Minisode: Off to the United Kingdom

A minisode where Cori and Deanna chat about their favorite Disney movies based on British literature, while Kerry is away visiting the UK!

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Episode 26: Keep Moving Forward

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●      “Feature Film” – Meet the Robinsons

○    Based on the book “A Day With Wilbur Robinson” Orphaned Boy genius Lewis gives up hope of any his inventions working when his Memory Scanner, which he built to try to find his mother, breaks at the science fair. It is then Lewis meets young time-traveler named Wilbur Robinson who tells him he needs to fix the Memory Scanner or it would screw up the space time continuum forever. Lewis needs convincing that Wilbur is from the future so Wilbur whisks Lewis away in his time machine. The boys spend a day in the future with Wilbur's eccentric family and learn what really makes family all while being pursued by a mysterious sinister man in a bowler hat.

○    Trivia:

i.        Started as a live action project

ii.        After their agreement with Pixar expired, Disney formed the new Walt Disney Animation Studios, of which this is the first film.

iii.        After reading the screenplay, director Stephen J. Anderson actively lobbied to direct this movie. As a child of adoption himself, Anderson personally experienced many of the emotions (questions about belonging, being wanted, etc) that Lewis expresses in the film.

iv.        The character of Lewis was voiced by both Daniel Hansen and Jordan Fry. Daniel Hansen voiced Lewis at the beginning of the film's production, but had to be recast when his voice “broke” and when Lewis needed things changed, they had Jordan Fry re-dub some segments. It is noticeable in some parts of the movie.

v.        The Robinsons' topiary garden is inspired by Walt Disney World. Large, intricate topiaries (generally of Mickey and other easily recognizable characters) have long been a staple of Disney World. Also, the Robinsons' garden features colored circular "bounce" pads; during the scenes where the characters bounce on these, they bounce in the same way as the "jumping" fountains outside the Imagination! pavilion at Epcot (which also jump from colored circles).

vi.        Director Stephen J. Anderson and actor Ethan Sandler voiced a significant amount of the cast between them. Many of these characters interact; consequently, the two spent much time in voice-over sessions together. Stephen played Bowler Hat Guy / Grandpa Bud / Tallulah  and Ethan played Doris / CEO / Spike / Dmitri / Laszlo / Fritz / Petunia

vii.        When Wilbur is revealing his family, he says his dad looks like Tom Selleck. Tom Selleck indeed provides the voice for Wilbur's Dad.

viii.        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyfGqNow4lI

●      Segment: This week in Disney history “Once Upon a Time”

○    June 15 2018 - Incredibles 2 was released after a long wait.

○    June 16, 1955- Disney's 15th animated feature film Lady and the Tramp has its world premiere in Chicago. It is the first Disney cartoon feature filmed in CinemaScope

○    June 16, 2000 - Fantasia/2000 (the sequel to the 1940 Disney classic) opens at regular movie theaters nationwide.

●      Segment: News/Announcements  “The Newsies Banner”

●      Frozen 2 Trailer

●      At this year’s Annecy Intl. Animation Festival, Disney announced a reboot of one of its classic animated series, shared updates on handful of others. To sum up they will reboot Chip and Dale and they revealed a Monsters Inc series “Monsters At Work” Both Billy Crystal and John Goodman will return to their roles as Mike and Sulley for the series, which picks up six months after the original film ended. Now that the factories of Monsters, Inc. no longer harvest screams, after Mike and Sully proved that laughter provides ten times more energy, a new generation of workers who fancy themselves as funny look to shine, led by Tylor Tuskmon, a mechanic at the factory. The series’ 39, seven-minute episodes will be produced using traditional animation styles and features contemporary slap-stick narratives as the furry pair struggle with life in the big city.

