Disney Legends

Disney Legends are the people behind many of our beloved Disney characters. Others are legends because they did something great in Disney history. Today we are going to look briefly at three Disney legends that have stood the test of time and our beloved members of the Disney family.

 

 

Verna Felton.

We kick things of with a woman who was with Walt Disney right from the start. Her first role was the Elephant Matriarch in Dumbo. She has voiced countless other beloved characters as well. Such as the Fairy Godmother, The Queen of Hearts and her last role an elephant in the Jungle Book called Winifred. Winifred would be the matriarch of her herd if her husband Colonel Hathi wasn’t in charge. Verna Felton died one day before Walt. She is missed but her voice lives on in the characters that she brought to life.

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Paul Frees.

Paul Frees is a Disney Legend that acted in many live action movies for Disney such as the Absent Minded Professor and the Shaggy Dog. He is also the voice of the Ghost Host in the Haunted Mansion ride. You may recognize his voice by his non-Disney work. He voiced many Christmas characters such as Jack Frost in the Rankin/Bass Christmas movies. I am a huge fan of the Haunted Mansion and it is nice to finally have a face to go with the voice that invites us to join his mansion of happy haunts. He really is a haunting and awesome Disney Legend.

Jodi Benson

One of the most beloved characters, Ariel is voice by a wonderful woman who has the voice of an angel and gave this little mermaid a beautiful voice. Jodi Benson is a wonder and I love her a lot. Aside from Ariel, Jodi Benson has voiced many other characters for Disney. Including Lady in the Lady and the Tramp sequel, as well as Barbie in the Toy Story franchise and she has also voiced some tv characters like Helen from the Hercules the tv show. She is also the voice of Weebo in Flubber. I love to hear Jodi Benson sing. She really is a wonderful Disney legend.

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So there we  have it. Those are just three of the countless Disney Legends that have lent us their acting talents and given us amazing characters and attractions to love and cherish. As I said there are many more Disney Legends and I would like to look at more of them in the future. So until next time Disney fans…. May all your dreams come true.

My Trip To Disney

I recently went to Disney and I had an amazing time.

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I stayed at Shades of Green which is a military resort on Disney property. I have been to this resort many times and love it. I was at Disney for 2 days and I had a blast. The first day I went to Magic Kingdom. Magic Kingdom is my favorite Disney parks. There are so many awesome things to do in the Magic Kingdom. My first attraction was the Enchanted Tiki Room, not my favorite but I needed something before I did my first fast pass which was Pirates of the Caribbean. There were some letdowns on this trip. Peter Pan’s Flight was closed for most of the day and Peter Pan’s Flight is a must do for me. Plus it was Peter Pan’s anniversary so I really needed to ride this ride. Also the Peoplemover was closed. Another ride that I love. So I didn’t get to ride Peter Pan until later that night when I waiting for 80 minutes to ride it. I was able to ride the ride finally and still make it in front of the castle to see the fireworks show. It was very windy so the fireworks and Tinkerbell didn’t fly. But they still showed the castle projections and it was still awesome.

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The next day I went to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Rode Frozen, Finding Nemo and ate at Coral Reef. It was an amazing and expensive experience. You ate in front of a massive aquarium. A few sharks came by and a massive guitarfish swam by as well (look it up). Saw the new Beauty and the Beast sing along in France. It was nice and very fun. Then I rode the gondolas for the first time to Hollywood Studios. I have to say I was not impressed. It was slower than we were told it was going to be and at some points you felt like you were going to crash into the car in front of you when it came in to land. But it was new so I did it and now I don’t have to do it again. In Hollywood Studios I finally got to see Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land. But nice places paying very close attention to detail. I didn’t ride any rides I just wanted to see the lands. Saw Fantasmic and called a night. I love Fantasmic.

But like all good things my trip came to and end. I will be back and that always makes me happy. But I hate leaving. I can have the best trip ever but when it comes to leaving that awesome castle I hate it. I already can’t wait to go back.

So there we have it. That was a fun trip and as I said I can’t wait to go back. What other Disney things should I talk about on my blog? Let me know in the comments below. And if you like this please share with a friend. So until next time Disney fans…. May all your dreams come true.

Happy Mother’s day

Hello everyone and Happy Mother’s day

There are a lot of awesome Disney moms so I thought it would be cool to talk about a few of these great Disney moms.

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Bambi’s mother.

