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Music Monday: Why Should I Worry (Oliver & Company)

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Sorry I was away last week. My daughter and I took a trip back east and had a fun adventure in New York City. My trip made me think of the 27th Disney animated movie , Oliver and Company, (1988) which is set in New York. It was inspired by the Charles Dickens story, Oliver Twist

The most famous song in the movie is "Why Should I Worry?" It was written by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight. The song received a Golden Globe Nomination. It is sung by Billy Joel, who provides the voice to the character of "Dodger" who is a Jack Russell Terrier that befriends the title character, Oliver. Dodger considers himself to have "street-savior-faire" to get around and survive in the streets of New York City.  "Why Should I Worry" is Dodger's mantra that he shares with young Oliver. 

It's a fun upbeat song. It wouldn't be a bad idea to channel some of Dodger's attitude to get through some tough days. Don't sweat the small stuff, right? 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Disney Music Emporium

The beginning of the year is a great way take inventory of your Disney Music library. One place to peruse if the Disney Music Emporium (DME). According to its website, "Disney Music Emporium is THE online destination for all things collectible and limited edition from the legendary Disney Music catalog."

They have some great collectibles and collections. You can also get Disney vinyl here. They have some special offers with particular CDs. Disney, Marvel and Star Wars music is available at the DME. One of my favorite things about the site is that you can view and purchase from the Legacy Collection. The artwork (by Disney artist Lorelay Bove) for the various titles within the Legacy Collection can also be purchased separately. 

Additional CD art by Lorelay Bove

Additional CD art by Lorelay Bove

Add some new and classic Disney music to your catalog. Check out the Disney Music Emporium.

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: The Walt Disney Story VHS Video

I found the following video in one of my boxes: The Walt Disney Story presented by Walt Disney Attractions. 

Front Cover

Front Cover

VHS - The Walt Disney Story

VHS - The Walt Disney Story

Back of video box

Back of video box

After watching the video (yes, I still have a television with a VHS player), I think pieces of this video were seen in the former One Man's Dream attraction at Hollywood Studios (Walt Disney World). Mickey Mouse is scene in the opening of this video and he introduces Walt Disney and his story. You hear Walt Disney's voice as he shares his story through pictures and old film footage. 

My other find in the box was an old paperback copy of Walt Disney, An American Original by Bob Thomas. My copy is pretty old but this is the ultimate biography of Walt Disney. There is currently an updated version of the book

1976 version - Walt Disney, An American Original

1976 version - Walt Disney, An American Original

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Happy Friday!

- Daisy

Friday Find: Walt Disney Company Christmas Cards (1990s)

This week, D23 posted some really great holiday cards from their archives. According to THIS POST, the Walt Disney Studio started sending Christmas cards to all their employees beginning in the early 1930s.

I was a Disneyland Cast Member from 1989 - 2001. I found several Christmas cards that were sent to me from the Walt Disney Company from the early 1990s. This first card that I am sharing I am going to guess might have been 1991. That was when the Team Disney Building (Burbank, Ca) was completed and the Disney corporate team moved in. 

Front of card. c. 1991

Front of card. c. 1991

Inside of card.

Inside of card.

They used to also include 2 free tickets in each card. I am also going to assume that the number of tickets you received may have been based on you dependent listing. I was a college student so it was just me. I always received 2 tickets. 

This particular complimentary pass had the following artwork on them so I saved this one. If you used them, they would either take them at the gate, stamp them or rip them for validation purposes. There were expiration dates on them so this one is no longer acceptable. Like I said, I really liked the artwork on this one.  

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These next two cards are full of character. Not sure what the dates were on these but they had to be before 1994. It has Frank Wells (Walt Disney Company CFO) on the card and he passed away in April 1994.  

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This next card features Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. It must have been the year when Disney Afternoon was popular. 

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I am sure that I saved my other ones but not sure where they are. The annual Walt Disney Company Christmas card was always fun to get in the mail.

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas weekend!

