To this day, guests might experience at Disneyland, Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland the classical log flume ride called Splash Mountain. Little remembered now except by dedicated researchers is the fact that this attraction is based on a 40s Disney film that hasn’t been exhibited for decades now.
Song of the South (1946) is a musical film that blends live-action and animation, that frames a time spent by children in a Southern plantation post-Civil War, being entertained by elderly farmhand Uncle Remus with folktales about animals like Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear, in three full-animation segments.
Since its original release, public sensibilities have changed to the point that the movie was burdened with controversies: racism, white supremacy propaganda and denial of the cruelties of slavery in the Antebellum South (erroneous because its source storybook was written in the 1870s). Ever since 1986 Song of the South was banned from public release.
Still, we’ll give a list of the animated segments of Song of the South, all based on folktales collected by Joel Chandler Harris as of 1880, and presented as being told by Uncle Remus about Br’er Rabbit and his friends. They are, in chronological order:
Br’er Rabbit Earns a Dollar a Minute
Br’er Rabbit and the Tar-Baby
Br’er Rabbit and His “Laughing Place”
Perhaps counting as a segment by itself, is Uncle Remus taking a stroll while singing “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” accompanied by animated forest creatures. This is likely the most memorable part of the film, other than the Splash Mountain ride which “adapts” the stories above.
Perhaps it’s past the point of spoilers by this point, so now we can openly discuss the events of Avengers: Infinity War, in particular the cliffhanger conclusion and the “butcher’s bill” attached to its final battle. It certainly became a meme online with the words “I don’t feel so good”.
So here’s a list of prominent casualties suffered in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the end of Infinity War. It’s going to be an interesting question of whether the losses will be undone by Avengers 4 in 2019. Not included here are losses on the side of the culprit, Thanos.
Developed and premiered as a “filler” program in between midseason breaks of Agents of SHIELD on ABC, Marvel’s Agent Carter served a purpose in world-building for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as seen on TV. If follows the further adventures of Captain America’s love interest Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and the Strategic Scientific Reserve/SSR as they covertly combat global threats after World War II, ultimately leading to the formation of SHIELD.
The following is a list of episodes from the inaugural season of Agent Carter, which aired during the break for Agents of SHIELD season 2, from January to February 2015.
Now is Not the End (January 6, 2015)
Bridge and Tunnel (January 6, 2015) – double-episode premiere with “Now is Not the End”
Before it was acquired and rebranded in 2003, Virgin Interactive Entertainment, the Virgin Group’s own videogame development and publishing arm, has had a fruitful business history that made it a vanguard of the revolution that brought games from the arcade to home consoles.
It also had a great partnership with Disney, creating game titles based on some entries of the latter’s Animated Canon. This was due to the VIE office’s original location in Hollywood’s “30-mile zone” that helped it gain licenses to produce videogame adaptations of movies from that time.
Here’s a short list of Disney animation-based videogame adaptations developed in partnership with Virgin Interactive.
Aladdin (1993) primarily for Sega Genesis, different from the SNES version developed by Capcom
The Lion King (1994) for SNES and Genesis
The Jungle Book (1994) for SNES and Genesis
Pinocchio (1996) for SNES, Game Boy and Sega Genesis
According to “Disney legend”, back in the late 1980s a really strong Atlantic hurricane struck Florida near the area of Lake Buena Vista, littering what was once a secluded tropical sea cove with lots of storm debris. Prominently, a shrimping boat named Miss Tilly was sent airborne by the winds and set down, impaled on the peak of Mount Mayday.
To this day it remains there, while the devastated surroundings were used as a resort all the same. And that’s the fanciful account of the origins of the Typhoon Lagoon water park, opened in June 1989 at Walt Disney World.
Now we have here a list of Typhoon Lagoon’s own themed areas, much like its nearby theme park cousins within the larger Disney World complex.