Probably one of the most iconic Disney mothers is Bambi’s mother. She loves her son with all her heart and teaches him the ways of the forest. She teaches him about Man and the danger He can cause. She teaches him how to survive in the harsh winter. But most of all Bambi’s mother gave her life to protect her son. When Bambi and her mother were eating grass suddenly they started running for their lives. There was no Great Prince to help save them, Bambi’s mother did what she had to do to keep Bambi alive. She told him to run and don’t look back. I think also sadly Bambi’s mother knew that was not going to be able to escape Man. So rather than have her son see her get shot, she makes sure that all he is focusing on his getting away from Man. Unfortunately we then get the sad scene of Bambi searching for his mother. And he can’t find her. Then finally the Great Prince shows up and informs Bambi that his mother can’t be with him anymore. Then we get a midquel of Bambi dealing with his mother’s death. Something we do not get to see in the original. Bambi’s mother is an awesome mother and a very good Disney character.

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Dumbo’s mother

Very similar to Bambi’s mother, Dumbo’s mother loves Dumbo with all her heart and does not find his big ears ugly or annoying nor is she hateful toward Dumbo for being different. She loves Dumbo and they have some sweet moments together. Dumbo’s mother does not tolerate anyone bullying or mistreating her son. And she will do anything to keep Dumbo safe. But the cruel ringmaster locks her up for this and now Dumbo is on his own. He does go to see her one night after being humiliated during a circus show. And we have one of the most sad scenes in Disney history. Where Dumbo grabs his mother’s trunk and just sobs because they can’t be together. And then Mrs.Jumbo sings Dumbo a lullaby while rocking him in her trunk. Oh my what a scene. Finally when Dumbo proves to the world just how awesome he is, is Dumbo reunited with his mother. And Dumbo and his mother couldn’t be happier.

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Perdita is an awesome and unique mother. She has 15 puppies of her own and then without question adopts 84 puppies in an effort to save them from the evil Cruella De Vil. And Perdita braves cold temperatures and Baduns to get her puppies back.

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Duchess is a sweet mother who wants the best for her kittens and teaches how to be fine ladies and gentlemen.

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Sarabi loves her son and is very proud of him. She is not above embarrassing her son either. They have a great relationship. Sarabi is quite a large lioness, standing nose to nose with Scar. She is a fierce lion but also has a gentle side. When Simba returns to Pride Rock, all he wants to do is find his mother to make sure that she is safe. When he saw her get struck by Scar, the furious Simba emerges. Simba and Sarabi are pleased to be reunited. As far as Sarbi knew, Simba died alongside her husband in the wildebeest stampede. So for about 2 or 3 years Sarabi believed that her son was dead and the her land was being ruled by a tyrant. But now her son is alive and is able to defeat Scar. And when Simba climbs Pride Rock in the end. Sarabi looks on with a smile on her face. Her son is the king of Pride Rock and she couldn’t be prouder.

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There are so many other great Disney mothers. Kida’s mother sacrifices herself to protect her people and her daughter in Atlantis. Queen Leah had to endure 16 long years without her daughter. As did Rapunzel’s mother for 18 years. Ariel’s mother sacrificed herself to save her 7 daughters. And Ariel also became a mother and loves her daughter with all her heart.

Sina loves Moana with all her heart and is very understanding of her daughter’s love of the ocean. She also understands her husband’s fear of it and the reason he does not want Moana going on the ocean. But in the end when Sina understood that Moana needed to go on this quest to restore the heart of Te Fiti. Sina is very supportive of her daughter and helps her pack. Giving Moana her blessing on the quest. In the end mother and daughter are reunited and they begin sailing together and they both couldn’t be happier.

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These are just some of the awesome Disney mothers that we have looked at today. I couldn’t cover them all and that is ok. Some sons and daughters lose their mothers, while some mothers had to sacrifice themselves to save their child. All these Disney mothers demonstrate what a good mother is. Self sacrificing caring and loving women who will do anything to teach their children right from wrong and to follow your dreams. Happy Mother’s Day. And as always may all your dreams come true.

Pixar : The Experimental Era

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When Pixar first entered our world we were surprised that toys could come to life and change our lives. Pixar has come a long way since then and now Pixar is a household name and the Pixar has a massive presence in the Disney parks. After the release of Toy Story 3 it was thought that Pixar could do no wrong. That their stories were awesome though out stories that had a reason to exist. And so we enter the Experimental Era. In this era we begin to see  a lot more sequels. In fact most of these movies are a sequel or a prequel. This is also the first time where Pixar movies did not do as well has they have in the past. This era starts with Cars 2 and is currently still going strong. So lets look at the Pixar Experimental Era and see if the experiments were a success.

