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June 3, 2014

MALEFICENT - A Review

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I go to movies to be entertained, not to analyze and critique. There are certainly plenty of movie critics online if you want that take on a movie.

Maleficent is not great but it certainly was entertaining from my perspective. The film takes place in a fantasy world so events and people don't always behave how you might expect.

This is the untold story of one of Disney's popular villains, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. We watch her as a young child explore her world with an open, pure, heart - welcoming, trusting, and loving.

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The story progresses into a very familiar one of - young love, a woman scorned, anger hardens the heart, retribution and then the movie evolves with an unexpected twist. However, if you are going to see the movie thinking it is the Disney animation story we grew up with, it is not. The story of the cursed princess has once again been reinvented.

Maleficent

Angelina Jolie is the heart and soul of this film and her vulnerability as well as her evil intensity, makes this movie come to life. Perhaps the best scene is when she arrives uninvited at Aurora's christening and everyone, save the King, is mesmerized and speechless. Maleficent is full-on evil and casts the well known spell on the child Aurora.

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SYNOPSIS: "Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic "Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

"Maleficent" is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, with Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Palak Patel, Matt Smith and Sarah Bradshaw serving as executive producers. Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay.

As part of the publicity for MALEFICENT, she appeared last week at Walt Disney World's Rock Your Disney Side 24 hour event. I was able to meet her :)

I give the movie 3 stars out of 5 and yes, I'd like to see it again.

May 11, 2013

Merida Becomes Newest Disney Princess

Merida's Celebration Ceremony Video:

Walt Disney World crowned its newest princess today, Princess Merida from Brave. Her mother, Queen Elinor, made her first public appearance.

The ceremony took place at the Magic Kingdom.

Merida's Royal Celebration

Olympic Gold-Medal gymnast Gabby Douglas and her mother participated in the celebration by sharing their mother-daughter story.

Merida's Royal Celebration

All the Disney Princesses were in attendance and introduced one at a time.

Merida's Royal Celebration


Snow White

Merida's Royal Celebration


Cinderella

Merida's Royal Celebration


Aurora

Merida's Royal Celebration


Ariel

Merida's Royal Celebration


Belle

Merida's Royal Celebration


Jasmine

Merida's Royal Celebration


Pocahontas

Merida's Royal Celebration


Mulan

Merida's Royal Celebration


Princess Tiana

Merida's Royal Celebration

Rapunzel (who received a roaring welcome)

Merida's Royal Celebration


With all the princesses on stage, it was time to crown Disney's newest princess.

Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration

Merida arrived in true-style riding her horse and accompanied by Scottish Bagpipes, dancers and banners

Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida is welcomed to the stage.

Merida's Royal Celebration


Queen Elinore performs the official duties of crowning Merida.

Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


"I AM MERIDA!", the newest princess proclaimed.

Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


And of course, no appearance by Merida would be complete without her bow.

Merida's Royal Celebration

Merida's Royal Celebration
All the princesses gather around for their first official photo together.

Merida's Royal Celebration

Gabby Douglas poses with Merida and Princess Tiana.

Merida's Royal Celebration

Queen Elinore is very proud of her daughter.

Merida's Royal Celebration

Merida's Royal Celebration

Merida's Royal Celebration

After the ceremony, the princesses gathered on the castle lawn for another photograph. Pictured with the princesses are Rosie and Sophie Grace (from the Ellen Show)

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Sophia Grace and Rosie (The Ellen Show) Perform a Princess Rap for Merida!

Spotlight on Queen Elinor:

September 3, 2012

Wreck-It Ralph - Disney's Hollywood Studios

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The Production Gallery at the Magic of Disney Animation is now showcasing concept art from Wreck-it Ralph!
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THE STORY

Wreck-it Ralph

For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has been overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voice of Jack McBrayer), the good-guy star of their game who always gets to save the day. Tired of playing the role of a bad guy, Ralph takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a journey across the arcade through multiple generations of video games to prove he's got what it takes to be a hero.

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On his quest, Ralph meets tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero's Duty, and feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, who may just be his first real friend. But everything changes when a deadly enemy is unleashed, threatening the entire arcade and Vanellope herself. Ralph finally gets his chance to save the day-but can he do it in time?

THE CHARACTERS

Ralph is a heavy-handed wrecking riot with a sensitive soul. For thirty years, day in and day out, he's been working as "The Bad Guy", in the arcade game Fix-it Felix, Jr. But it's getting harder and harder to love his job when no one seems to like him for doing it.

Suffering from a classic case of Bad-Guy fatigue and hungry for a little wreck-ognition, Ralph sets off on an adventure across an incredible arcade game world to prove that just because he's a Bad Guy, it doesn't mean he's a bad guy.

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Fix-it Felix, Jr. - As the titular star of "Fix-it Felix Jr.", Niceland's hammer-wielding maintenance man is a beloved local celebrity. This gold-medal winning Good Guy is idolized by the Nicelanders and envied by Ralph.

When he's not busy fixin all of Ralph's wreckin', Felix spends his days helping everyone out. Hard-wired for niceness, anything other than being a Good Guy just doesn't computer.

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Sergeant Tamera Jean Calhoun
- in the sci-fi battle zone of "Hero's Duty", Sergeant Calhoun is more than just a pretty face - she leads the charge for humanity's freedom. When she's not offering in-game intel, she's training her troops for the next attack wave.

The unrelenting commander will stop at nothing to protect the arcade from a virulent Cy-Bug invasion.

Wreck-it Ralph

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Vanellope von Schweetz
- This raven-haired rascal is convinced she was destined to drive. With a racer's spirit embedded in her coding, Vanellope is determined to earn her rightful place in the starting lineup.

Years of rejection have left Vanellope with a wicked sense of humor and a razor-sharp tongue, however, somewhere beneath that hard shell is a sweet center just waiting to be found.

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Taffyta Muttonfudge, (voiced by Mindy Kaling "The Mindy Project," "The Office") as an accomplished racer and Vanellope's nemesis.

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Wreck-it Ralph

Wreck-it Ralph

King Candy (voiced by Alan Tudyk (ABC's "Suburgatory," "Dodgeball") All hail King Candy - ruler of the race track, captain of confectionery, sovereign of sugar. Not surprisingly, the most powerful figure in the Sugar Rush game is also the best racer on the track.

He may look noble enough, but he doesn't exactly welcome Ralph with open arms. The king is ably assisted by his strong-arming security team, and his diminutive henchman Sour Bill, a tiny little ball of bad.

Wreck-it Ralph

Wreck-it Ralph

Wreck-it Ralph


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