Looking at all things Disney.

A Look at Disney Music Fridays # 183: My Birthday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello & welcome to a special A Look at Disney.  I’ll admit that I didn’t have much planned as I just finished a month long event for A Look at Disney and didn’t really feel like doing a theme week so soon after finishing a month long themed event but I still wanted to do something special for my birthday.  I’ll admit that it’s been kinda hard thinking of anything to do.  So, I decided to have some fun and look at Disney birthdays and songs with them. This was a bit of a stretch, I’ll admit.  But I did find some.  With that outta the way, let’s begin.

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A Look at Disney Return To The Theater: Into The Woods (Part 2)

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney, and today we finally come to the close of Return To The Theater as we look at the music of Into The Woods.  With that out the way, let’s begin.

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A Look at Disney Return To The Theater: Into The Woods (Part 1)

 

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we conclude our Return To The Theater as we look at one of my favorite musical movies from recent memory as we head Into The Woods.  Into The Woods. But first, a heads up, I have a lot to say on this movie, so this review will be broken up into two parts.  In the first part, I’ll cover The Plot, and Characters, and give My Thoughts on the movie as a whole.  In the second part, I’ll look at the music as that in my opinion deserves it’s own blog.  Into The Woods is based on the Stephen Sondheim musical that debuted in 1987 on Broadway and Into The Woods is perhaps one of the earliest examples that I can think of intertwining fairy tale characters and using them to explore more of the morality of their tales and show that sometimes, the happy ending that you thought you wanted isn’t the one that you needed.    Now, I will admit that I have never seen a production of Into The Woods in person but I’ve always wanted to but the night before I saw the movie, I watched a digital copy of the original Broadway production that was released on DVD and digitally.   Now, having seen the original Broadway production and seeing this movie, it’s clear that some things were toned down and some things had changed and as far as musicals go, it makes a bit of sense as there is a lot of things in the original and it would be hard to transfer them all over but I do think that overall, this was a successful adaption.  And overall, I greatly enjoyed this movie.

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A Look at Disney Return To The Theater: Annie (1999)

 

 

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we continue our Return To The Theater. But first some history,  Annie is a Broadway musical that was originally adapted from the comic strip, Little Orphan Annie that debuted in 1924. In 1977, the Broadway musical adaption of Annie debuted and soon surpassed the original source material in popularity.   To the point, where in 1982,  Columbia released the first film adaption of Annie.

Now, there have been other takes on the material such as a modernization that was released in 2014

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A Look at Disney Return To The Theater: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997)

 

 

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we continue our Return To The Theater as we look at the 1997 TV adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.  Now, this is admittedly, a bit of a stretch as Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella was originally developed for TV back in the ’50s as a live musical with Julie Andrews in the lead role and it was staged for TV, once again in 1965 with Lesley Ann Warren as Cinderella and Pat Carroll as one of the Stepsisters.

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A Look at Disney Return To The Theater: Screen To Stage: Snow White Live

 

 

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we continue our Return To The Theater with another Screen To Stage as we look at a stage adaption that predates Disney’s theaterical department that played at Radio City Music Hall as we look Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs: The Musical also known as Snow White Live.  This actually aired on TV back in the ’80s on HBO and later, Disney Channel.  And I am assuming what I watched was a TV edit as there are things that are mentioned in the plot description for this show that never happened in the version that I watched.

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A Look at Disney Return To The Theater: Music Fridays # 182: Twice Charmed

 

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we continue our Return to The Theater with something special. We’ve looked at numerous shows from the Disney Cruise Line including Toy Story: The Musical and Hercules: The Muse-ical and today, we are once again returning to that venue as we look at the music of a Disney cruise show that I actually had the pleasure of seeing.  Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on The Cinderella Story or Twice Charmed for short is a sequel musical to the original Cinderella movie. and what’s the plot, Cinderella III: A Twist In Time.  In that Cindy has to work win back the love of Prince Charming after an outside force in this case, an evil Fairy Godfather for the Tremaines changes time.  Now, this did come out before Cinderella III was released and I recall when I watched A Twist In Time, I felt as though I was watching an inferior version of Twice Charmed. It is just one of those things that when I saw the movie that it all felt familiar to me and not in a good way. Of course, I may have put a bit more praise on this because of how much I like Cinderella as it is one of my all time favorite Disney movies and I was enamored with the production when I saw it.

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A Look at Disney Return To The Theater: Screen To Stage: Beauty and The Beast

 

 

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we continue our Return To The Theater as we look at the very first stage adaption from Disney Theatrical as we look at Beauty and The Beast.  The importance of Beauty and The Beast cannot be understated.  It came to the stage in 1994, just three years after movie debuted in theaters and even back then, critics noted the Broadway quality of the musical  and boom, it was born.  Even if a lot of the reviews back then for the production were unfavorable but it has since gone on to become a Broadway staple with a run that culminated in 13 years. Though some critics have felt that bringing Beauty and The Beast to Broadway to an extent made Broadway seem kiddy with the onslaught of imitators that followed suit.  I don’t agree and think that there should be a place for more family friendly style shows on Broadway.  Yes, we do have a wealth of shows based on movies but something like Beauty and The Beast makes sense.  But for every Beauty and The Beast, you’ll have Rocky: The Musical or Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark  (Not based on a movie but you get my idea)

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A Look at Disney: Return To The Theater: Screen To Stage: Mary Poppins

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and we continue our Return To The Theater as we look at the stage adaption of Mary Poppins.  As always, we will look at What’s The Same, What’s Different, New Music, and lastly, I’ll give my Final Thoughts. With that outta the way, let’s begin.