●      Click for more details on these and other new series

○    Segment: Top 4 Ranking “Let’s get down to business”

Top 4 Disney Fathers/Father Figures

1. Goofy          

2. Fa Zhou

3. Mufasa

4. Pongo

i.  Honorable Akela

Minisode Next week - UK themed

Episode 25: Countdown to Extinction

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●      “Feature Film” – Dinosaur

○    Trivia: (Theme - don’t make this like the other movies)

i.        In order to separate this from the similar movie The Land Before Time (1988), the film was intended not to have any dialogue at all, but Michael Eisner of Disney insisted they include it.

ii.        The backgrounds in the movie are actually superimposed photos of exotic tropical locations such as Tahiti and Hawaii.

iii.        One original concept for the dialogue in the film would have seen the characters not moving their lips and beaks to talk but rather as voice-overs, similar to Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993).

iv.        Initially, the directors were to use the popular Tyrannosaurus as the film's antagonistic predator but at around the time of production, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) was released, which depicted a somewhat softer, motherly side to the classic dinosaur. Thus, a Carnotaurus was used. However, they still changed the Carnotaurus's size and ferocity to that of a Tyrannosaurus. In real life, Carnotaurs were smaller than Iguanodons.

 v.        At an official $130 million (unofficially $200 million) it is the most expensive movie released in 2000.

vi.        The original planned opening shot, showing the meteor moving through space, was cut when an identical opening shot was used in Armageddon (1998).

vii.        Unfortunately the Plot ended up like Tarzan in many ways

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viii.        The attraction called Dinosaur (previously called Countdown to Extinction) at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park was originally to be created/opened at the same time as the movie's release as part of the company's "synchronicity" between branches of the WDC, but due to the overwhelming technology development required to begin production, the film's opening was delayed. Even though it was started after the film was in-production, the theme park ride opened first (by almost 18 months) before the movie's release; hence, the ride's name change later.

ix.        First Disney Animated Feature Film to be Computer Animated instead of Traditionally Hand Drawn. Starting with Chicken Little (2005) 5 years later, all films in the Animated Feature Film line up would be 3D Animated, with the exceptions of The Princess and the Frog (2009) and Winnie the Pooh (2011)

●      Segment: This week in Disney history “Once Upon a Time”

○    June 5 1998 - Disney's 36th animated feature film Mulan premieres at the Hollywood Bowl in California.

○    June 7 2002 - Disney's animated series Kim Possible premieres on Disney Channel with 3 back-to-back episodes.

●      Segment: News/Announcements  “The Newsies Banner”

○    Pixar’s Next Film: Onward

●      Segment: Top 4 Ranking “Let’s get down to business”

○    Disney Animation Studios Computer Generated Films:

○    1. Tangled

○    2. Frozen

○    3. Moana

○    4. Meet the Robinsons

Tease Next Week: Meet the Robinsons

Top 4:  Fathers/Father Figures

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Episode 24: A Hundred Thousand Shorts to See

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●     “Feature Film” Aladdin (2019)

●     Segment: Misc “Whosits and Whatsits Galore” - MORE ALADDIN

●     Segment: News/Announcements  “The Newsies Banner”

○   Star Wars Land is here!!! (Not in Orlando - Aug)

                                     i.        Star Studded Grand Opening: George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams

                                    ii.        Lion king - new character posters in preparation for July 19th release

●     Disney Short Films:

○   1. John Henry

○   2. Paperman

○   3. Bao

○   4. Partly Cloudy

 

Tease Next Week: Dinosaur (2000)

Top 4:  Top Computer Generated Disney Animation Films

Episode 23: A Dark Return

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●     “Feature Film” The Black Cauldron

●     Centuries ago, in the land of Prydain, a young pig keeper named Taran is given the task of protecting Hen Wen, a magical future seeing? fortune telling?, all knowing? pig, who knows the location of the mystical black cauldron. This is not an easy task, for The Evil Horned King will stop at nothing to get the power of the cauldron.Taran along with the young princess Eilonwy, the bard Fflewddur Fflam, and a wild creature named Gurgi seek to destroy the cauldron, to prevent the Horned King from ruling the world.

●     Trivia:

●     The movie is loosely based upon the first two books in Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles ("The Book of Three" and "The Black Cauldron").

●     The first Disney animated movie to not contain any songs, neither performed by characters nor in the background.

●      This movie is notable for being the first full-length Disney animated movie to incorporate computer graphics imagery (CGI) in its animation. The CGI was utilized for a lot of the special effects, which included the bubbles, a boat, a floating orb of light, the Cauldron, the realistic flames seen near the end of the movie, and the boat that Taran and his friends used to escape the castle. The dimensions and volume of the animated objects were fed into a computer and then their shapes were manipulated through computer programming before they were transferred as physical outlines the animators could work on. Despite this movie being released a year before The Great Mouse Detective (1986), both were in production simultaneously, and the computer graphics for the latter were done first. When Producer Joe Hale heard about what was being done, the possibilities made him excited, and he made the crew from The Great Mouse Detective (1986) create some computer animation for his own movie. For others effects, Animator Don Paul used live-action footage of dry ice mists to create the steam and smoke coming out of the Cauldron.

