This is my journal which I will be putting interesting things I come across within. Like many others it will be in datal order, most recent first. If you have any comments you would like to share, feel free to add them at the bottom. Please be aware that any subject matter or comments on this page are my own opinion or others and are not in anyway directly or indirectly the views of the Walt Disney Company or any of it's affiliates.
Bret Iwan & Tony Anselmo - The Voices of Mickey and Donald
6th March 2016
Bret Iwan was cast as the voice of Mickey Mouse after the death of Wayne Allwine in 2009. Bret remarks that this was a large set of shoes to fill.
Toly Anselmo does the voice of Donald Duck and has done for more than 30 years taking over from the original master, Clarence 'Ducky' Nash who died in 1985.
Bret and Tony speaking here on Kansas City News Channel, regarding a fundraising campaign to save the 'Laugh-O-Gram' Studio Building which was held so dear to Walt as it was where he first started out.
To see two ordinary looking men start talking in voices that we have all grown to recognise and love still seems surreal, but there you have it. Enjoy!
Bill Farmer - The Voice of Goofy
5th March 2016
You cannot mistake the voice of Goofy. Originally voiced by Pinto Colvig, Bill Farmer took over voicing Goofy in 1987 to present. Here talking to KCAL News channel about the D23 Expo and what it's all about. You cannot help but smile when he drifts in and out of his alter ego character Goofy.
Bill is also responsible for the voice of Pluto and Horace Horsecollar, both from 1990 till present.
Bill's other voicings in Disney films include the Mission Control Announcer from Toy Story and various other additional voicings from Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, Brother Bear, Home on the Range, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc, Cars and Monsters University.
30th December 2015
We had a really magical time at Disneyland Paris. We went the week leading up to Christmas, and how busy it was! Saying that we knew it would be busy for the time of year, but if that's how busy it was leading up to Christmas week, heaven knows what it would look like over the key Christmas days. If you stood at the Castle draw bridge looking towards Main Street U.S.A there were just people from one side of the street to the other, not a single gap at all! During the day it was hard to make out the Central plaza, especially at Parade times through the amount of people standing around it. The weather was a lot milder than expected since we have been in November and January before and it was bitterly cold.
The security was as stringent as ever, but this was understandable in light of the horrific Paris attacks. Since we were staying in the Sequoia Lodge it was just a single tent with scanning machine, which did not take long to get through compared to the standard entrance where there was quite lengthy queues.
The Castle looked magical how it was lit up with the twinkling lights on the turrets and the Christmas bows linking across Main Street U.S.A. It really got you in the Christmas spirit! I must admit there were less Characters around, but I could understand a lot of this being down to health and safety with public numbers. If you wanted to see characters the best place for this was on the parades!
Meals using the Half Board Plus Vouchers were outstanding as ever, eating in Walt's in Main Street U.S.A (a must for everyone to try in my opinion), The Steak House in the Village and Bistro Chez Remy in the Studios, this was a first for us here and we all really enjoyed the food and service in there!
We also decided to pay Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show a visit which included another cowboy style three course meal. It must be our sixth visit to the show and it's still great to see, no matter how many times you've seen it, with Santa being an added touch to the show this time.
Another first was having the Extra Magic Hours in the Studio. It had it's pros and cons. One of the pros was that you could get on Crush's Coaster between 8am and 9am before the rush started with the general public (non Disneyland Paris Hotel residents) getting through the gates after 9am. The cons was that the Disneyland Park opened to the general public at 9am aswell instead of 10am, so if you went into the Studios first, it did not give you much time to get back to the Disneyland Park to ride the selected rides before the mass stampede.
We were lucky that the time we went saw It's a Small World back just back open after it's refurbishment! There was only Big Thunder Mountain, the Riverboat Landing and then Railroad closed, which we were aware of before we went.
It was the first time I did not get to go on The Tower of Terror, mainly to the fact of our location and fast pass times. It wasn't on the Extra Magic Hours selected rides either.
Another point was that the Indy ride after its refurbishement is definitely much faster than before and the loop definately puts more strain on your back than it ever did before! It's a must try!
