October 16th is remembered as the start date of the Disney Company. in 1923, it was formally known as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studios and would soon change to the Walt Disney Studio. It would not be until 1937 that the Studio would release its first full length feature animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Snow White).
One of the songs from Snow White is "I'm Wishing." Written by Larry Morey (lyrics) and Frank Churchill (music), it is the song that Snow White sings while she is at the wishing well. Even though it is one of the first songs you hear, according to the definitive Snow White book, The Fairest One of All, this particular song was actually one of the last to be written. The music was also tailored to the vocal strength of Adriana Caselotti, who provided the voice of Snow White.
As Snow White sings her song, it echos in the wishing well. The Prince, who just happens to be riding through the forest, hears Snow White singing. As she finishes the song, The Prince, joins Snow White as he answers her wish. A bit frightened, Snow White runs from The Prince. He doesn't give up and he begins to sing "One Song."
These two songs help to introduce the characters of Snow White and The Prince to each other. It's the beginning of their courtship. Trivia: "One Song" is the only song that is sung solo by a Disney prince.
If you visit Snow White's Grotto at Disneyland, you can hear "I'm Wishing" playing in the background. According to this Disney Parks Blog post, Adriana Castelotti re-recorded her song for the 1983 New Fantasyland opening.
Happy Music Monday!
I was cleaning out some of my Disneyland work related bins and came upon this folder.
When I opened it up, I found these two fun pieces of paper. One is a decoder sheet to help figure out the petroglyphs that are strewn throughout the queue. The petroglyphs are referred to as "marabic" which is original to the attraction that is formally known as "Indiana Jones Adventure." The other sheet is a fun print.
The print has some Mara petroglyphs embossed around the border. I guess I need to use my decoder to figure out what it says.
The Indiana Jones Adventure premiered in conjunction with Disneyland's 40th Anniversary (1995). I feel like there were a couple more things that came with this folder but this is how I found it in my personal stuff.
I was at Disney's Grand Grand California Spa & Hotel the other day (even if just to escape the Oct California heat), and was able to check out their Halloween display. Last year they had a very cool Halloween Tree. This year looks like they went for something more whimsical and traditional.
It is all made out of sweet stuff. You can really smell all that sugar! There are pumpkin creations, spiders, and rats, too, in the Halloween scene. If you look closely, you can also see two furry friends trying to find some Halloween treats.
According to the sign, there are 13 hidden Mickey's that are scattered throughout the display. They are hidden in there pretty well and part of some of the elements. You have to look really closely and at everything. Here are two of the easiest to find.
If you have time to visit, check out the Halloween confectionary creation that is located in the lobby of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. They also have some Halloween food and drink offerings in the lobby so you can enjoy your visit.
Sharing some October fun with this song and video. You've probably seen snippets of The Skeleton Dance(1929), which is part of The Silly Symphony Collection. This particular short is one of the earliest that was produced and directed by the Walt Disney with Ub Iwerks given the credit for animation. Carl Stalling is given the credit for the musical score. In an interview, Stalling said he also adapted a part of Evard Grieg's "The March of the Trolls" to complete this song/dance.
For me, just knowing that this was all done in the late 1920s meant it was created with much hard work, perseverance, creativity and hand drawn animation to put it all together. I can appreciate its historical value as it pertains to both the Walt Disney company as well as how it influenced many films, art and animation.
Happy Music Monday!
This past Friday, I had several friends attend a one man show at the Segerstrom Concert Hall that was billed as "A Whole New World of Alan Menken." Who wouldn't love to spend an evening hearing Disney Legend, Alan Menken, share some of his stories and songs with other Disney fans?
Menken is responsible for the soundtrack from the last several decades of Disney animated movies. This includes the music from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996). While this movie is not as popular as others, I find that the songs from Hunchback are memorable. The lyrics (Stephen Schwartz) and music (Alan Menken) from Out There is one of songs that will make an impression. I think this clip of Menken addressing the score from this movie will make you smile.
The Hunchback Disney movie is based on the classic novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. In the movie, the song is sung by the character, Quasimodo, who has lived in isolation in the cathedral of Notre Dame. He sings the song, Out There, to express both his longing and fear of being able to go outside of his bell tower and participate in town events.
