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Disney Night Out January 13, 2010

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On Monday night we went to see the Princess and the Frog, and lets just say it swept me off my feet. We both went to school in New Orleans, and they had the setting SPOT ON. The accents of each character were perfect (from uptown toddler to cajun swamp dweller) and the locations were totally transporting. Really really terrific job, Disney folks.

Of course I couldn’t find a screen shot of my FAVORITE scene, but I’ll describe it. When Tiana and Price Naveen (both as frogs) are looking for a way out of their mess they go to find swamp voodoo queen Mama Odie, who lives in an abode that is eerily similar to that of Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest. But, after she is done doing her voodoo queen song and dance number, they step out onto her balcony and she has HUNDREDS of colored glass bottles hanging from the tree branches with sunlight streaming through them. Its like a wonderful upcycled disco club. Dreamy 🙂

Favorite character by far was Ray, the toothless Cajun firefly (lightning bug?). So cheery and optimistic, and his love affair with Evangeline is just so goofy sweet it HAS to make you smile.

The movie was so great, i would see it again and again. Perfect representation of the culture of New Orleans (music, gumbo, rich saturated colors, and dark undertones), fun music, great storyline. When it comes out on DVD expect to be invited over for accompanying jambalya and hurricanes. I also really loved that it was set in the 20’s and everyone is in cute flapper dresses. There is a great art deco animation series when Tiana is singing about opening her restaurant that is graphically awesome.

[ps. i just noticed i didn’t include a single picture of either a princess OR a frog in this post. too distracted by the cartoon architecture, obviously]

All images from Disney Motion Pictures

 

and what a terriffic wild rumpus it is! October 16, 2009

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So last night I went to see Where the Wild Things Are.  The Pacific Science Center was having an event to celebrate and had a before it comes out-to-the-rest-of-the-world screening.    They are having an exhibit right now on Animation that is neat-o!  Pre movie, me and some friends drank some cocktails and wondered around the exhibit.  One of my favorite sections was this short image animation station.  You take still images of the image you make and it loops them into a short for you.  

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We all got King hats like Max, too!  pre-wild rumpus…

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The movie?  Outstanding.  Gorgeous.  I love movies lately that have great cinematography, they are just too fun to watch.  Breathtaking.  They also did a great job of taking quite a short book and adding to it appropriately.  This was one of my biggest fears going in.. that they would take the book and go off on some crazy tangent.   

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But really it was just perfect.  I just had fun believing Max’s story, loving the islands beauty, meeting all of the wild things…  I did enjoy how they chose to develop many of those characters, yet still left some questions unanswered.  There was still a bit of mystery out there into who they were and that was just fine by me.    My favorite part is when Carol shows Max his little sculpture, and the water flowed through his little village.  I got the crafty bug, and spent several movie moments after that thinking about what i could do with all the sticks in my yard….

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so, to sum it all up…go see it.

 

and if you are in seattle…..

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the IMAX at Pacific Science Center under the Space Needle is the largest screen in town…  It’s a bigger than life size rumpus over there!

 

up! June 8, 2009

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Since I moved to Washington almost two years ago (crazy, I know), I have seen only a handful of movies in a movie theater.  Poor movies out there, maybe.  Really —  I think it’s the fact there is too much amazing stuff here to do and movies never really make it to the top of that list.

Pixar coming out with a new flick?  OOO That sounds like fun if i can fit it into an hour when I will not miss a minute of sunshine.

It’s been 90 degrees here all week and I live & work without air conditioning.  And theaters have the magic of AC?  Pleassse, take me now, I will go see anything!

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And boy, I am glad I did.  UP was terriffic!  I laughed so much and was completely entertained.  

The cast of characters is a motley crew that become intertwined in some way… a really old man, a young club scout, an adorable dog named Dug (without the o, it’s that clever?) and a gorgeous bird/flamingo/peacock thing.

So, bring your suspension of disbelief  (sure, people riding a leaf blower with a few balloons tied to it really can fly! ) and your sweatshirt and go to see it.  🙂

-d