Sometimes there’s nothing wrong with repetition, more so if you can at least do minor tweaks to make it individual enough from its original and be good at presenting it. Take for instance this volume from the second series of Disney Sing-Along Songs, featuring another trip through a Disney park.
Yes, we covered it not long ago in the song list for volume “Disneyland Fun”. This time however, the volume takes its presenters (and the viewers) to the then-recently opened Euro Disney, now called Disneyland Paris. Like its predecessor, this features some songs already found in past volumes, but this time with visuals of various Disney characters (mascots and costumes) having fun in Disneyland Paris.
Well, here comes the list:
Whistle While You Work (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
Step in Time (from Mary Poppins)
I’m Walkin’ Right Down the Middle of Main Street U.S.A. (music from Walt Disney World and Disneyland)
Following the Leader (from Peter Pan; Donald Duck in “Disneyland Fun” version replaced by Peter Pan)
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (from Song of the South; fast-paced pop version)
How D’Ye Do and Shake Hands (from Alice in Wonderland)
The Unbirthday Song (from Alice in Wonderland)
Rumbly in My Tumbly (from Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree)
Pecos Bill (from Melody Time)
It’s a Small World (music from Walt Disney World and Disneyland)
Grim Grinning Ghosts (music from The Haunted Mansion; Captain Hook in “Disneyland Fun” version replaced by Jafar and Iago)
The Character Parade (from Walt Disney World and Disneyland)
We’re now more than halfway through our listing tour of all rail transportation amenities to be found in Disney theme parks and resorts around the world. Next in line to be featured (albeit a tad out of place chronologically with our previous article on Disneyland Paris) is Tokyo Disney Resort.
Beginning with the first Disney theme park in Asia with Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort under Japan’s Oriental Land Company is now comprised of two parks and a shopping complex. Here’s a rundown on what sorts of rail transport and attractions you can expect to ride while enjoying your visit.
Western River Railroad – steam locomotive opened in April 1983; while an actual train, its track is a closed loop and has only one station within Tokyo Disneyland, making it a ride attraction rather than a way to get from one point to another
Jolly Trolley – electrical-powered trolley in Toontown; opened in 1996 and – similar to its big brother in Disneyland Resort – has also closed down, this one in 2009
Disney Resort Line – opened in July 2001, this monorail is the quick way to get to and from Tokyo Disney Resort; can be reached by rail transfer from Maihama Station and stops at the Resort Gateway Station
DisneySea Electric Railway – opened in September 2001 along with TDR’s second theme park, Tokyo DisneySea; an electric locomotive powered via a classic third-rail method, this train connects the Port Discovery and American Waterfront themed areas
Many must have wondered what it would be like if the Disney 2014 animated film Big Hero 6 became a regular series. The story just flowed naturally in that potential direction, being a superhero team origin movie. Big Hero 6 was after all adapted from a niche Marvel Comics title.
Well now, Big Hero 6: The Series is nine episodes old and still going on its inaugural season in the Disney Channel. Beyond the team and certain main character names, there really isn’t much attempt to sync the setting with its Marvel source. That leaves the production team numerous possibilities.
And with people who worked on Kim Possible years ago as part of the creative minds behind the further adventures of Big Hero 6, we can count on seeing really colorful characters on the other side of the law from our ad hoc team of do-gooders. So far we have:
Obake – former student of the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology; villain mastermind with a single-minded focus on the Big Hero 6
Yama – gangster and underground bot-fight organizer; got roped into being muscle for Obake
Barb – one half of the villain tandem High Voltage, with electrical powers; mother of Juniper
Juniper – one half of the villain tandem High Voltage; daughter of Barb
Globby – formerly Dibs, a snatch thief transformed into a slime monster
Baron Von Steamer – evil genius specializing in steam-punk tech; archenemy of Boss Awesome, aka Fred’s dad
Momakase – ninja thief with a chef motif with an arsenal of cooking knives as weapons
Mad Jacks – a mercenary spec ops team with all members named “Jack”
Those are the villains that have appeared to menace the Big Hero 6 in all episodes premiered. There are sure to be more, but that’ll be for some other time.
Building up from the momentum generated by the early 2015 success of Daredevil on streaming, Marvel Television and Netflix were quick to follow through with their collaboration on more Marvel series connected to the Cinematic Universe, but featuring the heroes (leaning more on the antiheroic bent) that fight street-level crime.
