For a little dose of classical Disney Animated Canon nostalgia, we’re going to make a list of names of the Lost Boys, the merry band of Peter Pan’s in Never Land, from his 1953 movie. They retain their names for the most part from J.M. Barrie’s work, with an exception.
Slightly – Peter’s right-hand boy of the band, the tallest of the Lost Boys and wears a red fox costume
Cubby – originally names “Curly” by Barrie, in the Disney film he’s the chubbiest and strongest of the Boys other than Peter; wears a brown bear costume
The Twins – as described, they’re identical twins in purple raccoon costumes that finish each other’s sentences…or talk simultaneously as heard in the sequel Return to Never Land
Nibs – the taciturn but constantly on the move Lost Boy dressed in a light-pink bunny costume
Tootles – the smallest Lost Boy whose motif is a black skunk; in the original film he never talks, and in the sequel he communicates by writing on a notepad
John Darling – Wendy’s younger brother; after joining the Lost Boys in Never Land he tries to act as a leader figure when Peter’s not around; not very effective; returned home with his siblings after the adventure
Michael Darling – Wendy and John’s youngest brother; he tends to follow the leads of whichever boy is the leader of the moment, if not sticking close to Wendy; also returned home at the end
Jane – daughter of Wendy by the time of the Return to Never Land sequel in 2002; after being saved by Peter from Captain Hook’s kidnapping, she’s put to be a new “Mother” to the boys only to refuse; after bonding with the Boys and reawakening her inner child, Jane becomes a “Lost Girl”, though she also returns home at the end of it
It’s interesting to note that the first few volumes of the Disney’s Sing-Along Songs home video specials started out as promotional materials for the theatrical releases of Disney movies at the time. The second volume, released 1987, was timed with the rerelease of Snow White in 1987, its golden anniversary.
The special’s framing device of a bird classroom taught by Professor Owl also featured recycled animations from the source materials of the characters and settings, the shorts Melody and Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom that form Adventures in Music. Sharp eyes can spot identical scenes with different dubbed dialogue throughout.
Anyway, we’ll get right on to list the featured songs for Sing-Along Songs Volume: “Heigh-Ho”:
Heigh-Ho (from 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
Up, Down and Touch the Ground (from 1966’s Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree)
Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor’s Life for Me) (from 1940’s Pinocchio)
Yo-Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me) (from the Pirates of the Caribbean Disneyland attraction)
The Silly Song (The Dwarf’s Yodel Song) (from 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
A Cowboy Needs a Horse (from the 1956 short A Cowboy Needs a Horse)
The Three Caballeros (from 1944’s The Three Caballeros)
Theme from Zorro (from the 1957-59 Zorro TV Series)
The Siamese Cat Song (from 1955’s Lady and the Tramp)
Let’s Go Fly a Kite (from 1964’s Mary Poppins)
Reprise conclusion: Heigh-Ho
Two songs, “Yo-Ho” and “The Siamese Cat Song” were cut from rereleases of this Sing-Along Songs volume, the first song in 1993 and the second song in the year after.
Ten days. There’s only ten days left before the latest iteration of Toy Story Land opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. Staffers on site are already aware that there will be a sea of people waiting to come in when the new park extension opens June 30.
They may have been already mention in lists of the past, but let’s review what to expect in Toy Story Land of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, in terms of rides, dining accommodations and other attractions in store. With the whole area themed as a play city put together by Andy in the yard (with guests as toy-sized visitors), it’s going to be a fun experience that brings up nice childhood memories.
Slinky Dog Dash – the main ride attraction for Toy Story Land, a Slinky the dog becomes a roller coaster extravaganza
Alien Swirling Saucers – why play old-school bumper cars when you can go for bumper UFOs?
Toy Story Mania – the main Toy Story attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios before Toy Story Land appeared, the ride’s now integrated to the new area
Woody’s Lunch Box – Andy’s imagination enabled him to turn his old Woody-themed lunch box into a fast-food, where “honorary toys” (you, the guests) can go for some classic American diner orders and Toy Story-themed specialties
Character Encounters – thus far, you’re confirmed to see Toy Story’s very own “Golden Trio” of Woody, Buzz and Jessie around
Green Army Men Drum Corps – no matter how much time passes, Sarge and his Army Men will hold to their duty; their current mission is to patrol Toy Story Land, entertain guests with fun mini-games, and run Army Man boot camp for aspiring toy soldiers
Only two Saturdays from now, and all these things will come open at last for every honorary toy to enjoy.
When Disney California Adventure opened in Disneyland in 2001, its centermost area is Paradise Pier, a waterside theme section of the theme park designed to look like a Disney-fied Victorian boardwalk. Towards the end of last year, they began work to re-theme Paradise Pier into Pixar Pier; no points in guessing what the motif of the revamped area will be.
