Tag: Disney

Idina and Elsa

So I have been having a lot of fun lately!

I guess you could say I’ve had Frozen on the mind of late! I have been continuing with my series on youtube reviewing the animated Oscars nominees and having a blast and knew that 2013 was coming up.  In my Disney Canon review on my blog I admit I was a little defensive.  I had just seen a lot of Frozen trolling on youtube and blogs and it made me sad.  Not that everyone has to think the same way about a movie I love but that they had to be so vicious about it- especially to young girls who love it so much.  That really bummed me out.

So I knew 2013 was coming up and I wanted to strike a different tone and have fun with my Frozen review- trolls be darned!  I worked really hard on my costume, wig and the review itself (and the other high quality 4 films I was looking at as well).

I also went to an Idina Menzel concert which definitely put me in the mood! My friend Heidi went with me and we had such a good time hanging out and enjoying good music (although the building was organized terribly it was worth it).

elsa4I’ve been a huge fan of Idina Menzel for years- going back to the music of Rent (not the show as it is too R rated for me).  I of course loved her on the Wicked soundtrack.  Here’s a clip of singing one of the songs at the concert:

and the highlight for me was when she sang Let it Go and then invited little girls from the audience to come up and sing with her.  It was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen and shows what a great thing Frozen has been for these young girls.  It reminds me of how I loved Little Mermaid growing up.

I mean if that doesn’t melt your heart I don’t know what is wrong with you!

But really every song she did was amazing including some great Broadway standards.  I swear if I could have any gifts it would be to be able to sing like that.  Awe inspiring!

So with that inspiration I continued to work on my costume and it really was a lot of work to find the right dress, get the right wig, a crown, make-up etc. But obviously it was a fun kind of work, a project you might say.  Here is what I came up with.

elsa6I ended up not feeling comfortable about the neckline and the sheerness of the top of the dress and so I hunted till I found another shirt in nearly identical color to the sleeves of the dress I could wear underneath.  A costume is not an excuse for immodesty in my book! (I admit I was proud of that!)

elsa2 Here’s how the video turned out.  It’s a bit of a long one but give it a watch or just a few minutes of it a watch as I do the Frozen review first.   I’ve been learning a ton lately on graphics and using Adobe Premiere so I think my videos have come a long way!

Anyway, it was a ton of work to put together but also a ton of fun.  I’m really proud with how it all turned out.

Now on to the next project!  Star Wars baby!

Have you guys been doing any projects or hobbies lately?  What about Halloween?  Got any costume plans?

Salt Lake Comic Con and My Own Limits

comicon4So I had a neat experience on Saturday.  I got to go to Comic Con!  Evidently this years con was one of the biggest outside of California and it felt like it.  It was packed to the brim with all kinds of people in cosplay (costumes for the non-con folks) and there is no shortage of treats for all kinds of fandoms.

One thing that was cool this year is there was more free booths then I had noticed last year.  You could get your picture taken with Superman, Batman or these friends from a favorite comic book movie of mine- Guardians of the Galaxy.

comicon3Comic Con is expensive enough that I thought it was nice to have a some things for free.   This year I decided to not do any of the paid photo ops even though I was tempted with Chris Evans (Captain America!) there.  Last year I did several and the long lines were tough for me (more on that later on).

The real treat of Comic Con is the panels and forums.  If I go next year I may just go to panels because that’s much easier on my body and the fun part. The highlight for me was getting to hear from longtime Disney animator Floyd Norman who spoke about his experience working with Walt Disney on Jungle Book and his time working with the famous 9 Old Men who were the Disney animation masters in the early days.   He was funny and insightful.  I particularly liked how he said he was an animator first and African American second.  He did not feel looked down on or disrespected by the Disney family as long as he did good work.  That was cool to hear.

comicon2Here is some of his address.  It’s not the best audio quality but thought you might enjoy it anyway.

Then the other highlight was the Twisted Toonz panel.   This is a panel where very talented voice actors read Harry Potter scripts in different voices.  It is so funny and amazing to hear them alternate between the voices.  What masters of their crafts are these voice actors.  The panel this year included Dee Bradley Baker, Rob Paulsen, Maurice LeMarche, Tress MacNeille and Jess Harnell.  They were so funny!

I didn’t take this video because I was pretty far back but I found it on youtube.

I also went to a panel on The Muppets which was very interesting.

So all of that was fun, but there was some stuff that wasn’t fun.  First of all, the organization of the event needs improvement.  It is so hard to find out where things are and there aren’t enough signs or people to help with directions.  There are also not enough food vendors so they all have long lines.  I tried to bring sandwiches but they ended up getting all smashed. Even bottled water is a pain to procure.  Everything is a long line and lines are tough for me.

