Disney’s first theme park in Asia is the celebrated Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, Chiba prefecture. As part of the development that transformed it into the multi-park Tokyo Disney Resort, the complex was graced with its very own dedicated venue for shopping, dining and entertainment, the third to be opened after Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs and Disneyland Paris’ Disney Village.
Named Ikspiari, the venue is located at the north and east of the Tokyo Disney Resort complex, and its proximity to two rail stations, one connecting with Metro Tokyo and the other to the rest of the resort, makes it accessible to both Disney guests and commuters from the city looking only to shop and dine. Listed are its selections of shopping options divided into clothing, jewelry and so on.
“Not all heroes are super.” It’s one story element well known to publishers of superhero comics like Marvel. That’s why they’ve had some titles featuring ordinary folks doing extraordinary things. One example is Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for Marvel in 1963.
Said comic book chronicles a special American commando team in Europe during World War II, and it features a cast of characters who eventually go into the period of Marvel Superheroes to this day. Of course, when Marvel Comics are adapted into movies, it’s inevitable some alterations would be done.
Today we’re listing the roster of the Howling Commandos as they appeared in the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger from Marvel Studios. Interesting facts include the change in leaders, with film!Captain America replacing the comic-book main character Sgt. Nick Fury (Caucasian rather than the MCU’s African-American SHIELD Director).
Captain America/Capt. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) – worked with the Howling Commandoes in the comics but only became their leader in the MCU
Sgt. James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes (Sebastian Stan) – worked alongside Cap with the Howling Commandoes in the comics, but only became a member in the MCU
Corporal Timothy A.C. “Dum Dum” Dugan (Neal McDonough) – original comic-book Howling Commando; distinctive because of his mustache and bowler hat
Private Gabriel Jones (Derek Luke) – original comic-book Howling Commando; a visible hallmark of the racial integration of the unit, being African-American, especially while taking place in-universe during WWII
Montgomery Falsworth (JJ Feild) – known in the comic books as British commando Union Jack, part of the WWII super-team The Invaders; only became a Howling Commando in the MCU
Private Jim Morita (Kenneth Choi) – a Nisei soldier and later addition to the comic-book Howling Commandoes; his lookalike descendant is Peter Parker’s school principal in Spider-Man: Homecoming
Jacques Dernier (Bruno Ricci) – a French resistance fighter; occasionally allies with the Howling Commandos in the comics but only became a member in the MCU
Before Disney helped give it some feature-length film-producing clout for 1995’s Toy Story, the 3D animators of Pixar Studios have been making a number of short films, some of which have gone on to be award winners for pushing the envelope of computer animation; no wonder Disney eventually acquired them.
After they became the other production source of Disney animated feature-length films (alongside Walt Disney Animation Studios itself), Pixar continued making animation shorts, and started inserting them as extras in cinemas before the main feature. Here’s a list of Pixar shorts that have been paired with their Disney-Pixar big brothers.
For the Birds, before Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Boundin’, before The Incredibles (2004)
One Man Band, before Cars (2006)
Lifted, before Ratatouille (2007)
Presto, before WALL-E (2008)
Partly Cloudy, before Up (2009)
Day & Night, before Toy Story 3 (2010)
Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation, before Cars 2 (2011)
Toy Story Toons: Small Fry, before The Muppets (2011, a live-action film)
La Luna, before Brave (2012)
Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex, before Finding Nemo 3D re-release (2012)
The Blue Umbrella, before Monsters University (2013)
Party Central, before Muppets: Most Wanted (2014, a live-action film)
Lava, before Inside Out (2015)
Sanjay’s Super Team, before The Good Dinosaur (2015)
Piper, before Finding Dory (2016)
Lou, before Cars 3 (2017)
Bao, before Incredibles 2 (2018) Coming soon from this writing!
It started with a film in 1992, and by the time, its third installment premiered in 1995, Disney found itself with a strong brand of its time in The Mighty Ducks. The fictional ice hockey team inspired the formation of a real-life NHL team namesake, based in Anaheim (1993-2006).
The adaptation of the Mighty Ducks name actually became recursive, with an animated series in turn inspired by the NHL team airing for 26 episodes in the final season of the Disney Afternoon syndicated block for 1997. The cartoon Mighty Ducks are this other-dimensional group of humanoid warrior ducks from “Puckworld”.
