Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I'm No Fool (With A Bicycle.)

   With the weather (hopefully...) on the verge of warming up, its time for me to dust off the old bicycle.  As a non-driver, in a very pedestrian/bike friendly town, my bike is one of my best friends.   She cuts my trip to the grocery store/Starbucks/work in half, and I look awfully cute in transit.  And sometimes Big Al gets to ride in my basket...

   So, with oncoming bike weather I thought I'd get my head back in the right place with some safety tips!  From the 1955 Jiminy Cricket short I'm No Fool...With A Bicycle from the extensive I'm No Fool series.  In these short cartoons Jiminy plays our conscience obviously, and helps us make the right decisions when it comes to safety. :)

   Also, if you need more inspiration to be safe, this catchy song is available on iTunes! Cliff Edwards is killing these songs in the best possible way, obviously. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Three Country Bear Attraction Posters

   Did I mention that I've been super lazy and haven't actually read my Poster Art of Disney Parks book that I got for my birthday??!! (way back in October, for those of you keeping track...) The good thing about this book is, however, that it makes a wonderful companion to my coffee table and hence allows me plenty of opportunities to flip through its pages. :)
   This morning, while listening to my Epcot morning playlist I opened the book up to three wonderful attraction posters for the Country Bear Jamboree, a favorite attraction of mine.

Country Bear Jamboree, Walt Disney World, Jim Michaelson, Marc Davis, and Eddie Martinez, 1978

Monday, February 25, 2013

Disney Hipster Meet Up: Photo Re-cap!

   Talk about a fun night!  Our first ever north east Disney meet up went off without a hitch!  A beautiful venue, tons of terrific Disney drinks (and great bartender and server as well...) and a phenomenal amount of Disney-dork chat!  We had a trivia contest AND a background music loop contest...which were enormously fun/rowdy. Who knew this community was so competitive??!! 
    Big thanks to our delightful co-hosts  Mouse On The Mind and This Happy Place! And an even bigger thanks to everyone who came down from ALL OVER the north east!  You guys are all amazing...
   *This post could be subtitled "How many silly faces can Andrew make in one evening..."

Disney Hipster Podcast crew...Keith is hiding behind us. Dont ask why. (drink 1: Bay Lake Sunset)

I guess I didn't know where the camera was.  (drink 2: black cherry twist)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Meeting Characters At Hollywood Studios

   Hey! Look at me! I'm in a super giving mood this week...probably because I'm so excited for our first north east meet up!  In being so excited/preoccupied this week, I thought I would keep things on the positive side, even if we're at Hollywood Studios!
   Like I've said on Disney Hipster Podcast, I don't HATE the studios. But I also don't love this park either, like at all.  But I've come to terms with this, and being the fair person that I am I've worked very hard to find things about it that I can tolerate.  It is, after all, really hard to avoid this park on a 14 day trip.
   One of the fun things about Hollywood Studios is the semi-regularly rotating cast of meet and greet characters.  We went out of our way in October to meet a few.

Not exactly sure what I'm gesticulating wildly about. But Adam seems amused.  I've found that sorcerer 
Mickey usually has a shorter wait than at other parks. 

 Characters in the animation building are usually swapped out every year, with the release 
of the latest animated film. Ralph and Vanellope were big hits this year...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Liberty Tree Tavern: Dessert Redemption

   I'm not one to hold a grudge, and I do like to present both sides of a story here on Disney Hipster Blog.  Do you remember a few weeks ago, when I was really upset about lunch at Liberty Tree? Well, that wasn't the whole truth.  Sure the new veggie option was super disappointing (especially when compared to the previous option...) but for those of us who end our meals with a sweet treat? Liberty Tree has a lot going for it...

Monday, February 18, 2013

Source Material: A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes

   A few tropes stand out as definitive when thinking of early Disney animated films. The beautiful princess and stoic prince, or course...but we also have stunning over the top backgrounds, with swaths of rich color,  and of course grandiose music setting the tone.
   A common practice in these early films was to adapt classical work to fit the theme and gait of the film.  Sleeping Beauty is the ultimate example of this.  In that film Tchaikovsky's 1890 ballet was adapted to the film perfectly, lending its melodies to the (few) songs.

   Another wonderful example, that I was previously unaware of, is the source material for A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes from 1950's Cinderella.  Here, 19th century Hungarian composer Franz Liszt provides the jumping off point.  Transcendental Etude No. 9 (Ricordanza) , is a small but memorable piece in his larger solo piano piece Transcendental Etudes.  It was described by Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni as "a bundle of faded love letters."  It doesn't get much better than that, if you ask me.
   The melody used primarily in Cinderella is very subtle at times, but this is a really terrific piece and interesting on its own.  Enjoy.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Layout & Background: Jungle Book Temple

   One of the things that sets the 1967 animated classic The Jungle  Book apart from the rest of the Disney canon is the unflinching exoticism.  This film feels completely different from all the others. Moving from European sets and standards worked terribly well for the company as peoples hunger for the east was waxing in the late sixties. This, coupled with the fact that Disney was and is known for family appropriate entertainment made this film the huge hit that it was.  "Lets go see the Disney cartoon with the little brown boy!" 
   Of course, without fabulous background art the over the top exotic theme would fall flat.  Here are two remarkably pretty pieces of background art featuring King Louie's temple.

   Why exactly is The Jungle Book, as one of the highest grossing films of all time, not represented in Adventureland?   Instead of getting a silly interactive game, I would love to have seen a small show in the vein of the Jack Sparrow show.  Honestly though, I'm done with pirates. :(

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Six Vintage Disney Valentines Day Cards

   Relatively early in the month Tumblr started getting over run by fun old Disney Valentines day cards.  Some were cheesy, some were sweet, some were...uh, a little strange. (I'm looking at you little mermaid!)  All of them were super fun though, and here is a compilation of some of my faves...