 

Cars 2

We start with Cars 2. This is the first Pixar sequel to not be a Toy Story movie. This movie is hated by pretty much everyone. And I hate it too. They decided to push Lightning McQueen to the parking lot and make Mater the main character and give him a spy movie to drive around in. The main problem here is that there is too much Mater. Mater should have always been a side character. I would have rather seen the relationship with McQueen and Sally be more developed. To go from a movie as massive and epic as Toy Story 3 and then release this junk yard garbage is an embarrassment to the Pixar name. Cars is everywhere and many people believe that the only reason Cars 2 exists is to sell toys. But despite Cars 2 being awful, it made money which paved the road for another sequel that we will talk about later.

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Brave

Next we have Brave. Brave is not a sequel but is actually Pixar’s first fairytale. Merida is a princess with wild red hair who just wants to be herself and ride her horse and shoot arrows. But her mother has her own plans for her daughter. This movie is very good. I love the story even though there are some plot elements that I think they took from Brother Bear. I love the triplets and when they get turned into bear cubs, they are even cuter. They never talk, but are funny and love their sister and do all they can to help her. Merida is the only Disney official princess that is from Pixar. Her movie did very well but has not spawned a franchise. Brave can be seen in firework shows in the Disney parks as well as in parades. And Merida is a meet and greet character. So give Brave a watch.

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Monsters University

Now we come to the first and only prequel movie made by Pixar, Monsters University. Before their days at Monsters Inc. all monsters must attend Monsters University to become good scarers. And this is how Sully and Mike meet. At first they are rivals but eventually the become friends. After learning that Mike is not scary, Sully confides in him that from day one the only reason Sully was successful was because of Mike. Sully believed that just a big loud roar was all that was needed to scare kids. But Mike, despite not being scary uses his big brain to come up with plans to scare people. We also meet Randall for the first time, who at first is friends with Mike. But after being invited to join a fraternity, Randall soon proves himself to be a good scarer. This is also where the rivalry between Sully and Randall starts. Though it is just a college movie with very predictable scenes, this movie is not bad. I love the design of the monsters. Each one is different. They did pretty well with keeping everything about the first movie in tact. We learn why the Abominable Snowman was banished. We see Waternoose and Roz though only through cameos. And like I said we see the friendship of Sully and Mike begin. And now they are the best of friends. I love how they added this movie to the Laugh Floor in Disney. Now instead being a college where you go to learn how to be good scarers now you go to Monster University to learn how to be good comedians. So give Monsters University a chance if you dare.

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Inside Out

Now we come to my favorite Pixar movie. I love Inside Out. I love the characters, the story and I love the music. This movie is awesome. I love the emotions and how they play off one another and we literally get to see what is inside our heads. And we learn that sadness has its place and can be useful to deal with your problems. Bing Bong is a sweet imaginary friend that cries candy. We all cried candy to when we was forgotten. I also loved the worlds of Riley’s mind. But at the end of the movie when we look into other people heads and see what they are thinking was the best. I loved the boy, and the cat the best I think. All of the emotions are funny and really make you love this movie even more. Joy is the lead emotion and she loves seeing Riley happy. So when Sadness touches the core memories and makes Riley sad, Joy believes that Sadness is hurting Riley. But we soon learn that Sadness has a place in Riley’s head. Oh I love this movie and I wish there was an Inside Out ride in the Disney parks. This movie did really well at the box office. I would love to see a sequel to Inside Out but it must be as good as this one.

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The Good Dinosaur

 

The Good Dinosaur is one of the worst Pixar movies. The animation is horrible and the dinosaurs look like play dough that you can squish at any time. There is no story. A dinosaur gets lost, needs to find his way back home, his dad dies, meets a boy who acts like a dog. Dinosaur finds home, Spot leaves with no real reason why. I do like the relationship that develops between Spot and Arlo but there is not much else here. I don’t know that this movie is anywhere in the Disney parks which is weird since there is a Dinoland in Animal Kingdom. So maybe Disney doesn’t like this movie either.