Next on their schedule was Jessica Jones, about a former teen superhero-turned-cynical hardboiled private eye, still struggling with the trauma of what happened in his past concerning a powerful mind-controller named Kilgrave. When Kilgrave hatches a great plot, it’s up to Jessica to rise past her demons and stop him.
Here are the episodes of the first season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix, which premiered on streaming in all entirety on November 20, 2015.
For the next volume in the second series of Disney’s Sing-Along Songs, the production team did as per usual and put the focus on a recent entry of the Disney Animated Canon, 1991’s Beauty and the Beast. And while the same-titled theme song of the movie is plenty popular and well-known, thanks to its interpretation by either Angela Lansbury or Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson, the focus song for this volume is the other standout musical number, “Be Our Guest”.
This 1992 volume of Sing-Along Songs was hosted by Jiminy Cricket and was the first to have no repeat numbers from previous entries, and feels entirely original as a result. Volume “Be Our Guest” will also be re-released in 1994. Here are the featured songs:
Be Our Guest (from 1991’s Beauty and the Beast)
A Spoonful of Sugar (from 1964’s Mary Poppins)
Little Wooden Head (from 1941’s Pinocchio)
Bella Notte (from 1955’s Lady and the Tramp)
Heffalumps and Woozles (from 1968’s Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day)
Beauty and the Beast (from Beauty and the Beast)
The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind (from 1986’s The Great Mouse Detective)
Every Disney theme park all over the world tries to have many things in common with each other so that the experience of being a guest can have similarities across them. One way Disney parks are uniform is that they all have rail transport as part of the park facilities.
Having looked at the rail travel options and attractions for the big two Disney parks in the US, now we’re going to take a look at what Disneyland Paris has to offer in that regard. The selection is rather sparse actually, but it’s all memorable with the previous ride lists:
Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy Station – train station opened 1992, servicing commutes to and from Disneyland Paris; has rail lines for both regular commuter trains RER and the famous French TGV high-speed locomotives
Disneyland Railroad (Paris) – a steam train for transport within the park premises like its brothers in California and Florida; original name Euro Disneyland Railroad upon its opening in 1992, and that name’s initials (EDRR) remain on the rail facilities even after the rebranding
Horse-drawn Streetcars – also opened April 1992 like the rail transports above, these classic animal-powered tramways on Paris’ Main Street USA are unique in being separate facilities from the oldie motor vehicles in the themed area, whereas in Disneyland and Disney World they are a joint attraction
Nobody expected High School Musical on the Disney Channel to become as big a hit as it did following its premiere there in 2006. Still, Disney is never one to miss on an opportunity to capitalize on something big from their productions. Thus was born High School Musical 2, which first aired the following year.
Some interesting trivia about the production and airing of the HSM sequel: while the plot takes place on summer vacation at East High, the TV film was shot during colder weather. It still didn’t stop the production from making things real warm and fun though.
Anyway, while the song numbers featured in High School Musical 2 weren’t about as breakout memorable as the original, they’re still quite great to listen, sing and dance to. So let’s get to listing songs:
What Time Is It? (Main cast) – divided into main part and reprise by a few-minutes dialogue scene
Fabulous (Sharpay with Ryan and the “Sharpettes”)
Work this Out (Main cast except Sharpay and Ryan, with Taylor, Kelsi, Zeke, Martha, Jason)
You are the Music in Me (Troy and Gabriella with Kelsi and other Main cast except Sharpay and Ryan)
Humuhumunukunukuapua’a (Sharpay with Ryan) – cut in initial airing; deleted scene restored in home media
Recently the comic-book world was shocked and saddened by the passing of artist-writer Steve Ditko. Ditko was famous for being half the tandem – with Stan Lee – that created one of Marvel’s most famous superhero characters, Spider-Man. He also worked with other publishers like DC, creating memorable characters for them too.
In celebration of the life and legacy of Steve Ditko, we’re going to be making a list of major characters that he co-created with Stan Lee in Marvel Comics – heroes and villains and people in between – that have since been featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) or at least the earlier films with Columbia/Sony Pictures.
