Looking at all things Disney.

A Look at Disney Another Mouseka-View: Cable Car Chaos/Fire Escape

 

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney as we officially kick off Another Mouseka-View as we look at the first two episodes of season two.  With that outta the way, let’s begin.

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A Look at Disney Another Mouseka-View: An Introduction

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney.  Three years ago, I embarked on what was perhaps my angriest retrospective as I reviewed the 2013 Mickey Mouse shorts.  And I wasn’t the biggest fan of most of those shorts but by the end of it,  I came feeling more mixed than outright hatred.   As I observed in my final thoughts on the first season.  

The question, I keep asking myself is “Do I still hate these shorts?” And the answer is for the most part is no, not as much as when I started. Are these shorts as bad as I thought? Well, they are a mixed bag. You get some really good ones like Bad Ear Day but then you also have trite like Dog Show and Gasp! And The Adorable Couple didn’t help much either but I don’t know, maybe these just aren’t meant for me.

 

 

The big thing that that I got out of these shorts is that they felt  more like Spongebob shorts.  Something that Pretty Boy mentioned in the comments section for my review of the horrid Gasp!.

Yeah this is literally point for point the sort of thing you’d expect in an episode of Spongebob. You could swap out Mickey for Spongebob, the cat for some random sea creature and the backgrounds to that of the show… and there would literally be no differences whatsoever.

I originally said that I would never review the second season of these shorts because they left such a sour taste in my mouth and I would have held steadfast to that claim, if it were not for the announcement of a Mickey Mouse ride based on these shorts replacing The Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios.  Hollywood Studios is my favorite Disney Park and The Great Movie Ride was one of my favorite rides. I loved seeing those moments of cinema come to life.  But I get replacing that with a property that Disney owns.  And so many fans (myself included) have wanted a Mickey ride for ages.  And so, I am giving seasons 2 & 3 of these shorts a chance because I want to give that ride a chance.

I am not admittedly a fan of the designs of the characters in these shorts but for the looks that I’m more familiar with, I still have Mickey’s PhilharMagic.

And while I do like this attraction,  it is a Donald Duck attraction, even if it has Mickey’s name in the title.  I have seen a lot of people say that these shorts gave Mickey, a personality back instead of keeping him as a corporate icon.  And that is a good thing.  And I’m happy people enjoy the shorts for that reason but after my experience with the first season, I am going into trepidation regarding these shorts and moreso the ride, that is coming to Hollywood Studios.  When we learn more about the ride,  I will do a Can We Talk about on the ride but seeing as the ride is based on these shorts,  I feel that it is only fair to give these shorts a second chance.

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A Look at Disney: Random D23 Thoughts

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney. It’s been a while but seeing as we have had another D23 Expo, I want to talk about 4 things that stood out to me. Two from upcoming movies and two that deal with changes coming to Disney World.  With that outta the way, let’s begin.

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A Look at Disney Investigates: Zootopia

 

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, our investigation comes to a close as we look at the 2016 Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature as we look at what I have come to consider one of, if not the most mature features from the Walt Disney Animation Studios.   I recall, when I left the theater after watching this movie, I came out thinking that this was a Disney movie less for kids and more for adults.  Now yes, it is a film that can be enjoyed by all ages and that is a good thing but considering the climate of the world that we currently live in with this guy as our president….

I’m not posting a picture of the real guy.

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A Look at Disney Investigates: Villains Profile: Professor Ratigan

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney, and today we continue our investigation with our second Villains Profile of the event as we look at Professor Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective.  As always, this will include Voice Actor, First Appearance, Personality,  Grand Desire,  Most Evil Deed, Villain Songs, , Demise, and finally, Is Ratigan A Good Villain? Before we start, I should address that I will not be reviewing this movie as I already reviewed it six years ago back when most of us were still posting on TGWTG and it was a crossover with an old friend from back then, Patrick_O, that I have sadly lost touch with and I feel as though doing a re-review would be unfair to him and the memory of that review. You can find it right here, if you so choose to read it. 

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A Look at Disney Investigates: Northwest Mansion Mystery (Gravity Falls Episode Review)

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we continue our investigation with an episode of fan favorite series, Gravity Falls from it’s second season.  Gravity Falls is easily one of the best cartoons to air on a Disney network in recent memory and that’s all thanks to the creativity of Alex Hirsch.  I knew that I wanted to review an episode of this show for this event but couldn’t figure which one would be right and so I went to this one. But yeah, it’s more a ghost story than a mystery. There’s a little investigating in it but not much. And it’s also the best unofficial Haunted Mansion adaption.  Now, what’s odd is that when this episode originally, it was titled Northwest Mansion Noir but going by the Gravity Falls Wiki entry for this episode, Alex Hirsch never wanted that title for this episode.

