Saturday, July 21, 2018

Who Were Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men ?

You've all heard about Walt Disney's Nine Old Men, who were Walt Disney Productions's core animators, some of whom later became directors, who created some of Disney's most famous animated cartoons, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs onward to The Rescuers, and were referred to as such by Walt Disney himself. All members of the group are now deceased, and all have been acknowledged as Disney Legends. The Walt Disney Family Museum is currently doing an exhibit about them "Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation", but do you really know the names and the Disney career of each of them? Here they are:

Les Clark (November 17, 1907 – September 12, 1979), who joined Disney in 1927. His specialty was animating Mickey Mouse as he was the only one of the Nine Old Men to work on that character from its origins with Ub Iwerks. Les did many scenes throughout the years, animating up until Lady and the Tramp. He moved into directing and made many animated featurettes and shorts.

Marc Davis (March 30, 1913 – January 12, 2000) started in 1935 on Snow White, and later he went on to develop/animate the characters of Bambi and Thumper (in Bambi), Maleficent, Aurora and the raven (in Sleeping Beauty), and Cruella de Vil (in One Hundred and One Dalmatians). Davis was responsible for character design for both the Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion attractions at Disneyland.

Ollie Johnston (October 31, 1912 – April 14, 2008), who joined Disney in 1935, first worked on Snow White. He went on to author the animator's bible The Illusion of Life with Frank Thomas. His work includes Mr. Smee (in Peter Pan), the Stepsisters (in Cinderella), the District Attorney (in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad), and Prince John (in Robin Hood). According to the book The Disney Villain, written by Johnston and Frank Thomas, Johnston also partnered with Thomas on creating characters such as Ichabod Crane (in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad) and Sir Hiss (in Robin Hood).

Milt Kahl (March 22, 1909 – April 19, 1987) started in 1934 working on Snow White. His work included heroes such as Pinocchio (in Pinocchio), Tigger (in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh), Peter Pan (in Peter Pan), and Slue-Foot Sue (in Melody Time) and villains such as Madam Mim (in The Sword in the Stone), Shere Khan (in The Jungle Book), Edgar the butler (in The Aristocats), the Sheriff of Nottingham (in Robin Hood), and Madame Medusa (in The Rescuers).

Ward Kimball (March 4, 1914 – July 8, 2002) joined Disney in 1934. His work includes Jiminy Cricket (in Pinocchio), Lucifer, Jaq and Gus (in Cinderella), and the Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat (in Alice in Wonderland). His work was often more 'wild' than the other Disney animators and was unique. In 1968 he created and released a non-Disney anti-Vietnam War animated short, Escalation.

Eric Larson (September 3, 1905 – October 25, 1988) joined in 1933. One of the top animators at Disney, he animated notable characters such as Peg in Lady and the Tramp; the Vultures in The Jungle Book; Peter Pan's flight over London to Neverland (in Peter Pan); and Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and Brer Bear (in Song of the South). Because of Larson's demeanor and ability to train new talent, Larson was given the task to spot and train new animators at Disney in the 1970s. Many of the top talents at Disney today were trained by Eric in the '70s and '80s.

John Lounsbery (March 9, 1911 – February 13, 1976) started in 1935 and, working under Norm 'Fergy' Ferguson, quickly became a star animator. Lounsbery, affectionately known as 'Louns' by his fellow animators, was an incredibly strong draftsman who inspired many animators over the years. His animation was noted for its squashy, stretchy feel. Lounsbery animated J. Worthington Foulfellow and Gideon in Pinocchio; Ben Ali Gator in Fantasia; George Darling in Peter Pan; Tony, Joe, and some of the dogs in Lady and the Tramp; Kings Stefan and Hubert in Sleeping Beauty; The Elephants in The Jungle Book; and many others. In the 1970s, Louns was promoted to Director and co-directed Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too and his last film, The Rescuers.

Wolfgang Reitherman (June 26, 1909 – May 22, 1985) joined Disney in 1935 as an animator and director. He produced all the animated Disney films after Walt's death until his retirement; In the 1950s, Reitherman was promoted as a director. He also directed a sequence in Sleeping Beauty which featured Prince Phillip's escape from Maleficent's castle and his eventual battle against her as a terrible fire-breathing dragon. Some of his work includes Monstro (in Pinocchio), The Headless Horseman (in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad), the Crocodile (in Peter Pan), and the Rat (in Lady and the Tramp).

