November 18

How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2If you haven’t seen the second movie in the series, you need to get it on your list.  This is the continuation of the story of how the Vikings transform their lifestyle and learn to live with dragons.

It’s an adventure filled with everything take Disney ways provides.

 

July 23

The Disney Frozen Review

Disney FrozenDisney’s Frozen, like most Disney films¸ originates loosely based on an old tale known as The Snow Queen, there is however a major difference between the main character of  The Snow Queen and Frozen. Elsa, the princess turned queen of Frozen, cannot control her powers. This is shown early in the film when young Elsa (Eva Bella) almost loses control and kills her younger sister, Anna (Livvy Stubenrauch). Their parents, desperate to save their daughter, take her to the trolls where it is reviled that Elsa learns that she is extremely dangerous and can hurt others. Elsa and her parents seem to agree to lock her away until she can control her ice powers, and things get worse when Elsa’s parents die in ship wreck at sea.

The audience is then brought into the present on an important day, Elsa’s coronation day as queen. Anna (Kristen Bell) is excited for two reasons: to see her sister in the first time in forever and also because the castle is reopened to the public. We see Anna run through the town of Arendelle where she runs into Prince Hans from the Southern Isles and, like most Disney films, they fall in love and get engaged. After Elsa’s coronation, Anna introduces Elsa (Idina Menzel) to Hans (Santino Fontana) and asks for her sister’s blessing. Elsa, however, denies the couple her blessing which spurs into a fight between the siblings where Elsa loses control of her powers and reveals them to the whole down. Elsa flees the town of Arendelle incase in an eternal winter.

Frozen works in a world of grey, instead of black and white. Unlike where most villains are easily identified, that is not the case with this film. People hide their true intentions or mistakes happen, as in the case of Elsa, and they are perceived as villains.

The soundtrack and script of the film work together in a natural pace and never get tiring. These two aspects work beautifully to create both emotional and hilarious scenes on screen, such as Olaf’s (voiced by Josh Gad) song, “In Summer”, where Olaf speculates what summer must feel life and how he wishes it be summer.

The animation of the film is superb in its continuation of the idea of the fairy tale, from beautiful icy castles to where snowmen dream of summer. This is one of Disney’s greatest movies in all time.

May 15

Frozen Heats Up

Frozen

If you haven’t heard of Frozen, you have probably not been outside lately. Frozen is the biggest block buster since… Well, it’s huge. You’re probably singing “Let It Go” because the song is everywhere.

Disney’s Frozen underwent several story treatments for years, before being commissioned in 2011. The screenplay was written by Jennifer Lee, and both Chris Buck and Lee serving as directors. Frozen features the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and Santino Fontana. Christophe Beck was hired to compose the film’s orchestral score, while husband-and-wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez penned the songs.

Once again, this is one of my favorite movies. Did you notice the girl from Tangled? Disney places characters from other films into new films. You need to pay attention, but you’ll be able to find them yourself.

June 9

News Update Tangleds Concept Art

TangledA classic firm with a modern twist.  Disney’s Tangled is a fun story to watch for the entire family.

I have to be honest, I did not know what to expect. I thought it was going to lack substance or be too far off from the original story. Fortunately, Disney did a great job and I was wrong.

The story is really Rapunzel. It’s about a girl with really, really, really long hair. She lives in a tower where no one can find her. However, one day some does find her. They go on a journey together. They face some danger together. And then they fall in love.

That’s really the short version of a much longer story, but you get the point of Tangled. It’s a fun movie and worth watching. It’s more for girls, but boys may like it too. I hope you enjoy.

March 24

Bayou Beats on iPod/iPhone

Do you like Princess and the Frog? Do you love the music? If your answers to both questions are “Yes”, then you should download application named “Bayou Beas” for your iPod/iPhone.

As seen on the picture (I captured it right from my iPod), the game needs music to play. You can choose some songs to be played, and all of the songs are from the original soundtrack of Walt Disney’s “Princess and the Frog”.

All you have to do is to hit the crown when the lights up. Listen to the music to help you finding the beats.

On Extras menu, you can see short character-clips that never been seen on the movie before. You can choose Tiana, Big Mama and other characters, Naveen, or Louie. You can also watch the full version of music video “Never Knew I Needed” by Ne-Yo.

So, what are you waiting for? Open your iTunes and find Bayou Beats right now! And guess the best part! It’s free!!

December 9

Princess and The Frog

Do you still remember my previous post about The Newest Princess from Walt Disney?

The Princess and the FrogWalt Disney Animation Studios presents the musical THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, an animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators of “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana (ANIKA NONI ROSE), a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG marks the return to hand-drawn animation from the revered team of John Musker and Ron Clements, with music by Oscar®-winning composer Randy Newman.

It’s supposed to be played on theatres on your country now or soon… Tell us if you’ve watched it!

February 24

Congratulations, Wall-E!

Although it had six nominations for Oscar, an Pixar-Walt Disney animation Wall-E had won an Oscar for “Best Animated Film”. It was also nominated for Original Score, Original Song, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Original Screenplay.

Wall-E

Wall-E , like I’ve discussed before here, is an animation created by Pixar Studio and Walt Disney Production in 2008. It doesn’t have many dialogues, but still, it’s interesting to watch. The story is fresh and it’s showing us how our Earth will be if we keep making it dirty. Wall-E is a robot which has to clean our Earth so human will be able to live in it again.

