Tangled Before Ever After, DVD Review

Tangled Before Ever After, a DVD Review

Tangled Before Ever After is the Disney Channel original film that introduces the new animated series, Tangled. So, Tangled Before Ever After takes place between the animated film and the Tangled Ever After short. And Tangled Ever After takes place after the Tangled series. I think…

It gets a little timey-wimey if you think about it too much.

I love the Tangled film, especially the music, and I really enjoyed the Tangled shorts. When I saw the DVD release, I was highly interested in the continuation of the story despite it looking a wee bit childish. The animation looked simple and blocky, and I wasn’t sure if the style would work well. I had to remind myself that it was a Disney Channel film introducing a television series

Tangled Before Ever After takes place before the wedding (about six months before in Tangled time). You get the feeling that Rapunzel loves her new life but still feels a little bit like a captive. Part of the story is that everyone in the film, including the king and queen, have to learn how to live with Rapunzel after almost 18 years of her being missing. More importantly, Rapunzel has to learn how to be a princess despite her desire to be free. She loves her life but still longs for some semblance of freedom.

While the plans for a royal debut for Rapunzel are underway, Flynn decides to ask Rapunzel a very important question. This sets off a chain of events that lead to Rapunzel discovering things about herself, as well as her family. Of course, being a Disney Channel movie, there has to be a villain. This time we get a new one who is a little bit of a surprise. I think Disney learned a lot from Frozen and even though they paint a villain a certain way, you might not be aware of what they’re doing.

I enjoyed the art style but it took a little while to get used to it, especially after the feature film. It was very reminiscent of Mary Blair and the Johnny Appleseed style of she created. It did seem to work well with the story as well as the characters.

Overall, the film was very cute and I enjoyed it.

Tangled Before Ever After is a great introduction to the animated series; hopefully it will propel that story forward. I do hope we can get a lot out of the animated series, considering that they’ve used all of the major voice talent from the film.

Are you going to check out Tangled Before Ever After?


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DVD Review: Unidentified Flying Oddball

DVD Review: Unidentified Flying Oddball

 

Unidentified Flying Oddball was a film we got from the Disney Movie Rewards Club for redeeming points from Blu-rays. I’d never seen it before and it’s been on our shelves for more than a year. After a violent storm, we lost internet, so I pulled this one out to watch while we waited for internet to start working.

Unidentified Flying Oddball  was released in 1979 and was originally entitled A Spaceman and King Arthur. It’s a take on Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court which was published in 1889. I’ve not read Twain’s novel but I’m familiar with the story and I had a few expectations.
The story centers on Tom Trimble and his work with NASA. A space shuttle called Stardust that can travel faster than any ship before has been developed by NASA. Instead of sending a person into outer space on a journey that could take 30 years, they decide to create an android duplicate. Tom Trimble, the lead scientist (I think), creates an android duplicate of himself. Trouble ensues during launch sending the android and Trimble to England in the 600s.
Unidentified Flying Oddball is a fish-out-of-water story in which any amount of sophistication on the part of any of the characters would have resulted in a different film all together. There is some charm, but the characters seem so out-of-touch that I spent half of my time dismayed at the choices they made. Trimble is an awkward leading man and an even more awkward scientist. He tends to take each situation without regard to his life. He spends time telling King Arthur and Sir Gawain the history of the world until the 1970s, which would prove nothing to anyone.
Merlin was played rather nefariously, which is interesting since it’s out of character for what we always perceive as the court wizard. Sir Mordred, played by the amazing Jim Dale, is the best part of the whole film. He’s campy, over-the-top and laughably evil (and I mean that in a good way). His character is a splinter of Doc Terminus from the wonderful Pete’s Dragon. To me, he’s the only actor in the film that really stepped up and gave his best performance.

Overall, the movie seemed to miss on quite a few levels; I just couldn’t get past the obvious lack of a thought process by the characters. As I mentioned earlier, there was some charm, but not enough to give the movie the heart that it needed. It felt like it was another film that Disney put out because they were too afraid to break with the films of Walt Disney or the stereotype of a Disney live-action film.