-Daisy

Music Monday: The Grinch's Connection to a Disneyland Voice

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One of the "must watch Christmas movies" at my house is The Grinch who Stole ChristmasEither the classic animated version or movie is acceptable. One of the songs in this story is "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." The words were written by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel and the music by Albert Hague. Did you know that there is a Disneyland connection of sorts to this song?

In the 1966 animated version, the Grinch is voiced by famous character actor, Boris Karloff. However, this iconic song from the movie is actually sung by voice actor, Thurl Ravenscroft. You may be familiar with Ravenscroft as the voice of the main singing bust (Uncle Theodore) in the Haunted Mansion, Fritz (Tiki Room), and the voice on the Mark Twain attraction.

Graveyard Bust, Haunted Mansion. Uncle Theodore is the broken bust.

Graveyard Bust, Haunted Mansion. Uncle Theodore is the broken bust.

Ravenscroft actually never received online screen credit for the 1966 movie. It was an oversight that Dr. Seuss himself tried to correct and made sure that everyone knew that it was Ravenscroft that received credit for singing the song. Ravenscroft has a very distinct voice. You have heard his voice is other Disney movies, songs, and Disneyland attractions. The other work he is most famous for is being the voice of Tony the Tiger (Frosted Flakes) and the signature "You're Great!" tag line. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Store Christmas Pins (c. 1990s)

I found a couple fun Disney Christmas pins from the late 1990s. This first one is from the Disney Store, 1996. The Disney Stores have always had their own holiday design. This Christmas pin shows that the theme in 1996 was Mickey's Winter Wonderland.  If you want to see more from this collection, you can always do a search on eBay and all kinds of items will show up. 

Disney Store Christmas pin - 1996

Disney Store Christmas pin - 1996

This next one is a pin from The Walt Disney Gallery. Back in the 1990s, The Disney Store located at The Main Place mall, actually had a "Walt Disney Gallery" section within the store. They would sell collectibles and other high-end Disney merchandise. Here is the Christmas pin that was sold under The Walt Disney Gallery name. According to the merchandise card, it was limited to 5000 pieces. 

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Happy Holidays!

-Daisy

Music Monday: "Steamboat Bill" from Steamboat Willie

Today marks Walt Disney's birth date (Dec 5, 1901). I thought it would be fun to look at the music from Steamboat Willie (1928), which introduces the world to Mickey Mouse and was also the first Disney film to have synchronized sound. In the cartoon, we hear Mickey Mouse whistling a tune and it is called "Steamboat Bill." Written by Ben Shields (lyrics) and the Leighton Bros (music), it was a song popularized before the Steamboat Willie cartoon came out. There are words to the song and it was made popular by singer, Arthur Collins

I think most of us are familiar with the iconic scene where "Steamboat Mickey" is at the helm of his steamship whistling this tune. I think one of the most underrated attractions at Disneyland is the Main Street Cinema on Main Street USA. You can go inside and watch Steamboat Willie and other cartoons that launched Mickey's career and the Walt Disney Studios. 

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It is fun to think of how these early Disney cartoons were considered a "game changer" in the late 1920s. Thank goodness for MIckey Mouse's success. Did you know that Walt Disney was the Mickey Mouse until 1947? 

Happy Music Monday!

Happy Birthday, Walt!

-Daisy

 

Friday Find: Commemorative Disney Envelopes with Postage Cancellation

In the 1990s, Disneyland would sell these special envelopes to commemorate milestones and then have the US Postal office be available for stamp cancellation. Seems kind of foreign now in the age of technology and a paperless society. Here are some examples from my personal Disney stuff. 

Nov 4, 1991: 200th Anniversary of The Bill Rights

Nov 4, 1991: 200th Anniversary of The Bill Rights

Oct 16, 1998 - Walt Disney Studio 75th Anniversary

Oct 16, 1998 - Walt Disney Studio 75th Anniversary

They are small envelopes that fit the size of dollar bills. Disneyland would issue them for some of the Park anniversaries, too. I think I have one from the 35th Disneyland Anniversary somewhere. They had some available last year at the D23 Expo. The special event envelopes were usually pretty inexpensive (maybe $5) and then you purchased the stamp. I thought they were interesting. To read the dates and also the price of postage of the different years makes it fun to look at. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Team Disney Anaheim & Its Connection to the Medal of Freedom Ceremony 2016

Today, President Obama honored the 2016 Medal of Freedom recipients. This particular award is considered the highest civilian honor given by the President of the United States. According to Executive Order 9586, the recipient is someone who has "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." The Medal of Freedom was established by President John Kennedy in 1963. 

