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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Is Disney starting to give their forgotten movies more attention?

As you may know this blog was made with the intention to give forgotten Disney more attention. I intend to keep doing so until the movies are loved again, but it seems like Disney is taking some of the first steps to making that happen.

On Disney's game website  there was recently a matching game for halloween featuring the Disney villains. You may expect just the usual Evil Queen Grimhilde, Queen of Hearts, Scar, and Jafar, but to my surprise as I played it there was more variety than I thought.

Needless to say I was surprised when these Disney baddies showed up in the game:



Yzma the villain of the mostly forgotten The Emperor's New Groove. She wants to the empress and tries to poison and kill the emperor Kuzco after he fires her from being his advisor. However instead of poisoning him, she accidentally turns Kuzco into a llama. Yzma's want for the throne continues in the TV spin off The Emperor's New School, in which Kuzco has to return to school, and the sequel Kronk's New Groove.



Prince John is the villain of Robin Hood (As in the animated 1970s version, not the 1940s live action film Robin Hood and his Merrie Men, which is also a forgotten Disney film.) Despite being a lion, Prince John is the uncle of a fox named Maid Marian, who is the apple of Robin Hood's eye.



The Horned King from The Black Cauldron was one of the most surprising finds on this game. The Black Cauldron didn't do too well in theaters, and was criticized for being too dark. Needless to say, Disney kind of swept this movie under the rug and doesn't talk about it much.


Clayton from Tarzan was nice to see in this game. He was on the gorilla research trip with Professor Porter, and the Professor's daughter Jane, who ends up falling in love with the famous ape man, Tarzan. While Jane and her dad love the gorillas, Clayton could care less and would rather hunt them. Personally I think Clayton has one of the most chilling and scary Disney deaths, having being accidentally hung by a vine during a fight.



Like the Horned King Madame Medusa from The Rescuers was another big surprise. You gotta love her design, red hair like Ariel's, but piercing green eyes that just show her evil. Like a few Disney villains (Cruella De Vil, and Clayton come to mind) she has a problem with animals, more specifically mice. Maybe Mickey Mouse was just scared of her.

Goob (Also known as The Bowler Hat Guy) and Dor-15 (Also known as Doris) are the villains of Meet the Robinsons. You can see Goob here grinning evilly, but you may wonder where Dor-15 is, well, she's the hat.


Next is Professor Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective. Don't you dare call him a rat! He's the biggest enemy to detective Basil of Baker Street, and has ties with a cat named Felicia for her to eat mice who bug him, like Basil.


The last one is Hopper from a Bug's Life. Hopper is the leader of the grasshoppers and blames the ants for his colony running out of food. He wants the ants to double his original food demand, and when they can't he takes over. Quite a scary villain even though you could take him out by stepping on him.


The Disney game site also has trivia quizzes and some include forgotten Disney.


A Kim Possible Trivia Quiz


Bolt and Dodger from Oliver and Company as two quiz answer choices.


Mittens from Bolt as a quiz answer choice


Rusty from Home on the Range as a quiz answer choice


Toby from The Great Mouse Detective as a quiz answer choice.


Prince John from Robin Hood as a quiz answer choice.


On The Little Mermaid Trivia quiz one of the questions is "Who turns Ariel into a human?" While the correct answer is Ursula, I love the shout out The Little Mermaid 2: Return to The Sea, they did by making one of the wrong choices Morgana. As you may know, Morgana is Ursula's younger sister and the main villain of The Little Mermaid 2. While she doesn't turn anyone human, she turns Ariel's daughter Melody into a mermaid. As for the other choices, not sure if there would be much of a plot if a magical sea cucumber turned Ariel human. If Sebastian did, King Triton would probably boil him alive for turning his daughter human.



This next question on a Disney dog quiz, is about Copper from The Fox and The Hound (And of course the just as forgotten The Fox and The Hound 2), who is best friends with Tod. Not only is this question forgotten Disney but the choices "Toby from The Great Mouse Detective" and "Georgette from Oliver and Company" are as well. Bruno from Cinderella I could see being friends with a fox, he's a nice old dog. Same with Toby, who actually looks quite a bit like Copper. I don't think Georgette would, as she'd probably ruin her fur playing with a fox.


The question "This cat wears glasses" was also a surprise. Rufus from The Rescuers doesn't get that much attention, neither does his film



"This cat's owner is Weird Girl"?, well then that cat is Mr. Whisker's from Frankenweenie. However there is another forgotten Disney Mr. Whiskers out there, the rabbit from Brandy and Mr Whiskers.


The last question of the Disney cat quiz is about Oliver from Oliver and Company. I'm also laughing at the thought of Mufasa just chilling out in New York. Scar didn't get to kill him since he moved there, and as a result Kovu and Kiara may be able to be together in peace.


Finally The Disney store has quite a few forgotten Disney items right now.


