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Music Monday: I See The Light (Tangled)

Over the weekend, I went to a special Tangled screening event hosted by D23. More to come on that tomorrow. Tangled (2010) is Disney's 50th animated classic movie. One of the most memorable moments from this movie is the "lantern sequence" where Flynn rows Rapunzel out onto the water so she can get the best view of the floating lanterns that commemorate the birthday of the lost Princess of Corona. The song, "I See the Light" accompanies the visually stunning moment. 

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"I See the Light" was written by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. The song received both an Oscar and Golden Globe nod for original song in 2011. The original voice actors who portrayed Flynn (Zachary Levi) and Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) were asked to perform the song at the 2011 Oscar Show. Alan Menken was also present for the performance and accompanied Levi and Moore on piano. You can see parts of this Oscar performance in the following video. 

"I See the Light" is a very pretty song to put on your Valentine's playlist. It's also a pretty popular karaoke choice, especially if you want to sing a duet. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Blank Greeting Cards (Disney Gallery)

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I love all kinds of stationary, especially cards. I am a little sad to see that cards aren't such a big deal anymore with the rise of email. I think kids don't even learn how to write letters or a little note anymore either. It's up to us to teach them and a good place to start is finding a great card to send a thank you note to someone. Gratitude is a good thing. 

Anyways, I digress. All this card writing made me think of this box of Disney cards that I have been hoarding. You have be Disney card worthy to get one of these from me. It's the perfect card to send to my Disney friends. 

Back in the 1990s, The Disney Store at the Main Place mall (Santa Ana) used to house a section in their store that was referred to as "The Disney Gallery," There were high-end, collectible, and "gallery-worthy Disney products available. One of the items they used to carry is an assortment of Disney themed blank cards. I would usually buy two boxes and load up when they went on sale. That is why I still have some. They were blank on the inside so they were the perfect card to write a note to one of my Cast Members or fellow Disney colleagues back when I was still working at Disneyland. 

I usually saved one of each card so I have a little album with all the different stationary cards that I bought during this time period. They are all great Disney art. 

Stationary/Card boxes 

Stationary/Card boxes 

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Here is a really classy yet simple card featuring Tinkerbell. I used to give this particular card to any of my Cast Members who received a Guest Compliment or some recognition of a milestone like years of service. 

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Probably one of my favorite cards is this set that features all the different Disney characters in a Broadway setting. Remember this is back in the early or mid-1990s. It's way before Disney began to make a big presence on the Great White Way. 

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This next one of my last cards with this particular design. So fun to see the Disney characters heading for their own vacation. I really need to frame this card and hang it next to a couple of my Hawaiian themed Disney prints. 

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Happy Friday! 

-Daisy

Music Monday: Rain, Rain, Rain Came Down, Down, Down

The past week has been a rainy one for Southern California. It always makes big news simply because it is not normal for us. Yesterday was especially wet with the constant rain throughout the day. Just to give you an idea of the severity of the Southern California storm, Disneyland ended up closing early yesterday. The weekends usually mean a midnight closing time but due to the heavy rain and some flooding in certain areas, Disneyland closed at 8pm. 

The song, "Rain, Rain, Rain Came Down, Down, Down" is a segment from the short, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968). The song was written by Richard and Robert Sherman. I thought the song was perfect to describe the past week of Southern California weather. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

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