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Finding Dory

People swam to the theaters to see Finding Nemo. It has become one of Disney best achievements. Kids everywhere know Nemo and Dory and they love the story of Finding Nemo. Because of this love, people have wanted a sequel to Finding Nemo for a long time. Well now it is here. Finding Dory is a sweet story about Dory finding her family. She meets new friends along the way and Marlin and Nemo brave many obstacles to find their friend. This movie is very funny and has heart too. And baby Dory is one of Disney’s cutest babies. But in the end Dory finds her family and earns that her short-term memory loss is actually a good thing. It was one of the reasons that she found her parents. And who knew that Marlin could drive a truck? This movie is awesome and is worth a watch. And yes Finding Dory is featured in the Disney parks. Destiny and Bailey sometimes make appearances on Turtle Talk with Crush. Finding Dory did very well at the box office and was the second Pixar movie to cross the $1 billion mark worldwide. Let’s face it, we love Dory.

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Cars 3

Though Cars 2 is hated, it did very well at the box office and since Disney loves money, they decided to make another Cars movie. Cars 3 is a much better movie than Cars 2. In this movie Lightning McQueen is back as the main character. In this move Lightning finds that he not as fast as the new young cars. He now must learn how to be a mentor to a new racer like Doc Hudson was to him. This movie is fun and awesome. A major improvement over Cars 2.

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Coco

 

Coco is an awesome movie about Miguel who loves to sing. But his family is against him becoming a singer and wants him to become a shoe sailer. He soon finds himself in the land of the dead and learns the reason behind the hate for music in his family. He learns to remember his family and prevent them from experiencing the Second Death when a family member is forgotten. This movie has heart and is a really sweet story. This movie has a small presence in the Disney Parks. But it is only a matter of time before the Three Caballeros ride is changed to a Coco ride. Watch Coco and remember your loved ones who have passed on.

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Incredibles 2

If there was a sequel that was wanted even more than Finding Dory, it has to be a sequel to the Incredibles. Well after years of pleading with Disney to give us a sequel and finally they did. Incredibles 2 is awesome. Elastigirl is now the main character. She is given an opportunity to stop a new mastermind who doesn’t believe superheroes are necessary. Bob is left to take care of the kids. And we have an epic adventure of being a family while saving the world. Jak-Jak was by far the best part of this movie. I loved the Jak-Jak vs the raccoon scene. It is one of my favorite Pixar scenes. So funny and awesome. Is is better than the original? Well the animation is better of course and the story is just as good as the original which makes this movie a good movie. Incredibles 2 is incredible and I am glad that it exists. I would say that it is as good as the Incredibles but the Jak-Jak scene makes it better than the original.

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Toy Story 4

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Review coming soon

Onward

Review coming soon

 

 

So there we have it. These are all of the Pixar movies that we have in the era known as the Experimental Era. Some of these movies were awful and we wish they never existed. But others are fan favorites that we couldn’t imagine not having in our life. So if the experiment was to have more Pixar, I would say that the experiment was a success. Is Pixar making too many sequels? Maybe but of the sequels we got, most of them we wanted. Bottom line is that Pixar is awesome and is here to stay. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

So should we take a look at the many direct to video movies that Disney made? Many with lackluster stories and poor animation? Let me know what you would like for me to talk about on my blog. I also talk about animals and Pokemon on here.

 

Disney/Pixar: The Merger Era

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Disney and Pixar’s rocky relationship continues into the next Pixar Era known as the Merger Era. This is because during this time Disney and Pixar feuded on who owned the rights to the Pixar movies and who had the right to make sequels. Pixar is not a fan of making sequels unless there is a good story to tell. But Disney at the time felt that they could make Pixar sequels without Pixar’s approval. Which is partly why Toy Story 2 was created. It seemed that Pixar was ready to say goodbye to their partner and strike out on its own. But when Eisner left and Bob Iger became CEO of Disney, things began to change for the better. Disney bought Pixar and gave them complete control of the Pixar products DIsney would just distribute the Pixar films and name. With this the Merger Era was born. This era started with the movie Cars and ended with Toy Story 3. So lets look at these movies and see if the can compete with the Golden Era of Pixar.

 

 

Cars

Our first movie during this time is a movie that I am convinced was just a way to sell toys. While Cars is a decent movie, it does have its flaws. The story is very predictable. We have a hot-shot race car who is selfish and thinks that the world revolves around him. He soon learns some humility when he crashes into a town that is on the brink of extinction. They force him to repair a road that he destroyed. Along the way Lightning McQueen learns to respect his elders and learns that winning isn’t everything. Cars has become a franchise and is heavily featured in the parks especially in Disneyland California where a whole land was built dedicated to the world of Cars. I like Cars but it could have been better.