Spider-Man (created 1962; in many enough movies from Columbia/Sony and Marvel Studios)
Doctor Strange (created 1963; in MCU film 2016)
Speedball (created 1988; in proposed New Warriors TV series that was originally planned for Freeform but is now looking for another network)
Squirrel Girl (created 1992; also in the former-Freeform proposed New Warriors series)
Doctor Octopus (created 1963; in 2004’s Spider-Man 2 from Columbia/Sony)
Sandman (created 1963; in 2007’s Spider-Man 3 from Columbia/Sony)
Lizard (created 1963; in 2012’s Amazing Spider-Man from Columbia Sony)
Vulture (created 1963; in 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming MCU film)
Electro (created 1964; in 2014’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 from Columbia/Sony)
Mysterio (created 1964; will debut in 2019 upcoming MCU film Spider-Man: Far from Home)
Green Goblin (created 1964; in 2002 Spider-Man and 2012 Amazing Spider-Man films)
Harry Osborn (created 1965; in Spider-Man trilogy and Amazing Spider-Man 2 from Columbia/Sony)
Baron Mordo (created 1963; in 2016 Doctor Strange MCU film)
Dormammu (created 1965; in 2016 Doctor Strange MCU film)
Aunt May Parker (created 1962; in all major Spider-Man films to date)
J. Jonah Jameson (created 1963; in Columbia/Sony’s Spider-Man film trilogy 2002-07)
Liz Allan (created 1962; in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming MCU film)
Gwen Stacy (created 1965; in Columbia/Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man duology 2012-14)
Ancient One (created 1963; in 2016 Doctor Strange MCU film)
Wong (created 1963; in 2016 Doctor Strange MCU film)
It’s a new week and here we are again, introducing a new list of songs in yet another volume of the Disney’s Sing-Along Songs specials on home video. This one is a return to form of sorts with the first ever volume, because like Song of the South it’s dedicated to another Disney musical film with animation sequences: Mary Poppins.
This volume is notable for switching out longtime “host” Professor Owl (and his class) with classic cartoon duck character Ludwig Von Drake, who debuted as a presenter for the Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color anthology era, on a 1961 episode.
Let’s go over the included songs for “I Love to Laugh!”.
I Love to Laugh! (from 1964’s Mary Poppins)
Ev’rybody Has a Laughing Place (from 1946’s Song of the South)
Bluddle-Uddle-Um-Dum (The Washing Song) (from 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (from Mary Poppins)
Quack, Quack, Quack, Donald Duck (from the A Day in the Life of Donald Duck episode of Walt Disney’s Disneyland, the first anthology title)
Oo-De-Lally (from 1973’s Robin Hood)
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? (from the classic 1933 Disney short The Three Little Pigs)
The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers (from 1974’s Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too)
Pink Elephants on Parade (from 1941’s Dumbo)
Jolly Holiday (from Mary Poppins)
When the this volume of Disney’s Sing-Along Songs was rereleased in 1994, its title was changed to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious“, a more on-the-nose reference to the Mary Poppins film.
Last week we began the first of a new series of Disney lists, enumerating the various picturesquely iconic means of rail transport on all Disney theme parks and resorts, starting with Disneyland in Anaheim. They range from classical steam-powered trains, gas or electric-powered locomotives, and even some older horse-drawn streetcars.
This update, we’ll look at the rail transport options on the other side of the continent, at Walt Disney World in Florida. Being the East Coast counterpart to Disneyland at its inception, the rides tend to be copies of each other. Here’s a list of those Disney World rail transports.
All of these rides were launched in October 1 of the year 1971, except two.
Walt Disney World Monorail System – an electric monorail line serving The Magic Kingdom and EPCOT; with its daily passenger estimate of 150,000 it’s considered one of the busiest monorail transportations in the whole world, probably because you don’t need to purchase anything to board and ride
Walt Disney World Railroad – four real steam locomotives operate here, originally manufactured from 1916-1928 by Pennsylvania’s Baldwin Locomotive Works (1825-1956); they were being operated by Mexico’s Ferrocarriles Unidos de Yucatán and called “Bulls of Fire” when they were bought by the Disney Company for Disney World in 1969
Main Street Tramway – similar to the one in Disneyland Park, streetcars pulled by working horses
Fort Wilderness Railroad – once part of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, four replica steam-powered trains started operating 1974; complaints of bad track design and engine noise made it unpopular; it closed 1980, the only WDW rail transport to shut down
Wildlife Express Train – where Disneyland’s Red Car Trolley is a modern electric tram designed like a retro streetcar, the Wildlife Express Train in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a 1998 diesel-powered locomotive dressed up like a weather-beaten steamer, created by UK-based leisure ride manufacturers Severn Lamb