According to Alex Hirsch, this episode was never supposed to be named “Northwest Mansion Noir.”

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A Look at Disney Investigates: A Look at Fillmore!

 

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we continue our look into the world of investigations.   Now, I do apologize for this review being late and I know that I originally said that this was going to be an episode review but this show is so good and underrated that I wanted to do a more overview look at the series.  (And it’s impossible to  find plot descriptions for episodes of this show online).   So, let’s begin with a plot overview.
 
 

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A Look at Disney Investigates: Muppets Most Wanted

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we continue our investigation here with the 2014 follow-up to 2011’s The Muppets as we look at Muppets Most Wanted.  This review was originally meant to come at a later date but I had to shuffle the reviews around some due to missing yesterday’s    last week’s review(s).  Sorry about that.   Let’s get back to the review at hand, I’ve noticed from fans that Muppets Most Wanted is a divisive movie.  Some love it as they feel that it takes The Muppets back to the comedic route after the sentimentality of the 2011 film.  Others, think that it does a bit too much.   Where do I sit on this?   Well… it’s not bad but I think that it kinda that it overdoes it.  Because seriously,  most the characters that aren’t Kermit are super annoying in this movie.  And I feel like this movie spends too much time with the villains.   In some ways, I can understand why the follow-up to the 2011 film would go this route as it seemed to be following the footsteps of the original Muppet movies as the second Muppet movie that came out also involved a heist but that was more a mystery film than this one is.

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A Look at Disney Investigates: Midship Detective Agency

 

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney as we continue our investigation.   And today, we are doing something a bit different as we look at The Midship Detective Agency.  Midship Detective Agency is a interactive game that debuted for the Disney Cruise Line in 2012 on both on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.  Now, I’ve not tried this out in person but thankfully, there are videos online for each of the three cases and I decided to check them out on YouTube.   Now, I’ve decided to look at this for two reasons,  one this is one of the few things that I could find that would allow me to look at something starring Mickey Mouse.  And I wanted to look at something good featuring The Muppets. With that out of the way, let’s begin.

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A Look at Disney Investigates: Going Bonkers (Bonkers Pilot Episode Review)

 

 

 

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney as we continue our investigation as we look at the pilot episode of Bonkers.  I honestly went back and forth as to whether or not, I was going to review it.  In part, because the main character is just sooo annoying.  Now, this show has an interesting history.  While the episode, we are looking at is the pilot, it’s actually the tenth and eleventh episode produced. This was because this show went through some change including cast as the original partner that Bonkers had wasn’t that well liked by the staff it seemed.  And so, this pilot was created that gave Bonkers, a new partner and an origin of how a Toon became a cop in Hollywood.   Also, there seems to be a back & forth as to whether or not, this show was meant to be a Roger Rabbit cartoon series.  I’ve seem some sites say that was the case while others say that was a misconception that many audiences have about the show.  Well, even if it is the case that this show was never meant to be a Roger Rabbit cartoon,  you can see the influence of the Zemeckis movie on the show in this pilot.

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A Look at Disney Investigates: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

 

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney as we continue our investigation here with Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  I’ll be honest and say that so far out of everything that we’ve looked at so far, this probably has the best mystery.

 

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A Look at Disney Investigates: Villains Profile: Judge Doom

 

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney as we continue our investigation here with the first of two Villains Profile for this event as we look at Judge Doom.   As always, this will include Actor,  First Appearance,  Personality,  Grand Desire, Lackeys, Most Evil Deed,   Demise,  & finally Is Judge Doom A Good Villain.    With that out of the way, let’s begin.

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A Look at Disney Investigates: Classic Shorts Showcase: How To Be A Detective

 

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney as we continue on with A Look at Disney Investigates with our second Classic Shorts Showcase event as we look at How To Be A Detective.

