Posts Tagged ‘Disney’

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible,”

~Walt Disney

Before you say anything, I am well aware of my age. Yes, I am a 23-year-old girl who will forever have a soft spot for the Wonderful World of Disney. So maybe those innocent princesses aren’t necessarily on the forefront of feminism, and maybe there are supposed hidden sexual messages in each film my pal Walt created. (You people searching for those are sick, by the way. Not everything has to have sexual undertones!) But nothing, and I mean NOTHING will ever change my fondness for those lovable characters.

That being said, check out this blog. The name is pretty self-explanatory: people with way too much time on their hands use the magic that is Photoshop to swap the faces of Disney characters. Ever wondered what Belle would look like with Gaston’s hideous mug instead of her own, and vice-versa? Wonder no more!

Although some of the face swaps are pretty terrible, (amateurs!), most of them are actually believable and kind of terrifying. Think this page won’t interest you? Give it a try, I’m willing to bet my first unborn child that you will find yourself eyes glazed over and transfixed by your computer screen, having lost a good hour or two of your life scrolling through these images. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

-Amber Brenza

Last week, Demi Lovato’s highly anticipated third studio album “Unbroken” was released, and let me tell you, it should be caged up again.  I’ll be honest, I was excited for the album.  Despite Demi Lovato’s tween audience, I think she is a very talented singer.  She has–or I should say had–a very strong and confident sense to her voice that made it something worth listening too.  The album’s first single “Skyscraper,” which is incredibly inspirational, even suckered me in. But fuck was I wrong.

This album is all over the place.  It starts off with a track featuring Missy Elliott and Timbaland, then somehow makes it down to the emotional “Skyscraper” and ends with a Wizz Dumb (Who? Yeah, I don’t know either) remix of the single.

Entertainment Weekly puts my thoughts perfectly in a review they wrote on the album.  The article quotes “There are two ways for pop stars to make a Survivor Album: either power-sing through your problems like Christina Aguilera, or make like Rihanna and dance ’till you forget what you’re supposed to be getting over. On her first release since checking out of rehab, Demi Lovato wants to have it both ways.”  In my opinion, you can’t have it both ways.  Sorry, Demi.

But don’t take my word for it.  Here is the Spotify link to “Unbroken,” and below is her single “Skyscraper”:

-Hayley Isaacson

Bippity, boppity, click.

Disney announced this week via its Disney Parks Blog that it had “wild” news.  Shortly after, Disney debuted three new shots from its Disney Dream series, a campaign Disney adds to every few years, the latest installment being in 2009.  This new batch features Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen and Alec Baldwin as the spirit of the magic mirror from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  Penelope Cruz glows as Belle in the arms of Jeff Bridges as the transformed beast from Beauty and the Beast.  Finally, the saucy Queen Latifah rushes the shore as wicked Ursula from The Little Mermaid.

Behind-the-scenes videos send chills down one’s spine as some of Hollywood’s biggest starts transform in to Disney heroes and villains.  The stars revealed that while on set, music from their respective movies was played and assisted with getting in to character.  Leibovitz shoots each photograph in pieces and later assembles and retouches them adding scenery and effects to give the photographs that Disney sparkle.

A special insert featuring these photos flies in to homes via the March 28th issue of People, and the April issues of O – The Oprah Magazine, People En Español, Real Simple, Essence, and InStyle magazines.  Leibovitz graced Syracuse with her presence as a guest speaker last April as part of the Syracuse University Lectures series.  Is there a waiting list for these?  I would kill to play Daisy Duck.

– Jake Hebert

Tim Burton gives me anxiety. Well, maybe I can be somewhat sensitive sometimes, as I bawled my eyes out for the latter two thirds of Sweeney Todd, but still. Being known as the girl who can’t keep it together during a film based off a Broadway musical isn’t exactly cool.

A lover of sunshine, rainbows, and anything Disney, I’ve always found Burton to be a bit too dark for my taste. Yes, I know that he and Disney produced The Nightmare Before Christmas, but I was never allowed to watch it as a child. God knows how frightening skeletons in stop motion can be when they’re dancing in the dark. I never thought I’d feel the need to see another Burton film until I heard that he is yet again collaborating with Disney Studios to create Alice in Wonderland — in 3-D.

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...on the road again...

...on the road again...

This one goes out to all you kids out there. No matter what age you may be, if you can still enjoy a nice cold glass chocolate milk and the occasional animated movie, this one is for you.

Yes, I realize that because I only have a few short months left of my teenage years, I may seem a bit old for cartoons, but let me let you in on a little secret: you’re never too old.

Miley Cyrus - the downfall of the movie

Miley Cyrus - the downfall of the movie

Bolt, for example, may be a cartoon, but it is also cinematic genius and the work of some very famous, world-renowned actors (and no, I am not talking about Miley Cyrus). John Travolta, Nick Swardson and Greg Germann all join the film’s cast to become animated and test out their voice acting abilities.

In fact, many very popular actors have decided to go cartoon, making “kid” movies almost impossible to stay away from. Jack Black’s rendition of Kung Fu Panda was awe-inspiring, as was basically the entire cast’s performance in Madagascar (and from what I hear, Madagascar 2). The new movie Monsters vs. Aliens with Seth Rogen and Reese Witherspoon looks like a gem that I plan to see as soon as I find someone comfortable enough in their maturity to see it with me. (more…)