Main entrance of Team Disney Anaheim (TDA)

Main entrance of Team Disney Anaheim (TDA)

One of the 2016 recipients is Frank Gehry.  If you drive by Disneyland on the 5 Freeway, you pass a Frank Gehry building. The Team Disney Anaheim Building was designed by Gehry. The building opened in 1995 and continues to be the home to a variety of Disneyland operations teams including Disneyland Casting.  

This photo is of the main entrance of the building. If you have to go for an interview, this is where you would go and enter. The story that I heard about how the building got its yellow color is that Gehry was slow to choose the color for the main entrance of the building. He was being pressed when he saw a construction hat and said "That color. Scan the construction hat for that color." Again, that is just a story that I heard. 

The side of this building that faces the freeway is actually an entirely different color.  It is kinda of a green metallic and kind of shimmers as you drive by it. It's hard to tell that the other side of the building is a very bright yellow.

Freeway side of Team Disney Anaheim.

Freeway side of Team Disney Anaheim.

If you drive by the freeway side, sometimes you'll see some signs on the windows or decals that Cast Members have placed so they can see their office window when driving by. The inside of the building is full of cubicles to maximize the workspace. Most Cast Members who have an office with a window share that space with another person. I did share an office with someone when I worked in this building. My Disneyland job back in the 1990s was in Documentation and I shared an office on the third floor, yellow side, with an office mate.

On a final note, another Disney building that Gehry designed is the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.  

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

Next time you pass by the green building near Disneyland on the 5 Freeway, know that it was designed by note only a famous architect, but a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.

Congratulations, Frank Gehry!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Choose Disney for Karaoke

One of our favorite things to do during the holidays is to sing songs on our karaoke machine. It brings everyone together, goofiness ensues, and lots of laughter is sure to happen. Hey, I'm Filipino, so we've had karaoke around our house since I can remember. Some would say karaoke is a part of the Filipino culture. 

Did you know that Disney songs are some of the most popular songs for karaoke? Just about everyone knows some Disney song that they can sing to. There are many Disney classic songs that everyone can do a sing-along to as well. The Disney song library is so large and ever growing so it makes it easy for generations to enjoy karaoke together.   

Check out this post, Disney Songs Ranked by Duet-Ability, from Oh My Disney and see if these are any Disney songs you might want to sing with someone during karaoke time. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Dig a Little Deeper (The Princess & the Frog)

My daughter and I watched the The Princess and the Frog  over the weekend. It's her favorite Disney movie for many reasons and one of them being its music. Academy award winner, Randy Newman, composed the songs and score for the movie. The only exception is an additional song, "Never Knew I Needed," at the end of the movie that was written and performed by Ne-Yo. 

One of the songs that my daughter and I really love is "Dig a Little Deeper." It takes place in the middle of the movie when lead character, Tiana, meets Mama Odie, the "Voodoo Queen of the Bayou". Tiana is seeking Mama Odie's advice and of course the answer comes out through this wonderful and high-energy musical number.

Mama Odie is voiced by actress Jenifer Lewis. Lewis is currently on the popular show, Black-ish (Ruby Johnson). The Pinnacle Gospel Choir is also featured in this musical number. The song is fun and the lyrics are simple yet can provide much encouragement under pressing situations. 

Don't matter what you look like
Don't matter what you wear
How many rings you got on your finger
We don't care, no, we don't care...
...If they all knew what they wanted
What they wanted, need to do
I told 'em what they needed
Just like I be telling you

 

Image from Oh My Disney

Image from Oh My Disney

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy