When I discovered the Magic of Disney Animation at Hollywood Studios, I fell in love with it. If you’re not familiar, you can go back there and they have drawing classes about every 25 minutes. An artist will guide you step by step through how to draw your own Disney character. This is something I now have to do every time I’m at Disney. I’m not much of an artist myself, but with their guidance my drawings come out pretty good! It’s a fun experience and it also provides you with a free souvenir that you made yourself!
There are apparently almost 50 different characters available to draw. The one that you get is dependent upon what the artist feels like doing. A lot of times they will ask the crowd which ones they’ve done already, to try and get as many new ones as possible. There’s definitely a chance you will duplicate, but I’m aiming for as many different ones as I can! I usually get in one drawing per trip. It was a bucket list item to draw 5 different characters. And I’ve actually done 6. Now that I’ve achieved it, I’m aiming for 15!
Superheros are crazy popular right now, so it’s no surprise that Disney wanted to get in on the craze – aside from buying Marvel, of course, they now have their newest animated movie – Big Hero 6, a superhero movie aimed toward kids, but one that can be enjoyed by adults too. There were plenty of fun, redeeming qualities about the film, but at the end of the day I will say that it was more or less a cookie cutter super hero movie, with a plot that was perhaps a bit too predictable for us older Disney fans.
The basic story, without spoiling too much, is this: a 14 year old genius boy named Hiro teams up with some college friends as well as a robot named Baymax in order to stop an unidentified, masked villain. To say any more than that would be to give up too much of the plot, I’m afraid.
The biggest highlight of the movie, without a doubt, was Baymax. He is the thing that takes Big Hero 6 from what could have otherwise been just an okay movie to a very good movie. Baymax is originally designed to be a robot health care provider – he can scan and diagnose patients, and then offer assistance to cure them. Just looking at him you can tell he’s comfy and huggable. Of course, Hiro feels the need to upgrade him with some karate action once they start their superhero quest. Baymax is an absolutely sweet character (he’s designed to be that way, after all), but he’s also hilarious, in the way that robots attempting to interact with humans often are. If you’re a Star Trek fan, I will say that a lot of the humor concerning Baymax was very Data-esque, in Next Generation. Let’s just say that Baymax doing a “fist bump” is pretty much the funniest thing ever. I walked out of the theater wanting a Baymax of my own.
I don’t really keep tabs on which attractions are air conditioned and which are not… I’m going to assume for this that almost any indoor attraction is air conditioned. However, I decided not to count any of the super fast indoor rides (like Rockin’ Roller Coaster, Space Mountain, etc.). While those might be air conditioned there’s too much going on for it to really make a difference. For my choices I focused more on shows and that sort of thing.
Kill: Captain EO
Why is this attraction still here? It did replace Honey I Shrunk the Audience, which I also disliked, but I thought it was only coming back for a limited time in a tribute to Michael Jackson’s death. But now it’s just been sitting there. Maybe this was exciting back in the 80’s, but it’s so outdated now that it’s pretty much just laughable. The storyline and the humor is outdated and the technology is outdated. This is a space that they could do so much more with.
On April 13th I found out that I was tagged for a Liebster Award – but what exactly is that, you ask? Good question, because I wasn’t sure either! It’s an award that is given from one blogger to another to recognize them, and it’s to showcase smaller bloggers (those with 500 followers or less). When you’re nominated you answer a series of questions posed by the blogger who nominated you, and then you nominate some blogs that you like as well!
I was tagged by The Animation Commendation!
Here are “the rules”:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer the 11 questions that they’ve asked.
3. Nominate 11 other blogs (with less than 500 followers).
4. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let your nominees know that you’ve chosen them with a comment.
And now it’s time for my answers! Here they are, the answers to the questions that were posed to me by the Animation Commendation:
A couple of days ago Disney announced that they would be bringing the Little Mermaid back to theaters, but this time as part of something called “Second Screen Live.” They are billing it as an interactive showing of the movie. The way that they are achieving that “interaction” is through an iPad app. They say that with the app you “can interact with the film, play games, find hidden treasure, sing along, and compete with the audience for the chance to win great prizes.”
I am not pleased with this idea. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology. It can do many great things for us, and make a lot of tasks easier. But I believe the extent to which we use technology and are encouraged to work in this multitasking world can be harmful as well. I work with children and while kids are notorious for not having great attention spans to begin with, it’s only getting worse. They can’t focus on one task for an extended period of time.