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Liebster Award

Disney Momma  —  April 6, 2015

Liebster Award

My sister-in-law has a blog called babiesfirstyears, where she writes about being a stay-at-home mom to her two kids. She has been blogging longer than I have and she recently gave me the honor of nominating me for the Liebster Award.  The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers.  It is a way to help discover and recognize newer blogs.  So, I accept her nomination (Thanks so much!) and I will “pay it forward” by nominating a few other blogs out there.

THE RULES ARE:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you

2. Answer the 11 questions that they set

3. Nominate others with less than 200 followers

4. Let them know about the nomination and the questions

MY ANSWERS

1. “Kids say the darndest things.”  What is something your child has said recently that made you laugh? Continue Reading…

We are nearing the end of my Disney Voice Doubles series.  We’ve met several actors and actresses in the previous posts, some of whom voiced about a dozen Disney characters.  For some, their voices are easily recognizable.  For others, it was a real surprise to discover that they’d been done by the same person.   Here are some more of Disney’s impressive voice stars.

Don’t forget to check out the previous posts:  Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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Hans Conried

Image Credit: IMDb

Image Credit: IMDb

Hans Conried’s strong voice made him successful on the radio in the 1930s and ’40s.  He was also an actor on stage, including Broadway.  Traditionally, stage productions of Peter Pan hired the same actor to play Mr. Darling and Captain Hook.  In keeping with that tradition, Disney hired Hans to voice both roles in the animated film.

Hans Conried - Mr Darling Hans Conried - Hook 

Hans’ roles include: Continue Reading…

Voice Doubles: Part 3

Disney Momma  —  February 22, 2015

This post has taken me a long time to get back to, but I still wanted to make sure that I finished my list of Voice Doubles (voice actors who voice multiple characters).  Some of these voice doubles are easily recognizable; others may surprise you. 

Make sure you check back at Part 1and Part 2 to see the voice actors whom we have already met.

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Bill Thompson

Image Credit: Amoeba Music

Image Credit: Amoeba Music

Bill Thompson has voiced some unmistakable characters, including Mr. Smee and the White Rabbit.  (When you think about it, I’m sure you hear the similarity.)  Not all of his voices sound similar, however.  He also voiced multiple characters from Lady and the Tramp, even the Italian chef, Joe.

Bill Thompson - Smee Bill Thompson - White Rabbit Bill Thompson - Dodo Bill Thompson - Uncle Waldo Bill Thompson - Hubert Bill Thompson - Jock Bill Thompson - Bull Bill Thompson - policeman Bill Thompson - Dachsie Bill Thompson - Joe
Bill Thompson’s voice roles include: Continue Reading…

Today is Wordless Wednesday and we’re joining up again with Focused on the Magic’s Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!  This week’s theme is Pinterest Pins.

If you don’t follow me on Pinterest, head on over to my Pinterest Profile and follow me.  I am a Disney fanatic, but I’m also a wife, mother, elementary teacher, cook, crafter, novice photographer, housekeeper, and an enjoyer of life.  So, in addition to my Disney boards, I have lots of boards for holidays and other fun, useful stuff.  Follow them all or follow whichever ones match your interests!

Here is a sampling of some of my Disney pins, as well as a couple of my non-Disney pins that have gotten the most repins.  Click on the descriptions for the links!

 pin andy's roomToy Story-Themed Baby Room Continue Reading…

Recenlty, I posted an awesome kid-directed video called “Sock,” that was part of Disney’s “Direct Your Disney Side” project.  Disney has been helping young, aspiring filmmakers create and direct short films, based on their concept ideas, which they pitched to the Disney team.

As promised, here is another one of the videos that have been created.  This one is a fantasy story about a heroine who goes through lots of chalk-drawn obstacles as she tries to save her boyfriend from danger.  This one-and-a-half-minute short is directed by Claire Tantzen, 15 years old.  She did a great job on this fun video!

Enjoy the film!



 

If you missed out on seeing “Sock,” don’t forget to check it too!

I was just about to post a Daily Dose of Disney on my facebook page about the new Jungle Book movie that was to be released on October 9, 2015, when I saw the announcement on Deadline that it has been pushed back to 2016. It’s new release date will be on April 15, 2016.

1.15 Jungle Book

Image Credit: The Disney Wiki

These stars will peform voice roles for the coming 3D fillm:

Image Credit: IMDb

Image Credit: IMDb

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I have loved everything about the Disney Side theme.  I recently watched these videos with my kids and knew I had to share them with all of you.   Three incredible, short videos were made by teens for Disney’s “Direct Your Disney Side” project.  

These teens (ages 13-15) wrote their stories, pitched them to the Disney team, and directed them.   Why did Disney start this initiative?  “Because, for a generation that carries cameras in their pockets and can post videos within seconds, creativity blossoms with every step and stories unfold before our eyes,” Disney says in their “Behind the Scenes” video.

I’ll be sharing each video, starting with “Sock” by 13-year-old Jack Vinetz. I laughed and laughed at the end of this video and marveled at how this sock jumps around the way it does.  I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I did.  

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Frozen Fever

Disney’s Oh My Disney! Blog released the news that a Frozen short will premier before the upcoming live-action Cinderella film.  

The short, “Frozen Fever,” will show Elsa and Kristoff preparing a surprise birthday party for Anna.  Elsa must try to control her ice powers to keep from ruining the party.

Cinderella, as well as “Frozen Fever” will debut in theaters on March 13, 2015.

When I heard that Disney was releasing Cinderella, I have to admit that I had very uncertain feelings about it.  I get worried when a new version is made of something that I’ve loved so much.  

That feeling is gone now.  The full trailer for Cinderella was released today and I can officially say that I cannot wait to see it.  I will be at the theater for this one, maybe even on opening day.  

Perhaps I should wear a ball gown to see it.  Now, there’s an idea…

 

In an interview with Oh My Disney, director Kenneth Branagh said, “I wanted to let the audience feel that [with the movie] they were going to enter a very sumptuous, lavish world. It’s a new kind of fairy tale where the emotional development feels very real. In the trailer I wanted to show people that there would be a great, big, immersive world to go into and that it would be fun to spend some time there. It’s playful and complex; full of energy.”  

How beautiful is that?!

See my original post about this live-action fairy tale here, complete with the starring cast members.

What do you think about the upcoming film?

If you’ve been to Disney World in the fall, you’ve seen the many, many jack-o-lanterns that line the buildings along Main Street USA.  Each one is cleverly designed by Disney’s Art Director, David Hartmann and then carefully carved.  The pumpkins often match the theme of the building on which they stand.  You can find an ice cream sundae on top of The Plaza, a hot dog over Casey’s Corner, a film strip over The Cinema, and a dalmatian on the Fire Station.  You will also see more traditional jack-o-lantern faces.

Main Street Jack o Lanterns

As you walk along Main Street, it is fun to take the time to look up and notice the detail and hard work that went into creating each one.  The pumpkins are realistic-looking, but are actually foam. (Disney learned its lesson about using real pumpkins in Florida heat.)  Some of them reappear each year and other, new carvings are added too.  There are over 180 pumpkins on display, each one with an original design and each is carved by hand.   Continue Reading…