Frank Thomas (September 5, 1912 – September 8, 2004) joined Disney in 1934. He went on to author the animator's bible The Illusion of Life with Ollie Johnston. His work included the wicked Stepmother (in Cinderella), the Queen of Hearts (in Alice in Wonderland), and Captain Hook (in Peter Pan).

Pictures: copyright Disney

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Le Livre Disneyland Paris de l’Esquisse à la Création en Edition Française Digitale eBook Sera une Edition Spéciale Avec Plus de 60 Liens Vidéos ! Derniers Jours Pour le Pré-Commander à 19,90€ !

Please note that this post will be in French only as it is an announcement for French readers - or for anyone reading French - about the upcoming eBook edition of the Disneyland Paris book ( only for the French edition for now ):

Bonne nouvelle au sujet du livre Disneyland Paris, de l’Esquisse à la Création en édition française qui est épuisé depuis l’année dernière. Pour ceux qui n'ont pas le livre et qui rêvent de l’avoir, et pour les plus jeunes fans pour lesquels le prix du livre était trop élevé, le livre Disneyland Paris, de l’Esquisse à la Création sera disponible en version digitale eBook - uniquement l’édition française - dés le 30 Juillet, et vous pourrez ainsi avoir le livre tout le temps avec vous et le lire sur votre mobile, tablette ou ordinateur!

Et le livre sera une "special edition" car il inclura des liens vers plus de 60 vidéos des attractions du parc, des spectacles et hotels, et des vidéos making-of! Le livre promet déjà des heures de lectures et avec les vidéos additionnelles c'est plus de cinq heures supplémentaires de lecture et visionnage.

Et pour fêter la sortie du livre en version digitale les 100 premières personnes à le commander en format eBook peuvent obtenir le livre au prix de 19,90€ si il est pré-commandé au plus tard d’ici le 30  Juillet. Et il n’y a pas de frais d’envois puisque la version eBook sera en téléchargement! Le livre sera ensuite vendu sur l’Apple iBook store entre 30 et 35 euros - et un peu plus cher sur Google Books et Amazon - soit le tiers du prix auquel était la version imprimée avec les frais d'envois.

Règlement uniquement par Paypal ou carte bancaire via Paypa mème si vous n'avez pas de compte Paypal.

Attention, pour profiter de cette offre vous devez impérativement posséder un iPhone, iPad ou un ordinateur Apple!

Pour savoir comment commander le livre Disneyland Paris, de l’Esquisse à la Création en version eBook avec le prix spécial ci-dessus envoyer un email à: avec votre nom et prénom et en précisant que vous - ou votre ami(e) ou parents possèdent bien un produit Apple.

Le livre a 320 pages, raconte toute l’histoire de la création du parc et inclus 750 photos y compris 250 concept-arts de chez Walt Disney Imagineering! Vous pouvez voir la vidéo qui présente chaque page du livre ci-dessous.

Best video of Soarin' Over the Horizon ride at Shanghai Disneyland

Best video of Soarin' Over the Horizon ride at Shanghai Disneyland ( 60fps Full Ride Through ) !

Video: copyright LMG Vids

Comcast Drops Its Bid for 21st Century Fox, Disney Wins the Battle for Fox ...Though the One for SKY Is Still Going On

Comcast Corp. has bowed out of its bidding war with Disney to acquire major 21st Century Fox assets, and instead focus on acquiring the European satellite TV provider Sky. Comcast’s move clears the way for Disney to take control of the Murdoch family’s Fox assets and intensify a looming battle with Netflix and other video-streamers for media-industry dominance.

“Comcast does not intend to pursue further the acquisition of the Twenty-First Century Fox assets and, instead, will focus on our recommended offer for Sky,” the company said in a statement Thursday.

Disney and 21st Century Fox have agreed to a $71.3 billion deal that will see Disney take control of the bulk of Fox’s assets, including the 20th Century Fox film and TV studio, FX Networks, National Geographic Partners, and Fox’s 30% stake in Hulu. Comcast and Fox, and by association Disney, are still competing to buy London-based Sky, in which 21st Century Fox has a 39% stake.

