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WOW! $5 Disney film soundtrack!


I just saw this in my News Feed on Facebook. This almost never happens for one of the newer Disney films! For a limited time, and in honor of Black History Month, Amazon is offering the soundtrack to Disney’s “The Princess & The Frog” for only $5 !!! This is for the MP3 download version of the soundtrack album. Not sure how long this is good for, so if you want it, go get it!

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Photo Friday: Human Form

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Disney characters are always shape-shifting and morphing into and out of the human form. Take Prince Naveen, for instance. He’s a frog trying to get back into his prince’s body by kissing a girl, but ends up turning her into a frog, too. They have a terrible time trying to get back to their old selves. Then there’s Prince Adam, aka “The Beast” – he angered a beggar woman who was really a witch and she turned him into the beast he behaved like. Only true love would transform him back. And we cannot forget Pinocchio – poor kid, all he wanted was to be a “real boy”, and for a time it seemed like he’d have to settle for merely having no strings.

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One of the best transformation-to-human-form stories in the Disney repertoire is that of Ariel, The Little Mermaid. There she is, minding her own business, and along comes a handsome prince to tempt her into wanting to be someone other than who and what she is. She wants FEET, she wants LEGS – and she trades her beautiful, precious voice to get them, just so that she can get to HIM. It’s kind of disappointing, in this day and age, to be faced with a beautiful, animated story filled with great tunes – and a princess who is SO willing to physically alter herself in order to get her man.

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And so it was with a bit of trepidation that I purchased tickets for myself and my passel of nieces to see Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” on Broadway during the Christmas season in 2007. They adored the Disney film, especially the oldest, who’d had an Ariel fish tank when she was a toddler. It seemed like something that would please them all, so I took the plunge and ordered the tickets. Soon the day was approaching and I flew to NY for Christmas.

We had a nice day; we took the train from Long Island to Penn Station, walked up 7th Avenue, had lunch at Ruby Tuesday and then proceeded to the theater for our matinee performance. I was delighted with the additional songs, and the voices – especially that of Ariel’s wicked aunt Ursula, played by Sherie Rene Scott. But despite the added material, the story progressed much the same as it does in the film, with Ariel committing the Faustian equivalent of selling her soul for love by trading away her one true gift to the sea witch in exchange for a more human form.

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During the last five minutes of the show, something remarkable happens. Disney diverges significantly from their original “Little Mermaid” film, delivering a happy ending that even a middle-aged feminist can get behind. In the film, Prince Eric destroys the enemy by running Ursula through with the prow of his ship. But in the Broadway show, Ariel saves herself. She finally gets angry enough at being manipulated, tricked and used by her aunt and decides to stand up for herself and her hapless father. This is no ordinary princess, waiting for the prince or Daddy or whomever to come to her aid. Back against the wall, she uses her brains, seizes control and destroys the enemy, saving EVERYONE, including her prince, her father, the kingdom – and herself.

Broadway Ariel rocks. I was glad I took the girls to see her ๐Ÿ™‚



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No more Disney Princesses?

Lenore Skenazy: Disney and fairy tales parting ways – SGVTribune.com

OK, Whose bright idea was it to hose down the world with a good, lethal dose of Princess-B-Gone? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I think the reason “The Princess And The Frog” didn’t do well is because Disney shied away from truly marketing it in an all-out way.ย  After a few people lobbed accusations of race insensitivity their way, they kept it kind of low key.ย  That was pretty gutless of them but engaging full-on with their accusers would have brought publicity, which would have brought viewers to the theater.ย  My five year old niece LOVES “The Princess And The Frog”, so we know it’s not the material.

Mind you, I’m not opposed to producing films that appeal more universally to boys and girls alike.ย  I’m just a little annoyed that we finally get a princess who’s NOT actively engaged in the single-minded pursuit of her prince, a princess whose interests lie in the pursuit of her dream CAREER, and suddenly Disney decides they are out of the princess business.ย  OK, whatever ๐Ÿ™„

Best line: “Have they forgotten what they were put on earth to give us?”

Quirky Queen Sure Is Mean

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030720102668-WDW-EPCOT-Red-QueenJohnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter have worked together on some strange films – Sweeney Todd, The Corpse Bride and recently, Disney’s update to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Alice in Wonderland. It’s not surprising that they’ve frequently worked together. Just as Johnny Depp has been making his career out of playing idiosyncratic characters, Helena Bonham Carter seems to be making a career out of playing mean girls. Her ongoing turn as Bellatrix LeStrange in the Harry Potter series seems destined to cement her image in our minds as a wild-eyed (not to mention the hair!) hellion bent on evil and destruction.