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Ratatouille

Ratatouille is our next movie during this era and it is the Pixar movie that I like the least. I am just not into rats making my food I guess. The animation could be better but it still is not horrible to look at. Ratatouille is featured some in the parks. It has a ride dedicated to it in Disneyland Paris and will soon have one in Epcot as well. There is some heart to this movie I will say that. But like I said it is just not for me. But that doesn’t make it a bad movie. I think it tells its story well and the characters are both funny and interesting. You should watch it if you haven’t. I don’t have much else to say about Ratatouille.

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Wall-E

Now we come to Wall-E, a movie about an Earth that has been destroyed by pollution forcing all the humans to evacuate the planet. Wall-E units were left on Earth to clean it up. And our cute little Wall-E is all that is left of these units. Wall-E spends his days hanging out with a cockroach and watching VHS movies and cleaning up trash. Till his world changes when a strange new robot comes to earth. Eve has been sent back to find out if the humans can return to earth. And soon Wall-E meets Eve and they form a bond and we now have an awesome romance between 2 robots and it is very sweet. I love the scene where they dance through space. The villain in this movie is not really evil, he is just programmed to never return to earth. And he takes his job seriously. When Eve discovers a plant on earth, she realizes that the earth is still alive. So the humans can return. This movie is so well-loved that it was thought that it should be nominated for Best Picture, but it was not meant to be. Also despite this movie being very successful Wall-E is practically absent in the Disney Parks. It may be seen on merchandise but that is it. No rides, meet and greets, or being in a parade. Nothing, and it is a shame. Go watch Wall-E, you won’t be disappointed.

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Up

And now we come to Up, a movie that is both sad and funny and has a lot of heart. A movie about an old man who loves his wife so much that he can’t let her go even after she dies. They met as kids and became friends that eventually blossomed into romance. They shared a wonderful life together. Some dreams never came true for them. Unfortunately they were not able to have kids, but still hoped that their dream of seeing Paradise Falls would still come true. For Ellie though, she never got to see Paradise Falls. And it remains one of the saddest moments in Pixar history. And I love how they tell this part of the story with just music and animation. You feel the sadness when they discover they can’t have children, the joy when they get married and once again the sadness when Ellie dies. Now we have a saddened Carl who still lives in the house that he and Ellie purchased so long ago. He still has a dream to see Paradise Falls. However due to losing Ellie, and construction workers trying to move his house, Carl has become kind of grumpy and doesn’t take it all very kindly. Soon he meets a kid named Russell who is Wilderness Explorer and needs a merit badge for helping the elderly. Carl fed up with everyone telling him what to do, turns his house into an airship with millions of balloons. Russell is discovered to be still at the house during take off. So now Carl must take this kid along with him. And then we finally get to Paradise Falls and we meet Dug a dog who has just met you and loves you SQUIRREL!….. Dug is after a bird Squirrel!! A bird that will make his master very happy SQUIRREL!! Soon Carl learns to let Ellie go and begins a new life with Russel, Kevin the bird that Dug was looking for and all her babies. And Dug comes to live with him too. Up is a very good Pixar movie. It was nominated for Best Picture being the second animated movie to have this great honor. The first was another Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast. Up is mostly seen in Animal Kingdom. Dug and Russel have a new stage show where they look at the world’s many bird species. And recently Kevin has been seen walking around. Up is a very good Pixar movie. Watch it soon.

 

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Toy Story 3

And our final Pixar movie for this era is probably one of Pixar’s best. Toy Story 3 is an awesome adventure where the toys now have to deal with Andy all grown up and heading for college. Play time is over, most of the toys are no longer together. But Woody and the gang still hope that Andy still loves them. This movie is a nice conclusion to the story that started it all. The story is awesome, full of evil bears who runs a  daycare like a concentration camp and force toys to be played with kids who don’t know how to take care of toys. And then we have one of the most intense scenes in all of Disney. It makes me tear up every time. The incinerator scene was done so well. Oh my, I can hardly write about it now. Just the amount of terror in this scene is very intense, but also the bond that these toys share with one another. Even when all hope seems lost, they are together. I hate seeing Bullseye in this situation. He is so scared and he doesn’t talk and Jessie just takes his hoof and each toy joins hands awaiting their terrible fate. And then those awesome toy aliens save the day. Oh my, I know we all started breathing again after seeing that scene for the first time. But the ending is what most people can’t get through. When Andy gives away his childhood toys. These toys that have given him so much joy. He even gives Woody away. It is a very sweet and sad moment. Toy Story 3 is an amazing movie. This movie grossed over 1 billion worldwide and is the 4th highest grossing animated movie. Toy Story 3 won Best Animated Feature and was nominated for Best Picture. Clearly people loved this movie. And of course Toy Story 3 is everywhere in the Disney Parks. Toy Story 3 is not the final story, Toy Story 4 will hit theaters this summer and I can’t wait. I would tell you to see this movie but let’s face it you already have.