I also don’t know how you solve this but it is so jam packed.  I’m sure Saturday is the busiest day so perhaps next year I will take a day off and go on Thursday which I am sure is less crowded.  You get bumped around and it is so hard to do anything with the lines and waiting.

I wish they had more signs to get to parking because I exited a different place than I entered and got all turned around and ended up walking around for about an hour trying to find the parking lot and find my car.  You can see my frustration by the time I found the stupid car:

I was especially frustrated because I had a screen printed t-shirt I had inked at Comic Con and in the madness looking for the car I set it down and didn’t realize it, thought it was in my bag and left it somewhere 😦

One thing I learned at Comic Con is I realized I have a limit on such events.  I knew around 4 pm I had reached my limit but I pushed myself further doing things till 6.  By then I was tired and my feet were very sore.  Then the additional hour looking for my car was too much.  If I had left at 4 I would have left Comic Con with a smile on my face and been happy but I had to push my limits.  No more!  This is something which is supposed to be fun (it’d be one thing if it was pushing myself for work or volunteering but this is for fun).  So I am going to work on stopping when I reach that limit.  I think if I ever go to Disneyland again this will be key for me having a good time.

It’s so easy to say ‘I want to get my money’s worth’ but at what cost?  It seriously almost ruined my experience at Comic Con because I was so exhausted by the end of it.  It’s not worth it to push past my limits if it is going to ruin the fun.  My poor feet ended up blistered and sore after (and still are).

I guess I want to be able to do more but I can’t and that’s the breaks.

But overall I did have fun and learned a lot so I am happy with my Comic Con experience.

Did any of you go?  What did you think?

Family Movie Night Update

Hey everyone!  I just wanted to put a little reminder about my new column over at ldsblogs.com.  I just had posted my 6th piece on Curious George.  It would really help me out if you went on the site and left some comments on the articles.  Please, please, please

Here is a link to each article.

The articles include both my video and a print review that goes into more depth.  I have tried to do a variety of films that will hopefully appeal to a mixture of families.  I would love some feedback from you on the type of films I should review in the future.  The only rule is it has to be a film available on Netflix Stream, as that is the main premise of the column.  If you watch any of them with your family I would love to know how it goes.

So far I have reviewed (I will include links to the column and the video review if you just want to watch those.)

Column 1- Disney’s Holes

Column 2- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Column 3- Anastasia

Column 4- An Extremely Goofy Movie

Column 5- The Boxtrolls

I have been working on learning to use Adobe Premiere software and it is tough.  Curious George was my first video with that software.

Column 6- Curious George

Next week’s pick will be the Rodger and Hammerstein musical State Fair.  Here’s the video (I am a week ahead on the channel to give me time to write for the column).

This is the best video I have done with Adobe Premiere.  I’m kind of proud of it

Animated Oscars 2001-2005

Hey guys occasionally I like to share with this blog some of my videos and blogs on movies.  I thought I would let you guys know about a series I am doing on my channel where I am reviewing the films nominated for Best Animated Feature Film for Oscars. This prize started in 2001 and I just posted 2005 today.

I would love if you gave these videos a look and a thumbs up if you think they are any good.  I’ve been working hard on integrating clips and trying to give good feedback on each film.

Make sure you also look at ldsblogs.com for my new column on Family Movie Nights.  I am so proud of it so please subscribe to it even if you aren’t LDS because it is non-denominational column.


Next week comes An Extremely Goofy Movie!!!

Here’s my videos on the Academy Awards.  Please give me your feedback.  Love ya


Core Memories

inside out8I just watched Inside Out again tonight.  That’s the first time I’ve seen the same movie twice in one week since Perks of Being a Wallflower in 2012.  That movie I saw 3 times in a week because I kept bringing friends I loved it so much.  In Inside Out there are memories that are a certain color depending on the type of memory it is.  There are thousands of memories but the most important are called core memories.  These key memories are the foundations of the ‘islands of personality’ because each memory started Riley on a path to that personality trait.  It’s seriously so brilliant!

It got me thinking about my own life.  What are my islands of personality?  And also what are my core memories holding up those islands?  You guys have been reading this blog for a while what would you say?  I would be genuinely curious to hear what those are in your mind.

It’s easier to think of eras of my life vs one single memory that changed everything but I am sure those moments exist….Hmm.  You know I was just thinking and in some ways Inside Out is the opposite of Up.  Up is about a man coming to grip with his memories and moving in some way with his life.  Inside Out is about creating those memories and what makes Riley into a full person ready for adventures.