030720102670-WDW-EPCOT-Alice-toteI’m looking forward to seeing her reprise the role when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 hits the theaters next week. Here she is pictured as the Red Queen on a few pieces of merchandise found at MouseGear in Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park. I like the trick of the red heart superimposed over her lips. The heart makes it appear as though she is pursing, but if you look closely at the line of her lips, they are in repose and not pursed at all. Neat trick!


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All kinds of Disney stuff happening in my Facebook News Feed lately. Disney news is popping up in the oddest places – check it out!
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Disney aiming to establish technology standards for web-connected toys

So… how do you feel about kids having internet access through their toys? Even more controversial – how do you feel about the internet having access to your child through their toys? Do you feel better about it, knowing that Disney is going to have a hand in developing the standards that would govern such technology being included in the playthings used by children? I think the biggest issue with this is that there don’t seem to be laws that would enforce the adoption of such standards. Therefore, adoption of the standards, in whole or in part, would be entirely voluntary, which in my mind renders the standards sort of useless… Ultimately, I think it’s up to parents to decided if they want their kids ordinary playthings to increase their “always connected” -ness or not.

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IMG_5374-WDW-DAK-RafikiI followed a link in my FB News Feed to Wired.com and found the following articles totally by accident –

Disney World As Edutainment

A dad waxes geekish on the educational opportunities that abound at all four Disney World parks in Orlando. He calls out the World Showcase and the salt water aquarium in EPCOT, Indiana Jones in Hollywood Studios, Conservation Station in the Animal Kingdom and The Hall of Presidents and Carousel of Progress in the Magic Kingdom.

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Review: Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep

Now that his youngest kid is 5 years old, this dad has a little time to play video games again – and what better than a family-friendly Disney game? I’ve never played this game, but he seems REALLY happy with it – not only because it’s a good game but because he’s getting back to something he liked to do before the kids AND he can share it with his kids. Full of WIN ๐Ÿ™‚

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A Geek Dad’s Disney World Observations

Final offering from Wired – yet another “GeekDad”, a Canadian, shares his humorous observations about the Disney World experience after spending 14 nights at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort (love me some POR!). I’m shocked to discover how much he says Disney wanted to charge him for a six-pack of Corona – surely he’s gotta be speaking in Canadian dollars, eh?

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Peggy WHO?

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A perfectly beautiful little lady

“Peggy WHO???

I was reading Billboard on Facebook and there was an article about Reese Witherspoon getting ready to play the title role in a new biographical film about the life of Peggy Lee. Betwixt and between the claims that Witherspoon will either tank or win an Oscar, someone asked, “Who is Peggy Lee?”

*collective gasp is heard amongst the online Disney community*

Quickly, a few of us reading that thread ran to YouTube and snatched up videos for this presumably young (and therefore forgiven) soon-to-be-Peggy-Lee-fan to fall in love with. Here’s my contribution – the making of the “He’s A Tramp” number from Disney’s Lady And The Tramp. Enjoy!

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Disney Featured on This American Life

IMG00501-WDW-gates-on-the-roadThis week’s episode of the popular NPR (National Public Radio) show This American Life is rife with references to Disney.

Promised Land | This American Life

PROLOGUE
Host Ira Glass expounds upon the phenomenon of the “I wish” song, an essential component of Disney musicals. The “I wish” song tells us who the character is and what s/he wants, and frequently also sets up the conflict that is somehow resolved during the “happily ever after” ending of the story. Examples cited are “I’m Wishing” from Snow White, “Part Of Your World” from The Little Mermaid and songs from a few other non-Disney stories such as “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.

ACT ONE. ACROSS THE STREET FROM HEAVEN
Starlee Kine, one of my favorite contributors to This American Life, tells the sad tale of parental paranoia that leads to being really close to Disneyland but never actually making it inside the “pearly gates”. Funny stuff! ยบoยบ .โ€ข:*ยจยจ*:โ€ข. ยบoยบ

HOW TO LISTEN
The whole Disney part of the show takes about 20 mintues out of the hour podcast. There are several ways you can listen in:

  • You can stream it directly from the “Promised Land” link above
  • Also at that link you will find a downloadable MP3
  • And finally, you can search podcasts on iTunes for This American Life

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Just drawn that way

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“I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way”

Jessica Rabbit – the “forgotten” Disney character in red!

Window display at The Screen Door, Disney’s Boardwalk


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5 Ways Disney has defiled Tinkerbell

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05112010534๐Ÿ‘ฟ I am pretty much a Tinkerbell purist. With the exception of my “Mornings aren’t magical” coffee mug, I am generally a devotee of the original shot-glass sized Tink from the original 1953 classic film Peter Pan. Whenever I’ve purchased Tinkabilia, which has been frequent as you can imagine, I’ve stuck with classic Tink, whose magical mystique is unbesmirched by corporate greed and the march of time.

