In Defense of “Tron: Legacy”
Posted in Things We Like on 21 December 2010
Stats: 64,310 views and 6 Comments

It’s nowhere near an instant classic, but “Tron: Legacy” is an enjoyable and strong popcorn movie, and it doesn’t deserve much of the abuse it’s getting. Let’s break it down to the bits.

Jack Skellington, Go Home
Posted in One Million Watts on 22 September 2010
Stats: 6,325 views and 8 Comments

“The Nightmare Before Christmas,” the stop-motion animated movie, is wonderful. “Haunted Mansion Holiday,” the Disneyland semi-attraction based on the movie, is the precise opposite.

Ode to a Phony Doubloon
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 23 August 2010
Stats: 26,820 views and 4 Comments

The shop was home to one of those carnival midway machines that would print any sequence of letters onto a souvenir coin. In essence, you were making your own money.

Hey, Disney: Set Pogo Free!
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 28 June 2010
Stats: 7,066 views and No Comments

Good news: Nick “Pogo” Bertke has been commissioned by Disney to create more of his peerless music tracks based on Disney’s films. Bad news: You can’t legally own them.

Falling Back in Love with “Tron”
Posted in One Million Watts on 8 June 2010
Stats: 4,333 views and 3 Comments

“Tron” mania is overclocking the world’s geeks into a frenzy. There’s even a popular hoodie based on it. Not bad for a Disney movie that couldn’t even get arrested in 1982.

At Videopolis Tonight
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 29 April 2010
Stats: 8,676 views and 2 Comments

It was May 1986, and my friends and I were looking for a new place to dance. We never dreamed that we’d end up in a fantasy kingdom, dancing to fireworks.

Visiting the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 24 March 2010
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The grounds of Disney’s Burbank studios is an odd place; it seems to have more in common with a small college than a big Hollywood studio. And the commissary serves one wicked bowl of chili.

EPCOT, When It Sizzled
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 8 February 2010
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Uncle Walt didn’t want a world’s fair-type theme park hinting at a possible future; he wanted to make the actual future, and to move people into it. But the world’s fair idea worked — at least for a while.

My Name is Mohawk Mouse: Disneyland in (mostly) punk song
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 8 January 2010
Stats: 27,809 views and 5 Comments

I have made a hobby of collecting pop-punk songs about Disneyland. Even the good punk bands that stormed the Magic Kingdom’s gates did so halfheartedly; they couldn’t even be bothered to really hate the place.

Space Mountain Forever
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 30 November 2009
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In the year 1977, New York had a blackout, punk and disco exploded in our big, fat, stupid faces, and George Lucas’ “Star Wars” and Disneyland’s Space Mountain opened within two scant days of each other. Coincidence? I think not.