●      Tim Burton, worked as a Conceptual Artist on this movie

●      The first Disney animated theatrical movie to receive a PG rating, and had been the only one to have that rating up until The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Dinosaur(2000).

●      There is an urban legend that, despite the movie's failure in the U.S., it was popular in Japan, so much so, that the creator of the Legend of Zelda series, Shigeru Miyamoto, based a lot of the game's elements on this movie.

●      When the Horned King activates the power of the Black Cauldron, the sound of a space shuttle launch was used.

●     Segment: Misc “Whosits and Whatsits Galore”

●        Comicpalooza

o   First started attending in 2014

o   We are Cosplayers!

o   First cosplay contest in 2015 with a Disney Princess Wrap Battle Skit as Anna, Elsa and Ariel.

●        This year Kerry Entered a solo Skit as Human Tamatoa

o   Story of Audio issues and what happened to Kerry

o   Going at the end and winning best skit

o   Tamatoa Skit

o   Oogie Boogie Skit

●        Lounge Princess Photo Shoot – Taken by: Jonathan Vilches @j.a.vilches

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“Lounge Princess” Meetup Photoshoot Photos

o   How the idea happened

o   Cosplayers Involved:

▪          Cinderella: Princess Deanna Cosplay

▪          Aurora: SchmittydeCali Cosplay

▪          Ariel: Lady Loodlz Cosplay

▪          Belle: Backsplit Cosplay

▪          Jasmine: Keriko Cosplay

▪          Mulan: SherrBear

▪          Rapunzel: Fairy La Fey

▪          Merida: Pastel Colored Cosplay

▪          Anna: Noontime Shadows Cosplay

▪          Elsa: Rumple and Cat Cosplay

▪          Moana: Charming Darling

▪          Vanellope: Clown Girl Cosplay

●     Segment: News/Announcements  “The Newsies Banner”

○   Disney has complete control over Hulu now.

○   Live Action Aladdin comes out this Weekend!

●     Segment: weekly top 4 (secret from each other)”Let’s get down to business”

○   Top 4 Disney Dark Moments:

    1 - Pinocchio - pleasure island “jack asses”

    2 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Hellfire/Frollo at the Beginning

    3 - Snow White - All the Dark things

    4 - Fantasia - Night on Bald Mountain “Chernabog”

Next Week: New Live Action Aladdin Top 4:  Disney/Pixar Shorts

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The Rise of Minisodes

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Let’s Get Down to Business:

Top 4: Lagomorphs

  1. Judy Hops

  2. Roger Rabbit

  3. Skippy

  4. Thumper

Episode 22: Smile, Everyone!

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●     “Feature Film” The Great Mouse Detective

○   Released on July 2nd 1986. Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan.

○   Thoughts and Reactions?

○   Fun Facts

■   The clock tower scene is the first major use of computer animation (the clock's gears) in a feature-length animated film. The same scene was also the first time traditionally-animated characters were put inside a computer-generated background.

■   The "Let Me Be Good To You" segment was almost cut because though brief, the lyrics and some animation was considered "too risque" for a Disney animated family film, the animators avoided a PG rating and got the scene kept in by appealing to the censors on the grounds that the segment was a Cabaret song and harmless in lyrics, and because the character animated singing it was a mouse, not a human and thus not questionable.

■   Basil of Baker Street is named after Basil Rathbone, who played Sherlock Holmes in 14 films. By strange coincidence, Basil was also a name used by a disguised Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of Black Peter."

■   Alan Young had performed a near-perfect Scottish accent as the voice Scrooge McDuck for the 1977 Disneyland Records adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" (which he also developed and wrote). He repeated the role of McDuck in Mickey's Christmas Carol(1983), and was a natural for the Scottish accent of Hiram Flaversham.

■   The first meeting between Basil and Dawson where Basil guesses he came from Afghanistan and gives a complicated explanation how he assume it, mirrors first meeting between Holmes and Watson in Arthur Conan Doyle's "A Study in Scarlet" (the first Holmes novel) where Holmes does the same thing.