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So there we have it, those are the Pixar movies that came out during the Merger Era. All of these movies are good in their own right. Some are definitely better than others. The next era is the longest era known and the Experimental era. This era is filled with sequels and some originals. We will discuss this era next time. So until next time To Infinity and beyond!

Disney/Pixar: The Golden Era

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You may be wondering if there are eras of Pixar. Well there are. There are actually 3 eras of Pixar history, the Golden Era Toy Story to The Incredibles. The Merger Era from Cars to Wall-E and finally the Experimental Era from Cars 2 to Incredibles 2. A new Era is dawning that hasn’t been named yet and it will start with Toy Story 4. But let’s look at the movies from Pixar’s Golden Era

 

Toy Story

Much like Disney, Pixar has been around for a long time. They were originally called Computers Graphic Lab where they mostly sold large computers that didn’t sell very well. Overtime they began to have a relationship with Disney and began helping them with some of their movies such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and the Lion KIng. But it was time for Pixar to strike out on its own and make the first computer animated film, Toy Story. So Toy Story is basically Pixar’s Snow White. And this movie was an instant success. I remember everyone going crazy over the army men and Buzz Lightyear and seeing this awesome new world that Pixar had created. Toy Story is an awesome movie that has an awesome story and songs and is a real gem for Pixar. We love Woody and Buzz and all the rest of the toys. You can tell that it is computer animated and the people can look odd at times but they are still improving. By the time we get to The Incredibles, humans will look much better. This movie also started some of the famous easter eggs that appear in almost every Pixar movie including the A113 number, the Luxo ball, and the Pizza Planet truck. We all know the story. Toys come to life when their kid leaves the room and they all fear that they might get replaced by new toys. Then we meet Buzz Lightyear who is a toy space ranger but actually believes that he is a real space ranger. And we go from Woody and Buzz being enemies to the best of friends. And this movie has spawned a massive franchise that never seems to want to end. And I am ok with that. Toy Story is everywhere in the Disney Parks from meet and greets with Woody and Buzz, to rides and the new Toy Story Land that opened last year in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Toy Story fame has not died down and we will be getting Toy Story 4 in a few months. But we wouldn’t have any of it, if it weren’t for the original Toy Story. It’s the story that started it all and we all hope that it will never end.

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A Bug’s Life

Now we must talk about the bug war. A lot was happening in the Disney company in  1998. Presidents were dying and successors were not getting promoted evil men left and founded a rival animation studio and started a bug war. The evil man’s name was Jeffrey Katzenberg and the rival animation studio is Dreamworks.  And the Bug War he started was A Bug’s Life vs. Antz. Dreamworks would be a thorn in Disney’s side for years to come. While Jeffrey Katzenberg was at Disney, a bug movie was being developed by Pixar. So to prove that he was better than Disney, Katzenberg decided to make his own bug computer animated movie. His movie was called Antz and Disney or Pixar’s movie was A Bug’s Life. Both movies about ants, both movies about battling another insect species to survive and both starring beaten down heroes who are at the bottom of the colony who must rise from this and save their colony. Which is better? A Bug’s Life antennas down. The animation and story are much better than Antz. Plus the story is based on the famous Ant and the Grasshopper story. Flik is our outcast ant who likes to use his brain to solve problems and doesn’t believe that they should serve the grasshoppers. He goes in search of warrior bugs to rid them of Hopper and his gang. And we meet some awesome circus bugs who come to help out. One thing Pixar does great in the beginning that is, is make every character need to be there and each have their own character development. Dot is a cute royal ant who actually likes Flik, while Atta the future queen stresses over becoming queen and ruling a whole colony. And there are many others. A Bug’s Life is definitely worth the watch. While this movie has never gotten a sequel, it does have quite a large presence in the parks. Mostly in Animal Kingdom with the famous It’s Tough to be a Bug that is located under the Tree of Life which fits well since the ants in the story live under a tree. And in Disneyland there used to be A Bug’s Land, a land where you shrink down to the size of a bug and enjoy all the things that bugs like. A Bug’s Life is a great addition to the Pixar library.

