Friday, August 26, 2011

Harry Potter Post 55

Picture of the Day 20

This was taken in the fall of 2010, at Magic Kingdom in Tomorrowland. Buzz was delightful, as always. He can be found in Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom, and at Hollywood Studios (I think it's called Pixar Place), sometimes with Woody. If you ask nicely, he might turn into Spanish Buzz!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Picture of the Day 19

This was taken during a Move it, Shake it, Celebrate it! party at Magic Kingdom. MISICI is one of my favorite things Disney does. The other three 'party guests' who pop out of the boxes to dance are Sebastian (The Little Mermaid), the Genie (Aladdin), and Lumiere (Beauty and the Beast). The Mad Hatter, from Alice in Wonderland, is my favorite to watch because he can dance really well, and it seems like he's having the time of his life celebrating everyone's unbirthday from way up high next to Cinderella's Castle.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Disney Movie Pictures Part 2

Sleeping Beauty
 Opening scene from Beauty and the Beast
Disney love!

Planning my Winter Trip (Part 3)

Things I've booked:
-My hotel in Paris
-My trip to Versailles!
-A ticket to the Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House in London!
-2 free walking tours-one in Paris, one in London

Things I'm working on:
-A hostel in London (Well-two. YHA London St. Pancras for two nights neat St. Pancras station before I go to Paris, and one for 3 nights, hopefully near the West End or Kensington Palace. I've been looking at Central Hostel and St. Christopher's Village.)
-Constantly changing my mind about going to Disneyland Paris for a day. I found a ticket for 1 park, 1 day today for $40-I'm used to seeing an $80 price tag.
-A Paris Transport pass (bus, train, metro-all in one package)

Things I want to do in England/London:
-Changing of the Guard/Buckingham Palace
-Globe Theatre
-Hundred Acre Woods so Ruth and I can play pooh sticks
-Ice skate somewhere
-Oxford? Maybe?
-Kensington Palace
-Hampton Court (so I can pretend to live in Henry the VIII's time for a few hours)
-Platform 9 3/4
-Diagon Alley
-See a musical, see a Shakespeare play
-Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral

-Go to Scotland for a day or two with Ruth to get a tour of Aberdeen and hear bagpipes

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Disney Characters Post 1

I love looking at pictures from Disney Parks of characters who aren't in the same movie:
Peter Pan and Cinderella
Snow White, Ariel, Cinderella, Belle
Ariel and the Mad Hatter
Jafar and Dr. Facilier
 Mad Hatter and Alice sneaking up on Sleeping Beauty and Prince Phillip
Alice and Peter Pan

Daniel Radcliffe at KCAs

Bonus John Stamos and a picture from Tom Felton's twitter!
 I feel like he's Grandpa Voldemort in this whole scene.

Julie Andrews "can out-cuss anybody"

Friday, August 12, 2011

Disney Movie Pictures

 Beast concept art
 Re-imagined Disney Princesses
 Aladdin concept art
Disney 'first look'...falling in love

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Disney Movie Trivia, Part 1

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937
- First full-length animated feature film to be made in Technicolor
- Won an Academy Honorary Award for Walt Disney
- Fifty ideas for the dwarfs' names and personalities were listed in the film's proposal; the list included all of the names finally included except Dopey and Doc (Dopey being the last to be developed). Some of the dwarfs were: Awful ("He steals and drinks and is very dirty"), Biggy, Blabby, Deefy, Dirty, Gabby, Gaspy, Gloomy, Hoppy-Jumpy, Hotsy, Jaunty, Nifty, and Shifty. Sneezy was a last-minute replacement for Deefy.
- Was the first film to ever have a soundtrack recording album released for it.
- Grumpy has the biggest nose of all the dwarfs
- Pinto Colvig, who voiced Sleepy and Grumpy, was the voice of Goofy.
Pinocchio, 1940
- Was not a financial success when originally released
- First animated film to win in a competitive category
- During the musical number "When You Wish upon a Star," when a spotlight is seen on Jiminy Cricket, one is able to see two books to the left of the screen, which are "Peter Pan" and "Alice in Wonderland." Walt Disney would create these stories for the big screen in 1953 and 1950, respectively.
- Jiminy Cricket required 27 different colors.
Fantasia, 1940
- When Igor Stravinsky (the only featured composer still living in 1940) was contacted about the rights to use "The Rite of Spring," he offered to compose a completely new piece for Walt Disney. This was not taken, and Stravinsky hated Leopold Stokowski's re-orchestration and re-organization of the piece.
- Bela Lugosi served as a live-action model for Chernabog, the demon in "Night on Bald Mountain."
- The name of the dancing hippo in the "Dance of the Hours" segment is Hyacinth, the Ostrich is Mlle. Upanova, and the alligator is Ben Ali Gator.
- The only Disney animated feature film that has a title character who doesn't speak.
- The first Disney animated feature (and still one of the very few) to be set in America.
- Mrs. Jumbo (Dumbo's mother) only speaks once when she says Dumbo's original name.
Bambi, 1942
- Former Beatle Paul McCartney has credited the shooting death of Bambi's mother for his initial interest in animal rights, an example of what has been called the Bambi effect
- The character of Thumper (called Bobo in the first draft) does not appear in Felix Salten's original novel. He was added by Walt Disney to bring some much-needed comic relief to the script.
Cinderella, 1950
- Not only is the name of the Prince never revealed, he is nowhere in the film mentioned as "Prince Charming"
- The first film to be worked on by the legendary "Nine Old Men" of the Disney animation department.
Alice in Wonderland, 1951
- The Doorknob was the only character in the film that did not appear in Lewis Carroll's books.
- Composed of more than 350,000 drawings and paintings.
Peter Pan, 1953
- Although original author J.M. Barrie is credited, this is the only major film version of "Peter Pan" which uses little of his original dialogue
- Many Peter Pan purists were very upset by the characterization of Tinker Bell as a petulant (and voluptuous) young woman
Lady and the Tramp, 1955
- The studio's first officially self-penned story since Dumbo (1941).
- Hiring Peggy Lee arguably was the first instance of a superstar voice being used for an animated film.
- Walt Disney originally didn't want to include the 'Bella Note' spaghetti-eating scene, now one of the most iconic moments in the whole Disney canon.
Sleeping Beauty, 1959
- Although she is the title character, Princess Aurora (as an adult) only appears in the film for 18 minutes.
- The last fairy tale produced by the studios until The Little Mermaid
- The prince is named after Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
101 Dalmatians, 1961
- Someone counted all black spots in the movie, frame-by-frame, and reached the total of 6,469,952
-The birth of the puppies actually happened to the author Dodie Smith. Her dalmatians had 15 puppies, one was born lifeless and her husband revived it. However, they sold most of them, and kept only a small number