■   Production took only one year to complete thanks to the use of computers.

●     Segment: This week in Disney history “Once Upon a Time”

○   April 10th 1992 - Disney's live-action feature film musical Newsies is released in theaters.

●     Segment: News/Announcements  “The Newsies Banner”

○   Should be getting Star Wars Episode 9 Trailer the day this episode goes up.

○   Dumbo is not doing well at the box office

■   "Oh man, they could teach a film course on why Dumbo didn't work. It was like Tim Burton was going through the emotions. It felt like an expensive, uninspired story told very blandly without Disney or Burton's signature magic," says box office analyst Jeff Bock with Exhibitor Relations. "What a missed opportunity. I doubt we'll see a Burton budget like this again."

○   Avengers: Endgame Ticket Sale Chaos

■   "Endgame" set Fandango's first day pre-sales record overtaking "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." It broke the record in only six hours, the online ticket seller reported on Tuesday evening

○   Cast for the Little Mermaid 30th anniversary Concert announced

●     Segment: weekly top 4 (secret from each other)”Let’s get down to business”

○   Top 4 Disney Duos:

1.   Lilo and Stitch

2.   Judy and Nick

3.   Mike and Sully

4.   Bianca and Bernard

Tease Next Week:  The Black Cauldron  Top 4:  Darkest Disney Moments

Episode 21: Something to be Glad About

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●     “Feature Film” Pollyanna

●     Segment: News/Announcements  “The Newsies Banner”

○   Dumbo is out.

○   Avengers Posters - meme

●     Segment: weekly top 4 (secret from each other)”Let’s get down to business”

○   Top 4 Disney Mentors:

■   Bagheera

■   Merlin and Archimedes

■   Sebastian

■   Coach Boone and Coach Yoast

Tease Next Week: The Great Mouse Detective   Top 4:  Disney Duos

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●     “Feature Film” The Reluctant Dragon - Info from IMDB

○   Released on June 20th 1941

○   Humorist Robert Benchley attempts to find Walt Disney to ask him to adapt a short story about a gentle dragon who would rather recite poetry than be ferocious. Along the way, he is given a tour of Walt Disney Studios, and learns about the animation process.

○   According to supplemental information on the DVD this film was rushed into production to help keep the studio solvent. The start of WW2 closed Europe to American movies and this cut off much needed revenue for Disney. When it was released it did save the studio but it was not well received and was heavily criticized by the public who were expecting a full animated feature.

○    Features How to Ride a Horse (1950), the first of the Goofy "How-to" cartoons. When narrator John McLeish was brought in to record the narration, he was asked to read it in a very straightforward manner, as if for a serious documentary about horse riding. He was shocked when he was told that the narration he recorded would be used in a Goofy cartoon.

○    In the sound effects department the workers are creating sound effects for a piece of film with the train Casey Junior. Casey would pop up in Disney's next film, Dumbo (1941). Likewise in the art department, the animators are making sketches for "Dumbo". Bambi also makes a minor appearance in this film, a year before Bambi (1942) was released.

○    Most of the 'animators' shown in the film were actually actors hired to portray animators. And this film, showing the Disney animation studios as a happy, coherent family, was released at the worst possible moment, when half of the actual animators went out on strike. The strikers frequently picketed theaters showing the film, sometimes holding up a large cardboard sign depicting Walt Disney as a dragon, labeled 'The Reluctant Disney.'

○    Maquettes in the model department include Jiminy Cricket and the drunk cuckoo clock from Pinocchio (1940), characters from Fantasia (1940) including Chernabog, a black centaurette that Robert Benchley takes with him, and the Knight from The Reluctant Dragon (1941).

○    In the "Baby Weems" sequence, Mount Rushmore is seen with only George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The faces were still under construction until October 1941 and this movie was released before it was finished, which is why Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson are missing.

●     Segment: This week in Disney history “Once Upon a Time”

○   March 20th 2014 – Aladdin the stage musical opens on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

○   March 22nd 2018 Frozen The Broadway Musical opens at the St. James Theatre.

●     Segment: News/Announcements  “The Newsies Banner”

○   Toy Story 4 Trailer Release

○   Thoughts on the 21st Century Fox Purchase

■   Disney has 60% stake in Hulu

○   Captain Marvel News

■   18th highest Opening Weekend film after Rogue One.

