Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ray Bradbury on Disneyland



 Ray Bradbury has passed on. He was a brilliant author, a visionary futurist, and a really big fan of Disneyland.

 As part of a larger essay, The Machine-Tooled Happyland, Mr. Bradbury once wrote:

 “Disneyland liberates men to their better selves. Here the wild brute is gently corralled, not wised and squashed, not put upon and harassed, not tromped on by real-estate operators, nor exhausted by smog and traffic. “What works at Disneyland should work in the robots that Disney, and others long after him, invent and send forth upon the land. I rest my case by sending you at your next free hour to Disneyland itself. There you will collect your own evidence. There you will see the happy faces of people.

“I don’t mean dumb-cluck happy, I don’t mean men’s-club happy or sewing-circle happy. I mean truly happy.

“No beatniks here. No Cool people with Cool faces pretending not to care, thus swindling themselves out of life or any chance for life. Disneyland causes you to care all over again.

“You feel it is that first day in the spring of that special year when you discovered you were really alive. You return to those morns in childhood when you woke and lay in bed and thought, eyes shut, ‘Yes, sir, the guys will be here any sec. A pebble will tap the window, a dirt clod will horse-thump the roof, a yell will shake the treehouse slats.’ And then you woke fully and the rock did bang the roof and the yell shook the sky and your tennis shoes picked you up and ran you out of the house into living. 

“Disneyland is all that. I’m heading there now. Race you?”

Beautiful and true. See you there, Mr. Bradbury.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

RIP Robert Sherman

Robert Sherman, half of Disney's premiere song writing team has passed on. Today, our small world is a little smaller after all.

I still have to see the documentary about the Sherman brothers. Here's the preview:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

President Obama in Disney World today!

It’s official – President Barak Obama will be visiting Walt Disney World today, and (unofficially) we’ve got his schedule! Here’s what the POTUS will be doing at WDW:


1. Practice debating with his Audio Animatronic double in the Hall of Presidents.

2. Offering a federal bailout to Epcot’s Test Track.

3. Changing the name of the Mad Tea Party to the Tea Party That Maintains A Calm Exterior at All Times.

4. Improving foreign relations by drinking around the world in Epcot’s World Showcase.

5. Canceling the fake space program at Mission Space.

6. Making wisecracks about Mickey Mouse having pretty big ears.


7. Courting votes in southern states by sitting in with the Country Bear Jamboree.

8. Enjoying his much higher approval rating than Stitch’s Great Escape.

9. Calling our Space Rangers home after their lengthy war with Emporer Zurg.

10. Announcing his new strategy for improving the economy: wishing upon a star.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Threadless Donald Duck Design Challenge

T-shirt design site extraordinaire, Threadless, is currently hosting a T-shirt design challenge around my favorite Disney character: Donald Fauntleroy Duck.

Allow me to exploit my blog to steer you toward my two entries. Please click on the big #5 next to these designs to help me win:



Entry #1: Duckalicious


and



Entry #2: Uncle Duck


Thanks for your support, and look for the return to more frequent postings soon.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas Eve, let's listen as the cast of Walt Disney World recite The Night Before Christmas...



Please note the name of the Jungle Cruise Skipper.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Brave new trailer

We've been away too long with our unplanned hiatus, but the Disney Revue is ready to get back to posting. Let's start, appropriately, with a look to the future. Here's the first full-length trailer for Pixar's Brave:



What do you think?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Lion King rules the box office


Audiences continue to feel the love for the 3D re-release of The Lion King, now the #1 movie in America for the second week in a row! This weekend it held off star-driven competition from Brad Pitt in Moneyball and new family via Dolphen Tale and has taken in 61.6 million so far. That's an awfully good showing for a movie that's 17 years old, has been previously available on DVD, and will be coming out on DVD and Blu Ray in a couple of weeks.

It's also another reason not to believe anyone who thinks audiences don't want to see hand-drawn animation anymore. They do, it just has to be good and attached to a compelling story.

Meanwhile, Disney's newest animated feature, Winnie the Pooh, has made 26.6 million in its domestic release. Take the right message from this Disney: We still want hand-drawn animated features, but they need to be good, from the heart, and not cynical cash-grabbing sequels (to be clear, I have not yet seen Winnie the Pooh. I'm not judging its quality, just the intent behind making it in the first place).