I guess some of my core memories would be getting bullied at school, moving to Maryland, getting accepted into BYU, meeting my friend Emily, the death of my Grandpa and Lisa, my conversion experience when I was 14, my last day on my mission, quitting my job, my first open water race in 2011, last day of my first trip to Hawaii, my first panic attack, and another very tough moment I can’t really talk about. Those are the big ones.

As for my islands of personality, those have definitely changed over the years.  There was a time when friendship would have been the most important and now it is less so simply because I have so few that are nearby and able to see regularly 😦   There has also been times when music was a bigger part of my life than it currently is.  So at this point my islands of personality would be swimming, Mormon faith, youtube/blogging, family, loyalty.   All of that is vitally important to who I am.  I’d have more but there are only 5 in the movie so we’ll leave it at that.

What about you?  What would your core memories be?  What would your islands of personality be? Please share and go see Inside Out!

Final Disney Rankings


http://wp.me/p4VRGy-wi I finished my initial project and have posted my rankings of the Disney Canon worst to best. Enjoy and please add your comments! Thanks!

Here’s the list first to worst but check out the link to see links and short explanations of why I rated where.

1 Beauty and the Beast
2 The Little Mermaid
3 Cinderella
4 Tangled
5 Fantasia
6 Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
7 101 Dalmatians
8 Frozen
9 The Jungle Book
10 Sleeping Beauty
11 Alice in Wonderland
12 Dumbo
13 Lion King
14 Mulan
15 Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs
16 Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad
17 Rescuers Down Under
18 Great Mouse Detective
19 Aladdin
20 Emperor’s New Groove
21 Atlantis: The Lost Empire
22 Lady and the Tramp
23 Robin Hood
24 Pinocchio
25 Melody Time
26 Tarzan
27 Hercules
28 Winnie the Pooh
29 Lilo and Stitch
30 Bambi
31 Peter Pan
32 Princess and the Frog
33 Fox and the Hound
34 Wreck-It Ralph
35 Treasure Planet
36 Meet the Robinsons
37 Saludos Amigos
38 The Black Cauldron
39 Make Mine Music
40 Oliver and Company
41 Bolt
42 Sword and the Stone
43 Fantasia 2000
44 Hunchback of Notre Dame
45 Pocahontas
46 Fun and Fancy Free
47 The Aristocats
48 The Rescuers
49 Three Cabelleros
50 Home on the Range
51 Brother Bear
52 Chicken Little
53 Dinosaur

Forgotten Animation Collaboration

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Hi guys! I just wanted to share with you a recent youtube collaboration I got to do with my friend over at the Lawn Gnome.  I’m a better blogger/writer than youtuber/editor but I think it turned out pretty well.  We both created videos on our Top Forgotten Animated Movies.  It was a lot of work but I think it turned out pretty well.

It is fun to see how different our lists are.

Here is The Lawn Gnome’s review.

What would be on your list?  I’ve already thought of some that should have made the list like Atlantis: The Lost Empire and The Wild Thornberry’s Movie.

Would love for you to take a look at both videos and subscribe to our channels.

The Lawn Gnome does movie and a few other reviews like Funko toys, but he also has a whole section called Out of the Vault that focuses on the Disney Canon.  I do subscription box reviews with some movie, DVD and TV commentaries and reviews.  I think you will enjoy the channels and I am always working to make them better.

Also I just finished #50 in my Disney Canon series so I am nearing the homestretch of the initial project. Make sure to look at the reviews and add your comments and thoughts.  I’ve loved the discussion that has come with every entry.  It has been a blast and I look forward to starting new projects with animation after I finish Nanowrimo in November.


No Sleep but Doing My Best

fibromyalgia-and-insomniaHey guys! I just wanted to give you a little update.  I realized it has been a few days since I have updated this blog.  Hopefully you are all following my Disney blog as it hits the homestretch with the last 10 films in the Disney canon coming soon.


So the rest of my life hasn’t been very exciting.  I’ve felt kind of stagnant with my knee progress and am starting physical therapy next Tuesday, so that should be good.  (Insurance costing me an arm and a leg has paid almost nothing…).

Hopefully I can clear some hurdles with the PT and be back swimming and boxing like I normally like to do.


My sleep has been a huge issue lately.  I’ve been getting around 4 hours a night which means I am tired all day but then can’t sleep at night.  It’s all very frustrating.

But I’m so grateful to my job that I can work at any hour and how supportive they have been through this process and all the support I’ve received.

I’ve also been grateful for the Disney blog.  At a time when I could have gotten depressed from the pain and inactivity I have found a project to sink my teeth into.  I decided to do the project right around when Deer Creek open water swim race was going on and it filled a void and helped me set a goal to focus on beside the pain.