■   Number one at the Box office 2 weekends in a row

■   In its opening weekend, Marvel Studios' "Captain Marvel" made $153 million in North America and $455 million worldwide. It's the biggest global debut for a women-fronted film ever and the second-biggest debut for a Super Hero movie, right behind Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Infinity War."

■   6th Worldwide opening weekend after Harry Potter Deathly Hallows pt 2

●     Segment: weekly top 4 (secret from each other)”Let’s get down to business”

○   Top 4 Walt Disney Era Films:

■   101 Dalmatians

■   Mary Poppins

■   Lady and the Tramp

■   Peter Pan

●     Tease Next Week:  Pollyanna   Top 4:  TBD

Episode 19: Higher. Further. Faster.

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●     Segment: This week in Disney history “Once Upon a Time”

○   March 13, 2015 : Live Action Cinderella was Released

○   March 14, 1935 : Donald Duck made his first appearance in the Mickey Mouse Daily Comic Strip

○    March 14, 2010: Princess Tiana was Inducted into the Disney Princess Royal Court

●     Segment: News/Announcements  “The Newsies Banner”

○   58-year-old George Walter Dewayne Grimes, a worker at Disney World EPCOT fell and died.

○   Marvel Studios announced Destin Daniel Cretton will direct “Shang-Chi”  the first Marvel Studios film with an Asian Lead.

○   Official Aladdin Trailer Dropped

●     Segment: weekly top 4 (secret from each other)”Let’s get down to business”

●     Top 4 Disney Girl Power Moments:

○   Mulan - All the moments!!!

○   Frozen - Anna punching Hans

○   Hunchback of Notre Dame - Esmeralda “Justice” moment

○   Atlantis - Helga taking down the hot air balloon and saying “Nothing personal”

●   Next Week: The Reluctant Dragon (Amazon Prime rent) Top 4: Walt Era Films 

●     “Feature Film” Captain Marvel

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Episode 18: Bedknobs and Bad Movies

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●     “Feature Film”

○   Bedknobs and Broomsticks

○   Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a 1971 Disney film starring Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson set in WWII England. Charlie, Carrie, and Paul are children displaced from London by German bombings and are put into the reluctant care of Miss Eglantine Price - an apprentice witch learning her craft via a correspondence course.

○      The children find out Miss Price’s secret when they see her flying on a broom and attempt to blackmail her. Miss Price buys their secrecy with a transportation spell that allows their bed to travel anywhere in the world and explains that she is trying to use her powers to end the war. However, in a bit of an ironic twist, it appears as though the war has put a premature end to her course. Still determined to use magic to end the war, Miss Price and the children take the bed to London to find her teacher, Professor Emelius Browne.

         They find Mr. Browne, but it turns out that he is nothing but a street magician turned con-artist who had no idea that his “spells” actually work. When Miss Price asks about the spells, he says he got all of them from a book he found - but he doesn’t have the entire book.

Delighted at the prospect of his spells actually working and the idea of a duo performing act starring himself and Miss Price, Mr. Browne leads the group to the Portobello Road marketplace in hopes of finding the rest of the book - in their search they come across the mysterious criminal the Bookman - who has the other half of the book, which reveals that the spell is written on a medallion on the mystical Island of Naboombu.

Our group takes the bed to Naboombu and meet the King - who is wearing the sought-after medallion and is very upset that they don’t have a referee for their soccer match. Mr. Browne agrees to referee the match and attempts to use the opportunity to get a better look at the medallion.

After a chaotic soccer match, the group manages to retrieve the spell and return to England. The “substitutiary locomotion” spell makes inanimate objects move in a lifelife way, and as the group returns and finds a Nazi invasion in England, Miss Price uses the spell to create an army of inanimate objects and fend off the Nazis.

Afterward, she is pleased with her success, but has decided to give up magic and continue looking after the children. Mr. Browne is inspired to do something more important and joins the army (promising to return to Miss Price after ;) )

○   Fun facts:

○    Weird relationship with Mary Poppins - Bedknobs repeatedly shelved

○    Stage musical -2019???? Rachel Rockwell - director/choreographer. Release date now TBA

●     Segment: This week in Disney history “Once Upon a Time”

○   March 7, 2010: Disney-Pixar's Up wins Best Animated Feature Film at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.

○   March 9, 2018: 2018: The live-action science fiction film A Wrinkle in Time is released by Walt Disney Pictures.