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A Look at Disney Investigates: The Barnaby Boys (Recess Episode Review)

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we continue our investigation here with A Look at Disney Investigates as we take a look at the 13th episode of season 3 of Recess as we look at The Barnaby Boys. I’m so excited to be reviewing this episode as this is one that I’ve wanted to look at for a long time.  If you’ve read any of the entries in my series, On The Case, then you know that I’m a fan of The Hardy Boys.    And this episode is one big Hardy Boys episode.  Now, they never state it in the episode but with the books that our lead characters are reading, you get that idea and the set up for this episode is like that of a classic Hardy Boys book.  Heck, our lead characters, T.J. and Vince even end up dressing like Frank and Joe, granted the show didn’t use those names.  And I may have some experience in dressing up like The Hardy Boys as during my Junior year of high school, we had a Spirit Week and one of the days was Famous Duos Days, where you could come dressed up as a famous duo. So I talked my best friend, who admittedly isn’t to The Hardy Boys as much as I am to dress up as Frank & Joe. Granted, none of the other students knew who we were. And when I tried to explain to them, who we were. They kept asking “Isn’t that a wrestling team?”  And me, having never watched wrestling had no clue about who they were talking about.   With that outta the way, let’s begin.

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A Look at Disney Investigates: Sherlock Goof (Goof Troop Episode Review)

 

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney. And today, we continue A Look at Disney Investigates as we look at the 11th episode of the second season of Goof Troop.   Something that I remember that Goof Troop did a bit was episodes that would introduce us to Goofy and Max’s ancestors, and these included takes on Robin Hood, the Old West, gangsters, cavemen, Frankenstein, and the subject of today’s review, Sherlock Holmes. These episodes all followed a similar setup in that Max would either be doing something or have something going on in his life that would remind him of one of his ancestors.

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A Look at Disney Investigates: Darkly Dawns The Duck (Darkwing Duck Pilot Episode Review)

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney. And today, we continue our investigation as A Look at Disney Investigates continues as we look at the pilot episode of Darkwing Duck.  This episode does a lot to set up for the characters and it’s world.  With that outta the way, let’s begin.

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A Look at Disney Investigates: Music Fridays # 184: Music From Dick Tracy

 

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney.  Well, here’s something that I thought I’d never cover on Music Fridays.  Madonna.   You see she released an album titled I’m Breathless as tie-in to Dick Tracy and sang the songs from the film as Breathless Mahoney.  Including the original version of Back In Business that was not included in the movie as Stephen Sondheim (Yes, the one that you are thinking of)  didn’t think it fit the movie.   Now, for the sake of this blog, I’ve decided to only look at the songs that she recorded that were in the film.  With the exception of one song but we will get to that.

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A Look at Disney Investigates: Classic Shorts Showcase: Alice’s Mysterious Mystery

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney as we continue our investigation here of mystery/detective/crime fighting stories as we resurrect Classic Shorts Showcase as we look at one of the shorts from the Alice Comedies.  The Alice Comedies were a series of shorts that saw a little girl enter a cartoon world and would interact with the characters there.  And a certain Disney baddie got in his start in these comedies as the earliest known version of Pete can be seen in these shorts.  Keep in mind, that these shorts predate the creation of Mickey Mouse, and even that of Oswald The Lucky Rabbit.  The short that we are looking at today is from 1926 and features the second Alice, Margie Gay.  Who played Alice from 1925-1927.   This short along with many other Alice Comedies is included on the Walt Disney Treasures DVD,   Disney Rarities: Celebrated Shorts 1920s – 1950s .

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A Look at Disney Investigates: Pound of The Baskervilles (Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers Episode Review)

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and we continue our investigation with two gumshoes that are picking up the slack of the cases that slip through the crack as there is no case too big or too small for the Rescue Rangers.  And today, we are looking at the eighth episode of season 1 of Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers, Pound of The Baskervilles.  Many cartoons and other shows like to sometimes do episodes based on the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. Heck, there has even been a cartoon series with Sherlock waking up in the future.   But we aren’t here to talk about that but rather an example of a cartoon that uses elements from Sherlock Holmes to tell a story.  Now, this won’t be the only cartoon that we look at that does this but I kinda like this one better as it’s plays more serious with the story.

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A Look at Disney Investigates: Get A Clue

 

 

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney, and we continue our investigation series as A Look at Disney Investigates continues as we head to the small screen to the 2002 Disney Channel Original Movie, Get A Clue.  Get A Clue is unique in that in the only Disney Channel Original Movie to star Lindsay Lohan.   I’m honestly shocked that I haven’t covered more of her Disney movies starring her and considering, the theme of this year’s event, this movie does take a bit of sense.   Get A Clue is a basic children’s mystery movie, that is at best harmless.  And is a fun mystery for young kids but the clues leading to the reveal of the bad guy are as obvious as early Scooby Doo or Hardy Boys (both of which I love but some of the early works of both weren’t too hard to figure out who the bad guy was).  With that out of the way, let’s begin.

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