There are so many animated Disney movies that have premiered in the month of November, especially during Thanksgiving week. One of those is A Bug's Life (1998). During the end credits, you hear the main song that is most associated with this movie, "The Time of Your Life."
Written and sung by Randy Newman, A Bug's Life, earned a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score.
So if you are looking for a Disney movie to watch this holiday week, something you might not have seen or don't remember well, check out A Bug's Life. Don't forget that this movie is billed as a "Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Film" because this was before Pixar officially became part of the Walt Disney Company.
Happy Music Monday!
A couple weeks ago, I referenced a visit by Disney Legend, Richard Sherman, to my daughter's high school. I have to admit that I was a bit jealous of my daughter but happy that she was given the opportunity for such a unique experience at her school. The website, Disney Examiner, was also in attendance and they put together a short video to give you some highlights. It's about 20 minutes long but it is was fun to hear some of the of students talk about this visit and also to hear some of the advice that Sherman shared with these high school student.
You can view the video on YouTube HERE.
Happy Music Monday!
I found this fun souvenir/memento while cleaning out one of my files. It was fun to remember this event that I attended with a couple of my Disneyland-loving friends. I won't lie, I remember that some of these questions were a little difficult but we sure had many laughs trying to figure them out. We also learned a lot little things that we didn't know about.
Questions had different values based on how difficult it was. Here are some excerpts from the guide book. You can click on the image to see a bigger view.
"The things that we have in common far outnumber and outweigh those that divide us." - Walt Disney
Know that COCO is not a traditional Disney musical movie. While music is a big part of the story but specific songs are not woven in to tell its story. You can listen to some music clips at THIS POST. One of the prominent songs from the movie is called "Remember Me" which was composed by Frozen songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Michael Giacchino (Inside Out, Star Trek, Rouge One) is credited for providing the score to this new movie.
I am excited for the movie and soundtrack. The music in most Disney movies are just as iconic and important to the story. All pre-orders ship on November 8th which is well ahead of the November 22nd movie release date. Plus, you'll have a special ornament for your tree this year.
Off to shop....Happy Music Monday!
Today, October 16, marks the anniversary of the Walt Disney Studio. It's the day recognized when the Disney Brothers (Walt and Roy) opened up their Los Angeles studio on Kingswell Ave in 1923. After the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, they would move their studio to Burbank where it grew and still stands today.
Disney Legend, Richard Sherman, wrote a song called "The Whimsy Works" that is about Walt and what is was like working on the Walt Disney Studio lot. It was actually written for a 2016 show called "L.A. Now and Then - A Musical Review." If you watch this D23 video at 2:37, you can watch Sherman talk about this particular song and hear him play it on the actual piano in Walt Disney's office.
Here is a the actual song number from the musical review. It's kind of fun to hear this original and new-ish song from Sherman after all the years that have passed when he used to write for Walt Disney.
Coincidently, my youngest daughter was able to attend a special lecture class at her high school last week where Sherman spoke to the students about song composition and his long career. My daughter said he shared many Disney stories, too. Sherman did talk about "The Whimsy Works" and he closed their session with a rendition of "it's a small world." You can read about Sherman's visit to my daughter's high school in this article.
Happy Music Monday!
I found this fun Cast Exclusive Mickey Mouse pin that says it all....
This particular pin was a Cast Exclusive as noted in the back. I have a feeling that it may have been something that was available at the time around the opening of Disney California Adventure since one of the images is of the bear icon of Grizzly River Run.
I think the next pin was probably something that I also bought around the same time. I love that the pin is of the famous phrase that you see before going under the train tunnels as you enter Main Street U.S.A. It is a mini replica of the plaque. It also has a hanging piece with the dates 1995 to 2000. It could be to celebrate the millennium and/orDisneyland's 45 year anniversary.
These next two pins are interesting. I know the one with Walt Disney and Mickey is from my Disney employee credit union which is called, "PARTNERS." The other is just a fun classic image of Mickey Mouse. These two pins do not have a traditional pin back like you are used to seeing these days.
I am going through my Disney pins and sorting them out. I figured that these all kind of go together.
There is less than 80 days until Christmas. The Halloween season means that you also start seeing Christmas stuff popping up in many stores. I love Christmas so I get excited to see all the new merry offerings.