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A Look at Disney Return To Theater: A Look at Katherine Plumber

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we continue our Return To The Theater.  Originally, I was going to examine why Newsies works better onstage but there was really only one thing that kept coming to me and I decided to look at that instead.  Perhaps, the weakest aspect of the original movie version of Newsies is that of the love interest, Sarah.  Back, when I reviewed the movie, I had this to say about the character of Sarah.

Sarah, the older sister of Jacob and Les really doesn’t add much to this film and to me she is the most forgettable character in the entire film. Seriously, she added nothing of value to the film and while I get that she was supposed to be the love interest for Jack, the film spent so little time developing that, to the point where they got together at the had had me scratching my head. Honestly, the one thing that sticks out the most for me is sadly when she is being attack by the Newsies’ enemies, the DeLancey Brothers who are Scabbers that happen to look down on the Newsies. That is rather sad and I’ve heard that in the stage production, her character has been cut and honestly I think that can only improve the story.

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A Look at Disney Return To The Theater: Music Fridays # 181: Top 6 Broadway Disney Songs

 

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we continue our Return To The Theater with a special Music Fridays as I countdown my Top 6 Broadway Disney Songs.  For the most part, I tried to stick with songs that originated in the musical and weren’t a part of the film that they were adapted from but I did make one exception and with that outta the way, let’s begin.

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A Look at Disney Return To The Theater: Screen To Stage: Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we continue our Return To The Theater as we look at the show that preceded Frozen Live at The Hyperion as we travel from Arendelle to Agrabah to look at Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular in our first Screen To Stage blog of this theaterical event.  Now, as I explained in the introduction, I am doing this version and not the Broadway production of Aladdin for the mere fact that I have seen this show and have yet to seen Aladdin on Broadway.  Now, there is some interesting history with this show because it closed last January to make way for Frozen Live at The Hyperion, which opened in May of 2016 but it was almost replaced with something else. Something much worse, perhaps the worst thing that I’ve ever looked at on A Look at Disney (next to Too Smart For Strangers)…..

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A Look at Disney Return To The Theater: My Thoughts on Frozen Live at The Hyperion/Frozen: A Musical Spectacular

 

 

 

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A Look at Disney Return To The Theater: An Introduction

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney.  Back in 2013, I did a Theater Week event and it is perhaps my favorite theme week that I’ve done as there is just a wealth of material to look at from the world of the theater.  And I have decided that to open with another Theater event.  However, this one will be a bit longer than a week.  And here is what we will be looking at.
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A Look at Disney Christmas: A Look at The Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (With Richb)

 

 

 

Moviefan12: Hello & welcome back to the Christmas celebration, here on A Look at Disney and today, I’ve brought along a friend that has visited A Look at Disney numerous times before as we look at the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. This is a special parade that is well known and sometimes mocked by the Disney fan community but when you do things like have a Frozen themed parade and don’t have any cast members from Frozen show up or air this at night on Christmas, when most people are either eating dinner or tired.  There are bound to be some hindrances but this has been airing on ABC for 33 years and I’ve decided to look at some highlights from the parade’s history, both good & bad.  This will be both good, bad, and just huh?  So, please welcome back to A Look at Disney for this Christmas celebration, Richb.

RichB;Hello my friend. I didn’t watch the parade much as a kid, watching TV on Christmas morning wasn’t a thing that happened, but have watched it over the years since. And it over the years there have some thing I thought were done amazingly well, and other things just pissed me off!

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A Look at Disney’s Santa Spectacle: A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa

 

 

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we close out the Santa Spectacle as we look at this wonderful little Muppets Christmas special from 2009 that originally aired on NBC.  With that out of the way, let’s begin.

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A Look at Disney’s Santa Spectacle: Santa Who?

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and back to the Santa Spectacle.  And ooh boy, this is gonna hurt.  We once again are looking at another TV movie from 2000 and it’s also one that I’d have never seen before. All I knew about it was that it aired on The Wonderful World of Disney and it starred Leslie Nielsen as Santa Claus.  Seeing the DVD cover for weeks on end at the Library that I volunteer at, didn’t give me much hope either.

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A Look at Disney’s Santa Spectacle: The Ultimate Christmas Present

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we continue our Santa Spectacle as we head to the world of TV movies as we look at a Disney Channel  Original Movie, The Ultimate Christmas Present.  Now yes, there is another Disney Channel Original Movie that has Santa and stars a pre Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston but I ran out of time to review it, so maybe next year.

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A Look at Disney’s Santa Spectacle: The Santa Clause 2

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and we once again,continue the Santa Spectacle as we look at the first sequel to yesterday’s movie, as we look at The Santa Clause 2.  And as far as sequels go, it’s not that bad.  It does a good job of building off of what came before and isn’t a carbon copy remake of the original movie.  It introduces a new problem or clause, if you will, that makes sense for the film franchise and brings in another element of the Santa mythos. Mrs. Claus.   Interestingly in the U.K., this movie has the subtitle of the Mrs. Clause.  And originally, this film was meant to be subtitled The Escape Clause but that title went to the worst movie in the trilogy and we will get to that lump of coal, eventually.   But for now, our focus in on The Santa Clause 2.
 

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A Look at Disney’s Santa Spectacle: The Santa Clause

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we continue our Santa Spectacle as we look at what is perhaps one of the most iconic takes on Santa Claus for ’90s kids as we look as we look at 1994’s The Santa Clause starring Tim Allen.  With this outta the way, let’s begin.

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