My ten year-old had no interest in the film, but he did stop to watch some of the action scenes, including the android jousting and Trimble being burned at the stake. If you’re looking for a decent family film without any presuppositions, then it’s a good choice. There’s not too much that’s overtly offensive, except a very ditzy blonde with a gander.

Did they have ditzy blondes in England during the 600s?

What do you think of the Unidentified Flying Oddball?

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Private Practice Review

If you ever wonder why the Imaginerd wanted to review the Private Practice DVD…wonder no more. His “Imagiwife” forces him to watch the show and get the DVD’s for me to watch completely before the premiere.

I enjoy the DVD set for many reasons. I get to refresh my memory on everything that transpired over the last season. Pete’s decision, Violet’s inconsistent emotion, Amelia’s new burden, Sheldon’s continued unrequited affections, Cooper and Charlotte’s new lives as parents, the emotional trio (Addison, Sam and the new guy, Jake).

I have to add that KaDee Strickland has quickly become one of the most impressive actresses that I have ever watched. She is dynamic, adaptable and becomes her character.

The bonus of the set is last season’s deleted scenes and the thoughts of the actors/actresses. It is always interesting to see the pieces that were removed for time constraints and being able to go “Hmmm that adds this perspective” or “I can see why that was cut”. The thoughts and comments about the addition of infants, toddlers and children to the set are entertaining.

If you are a fan, it is worth owning the set. Accessing the episodes online just doesn’t provide the entire experience.

Bonus Features:
The Practice of Parenthood – The pitter-patter of little feet found its way onto the set this past season in a number of ways. In this exclusive feature, fans can listen in as the cast of the hit series discusses filming with the young actors during the fifth season.
Deleted Scenes – Through these deleted scenes, fans will learn even more about their favorite characters from the hit series.
Bloopers – Fans will laugh out loud at a hilarious blooper reel of the season’s most funny on-set moments.

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DVD Review: Phineas and Ferb the Perry Files

To say that we are huge Phineas and Ferb fans at the Imaginerding household is an understatement.

Phineas and Ferb is our go to Saturday morning, Sunday evening, anytime during the week that it comes on show. We listen to the soundtrack in the car and we quote the show all of the time. I try to explain to people that it is one of the smartest, funniest and most musically endearing shows on television.

So, when The Perry Files made it to our house, we were excited to watch the seven episodes.

While Phineas and Ferb do it all to make every day the best day ever, evil lurks just around the corner! But there is hope for the unsuspecting citizens of Danville. Now, for the very first time, crack open the top- secret archives of O.W.C.A. (Organization Without a Cool Acronym) to expose… THE PERRY FILES!

  • No More Bunny Business/Spa Day
  • Split Personality/Brain Drain
  • Candace Disconnected/Magic Carpet Ride
  • Ask a Foolish Question/Misperceived Monotreme
  • Mommy Can You Hear Me?/Road Trip
  • Perry The Actorpus/Bullseye!
  • Escape from Phineas Tower/The Remains of the Platypus

This is a great collection dedicated to Perry the Platypus but it is lacking on the extras side. There are two features and they are both less than a few minutes each.

The Bonus Features:

Nerves of Teal Do you have nerves of teal? Then OWCA (Organization Without a Cool Acronym) wants you! See if you have what it takes to become like Agent P in this spy recruiting video.

Platybus Tour Take a look inside the Platybus, the traveling Phineas and Ferb exhibit that toured North America.

There is also the Perry Activity Kit.

 The pack contains a small puzzle and a magnet with different Perry expressions that you can choose.

A simple search and find with clues. 

A strange postcard mailer and a sticker set!

If you are a fan of the Platypus, then you will enjoy this series. We keep up with older episodes on Netflix but having a disc with some great episodes is good for a trip or when the Internet is down. There is a digital copy included that you can transfer to your laptop or iPad.

