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My Chief Magic Official Video Resume

28 Jan

Okay people, my Disney Chief Magic Official video is online. Good thing I don’t embarrass easily I have no idea whether the number of views of each video has any impact on selection of the first round of finalists . . . but I figure it couldn’t hurt to get some traffic, right?

Plus, I know y’all really need to see my attempt at deadpan comedy, right? So go ahead click here to see my PowerPoint, office-jargon-spewing skillz in action.

Even Disapproving Rabbits Wear Mickey Ears!

9 Jan
From Disapproving Rabbits, bien sur!

Lolcat Tigger

6 Jan

From Icanhascheesburger.

And hey, if you’re interested in linguistics and the interweb, especially if you already speek leet, you could do worse than to read their special in-depth analysis of lolspeak.

Star Wars III: The Backstroke of the West

2 Jan

Need a little humor this morning, perhaps feeling a little sad about going back to work after a holiday break? Winterson.com has highlights of Star Wars Episode III subtitles, reflecting the translation to Chinese and then back into English:

. . . i was walking past my friendly dvd salesperson and decided to check out revenge of the sith. i was assured the quality was good and for 7rmb why not give it a shot.

aside from the counters on the top of the screen and a distorted perspective it was ok- not high quality but watchable. the captions were a hilarious surprise- a direct english translation of the chinese interpretation of what the script was saying. it varied from being somewhat close to the script to being ‘far far away’….

I have a similarly confusing (and sometimes unintentionally hilarious) Mandarin release of the Neon Genesis Evangelion movies. As if Eva hadn’t already broken my brain.

Hat tip: Dark Roasted Blend.

Offbeat Disney-inspired T-shirts from Cryogenically Frozen

29 Dec

The Disney Blog this morning points us to an irreverent little cafepress store, Cryogenically Frozen, set up by a friend of his who has worked at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The shop sells t-shirts inspired by Disney attractions past and current, as well as backstage humor (protein spill, anyone?).

Oswald fans will be glad to know there’s a t-shirt proclaiming, “I hope we never lose sight of one thing . . . it was all started by a stolen rabbit.” (Or perhaps was it started by a little girl, playing with a blatent Felix rip-off?)

Santa in Stormtrooper Custody?

25 Dec

From Gizmodo:

An Imperial Stormtrooper commando broke into Santa’s Factory on the North Pole yesterday evening, killing an undetermined number of elves, arresting the owner and confiscating his sled. Joe Kwazansky, local spokesman for the Evil Galactic Empire in Los Angeles, appeared in a press conference this morning confirming the rumors of an Imperial takeover of Christmas’ celebrations. “The Emperor wants to assure His subjects that Xmas will continue as planned. The pug-nosed fatso, however, will pay for his crimes,” Mr. Kwazansky said amid the palpable shock in the press corps. Apparently, the arrest has occurred in connection with earlier reports on the manufacturing and stealth placement of Weapons of Mass Destruction

Hat tip: Dark Roasted Blend.

Star Wars Motivational Poster

28 Nov

 From GreebleMonkey, sent to me this morning by my bff Lisa.

Star Wars Episode III: At Worlds End

16 Sep

Kudos, SparkleXmotion!

Unhappy Disney Workers in Hong Kong and China

12 Sep

Two news stories caught my eye today, technically unrelated but both datelined “Hong Kong”.

DIS News reports that Disney has been found to violate Chinese labor laws:

Workers at a Chinese factory making Disney toys are overworked, underpaid, exposed to dangerous toxins and forced to live in filthy conditions, a labour rights group said in a report Wednesday.

The EarthTimes reports that things aren’t all that much happier at Hong Kong Disneyland:

On top of its disappointingly low crowds, a survey conducted by the Disney Cast Members Union among 470 of the 5,000-odd staff found that 63 per cent were unhappy with management, complaining largely of unequal treatment and what they see as unfair work distribution.

More than 80 per cent of respondents said they wanted Hong Kong Disneyland to bring its labour practices in line with those at the Disney park in Florida, where staff can be accompanied by union officials at disciplinary hearings and have access to independent arbitration.

When Will Walt Disney World Add Another Park?

2 Aug

Blue Sky Disney has an interesting article today, speculating about roadmaps for new parks at Disney resort areas worldwide. The bottom line? We won’t see additional “gates” at any of the existing resorts for another decade.

Through the latter part of this decade we’ll look forward to shoring up the state-side parks(DCA in particular), Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland will focus on expanding their current offerings before any plans get approved for more fun factories. Think of it as repairing a fleet of cars that have been abused for a decade before you go out and buy a new series of cars. Lots of refurbishment and expansion ahead of us friends…

The most interesting sentence to me:

When [WDW resort hotels] start approaching Disneyland levels (above 90 percent) then you’ll see the executives in Team Disney Burbank start putting those blue sky plans on the front burner.

Um, about that . . . doesn’t seem to me that’s likely anytime soon, especially if you include DVC (there seems to have been a recent glut of Saratoga Springs rooms on the market lately). And hey, Pop Century Legendary Years, anyone? Apparently occupancy rates at WDW haven’t even been high enough to convince Disney to finish building it.

The article has good analysis and interesting speculations. And don’t miss the comment, there’s some good conversation going on there too.

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