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Disney and Star Wars Cosplay at ConnectiCon 2009

4 Aug

Most of the cosplay at ConnectiCon is either anime or gaming characters, but since it’s a multi-genre conference, all sorts of characters show up! Here are a few Disney costumes I spotted last weekend at the Hartford Convention Center (and captured with my sub-optimal camera phone, unfortunately).

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland, with the Cheshire Cat

Tinker Bell and Peter Pan

Tink and Peter, woot!

The 501st Legion Connecticut Garrison

The 501st Legion Connecticut Garrison! I was lucky enough to interview a representative; watch for this on the Those Darn Cats podcast in coming weeks.

Carl Fredricksen from Up

Carl Fredricksen, from Pixar's Up. After I took his picture, he gave me a balloon. ❤

Kirk vs. Vader

The ultimate nerd showdown!!!

Aladdin

Prince Ali, fabulous he

Kiki

Kiki, from Kiki's Delivery Service (an ever-popular costume for sure)

Maleficent

Maleficent, evil incarnate, seems strangely out of place against the backdrop of Convention Center striped carpet

Mash-up Trailer: Disney and the Order of the Phoenix

4 Jul

Perfect timing for this, given how thoroughly the interweb is abuzz with speculation about how Walt Disney World will counter Universal’s upcoming Harry Potter “themed environment.

“Finding Nemo” Musical Debut

21 Oct

Yesterday’s Playbill has a nice article about a press event in New York City, previewing the new Finding Nemo musical, opening in November at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom.

I’m a huge fan of the Aladdin show at California Adventure, also produced by Disney Creative Entertainment, so I’m definitely looking forward to the Finding Nemo show. On the other hand, we can also hold them responsible for Cinderellabration and Snow White: An Enchanting Musical, so perhaps I shouldn’t get too excited just yet?

There’s been a lot of media attention for the show already; Google News finds plenty of articles.

What’s More Offensive: Aladdin or Song of the South?

17 Sep

Entertainment Weekly Online has published EW’s list of the Top 25 Most Controversial Movies Ever. Disney’s 1992 Aladdin is listed at spot #23

I was surprised by many of the omissions from the list . Where was Cruisin’, which brought out protesters in droves to voice their opposition to its stereotypes of gay sadomasochistic murder? How about Hail Mary, which my then-roommate George and I ran to see in a hurry, after hearing that nuns were picketing the theatre in their outrage over a sensual solo scene of the Virgin Mary? Where was Song of the South, which Disney periodically reassures the public they won’t release on DVD, given its deeply disturbing racial stereotypes?

Surely any of these three was more controversial than Aladdin, which made repairs to its offensive lyrics (though I’ll admit there are still some cringe-worthy moments) and has subsequently spawned two sequels with little if any public outcry. You don’t see Disney planning Song of the South 2, do you?

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