Posted in Things We Like on 21 December 2010
Stats: 8,977 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.
Posted in One Million Watts on 22 September 2010
Stats: 2,703 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.
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 23 August 2010
Stats: 3,701 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.
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 28 June 2010
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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.
Posted in One Million Watts on 8 June 2010
Stats: 1,535 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.
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 29 April 2010
Stats: 2,828 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.
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.
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.
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 8 January 2010
Stats: 4,054 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.
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.