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Disney France Streaming Winnie the Pooh Soundtrack

6 Apr

Winnie the Pooh and yours truly

My good friend Trace of the Disney Dudes sent me a link this morning to the Disney France web site, where they’re currently streaming the full soundtrack to the new Winnie the Pooh album. (When you follow that link, you might need to tell it that yes you really want, then you might need to click on the graphic with Winnie the Pooh, and the text “EXCLUSIVITÉ Ecoutez les chansons du film jusqu’au 11 avril.”

And for those of you who speak even less French than myself. . . that text just told you that they’re streaming the full album live only until April 11.

I have to admit, the film will need to get amazing reviews in order to get me into the theatres. This cranky old lady can’t quite accept a Winnie the Pooh movie without Sterling Holloway. And yes, I’ve tried.

Nothing’s terribly wrong with the soundtrack, but nothing’s terribly right either. If my kid was young enough to be clamoring for it in the car, I could probably tolerate it now and then. But for me? I’ll just keep hoping that Lemonade Mouth brings my next guilty pleasure Disney soundtrack album. (And yes, Lisa, I’m still Notoriously Spoiler Free®.

Piglet in a Surgical Mask?

1 May

According to Unconfirmed Sources (satire):

(Anaheim-CA) Disneyland continues having a difficult time living up to its “Happiest Place on Earth” promise. Only two weeks after Disney employees took over the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride, the character of Piglet has officially been banned due to swine flu concerns. And once again a Disney employee is protesting.

Lisa and PigletDavid Lemster, who has played the part of Piglet for five years, took his case to local news on KCAL, gaining media attention by chaining himself to the “Swiss Family Treehouse”. “To ban Piglet because of this swine flu outbreak is ridiculous. It sends the wrong message to kids.” Lemster believes Disney missed an important teaching opportunity. “I’m not saying that Piglet can’t be fearful of the swine flu. As a method actor, I understand that. Why do you think I suggested that Piglet should wear a surgical mask? I even mentioned a possible merchandising opportunity, putting other “Winnie the Pooh” characters on the mask. They would hear none of it, Small World Fascists!”

And yeah, the story gets weirder from there. Something about Kermit and Miss Piggy’s sadomasochistic relationship, but I just couldn’t follow it.

We can only hope that Piglet’s surgical mask would be anywhere near as stylish as those featured today on Pink Tentacle.

Winnie the Pooh Held for Robbery?

12 Aug

As if it’s not bad enough that Tigger’s always getting in trouble, now Winnie the Pooh’s getting into the act! Yahoo! News reports:

Japanese police have arrested a 20-year-old man who attacked and robbed two people after they stared at his Winnie-the-Pooh costume, officials said on Tuesday.

Masayuki Ishikawa was hanging out on a Tokyo street corner after midnight last month while wearing the cuddly costume, accompanied by two friends dressed as a mouse and a panther, when he took offence at being stared at, police said.

I would not be surprised to find a mouse in the Hundred Acre Wood, but a panther? Bit of a stretch perhaps. Or then again, one wouldn’t expect kangaroos there either.

Christopher Robin could not be reached for comment.

(Hat tip: email tip from Mr Broke Hoedown.)

I’m Baaack . . .

25 Feb

I just flew in from Maui, and boy are my arms tired.

Not from flapping my way over the Pacific, of course . . . from scraping the incredible layer of snow and ice off my car, in order to drive my kid to school this morning. Boy am I glad I took an extra vacation day from work today, to ease the jet lag and make today’s logistics a little easier, too. I was tempted to just stay in bed (the 5 hour time difference is kinda kicking my ass), but knew my son really wanted to get back to school to be with his buddies, and perhaps gloat a little bit about how many whales we saw, without ever setting foot on a whale watch. You couldn’t sit on the beach or drive to Lahaina without catching a glimpse of them cavorting in the blue waters.

Pal Mickey opted out of the trip, but Stitch hitched a ride in my backpack. You knew he’d want to visit his adopted home state, right? It was interesting that just a couple days before I left for Maui, a comment on my blog suggested that the movie Lilo and Stitch is nothing like the real Hawaii . . . and this comment was in the back of my mind off-and-on while I was there. (I’ve been visiting a family residence in Maui’s Upcountry area since the early 1970s, so while I cannot claim to be a local I certainly have a deep fondness for and sense of connection to the island.) We didn’t run into any wayward alien experiments, or little girls trying to feed the fish peanut butter sandwiches, but much of the Maui workforce relies on tourism, there are plenty of hula classes available for people of all ages (both Hawaiians and haoles partake, though tourists will most likely learn the hula at fancy hotel events rather than the friendly, more down-to-earth community centers).

I’ll try not to bore you with endless snapshots of my fabulous trip (after all, this blog is allegedly about Disney stuff), but will share a few pictures of, strangely enough, the Kahului airport (larger versions of everything here are linked to from the images, fwiw). First of all, here’s a picture of Winnie the Pooh which you pass right after going through the scanners at airport security, above the chairs where you put your shoes back on. It’s been there for years, and I figure there must be an interesting story behind it, but don’t have a clue what that is.

Also at the Kahului Airport, I snapped a couple pictures of the restroom signs, lest you think that Disney has any monopoly on theme-ing.

And yes, I did get a couple incredulous looks while I was taking those snapshots, but that shouldn’t come as any surprise to those of you who take pictures of crates, restrooms, or trash cans.

I also took a shot of this Disney pins display at the Foodland in Pukalani Terrace.

I first noticed this display last February, and thought at the time that perhaps it was part of a new line of pins to be marketed at various vacation destinations. I haven’t seen these pins pop up anywhere else, though, and if they’re aiming at tourists I think they’d want to be in the touristy tchotske shops, not in the local supermarkets. Anybody seen similar displays elsewhere?

Now, I understand I’ve missed a ton of Disney news. My blogreader has an intimidating 635 unread items, and the bulk of those are from Disney-type blogs. I won’t even attempt to cover all of them here . . . but I suspect I won’t be able to resist chiming in on a few today, before my vacation officially ends tomorrow.


Disney Character Flash Drives

31 Jan

Sadly, they will be available only in Japan! Guess I gotta plan another trip. Here’s the story, from Damn, I really want that Steamboat Willie drive.

Disney Plans Chinese Indoctrination Camps, Takes Lesson from Mao

9 Sep

Travel Video Television News reports: HK Disneyland to focus on familiarizing Chinese with Disney characters.

In an effort to address the issue of lack of familiarity of Disney characters in China, Hong Kong Disneyland plans to hold induction programs in its theme park to educate Chinese tourists about Mickey Mouse and Winnie The Pooh.

I don’t know whether to alert Human Rights Watch, or send over a truckload of Mickey bars.

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