May the Mouse Be With You

Jedi Master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) continues to learn the ways of the force under the guidance of…Mickey Mouse?

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Jon Goes On…My Top Five Disney Villain Songs

Here’s my tribute to some of the craziest, creative, and most affecting villain songs Disney has put out:

Oogie Boogie’s Song from A Nightmare Before Christmas

Friends On The Other Side from The Princess and The Frog

Be Prepared from The Lion King

Poor Unfortunate Souls from The Little Mermaid

Hellfire from The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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Strange Moments in Animation History

In honor of spring’s arrival, I wanted to share this cartoon gem about the seasons. In 1934, three years before Snow White and the Seven Dwarves premiered, Disney wanted to experiment with drawing lifelike “adult” human characters in preparation for Snow White. The result was The Goddess of Spring.

Loosely based on Persephone, the daughter of Zeus and harvest-goddess, Demeter. She was tricked into marriage by Hades. Once a year she has to go to the underworld and during that time we experience winter, and when she returns, the flowers start to bloom again and we experience spring!

While sticking true to the myth, Disney does portray Hades as Satan (who happens to sing opera!) and the underworld as hell. One of my favorite scenes is when Hades brings Persephone to hell for the first time, his demon minions throw a big jazz party!

Yes, it’s silly and dated, but if you’re an animation devotee you’ll find it a lot of fun. You can see the animation style emerge that made Snow White such a masterpiece.

Enjoy! Jonathan

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Jon Goes On…Disney Afternoon

I remember coming home from school and from 3:00 to 5:00 watching The Disney Afternoon. My mom didn’t make me do any homework until it was over! These are five of my all-time DA favorites…they had memorable, likable characters and the episodes were clever, well-written and full of fun adventure.

Jonathan

ADVENTURES OF THE GUMMI BEARS


“High adventure that’s beyond compare…”

DUCKTALES


“Life is like a hurricane…”

CHIP N DALE’S RESCUE RANGERS


“There’s no case too big, no case too small…”

TAILSPIN


“Friends for life through thick and thin…”

DARKWING DUCK


“Better watch out you bad boys…”

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Jon Goes On…Robert Sherman

I was sad to hear that Robert Sherman passed away yesterday. He and his brother wrote the music and lyrics to some of my favorite Disney movies. Growing up, I couldn’t get enough of Sword and the Stone! My mom hand made a sweatshirt for me so I could pretend to be Merlin and “Higitus Figitus” and “Hockety Pockety” my way through the day.

Cheers Robert…I wish I could prestidigitonium you back!

Jonathan

HIGITUS FIGITUS
From: The Sword in the Stone
Written by: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

Higitus Figitus zumbabazing
I want your attention ev’rything!
We’re packing to leave come on let’s go
books are always the first you know

Hockety pockety wockety wack
abracabra dabra nack
Shrink in size very small
we’ve got to save enough room for all
Higitus Figitus migitus mum
pres-ti-dig-i-ton-i-um!

Cicero you belong to the “C’s”
alphabethical order please
Ali-i-ca-fez bal-a-ca-zez
malacamez meripides
diminish diminish dictionary
those words in your vocabulary
Hockety pockety wockety wack
that’s the way we have to pack.
Higitus Figitus migitus mum
pres-ti-dig-i-ton-i-um!

Higitus Figitus zoomacazam
don’t get in a trafic jam
Sugar bowl you’re getting rough
the poor old tea set’s cracked enough
Hockety pockety wockety wack
odds and ends and bric a brac

Higitus Figitus migitus mum,
pres-ti-dig-i-ton-i-um.
Higitus Figitus migitus mum,
pres-ti-dig-i-ton-i-um!

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