Well, I guess Disney has decided that they haven’t heaped enough indignities upon my beloved favorite Disney character.ย  Thus far, their list of crimes against her is as follows:

5 Ways Disney has defiled Tinkerbell
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  1. They re-drew her. CGI – ’nuff said.
  2. They’ve converted her into a maintenance woman. Disney has insisted that the “Tinker” in Tinkerbell means “one who fixes things”.ย  Please.ย  Everyone knows that “tinker” REALLY means, “the sound a bell makes”.ย  Duh.
  3. They’ve fabricated a contradictory back-story for her. Disney needs to fire whomever came up with this absurd “Pixie Hollow” back-story, populated with little fairy friends.ย  Oh but wait – it’s making money :roll:. This back-story would never happen.ย  In fact, it never DID happen. Tinkerbell hangs with the Lost Boys.ย  Always has, always will.
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  5. They’ve made her speak. English, even.ย  See “the sound a bell makes”, above.ย  That’s as close to describing her voice as we mere mortals have ever been able to come. It’s like trying to describe the sound of a dog whistle – everyone knows you are lying because humans cannot hear the sound of a dog whistle.
  6. And the latest, most heinous of all crimes against faith, trust and pixie dust – Disney hath made Tinkerbell a person-sized face character in the parks.ย  Now I ask you, how are all the children, both young and old, supposed to believe that this face character is the real Tinkbell, when everyone knows that the REAL Tinkerbell is so small, she fits in the palm of Peter’s hand?ย  Are we therefore to believe that Peter must be a giant? Preposterous!

And yet, it’s this very most heinous of all crimes which Disney intends to perpetuate with the making of this “live action romantic comedy” film.ย  Just read this article, and then read all the comments that follow.ย  This is what Disney hath wrought upon poor Tink.ย  Oh, the indignity of it all.ย  O, the humanity!

Elizabeth Banks to Play Tinkerbell in Disneyโ€™s Live Action Romantic Comedy โ€˜Tinkโ€™.

I think they are now painting themselves into a corner. I’ve read that the reason we have no Princess Giselleface character in the parks is because they’d have to find X many clones of Amy Adams. For animated characters, you can easily explain differences in the way they appear in person versus on film – “Oh, everyone looks different when they are drawn.” But you cannot explain why the face character in the park is obviously not the same person as the live action character on screen. Can you imagine the dismay, the anguish, the tears, when little children who’ve seen the “live action romantic comedy” are presented with an obviously FAKE face character Tinkerbell in the parks? Kids are not stupid, you know. They have the ability to suspend disbelief, but eventually they will see that Tink in the parks is bogus. And once they see that, they will start looking at the other characters with the same critical eye.

I predict the downfall of the character meet! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Lightning McQueen at the Studios

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This week, it’s been 2 years since I joined Ruby Tuesday, a photo meme hosted by Mary at Work of the Poet. To commemorate the occasion, here’s my first-ever Ruby Tuesday post – from June 24th, 2008! OH – and I have since seen this film, and I believe the cute little red car’s name is Lightning McQueen ๐Ÿ™‚

Lightning McQueen at Disney's Hollywood StudiosHey, guess what? I lied to you guys yesterday, but I didn’t mean to. I forgot that it was going to be Tuesday today, and I did not intend to continue Flower & Garden Festival stuff because it is my very first RUBY Tuesday! I found out about it from The Teach – in fact, I think she might be the inventor and sole proprietor of Ruby Tuesday.

So here’s my first contribution. I believe this car was one of the stars of Pixar’s film called – wait for it! – Cars. But I am not 100% sure about that, because I have never seen the film.

There’s lots of other nifty red stuff in the background, too. This photo was taken at Disney-MGM Disney’s Hollywood Studios on the morning of May 26th 2008.

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Lost post from 2009 – my notes from Disney’s UP!

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Notes about Disney’s UP! (one year late)

I was in Walt Disney World on June 14th 2009; I’d taken a professional certification exam the day before in Orlando and stayed the weekend to browse the parks. Well, it was so hell hot, I decided to cool off by taking myself to the AMC theaters in Downtown Disney. Pixar’s UP! was playing there, and I loved it. I made notes of my favorite parts and quotes… and then promptly lost the post! For some reason, I dated it June 14th 2010 instead of 2009, so it’s been sitting all this time waiting to auto-post. Anyhow, other than this little introduction, I’m not altering the post – however it was written, that’s how it was written!

I would, however, love to hear YOUR impressions of the film one year later – comments, please!

  • Ellie had a book called “My Adventures”.ย  I have a website called “My Adventures
  • “It’s like America – only, south!”
  • Females are drawn like the females in BOLT – in this way, animators create “cousins” across films.ย  Check the females in The Incredibles too.ย  Check animators of various films, who was in charge of which characters.
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    “Adventure is out there!”