But I haven’t only been watching movies. I’m learning about the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.  It is basically a Machiavellian take on 2014 relationships particularly in the workforce and it is fascinating. Highly recommend giving it a read and would love to chat about it with any of you if you have read it.

That’s about it.  Looking forward to conference this weekend and tweeting during it, so if you are on twitter and Mormon make sure to follow me @smilingldsgirl

My sister is in Japan and always doing these amazing things.  She asks me about my life and I say ‘well I’m watching Brother Bear tonight…’.  Oh well!  Time and season for everything.

If you guys have any blog ideas I’d love to hear them.  I’d like to keep the movie blog up after the 54 reviews and was thinking of other series I could do but would love your suggestions .

Same for this blog if there are topics you would like me to cover email me at smilingldsgirl@yahoo.com .

Thanks again!


Just an Update

Sporting my ninja turtle look. Hi from Recoveryville! Turtle power!

Hey guys!  I’ve been having so much fun with my Disney reviews I don’t want you to think I am ignoring this blog.  While still in recovery honestly not a lot has been happening in my life.

As far as my recovery I have made huge strides with my knee.  I don’t need my cane anymore which is great and I can get down and up the stairs with relative ease.  I went to a movie yesterday and that was a lot of pressure on the knee, so maybe a bit early on that but I made it through.

I also went to the grocery store for the first time last week which was very exciting!  You sure appreciate the small things when you are injured.

But thankfully I feel confident I will be close to fully recovered in the next 2 weeks.  Hurray!

I just finished review #20 on my Disney blog and it has been so much fun.  If you haven’t take a look check it out http://54disneyreviews.wordpress.com/

Today’s review is The Aristocats which was not my favorite because I felt it borrowed too much from Lady and the Tramp and 101 Dalmations.  I don’t care for Disney when I feel it is being lazy.


I also did a post on my youtube channel about romantic comedies that turned out pretty well.

I have book club coming up this Saturday and I am very excited about that.  We are reading To Kill a Mockingbird and am about half way done on this reading.  One thing that strikes me on this read-through is how little time is actually spent in the courtroom.  It’s all about the relationship building done in subtle interactions of the family.

A friend of mine told me she had never reread a book before and that still amazes me.  A book like To Kill a Mockingbird changes with each reading, so you really miss out on reading it once.   I hope someone comes to book club because I’m looking forward to discussing it.

Other news…I saw Guardians of the Galaxy yesterday and I liked it.  Comic book movies will never be my favorite but this was a lot of fun.  I thought the characters were the best part.  The story was more standard and predictable.  The villain was ok. But the characters were charming and Chris Pratt as Starlord reminded me of a young Harrison Ford.

Have any of you seen it?  What did you think?  Definitely one of the best comic book movies I’ve seen in a long time.  It didn’t take itself too seriously which is what I like about the Marvel films.  DC films like Man of Steel are so morose and brooding.

Anyway, I liked it.

But that’s about it.  I’ve been watching Big Brother and it was fun while Zach was there but have kind of lost interest.  Any of you watching that show?  Looks like Derrick is going to win and he’s played a good, if rather tedious game

Life is pretty boring at the moment but I’m happy with that.  Just want to be 100% and be able to cook a meal again.  Going to be a great day when it happens.  Thank you so much for all the support and prayers.  I have felt them everyday.  Love you all!

Epic Disney Tag

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I just thought I would share this video I made.  It took a lot of work so please check it out and share it if you enjoy it.  I started with this thing called the ‘Disney TAG’ which has been going around youtube.

Then I figured if I was going there I would add more questions, make it a full look at Disney and what I like and don’t enjoy as much.  I would love to hear your thoughts and what you would pick for the questions.

Here are the questions:

1. A scene in any Disney movie you wish you could experience
2. An unforgettable experience you’ve had at the parks
3. What non-Disney song reminds you or brings back memories of Disney and or the parks?
4. When was the first time you went to a Disney park?
5. If you could choose any of the characters to be your best friend who would you choose?
6. Who is your favorite Disney princess?
7. Name a scene/moment in any Disney movie that never fails to make you cry?
8. What is your favorite Disney movie?
9. Overrated Disney?
10. Underrated Disney?
11. Favorite Disney song?
12.   Least Favorite Disney?
13. Most Memorable Disney villain?
14. Favorite classic Disney/ favorite modern Disney?
15. Favorite Disney score?
16. Favorite live action
17.   Didn’t like as kid, like now
18. Favorite Studio Ghibli

epic disney tag

Because of the rules of youtube I couldn’t put in my favorite songs but here they are:

If you haven’t seen it in a while listen to Hans Zimmer’s amazing score for the Lion King