Wednesday, March 21, 2018

"Ah, man, I heard about this thing..." - Let's watch "The Dream is Alive"!

I reiterate: I like to watch vintage Disney Park specials before heading down to The World.  I like to see what's changed, what's stayed the same, and what I missed out on that I honestly wouldn't believe actually happened unless they were documented on film for posterity.

"Walt Disney World's 20'th Anniversary: The Dream is Alive" does not preserve much of the latter (save for a brief glimpse of a Pleasure Island marquee).  In fact, this Disney Park Anniversary Special contains almost NO footage of Walt Disney World at all.  What it gives us instead is Michael Eisner -a LOT of Michael Eisner- struggling to be as charismatic as possible.

Whew, they really don't make them like this anymore.  Look for Eddie Murphy's expression at about the seven minute mark, because I had a similar one watching this.

Side note: Me having to pause and rub my temples at the sight of Michael Eisner's credit in "Bojack Horseman" is the new me having to pause and rub my temples at the sight of Seth MacFarlane's credit in "Cosmos". 


Art of the Day!

Speaking of Especially Weird Disney Things, we recently got a look at "Kingdom Hearts 3" and...

Oh no...

Oh nooooo...

2.10 - So, That "Kingdom Hearts 3" Trailer...

Monday, March 12, 2018

In Which Barbie and I Both Celebrate Our Birthdays In EPCOT!


Okay, this one is going to take some explaining.

If you spend any significant amount of time in the Disney fan portion of this vast sea we call the Internet, you'll find that one thing Disney Park fans like to complain about is the inclusion of popular established characters in Epcot attractions.  This hasn't been bothering me nearly as much as it does others, but after watching "BARBIE BIRTHDAY PARTY AT WALT DISNEY WORLD EPCOT '94!!!" (henceforth, "BARBIE IN EPCOT" because I just... can't) I can see where the dissent is coming from.

The whole "BARBIE IN EPCOT" thing was actually a contractual obligation between Disney and Mattel and ye gods, does it ever look like it.  I feel like this must have been the Faustian bargain for all the Mattel characters they got to include in "Toy Story".  The stage show lasted a little over a year and a half, and just about the only real evidence that it wasn't some kind of group hallucination is this video.  The video was available for purchase with special Barbie dolls for a penny, which seems about right.

On the one hand, it's always neat to get a behind-the-scenes look at Disney stage shows, and the segments about how birthdays are celebrated around the world are very nice.  On the other hand, you have the screaming 90's child actors.  Do anything you can to prepare yourself, because the screaming 90's child actor hosts of this special are like entire seasons of "Full House" made flesh.  I hate them, I hate them so much, and it's as much about the screaming and their being genuinely horrible (get your damn fingers off that cake!) as it is that I wish I could get as excited about anything as these screaming 90's child actors get about literally everything.


Because it's my Birthday and I love you (and also because Faebruary's still in my rear-view mirror and St. Patrick's Day is this weekend) have a Bonus Especially Weird Disney Thing!  Let me show you the traditional dances of my people:

This isn't what I saw a few nights ago in Raglan Road after downing two Kilkennys (though it's close).  This is "Light Magic".  It's from 1997 and was meant to be the replacement, in Disneyland, for the Main Street Electrical Parade.  Once again, videos like this are about the only real evidence this wasn't a mass hallucination.

It's also from that very weird, very specific, and thankfully very over period where Disney Parks defined "parade" as "Three or four floats that ride down the street, then stop and stay still for several minutes at a time to do a long elaborate show, then start moving again to suddenly stop and do another show and so on".  It went over even less well than "BARBIE IN EPCOT", not even surviving one whole year.

To paraphrase Cap'n Wacky,

May the good Fairies draw near to you,
And spread love and luck with their weird little dances every day.
And may a good strong drink
Make the memories of horrible screaming 90's child actors go away.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A Salute To All Nations, But Mostly America - Let's Watch "Walt Disney World's 15'th Birthday Celebration"!

I am going to celebrate a big momentous birthday in Walt Disney World!  And I really like to watch vintage Disney Park specials before heading down to The World.  I like to see what's changed, what's stayed the same, and what I missed out on.

