Winnie the Pooh had to go up against Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 when it was released. This is unfair. I have to get that out of the way, because I imagine that many of you will not have seen the film by the time you read the review.
Walt Disney Animation Studios is having difficulties with their films reaching the audience, can we agree on that? Since John Lasseter and the Pixar crew came over, the in-house animation arm of Disney has produced some films that would rank up there with the best of the Second Golden Age, only to find them fall flat with audiences because of release dates and marketing issues. Pooh has been no exception, getting crushed by Potter.
Posted in Disney Reviews, Movies Also tagged Andreas Deja, Craig Ferguson, Eeyore, Eric Goldberg, John Lasseter, Kanga, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Roo, Tigger, Tom Kenny
The characters of Winnie the Pooh have always been my favorite Disney characters. I remember watching the Winnie the Pooh animated series and the movies. I remember my parents reading the Winnie the Pooh stories to me at bedtime. I also recall these characters as some of my closest childhood friends. As I got older we grew more apart, but I always had a special place for them in my heart. I thought they had forgotten me, but after the experience I had at Disneyland a few weeks ago I realized that they are still very close to me.
I recently ran across a personality test, and, according to it, I am Winnie the Pooh. My first time through, the test determined that I was Owl. Pooh is my favorite character, so I was glad that my honest answers to the second set of questions came back as the silly old bear.
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You have to wonder what went through the minds of Disney executives when they learned that July 15, the day they had selected for the release of Winnie the Pooh, would be the very same day the final movie in the epic Harry Potter series would be released. Oh bother!
It is unfortunate, to say the least, because this Pooh deserves its own rabid fan following. Winnie the Pooh is the first big-screen Pooh feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios in 35 years (the intermediate Pooh releases came from Disney’s straight-to-DVD unit).
Posted in Disney Company, Events, History, Literature, News Also tagged A.A. Milne, Bud Luckey, Christopher Robin, Don Hall, E.H. Shepard, Harry Potter, hunny, Jim Cummings, John Cleese, John Lasseter, Owl, Pooh, Sebastian Cabot, Stephen Anderson, The boy who lived, Tigger, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
Walt Disney was perhaps the world’s greatest visionary and dreamer. He had the uncanny knack for knowing what people would or wouldn’t like. These qualities made him the world’s most successful businessman, showman and storyteller. He knew the value of hiring the most talented craftsman and artisans money could buy. It was these skilled men and women who helped create the World’s most memorable and beloved characters, movies and stories. But Walt also knew the value of using characters created by other writers and storytellers, acquiring the rights to these and adding the special “Disney” touch to make them even more popular. Such examples include Mary Poppins, written by P.L. Travers or the movie The Absent Minded Professor, taken from a story called “A Situation of Gravity by Samuel W. Taylor. Both movies were a phenomenal success.
"Mom 30 Years Later" Photo Credit: Kaylene J
Back in January, a concept was born. Our very own NDM#203, Kaylene, felt that writing a parenting column for The Disney Driven Life would be an incredible way to express how Disney influences the lessons that she teaches her children. She conceived the idea of singling out a quote from a Disney movie as the inspiration for the posts she envisioned, but she didn’t stop there.
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Getting kids to practice items that are tedious is a challenge, especially while trying to boost their self confidence. Imagine attempting to motivate your three-year-old son to practice his language skills for speech therapy. Yes, this is the “homework” that we have had to do recently.
JSL started speech back in September 2010 while at nursery school a few days a week. My little guy was dropping sounds at the start, end, and even middle of words. As a teacher, I knew something was wrong, but qualifying for speech can often be a battle with Early Intervention Services. This was not simply a second child being lazy, there was more to it. His hearing was fine, but for some reason, even though he was talking a lot, we could not understand a lot of what he was saying.
Posted in Education, Lifestyle, Special Needs Also tagged Disney, early intervention, education, game, homework, language skills, learning, learning game, lesson, preschool, special needs, speech therapy, Teacher, Teaching, therapy, vocabulary
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Walt Disney World has been busy lately with construction in the Magic Kingdom, and it has not all been on new Princess attractions. They just recently improved the queue to the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. The queue is now an interactive queue for children of all ages.
First they increased the theming with more storybook pages on other items from the Hundred Acres Woods. Along the queue there is a garden play area where pesky gophers can be found in the garden by either jumping on bouncing spots or playing tug of war with a gopher. There are also musical vegetables that can be pounded on. The queue is situated so that as a parent waits, the kids, both big and small, can play.
Walt Disney World is full of animals. The Fab Five are some of our favorite animals in the entire world. Two mice, a duck, a dog, and whatever Goofy is. There’s Clarabelle the Cow, Jiminy Cricket, the Cheshire Cat, and even a Tiki Room full of singing birds. We are surrounded!
When we talk about being neurotic Disney people and incorporating Disney in every aspect of our lives, I can’t help but think of a major way that I have added Disney to my life: by naming my pets after Disney Characters.
Posted in Pets, Relationships Also tagged animals, Cheshire Cat, Clarabelle the Cow, Cogsworth, Disney Characters, Dumbo, Eeyore, Jiminey Cricket, Kanga, Lumiere, names, Pets, Pinnochio, Ratatouille, Rex, Roo, Tweedle-Dee, Tweedle-Dumb
Out with the old year, in with the new, right? In all honesty, I can say that 2011 may be the year I am most looking forward to in the world of Disney films. There are great stories, interesting plots and lots of intrigue. And that’s just in the studio offices. So let’s take a look at a few of the different types of films coming out from Disney and their associated studios in 2011.
Posted in Disney Reviews, Movies Also tagged African Cats, Avengers, Captain America, Cars, Cars 2, Gnomeo and Juliet, Hulk, Johnny Depp, Lightning McQueen, Mars Needs Moms, Marvel, Mater, movies, Muppets, Pirates of the Caribbean, Prom, Rich Ross, Thor, Walt Disney Pictures
*Contributed by: Justin Poe (NDI#33). Justin is not employed by Disney but is a voice talent that entertains. He also in the creator of Disney Voice Guy.*
Every Neurotic Disney Person has something that makes him or her a unique personality, but May’s Neurotic Disney Person of the Month stands out because he has a talent that makes him several unique personalities–Disney personalities. Meet Justin Poe, Neurotic Disney Individual #33.
Posted in DDL Announcements, NDP Community Also tagged Cars, Cheshire Cat, Disney Voice Guy, Goofy, Gopher, Justin Poe, Kermit, Mad Hatter, Miss Piggy, Neurotic Disney Individual, Neurotic Disney Person, Pete, Pixar, Rascal Flats
It is decided that we will only spend one day in a theme park during our upcoming trip. Although I have been doing my best to not allow my newly acquired Disney phobia to get the best of me, it has been hard for me to entirely shake it. Traveling with our special dietary needs is a concept that still makes me very uneasy, so I decide not to set our expectations too high. We will brave one park for one day, and we will remain content within that limitation.
Posted in Organization and Plannning, Travel Reports, True Confessions of a Neurotic Disney Mom Also tagged afraid, customer service, Disney dining, Disney special dietary requests department, Disney's Hollywood Studios, fear, Genie, medical condition, Organization and Plannning, pre-schoolers, special diet, special needs, stress