ATDis #9 Fun and Fancy Free

Hi Friends!

Ok so I’d never seen this movie but I love it.  Narrated for the most part by Jiminy Cricket, it is super cute and the music is super fun and I really enjoy the two little stories they have in them.

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This is not necessarily from Bongo, but it could be the villain bear.  I found it at Magic Kingdom in Storybook Circus, outside of Barnstormers.

Bongo is the story about a little circus bear but he escapes and tries to survive in the wild.  He meets a cute little girl bear and they hang out and its super cute.  I love the whole little story and his unicycle and his little suit and hat and just yes.  I also love the whole “bear likes to say it with a slap!” type thing, (what they like to say, you’ll just have to watch or send me a message asking).  He’s the cutest little thing, plus I’m a sucker for  Golden-age Hollywood accents.

The Jack and the Beanstalk story (or Mickey and the Giant, if you prefer) was also super adorable.  I had watched this story on Netflix somewhat recently (Netflix has a movie of this and a few other cartoons, I forget what it is titled, but it exists) and the version in the full movie is much different.  It is introduced as a story told at a little girl’s birthday party.  The peculiar thing about this party, however, is that she is one of two humans that exist at the party.  All the other guests are ventriloquist dummies……… yeah.  So on Netflix, its narrated by someone else (I’m relatively certain), and is a more continuous story, rather than being interrupted by the dummies (namely, Charley).  So, this story was much different than I remembered.  Also, the little girl is adorable.

As for Walt’s legacy, I think this just goes to show the storytelling abilities of the crew.  In addition to what I’ve been saying so far, I think this movie focuses more on the storytelling abilities than the past few of the Lost Years of Disney.  Also, an interesting note, this was the last time that Mickey was voiced by Walt.  After this point, Walt was too busy with other things to continue voicing him.

Come with us next time for a musical moment you won’t want to miss!

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ATDis #8 Make Mine Music

Hello Disney friends!

We are still in the thick of the lost years of Disney movies.  This week, I watched a very little known Make Mine Music.  This movie is comprised of a handful of short films, all set to music of course.  I had never seen this movie before, and I didn’t really know what to expect.

In researching the film, I saw that the reason for the last two movies (and the next three movies) being comprised of shorts is because of World War II.  Most of Walt’s staff of animators were out fighting and so the ideas were made into small pieces instead of full-length feature films so that each could take a little less work to create.

Looking at these shorts, I was entirely bored through about half of them.  They were very pretty, (Bayou Blue, specifically was very pretty), but I couldn’t just sit and watch them.  Blame it on my generation, or my upbringing, or anything else you like, but I was just very bored.

The ones that I wasn’t bored in, however, were the ones with a storyline.   Blame that on my major in creative writing or my love of television and books but that’s how it was.  Casey at the bat was hilarious.  Johnny Fedora and Alice Blue Bonnet was an adorable feel-good story (That reminded me of the Pixar short, The Blue Umbrella).  Peter and the Wolf was an adorable interpretation of the music voiced by Winnie the Pooh (Sterling Holloway, I know, I know, but to me he’ll always be Winnie the Pooh).  And, kind of my personal favorite, the Martins and the Coys.  It was so cute.  I also loved the strong female and I just thought it was so clever to have all of the family die before the story began, so to speak, and have the feud be carried on by the couple.  The whole story just made me want to dance and clap along.

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Also, the Whale who Wanted to Sing at the Met was one that caught my eye, besides being  very sad (spoiler alert: the whale is harpooned), it was very cute and musical.  I also found in Disney World, more specifically the ride “Philharmagic” in Magic Kingdom, a reference to this (pictured here)

 

As for the Disney Legacy, this movie shows that in the face of a global tragedy, there will always be fun and laughter somewhere, and I’m very happy that Walt Disney was instrumental in the bringing of happiness to a dark time.

(Also, excuse my slightly different voice/writing style, I’ve been binge-watching Downton Abbey, and the fancy shmancy speaking style sometimes oozes into my own voice)

Be sure to join in next time for an amusing and elegant liberty!