One thing I remember from Wall-E is M-O, the robot whose duty is to make sure everything is clean in Axiom (the space ship where people from Earth live). M-O is Microbe Obliterator, which obsess to clean the ship and inspects incoming shipments. Every time M-O sees Wall-E, he always makes Wall-E clean. Wall-E dirty trail (because he is from our dirty Earth) always makes M-O upset, but he still cleans it. I love him! One thing interesting about Wall-E and M-O, they have same person to be their voice. Benn Burtt voiced Wall-E and M-O.

I feel pity that Wall-E didn’t get all the Oscars, but at least it won one. Besides Wall-E, Walt Disney was also nominated for Bolt. It is not 3D animation, but 2D animation with John Travolta and Miley Cyrus as Bolt and Penny.

Wall-E

Some interesting things related to Wall-E and friends

October 15

Disney Goes to Emmy

Phineas and FerbEver wonder what it’s like to be nominated for an Emmy® Award? What would you wear on the red carpet, and would you rehearse your speech … just in case? A new crop of nominees are facing the elation — and the butterflies in the stomach — that an Emmy nod bring. You can catch the excitement at home when “The 60th Primetime Emmy® Awards” air live from the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 21 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. “High School Musical 2,” “Hannah Montana,” “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” and more are in the running — and among the nominees is the brand-new Disney Channel series “Phineas and Ferb,” which has snagged two nods for its music. The animated show has wowed audiences with its combination of cutting-edge animation, endearing characters, and catchy songs.

The Insider had a chat with proud nominees Jeff “Swampy” Marsh and Dan Povenmire, both writers for “Phineas and Ferb,” about what it’s like to be nominated, what’s unique about “Phineas and Ferb,” and how they write all those songs.

For those who imagine that Emmy nominees are notified by a midnight congratulatory phone call, the truth turns out to be less glamorous. Dan says, “I didn’t know we had been nominated until a friend sent me an e-mail saying ‘by the way, congratulations!’ and I didn’t know what she was congratulating me for. She said on the Emmy nominations, so then I left Swampy a message …”
Swampy adds,” … which I didn’t get that morning, so I had no idea!” Dan laughs, “We had a whole conversation about the Emmys that morning, and I didn’t know Swampy hadn’t gotten my message. About midway through the conversation, he said ‘What are we talking about? I’m lost here!’”

Conversation with the two writers is often like this — they riff off each other, finishing sentences and laughing frequently. So perhaps it’s no surprise that their songwriting partnership works the same way. One of the best aspects of “Phineas and Ferb,” they say, is getting to compose together. Dan explains, “Swampy and I are both frustrated musicians, we’ve both played in bands and wrote songs all the time when we were younger. So we got together and wrote songs!” Swampy continues, “That’s our Friday night! We get together, Dan and I, and usually a couple of members of the crew and we’ll drag out the guitars and a keyboard, and we say ‘All right, this week we need a song about giraffes and motor boats, in a Broadway musical style.’” Dan adds, “Or a song that sounds like ABBA about miniature golf! The great thing is that we write the song, we sing it into our composer’s answering machine on Friday night, he produces it over the weekend, and we get a finished song back, ready for the air, by Monday. It takes us about an hour to write a song about anything.”

“Phineas and Ferb” is all about exactly that kind of invention and imagination. And as Swampy and Dan point out, that spirit is very Disney. “Walt Disney said that ‘it’s kind of fun to do the impossible’,” observes Swampy. “Well, that’s ‘Phineas and Ferb’ in a nutshell! The whole premise of the show is ‘dream big and go out and do stuff,’ and that’s Disney all over!”

Another Disney hallmark is family entertainment that’s fun without being snide or insulting, and that has been a hallmark of “Phineas and Ferb.” Swampy explains, “One of the things we’ve always felt about Disney is that parents see it as a safe place for kids, and we’re both parents. We like to make sure that ‘Phineas and Ferb’ keeps its edge but is never anything parents wouldn’t want their kids to watch.” Dan agrees, “We try to keep them very innocent — they’re never mean or snotty. We always try to remember that Phineas and Ferb are motivated by fun.”

With a writing team planning to attend the Emmys in kilts, it’s clear that the spirit of fun is the heart and soul of “Phineas and Ferb” — as well as the heart and soul of Disney. After all, Walt Disney himself was always one to embrace new opportunities and technologies, and television was no exception. Way back in 1955, when television was in its infancy, he created the pioneering “Disneyland” TV series. “Disneyland” was honored with no less than three Emmy awards that year, and Walt would surely be smiling as Disney goes to the Emmys once again.

Taken from Disney Insider

May 22

This Month May History in Disney

PixarThe amazing thing about Disney is that it has been around so long that every day is history. In May, Disney made the major purchase of Pixar Animation Studios.  A that same time, it gained the services of Ed Catmull and John Lasseter to be creative heads of Disney Feature Animation.  Disney Pixar’s Cars was released a few months later in June.

May set in motion the next great decade of animated fields from Disney.  Although the movies are not hand drawn anymore, they are more spectacular then ever.  Have you noticed that the new movies are in high definition?  The classics are amazing, but the picture quality of new movies are well worth the investment in Pixar.

CarsOne of my favorite Pixar movies is Cars.  The story is well thought out and who doesn’t love cars in America?  It brings two favorite things together, cars and racing.  It’s basically an animated Talladega Nights for everyone.

The story has drama, suspense, and love.  If you haven’t seen Cars, I highly recommend to go and watch it.