Disney Mickey Mouse: Season 1 on DVD

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The new Mickey Mouse animated shorts are finally available on DVD, just in time to make the perfect Christmas stocking stuffer. The whole family will enjoy these wonderful cartoons. Mickey, Goofy, Donald, Minnie, Daisy, and Pluto are brought back for fun adventure, and a little mischief.

The first season DVD is composed of 19 animated shorts each about 3 to 4 minutes in length directed by Paul Rudish.

1. Croissant de Triomphe
2. No Service
3. Yodelberg
4. New York Weenie
5. Tokyo Go
6. Stayin’ Cool
7. Ghoul Friend
8. Bad Ear Day
9. Gasp!
10. Panda-monium
11. Third Wheel
12. Dog Show
13. ‘O Sole Minnie
14. Sleepwalkin’
15. Futebol Classico
16. Potatoland
17. The Adorable Couple
18. Flipperboobootosis
19. Tapped Out

As a bonus, you’ll enjoy the “Making of Disney Mickey Mouse” feature where creators discuss how they re-invigorated one of the world’s most beloved and recognized characters.

Of course, your purchase via Amazon, will help The Disney Blog. Thank you.

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Videopolis: Friend like Me – a Capella Multitrack

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I’m always a fan of these “one man band” multi-track a capella numbers. The latest entry, and one of the best vocally, is from Matt Mulholland with his a cappella cover of “Friend Like Me” from Disney’s Aladdin.

Matt’s sweet dulcet tones come to you from London in the UK by way of New Zealand. There are a few other Disney multitracks on his Youtube channel. Go check them out.

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First Concept art and Title for Disney’s The Jungle Book “Live Action” Remake

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Disney has entrusted Director Jon Favreau (Iron Man 1 & 2) with the reigns of its live-action & CGI combination remake of the classic The Jungle Book movie.

The movie will combine some live-action with photo-realistic CGI animals and environments. Think how the apes from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes were created digitally and you’ll get the picture. The movie has been on track for an October 9, 2015 release.

We’re now getting our first look at the title treatment (above) and first concept art for the film.

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That’s definitely a departure from the style of the animated classic, but the spirit is still there.

This movie is currently in production and the director has been sharing a few photos of himself on set and with various cast members. Continue reading

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Membership Perks Slashed at Disneyland’s Club 33

The former Trophy Room of Club 33.

The former Trophy Room of Club 33.

Club 33 is the most exclusive address in all of Disneyland. Home to a ‘secret’ club where members can bring guests, dine, and drink away from the hoy polloi. There’s a long wait list just to become a member, and once you’re invited, there’s a yearly membership fee somewhere north of $11,000 that you have to come up with. All this just for the privileged of access to a restaurant that the normal guest does not have access to.

Depending on what level of membership you have, there are other perks too. You get preferential treatment at a few special events (the recent Candlelight Processional being one), free valet parking at the Grand Californian, and the ability to sign in a certain amount of people a year.

If you own a businesses, it’s a great way to impress a prospective client or entertain existing ones. One membership would provide you with 4 cards, so you could share some of these perks with your friends and family as well.

The exclusive club recently underwent a large renovation. They closed the trophy room to expand the kitchen, and added a jazz club room. Plus there are lots of little magical details added throughout. But you’re still basically paying big bucks just for the privilege to pay big bucks to eat and drink inside Disneyland.

Last week, Platinum Members of Club 33 received a letter from the club saying these benefits would be reduced, significantly. I’m paraphrasing, but the tone was something like this:

Disneyland to Club 33 Members: “We have altered the terms of our arrangement, pray we don’t alter them again.”

Club Members: “Yes, Lord Vader.”

Disneyland to member: “Oh yeah, the price is going up too.”

Club Members: “Wonderful.”

Actually, the members aren’t very happy with the situation and have reached out to complain to local media, like the LA Times.

On one hand, it’s hard to feel much sympathy for the fat cats who still get their exclusive access to the newly renovated club. Disney has a long wait list for Club 33 and they won’t miss any members who drop out of the club.

Alternatively, Disney has always taken special care of Club 33 members because they represent a significant portion of the money spent on collectibles and events at the park. Hence a not insignificant portion of the park’s revenue. This does not seem to be an area that that park should be toying with right now.

I’m not a big fan of taking away benefits once given. It would make more sense to grandfather in the existing members and then offer the changed benefits only to new members. That said, Disneyland can do what they want here. If they feel the pain of losing a few members will be minimal, then why shouldn’t they alter benefits?

(Photo courtesy cc by-sa-3.0 Patrick Pelletier )

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Videopolis: Disney Owns Everything

Filmmaker George Lucas meets "Star Wars"-inspired Disney characters at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida

You may have heard people complaining about how since Bob Iger started his buying spree, that The Walt Disney Company now owns pretty much everything. Here’s a smart parody video by YouTuber’s Minhdzuy Khorami & Greg Smith with their take on exactly how bad it could get once Disney owns everything:

This begs the question, what cross-over stories do you think we might see in the future? The Muppets in Star Wars (you know J.J. Abrams wants to), Howard the Duck meets Pixar’s Up? What’s the most bizarre cross-over mashup you can come up with?

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