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  • Amused by use of Bizet’s “Habanera” when he was coming down the stairs in his elevator chair
  • Second time in 24 hours I saw someone make a “w” with their fingers.ย  Saw Cameron Diaz do it in “The Sweetest Thing” the night before
  • Little touches, like when the bad guy in the suit puts his hand possessively on the picket fence post
  • Finally, seeing Disney's UP

  • Stuff I’m going to do “someday” was on these pages – sometimes, you get a big, fat NO from the Universe.
  • I heard the Miss Gulch bicycle music in my head as the house was tossed about by the storm
  • Another Wizard of Oz parallel – “it was in my own backyard at one point but I didn’t realize it at the time” – dreams of “someday” – sometimes you don’t realize it, but “someday” is NOW.
  • There’s no place like home – Ellie IS home, the physical location is irrelevant.
  • Little kid stuff – knee, elbow, another of the little touches.
  • “I do I do I do ever so want the ball.”
  • “Tents are HARD!”
  • “I like you temporarily.”
  • “I will stop the dogs – stop, you dogs!”
  • “It is funny because the squirrel gets dead.”
  • “I think the boring stuff is the stuff I remember the most… I like that curb.”
  • Clinging to the dream can be the wrong priority.ย  But how to know if let go or hold on?ย  LOOK FOR SIGNS.
  • Dogs playing poker – great pop culture iconic reference ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Old creaky warriors – flying dentures – make me bust up laughing ๐Ÿ™‚
  • House disappears into the ether – home just alive in memories now (but Ellie made sure it landed where it was supposed to land)
  • HAPPY ENDING ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I wish!

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Disney quietly working on $1 billion-plus โ€œnext generationโ€ technology project

It’s a story after my own, geeky heart. The Orlando Sentinel’s Daily Disney blog reports the existence of a sooper seekrit high tech initiative to incorporate a great deal more wireless technology across the spectrum of the Walt Disney World experience, including the use of RFID (radio frequency identification) chips. Enshrouded in confidentiality agreements and references to “next generation” technology, there are definitely pluses and minuses to any application of this technology you can think of as it relates to theme park resorts. The minuses give me much food for thought. It boils down to an essential question:
QUESTION: Will Disney’s Guests be OK with the use of technology that enhances their experience, but also tracks their every move, all day long?
Come and leave a comment, let me know what you think.

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Date: unknown!
We got rained out last Sunday – and I mean it practically MONSOONED, so we were grateful we’d had the good sense to call it off. Unfortunately, it looks like it might rain again this Sunday too; as of right now, there’s only a 20% chance, but that could change over the next couple of days. And seriously, who wants to be in a SWAMP when it’s pouring? ๐Ÿ˜€ So you can see why I’m not precisely sure when I’ll get to this Southwest Florida attraction – which is run by Audubon, by the way – but I WILL get to it! One of the “ghost orchids” bloomed down there last month, and April is typical for ghost orchid blooms, so I’m hoping to be in the right place at the right time to see it. I know I want to get there before Florida becomes hell-hot. Can’t go the following weekend, because I’ve got another adventure planned for then…


IMG00501-WDW-gates-on-the-roadLe Petite Moose Meet
Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dates: Saturday 4/24 – Sunday 4/25
Yes, you are correct – those are the “pearly gates” and I’m going to Disney World! Last month we were there at just the beginning of the Flower and Garden Festival; not everything was assembled yet, and more importantly, the magnolias were not yet in bloom! So I need to get my fix. But the most important thing is that a small (hence “petite”) herd of “mooses” will be converging upon Walt Disney World that weekend. The “mooses” are a clan of Disney-lovin’ folk who met on the internet initially but now all that internet stuff is just filler between play dates at The World. Look for people like @DisneyMoose and @badelves and her family to be tweeting and blogging along with me. I think we’re going to have a blast!

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Big Thunder Trivia

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Here’s an interesting piece of “Walt Trivia” that I found this week, again in the Daily Disney. Apparently, the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction reflects more than just one of Walt’s personal fascinations. We all know about his love of trains – how he worked one summer selling newspapers on a railroad, and how he grew up to build the Carolwood Pacific Railroad in his back yard when he lived in California. Well, not only are trains incorporated into the Big Thunder attraction, but the attraction itself was allegedly inspired by the time when Walt Disney had owned a home in the vicinity of Sedona’s red rocks. In fact, there’s a rock whose official name is Capitol Butte, but people now call it Thunder Mountain in honor of the Disney attraction.
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POST SCRIPT: I was googling around for a picture to go with the “Walt Trivia” piece. I searched PicApp for “submarine rock” and much to my surprise, I saw that familiar, three-orb silhouette. I never expected to get this “Hidden Mickey” photo out of “submarine rock”!. I have NO idea who or what that is behind Ringo and George, but I’m grateful because I needed to laugh and laugh and laugh like that ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hibiscus: Hollywood’s haute cuisine

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IMG_1035-WDW-DHS-MGM-Dinosaur๐Ÿ™‚ I have decided that it’s DINOSAUR WEEK here at My Mobile Adventures *~*~* – if for no other reason than I have a few pics of dinosaurs ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s one from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, only I took the photo when it was still Disney-MGM Studios. He seems to enjoy chowing down on the hibiscus. He’s not very scary, as dinosaurs go – he’s rather placid looking, friendly even, and there are no discernible teeth. I’m pretty sure he’s a vegetarian, actually, so unless he accidentally stomped us, I’m convinced we’ve nothing to fear from him.