Living in a realm where hockey is sport, martial art and way of life, the Ducks rose up to combat the invasion of reptilian invaders called Saurians. Their battle spills over to Earth, where they hide in plain sight as a new NHL team in Anaheim, managed by Phil Palmfeather.
Now we’re going to list the members of this version of The Mighty Ducks, ace hockey players and defenders of Earth and Puckworld against Lord Dragaunus and the Saurian threat.
Wildwing Flashblade – #00, current leader/goalie of the Ducks and friend of the team’s original founder Canard, who gave him the power-mask of Drake DuCaine (the ancient warrior who first defeated the Saurians) before he was lost in the dimensional trip from Puckworld to Earth; named after the mascot of the real-life NHL Mighty Ducks
Nosedive Flashblade – #33, Wildwing’s younger brother and the team’s left-winger for hockey games; deemed too young to join in the initial battles against the Saurians, Nosedive becomes an official Duck after the journey to Earth
Duke L’Orange – #13, team center; a former thief and gang leader in Puckworld who joins the Ducks against Dragaunus; lost an eye in his past and wears an eye-patch; carries a sword in combat
Mallory McMallard – #15, team right-winger; former Puckworld Special Forces soldier and master of their world’s martial arts; severe stickler for rules with a black-and-white world view
Tanya Vanderflock – #23, left defenseman; intellectual tech genius and engineer/mechanic for the Ducks’ Aerowing transport; has various allergies including of feathers, explaining why her tone of voice is like one with a head cold
Check Hardwing, aka Grin – #01, right defenseman; the largest Duck but also the most in-control; his Zen-calm demeanor stems from being a student of the Puckworld hockey Grandmaster, Tai Quack Do
Canard Thunderbeak – last survivor of the previous Puckworld resistance against the Saurians, he formed the Mighty Ducks and became their first leader; while pursuing the Saurian’s mother-ship Raptor between dimensions, Drake sacrificed himself to ensure the Duck Aerowing survived the trip’s perils, giving the mask of Drake DuCaine to Wildwing; believed to be still alive between the dimensions
Phil Palmfeather – team manager; befriended the Ducks on Earth and gives them a home and cover identity as the NHL team for Anaheim; he’d prefer them to play in the league and do promotional stunts to build their image, but is considerate enough to let the Ducks fight to save Earth when needed
The NHL’s Anaheim Mighty Ducks, formed by Disney in 1993, was later sold to their present owners in 2005 and renamed the Anaheim Ducks. By that point the Mighty Ducks brand had petered out, but it had been great fun while it lasted. And who knows? There’s always the possibility of a re-launch.
Following the sweet reception of its inaugural season, Lucasfilm Animation’s animated web series Star Wars: Forces of Destiny was announced in September of 2017 to be receiving a follow-up. The second season of the show, focusing on the various heroines of the Republic and the Rebels, premiered online March 25.
Unlike the 16 episodes that came before, Season 2 of Forces of Destiny is but half the number of its predecessor. Of special note is S2 episode 7, which is focused not on a Star Wars heroine but Luke Skywalker, voiced by Mark Hamill himself. Here is the episode list.
We got a rundown of the shopping, dining, and other various establishments to be seen at Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney commercial complex last time. Now we’ll go over the same, but for that of the youngest yet most vital of the many Disney multi-park resorts, the one in Shanghai, China.
Shanghai Disney Resort currently has one component theme park (Shanghai Disneyland itself), two hotels, and one shopping/dining/entertainment district: Disneytown. Let’s start listing what it’s got.
The following is a list of establishments located at Downtown Disney, the outdoor shopping center and entertainment complex located at Anaheim’s Disneyland Resort which opened in 2001. It’s divided into categories listing the most current and active businesses and attractions.
Tenant Retail Outlets and Disney Merchant Shops
Alamo Rent a Car
The Disney Dress Shop
Disney’s Pin Traders
Disney Vacation Club at Downtown Disney District
ESPN Zone Studio Store
The Lego Store
Pressed Coin Machines
Rainforest Cafe Retail Shopping Village
Walt Disney Travel Company Guest Services
World of Disney
Restaurants and other Dining
Earl of Sandwich
La Brea Bakery Cafe (with Express)
Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen (with Express)
Splitsville Luxury Lanes (Dining)
Starbucks Coffee (original and West locations)
Tortilla Jo’s (with Taqueria)
Other Entertainment Options and Establishments
AMC Downtown Disney (12 Movie Theaters)
Disneyland Monorail System Downtown Disney Station (disembarkation point only)
The 2015 Disney Channel Movie Descendants introduced viewers to a world strange yet familiar, where all Disney film characters live together in one universe. In a nation ruled by Belle and the former Beast, a prep school is home to the children of many beloved Disney heroes…and of villains too.
