A Few Thoughts on Comcast and DreamWorks Animation

The term game changer gets overused too often. It's become go to hyperbole for the ad industry and a crutch in rave reviews of films and video games. You could argue it's become a meaningless buzz word at this point, as few things given the label live up to the hype. That said, Comcast purchasing DreamWorks Animation is a game changer in every sense of the word.

Path of the Just

The chief concern of the Just is the well being of the many; of least concern is himself One who is Just shall harm no one, unless the lives of other are at stake One who is Just shall help all those who require his aid, even his greatest foe The values of the Just are Honor, Loyalty, Valor, Discipline, Faith and Humility One who is Just shall judge not through words, but deeds One who is Just shall give his life before violating a vow of honor One who is just must always allow for the possibility that he is wrong

Disneymoon – Day Two

Let me put thirty two years into perspective for you, from a nerdy point of view. The entire run of Transformers, from the original G1 cartoon and toys to the current Robots in Disguise cartoon and Michael Bay directed movies, happen in that time. That time frame started in the second console generation, after the Atari crash of 1983. Every Nintendo console that had ever been released in America came out in that time span. It reaches from the release of the second film by a young director named James Cameron called The Terminator to his creation of both of the highest grossing films of all time. Vince McMahon had not yet conceived of WrestleMania, and Alex Trebek had not yet begun his legendary run as host of Jeopardy!

Monday Morning Imagineer – Reshaping the Future: Journey into Imagination

On March 5th, 1983, Epcot Center opened a masterpiece. Journey into Imagination opened several months after the park itself, but in the eyes of many Disney fans it was worth the wait. Instead of creating an attraction using one of the multitude of familiar Disney characters, the Imagineers created two new stars who would quickly find a place in the hearts of park goers: Dreamfinder and Figment. With an incredibly well designed attraction, an incredibly catchy theme song and a lovable character who would go on to arguably serve as the park's unofficial mascot, Journey into Imagination should have taken its place alongside Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion as an iconic fixture of Future World.

The Planet Sized Nail Problem

The major action franchises in Hollywood have a problem. It's a problem that will sooner or later plague them all, from brainless popcorn fare like Transformers and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, to the beloved Marvel films. It's a problem that will confront relatively down to Earth franchises like Fast and Furious to the interstellar frontiers of the Star Wars and Star Trek films. And with each passing sequel or addition to their expanded cinematic universe, the problem grows worse. It's the Planet Sized Nail.

Disneymoon – Planning and Day One

Never have your wedding reception the night before you're leaving on the honeymoon, especially if your flight is leaving painfully early the next morning. Our original plans called for the wedding ceremony and reception to happen on September 9th, our original anniversary date. Between the problems of a middle of the week wedding, sorting our schedules and about a dozen other factors conspiring against us, we were married on August 30th, but the wedding reception moved to the following weekend. With this change in plans, we were able to use Labor Day as part of our honeymoon plans, thus getting an extra paid day off. It sounded like a perfect plan.

Monday Morning Imagineer – Reshaping the Future: Innoventions

In 1982, the future came to Walt Disney World. Specifically, it came in the form of Future World, one of the two section of the newly opened Epcot Center, the first non-kingdom themed park in the Disney family. With its glimpses of a high tech future, innovative attractions and the unmistakable form of Spaceship Earth dominating the park's landscape, children who visited during that era retain a fondness for this truly unique theme park. However, a quick look at the Disney community today and you'll see many people suggest that Future World is in desperate need of attention from Imagineering. It's hard to deny, as Future World feels undeniably dated. What to do with the park remains a hotly debated subject, with some Disney enthusiasts wanting the park to stay closer to its character free routes, while others suggest even more character driven entertainment. A few even suggest the whole park should face the bulldozer, to be replaced with something new.

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