The new Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure will open this Saturday, June 23, with access to the area before that time restricted to invited guests and only on certain celebratory events before the big day. But we have info on the four Pixar-themed sub-areas (dubbed “neighborhoods”) that Pixar Pier will have. Here’s a list of them and their features.
The Incredibles – based on Disney-Pixar’s popular superhero family; includes the re-theme of the former California Screamin’ roller coaster, now the “Incredicoaster”
Toy Story – Pixar Pier’s own unique take of the larger Toy Story Land areas found in other Disney theme parks (Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai and soon at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World); featured attractions include Jessie’s Critter Carousel and Señor Buzz Churros stand
Inside Out – based on the most adorable inside study of human emotions and personality ever; featured attractions include the “Angry Dogs” fast-food, themed after Anger
Other Pixar films – includes the Mickey’s Fun Wheel Ferris wheel, retaining Mickey Mouse’s face but having its 24 gondolas now redesigned after various Disney-Pixar characters
The opening of Disney California Adventures’ new Pixar Pier area comes just ahead of the opening of Toy Story Land Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, due June 30.
Some ideas simply take life from undertakings that originally have nothing to do with it. The first volume of what would become the Disney’s Sing-Along Songs home video series was actually put together as a special to promote the 1986 theatrical re-release of the film Song of the South, of which its most famous song forms part of the program.
Now we’ll take a look at the song list for Disney’s Sing-Along Songs volume 1, which have been collected from no less than seven Disney films, two TV series and one iconic Disneyland ride attraction.
The Mickey Mouse Club March (from 1955-59’s The Mickey Mouse Club TV show)
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (from 1946’s Song of the South)
Following the Leader (from 1953’s Peter Pan)
It’s a Small World (from the Disneyland ride attraction; footage taken from the original installation of “It’s a Small World” ride at the 1964 New York World’s Fair)
The Unbirthday Song (from 1951’s Alice in Wonderland)
Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (from 1950’s Cinderella)
Casey Junior (from 1941’s Dumbo)
The Ballad of Davy Crockett (from 1954-55’s Davy Crockett miniseries)
Give a Little Whistle (from 1940’s Pinocchio)
Whistle While You Work (from 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
Here we have a list of significant locations for Disney’s international specialty store chain, the simply-named Disney Store. Several of these locations are flagship stores in prominent shopping districts. Others are one-off locations catering to specific lines of Disney products and merchandise, alongside subsidiaries that don’t bear the Disney brand.
Chicago Flagship Store – opened 1999 on the “Magnificent Mile”
New York City Flagship – originally opened 1994 at Fifth Avenue, it closed 2010; new flagship located on Times Square (1540 Broadway) opened same year
UK Flagship – opened 1990 in London
Japan Flagship – opened 1992
China Flagship – opened 2015 at Lujiazui, Pudong in Shanghai; it’s currently the largest Disney Store in the world, with opening day having customers waiting for 3 hours before being let in
Ireland Flagship – opened 2011 in Dublin
Germany Flagship – opened 2017 in Munich
The Magic of Hong Kong Disneyland – originally opened 1994 in a New Territories shopping complex, now closed; last operating store at Hong Kong International Airport
Disney Baby Store – opened 2012 at Americana at Brand complex in Glendale, CA; the city is also the site of the original Disney store, opened 1987 at Glendale Galleria; sells items from the Disney Baby product line
Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store – opened 1998 at El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood
Character Warehouse Outlet Store – sells Disney overstocked and discontinued Disney merchandise from Disney Parks; Character Depot at Murfreesboro, TN counts as flagship, opened 2012; original location opened 2007 at Midvale, Utah and closed in 2008
In 1986, Disney introduced to their home video audience fans a new musical series called Sing-Along Songs. First framed as a music class taught by Professor Owl from the Disney cartoon shorts Melody and Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom, the specials took songs and musical sequences from all Disney media then available – animation, film, TV series – and presented them as karaoke tracks with a bouncing Mickey head over the lyrics.
This week we’ll start off with a list of volumes from the first Disney’s Sing-Along Songs series, released from 1986 to 1989. Each volume title is from the featured song among the selection of musical numbers included in the “album”.
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (1986, 11 songs)
Heigh-Ho (1987, 11 songs)
The Bare Necessities (1987, 11 songs)
You Can Fly! (1988, 10 songs)
Very Merry Christmas Songs (1988 original release, 17 songs) (2002 DVD re-release, 23 songs)
Fun with Music (1989 original release, 13 songs) (101 Notes of Fun recompilation, 15 songs)
Disney on the cable front is currently making big splashes with some of their current animated programming, from the Ducktales reboot to series adaptations of Animated Canon films like Tangled and Big Hero 6. But new shows are always being conceptualized and developed, with some having gotten previews shown recently.
