Tuesday, August 04, 2015

WDW Picture of the Day

Sometime, all you want is just a nice, clear shot of the fireworks above Cinderella Castle. Here's one of my favorite shots that I managed to get.


Sunday, August 02, 2015

Why Inside Out Is Slightly Different In Japan

Here's an article on the fact that Inside-Out is slightly different in Japan, and why.

In the original version, the 11-year-old protagonist hates broccoli, which has the nerve to show up on a slice of pizza in her new hometown of San Francisco. (That sight gag is in the trailer, below.) But in the Japanese version of Inside Out, the detested vegetable is green pepper slices — a much more conventional pizza topping in the U.S.

I didn't know that green bell pepper grosses out the average Japanese!


Saturday, August 01, 2015

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Ant Man Review

We saw Marvel's "Ant Man" on Friday, and it was almost as much fun as "Guardians of the Galaxy". In fact, I would say that the Marvel's movies can be roughly grouped into two: The Avengers-class movies, which had a more weighty subtext, and the "Guardians + Ant Man"-type movies, which have a more tongue-in-cheek feel to them.

The movie is almost like a caper rather than straight-on "I need to save this world" level of scenario. There are subtle tie-ins with Hydra/SHIELD/Avengers (Hydra being the one and only customer for the invention in the movie). There are also clever moments in the movie when the stories were being told of the source of such-and-such. And there are certainly more laughs in this movie than there was in "Age of Ultron".

If you stay for the mid-credit scene, you'll definitely get a sense of an impending sequel. But you should stay on till the END of the credits, because you'll see a tie-in with Captain America. In fact, there is a very strong hint of what could be expected in the next "Captain America - Civil War" in that one short scene.

This was a very enjoyable movie, and to me, more enjoyable than "Age of Ultron". Highly recommended.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Inside Out Easter Eggs

If you haven't seen the movie and want to discover them your self, then don't read the link that lists a lot of the Easter eggs in "Inside Out". And if you really haven't seen it, WHY HAVENT YOU?



Friday, June 26, 2015

Walt Disney World Bans Selfie-Sticks

All I can say is: GOOD RIDDANCE!

Starting this Tuesday,  WDW will ban all selfie-sticks in WDW theme parks and water parks.

Spokeswoman Kim Prunty told the Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1LtRuBz ) selfie-sticks have become a "growing safety concern for both our guests and cast."
Selfie sticks will also be banned at Disneyland Resort in California on Tuesday and at Disney's parks in Paris and Hong Kong starting July 1.

I find the selfie-sticks to be not only annoying, but also a safety hazard. It sticks far out, and can easily hit another guest, especially when the park is busy. And having it on rides is CRAZY! It reaches out farther than your arms and one can easily hit the attraction during the ride.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

"Phineas and Ferb" Final Episode Drew Record Audience

The final episode of "Phineas and Ferb" last Friday drew record audience for DisneyXD channel.

Phineas And Ferb ended its 126-episode run with the two-part “Last Day Of Summer,” which drew 1.4 million viewers — the biggest original telecast in Disney XD’s six-year history. The finale of the series created by Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh closed the cable net’s 73-hour P&F marathon of every episode plus five hourlong specials and telepic Phineas And Ferb: Across The 2nd Dimension. The marathon drew 10.9 million unique viewers, including 6 million kids 2-14.

I expect a complete box-set DVD/BluRay of the entire series, with tons of extras. This series was a classic.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Inside/Out Insider Access

We had a really good time at the Fathom event for Inside/Out last night. When we picked up our tickets, we were each given a poster, and a lanyard with a card attached at the end of the lanyard. On the back of the card is a special code for a bonus 50 points at the Disney Movie Rewards website.

Here's the poster:

Here's the lanyard:

While waiting for the start of the program, they showed clips of interviews with the actors that voiced the 5 main emotions, and also a series of fun facts from the movie. Some of the fun facts are: the ice-skating ring that Riley goes to in San Francisco is at the same location as the Disney Family Museum; the fatigue outfit worn by one of Riley's classmates has Toy Story characters all over it. I can't remember the rest.

When the program started, they showed the behind the scenes look at the Pixar campus, more specifically, inside the Steve Jobs building. Our "tour guides" were Inside/Out Director Pete Doctor and Producer Jonas Rivera. It was a fun, informative tour of not only the building, but also the various people, offices, and quirkiness. There is only ONE bathroom area in the entire building. Steve Jobs wanted this because it forced people to leave their offices and walk, increasing the chances of people interacting with each other and exchanging ideas.

We got to see the jaw-dropping office of John Lasseter. They then found John in a closed-office working on Toy Story 4. He would not let us into the office, but came out and talked about Inside/Out. And yes, he was already wearing a Hawaiian shirt with Inside/Out characters.

It was a fun tour, and something we probably don't get to see much of.

Then the movie started. This is the best Pixar movie since Up and Toy Story 3, in my humble opinion. The animation is getting way too real, and they really animated "Joy" quite well. So the movie is visually spectacular. The storyline is also rather interesting and refreshing. It really is a story of an ordinary little girl, and that made it extraordinary.

The short story before the movie, Lava, was just plain-out charming. I lava it! The animation, especially the ocean and the dolphins, looked almost real!

After the movie, there was a 30-minute interview and Q&A with Pete Doctor and Amy Poehler. The questions were submitted by the audience members at the event via Twitter. Again, this was fun, funny, and quite entertaining.

This was the first Fathom event that I attended. If they do something similar with Disney-related events, I probably will attend them again.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Inside Out

In theater for the Fathom event of Ibside Out. We got posters and landyards.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Conversation With The Creators of "Phineas and Ferb"

As the final episode of "Phineas and Ferb" approaches, we have a news report on a conversation with Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh, the creators of the hilarious show.

I still claim that this is the cleverest animated show since "Pinky and the Brain".


Sunday, June 07, 2015

Nutella Fruit Waffle

What's better than a Nutella fruit waffle sandwich from Sleepy Hollow at the Magic Kingdom? Why, TWO Nutella fruit waffle sandwiches!