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November 25, 1992, Aladdin took us on a magic carpet ride and showed us a whole new world. The story, if you haven’t heard goes like this: A poor street rat named Aladdin spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. The adventure begins when he meets a girl who happens to be a princess running from her father trying to marry her to an acceptable suitor. Aladdin’s luck changes when he finds a magic lamp in the cave of wonders, but like any good story, there’s a twist when the Sultans sinister advisor Jafar has his own plans for both Aladdin and the lamp.

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Scott Weinger (Aladdin), Robin Williams (Genie/Peddler), Lina Larkin (Princess Jasmine), Jonathan Freeman (Jafar), Frank Welker (Abu?Cave of wonders/Raja), Gilbert Gottfried (Iago) and so much more magical actors and actresses who bring our favorite and loveable  character to life along with the help of the directors Ron Clements and Jon Musker. Disney made two more movies about Aladdin, the sequel being Aladdin The Return of Jafar which came out May 20, 1994, and the third and final movie Aladdin and The King of Thieves came out August 13, 1996.

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During the course of recording the voices, Robin Williams improvised so much they had almost sixteen hours of material. Because Robin Williams ad-libbed so many of his lines, the scripts were rejected for the best Adoption Screenplay Academy Award nomination. Originally, Jafar was more hot-tempered, while  Iago was a cool haughty British-type. The filmmakers felt having Jafar losing his temper too much made him less menacing so the personalities of the two characters were switched. The film became the 14th (and the first animated) movie to gross more than 200 million dollars. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken originally conceived the opening song “Arabian Nights” to be recurrent throughout the film, acting as narration. The idea was dropped when the visual and storytelling proved strong enough in their own right.

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On Jan 17, 2003, Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular became a Broadway-style show that was performed at the Hyperion Theatre in Dinsey California Adventure which sadly ended 13 years later on Jan 10, 2016. It ran approximately 45 minutes seating 2,011, guests. There were 250 costume changes per show, 48 custom scenery change, and about 36 cast members. This was my all-time favorite show because it was truly a spectacular Broadway show that brought extra magic to the park.

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Jonathan Freeman, who voiced Jafar, ended up playing the live-action version in the Broadway musical. Aladdin premiered at the 5th avenue theater in Seattle in 2011. In 2012 after several regional and international productions. The musical was given a Toronto tryout in 2013 it opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam theater on March 20, 2014. There are 337 costumes in the show, over two million Swarovski crystals were used in the costuming. One pair of gold trousers used in “A Friend Like Me” uses 1,428 crystals alone.The cave of wonders where Aladdin first meets the Genie was built for the stage using the same golden material that was used for C-3PO in the Star Wars films. ‘Friend Like Me’ in the 1992 film was two minutes, but on the stage production, it became an eight-minute extravaganza. It takes 75 people to deliver each performance of Aladdin on tour.

Happy Birthday, Aladdin thank you so much for the adventure of love and laughter you bring to me everytime I watch your movie, show or listen to your soundtrack. Whatever way I watch or listen I always feel like I’m on a magic carpet ride.

-Dezi

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Happy Birthday Elliot!! 

Petes Dragon is my all time favorite Disney movie, no not the remake even though I do love that one as well, I love the 1977 classic even more. Elliot is my actual favorite Disney Character EVER! So in honor of the films anniversary here are some fun facts.

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Originally, Elliott, the dragon was not to be seen at all in the film and remain invisible throughout. However, members of the studio animation department gradually lobbied studio heads to increase the amount of visual screen time. At first, it was decided he would only be seen at the end of the film, but ultimately the characters screen time was increased to 22 minutes.

This was the first film to be recorded in the then new Dolby stereo system.

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The studio needed special permission from the coast guard use the authentic lighthouse seen in the film. The lighthouse was supposed to be moved to Disneyland. Unfortunately, the building deteriorated before this happened.

This was Ken Anderson’s final film for Disney. Having spent much of his life in East Asia, he based Elliott on the Chinese Dragons trope; the ancient Chinese consider dragons good while western cultures consider them evil.

Happy Birthday, Petes Dragon!

-Dezi

 

13 Nights of Halloween: Halloween DCOM’S

So I talked about my favorite Halloween Disney Movies, but now it’s an entirely different ballpark because it’s all about the Halloween Disney Channel Original Movies!

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1. Halloweentown

This 1998 DCOM classic is and will ALWAYS be my top DCOM to watch. The film is about a girl finding out she is a witch and saves her town of creatures. It also stars the ever so amazing Debbie Reynolds.

