Looking at all things Disney.

A Look at Disney Christmas: Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

 

 

 

Hello & welcome to the final Christmas review for A Look at Disney, this year.  Frozen is everywhere these days, there’s a stage musical, a ride, a Lego special, Olaf guest starred on Sofia The First.   There’s even Frozen cereal.

There are also books,  including a series of chapter books starring Elsa and Anna.  And just two years ago, Disney Publishing released a take on The Night Before Christmas starring Olaf.

Frozen is one of Disney’s biggest cash cows.   To put it simply, just as the sun will rise in the morning, Disney will find a new way to market Frozen.  And that brings us to what we are looking at today, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.   Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is a Frozen Christmas special that was originally made to air on ABC but John Lasseter felt that it was too cinematic to not be in theaters, so they had put in front of Coco.   Okay, that’s no biggie, what’s the running time for this thing?

 

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A Look at Disney’s Christmas Classics: Bambi’s Christmas Adventure

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney as we continue our look at Disney’s Christmas Classics and I know that I haven’t reviewed a whole as we’ve only made it to 1965 but we are ending it with the weirdest one yet.

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A Look at Disney’s Christmas Classics: Cinderella’s Christmas Party

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we continue our look at Disney’s Christmas Classics as we look at Cinderella’s Christmas Party. With that outta the way, let’s begin.

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A Look at Disney’s Christmas Classics: The Three Little Pigs’ Christmas Story

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we once again continue our look at Disney’s Christmas Classics as we look at The Three Little Pig’s Christmas Story.
 

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A Look at Disney’s Christmas Classics: Sleeping Beauty’s Christmas Story

 

 

Hello & welcome back to our Christmas celebration as we continue our look at Disney’s Christmas Classics and today, we look at Sleeping Beauty’s Christmas.

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A Look at Disney’s Christmas Classics: Pinocchio’s Christmas Story

 

Hello & welcome back to our Christmas celebration here as we continue our look through Disney’s Christmas Classics.  We leave Never Land behind as we head to Geppetto’s Toy Shop for this next story and I have a feeling that things are only going to get weirder from here on out.  Let’s begin.

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A Look at Disney’s Christmas Classics: Peter Pan’s Christmas Story

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and it’s Christmas. YAY!  And this year, we are going to be doing something a bit different as the lovely folks over at IDW put out a book that is a collection of Disney Christmas newspaper comic strips.  I’ll let the Amazon description feel you in on the rest.

The Disney Christmas newspaper comic strip was an annual tradition from 1960-1987, running daily throughout the month before Christmas. Twenty-seven special Christmas stories are collected in a book for the first time. Plus a special bonus: the 1992-1997 Disney Holiday Stories featuring Aladdin, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Lion King!

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A Look at Disney: Villains Profile: Te Kā

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we conclude this year’s Halloween Villains Profile event as we look at a character from the newest Disney film as we look at Te Kā from Moana.  And well,  I find myself in interesting predicament as  Te Kā  is not your typical Disney villain.  As this is not who she truly is.   As Te Kā is  the destructive form of Te Fiti and she became this way after her heart was stolen by Maui.

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A Look at Disney: Villains Profile: Commander Rourke

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney.  We continue our Villains Profile as we look at Commander Rourke.  Atlantis: The Lost Empire is an odd little movie.  It’s not a bad movie  by any means but it’s not a remarkable Disney movie by any means.  And today, we are looking at the villain of the piece.   With that outta the way, let’s begin.
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A Look at Disney Villains Profile: Ursula (31 Days of Halloween)

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney and today, we continue our Villains Profile Halloween celebration as we look at the Sea Witch, Ursula.

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A Look at Disney Villains Profile: Captain Hook

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney.  Last Halloween, my favorite segment to do around this time of year went on hiatus. Villains Profile, but it is returning this year as we look at villains associated with the sea. Starting with Captain Hook.  As always, this’ll include Voice Actor, First Appearance, Personality, Lackey, Grand Desire, , Most Evil Deed, Demise, and finally Is Captain Hook A Good Villain? With that outta the way, let’s begin.

 

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A Look at Disney: That Time That Disney Tried To Start a Fast Food Chain

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney.  One of the best Disney YouTube channels is Rob Plays and he recently did a video on The Rise and Fall of the Disney Store and brought up something that has stuck with me since I watched that video.   Disney tried to open a fast food restaurant.

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A Look at Disney: The Moral Quandary of Rapunzel’s Tower

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney. Last Monday,  my parents surprised me with a trip to the Magic Kingdom.  And easily for me, the highlight was New Fantasyland as you truly felt immersed in all of the movies.  Of course, I geeked out when I saw the Tangled rest area, specifically, the Tower.  But then I just watched the latest episode of Tangled: The Series in which Pascal runs away back to the Tower because it seems like Rapunzel doesn’t have anytime for him.   And there was a small but brief moment, when Rapunzel had to enter the tower and reassure herself that she had this as it had been the first time that she returned to the Tower since the events of the movie.

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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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