Tag: Disney

Friday 5: Songs About Spring

Hey guys!  I hope you are having a Happy Spring!  Things are going well for me.  I’ve been keeping myself busy with blogging, movies, writing and work.  Next week I’m eagerly anticipating watching Jungle Book! Make sure you are subscribed to my channel and blog to find out my thoughts on it.

Today is Friday and that means it’s the next entry in the Friday 5 series.  This is a music series where we get a topic each week and have to pick 5 songs that fit said topic.  This week the topic is ‘Songs that Remind You of Spring’.  It’s not a time of the year that is very musical compared to Winter or Summer but I like all 5 of my picks.  They are each songs I feel are joyful and bright which is what I think of with Spring.

My 5 songs are:

Best Day of My Life-American Authors- I thought of this song because graduations and other big events happen in the Spring.  It seemed like a good fit to sing about the best day of my life!

Great Day to Be Alive- Travis Tritt- I hadn’t done a country song in a while and this one is the definition of chill.

Colors of the Wind- Pocahontas. If you’ve read my Disney blog you know I’m not the biggest Pocahontas fan but I do like the music (except Mine, Mine, Mine which is one of the worst Disney songs).  Judy Kuhn as Pocahontas’ voice is one of the best in all of Disney.  My Pocahontas Review.

Daydream Believer- The Monkees- Cheer up and sing a song with The Monkees!  This is such a fun song.

Pocketful of Sunshine- Natasha Bedingfield- It’s a song about a pocketful of sunshine. What’s more spring than that?

So those are my picks.  What would be your picks?

Friday 5: Cover Songs

This week on the Friday 5 we have a fun topic- it’s cover songs!

I picked 2 Disney songs from an album called We Love Disney I think you will really like.  I could have done all 5 from the album.

Then I have a favorite song from Ingrid Michelson singing Elvis Can’t Help Falling in Love with You

Next one of my all time favorite songs by Hawaiian singer IZ his cover of Over the Rainbow

Finally we have from the failed movie Across the Universe a great cover of a Beatles song Blackbird

I hope you enjoy these songs and I would be so grateful if you watched my video on youtube and gave it a thumbs up if you feel so inclined.  And if you aren’t subscribed I have been doing daily videos so I think you will find it worth your while!

Next week is 5 Favorite Lullabies so that should be fun!

Zootopia and Headaches

Hi guys!

I hope you are doing great!  I just wanted to do a quick post.


First, I needed to make sure to tell my readers on this blog about Disney’s new film- Zootopia. What a special treat we have at the theaters!  As someone who has seen the film twice and every other Disney film I can confidently say this is a MUST SEE in the theater!

Here is my review:

Here is my blog review on my movie blog if you prefer written reviews. http://54disneyreviews.com/2016/03/04/movie-55-zootopia/

Zootopia is a movie that has something for everyone.  The world building is amazing with likable characters- particularly Judy Hopps who dreams of being Zootopia’s first rabbit cop.  It’s also very funny, sweet and inventive. Disney is even willing to make fun of itself and the animation is stunning as usual.

Everyone I know who has seen it has loved it.   This is also one of the rare films I preferred seeing in 3D because the experience was so immersive in Zootopia.  It’s not 3D where things are thrown at you all the time, so if you can I’d go for it.

migraine2On another note my headache problems are persisting.  This morning it was hard to even move it was so painful.  I was wondering if any of you have tips that help you with headaches?I would love to hear anything that works for you.

It was weird because I had about 3 more hours I could have slept but I woke up with the piercing pain.  It was that bad it woke me up.  It made me feel nauseated and like I was going to pass out.

Today I ended up taking 2 excederine which I hate to do because of the caffeine and I used an ice pack to help.  I also used lavender oil and that seemed to help a little bit.

My brother came down and it was nice to talk with him- distracted me from the pain.

Anyway, anything you can do to help me that would be great.  Thank you! Hope you are doing well and will be in touch this week. I’ll at least have a Teaser Tuesday with  my latest reading and a Friday Five music post on Friday.  If you have any ideas for posts please let me know.

Thanks again!

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