I’m not sure what movie he’s supposed to be from – can’t be Jurassic Park because that’s that “other” theme park in Orlando *cough* Universal *cough*. I’m trying to think of what movie Disney or *cough* MGM did that has a dinosaur like this in it, but I’m afraid I’m coming up blank.

Does anyone know what movie this dinosaur appeared in?

I promise, I will not google – I will wait for one of you to tell me!

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Tink’s *~*~* Links: Wallabies, whales and warm-fuzzies

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Wallaby Wanders Wonder

This is a great story that I first discovered on a blog called OMG, what IS that?. I love this blog because Alison can usually dig up some strange, off-beat animal stories. This one is no exception, so I went googling about it.
 
The Orlando Sentinel reports that a woman from Texas was visiting relatives in the Windemere, Florida area. They live on a street called Wonder Lane – I kid you not! She brought her pet, a 1-year old wallaby named JAK, and he escaped his harness and bounded away.
 
He’s been spotted here and there in the neighboring area. I’m wondering if anyone thought he was the Easter Bunny!
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DisneyNature OCEANS – coming on Earth Day 2010

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DisneyNature’s freshman offering, entitled EARTH, was comprised largely of regurgitated footage from the highly acclaimed BBC series Planet Earth. I’ve found the DVD of the complete BBC series to be a worthy investment, and I’ve watched each episode several times. Naturally, I’ve studied the trailer for this next installment, and a lot of it looks familiar. Therefore, I’m more excited about the soundtrack! There’s some nifty background music going on in that trailer, and lacking a soundtrack disc available for purchase as yet, there’s some discussion and searching going on at the AdTunes forums (I haunt that place – TV commercial tunes are my new obsession hobby). (aside: I would have LOVED to have been there when that HUGE whale jumped out of the water – you’ll see it at the end of the trailer!)
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Oh, Tink *~*~* – not gorillas AGAIN?!?!?

IMG_3128-WDW-DAK-gorilla-daddyWell, I have been writing about ’em lately, haven’t I? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Which is why this article in The Daily Disney caught my eye, I guess. I have to admit that it gives me a warm-fuzzy to know that useful research is conducted at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – useful not for the human race but for the animals themselves! The gorillas who live on the Pangani Trail in Harambe have been trained to cooperate in the taking of images of their hearts without the use of sedatives. This is useful because silverbacks are known to have heart problems later in life. Therefore, anything that can be learned without putting the animals through an unnecessary procedure is alright in my book! Oh and the other bonus of reading this article is that there are “related links” on the top right of the page. If you are a baby animal enthusiast, you will see lots to explore here.

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[pullquote]Think shortbread cookie with butterscotch. It’s amber-colored with a foamy top, which left me with a little white mustache. It’s cold and sweet โ€” a sure diet-buster โ€” yet not too filling. – Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel[/pullquote]

The butterbeer is coming! The butterbeer is coming!

I admit it. I’m a mere mortal muggle, but I would LOVE to taste me some butterbeer. Dewayne Bevil, writing for the Orlando Sentinal, described his preview of butterbeer in this article (click). I am a little worried that it will be TOO sweet for me and I won’t like it. Only time will tell, and fortunately it won’t be a long time because The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens at Universal Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando on June 18th. Can’t wait!

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Jerry Bruckheimer presents… THE SORCEROR’S APPRENTICE

Disney Pictures allows Nicholas Cage a brief respite from the filming of seemingly endless sequels to National Treasure (2004, 2007 and coming next year in 2011) with a new take on The Sorceror’s Apprentice. I was googling around about this film and found the latest “international” trailer on YouTube. The beginning of the film seems reads like a slightly more sinister version of Back to the Future, complete with wicked-fast car stunts and a mentor-madman at the wheel. Targeted for theaters this July, it looks like good, clean fun! Find more details on IMDB here, and at the Disney Pictures site here.