When the sons and daughters of four of the vilest bad guys in the Disney Animated Canon get a chance to attend Auradon Prep, they get a chance to become more than just junior evil villains. After foiling her mother Malificent’s plot, Mal settles in at school for more adventures.
Descendants: Wicked World is a spinoff sequel series to Disney Channel’s Descendants, chronicling the further adventures of the bad-turned-almost good foursome of bad-guy children as they make friends in school and become better rather than bad. It’s run for two seasons now, and today we’re listing the Season 1 episodes.
“Evie’s Explosion of Taste” (September 18, 2015) – Evie (daughter of Snow White’s Evil Queen) asks Mal to help fix the cupcakes she baked for the Heroes and Heroines Festival; one (interrupted) magic spell later…
“Mal’s Digi-Image Problem” (September 25, 2015) – After last episode’s cupcake incident, Mal paints a portrait of Audrey in her mother Aurora’s dress; but Ben (son of Belle and the Beast, future ruler of Auradon) unintentionally goads her into making questionable alterations to it
“Audrey’s New Do? New Don’t!” (October 2, 2015) – Audrey is miffed at the villain kids becoming popular, so she ropes Fairy Godmother’s daughter Jane to magically make her over; uh-oh…
“Careful What You Wish For” (October 9, 2015) – Tired of Evie and Audrey pestering her for magic solutions to past-episode problems, Mal absently makes a wish while rubbing the lamp of Genie’s daughter Jordan; see episode title for what it portends…
“Voodoo? You Do” (October 16, 2015) – Thanks to Mal’s accidental wish, she, Evie, Audrey and Ben are on the Isle of the Lost; can they find shelter from evil denizens with Dr. Facilier’s daughter Freddie?
“Lamp Sweet Lamp” (October 23, 2015) – Still in the Isle of the Lost, Mal searches for clues to return to Auradon, before Freddie entices Ben and Audrey to start walking on the bad side…
“Genie Chic” (November 6, 2015) – Rather anti-climactically, the gang returns to Auradon via Jordan’s lamp…taking Freddie (and an extra) along; Auradon Prep won’t know what hit it
“Puffed Deliciousness” (November 13, 2015) – Best way to break in a villain-kid transfer student to Auradon Prep (like Freddie, now) has got to be the food; makes up for mandatory “Remedial Goodness” class; oh and Ruby (Rapunzel’s daughter) was just there…
“Good is the New Bad” (November 20, 2015) – Alice’s daughter Ally has no partner for Auradon Prep’s song contest, so Mal suggests she team up with Freddie; what’s the worst that could happen? How about the competing singing duos becoming an ad hoc girl group (Song: “Good is the New Bad” sung by Mal, Evie, Audrey, Lonnie, Freddie and Ally)
“Spirit Day” (December 4, 2015) – Mal is out of her element joining the cheerleading squad on Spirit Day; she’s so off her game that she unleashes a “barking” hilarious spell
“I’m Your Girl” (December 11, 2015) – Jordan is guesting Mulan’s daughter Lonnie on her show, and Evie and Mal provide her with a nice “glowy” getup for the occasion; will something go wrong? (Song: “I’m Your Girl” heard during Lonnie’s talent show performance)
“Mash It Up” (December 13, 2015) – Another Auradon Prep dance party is on the horizon, and the girls discuss what to do inside Jordan’s lamp; funny ideas ensue, made even funnier when they’re combined…
“All Hail the New Q.N.L.B.” (July 5, 2016) – the Neon Lights Ball (from previous episode) is on, but tempers fly when Evie rubs her being chosen as the Queen of the NLB to the gang’s faces; meanwhile, missing and misplaced stuff causes renewed suspicion for Mal and the VKs (villain-kids)
“Mad for Tea” (July 6, 2016) – there’s no end in sight for Mal and friends as the continuing prep for the NLB sees more untrusting eyes turning their way; who’s ruining things for everybody?
“Carpet Jacked” (July 7, 2016) – It’s the NLB night and the girls have lost their ride for the evening; Jane makes an emergency vehicle for them; but the VK-shaming is still ongoing
“The Night is Young” (July 14, 2016) – At the NLB itself, more sabotage abounds; a busted sound rig leaves it wide open for Freddie to make a musical scene (Song: “The Night is Young” sung by Freddie)
“Neon Lights Out” (July 15, 2016) – Remember that shadow stowaway who followed Freddie back to Auradon way back in Episode 6-7? At last, Captain Hook’s daughter CJ appears!