Thursday, August 4, 2011

"...If you really hear me, I promise you won’t be screaming."

How did you acquire that incredible voice?
I can assure you that it’s not an incredible voice. It’s a solid voice, one that gets me through eight shows a week safely and comfortably. But there are a lot of bigger singers than me … I’ve always enjoyed music. I’ve always sung along and stuff, so I suppose I’ve always had a kind of musical inclination in that sense. Three years ago, I started having singing lessons. I just loved it. My singing teacher is a great guy in England named Mark Meylan. He’s very funny and dry.

Were you able to reach those notes right away?
No. That has been worked on across the three years. My range got slightly bigger. But I’m not quite Freddie Mercury yet.

That was an energetic performance. How do you unwind?
I go home and watch the History Channel or something. Nothing particularly interesting. Now that we’re more into the run, I’m less buzzing after each show. In the beginning, I would go home and I couldn’t sleep for like two or three hours. But now, I’m able to rest afterward.

Aside from the singing lessons, how else did you train for this marathon role?
I started doing dance lessons at the beginning of last year. When I wasn’t doing “Potter,” I did three hours (of dancing) on weekends. I was doing it every week for 12 months. The course gets you slightly more in shape. But it wasn’t until the rehearsals when you get the specific choreography of the show into your body. Eventually, you relax with it. Then it becomes less of a workout. I can now do “Brotherhood of Man” without getting totally out of breath and having to struggle in the next scene.
How is your bonding experience with the cast in “How to …” different from “Harry Potter”?
When I do film or TV, the biggest bond I have is normally with the crew. Because, particularly in the case of “Potter,” I was the only one who was there every day. Even Emma (Watson) and Rupert (Grint) were often not there. So the crew are the people I gravitated toward and hung out with.

In this show (“How to…”) it’s a different experience that you have of being in a cast. Because you really do rely so heavily on each other. You help each other out and be there for each other when stuff goes wrong. There’s a real company feel. We have a really great company. And that applies to not just the cast but also the crew backstage who are just as hardworking and happy to be here. But going though the rehearsal process, at certain times you’re all slightly vulnerable, messed up and thinking that you don’t belong there. You see each other through that phase which is lovely.

You left New York to attend the recent London premiere and then flew back here immediately.
Yeah, it was a great day. It sounds too cold and clinical to say “on autopilot” but it was almost like I was watching it all happen to somebody else. It was slightly kind of odd. I couldn’t believe that I was suddenly back here and was about to do the show again after I’d been in London. It was kind of bizarre. It was one of those things that I suppose tests the stamina. It’s nice to be reminded that you can do it.
 The fans are outside, screaming and waiting for you to come out. How have you adjusted to this?
It’s not something that you get particularly adjusted to. It’s always something that makes you feel slightly awkward. You’re like, 'if you really hear me, I promise you won’t be screaming'. There’s nothing to get that excited about. It’s all very surreal. The people scream and get so excited. Again, it’s a similar thing – it’s like it’s happening to somebody else. After a while, you tend to almost not hear it. It’s quite strange.
You had the Harry Potter role for many years. These days, when you wake up in the morning, is that Harry Potter identity still in your mind?
It’s part of my identity in the fact that it was my first big job. But it’s not something that I wake up saying to myself. I’m fully aware that I’m not him. I suppose the truthful answer is, I don’t think about it that often. Although “Harry Potter” is responsible for almost everything in my day-to-day life – from my job to where I live – it’s not something that comes into my head all the time.

Would you like to do another musical? Which do you like the most?
I would absolutely love to do another one. I’d love to do a new musical as well. That would be very exciting. My favorite musical, despite the fact that I’ve never actually seen it live – I’ve only seen recordings and listened to the cast album – is Sondheim’s “Company.”