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2. Mom’s Got A Date With A Vampire

This 2000 DCOM is about these siblings who have gotten their hands on a headless horseman concert,  unfortunately, both are grounded and will do anything to go even setting their mom up on a date with a mysterious man who may be a vampire!

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3. Under Wraps

This DCOM came out today, Oct. 25, 1997, three twelve-year-olds encounter a 3,000-year-old mummy who they accidentally set free. If they don’t get him back to his resting place at midnight on Halloween he will turn into dust, losing his only opportunity to reunite with his lost love.

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4. Don’t Look Under The Bed

October 9, 1999, film is about a teen who seeks help from an imaginary friend to stop the Boogyman from getting her in trouble from all the pranks he is pulling and framing her.

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5. Now You See It

Starring Alyson Michalka (Phil of the Future) the film is a young producer in search for the county’s best young magician. This DCOM made its debut Jan. 14, 2005

There is so much more Halloween DCOM’S that I love to watch every Halloween but these are the ones that are a must watch at least twice every day! What is your top 5 DCOM Halloween list? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

13 Nights of Halloween: Halloween Movies

I love movies, I think they are a perfect to set the mood for the holiday season. So here are my top 5 favorite Disney Halloween films!

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  1. Hocus Pocus

A 1993 Classic Staring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters. It was directed by Kenny Ortega, originally supposed to be a DCOM.

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2.  The Nightmare Before Christmas

Another 1993 classic that follows the misadventures of the pumpkin king Jack Skelington. Directed by Henry Selick and not by Tim Burton.

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3. Tower of Terror

Although not on iTunes this is one of my favorite Disney classics to watch on Halloween. It came out in 1997 that follows a journalist (Steve Guttenberg) and his helper (Kristen Dunst investigate a 1939 mystery where five people in a hotel elevator on Halloween.

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4. Frankenweenie

An animated remake, released in 2012 follows the story of young Victor Frankenstein and his best friend his dog Sparky.

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5. The Haunted Mansion

Released in 2003 starring Eddie Murphy, Marsha Thomason, Marc John Jefferies and Aree Davis. A film based off of the classic Disney ride The Haunted Mansion.

What are your top 5 favorite Disney Halloween movies that you have to watch every October? Let me know in the comments below.

-Dezi

 

Hocus Pocus Remake! 

Disney Channel is working on an all-new version of a classic Halloween film that starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and the lovely Kathy Najimy. A rumor that’s been going on for years, confirmed by a spokesperson from Disney channel. A new iteration is in development with a script from Scarlet Lacey(The Royals). David Kirshner, the producer of the original Hocus Pocus, is on board as the executive producer. While there is no word about Kenny Ortega taking his rightful place as the director, I hope he comes back to work his magic!

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The remake will be DCOM like how the original was supposed to be. Unfortunately, this new DCOM will not have any of the original cast members. The question is, are you on board for a remake of this classic fan favorite? Or would you rather have a sequel with the original Sanderson sister as they return after another 300 years from a virgin lighting the black flame candle? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

Disness: Pinocchio!

Pinocchio is the second animated film released by Disney in 1940. It’s a story about a living puppet who has to prove himself worthy to become a real boy with the help of his conscience, name Jiminy Cricket. The film is 1 hour and 28 minutes long and based off of the Italian book The Adventures of Pinocchio written by Carlo Collodi in 1883.

md16816927669For people to root for Pinocchio, they drew him as a real boy and added the nuts and bolts to make him a puppet. Disney also changed up the story a bit but also stayed true to the book. For instance, there was a cricket in the original story, but Pinocchio smooshed him with a hammer, and the cricket returned as a ghost whereas in Disney’s version Jiminy is Pinocchio’s conscience and doesn’t get smooshed by a hammer.

giphyWhen I think of Pinocchio, I think two things; the art and of course the song “When You Wish Upon A Star.” When I watch the movie, you can see a lot of small detail that makes Pinocchio stand out from the others, for example when you are watching all the cuckoo clocks for Geppetto’s shop are based on working models built as guides for the animators. Not only that but if you look to the left of the screen when the spotlight hits Jiminy as he is singing ‘When You Wish Upon A Star” you can see two books behind him titled: Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Peter Pan (1953).

