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Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Princess and the Frog

This was the best movie of 2009. Here's why.

I was looking forward to Disney's return to hand-drawn animation badly. It's sad that that medium is hardly used, save for cartoons. But if you watch the movie, you'll be lost in the rich backdrops. The backrounds are simply stunning. Whether you're in the bayou at night, or the river at sunset, or New Orleans in mid-day, the animation is absolutely riviting. The places come alive.

Tiana is not a princess who believes in truelove. In fact, she's not even looking for love at all. She is a hard worker, who works to have her dreams come true. This is one of the most important themes of the movie. No longer are we just sitting around and hoping for dreams to come true. We must work hard, and that hard work will pay off.

Tiana wants to open up a restaurant to honor her father, who passed away sometime between the flashback opening scene and the rest of the movie. She works hard to get the money. Then she meets the Prince Naveen who was turned into a frog by the evil shadowman, Dr. Facilier, and kisses him to turn him back. It backfires. She turns into a frog, and then races with Naveen to turn back into human form and also open up the restaurant.

Dr. Facilier has become one of my favorite vilians. He is positively evil, and his work with dark magic and vodoo provides a neat supernatural aspect to the film. He is an absoloutely dilicious villan.

Finally, we have the whole race thing. Prior to it's release, there was some criticism for it's deal on race. But, if you watch the movie, race has nothing to do with it. What's nice is that they don't overstate "Tiana is black". There are refrences to her race, like being denied a loan for her restaurant do to her not having enough money and her "backround", as well as living in a round-down community away from white society. But this was not a major aspect of the movie. Very minute, acutally.

I really enjoyed Princess and the Frog. I hope to see it make some more money, and I hope that Disney will continue to churn out more hand-drawn animated movies. Even if you have seen it already, go see it again. It's even better and more touching the second time around!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Disneyland Resort Info and News

As the holidays wind down, Disneyland will be entering a calm time. Disney will utilize this to do some refurbishments. Likewise, DCA progress will be going full steam ahead in preperation for World Of Color's premiere, which is just a few short months away. So, ;et's get started!

January Park Hours

Jan 1-3: 8a-12a
Jan 4-7: 10a-8p
Jan 8-10: 8a-11p
Jan 11-14: 10a-11p
Jan 15-18: 8a-11p
Jan 19-21: 10a-8p
Jan 22-24: 8a-11p
Jan 25-28: 10a-8p
Jan 29-31: 8a-11p

Disney's California Adventure
Jan 1-3: 10a-9p
Jan 4-8: 10a-6p
Jan 9-10: 10a-9p
Jan 11-14: 10a-6p
Jan 15-18: 10a-9p
Jan 19-21: 10a-6p
Jan 22-24: 10a-8p
Jan 25-28: 10a-6p
Jan 29-31: 10a-9p

Attraction Closures:
Haunted Mansion- Will be closed from Jan 4-14. Transforms from Haunted Manison Holiday back into the classic attraction.
Big Thunder Ranch- Will also be closed from Jan 4-14 to remove holiday overlay.
it's a small world- Will be closed from Jan 18-28 while the holiday overlay is removed.
Main Street Cinema- Closed from Jan 4- Feb 1 while undergoing a refurbishment.
Starcade- Also closed from Jan 4- Feb 1 due to a refurbishment.
Corn Dog Wagon- Closed Jan 4- May 4 while undergoing a refurbishment.
Tomorrowland Terrace- Closed from Jan 4- May 4 for a refurbishment
Rivers of America- Closed from Jan 4- May 5 for a mjor refurbishment. The river will be drained while much needed work goes on. During this time, The Mark Twain, Sailing Ship Columbia, Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes, and Tom Pirates Lair will also be closed. Fantasmic! will also not play during these months. More info on this in future updates.

Grizzly Rivr Run-Closed from Jan 4-8 for a small refurbishment.
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail- Will be colsed from Jan 11- Feb 19 for a refurbishment.
It's Tough to Be a Bug!- Closed from Jan 20-21. No reason specified.
Francis' Ladybug Boogie- Closed from Jan 25- Feb 4

Comings, Goings, and Tidbits from around the Resort:

Captain EO Returns!- Yes, that's right! After months of speculation, rumors, and denials, Disney has finally announced the return of Captain EO in February. Honey I Shrunk The Audience has closed, perhaps forever, to make way for the classic attraction. Keep in mind this is only a limited engagement, and will not be in Tomorrowland forever!

Tiana's Showboat Jubilee is no more, duee to the work going on in the Rivers of America. Likewise, Fantasmic! will not be showing and the boats on the Rivers of America are closed.

Over in DCA, work continues on the Paradise Park/viewing area for World of Color. Paradise Park is expected to open sometime in Fabruary. When it does open, you can bet sure I'll let you know!

Silly Syphony Swings construction is moving very slowly. Some visible work has sprung up, but little has changed. Rumor has it that Silly Symphony Swings is being built off-site, which makes sense. Apparently, Disney is in no rush to finish this attraction. Still, the attraction has appeared on the DCA park map, and i scheduled to open in April 2010. I'll let you know if anything changes.

Walls have sprung up all around Hollywood Pictures Backlot, which is soon to be called "Hollywood Land". This new name pays homage to the original Hollywood sign that read "Hollywoodland" before the land park was taken off. The Red Car line consturction has begun, and should be complete in a few months, though the Red Cars themselves will not be seen for at least a year.

The teporary walkway between Tower of Terror and A Bug's Land is open. After construction for the Red Cars is complete, the walkway will co underwraps and become more permanent. Right now, it is still used during and after hours as a backstage path.

Well, that's should do it for today guys. We have quite a busy 2010 ahead of us. And you can be sure that whenever something happens at DLR, you can come here for the news and commentary. Have a nice January, everyone!

*Special thanks to MintCrocodile for the pics. To see more, click here