Strolling by the Seine
Taste a morning out there
Like ordinary men
Who freely walk about there
Just one day and then
I swear I'll be content
With my share
Old and bent
I won't care
I'll have spent
I think the song is full of hope and has a pretty melody. Did you know that there is a Disney Hunchback of Notre Dame musical production?
Happy Music Monday!
When I worked on Main Street USA, sometimes I would get a shift to work the Disneyana shop. In the 1990s, Disneyana was located where the Starbucks seating area is now. Anyways, I remember that the store used to carry an unofficial Disney publication called The "E" Ticket (1986-2009).
The magazine is loaded with first-hand stories, interviews and photos of all things Disneyland. It's a great resource for any Disneyland aficionado.
If you want to read all about who was behind The "E" Ticket and what happened to it, go to this post and it will give you lots of answers. Luckily, some issues are available through The Walt Disney Family Museum. You can even purchase a several CDs if you want the first 24 issues from this fabulous treasure trove of stories and people behind the Disneyland magic.
There are also issues available on eBay from a variety of sellers. If you are ever at a Disneyana Fan Club Event, you can also find some copies at many of the merchant booths.
"Some people care too much, I think it's called love." - Winne the Pooh
Last week I was listening to my daughter practice one of her songs for her weekly vocal lessons. It was very pretty and I asked her what it was. She told me it was a Disney song. It is called "Into the Open Air" from the movie Brave.
She had to tell me about where the song was in the movie since I just couldn't remember it. You hear it during a scene that features the main character, Merida and her mother, Elinor when they are out on their own in the woods. The song reflects the change in their mother-daughter relationship.
When family relationships have to evolve due to circumstances, the love towards a parent remain the center of how one responds to that change. The opposite is true, too; a parent's love for their child dictate the responses to any changes in the relationship. There is dependence on each other yet an interdependent relationship can happen, too. In any relationship, we all take on different roles depending on the situation. Parents usually take on that caregiver role with their child but sometimes, the child takes on caring for the parent due to circumstances. It takes courage and compassion to take the next steps in any relationship.
As a mother of two girls, the movie really speaks to me in regards to the mother-daughter relationship. My daughters are in the young adult phases and it's definitely been a learning process. I am a big believer in "let go, let grow" but growing pains can be intense. My heart bursts with love and pride as I witness my two girls evolve into two courageous, confident and compassionate women ready to claim their fate.
Go watch BRAVE sometime this week. The family story will warm your heart.
Happy Music Monday!
The other day, Disney Fashionista (they are a great source for all things Disney products) posted information about some new Disney Christmas lights. I knew immediately that I needed some of them...okay most of them.
The DISNEY MAGIC HOLIDAY Christmas light collection is only available at Lowe's. It was really hard to decide which ones to get. I started to view what was available online and the ordered them for pick-up. I figured that this was the best way to make sure I got them. I figured that if I didn't like them, then I could return them. Here are the ones I decided on.
I shot a very quick video and posted HERE is you want to see the Mickey Mouse head projection light and also the firework projection light (below).
This firework projection light is kind of fun. I figured that I can use for parties or just when I feel like I need some Disney magic. You can adjust the projection size/image with distance. So, depending on how large or small you want the projections, you move it far or closer to wherever you want to project the image. There is also a fireworks sound with the firework projection machine. You can control the volume or simply turn in all the way down.
This Mickey Mouse Christmas pole is next on my list. I LOVE Christmas! I was married a week before Christmas. I am one of those people who love Christmas in July and happily starts holiday shopping. So when I saw these new Disney Christmas lights, it was an easy decisions.
The Disney Magic Holiday is only available at Lowe's. These will go fast. If you are thinking about them, run to your nearest Lowe's soon. Don't forget that you can order them online. You can also go online to see which Lowe's in your area have them in stock. If you definitely know that you want a particular set or light, you can order it for pick up, then go into the store and check out the entire collection (if they have them). I've tested the items I purchased and ran them for an evening and they will work great with my holiday decorations. A little Disney holiday magic is always a good thing.
"Cheer up child. It'll turn out all right in the end. You'll see." - Mrs. Potts (Beauty & the Beast)
I've written about the Beauty & the Beast song before on a Music Monday HERE. With the release of the 25th anniversary DVD tomorrow and LIVE action coming next year, there has been a lot of B&B news lately. It includes this fabulous video that was shared yesterday from the 25th anniversary screening at The Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Angela Lansbury is Mrs. Potts. The special 25th anniversary DVD that will be released tomorrow is supposed to full of some behind the scenes and special stories about one of the most beloved Disney movies.