The Annecy International Animated Film Festival has kicked off in Monday, June 11. While a spot was prominently given to Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, Disney also made time to show teaser images of animated series they announced last year, and announce one new show to accompany them.
Vikingskool – newly announced at the 2018 Annecy, an Irish-French-Norwegian co-production; follows the adventures of three Viking friends as they attend the titular Vikingskool, described as a “Top Gun” school for future Viking adventurers; due to premiere in late 2019 in Disney cable channels for Europe, Africa and the Middle East
The Owl House – created by Dana Terrace, it focuses on normal human teen Luz, who stumbles into a portal to the Demon Realm and comes under the care of Eda the Owl Lady, an unconventional witch; despite being a magic-less human, Luz is determined to become a witch and makes herself Eda’s apprentice; will premiere in 2020
The Rocketeer – a younger-oriented adaptation of Touchstone Pictures’ 1991 period superhero film, based on the same-named comic books; Kit Seacourt gets an unusual birthday gift: a rocket pack that marks her as the latest iteration of the retro superhero the Rocketeer; she blasts off for adventure with her gadget inventor friend and aircraft mechanic uncle; coming 2019 on Disney Junior
101 Dalmatian Street – another take on the popular Animated Canon entry, live-action adaptation and earlier animated spinoff; the Dalmatians, all with names starting with “D”, live in North London as interpreted by Disney in super-rich backgrounds; announced last year and set to premiere sometime in 2018
Big City Greens – due to arrive this month on Disney Channel, this series is about naïve troublemaking country boy Cricket Green, who moves to the city with his farming family, and their livestock and everything from home
It’s shaping up to be a great summer if you’re a Marvel fan in France. That’s because Disneyland Paris has for its 2018 summer-wide event perhaps the greatest concentration of Marvel-themed spectacles in any Disney park right now, with attractions and special merchandise aplenty. We’ll list and explain them all.
Note that all these Marvel specials are happening at Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios Park component, so you know where.
Marvel: Super Heroes United – a live indoor stunt show taking cues from the overall myth arc of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; rather than finger-snap them to oblivion, Thanos mind-controls the Avengers and other heroes to fight one another; it’s up to Spider-Man and Black Widow, who both escaped Thanos’ trap, to keep Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Doctor Strange, etc. from killing one another; then it’s on to kick Thanos butt; catch this at Studio Theater
Stark Expo Presents: Energy for Tomorrow – another stunt spectacular, this time outdoors in front of the Hollywood Tower Hotel (aka Twilight Zone Tower of Terror); the event, ostensibly an arc reactor tech demo by Tony Stark, gets hijacked by Loki, with – again – Black Widow and Spider-Man taking center stage to take him down
Guardians of the Galaxy Dance-off with Star-Lord and Gamora – yet another outdoor event; Walt Disney Studios Park guests are invited to join in with Quill and Gamora as they throw a dance party to the tune of some familiar music tracks from disco 70s to techno 80s and everywhere in between; the “dance energy” from all willing participants is needed to save the galaxy
Marvel Eat and Greet – Disneyland Paris’ Hotel New York gives their restaurant the Marvel makeover; diners are treated to an appropriately-themed three-course buffet plus get a chance for selfies and groufies with “resident” heroes Cap, Thor…and Black Widow (that’s a hat trick there)
Marvel-themed park snacks and merchandise – various eating places in Walt Disney Studios Park now offer at least one or many more Marvel-themed menu items; sit down and take a break snacking on Iron Man cake pops, Groot shortbread and Avengers-brand shawarma, plus many more
Need time to make your travel plans for Disneyland Paris? Take your time indeed, because these events and specials are at home there until September 30. Consider it a tease for a more permanent Marvel expansion area for the park set to open in 2021.
Two DisneyPrincesses down; now we move onto the third: Princess Aurora of Sleeping Beauty. Much like Cinderella before her, Aurora in the Disney-verse also has live actresses alongside her list of voice talent, so this time we’ll put these together, like the pink and/or blue shades of her gown.
Mary Costa (original 1959 film)
Jennifer Hale (2001-2010) – also served as the voice of Cinderella at the same time, until she began focusing on the latter
Erin Torpey (speaking voice) – for direct-to-video feature Disney Princess Enchanted Tales (2007)
Cassidy Ladden (singing voice) – for the above
Kate Higgins (current voice) – since taking over for Jennifer Hale in 2010
Live Actresses – all appearing on the 2014 film Maleficent