 for sure from the vibe and feel of the music to the expressions on the snowman's face.  He tries so hard to get out even using dynamite which just leads to the snow in his globe shaking up like a snow globe does.

Knick Knack can be found on the Pixar Shorts Volume 1 DVD.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Disneyland Pictures of the Day: Water falling in DCA

One of my Favorite Features in DCA is the Waterfalls of Grizzly River Run....Here are a couple quick pictures of the Waterfalls on the way towards the Winery.

Disney/Pixar Animated Short Reviews: #13 Time Travel Mater 2012

Time Travel Mater  2012   6 out of 10

In this Cars Toon in the Mater's Tall Tales series of shorts Mater travels back in time and we get to see how Radiator Springs came to be.  It was a cute cartoon --but nothing special when compared to many other better Pixar shorts.  It features Mater having to make sure that Stanley (the founder of Radiator Springs actually starts it up in the first place, since Mater accidentally keeps that from happening at first.     It works best as an introduction to Carsland in Disney's California Adventure as it is a good back story for the things you see in Radiator Springs.  

This short can be found on the Pixar Animated Shorts Volume 2 DVD set.....This concludes all the featured shorts from that DVD. in future installments we will cover Pixar shorts Volume 1  which is a great set of animated shorts as well as starting to dig into older Disney cartoons after that.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Disney Animated Movie Review: #2 Gnomeo and Juliet 6 out of 10 2010

Gnomeo and Juliet   2011   6 out of 10

It  is Romeo and Juliet starring garden Gnomes with Elton John music.   Based on the premise alone this wasn't very high on my must see animated movie radar, but with kids in the house you eventually see a lot of animated movies you didn't intend to.    Distributed by Disney but out of Rocket Pictures animation so not a true Disney film and that is how it feels.  I just really couldn't get into the war between the garden Gnomes from two different gardens.  The nature of the Gnomes being statues come to life (a theme done so well  with toys in Toy Story)  just didn't really capture my full attention or make me care as much about the characters.  The film wasn't bad   and the kids enjoyed it, but it just didn't have that something special that most Disney or Pixar movies have.  Also I'm not a big Elton John fan to begin with so the soundtrack seemed out of place to me.  

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Disneyland pictures of the day: OZ the Great and Powerful in downtown Disney

A couple of OZ the Great and Powerful props that were recently featured in the Wonderland Gallery in Downtown Disney.

A great store for some cool Disney artwork

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Disney Related link of the day: Star Wars Themepark??

Here is an article about Disney wanting more Star Wars in the Theme parks.....  Duh!   I would hope so after buying Lucasfilm.   

Here is the article.

and here is the blog I did about what I would want in  Star Wars theme park that I did ahwile back.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

May the 4th be with You: Star Wars Day

For Star Wars Day I thought I'd reach into the archives and be archives I mean my old photo books.   Here is a picture from the original tram tour at Disney Studios in Orlando of one of the skiffs from Return of the Jedi.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Iron Man 3 Promo at Innoventions

People were actually waiting in line for the Innoventions building to open up in Disneyland.
Why you might ask?    
Well there is currently an exhibit that let's people virtually suit up like Iron Man as well as a display that showcases all the different Iron Man suits.

Here is the hall of armour which shows of all of Iron Man's armour