Hey. Where’s Perry?

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Disney Prep & Landing, a Review

Need a little holiday spirit?

Prep and Landing premiered in 2009 and has become a modern, holiday classic. We received our review copy over the weekend and my youngest has watched it four times. The animated Christmas special clocks in at 22 minutes, but there are plenty of other featurettes that add to the fun. I enjoyed the new mythos that Walt Disney Animation brought to the holiday season. The idea of a hi-tech team that prepares for the Big Guy’s arrival at each house was a great way to make the story resonate with kids that use gadgets every day.

Here is the review from my eight year-old son:

Kids that like spy movies will like it because it starts out with lots of action. You think the elves are spies! I liked the prep and landing parts the best. It was like they were playing a real video game. It is a great Christmas show and kids are going to love it. You should buy it now so you can watch it a lot before Santa comes.

So, after dictating his thoughts to me, he grabbed the copy of the show and started watching it for the fifth time.

This one is definitely a winner in our house.

Bonus Features:
Prep & Landing Stocking Stuffer Shorts:

  • Tiny’s Big Adventure-The assistant to the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center is trying to make a pot of coffee and in the process, accidentally ruins the elves’ break room.
  • Operation Secret Santa-Lead elves Lanny and Wayne are sent on a special assignment by Mrs. Clause (voice of Betty White) into Santa’s office 
  • Prep & Landing Kringle Academy Training Videos-Entertaining Elf training videos shot in Santa’s workshop – Elfdate.com/The Fruitcake Factory/Spa Navidad – Welcome to Kringle Academy – Kringle Academy Equipment Training – Academy Do’s and Don’ts

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Imagineering the Magic Kingdom Concept Art Part Two

October 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The Vacation Kingdom has seen a lot of changes over the past four decades and the editorial staff at Imaginerding wants to celebrate the unique and rich history of the resort with a series of posts. 

A very special thanks to Celeste Cronrath for designing the series of logos for our posts. Make sure to follow her on Twitter.

 


When I reviewed the two-disc DVD Magic Kingdom: Imagineering the Magic, I mentioned the Imagineering Art Gallery on the second disc. There are 42 images, in all, and I wanted to share some of my favorite shots. A few of them have been featured in the Art of Walt Disney World by Jeff Kurtti and Bruce Gordon. Some of them I had not seen before.

I would attribute a few of these to Dorothea Redmond. Any ideas?

You can see the post with other images here.

A great shot of Frontierland. It is hard to see, but it does say “BEAR BAND” on the marquee.

 

A view of the riverfront, pre-Splash Mountain. Notice the Frontierland Station and a town square with a flag pole.

 

A fairly uncluttered view of Tom Sawyer Island. Strange to see it without Big Thunder Mountain Railroad looming over it.

 

A gorgeous rendering of the chalet for the Skyway to Tomorrowland. I do believe that the lady is eating an ice cream and the gentleman has his camera ready.

 

A futuristic view of Tomorrowland. A covered Peoplemover and water. What else do you need to proclaim the future! Based on the separate exits and entrance, I assume that this is a design for a Circle Vision building. Any thoughts?

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Disney DVD Review: Have A Laugh Volumes 3 and 4

Have a Laugh 3

Volume 3 Synopsis: Set sail for the high seas of hilarity when Mickey, Goofy and Donald go a-whaling and wind up going overboard – literally! Bark with laughter as Pluto is dogged by a pesky gopher who’s making mincemeat of Minnie’s garden. Then, have a ball with Goofy as he hits the links and – BLAM! – his “relaxing” game of golf goes outrageously awry.

Fully restored and remastered, these amazing cartoons also feature a new “Re-MICKS” – a mash-up music video of crazy cartoon clips remixed to the hit song, “I Gotta Feeling” from the Black Eyed Peas. It’s a novel approach to uproarious classic comedy that’ll make you laugh out loud. Bursting at the seams with surprises, Have a Laugh – Volume 3 will tickle your funny bone till it hurts!

