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.

 

October 11

The Three Musketeers: All for One and One for All

Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy. And they are starring so many movies together. The last movie they starred together is The Three Musketeers.

three musketeersThis movie is the animation adaptation of the The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, perè. This movie is directed by Donovan Cook, produced by Disney Toon Studios. It was released in a form of VHS and DVD, and distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

The voice of the characters are still filled by some of the stars such as, Wayne Alwine as Mickey Mouse, Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck, and Bill Farmer as Goofy (as well as Pluto). We also can find another stars such as Russi Taylor as Minnie Mouse, Tress MacNeille as Daisy Duck, Jim Cummings as Pete, April Winchell as Clarabelle the Cow, Rob Paulsen as the Trobadour (a French-speaking turtle as the narrator), Maurice LaMarche and Jeff Bennett as the Beagle Boys.

In this movie, once again, Mickey Mouse, along with his friends, Donald Duck and Goofy, are together. It’s all started when they were little children, they were helped by the real Musketeers. Little Mickey was given a hat (although it was too big for him). Since then, Little Mickey, Little Donald, and Little Goofy always wanted to be the Musketeers. Until they have grown up, they still want to be the musketeers, although they live as the janitors (together with Mickey’s loyal dog, Pluto). Mickey still have the hat, and he is still hoping that someday they will become the Musketeers. The captain of the real Musketeers is Pete-Leg Pete. He tells the buddies why they won’t become the Musketeers: Mickey is too short, Donald is a coward, and Goofy is too clumsy.

 

three musketeers

Until one day, the Princess of France, Minnie Mouse, are discussing with her lady-in-waiting, Daisy Duck about how Minnie wants to find her true love. Then when Minnie is taking a walk, The Beagle Boys tries to kill her. Minnie feels in danger and she asks Pete to protect her by giving the best musketeers as her bodyguards. The one that Minnie doesn’t know that the Beagle Boys are taking the order to kill by Pete. Pete is the bad-guy!!! Pete does intends to kill Minnie, so he can take over the whole France. That reason makes him to choose Mickey, Donald, and Goofy as Minnie’s bodyguards.
three musketeers

The friendship is challenged when finally the Beagle Boys successfully kidnap Princess Minnie. Donald, who is too coward to act, refuses to help Minnie. Mickey, who has already fallen in love with Minnie, wants to help her. Goofy, the clumsy, are lured by Clarabelle the Cow, Pete’s lieutenant, to leave his duty: guarding the palace.

three musketeers

Can the Three Musketeers successfully protect the princess?
Can Mickey finally take Minnie into his arms?
Can Donald also make Daisy fall in love with him?
Or can Goofy find his true love?

Find it by yourselves! ;)
If you want to watch it, make sure you buy the original one.
I found a great package here… Watch The Three Musketeers while holding the doll!

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

September 24

So Close – Enchanted Waltz Dance

I’ve told you in my previous blog, that I love Enchanted so much.

Enchanted, one of Walt Disney’s movie which combines animation and real human. One of the precious scenes in Enchanted is the scene when Giselle and Robert are dancing at the ball. They want to be close together, but at the same time, they have to be far, because Giselle has to go back to Andalasia with Edward. It’s very touching, so melancholic, and I love the song.

The song So Close, is sung by Jon McLaughlin. When I heard it for the first time, I was touched by its atmosphere, and also by the farewell between Robert and Giselle. In addition, Jon McLaughlin also has a great voice, which adds the melancholic feelings to the song.

Here I enclose the lyrics of So Close, when Giselle and Robert are waltz-dancing. Enjoy…

SO CLOSE
Jon McLaughlin
(ost. Enchanted)

You’re in my arms
And all the world is calm
The music is playing on for only two
So close together
And when I’m with you
So close to feeling alone

A life goes by
Romantic dreams will stop
So I bid mine goodbye and never knew
So close was waiting, waiting here with you
And now forever I know
All that I wanted to hold you
So close

So close to reaching that famous happy end
Almost believing this was not pretend
And now you’re beside me and look how far we’ve come
So far we are so close

* dance

How could I face the faceless days
If I should lose you now?
We’re so close
To reaching that famous happy end
And almost believing this was not pretend
Let’s go on dreaming for we know we are
So close
So close
And still so far

April 6

First Appearance of Duck: The Wise Little Hen

Following my previous notes about Donald Duck entitled “Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy!”, I would like to review the first appearance of Donald Duck in history.

The Wise Little Henwise little hen

 

The Wise Little Hen was published in Silly Symphonies series on June 9, 1934. It is based on the fairy tale The Little Red Hen. It was animated by Art Babbitt, Dick Huemer, Dick Lundy, and Ward Kimball. The director is Bert Gillett and Wilfred Jackson. The story was also adapted into a comic strip by Ted Osborne and Al Taliaferro. The voice of the hen was starred by Florence Gill, Donald Duck was voiced by Clarence Nash, and Peter Pig was voiced by Pinto Colvig.

About The Story (spoiler warning)

The story is started when a hen and her children (the chicks) are looking someone to help them plant the corn. First they come to Peter Pig. But Peter Pig refuses her by saying that he has a stomachache. Mrs. Hen regrets it, but she don’t insist on Peter.

wise little hen

Next, Mrs. Hen and her chicks go to Donald’s place. He was asked the same thing, to help them plant the corn. But like Peter, Donald refuses to help because his stomach is sick.

In that case, Mrs. Hen plants the corn by herself, helped by her children. They work hard, while Peter and Donald are playing and not working. But still, when Mrs. Hen asks their help to cook, they refuse and say that their stomachs are still in pain.

Finally, Mrs. Hen and her children finish their cook. They are ready to eat those delicious meal. When Peter and Donald see the meal, they feel dizzy. They really want to eat. Their eyes are blur because of hunger. Mrs. Hen then asks them if they wanted to help her eat the meal. Peter and Donald agree with that (Donald says, “Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy!”). But what do they get from Mrs. Hen? Medicine for their stomachaches!!! Good for them! ;) So those who don’t want to work, they don’t deserve to get the harvest.

wise little hen

Enjoy the movie!