Happy Music Monday!
It's Called "Together We CAN Turn Hunger Inside Out!" Clever, right? It's always interesting to see what materials are used to create the display.
Here are some other photos so you can get an idea of how they used the particular food items to create things like the memory orbs and the facial features.
Here are some other CANstruction entries.
Ewing Cole: Lose Hunger. Find Dory! (Dory Character) – 5,036 cans
Withee Malcolm Architects: Fighting Hunger Madders (Mad Hatter) – 6,000 cans
JRMA: BB-ATE (BB-8 from Star Wars) – 3,008 cans
Yesterday marked the 100th birthday of author Roald Dahl. My kids have loved reading his stories and they enjoyed seeing movie versions like Charlie the Chocolate Factory and Matilda. My youngest was cast in The Witches this past spring and that was as Roald Dahl story that was a little unfamiliar to me.
I thought it would be fun to share this Roald Dahl quote:
One of my favorite Disney movie soundtrack is Hercules (1997). The music was written by Alan Menken and David Zippel. I really like the variety of the music. Most of the characters has a song and it really highlights their personalities in both the song style and specific lyrics. One such song is "I Won't Say I'm In Love" which is sung by the character, Meg.
The song is reminiscent of a girl group style like The Supremes. It has a doo-wop feel to tell the story of Meg's romantic woes. Susan Egan, who voiced Meg, has a great voice that perfectly matched this song style. The addition of the Muses as the back-up singers completes the song number.
Today marks the official start of the Halloween season at Disneyland. It's become one of the busiest months of the year. Halloween has really become a "season" that people have embraced and want more of. Disneyland is meeting that demand as evidence by the Halloween decor that is already in place, characters in their Halloween costumes, and more food offerings.
Here are some special food options that are available in designated Disneyland locations. Disney Parks Blog just posted a more extensive list with photos of even more sweets and treats. These are all great ideas for you to inspire your Halloween party ideas and menu items.
Looks like a new popcorn bucket design will be available. Below is the artwork design so you could see what it looks like all the way around. It would be fun is this design was offered as a poster or postcard print.
The popular Zero (from The Nightmare Before Christmas) Light Up container and Halloween Mickey Mouse popcorn buckets will be available. They would be fun vessels to use for handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.
There is much excitement about these Poison Apple mugs making a reappearance this year. It is available at some of the food carts. It also looks like it will available with a special food purchase.
There is a big marketing campaign that begins today to mark the final months of Disneyland's Tower of Terror.
So over at Disney California Adventure, there will be these two Tower of Terror related food offerings.
Finally, over at Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, there is this seasonal mug that will be available.
Good thing there are 2 months to plan how to eat and drink your way through Disneyland's Halloween sweets and treats.
I am going to start a new series today. I have a built up a collection of Disney related books. I have them for a variety of reasons that include learning about Disneyland history, Disney art, and just having some beautiful Disney hard copy books. I am going to call this new series, "MY DISNEY BOOKS," so I can share from my personal book collection.
Back in December last year, I was able to get to a book signing at Disneyland. I had been eyeing this book, Lovely: Ladies of Animation, and to have all the contributors there to sign a book was worth my trip.
The book's history is kind of interesting. It actually started off as a Kickstarter campaign in October 2013 (it had some really great pledge gifts). The ladies in this book are all talented artists with different styles. They have all contributed to Disney animation in some way. The book has a chapter featuring for each artist. Each artist shares some of her work as it relates to a word that may have inspired a particular art piece or gives insight behind some of the art work,
It's really a lovely book by some very lovely ladies of animation. You're probably seen some of their work in all kinds of Disney animation so now stop to appreciate the hands that created them. I like that the book gives a little insight into their personality through their art. It page-filled with beautiful drawings and paintings.
It was fun to meet each of the artists and ask them a question or two. It's always interesting to hear what mediums they prefer to work with and how much they do with a computer vs. hand drawing. They were kind enough to personalize my copy. It's kinda of a fun page to turn to.
If you are looking for a book to add to your collection, a gift for a Disney fan, or to learn about some talented artists and view their work, pick up a copy of Lovely: Ladies of Animation by Design Studio Press.