First we've got some common Disney kitties, Marie from The Aristocats, Figaro from Pinocchio (Although sometimes he's Minnie Mouse's cat), Lucifer from Cinderella (And Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True, and Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time.), Then there's The Chesire Cat from Alice and Wonderland. Si and Am from Lady and The Tramp are there as well, which is odd since Disney usually phases them out for being racist stereotypes. Then there's the forgotten kitty of the bunch, Oliver from Oliver and Company. He's a happy looking little kitty on that pin.


This is a set of Pixar figures that seem to be also sold at Disney Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Disneyworld, DisneyLand, and The Magic Kingdom. We've got some basic ones. Only three of the Incredibles, Dash Parr, Mr. Incredible (Bob Parr), Mrs. Incredible (Helen Parr), but sadly no Violet or Jack-Jack. Then for Toy Story we got Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Jessie. Then Monsters Inc includes Mike and Sulley. Then the last two for A Bug's Life is where our forgotten Disney falls in. We've got a figure of the main character Flik, and Princess Dot.


Now this one isn't entirely forgotten Disney, as Beauty and The Beast is one of the most loved and remembered Disney movies. The reason I put this one here is her name. In the musical and the upcoming 2017 Beauty and The Beast live action remake, the feather duster is named Babette. However her name is Fifi in Belle's Magical World, so it was nice to see that name for her.



Robin Hood is also kind of a rare thing to find merchandise for, but here we have a Robin Hood Storybook Plush Ornament, from The Disney Parks. He looks pretty cute doesn't he? Maybe it's the leaf tag and and the background but this one gives me an autumn feel.



Next one is also quite rare on the merchandising side, it's Quasimodo and Esmeralda from the Hunchback of Notre Dame. The two of them have a great friendship and this cute little sketchbook ornament shows it. In The Hunchback of Notre Dame 2, Quasimodo is even friends with Esmeralda and Phoebus' son Zephyr.


Still a long way to go but a good start for Disney,and remember We Are One.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Old Website Exploration: The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride official website

Today is something else new. Before I start I want to share some news though. I've decided that I will also do long, researched posts about a particular subject. The first one is "How Doug Funnie changed The Walt Disney Company." It may take a long time to post, but in the meantime I'll still keep updating with fun posts like this.

Archive.org is a fantastic site that archives a lot of media, including many forgotten Disney things. It also archives websites, so today we're starting with an obvious movie's old website....The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride!

I think this is a well done website with tons of fun stuff to look at.


First lets look at some of this beautiful art for the site:
Rafiki presents Simba and Nala's newborn daughter Kiara to The Pride Lands, while the lionesses watch on, and Timon and Pumbaa are surprised.

Kovu and Kiara reunite and learn that Love will find a way, and that nothing will keep them apart.


Two of the crocodiles that attacked Kovu and Kiara when they were cubs.

Kovu and Kiara jump between Simba and Zira to end the war between The Pride Landers and Outsiders.

I think these are great pictures that show the story and emotions of the characters very well.

Next is the games and activities. Most pages have Lion King 2 coloring pages.

This coloring sheet is odd, as Nuka, Timon and Pumbaa never interacted with one another. It's still nice to see Nuka on something though, as he's absent from a lot of Simba's Pride material.

This coloring page features Simba and Nala with their daughter, the cutest baby ever, Kiara.

A coloring sheet  of the villain Zira and her son, Kovu, who is Scar's chosen heir.

Another interesting coloring page with Kiara, Kovu, and Vitani. I'm not sure what's going on but, Kovu seems scared, Kiara is startled, and Vitani seems happy. I'm also glad to see Vitani, like Nuka she too is absent from a lot of Simba's Pride promotional materials.

There's also a review section and I'm excited about the "Two Thumbs Up" review by the legendary. Siskel and Ebert (May they both rest in peace.)

A lot of the reviews are from other big sources like The New York Times, and L.A. Daily News.

Then at the bottom are some reviews by kids.

Here's one review I can really get behind


Over all this is a fantastic site and I might do some explorations of the current site and the 2004 special edition website. Remember Simba's words, "We Are One."






Sunday, October 2, 2016

Character Spotlight: Annie and Hallie Parker

Our next character spotlight focuses not on one, but two forgotten Disney characters. Hallie and Annie Parker.



Movie: The Parent Trap (1998)
Actor: Lindsey Lohan

Family
Nick Parker (Father)
Elizabeth James (Mother)
Charles James (Grandfather)

Annie and Hallie are two twins who were separated as babies when their parents divorced. They reunite at Camp Walden where they learn they're twins. Hallie and Annie decide to switch places abd coax their parents to get back together. Annie lives in London with her mother Elizabeth James  who is a dress designer, her grandfather Charles James, She's the nicer of the twins and is the first to notice their resemblance after the fencing match. and their butler Martin Hallie lives in Napa Valley California with her father Nick Parker who is a wine grower,her nanny Chessy, and her golden retriever Sammy. She's a little bit more tough minded than her sister and doesn't listen to her when she tells him their father is going to marry Meredith Blake, who is only into Nick for his money. Annie and Hallie care deeply for each other though.

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