 I dont get this.  Is it a country bear? Why is he playing, what appears to be a cello?  
As opposed to say, an upright bass?

I always find it fascinating how standards of characters arent upheld once they're
licensed out, especially the farther you go back in the company's history.  Such is the case of this 
Valentine.  Imagine Captain Hook with a witches hat on...just do it. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Favorite Disney Park Character Twitter Accounts!

   I love Twitter.  She keeps me occupied when I'm otherwise bored out of my mind. Since interactions are kept to a minimum, due to the 140 character limit, Twitter also doesn't have a stronghold on my time either.  One aspect of the Disney Twitter Universe that I've had mixed feelings about in the past are the accounts made reflecting the thoughts of various park characters.
   These account recall the day to day thoughts, feelings, and events in the life of a Disney park character/object. (say, a bench on Mainstreet)  Sure, they are all in good fun, but some of them are either superfluous or downright annoying.

   Here are a list of a few extremely entertaining Twitter accounts:

Mara - 
   One of the long term character accounts, Mara has been watching over Adventureland diligently...providing doom for all! Mara is the idol from Indiana Jones Temple of the Forbidden Eye Very entertaining, to say the least.  Snarky comments ensue when Shrunken Ned is involved.  Make sure to follow @eyeofmara

Monday, February 11, 2013

Coverland: Everybody Wants To Be A Cat

   Welcome back to Coverland!  It's been a while since we've visited this series, but I've been meaning to get around to it since the last installment (Lets All Sing Like The Birdies Sing) back in May.  Coverland is where we take the time to appreciate a few cover versions of classic Disney songs, so that we might consider their proper place within Disney history.

   Today we are diving into Everybody Wants To Be A Cat, the standout Sherman Brothers song from the 1970 animated classic The Aristocats.  Clearly jazz will be the prominent sound here, but I'm surprised by the diversity that I was able to dig up...

Friday, February 8, 2013

Animal Kingdom Artifact: Boki Head Crest

   This beautiful/creepy head dress is found on the lower level of Kidani Village's main house, near Sanaa.  Produced by the Boki people of Nigeria, this head crest is worn while dancing to invoke ancestral spirits!  This one kind of looks like a Studio Ghibli character...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Boardwalk Artifact: Illions Ornament

   In our short stay at Disney's Boardwalk Resort we managed to soak up a lot of the atmosphere, and take in a lot of the sights.  Though not Animal Kingdom Lodge caliber, the artifacts located at this delux resort are super interesting.  Here is one that isn't as nightmare inducing as the crazy insane person chair...

   The information card reads:
      All manner of sculptural elements decorated the turn-of-the-century BoardWalk carousel to provide sumptuous ornament for the visual feast of the amusement business.  Carved by M.C. Illions (see Illions Supreme Miniature in Disney's BoardWalk tower), this figurine originally surrounded mirrored panels and was accompanied by dozens of similar figures.  Cast from the circa 1910 original, hand painted and gold leafed.

   Pretty right?  I love the use of random articles appropriated as art work for the resorts.  This is a fine example of theming.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Terrific Bathroom Signage at Yak and Yeti.

   This past October we ate at Animal Kingdom's Yak and Yeti restaurant.  This was one of the few places in Disney World that we had never been to before and even though we were generally underwhelmed by the meal, the decor and theming was really terrific.
   I've been mildly obsessed with Disney bathroom signage in the past. My favorites being San Angel Inn and of course the Norway bathrooms!  Turns out, Yak and Yeti has its own set of cool signage as well...

Monday, February 4, 2013

Disney Hipster Tumblr One Year Birthday!

   So, something clicked in the past year.  Randomly, out of nowhere I started acting like an 18 year old and became obsessed with Tumblr.  It was a slow start at first, thats for sure. Somehow though, despite all the nonsense (I still really don't understand half of whats posted on there...) our Disney Hipster Tumblr is turning one this week! Yay birthdays!
   To celebrate the occasion, our page got a whole new (and much better) look!  See below...

   We're also having a "HAPPY ONE YEAR TUMBLR GIVEAWAY!"  What are the spectacular items you ask?  Well, we will be giving away a Disney Hipster tee shirt, with matching buttons to go with them, to FIVE winners!  Yay! 

tee shirt!


   There are two ways to enter:

         Reblog: Over on Tumblr!

Good luck everyone!  The drawing will be held on February 11th, and I will inform the winners promptly! :)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sunday Quickie: A Few From The Haunted Mansion Queue

   I know a lot of people are on the fence about the additional queue at Disney World's Haunted Mansion, but I'm a fan.  Aesthetically its very pleasing. Despite being made of plastic for the most part, it does have the illusion of age...and is pretty stinkin fun.
   Here are a few random shots.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Adorable Beaver at Island Mercantile...

   I love extensive theming when it comes to merchandise promotion in Disney parks.  Those little touches are what make the stores special after all...and if I'm in a good mood I'm much more likely to purchase something.
   The theming around Discovery Island at Disney's Animal Kingdom is among my favorites in any Disney park.  Thankfully, all of the beautiful bright animal paintings and sculpture doesn't end at the entrance of each store.  They continue spilling into every aspect of that land...including the "merch racks." (I'm using the term mech racks because I cant think of a better word...maybe someone can help me out with that??)
   Here is one of my favorite examples!  An adorable beaver eating a log! :)

   I love that this set up not only includes the beaver, but also the chewed part of the log at the top.  Simply wonderful!
   Do you have a favorite store based on theming?  Let us know over on Facebook!