There was quite a lot of new merchandise in the boutiques as well, some of which we brought back with us and with my shareholders discount saved us quite a bit.
Once thing I'd love to see outlawed in the parks is smoking, if Tom Wolber could do it in America he can certainly do it in France, after all he is President of Disneyland Paris now.
Anyway... All in all a great magical place to spend Christmas for all the family! I would certainly recommend it! Even if you do it just once! it's a time you'll never forget!
3rd April 2015
Just watched the new feature film Cinderella this afternoon. I must say that it was an excellent film, with all the hallmark of Disney special effects which were second to none, and I suspect the wardrobe department must have cost a fortune.
It had a great storyline which contained three particular emotional scenes aswell as some comedy thrown in for good measure. It had a few name tweaks to particular characters from the original animated film, which I think complimented the comedy within the storyline.
The gracious Lily James plays Cinderella and Richard Madden as Prince Charming. It must be the first film where Helena Bonham Carter plays a good character as in the Fairy Godmother. Even Downton Abbey actress Sophie McShera (Daisy Mason) is cast as Drisella, and to top it off the whole film ran with a great orchestral musical score, composed my Patrick Doyle who also scored for the film Brave using the London Symphony Orchestra at the Air Lyndhurst Studios in London.
In my opinion it's definitely a one to watch. Another Disney Classic and Disney at its best in story telling with this masterpiece of Disney live action and adaption. I'd give it 5 stars!
12th March 2015
Main Street U.S.A is full of witty slogans, which are written on a lot of the buildings windows.
Though quite a few of them are quite high up, so at ground level you probably may not have noticed them.
Take a look at this one! Upstairs is Dr Jim Cora's Surgical Practice. The top left window you will see this written:-
"Our Operations Will Keep You In Stitches".
There are many more like this if you have a keen eye! I must admit for some you'll need really good eyesight, if not a good pair of binoculars or at least a good camera shot. lol!
21st January 2015
Now this one is not linked to Disney at all, but in my opinion it should be. The Song is called 'Farewell Fancy Pastin' by Patrick Leonard, and for those who do not know him, he used to be Madonna's Music Producer. I think he is a real talented guy. Unfortunately the quality is not great as the only version ever released was on vinyl and to make matters worse it was one of those flimsy ones called 'Sound Pages' you got on the front of Keyboard Magazines where you had to use copper coins to weight them down on the turntable. I'm showing my age now! lol!
It was taken from a demo sound page called 'Hammer & Strings'. This instrumental piece would have been great in some Disney Animation or Live Film. It's so rich in sound, starting off with a piano solo, then building to a synth pad with a moog bass, which is so punchy, creating a fab sound! Then the piano is layered as the track progresses to ultimate complexity towards the end. There is a lot going on in this song, and to me it has a lot of meaning the way it is played, with a touch of sadness. I only wish I had a digital version of it. I'm not the only one either! It's best listened to through headphones with a deep bass if possible, unless your computer is using a Hi-fi audio sound system. Anyway have a listen and see what you think! If you have any ideas which film it would suit let me know. I'm still thinking about it!
Patrick Leonard - Farewell Fancy Pastin'
3rd January 2015
Just been watching Disney's Maleficent and I must admit I liked the new version of the storyline.
I must admit it just goes to show how storylines can be adjusted to give you a more indepth look to how Maleficent came about portraying her as not the total villain she appeared to be in the original animated classic. Angelina Jolie plays a great part as Maleficent. I loved the facial makeup and detail to the defined facial contours. The effects on the eyes were really great! The effects throughout the film were truly amazing and the end credits to the music of 'Once Upon a Dream' was the icing on the cake. The melody with a further twist as it was played in a minor key really adds to that all needed sombre and dark tone which is so eloquently sung by Lana Del Rey. All in all another great idea from the Disney think tank! I noticed that there is also a music video released of 'Once Upon A Dream' by Lana Del Rey from the film, which mixes footage from the original classic with the new live version. I've included it below! See what you think!