Volume 3 contains the original version of each short:

  • Mickey’s Delayed Date
  • The Whalers
  • Chef Donald
  • How To Play Baseball
  • Pluto and the Gopher

There is also an edited version of each short with new dialog and music. Which is weird. Why change the original? And speaking of changing the original, Disney presents three BLAM! versions of cartoons, as well:

  • BLAM! #7 – Golf
  • BLAM! #8 – Cooking
  • BLAM! #9 – Glider

My seven year-old refused to watch the BLAM! shorts. He thought it was stupid that they had re-edited them and changed them. This comes form a child who has watched all of the Disney Treasures of Donald, Pluto and Mickey over and over. His sentiment made my Disney Geek-heart proud!

Have a Laugh 4

Volume 4 Synopsis: Have an outrageously g’day with Mickey and Pluto when their adventure Down Under goes way over the top, thanks to a wayward boomerang and a humongous ostrich. Kick up your heels with Donald as his fireside hula dance “heats up” hilariously. Then, ride a tide of laughs with Goofy as he tries to catch a wave and – BLAM! – gets clobbered by his surfboard. 

Fully restored and re-mastered, these incredible cartoons also feature a new “Re-MICKS” – a mash-up music video of crazy cartoon clips remixed to the hit song “Play My Music” from Camp Rock. It’s a bold, new approach to classic comedy that’ll make your spirits soar. Overflowing with fun and surprises, Have a Laugh – Volume 4 will paste a permanent smile on your face!

Here is the list of original shorts for volume 4:

  • Mickey Down Under
  • Hawaiian Holiday
  • Trailer Horn
  • How To Swim
  • Pluto’s Surprise Package

And here are the BLAM! shorts:

  • BLAM! #10 – Beach
  • BLAM! #11 – Fox Hunt
  • BLAM! # 12 – Hockey

If you look at the value of these discs, there are only ten shorts on both discs. That can be very expensive  at $1.50 per cartoon. Of course, you have to realize that the BLAM! and the remixed versions of the cartoons are an anathema. But if your kids really enjoyed the remixes or BLAM! shorts when they were shown on the Disney Channel, then this set is a good value, but it pains me to say it. Do yourself a favor and scour eBay and Amazon for the Disney Treasures featuring the animated shorts. There are quite a few of them and you will enjoy them so much more.

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Imagineering the Magic Kingdom Concept Art Part One

October 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The Vacation Kingdom has seen a lot of changes over the past four decades and the editorial staff at Imaginerding wants to celebrate the unique and rich history of the resort with a series of posts
 


When I reviewed the two-disc DVD Magic Kingdom: Imagineering the Magic, I mentioned the Imagineering Art Gallery on the second disc. There are 42 images, in all, and I wanted to share some of my favorite shots. A few of them have been featured in the Art of Walt Disney World by Jeff Kurtti and Bruce Gordon. Some of them I had not seen before.

Enjoy!

An interesting angle of  Main Street USA.

 

The Crystal Palace and an early concept for the Swan Boats. Notice the large gazebo structures to the left.

 

The bridge to Adventureland. When we were watching the DVD, my oldest son thought it was Aladdin and Jasmine at the bottom. Dorothea Redmond.

 

The Jungle Cruise…and knee socks!

 

A more familiar piece of concept art. The entrance to Liberty Square.

 

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DVD Review: The Avengers, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!

Wow. The Avengers Series produced for Disney XD is a cut above most superhero shows.

Beyond pandering to the fanboys, we get a fairly complex storyline that arcs over 13 episodes that introduces the characters, villains and their raison d’etre. Suffice it to say, any one who enjoys the superhero genre is going to love these DVDs.

My seven year-old and I are big superhero fans. Iron Man and the Hulk are his current favorites. After watching the Avengers DVD release, he has a fascination with Thor and Captain America and the idea of the Avengers.