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Yes, I know – you’ve been waiting for the part about the boobs…

My friend Chris, proprietor of Blog du Mush, was the one who first brought this little nugget to my attention. Apparently, there’s been a casting call for wenches, um I mean lady pirates for the next Pirates Of The Caribbean film – and the powers that be are not interested in seeing you if you do not have your own boobs! Yes, I’m serious. Here it is in writing – no fake boobs will be cast. TPTB apparently believe that a natural, wobbling jiggle will carry more appeal during the “action” scenes…. you can’t make this stuff up, folks! At any rate, it appears that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is due in theaters circa May 2011, and will feature Penelope “I wonder if they’re real” Cruz as Blackbeard’s Daughter and Jack Sparrow‘s love interest.


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The Disney Blog reviews the new Princess And The Frog DVD

I agree that the story was slow in spots. I do not agree that the music was “quality” across the board – every song with the exception of “Dig A Little Deeper” was eminently forgettable. But you know what I loved about “The Princess And The Frog”? Tiana is smart, ambitious, driven and a go-getter. She did not sit around helplessly waiting for her prince to come. She planned her work, then worked the plan to get everything that she wanted for herself. YOU GO, GIRL! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Disney to sell annual pass good for all its U.S. theme parks

Not sure why anyone would be interested, in this economy. When you consider airfare, especially for an entire family, this just isn’t practical for most passholders. You have to wonder at the motivation for such a “deal”. Possibly, Disney is betting that someone will find the idea of visiting all 6 US parks in one year appealing, but the practicalities of having them on opposite coasts will be prohibitive. They will have collected the revenue whether or not the parks are visited. The only people I can see this being good for are locals who buy an annual pass to their local park anyway. They might consider making one big trip next year to the other coast (Floridians to California and vice versa), but I cannot see many people making TWO big trips in a year in this economy.

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New trailer for Disney’s TANGLED!

Here’s a trailer for the upcoming TANGLED, Disney’s take on the “Rapunzel” fairy tale. Leads are voiced by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi of NBC’s “Chuck” (I do love me some Chuck, just wish I remembered more often to watch!).

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There’s also a slideshow of some stills from the film on IMDB.com – hand-drawn goodness!

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FOLLOW UP from last week’s edition –

Court temporarily blocks release of video, photos of SeaWorld trainer death

I did not realize they had underwater video of this event. I’m not sure how many people would willingly watch this poor girl drown. This is not something the public needs to see or hear, and I agree that it should not be released. I’m glad the judge sees it the family’s way, and I hope that sentiment will continue toward making the injunction permanent.

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Tink’s *~*~* Links: food, film and fun!

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030720102678-WDW-EPCOT-FandG-Fest-sign๐Ÿ™‚ Hey, I’m back from my whirlwind weekend in Walt Disney World, where I made a leisurely tour of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and EPCOT, watched three of my “sistahs” cross the finish line in the Disney Princess Half Marathon, and mobile blogged the entire time.

You can find a lot of pictures here on My Mobile Adventures *~*~*, but I also posted unique content to the blog’s Facebook page and to Twitter as well (the tweeted pictures are actually over at TwitPic). In addition to the mobile blogging and tweeting, I took a ton more that are still in the camera, including a few lucky shots of the new baby gorilla aka the “girl-illa” who was just recently born at DAK. I hope to get those up on the blog shortly, possibly this weekend in time for Camera Critters.

In the meantime, I’ve been catching up on a little reading. Here are some things which caught my eye, tickled my fancy or provided food for thought:

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SeaWorld, trainer’s family seek to prevent release of video of fatal killer-whale accident

Killerwhales_jumpingThe family of the trainer who was killed by an orca at SeaWorld is seeking an injunction against the public release of SeaWorld’s surviellance video, which captured the incident.

“Use of this video will do nothing more than further sensationalize a tragic event and traumatize our family,” said Charles LoVerde, the spokesman. “Some members of the news media have shown restraint and sensitivity during this difficult time, but many others have not. The conduct of some members of the press has been disgraceful. Our family has a right to heal in private, and we once again appeal to the media to recognize the terrible pain we are experiencing and give us a small measure of respect and privacy.”

My reaction: I hope that any web hosting company, YouTube, Flickr, etc. would immediately remove any photos or videos depicting this tragedy once they were aware of them, and also that the hosting company would deal harshly with the person who posted it. I also hope that anyone reading this who sees such a thing online will immediately inform the host and insist upon it’s removal. If you cannot figure out who the host is, email me and I’ll help track it down (belltinkr at g mail dot com)

It’s morbid, unnecessary and just plain mean to post such a thing. And as we all know, mean people suck. Karma doesn’t like them very much, either….

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Mmmmm, Disney Food!

The Daily Disney offers this recipe from the Grand Floridian Cafe at Walt Disney World –

Chocolate-Crusted Key Lime Pie!

