Saturday, June 11, 2016

Festival of the Lion King: A Must See at Animal Kingdom

If you are visiting the Animal Kingdom the Festival Lion King show is a must see show.  I was excited to share this gem with my family on our last visit to the park and everyone was impressed.

The show features a mixture of music, dance, an animatronic puppetry (see the giant Elephant above)

The costumes are colorful and the fun vibe in the theater is contagious.

It is like the Lion King parade that they used to have in Disneyland if it took place inside a theater.

           Among the entertainment was a cool fire knife dance.

The songs from the Lion King are incredible and the singers in the show are great.

In addition to the singing there are the Tumble Monkeys which gives the show an acrobatic flare.

Here are the Tumble Monkeys ---goofing off with Timon.

The Finale includes a combination of all the songs and a flying bird acrobat swinging around the stage.  What makes the show a must see is the music from this classic animated feature.  It makes the show feel timeless.

Definitely check it out when you go to the Animal Kingdom

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Disney/Pixar Animated Short Reviews: #78 Entombed 2016 9 out of 10

Entombed  2016   9 out of 10

Mickey and Minnie go on an adventure in the one of the latest cartoon in the new Mickey Mouse cartoon series.  This cartoon is an action packed Indiana Jones style fun house ride.  Minnie ends up stumbling into the Treasure Room right off the bat like Daphne in Scooby Doo. She then proceeds to set off a bunch of booby traps that Mickey must negotiate in his search to find her and the treasure.   It is a fun action packed cartoon from start to finish.  The visuals inside the tomb brought me back to Raiders of the Lost Ark and the traps Mickey had to deal with were great.  At times it felt like the game Dragon's Lair with Mickey barely avoiding each trap.

The cartoon can be found on the Disney Channel and Disney Online.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Quick Thoughts on the Haunted Mansion Comic Book

I really wanted to love The Haunted Mansion Comic Book from Marvel’s Disney Kingdoms comic book line.   I truly did.   

I had enjoyed the Seekers of the Weird comic book.  That comic utilized the concept art that at one time could have been the Museum of the Weird .  I had no expectations other than excitement to see some of those concepts come to life.   
The Haunted Mansion however is so classic that with it comes high expectations.  That is one of the reasons the Haunted Mansion film wasn’t a favorite of many Disney and Haunted Mansion fans.   I guess I was just expecting too much.   Reading the first issue of the Haunted Mansion comic book I felt like it was more just an awkward tour of the Mansion than a story I was interested in. 

The main character is an outsider teen whose Grandfather  
(The only person he feels he can relate to)  has passed away.    He is lured to the Mansion by the spirit of Madame Leota to help save the spirits (including his Grandpa’s) from the sway of an angry vengeful  ghost of a Sea Captain.   The story just feels like it is lacking to me.   Love it or hate it , the feature film starring Eddie Murphy had a much better storyline.   This comic feels derivative of the Seekers of the Weird to a certain degree.   The main character wandering into the Mansion and starts describing things from the ride outloud.    I thought that I would at least love the comic based on the artwork alone,  but I’d actually rather just revisit the Making of the Haunted Mansion book by Jason Surrell that contains the concept art for the attractions than what is in this comic book.    The plotline of the reluctant, oddball teen having to help his dead relative  storyline just isn’t doing it for me.  I feel like it just missed the mark.   I wished I had loved this comic.   But I feel like I’m unsure whether I want to read the next issue.
I don’t blame the writer or the artist of the comic book—for my lack of interest in it.   I truly believe that my problems with it lay in my own inflated ideas and expectations.
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