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Thru The Mirror Mickey Mouse, Pink Floyd Time Trance

29 May

Watching this with my son, he said, “I feel like I’m at Cirque du Soleil, only animated, with Mickey Mouse.” I couldn’t agree with him more.

Kudos to nolastcalls, this is some awesome stuff.

Pirates of the Caribbean, Ratatouille on Disney xD

2 May

Disney Insider today includes a link to a “behind the scenes” video plugging Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, as part of the Disney xD beta web site. And as of May 1, there’s a 9-minute clip from Ratatouille available as well, which is follwed by an especially cool short on the modeling under the animation. Gotta love it when the software engineers get their day in the spotlight! Go go code monkeys!

Disney xD beta is reasonably good at delivering good quality, relatively high-resolution video. Given that I’ve been on the couch watching back episodes of Lost on ABC.com’s online video viewer (curse you, bronchitis!!), I can’t help but compare the two (and of course, the fact that both sites are coming out of the same parent company invites comparison anyway). ABC lets you go full-screen, with whatever loss of image quality results, while Disney xD seems to be constraining the image size to the actual pixels of the video, giving you better quality images but perhaps not as large an image as you’d prefer. And maybe it’s not a coincidence that this means Disney xD still has plenty of room on your screen for ads.

kottke.org today implies that the Ratatouille clip might not be viewable on Disney xD by those outside the US, and provided the link to this YouTube (which sadly does not include the second clip about the awesomeness of software engineers):

I was able to find the POTC behind-the-scenes video there as well:

Jim Hill on Disney’s Muppet Revival Project

30 Apr

BeakerToday’s Jim Hill Media post asks, Will the third time be the charm with Disney’s Muppet revival project? And he doesn’t have any easy answers. Disney fought hard to own the Muppets, but it doesn’t yet seem to know what to do with them. I wince every time I see Kermit shilling for SUVs.

MouseExtra offers some interesting commentary on Jim Hill’s overview and analysis, and asks an important question about what Disney is doing with the results of Guest surveys in response to the Mobile Muppet Lab.

As both articles point out, most young people today do not recognize some of the Muppets whom others cherish most, such as Dr Bunsen Honeydew and his faithful assistant, Beaker (who will soon be rolling through Disney’s California Adventure again as the Muppet Mobile Lab).

I cringe to think that today’s young people may be limiting their Muppet consumption to the obvious (admittedly classic) choices of Kermit, Piggy, and Animal. So, because not every household is lucky enough to have easy access to The Muppet Show on DVD, here’s a classic Beaker moment currently available on YouTube:

YouTube Disney Roundup

27 Apr

I’ve been stuck at home sick with bronchitis for the last couple days, and all I can say is thank goodness for the interweb. It’s keeping me quite amused while I wait for the antibiotics to kick in. Not only have I almost caught up on Lost, but there’s an endless stream of mindless (and otherwise) entertainment available on YouTube.

A few of my favorites:

A Gift for Mary Poppins: The Umbrella Photo Browser

25 Sep

Check out this new invention, from Keio Media Design OKUDE Laboratory: the Pileus Umbrella, which will make rainy days fun by both capturing and displaying photos and videos, and connecting to services such a YouTube or Flickr to share more.

Pileus Umbrella sketch, from OKUDE Labs

The Pileus Umbrella web page shows a prototype, including some images taken by the umbrella.

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