“Hooked On Ben” (July 15, 2016) – Season 1 of Descendants: Wicked World might end with some sobering bitter-sweetness, as Mal gets sour with Freddie and CJ’s background shenanigans; or maybe not?
You can watch Disney Descendants: Wicked World on their official YouTube channel.
It’s too bad that apparently it will not get a reboot following that of Ducktales in 2017, but the 1991 animated series Darkwing Duck, one of the pillars of the old Disney Afternoon syndicated block, remains one of the most fondly remembered cartoons of that time. It’s just so funny-awesome.
One of the most memorable multi-part story arcs in Darkwing Duck is “Just Us Justice Ducks”, which sees the formation of a team of super-powered crime-fighters reluctantly led by Darkwing (who wants solo city-saving credit foremost) against the Fearsome Five, who have plunged St. Canard in a reign of terror.
Here we list the members of the Justice Ducks team:
Darkwing Duck – real name Drake Mallard; the “Terror that Flaps in the Night” who is the egotistic but little-appreciated defender of the city of St. Canard; he’d prefer to work solo in saving the day to get all the attention, but the Fearsome Five of Negaduck, Bushroot, Liquidator, Megavolt and Quackerjack leave him no choice but to team up with…
Gizmoduck – real name Fenton Crackshell; originally from Ducktales as Scrooge McDuck’s accountant and hometown superhero of Duckburg; occasionally helps Darkwing in fighting crime in St. Canard, though the latter resents his intrusion and greater celebrity; they’re the “Batman-Superman” tandem of the Disney Afternoon
Morgana MacCawber – originally a sinister sorceress engaged in crime, she falls for Darkwing and reforms, becoming his girlfriend and the one super-ally he’s least likely to push away; potentially powerful in magic…if she can just remember which spell to use in specific situations
Neptunia – formerly a fish mutated by nuclear waste into a humanoid protector of the sea; can command sea creatures with a seashell horn, but can’t stay out of the water too long before drying out; gets roped into the Justice Ducks despite protesting that she’s NOT a duck
Stegmutt – a duck janitor who was transformed by mad scientist Dr. Fossil into a humanoid dinosaur; very innocent and childlike, he treats beating super-villains like a game; joins the Justice Ducks because he “used to be” a duck anyway
Also considered technically part of the Justice Ducks are Darkwing Duck’s default support teammates:
Launchpad McQuack – Darkwing’s driver and pilot, and the common link between him and Gizmoduck due to formerly working for Scrooge in Duckburg; book-dumb but well meaning
Gosalyn Mallard – adopted daughter of Drake Mallard from the series’ 2-episode pilot; spirited and sometimes comes off as the sane man to Darkwing’s typical aggrandizement
When Walt Disney’s “Animated Canon” of feature-length films is brought up, almost always the discussion would bring up the songs. The earliest movies made by Disney himself were patterned after the popular genre of musicals after all, and the appeal never quite went away where later animated films are concerned.
It’s these song numbers, from the classic “Someday My Prince Will Come” to today’s Broadway-esque belters like “Let It Go”, that are the subject of a new Disney-themed party game from Hasbro. It’s the “Disney Song Challenge”, a hilarious way for you and your friends to channel your inner Disney-warbler.
The entire setup for “Disney Song Challenge” comprises a deck of cards and a special roulette. You and your friends then flip the top card of the deck, showing either a Disney movie or TV show with musical numbers. The players then try to be first to sing a song from said film or show.
If a player successfully sings a song from the Disney media shown in the card, they win it. If the player goofs the lyrics however, he must then spin the “Wheel of Fun-sequences” that’ll state what he must do until the next player starts singing.
The “Disney Song Challenge” is all full of references to not only the Disney Canon but its other music-filled productions. The deck has 90 cards’ worth of musical films and TV shows while the Fun-sequences are fun references to these same media. The first player to win five cards from successfully singing their numbers wins.
It’s a party game that challenges your depths of Disney musical knowledge while being rib-tickling fun. Hasbro’s “Disney Song Challenge” is already online at the very least, priced at US$19.99 or £29.99 in Amazon. It’s recommended for 3 or more players, ages 10 and up.