Monday, March 5, 2018

Lady And The Tramp

by Al Kessel 

Disney's Classic Love Story is BACK! 
In 1955, Disney brought us the fairy tale about the romance between two lovable dogs from opposite sides of the track. Lady, a female cocker spaniel, is an overly pampered pup (umm, kinda like our Katie! Only she's not a cocker spaniel :) ), isn't all that keen on the fact that her owners, Jim Dear and Darling, are having a baby. Though her owners do their best to assure Lady that all is right with the world, and that they have more than enough love to go around, Lady is still nervous. When the couple goes away and their Aunt Sarah arrives with her Siamese Cats (weee are Si-a-meese, if you please) to take care of the baby, these nasty felines create a huge mess in the living room. Of course, Lady gets the blame, and runs away...only to meet the scruffy nerf herder Tramp! Tramp's a freewheeling mutt with a heart of gold! Through a heartwarming series of adventures, Tramp teaches Lady about life and through it all, the two fall in love. Cue ultra-cute spaghetti eating scene NOW!
The most adorable accidental kiss ever!

Of course, there's plenty more to enjoy than that, but, well, by now you all know the drill. We only give you enough story to whet your appetite. See it for yourself to find out how it all turns out! We LOVE this movie, and know you will too! 

Lady and the Tramp is the sixth title to join the Walt Disney Signature collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, feature timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. This film takes its place alongside Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Bambi and The Lion King. 

Bonus Features:
          Film Versions 
            - Original Theatrical Edition - Enjoy this cherished                        Disney classic that captivates audiences of all ages. 
            - Sing-Along Mode - Sing along with all your favorite songs as you watch the movie!
            - Inside Walt's Story Meetings - As you view the film, hear reenactments of Walt's story sessions with animators and see how their ideas were realized on-screen

New Signature Bonus
            - Walt & His Dogs - Through archival recordings and photos, hear the tales of the dogs Walt Disney owned and loved over his lifetime.
   - Stories from Walt's Office - Take a tour of Walt's office suite on the Studio lot, carefully re-created to look just as it did when he occupied it.
           - How to Make a Meatball and Other Fun Facts About Lady and The Tramp - Watch a delicious lesson on how to make perfect meatballs with teen chef Amber Kelley and Oh My Disney Show Host Alexys Gabrielle.

 - "Peace on Earth"
 - "What Is a Baby/La La Lu"
 - "The Siamese Cat Song"
 - "Bella Notte"
 - "He's a Tramp"

Classic Bonus Features
       - Diane Disney Miller: Remembering Dad - Walt's daughter shares memories of her father and Disneyland's early days, as well as a look at his apartment above the firehouse.
      - Never-Recorded Song - "I'm Free as the Breeze" - Take a listen to a song originally meant to be sung by Tramp.

Deleted Scenes
       - Introduction of Boris - Tramp wasn't always meant to be Lady's only suitor. Meet Boris the aristocrat and Homer the peasant in this deleted scene.
       - Waiting for Baby - Lady watches as Jim Dear plans out his new son's future in this early storyboard.
       - Dog Show - See the storyboards for this deleted scene in which Lady and Tramp unexpectedly find themselves in the middle of a dog show.


Disney's Lady and the Tramp Signature Collection is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital now. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Minnie: Helping Hearts

by Joyce Kessel

What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day, than by celebrating with Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck?! 

The Happy Helpers are on their way!  When their friends need help, these two BFFs are at the ready! As the Happy Helpers from Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Minnie and Daisy can complete any task at hand, whether they are babysitters, personal assistants, or cruise ship directors leading the Valentine’s Day dance contest! Every day is an exciting new adventure and you can always count on the Happy Helpers to show up with happy hearts and helping hands!

With a whopping EIGHT episodes and a running time of about 96 minutes total, Disney Junior Minnie Helping Hearts is loaded with lots of fun that will keep your little ones (and maybe you!) entertained. 

The first episode, “The Happiest Helper Cruises”,  introduces Minnie and Daisy as cruise ship directors and they lead the Valentine’s Day dance contest, along with helping their friends complete the tasks at hand.  

The fun continues with The Big Broadcast,  Adventure in Buddysitting, Lights! Camera! Help!, Grandpa Beagle’s Day Out, Artful Helpers, Cuckoo La-La, and Figaro’s new friend.

All the episodes were fun, but my favorite episode was Adventures in Buddysitting.  The play center was closed so Minnie and Daisy extended their helping hands to care for their friends children.  Buddy was new to town and did not any friends, so they attempted to welcome him and introduce him to new friends.  When Daisy thought Buddy escaped, she mistakenly ran after the squirrel in the chicken suit.  Meanwhile, the happy helpers helped Buddy overcome his shyness and make new friends.

Episodes Included Are:
 * The Happiest Helpers Cruise!
 * The Big Broadcast
 * Adventures in Buddysitting!
 * Lights! Camera! Help!
 * Grandpa Beagle's Day Out
 * Artful Helpers
 * Cuckoo La-La
 * Figaro's New Friend
 Each episode runs about 11 minutes, just the right amount of time!

Minnie Helping Hearts released on DVD February 6, 2018 and is available just about everywhere! With a voice cast including Russi Taylor (Minnie), Tress MacNeille (Daisy), Bret Iwan (Mickey) Daniel Ross (Donald), Bill Farmer (Goofy), April Winchell (Clarabelle) and Jim Cummings (Pete), this is a must have for every Disney fan!

Here are some fun Valentine's Day Activities you can download, print off and play!