Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Welcome Home

Welcome Home. Those words bring a tear to my eye every time I hear them. How about you? If you don't know what I'm talking about, every time a Disney Vacation Club Member visits a resort and checks in, the Cast Members wish them a warm "Welcome Home!" Disney has a way of making each and every visitor feel special, this welcome is how they get to me. So my question to you is, once you've left Disney, how do you prevent that homesick feeling?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Ballad of Nessie

In the bonny blue Highlands
Where the bagpipes play
Lives the creature called Nessie
But it wasn’t always this way...

The Ballad of Nessie is the short film which plays after the Winnie the Pooh movie that came out in 2011. If you haven’t seen this treat, please do, it really is lovingly done!
Nessie lives in a pond in the moors of Glenkeane, which is a shout out to long-time Disney animator Glen Keane. The short is narrated by Billy Connolly and directed by Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters, who used hand drawn animation, which I believe, makes this short such a lovely gem. You can tell immediately that this is a very special piece of animation, a lot of love went into the making of this.

In Scotland, lives a sweet and shy Nessie monster. She and her rubber duck are forcibly removed from their lovely little watering hole by a greedy land developer. Nessie searches high and low for a replacement home, but to no avail. (Boy, this sounds like so many of the stories one hears today) Nessie’s grief finally becomes overwhelming and uncontrollable and she begins to cry. She cries and cries, she can’t stop crying until she sheds so many tears that she floods the lowlands, accidentally providing the perfect home for herself and her rubber ducky. Loch Ness, in case you didn't guess!

Monday, April 9, 2012

My Favorite Martian!

Pleakley, of Lilo and Stitch fame, is an alien from a species known as the Plorgonarians. He is a former member of the Galactic Federation and is a partner in crime, so to speak, and friend with Jumba; the mad scientist who created Stitch, experiment number 626.Agent Wendy Pleakley, he calls himself Wendy at times, worked for the “Galactic Federation”, and acted as its expert on the planet Earth, which he knew little about. Pleakley reluctantly becomes Dr. Jumba Jookiba’s partner when they were forced to capture Experiment 626 (Stitch). They become friends and roommates when the two became stranded on Earth.
Oh Pleakley, how you pull at my heart strings! What is it about you that makes me grin like a kid in love every time I see you? Is it your lovely eye? Your jaundiced yellow color, so much like my own? Perhaps it’s your wardrobe. You wear the uniform of the Galactic Federation when on official business, but when you kick back here on Earth, you get down in your mu’umu’u and don a wig on occasion. I love that you enjoy dressing up in women’s clothing, that your identity is ambiguous to everyone but yourself. You know how to enjoy life, you are a friend to all and you are a DVC member!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

I Dig Dug

Hello! Nick, Disney Musing's husband here, doing a guest appearance. DM is too busy reading "The Hunger Games" trilogy, so I thought I'd jump in and post.

Sorry to anyone who came across this title and thought I was referring to the popular 1980's video game, "Dig Dug", but, now that you're here, please stick around.

Lately, I've been talking about movies that have a special meaning in my life over at the Disleelandia blog, such as "A Bug's Life", and "Bambi". (If you go and look for them, they haven't been posted yet, but please check back there daily to see them when they do. Plug, plug. Send the money via PayPal, Lee).

The Pixar animated movie "Up" has a special meaning to the two of us. We saw it on our 10th Anniversary.

As dog lovers, we fell in love with Dug, the Golden Retriever, who can "talk" via a special dog collar, a creation by his evil owner. I bought this plush Dug for my wife from the Disney Store.

Press his paw, where it says PRESS HERE, and he says several things, such as "Are you a dog, too?", "Hi there!", "My name is Dug, I have just met you and I looove you!" , "Will you be my master?", "A ball, a ball! Oh boy! A ball!", "I can bark! (Barks) And here is howling! (Howls)" and "I am a great tracker, my pack sent me on a mission all by myself. Have you seen a bird?"

Here he is looking for a bird.

Hmm, maybe over here?

Now he's called in our dog, Shnelly to help him find the bird.

If you find the bird, please let us know!