And this time, I've found some really weird ones.  First up, we have a special celebrating what, in my opinion, was the most awesome Disney Parks anniversary of all, the fifteenth anniversary of Walt Disney World.  I think this might have even been one of my family's first trips.  Every fifteen minutes, someone entering the park would win a prize, and the decorations were terrific. 

This special doesn't focus on that at all.  Instead, we get half of the Golden Girls, a really strange tour of World Showcase, a reminder of how 3/4ths of the Monkees were everywhere in the 80's, a seemingly endless patriotic production narrated by Charlton Heston, and previews of upcoming attractions, including something about a "studio tour"...

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Faebruary Gallery!

Whew, I did another month's worth of daily art challenges!  And I made my first Twitter Moment to share them.  Enjoy:

I'll be honest, part of why I turned this into a Moment is to see how one looks like here.  Storify is going down in May and I need a new home for my Tweetmentaries after all...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Traditional National Dog Show Sketch-tacular!

Because although the scruffy little terrier thing might have won, they are all good doggos.

10.24.11 - National Dog Show Sketches

10.24.11 - National Dog Show Sketches

10.24.11 - National Dog Show Sketches

10.24.11 - National Dog Show Sketches

10.24.11 - National Dog Show Sketches

10.24.11 - National Dog Show Sketches

(I did a post a week?   I did a post a week!  It's starting to feel normal again!)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Franklin Park Zoo in October?

Sure, why not? In the middle of everything else, my cousin and her daughter were visiting and this was the only chance I'd get to bond with them.  And the giraffes were out!

10.6.17 - Franklin Park Zoo Sketches

10.6.17 - Franklin Park Zoo Sketches

10.6.17 - Franklin Park Zoo Sketches

10.6.17 - Franklin Park Zoo Sketches

10.6.17 - Franklin Park Zoo Sketches

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The... Somewhat Delayed Inktober Wrap-up

Ready for Inktober?

So, an awful lot of things happened between the last blog post and this one and most of them were, indeed, awful.  I apologize in advance for the sad news but having hadn't posted in ages, I feel like an explanation is owed.

The month began with the sudden passing of my uncle, one of the funniest people I ever knew and the husband of my Godmother, who passed away last year.  This has, all told, been a hell of a couple of years for me.  Much of October was spent dealing with the fallout from this.  And just as my family and I were starting to get a handle on things, the month ended with The Nameless Storm.  At least ten trees were down in our neighborhood and we lost power for a week (we have a generator thank goodness, but still).  Fun times.

So October, the month, was a seemingly endless nightmare.

INK-tober, however, was fantastic.  I loved seeing everyone's art; it really did cheer me up during a terrible time.  I also drew a picture for every single day in October and honestly, I have no idea how I even did it.  To tell the truth, I'm a little soured on daily art challenges even though this was mostly stressful because of extenuating circumstances.  Anyway, here they all are.  Head to Flickr for the larger versions and more information:

Day One: Swift

Day Two: Link Rat

Day Three: Zelda Rat?

Day Four: Underwater

Day Five: Snawfus

Day Six: Little Pattern

Day Seven: Another Little Pattern

Day Eight: Great Fairy Capybara

Day Nine: Epona Mara

Day Ten: Korok... Acorn... Thing?

Day Eleven: Fairydiddle Tingle?!

Day Twelve: Oh No, Cat Ganon!

Day Thirteen: The Triforce is Cheese of Course!

Day 14: Porg!

Day 15: Clio Chiang's Wolf Girl

Day 16: A Sweet Kitty

Day 17: A Zebra!

Day 18: Raccoon Shenanigans

Day 19: My Loony Heart

Day 20: Smudgy Lil' Owl Friend


Day 22: A Loud Squawk

Day 23: I Just Read _La Belle Sauvage_...

Day 24: Fall Fairy

Day 25 - Vines!

Day 26: Fall Forest

Day 27: Mild "Alien: Covenant" Spoilers...

Day 28: Mild "Stranger Things 2" Spoilers

Day 29: Fairy Patterns

Day 30: Chipmunk Shenanigans!

Day 31: Spooky Forest After the Storm