I went to Lowe's the other day to pick something up and saw that they had all their Christmas lights and decorations out. Last year, there were a lot of fun Disney themed lights. This year, there are even more. (You can click each image for a larger view)
I went ahead and bought the Mickey Mouse LE Lighted Wreath. It came well packaged as it is fairly large. I'll let you know how it looks outside when the time comes to decorate outdoors.
UPDATED: Oct 5th. Fixed a typo. Thanks for letting me know :)
WOW! The Disneyland Resort has really outdone themselves with the Halloween food offerings this year. I think it is the most and most varied that I have seen. There are sweet treats, spicy stuff, and all kinds of libations (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). There are also several themed food containers that are available from various vendor carts and locations.
Yesterday, EPCOT celebrated it's 35th birthday. I remember when this CD made its debut and immediately became a fan favorite.
This CD, EPCOT, Tapestry of Dreams was released around 1999. Just in time to celebrate the Millennium Celebration that took place at EPCOT. It contains the music from the Tapestry of Dreams parade that occurred at World Showcase. The most famous tune would be"Reflections of Earth" which you would hear at the IllumiNations night time show in the World Showcase area. Also included was "Promise" which is the song that played when you exited Epcot.
The soundtrack is no longer available at the Parks but you can find copies on the secondary markets.
Happy 35th, EPCOT!
With October right around the corner, I started to pull out my Halloween decorations. I came upon these fun Disney mini-plush. I usually scatter them around the house to add some Halloween decor.
These mini Disney plush came out about the same time when the Beanie Baby craze hit back in the early 1990s. I find that they are the perfect size to help me decorate around the house for the Halloween season.
In 1995, Disney released its 33rd animated classic, Pocohantas. I remember that there was a huge movie premiere at New York's Central Park. It had to follow already Disney hits such as The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. At this point, songs were big part of Disney animated movies and the Pocohantas music was once again written by Alan Menken with lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
There was one song that Menken and Schwartz had written that did not make it into the theatrical release and it is called "If I Never Knew You". It is a duet sung by John Smith (Mel Gibson) and Pocohantas (singing voice, Judy Khun). You actually hear a pop version of this song as during the credits. The pop version was sung by Jon Secada and Shanice. Both versions are available on most music streaming services.
Happy Music Monday!
I found this Disneyland 35th Anniversary Pin Set in one of my boxes that I was cleaning out. It was a Cast Member exclusive. I love that it celebrates the lands of Disneyland. The designs show off a recognizable image or icon as it relates to the themed land. The pins are very flat on the front surface. Remember, this is 1990 and it's just before Disney figured out their "pin" brand.
Here is an image of the back of one of the pins. It reads "Company D at Disneyland" which the name of the Cast Member store.
Disneyland's 35th anniversary was my first big celebration and event that I was able to experience as a Cast Member. I have a lot of great Disneyland memories associated with 1990.
You can get through this week! Just channel your inner Woody (Toy Story) and "reach for the sky"!
Every September, the CANstruction event happens at South Coast Plaza. This year marks the 10th Annual Design-Build Competition that benefits the Orange County Food Bank. This year, the number of displays/participants were smaller at the 3 designated locations that houses these creative structures.
I was only able to visit Crystal Court at South Coast Plaza and saw these Disney themed displays. Remember that these are all mainly constructed by cans of food and other food packages.
The following is called "CANtasmic! Don't Let Hunger Drag On!" and it was created by the Disneyland Resort (Design & Engineering). My favorite thing about this display is how they used the Fire Cheetos to create the dragon's fire breath.
The next one I discovered is called "Stack Up on Tsum-Thing to Fight Hunger" by WATG & Oltmans.
This last one that I came upon is called "May the Fork Be With You" by AECOM Orange. It was too hard to capture on a photo but they had lights set up this display to mimic the tie fighter shooting at the wall. There are designs on the back of the main wall.
The participating teams are so creative. Specific cans, food packages, and placement of the canned goods all help to create a design. When you stand far away, you can see the image that they are trying to convey. When you get close to the sculptures, you really see how clever they were with their use of canned goods and the intentional placement of items.
There are a total of 13 CANstruction displays this year that can be seen in 3 different Orange County locations. The bulk of them are at South Coast Plaza while several are actually at the John Wayne Airport. There is one structure at the ARTIC (Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermediate Corridor). You can vote for your favorite sculpture and donate to the OC Food Bank HERE. The event ends September 24, 2017.