●     Segment: Misc “Whosits and Whatsits Galore”

○   CAPTAIN MARVEL!!!!

●     Segment: News/Announcements  “The Newsies Banner”

○    Disney + is in the news - predicted 160 million subsciptions

○   Maleficent: Mistress of Evil announced for October 18, 2019

○   CAPTAIN MARVEL!!!!

●     Segment: weekly top 4 (secret from each other)”Let’s get down to business”

●     Top 4 WORST Disney movies:

○   Hunchback of Notre Dame 2

○   Maleficent

○   The Haunted Mansion

○   Ella Enchanted

 Next Week: Movie: Captain Marvel!!   Top 4: ?

Episode 17: Love Will Find A Way

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●     “Feature Film”

○   Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride

○   Lion King 2 tells the story of a Lion Pride divided. Lionesses who followed scar happily in the first movie have been exiled to the Shadow lands and are led by a lioness named Zira. The rest of the lions live at Pride Rock with Simba as their leader. Simba’s daughter Kiara meets Zira’s son, Kovu, who was picked by scar to be his heir. The two try to become friends but are drawn apart by their fighting parents. This gives Zira the idea to train her son to fight so that one day he can go back to pride rock under the guise of wanting to be friends/part of their pride and once he gets their trust he can kill Simba. What Zira didn’t plan on was actual love blossoming between Kiara and Kovu. Who together try to make their broken tribe one again.

○   Fun facts:
Just as the first movie is said to be based upon "Hamlet," the sequel has elements of another Shakespeare play, "Romeo and Juliet."

○    Most of the original cast reprise their roles from the original, with the notable exceptions of Rowan Atkinson, who was replaced by Edward Hibbert as the voice of Zazu. Jeremy Irons was also replaced by Jim Cummings as the voice of Scar in this film, as he originally did for the last few lyrics of the song "Be Prepared."

○    The opening song, "He Lives In You," was also used in the Broadway version of The Lion King.

○    Suzanne Pleshette and Jason Marsden portray mother and son, Zira and Kovu. Three years following this film, the two actors went on to voice characters with a similar relationship in the Oscar-winning Hayao Miyazaki's animated feature, Spirited Away(2001).

●     Segment: This week in Disney history “Once Upon a Time”

○   A bunch of movies won Oscars

○   Feb 26, 2014: Aladdin Musical Makes its Broadway Debut

●     Segment: Misc “Whosits and Whatsits Galore”

○   Pixar short “Purl”

○   Pixar Short “Kitbull”

●     Segment: News/Announcements  “The Newsies Banner”

○    Aladdin Trailer - Genie

○   New Captain Marvel Trailers

○   Frozen 2

●     Segment: weekly top 4 (secret from each other)”Let’s get down to business”

●     Top 4 Disney Couples

○   Mr and Mrs Incredible / Bob and Helen Parr

○   Eugene and Rapunzel

○   Carl and Ellie

○   Roger and Anita

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Movie: Bedknobs and broomsticks  Top 4:  Top 4 worst disney movies

Episode 16: A Whale of a Tale

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●     “Feature Film”

○   20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

○   In 1866, Professor Pierre M. Aronnax (Paul Lukas) and his assistant Conseil (Peter Lorre), stranded in San Francisco by reports of a giant sea monster attacking ships in the Pacific Ocean, are invited to join an expedition to search for the creature. During the search, they and harpooner Ned Land (Kirk Douglas) are thrown overboard during an attack, eventually discovering that the supposed monster is actually a submarine piloted by the brilliant but haunted Captain Nemo (James Mason).

●     Segment: This week in Disney history “Once Upon a Time”

○   February 7th 1940 - Disney's animated feature film, Pinocchio premieres at the Central Theatre in New York City.

○   February 8th 1965 - Julie Andrews receives a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy for her role in Disney's Mary Poppins.

●     Segment: Misc “Whosits and Whatsits Galore”

○   Why plastics are an issue - cori

○   Steps Disney is taking to reduce plastic waste

●     Segment: News/Announcements  “The Newsies Banner”

○   Endgame and Captain Marvel Superbowl Spots

●     Segment: weekly top 4 (secret from each other)”Let’s get down to business”

●     Top 4 Disney Ocean themed films:

■   1) Lilo and Stitch

■   2) The Little Mermaid

■   3) Moana

■   4) Pirates of the Caribbean (Curse of the Black Pearl)

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Movie: Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride   Top 4:  Top 4 Disney Couples

Episode 15: Brutus is an Honorable Dog

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●     “Feature Film”

○   The Ugly Dachshund

●     Segment: This week in Disney history “Once Upon a Time”

○   Feb 2, 1945: the Three Caballeros released

○   Feb 4, 1966 - The Ugly Dachshund was released

○   Feb 7, 1940: Pinocchio premieres

●     Segment: News/Announcements  “The Newsies Banner”

○   2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards:

■   best performance by a cast in a motion picture

■     Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:

○   Black panther to be re-released Feb 1-7 in honor of black history month

●     Segment: weekly top 4 (secret from each other)”Let’s get down to business”

●     Top 4 Disney Flops:

■   1) Treasure Planet

■   2) Rescuers Down Under

■   3) The Black Cauldron

■   4) Atlantis: The Lost Empire

●     Jim Hawkins Meme

○   https://youtu.be/Dng1ENa0N-8

○   https://youtu.be/J-WHRo_NAEQ

○   https://youtu.be/4miFNHDBCQw

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Movie: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea   Top 4:  Ocean Movies

Episode 14: Dalmatian Sensation

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Today we are going to be talking about our feature film: 101 Dalmatians , Oscar Nominations, and then we’re going to get down to business and rank our favorite Animated Disney Dogs.

●     “Feature Film”

101 Dalmatians is based on a 1956 book written by Dodie Smith.

Pongo, a well intentioned Dalmatian living in London, finds love for both himself and his “Pet” Roger. Later, when his mate Perdita has puppies Cruella DeVille an old friend of Anita, Roger’s wife, wants to buy them for nefarious reasons. When Anita and Roger refuse she has them stolen by two petty thieves.

Pongo and Perdita go out to find their puppies and through the help of the twilight bark, save 99 puppies including their own children from being turned into coats by Cruella

○   Fun Facts:

■   At the time of its release in January 1961, this was the biggest grossing animated film of all time saving the animation studio after Sleeping Beauty flopped

■    the first Disney feature film to use photocopying technology (Xerography), which made an animated film with this much visual complexity possible. It also set the visual style of Disney animation (a scratchy, hard outline look) for years until the technology advanced enough (with the production of The Rescuers (1977)) to allow a softer look. ( Disney hated the sketchy look)

■   The scene where the puppies suckle from some friendly cows attracted a lot of criticism at the time of release as it was deemed to be inappropriate for a children's film.

■   Disney took many liberties with Dodie’s book but she absolutely loved them and believed Disney had improved upon her story. ( She had secretly wanted Disney to make a movie of her book along and was pleased when Disney snapped up the rights right after it was published)

○   General thoughts and opinions?

●     Segment: This week in Disney history “Once Upon a Time”

○   January 29, 1941: Fantasia Premiered

○   Alot of super bowl winners yelled “Im going to Disneyland/world”

●     Segment: News/Announcements  “The Newsies Banner”

○   Black Panther nominated for 7 academy awards ( Best Picture, Costume Design, Original Score, Original Song, Production Design, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing)

○   Mary Poppins Returns was nominated for 3 ( Costume Design, Original Score, Production Design.)

○   Ralph Breaks the Internet ( best animated feature)

○   Incredibles 2 ( best animated feature)

○    Christopher Robin ( visual effects)

○   Solo ( Visual effects)

○   Avengers Infinity War ( Visual Effects)

○   Bao (best animated short)

●     Segment: weekly top 4 (secret from each other)”Let’s get down to business”

●     Top 4 Disney Animated Dogs

1   Pongo

2  Copper

3    Nana

4   Toby

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Movie:  the Ugly Dachshund   Top 4:  Flops

Episode 12: Huh? Who? What What?

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Today we are going to be talking about our feature film: The Sword in the Stone, the new Aladdin teaser trailer, and then we’re going to get down to business and rank our favorite Disney Christmas movies.

  • “Feature Film”

The Sword in the Stone

The Sword in the Stone is a Disney animated film based on the T.H. White novel The Sword in the Stone
It is about the search for a successor to the British throne after the death of King Uther Pendragon. A sword is found embedded in a stone and anvil with an inscription that proclaims that whoever can pull the sword is to be the rightful king. Many try, but no one is able to pull the sword, and with the passage of time, it is forgotten.
In the meantime, the boy Arthur, called “Wart” meets the wizard Merlin and his companion, the highly educated owl Archimedes, and with their guidance, learns the importance of education as well as valuable life lessons about justice through the use of Merlin’s magical shapeshifting powers.

Acting as a squire, Wart finds the sword in the stone while looking for a sword for his brother Kay to use in a tournament, and, without knowing what it is, pulls the sword from the stone. When the identity of the sword is realized and it is discovered that Wart was the one who pulled it, he is made King - wiser and better equipped to rule using the lessons he learned from Merlin

    • General opinions on the movie

    • Fun Facts:

      • This film has been very confusing for many because it is based on the original 1938 novel The Sword in the Stone. 1958 rerelease as part of compilation.

      • Original voice actor for Wart had to be replaced after he hit puberty during production - replaced with brothers

      • For the voice of Merlin, director Wolfgang Reitherman estimated that seventy actors read for the part, but "none evidenced that note of eccentricity that we were seeking. We wanted Merlin to be eccentric but not hokey." At the same time, Karl Swenson was initially cast for Archimedes, but the filmmakers decided to cast him instead as Merlin.

  • Segment: This week in Disney history “Once Upon a Time”

    • Dec 21, 1936 - Sharon Mae

    • Dec 21, 1937 - Snow White premiere

    • Dec 21, 2012 - Disney announces it has completed 4.06 billion deal to acquire Lucasfilm

    • Dec 23, 1956: 1954:
         The Disney live-action film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (based on the classic story by Jules Verne) starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, & Peter Lorre, is released.

    • Dec 24, 1970:Disney's 20th animated feature The Aristocats is generally released.

    • Dec 25, 1957: Disney's Old Yeller is released.

    • Dec 25, 1963: Disney's 18th animated film The Sword In The Stone is released.

  • Segment: News/Announcements  “The Newsies Banner”

    • Aladdin

  • Segment: weekly top 4 (secret from each other)”Let’s get down to business”

  • Top 4 Disney Christmas Movies

    • The Santa Clause

    • Lady and the Tramp

    • The Nightmare Before Christmas

    • Muppet Christmas Carol

    • Honorable Mention: Small One

Episode 11: Steady as the Beating Drum

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  • Segment: movie to watch “Feature Film”

    • Tease other segments

    • Pocahontas

    • Fun Facts:

  1. Richard White was originally going to voice Governor Ratcliffe, but the filmmakers felt the audience would hear White's distinctive voice, and think of him as Gaston from Beauty and the Beast (1991). So, he was replaced with David Ogden Stiers, who also voiced Ratcliffe's manservant Wiggins. Coincidentally, Stiers was also a cast member of Beauty and the Beast (1991), as the voice of Cogsworth the Clock.

  2. Animators working on the film regarded it as being one of the hardest films ever produced by the studio. The complex color schemes, angular shapes, and facial expressions meant that the film was in production for five years. The hard work paid off, however. Pocahontas is now frequently cited as being one of the most beautifully, and realistically, animated characters in the Disney canon, her fluid movements mainly being attributed to rotoscoping.

  3. First animated Disney film with interracial romance

  4. Released on Pocahontas’ 400th birthday.

  5. The world premiere was staged at Central Park, New York, on June 10, 1995. With over one hundred thousand people attending, it holds the record for the largest movie premiere.

  6. In their quest for authenticity, the Disney studios hired mostly Native American actors and actresses to do the voices. They also employed Native American consultants, and had a session with a real shaman. Despite these efforts, prominent Native American activists issued an open letter condemning the film for its historical inaccuracies, and stereotyping of the Indian people. However, actor and Native American activist Russell Means (who provides the speaking role and physical inspiration of Powhatan) has referred to the film, in particular the opening, as being the "single best representation of American Indians that Hollywood has ever done."

December 15, 1966 - Walt Disney Died 2009 - Nephew Roy Died

  • Segment: weekly top 4 (secret from each other)”Let’s get down to business”

  • Top 4 Disney Cats

    • All Lion King Lions

    • Bagheera

    • Sassy

    • Sergeant Tibbs

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Movie: Sword in the Stone     Top 4: Top Disney Christmas Movies