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The Aristocats Blu-ray and DVD Special Edition, now available in stores, is fantastic and worth adding to your family’s Blu-ray collection. As always, the animation is beautiful and the songs are fantastic, but the real jewels of this special edition are the special features. You will love the movie, and you’ve likely seen it, so I’m going to focus on the great special features that Disney collectors will love.
The Lost Open- In this segment, Richard Sherman, one of the famous songwriters for Disney, introduces the alternate beginning of the Aristocats. The segment walks you through original storyboard drawings and partial imitations from what was intended as the beginning to the actual opening of the movie. I really liked the original opening also. I’m curious, do you think they should have kept the original opening?
Oui Oui Marie- Oui Oui Marie is a music remix that takes snippits of things Marie says in the movie and clips them together into a song with a heavy back-beat. I personally found this part to be terrible. However, my 5-year-old daughter was “rocking out” to it.
The Tigger Movie Bounce-A-Riffic Special Edition focuses on the loveable Tigger as he comes to realize that “being the only one” isn’t so great and embarks on a search to discover his “family tree.” This special edition includes the film version on both Blu-ray and DVD, in addition to some special features.
The Tigger Movie features all of the characters we know from the Hundred Acre Wood; but there seemed to be something lacking. Perhaps I am partial to the original Winnie the Pooh shorts released back in the sixties, or even the series from the 90s, but the animation seemed a little too clean and the film resorted to extra gags from the characters instead of earning chuckles from the characters’ naivety.
I will say that The Tigger Movie certainly didn’t lack in emotion. While it’s zany and sweet as any children’s movie should be, Tigger’s struggle to find his family and realizing that he had them the whole time really pulls at the heartstrings!
Great news this morning! D23 representatives announced the return of the historic Orange Bird character live in Adventureland before a small group of D23 members and on twitter.
In case you aren’t familiar, Orange Bird was a character who was developed specifically for Magic Kingdom Park in the 1970s. This cheerful bird originally greeted families at Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland, where guests could also enjoy citrus drinks like the Citrus Swirl and buy Orange Bird gifts. At one time, the character even had his own record, which was released in 1971 to feature “The Orange Bird Song” – a tune penned by the Sherman Brothers (composers of the songs in “Mary Poppins” and “The Jungle Book”).
Beginning today, Orange Bird will return to Sunshine Tree Terrace signage and quirky drink cups, and a new line of Orange Bird merchandise has already appeared on the shelves!
Photo credit Disney Parks Blog
- Family Magic Tour at Walt Disney World (chipandco.com)
- My Top 5 Magic Kingdom Traditions (chipandco.com)
Sad news this morning. Oscar winning song writer Robert Sherman passed away March 5th in London. He and his brother Richard, together known as the Sherman brothers, wrote so many of my favorite Disney songs including “It’s a Small World” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”. Few details are known at this time but the news of his death was posted by his son on Facebook.
Robert Sherman’s son Jeff posted the following statement:
Hello to family and friends,
I have very sad news to convey.
My Dad, Robert B. Sherman, passed away tonight in London. He went peacefully after months of truly valiantly fending off death. He loved life and his dear heart finally slowed to a stop when he could fight no more.
I will write more about this incredible man I love and admire so much when I am better rested and composed. He deserves that.
In the meantime, please say a prayer for him. As he said, he wanted to bring happiness to the world and, unquestionably, he succeeded. His love and his prayers, his philosophy and his poetry will live on forever. Forever his songs and his genius will bring hope, joy and love to this small, small world.
I love you, Dad.
- Richard Sherman Plays “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (video) (jedimouseketeer.blogspot.com)
Get ready for a journey to the snowy Russian hilltops and across the sunny African plains – and learn to say “Hello!” in sixteen languages. The classic Walt Disney song and ride “It’s a Small World” is now a colorful, animated app, for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch! Disney Publishing Worldwide has launched the official It’s a Small World app, taking parents and children on an intricately illustrated and interactive journey around the globe.
This animated app features whimsical interactive features, beautiful artwork from illustrator Joey Chou, and unforgettable music from the original Sherman Brothers’ song lyrics.
The “It’s a Small World” app is available for $3.99 from the App Store on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.