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Toy Story 2

We were so in love with Toy Story that we just had to have more so in 1999 we got Toy Story 2. Buzz and Woody are now best friends, but now they must worry about the day when Andy grows up and won’t play with them anymore. We see more humans in this movie that in the previous Toy Story and they are better animated, their hair looks real and they look like real people. Plus the backgrounds look better and overall the animation improves. And the story is great as well. We meet new toys and even have our first toy villain. Jessie is a toy who used to be owned by a girl named Emily. Since Emily sold her like she was nothing, Jessie now believes that humans including Andy would abandon her or forget her. Woody helps her see that being loved by a child is the best feeling a toy can have. Woody also learns that he is a rare and valuable toy. Buzz and the gang go after Woody when he gets stolen by an evil man. Our first villain is the Prospector who spent his life on a dime shelf watching every other toy get sold. So he has never been loved by a child and doesn’t have the desire either. His one ticket for meaning in life is for he, Woody, Jessie and Bullseye get sold to a toy museum in Japan. In the end Jessie and Bullseye become part of the gang and we learn that you’ve got a friend in Woody and Buzz. The animation not only improved with the humans but I also think that this is the first time we see fur in a Pixar film. In Toy Story we had the evil dog Scud who did not look like much of a dog, in this movie we see Andy’s dog Buster and you can tell that this dog is a mammal. That is what is cool about Pixar, each movie demonstrates a new feature of computer animation. As mentioned above Toy Story is everywhere in the Disney Parks and now Jessie can be met as a meet and greet character and she also appears in other Toy Story related places as well.

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Monsters Inc.

Now we enter the world of Monstropolis and learn why monsters appear under our beds and scare us while we are asleep. They scare because they care. Monsters Inc. gave us the vast world of Monstropolis were not one monster is the same. Some have fur like Sulley while others have one giant eye in the center of their body and are nothing more than a ball with arms and legs like Mike. They were at Monsters Inc. A place where monsters go into the human world to collect the screams of children to power the city. And Sulley is the considered to be the best scarer, even better than Randall Boggs, a monster who can blend in to his surroundings and hates Sulley. Life couldn’t be better for Mike and Sulley until one day Boo enters the city. Boo is a little girl who wandered into Monsters Inc. when a door was left open. The funny thing is, the monsters believe that kids are toxic to them and are actually scared of them. I just the plot in this movie. The monsters collect screams of children to power the city by the screams. So they have to act all scary and tough when in fact they are actually terrified of the kid that they are trying to scare. This is why Pixar makes good movies, because they pay attention to detail and good story telling. Along the way we learn that a child’s laughter is much more powerful than their screams. So now the monsters collect kids laughter instead of screams. Monsters Inc. also ha a strong presence in the Disney Parks. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor is a show where the monsters bring you to Monstropolis to collect your laughs. I believe there is a ride in other Disney Parks as well. Monsters Inc. also spawned the first prequel made by Pixar. But more on that movie later. Monsters Inc. is definitely worth the watch.

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Finding Nemo

This next movie to the world by storm and remains one of Pixar’s best movies, the beloved Finding Nemo. This movie showed us that Pixar can animate water and make us believe that we are under the sea. We see birds, all kinds of different fish and even some humans. Pixar keeps pushing the animation bar up and they deliver every time. But aside from animation that is beautiful, FInding Nemo is also a great movie because of the characters and the story they tell. Marlin is a overprotective father who lost his wife and most of his offspring. Now he swears  he will never let anything happen to his son, Nemo. Nemo however wishes that Marlin would trust him and let him do things for himself. Because of this, Nemo gets captured and Marlin must now swim across the ocean to find his son. Along the way we meet the funny Dory who suffers from short-term memory loss. She immediately wants to help Marlin and stays with Marlin through the rest of the adventure. She helps Marlin learn about trust and helps Marlin do things that he would never do without her. Like swim with sharks, battle deep-sea creatures, speak whale, the list goes on. We also meet some other cool dudes like Crush and offspring Squirt sea turtles who ride the EAC. Nemo wants to get back to his father and the ocean. He gets captured by a dentist who takes him to his aquarium in his office. Nemo is going to be the present for a fish killer named Darla. But through the help of the tank gang Nemo is freed and now searches for his father. In the end they make it back together back to their reef. But now Marlin lets Nemo go have adventures and hangs out with sharks and swims with turtles. And Dory lives in their reef too. And they all enjoy the big blue world together. Finding Nemo is an awesome massive movie. I mean the ocean is pretty big. But Pixar animated this movie wonderfully and told a great story. Finding Nemo is everywhere in the Disney Parks. In Epcot we have the Living Seas with Nemo and Friends and it is an awesome dark sideways ride where you go though the events of the movie and enter into an aquarium where you can learn more about the animals featured in Nemo. You can also talk to Crush and he shares all of his knowledge of things in the big blue world. In Animal Kingdom there is Finding Nemo the Musical. A stage show that retells the story of Nemo but in song. It awesome and you should do it at least once. And there is a sequel to Finding Nemo called FInding Dory but more on that movie later. I would tell you to go see Finding Nemo but I know you already have, so go watch it again you won’t be disappointed.