Personally, I generally do not care for key lime pie, but I think the chocolate crusting thing would go a long way toward helping me to appreciate it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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PRINCE OF PERSIA – EXTENDED TRAILER

Prince of Persia is a popular series of video games, available for Playstation 3, XBOX 360 and Windows XP (affiliate links lead to Amazon.com). Now it’s a film by Jerry Bruckheimer and Walt Disney Pictures, scheduled for release in May 2010. Love the Aladdinesque theme – poor street waif becomes prince. I definitely want to see this -part film, part video game, all Gyllenhaal all the time! <3 Here's the official site for the film - Walt Disney Pictures | Prince of Persia. And looky, you can Become A Fan on Facebook!. And finally – feast yourself on the extended trailer (Subscribers – if you don’t see a video right below these words, click through to the blog to view it):

If the YouTube version is gone or won’t play, you can try watching it here here

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DISNEY BOARD GAMES!

I was googling around for something, but you know how it goes – click a picture here, or an intriguing title there, and suddenly I found myself face-to-face with Disney board games! I didn’t even know there was such a thing. How cool are these? (yes they are affiliate links, no they won’t bite you!). There’s something called the Magic Kingdom Game (nope, I’ve never heard of it either), and also the Splash Mountain Edition of SORRY! in a collectible tin.

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I’ve been doing some reading in my RSS reader lately. Here are a few Disney-related links I hoarded to share with you all.

I’ve decided to call this post “Tink’s *~*~* Links” just because I like things that rhyme ๐Ÿ™‚ And who knows, maybe this shall become a trend! On with the sharing….

First up –

Curry Butternut Soup from Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – made by The Disney Chick!

I’ve been reading her for a while, and tweeting with her on occasion. The Disney Chick’s definitely got it going on when it comes to trying Disney recipes and sharing them with us. I’ve had this soup at Boma a few times and it’s mmm-mmm-GOOD! This is going to be a must-try for me – I’ve got her post preserved in my Instapaper account!

A from-the-air comparison of Disney parks

I dropped in on the Imagineering Disney site last week. Some former cast members number amongst the site’s contributors, and I often find their material intriguing. This time, it’s a side-by-side comparison of some aerial views of Disney parks across the globe. Check it out!

Imagineering Disney – Comparing Disney parks from the air

Here’s another cool thing I found last week while browsing around.

Waking Sleeping Beauty

Documentary about the second golden age of Disney filmaking. There has been a TON of chatter on Twitter about this in the past week or so. Get ready to be very, VERY excited!

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“The real heartbeat of this company was, is and will always be the film-making business” – Roy Disney

Everyone looks so YOUNG! Roy, Tim Burton, John Lasseter, Katzenberg, Eisner… guest appearances by a mariachi band (maybe the one from EPCOT?) and Gumby!

Become A Fan of Waking Sleeping Beauty on Facebook

If for any reason the YouTube video is not visible above, you can see the trailer at Apple.com – which says, “in theaters March 26, 2010”

Waking Sleeping Beauty – trailer on Apple.com

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Can you name the film in which Disney’s OTHER red-headed mermaid appeared?

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Red stuff at McT's Tavern๐Ÿ™‚ I was at McT’s Tavern on Sanibel Island yesterday, and decided to check at Foursquare. However, Foursquare was not already listing McT’s in their list of venues, so I had to create it. For that, I needed something that had McT’s street address printed on it. My friend Gary went and fetched a take-out menu from somewhere, and that was when I noticed the red-haired mermaid. I’ve seen the mermaid painted on the walls inside McT’s but I guess it just didn’t register that she had red hair until I saw the take-out menu. Of course, this brought to mind another, rather more famous red-headed mermaid.

IMG_4371-WDW-STUDIOS-Little-MermaidAnyone who was even remotely alive in the 80s is aware of Disney’s big blockbuster animated film, The Little Mermaid. She had red hair, too. In fact, up until 2007, when actress Amy Adams created the role of Princess Giselle in Disney’s hybrid live-animated film Enchanted, Ariel had been the only red-headed Disney princess. BUT – she wasn’t Disney’s only red-headed mermaid, nor was she even first!

Can you name the film in which Disney’s OTHER red-headed mermaid appeared?

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Sand sculpture critters at Walt Disney World

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๐Ÿ™‚ Several years ago, the BBC presented a series called Planet Earth, which explored wildlife stories as they unfolded in natural habitats. The story goes, there was footage to spare, and since Disney, like country radio, is all about “the story”, there was enough to form stories about three animal families and release it as a DisneyNature production called Earth.

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This past spring at the 2009 International Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT, the film was being publicized in the form of sand sculptures strategically located in the fountain plaza just outside of MouseGear. There were some Cast Members on hand, as well as activities for smaller children. Me, I just thought the sand sculptures were cool – enjoy!