4AcN2fcIt was the first animated movie EVER to win an Academy Award in a competitive category. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs won an Honorary Academy for being the first ever animated film. Pinocchio was also the first ever film (animated or not) to win an Academy Award for best Score and best Song; this wouldn’t happen again until 1964 with Mary Poppins.

51pMZfQET3L._SY445_Unfortunately, the movie didn’t succeed in its initial theatric run due to many different war efforts going on in Europe and Asia, but it made its money back in 1945 when it was re-released. Pinocchio was the first Disney film to release on DVD, plus this Disney classic was re-released several times in theater from the initially released date to 1992.

Cleo-and-Figaro-Pinocchio-1Pinocchio is one of my favorite because I love the Blue Fairy, Figaro and of course Cleo. The movie implanted in my brain to always let my conscience be my guide which I use in everyday life. What is your favorite thing about this Disney classic? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

Disney Movie Facts!

I am completely obsessed with Disney movies so i thought it would be fun to share some fun facts about some Disney/Pixar movies! So lets get started!

At a point in Ratatouille’s development, Remy had a mother named Desiree.

All the child screams in Monsters Inc. were supplied by the animators kids.

For Cars, the filmmakers brought in a broadcast sports director to help advise the racing scenes.

Before Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was completed, 750 artists drew more than two million sketches, the movie ultimately contained more than 250,000 separate pictures.

The women in the ink and paint department applied real makeup to cels of the Snow White to give her more of a rosy complexion.

After Purdom left Beauty and the Beast, screenwriter Linda Woolverton was hired to rewrite the script. Her only writing experience had been writing  a few episodes of Disney’s Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue rangers.

Nana was originally suppose to travel to Neverland with the children.

Lilo & Stitch was the first animated film since Dumbo to use watercolor painted backgrounds.

My favorite Disney movie fact on this list has to be that at a point Remy had a mother named Desiree, which i find pretty awesome because Desiree is my name! What is your favorite Disney Movie Fact? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

 

Marvel Movies In Order!

I love marvel but a lot of people dont know what order to watch them in so i am here to help you out!

  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Iron Man
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Iron Man 2
  • Thor
  • The Avengers
  • Iron Man 3
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Guardians of the Galaxy V.2
  • The Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ant Man
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Doctor Strange
  • Spider Man: Homecoming
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Black Panther

I hope you enjoy watching them in order! What is your favorite Marvel movie? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

D23 Updates!

D23 was intense…there were so many updates to the parks, upcoming movies a new ship, Disney Legend and so much more so here is a small rundown of what happened this weekend.

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Disneyland/DCA:

Bob Chapek announced that Star Wars Land which is named Star Wars: Galaxy Edge in Disneyland and WDW is set to open in the year 2019 and it will be the LARGEST single themed land at 14 acres.

In 2018 get ready to hang out with some more Pixar friends at the newly named and themed Paradise Pier will soon be known as Pixar Pier which will debut during a limited time celebration called Pixar Fest!

Guardians of the Galaxy(GOTG) will soon be joined but Spiderman and the Avenger because Disney is completely immersing a Super Hero Universe at DCA.

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Walt Disney World:

Disney Skyliner will soon connect Disney Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts along with Hollywood Studios and International Gateway at Epcot as well as other locations.

Minnie Vehicles will get you point to point anywhere you want at he Walt Disney World Restort in a classy Minnie Mouse vehicle

Mickey Themed Ride called Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction will take us into a Mickey Cartoon….This will be taking over The Great Movie Ride over at the Chinese Theatre, so the your last chance is August 13, 2017.

GOTG: Mission Breakout! will be taking over Universe of Energy in EPCOT so be sure to get that ride in because its final day is August 13, 2017 as well.

Ratatouille attraction will be added to the France Pavilion, similar to the 4D attraction in Disneyland Paris. Both attractions will be open in time for the 50th anniversary of WDW in 2021.

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Movies:

Aladdin: Due to casting difficulties the production was pushed back to August instead of July. Disney also announced some casting: Aladdin- Mena Massound, Jasmine- Naomi Scott and Genie- Will Smith.

Jungle Cruise is happening and Disney definitely brought on board the one and only…Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

2019:

2018:

  • Wrinkle in Time
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Black Panther
  • Ant Man
  • The Wasp
  • Han Solo

2017:

  • Coco
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This is barely skimming over the surface of what was announced, but i know if i were to day EVERYTHING that was announced this post would never end. I will definitely be getting into more detail and writing about other updates later in the week so keep a lookout for those! Let me know in the comments below what your favorite announcement was!

-Dezi

 

 

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