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The Incredibles

And our last Pixar movie in the Golden Era is the Incredibles. A movie about superheroes and what would happen if the world decided that superheroes should only be normal people. So now these people with awesome talents must hide their powers and never be heroes. We meet the Parr family Mr. Incredible who has super strength and misses the glory days with he was a famous superhero. Elastigirl can stretch her body to make herself more flexible who misses the glory days but also wants her family to stay safe and hidden till the world needs them again. Violet is a shy girl who can become invisible and make force fields. She just wants to blend in and be loved for who she is. Dash is the competitive troublemaker who can run super fast. And then we have Jak-Jak who  is just a normal baby. We see a lot more humans and they are better animated and don’t look as plastic as they did in Toy Story. We also have one of Pixar’s greatest villains Syndrome. Syndrome was idolized Mr. Incredible until he was given the cold shoulder by Mr. Incredible and this tore him apart. He decided to kill off real superheroes to find Mr. Incredible and once he did, Syndrome was going to find a robot and save the day and become better than Mr Incredible. This movie is full of action and is a fun superhero movie that is not  from Marvel. Edna Mode is also a fun character. This movie has a presence in the parks but not as massive as the other movies of the Golden Era. But The Incredibles did finally get a sequel and it did not disappoint. See the Incredibles you won’t regret it.

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So there we have it. Those are the movies from Pixar during their Golden Era. These movies established Pixar for what we know them to be. An awesome animation studio that tells great stories and creates characters that we love and keep coming back for more. After the Golden Era of Pixar we entered the Merger Era. Studios butted heads over who was in charge of these awesome movies and who had the right to make sequels. We will talk more on this next time. So until next time… To Infinity and Beyond!!!

2018

 

 
This year was not a bad year for Disney. It probably could have been better but I would say that Disney is proud to leave 2018 strong. That being said Disney did have some minor bumps throughout the year. So here is the best things to happen to Disney in 2018. A worst list will follow.
 
This years movies were some of Disney’s best. Christopher Robin was a sweet Winnie the Pooh story that is adorable and is definitely a highlight this year.
 
We also finally got a sequel to the Incredibles. And did not disappoint. It was well received and made us want even more Incredible action.
 
I have not seen it yet but Mary Poppins Returns has gotten a lot of love. Apparently it is sad too. Angela Lansbury and Dick Van Dyke appear in this movie. 2 Disney gems that are practically perfect in every way.
 
And Ralph Breaks the Internet was another sequel that we go this year and it was awesome. I do think one of the characters went “turbo” which was a bad thing in the original, but somehow it is not in this movie. But still Ralph wrecks it in a good way once again and I can’t wait to add it to my collection of Disney movies.
 
 
Disney Parks
 
I visited the Disney parks twice this year and I had a blast. I stayed at a resort that I have never stayed at and it is one of the best Disney resorts to me. I stayed a Port Orleans Riverside and it was beautiful and spacious and we took a boat to Disney Springs and got to see Disney Springs at night. My nephews went and they had a blast too. My second trip, I saw Illuminations Reflections of Earth one last time. This is the firework show in Epcot. I am sad to see it go but look forward to seeing what replaces it. And seeing Disney at Christmas time is always fun.
 
Toy Story Land
 
Toy Story Land opened this year in the summer and although I have not seen it yet, I have heard very good things about it. Slinky Dog Dash is a fun looking roller coaster that I might actually ride. Some negative things have been about the lack of shade and no Al’s Toy Barn to buy Toy Story merchandise. But still this new land looks awesome and I can’t wait to visit it.
 
 
I am sure there are other great things that Disney gave us this year but these were just some of the awesome things that I thought were awesome that we got from Disney this year. I am really looking forward to 2019, some awesome movies are headed our way. But until keep an eye out for the worst things that Disney has done this year. And yes Disney does have a few. See you in 2019 and as always may all your dreams