“Our incredible enthusiasm for this acquisition and the value it will create has continued to grow as we’ve come to know 21st Century Fox’s stellar array of talent and assets.” said Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger. “We’re extremely pleased with today’s news, and our focus now is on completing the regulatory process and ultimately moving toward integrating our businesses.”

Comcast’s challenge to Disney over the 21st Century Fox deal marked the most high-profile M&A contest in media in 25 years, since Sumner Redstone and Barry Diller went to war over Paramount Pictures. Comcast’s decision to back down from Fox came after institutional investors and bondholders expressed concern about the debt load the cable giant would pile up to pursue an all-cash offer significantly higher than the $65 billion bid it fielded on June 13. The government’s decision to appeal the court decision in the AT&T-Time Warner anti-trust trial that allowed those companies to merge was also a factor in Comcast’s decision to give up the chase on Fox. “I’d like to congratulate Bob Iger and the team at Disney and commend the Murdoch family and Fox for creating such a desirable and respected company,” Comcast chairman-CEO Brian Roberts said in a statement Thursday.

Read the full Variety article HERE.

Although the battle for Fox is over, the one for SKY is not and Comcast will concentrate its forces on this one. In the meantime Comcast CEO Brian Roberts has succeeded to make Disney overpay its purchase of Fox with $19 Billion more than Disney first offer of $52 Billion. If $19 Billion don't say anything to you, for this amount Disney bought Pixar ( for $7.4 Billion ), LucasFilm ( for $4 Billion ), Marvel ( for $4 Billion ) AND built Shanghaî Disneyland ( park only ) for $3.6 Billion and made tons of money with each acquisition thanks to movies, merchandise, licenses, etc, not to mention SDL park and hotels revenues. Here, for the added $19 Billion Disney will have NOTHING more than it already had with its first $52 Billion offer.

For the same amount of $19 Billion Disney could have built at least FIVE new theme parks over the world or create at least FIFTY mini lands in its already existing parks with a $370 Million budget for each, and with E-tickets attractions in each lands. Will this mountain of dollars spent to own Fox have an effect on Disney theme parks future expansions with projects cancelled or more limited budget for new attractions? That is something that we should know in a very near future, and that's probably also the hope of Brian Roberts, as i remind you that Comcast owns Universal Studios, Disney theme parks biggest competitor.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Videos : Disneyland Celebrate Its 63rd Anniversary

It was Disneyland 63rd Anniversary yesterday and a special parade, the “Happiest March on Earth”, went through the park with Mickey and the gang and sixty-three Disney characters . “Celebration moments” happened at the Small World Mall, the Hub, Main Street, USA, and Town Square.

Here is a selection of video filmed by DisneyiRLTV, socalthrills and SoCalAttarctions 360!

Videos: copyright DisneyiRLTV, socalthrills and SoCalAttarctions 360

New Frozen Suite Open at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

A brand new Frozen Suite has opened at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, the "Kingdom Club Frozen Suites". The Suite has been designed with colors and elements reminding the beloved animated classic - see on the pictures below the "sleigh sofa" and the nice painting on the wall, and the wooden beds in the bedroom next door.

Step into the world of Anna and Elsa as you open the door to the Frozen Suite. Be immersed in a picturesque winter landscape, where you can hop aboard a sofa designed after Kristoff’s sleigh, while young Guests are invited to play with a large Olaf plush toy in a cozy play corner.

Furnished with Frozen-inspired artwork, decorations, and exclusive amenities, this first-of-its-kind experience at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is where guests of all ages can make their Frozen fantasy become reality.

Retreat into the bedroom to find yourself surrounded by the décor of Arendelle. With ornate beds under a peaceful snow-laden ceiling, this is the place for a royal rest after a long day at the Park. Children will take delight in drifting to sleep as cute plush toys of Anna and Elsa look over them.

For more informations and booking jump to the HKDL website HERE.

Pictures: copyright Disney

Top 5 Hidden Secrets of Extinct Rides at Walt Disney WorldMagic Kingdom

Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom has seen many attractions come and go, and even though these rides are now extinct there's many hidden secrets & easter eggs scattered throughout the park that pay tribute to these classic Disney rides. Let's Dive into rides like 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, the Skyway, Pooh's Playful Spot and Ariel's Grotto to discover these hidden Disney secrets in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Haunted Mansion, Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid and even the Tangled Restrooms!

Video: copyright TPMvids