Mount Mayday – Typhoon Lagoon’s equivalent to the Disney Castle’s or Tokyo DisneySea’s Mount Prometheus; serves as water-slide launcher and cover for the resort’s major pipelines; Miss Tilly at the top shoots a geyser of water at regular intervals
Typhoon Lagoon – the largest and primary resort area with sandy beaches next to the titular (artificial) lagoon
Hideaway Bay – secondary sandy-beach swimming area that’s home to the Crush n Gusher water coaster
Castaway Creek – a “lazy river” encircling the water park premises, continuously flowing and perfect for those who just wish to float and drift or relax on inner tubes
Ketchakiddee Creek – a mini play area for children that has smaller versions of Typhoon Lagoon’s features: sandy beach, water sprays and fountains, a creek with shallow slides and a tugboat
Shark Reef – attraction depicting a tanker wreck in between to saltwater reefs filled with Caribbean sea creatures for guests to have “close-encounter” experiences with; closed in 2016
While we’ve been introduced here to Star Wars: Forces of Destiny as a Lucasfilm Animation web series, that has also seen airplay on Disney’s cable channels, the concept is actually far-ranging and involves print media and toys. Hasbro in particular has launched a line of “Adventure Figures” in August 27.
Said adventure figures have the articulation of action figures, but also garbed in real-fabric clothing like dolls, as befits the mostly-female lineup of Star Wars characters in Forces of Destiny. We’ve got a list of the first several figures released for the line last year, with many to come later.
Princess Leia (as seen in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back) with droid R2-D2
Rey (as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Jyn Erso (as seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Sabine Wren (as seen in Star Wars Rebels)
Rey (as seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi) with droid BB-8
Chewbacca (as seen in the Star Wars original trilogy)
Ahsoka Tano (as seen in Star Wars: Clone Wars)
Padme Amidala (as seen in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones)
Luke Skywalker (as seen in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back) with Yoda
Princess Leia (as seen in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi) with Wickett
Princess Leia Platinum Edition (as seen in Star Wars: A New Hope) with droid R2-D2
Rey and Kylo Ren 2-pack (as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Marvel Animation is gearing up to release the animated feature-length film Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors sometime this year. It’s part of the larger Marvel Rising franchise initiative looking to introduce a new spin on an animated Marvel Universe, but focused on the younger generation of superheroes on the original comics.
While no exact dates have been given yet for when Marvel Rising will kick off, we’ll instead leave you with this list of the various Marvel heroes that’ll be part of this film’s version of the Secret Warriors super-team. We’ll also include their respective voice talent plus relevant extra info.
Dove Cameron as Gwen Stacy, aka Spider-Gwen/Ghost Spider – based on an alternate-universe version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s late girlfriend, who got the spider-powers rather than her world’s version of Peter; this Gwen apparently still lives in this particular Marvel animated universe
Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, aka Quake – Bennet already portrays Daisy/Quake, also named Skye, on the ABC live-action series Agents of SHIELD; but while there she’s already a young adult, here she’s much younger
Tyler Posey as Dante Pertuz, aka Inferno – one of the first Inhuman descendants in the regular world to awaken his powers outside the Inhuman homeland of Attilan
Kathreen Khavari as Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel – one of the most famous recent-generation Marvel characters in comics, a Pakistani-American high-schooler with Inhuman powers hailed as a positive representation of a devout Muslim in America
Milana Vayntrub as Doreen Green, aka Squirrel Girl – another famous “young” Marvel hero, whose squirrel-like characteristics (teeth, tail) and ability to communicate with them is strong enough to fight (and beat!) high-profile super-villains like Doctor Doom
Cierra Ramirez as “Ms.” America Chavez – the first Latina-American and LGBTQ character to headline an ongoing Marvel Comics title series than ran 2017-2018; comes from an alternate dimension with the power to travel across dimensions
Kamil McFadden as Rayshaun Lucas, aka Patriot – the third Marvel hero to carry the name (the original during World War II and the previous – second – one being introduced only in 2005)
This time is mentored and led by veteran heroine and government agent Carol Danvers (Kim Raver), aka Captain Marvel (and formerly the original Ms. Marvel).