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Disney critters at work and play

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IMG_1992-WDW-DTD-Cashier-grasshopper-ants๐Ÿ™‚ I was in Walt Disney World (where else?), standing in line at the big World of Disney store in Downtown Disney, waiting for my opportunity to indulge in some rampant consumerism. The Cast Member who was ringing up the woman ahead of me was inexperienced, slow and giving out some really bad advice about where discounts could and could not be had. Bored, impatient, but trying to be nice and pleasant and Zen about it, I glanced at the ceiling and smiled with genuine delight – there, painted on the ceiling, were the subjects of one of my all-time favorite Silly Symphonies.

Disney’s Silly Symphonies are a series of 75 short, animated films produced over a period of about ten years during the 1930s. In fact, the very first full Technicolor film was a Silly Symphony called Flowers and Trees. Some of these short films were based upon myths, legends, morality tales and fables. One of Aesop’s best fables made cut – The Grasshopper and the Ants.

IMG_1991The story features a grasshopper who fiddles and sings his way through summer, when food is abundant, and scoffs at the ants, hard at work setting aside stores for the lean months ahead. Winter finds the grasshopper collapsing on the ants’ doorstep, starved and nearly frozen. In pity, they take him in and care for him, but the arrival of the colony’s queen strikes fear into his heart. He supplicates himself before her, knowing that he’s been lazy, has not worked, has scoffed at them, and doesn’t deserve their kindness. The queen hands him his fiddle and admonishes him… to play! At once, he realizes he just landed himself a position as court musician. He strikes up a jolly tune and the dancing commences. Soundtrack swells, fade to black.

I once took a sociology class called “The Disney Empire: Culture and Power”, where I learned that both as an employer and as an entertainment company, Disney tends to blur the lines between work and play. There are many examples in Disney’s films of work and play interchanging, but none so pointed or classic as The Grasshopper and the Ants.

It’s pretty rare in this world to have a job that feels like play. Sometimes, when I watch the young Cast Members, barely adults themselves, playing with the kids along the parade route in the Magic Kingdom to help them pass the time, I’m just a little envious. I know they don’t make much money, I know – I just like the idea of getting paid something, ANYTHING, for playing ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Ring-billed gulls, and “the circle of life”

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Ring-billed gulls, and “the circle of life”

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IMG_0101-ring-bille-gull-marchingEarlier this week, I posted a photo of shore birds feasting upon some scallops that had been stranded by the tide. I realized that I didn’t know what the birds were called, so I went through some recent photos to see if I could find a close up. Here’s a shot from early in January, and according to my National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida, this is a ring-billed gull. You can see that there is, indeed, a ring around his yellow bill. According to Audubon, this bird migrates north for the summer, but non-breeders will probably stick around here.
IMG_0204-Ring-billed-gulls-feastingLast week, when my friend Kim and I were at the beach, we encountered a pile of shells that had been tossed up onto the shore by the tide. As we pawed through the pile for treasures, we found many scallops had been stranded with the empties. Some were still alive, as evidenced by their nervous chattering as we came near. Yes, they do that thing that you see them do in the old cartoons – they open and shut rapidly, trying to scare us away with the clatter, I guess. Usually, when I find a live one, I will endeavor to place it back in the water. But then I began to notice that humans aren’t the only ones interested in a pile of shells.
IMG_0207-ring-billed-gull-tasty-scallopThe ring-billed gulls were feasting! And here I thought, with all the hubris and inflated sense of importance that a human can muster, that we were doing the scallops a favor by giving them a “second chance”. It’s not really a carnage that humans need to “fix” (oh, we are such fixers, we humans, aren’t we?). As often happens, it dawned upon me in the lyrics:

Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of Life…


Yeah, I did. I burst into song. I think Kim laughed at me, but I don’t mind. If you’re embarrassed ๐Ÿ˜ณ by people who are prone to bursting into song, don’t go shelling with me ๐Ÿ˜† . The point is, the scallops had found “their place on the path unwinding”. It was right there, on the beach, waiting for a ring-billed gull to come along and decide it looked tasty.
The scallops, they have their purpose. They don’t have to think about it, or struggle to discover what it is they are meant to do. The Circle Of Life just kind of takes care of that for them. Not so much for us humans. We often struggle to find our place. For many of us, it’s not all that clear what we are meant to do with our lives.
Sometimes, I still don’t know what I’m supposed to be when I grow up. If “when I grow up” should ever happen, I’ll be sure to let y’all know.
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  • Cornell University has a cool bird site, with sound samples.ย  Click here if you want to hear ring-billed gulls laughing (it opened Quicktime for me; your mileage may vary!).
  • Download The Circle of Life MP3 file from Disney’s THE LION KING, performed by Elton John. Amazon also has DVDs of the film and its sequels, the entire film soundtrack (CD or MP3 download), and my personal favorite, the original Broadway production sountrack.
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