We missed this series when it premiered on Disney XD and the notion behind the Avengers was never quite clear before watching. I read comic books sporadically when growing up because my parents never bought them for me on a regular basis. I knew that the Iron Man franchise and latest Hulk film were leading up to an Avengers film, but I never saw all of the heroes tied together. This is also a great time to introduce the animated Avengers’ series as we see the release of Thor to theaters.

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the stories, the voice-acting and the animation.It is obvious that the creatives behind the series have a fondness for the original tales without disregarding trends in current superhero lore.

It was a great bonding experience for me and my son. We discussed why the Avengers were forming a team and why the Hulk was so distrusting. Plus, there was the anticipation of queuing up the next episode and trying to decipher where the story might lead us next.

My only issue with the set is that Disney chose to break up the season into two separate discs instead of packaging them together. It must have been a marketing issue or a business strategy of some sort.

EPISODES: 
Volume 1 Episodes:
1. Iron Man Is Born!
2. Thor The Mighty
3. Hulk Versus The World
4. Meet Captain America
5. The Man in the Ant Hill
6. Breakout: Part 1
7. Breakout: Part 2

Volume 2 Episodes:
8. Some Assembly Required
9. Living Legend
10. Everything Is Wonderful
11. Panther’s Quest
12. Gamma World: Part1
13. Gamma World: Part 2

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DVD Review: Waking Sleeping Beauty

Powerful. Dramatic. Sensational.

Don Hahn and Peter Schneider, both modern heroes in the pantheon of Disney animation, offer this remarkable tale of the rebirth of the animated feature film. Waking Sleeping Beauty (WSB) tells the story of the Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios from 1984 to 1994; more than just a litany of facts and photos, WSB is a testament to the artists and executives that created some of the biggest and most memorable animated films in history.

The film opens with images of Michael Eisner and home video footage of the studios from 1980. You meet a ragtag group of young animators who seem to know that they are in a hollowed environment yet seem to be without a rudder. As the story unfolds, we meet the three major players in the film: Roy E. Disney, Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Most Disney enthusiasts are familiar with the conflict that developed between the three, but WSB provides such a greater nuance to the machinations of the executives. We quickly discover the roles being played by Eisner, Katzenberg and Disney–the heavy, the upstart and the traditionalist (and soul of the company).

I was surprised at the honesty and apparent truthfulness to the film. Hahn, who was involved with the majority of the releases during the time period, does his best to tell an exciting and unbiased story. Granted, he is one of the artists as opposed to the executives, but it is obvious that Hahn was more concerned that the film succeeds in telling as much of the story as possible. One of the unsung heroes of the film is the late Frank G. Wells. Schneider and Hahn spend time proselytizing the former President and COO; Wells was truly loved and admired. Reading anything about the company post-Eisner and you will see the same theme: the death of Frank Wells really shook Eisner in confidence and ability.

The producers spend a lot of time focusing on Howard Ashman who passed away in 1991, shortly before the release of Beauty and the Beast. Ashman and his songwriting partner Alan Mencken were responsible for the change in direction of the Disney animated feature. Ashman pushed for a return to the animated musical. Ashman believed that music is central to what Disney animation is. In the film and the bonus features, he is referred to as the next Walt Disney. A scary, but very heartfelt appellation.

The film is told through a unique viewpoint. Instead of using archival interview footage with random talking heads, Hahn had the idea to use historical photos and videos with various voice overs from key persons. Hahn and Schneider tackle a very touchy subject and partway through the film, you wonder if they were going to make enemies. They address this in the bonus features, stating that they told the truth and were personally involved–that they wanted to show everything, including the warts!

Anyone who is a fan of the movies released during this time period will enjoy Waking sleeping Beauty. It is so much more than a documentary about the people; it is a heartfelt and emotional journey into the politics and infighting of the Disney Studio at the time. And above it all, amazing animation was produced. Which Hahn notes, is really what people will remember.


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