I love two sections of the Walt Disney Company more than anyone else: Disneynature (I’m unnecessarily hyped for Dolphins, like, you have NO idea.) and Disney Theatricals. The latter has a big year ahead of them. 2018 will be the 25th anniversary of the department’s start and will bring Frozen to the Broadway stage.
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February 22nd, 2018 will see the first Broadway performance of Frozen at the St. James Theatre and it’s going to be lit – er, cool. There are super Broadway nerdy reasons why this is all so exciting. (Caissie Levy as Elsa will be great based on her performance in Hair, Patti Murin as Anna is perfect casting, it’s at the theatre where Oklahoma! premiered in the 1940s, and it’s a Jujamcyn Theatre which is a weird fact that thrills me.)
Now, tickets are officially on sale for the Broadway run for next year, but on August 17th, the out-of-town tryout begins in Denver, CO. Hopefully we’ll see some production photos and a video clip.
This is all so great and the cast’s excitement makes the whole situation even better. Break a leg to all the cast and crew for your Denver run and we cannot WAIT to see more!
Broadway Legend and one of the greatest soprano voices to ever walk this Earth passed away last Tuesday at the age of 89. As a huge Broadway fan, her star will always shine bright for centuries to come. We’ll miss you, Barbara.
Here is her singing “When You Wish Upon A Star,” one of the most gorgeous versions you will ever hear.
This past Saturday, August 12th, the return of DuckTales took over Disney XD for 24 hours. Every hour, on the hour, the premiere episode of DuckTales entitled “Woo-oo!” (’cause duh) aired to the delight of everyone.
We’re hoping to bring you a lot of Disney Channel and Disney XD content here on disneyBOP, so we’d like to premiere our series of Quack Takes. For every episode of DuckTales, we’ll bring you just some things we took away from the episode, what we loved, what we hated, what had us laughing, etc.
Without further ado, our Quack Takes on “Woo-oo!”
I’m really loving that Donald is a part of this in an expanded role. I found the “origin story” of his sailor outfit rather hilarious, as well.
I ended up watching the very last showing of the premiere, so this may have to deal with my lack of sleep, but Beck Bennett as Launchpad McQuack is not only perfect casting, but his stupid-beautiful-idiot take on the character had me laughing uncontrollably a few times. “I’m a pilot!”
Webby is a fun addition and a great vocal performance by Kate Micucci, but like, how did she not know that was a garage? Also, who holds ancient artifacts and possibly deadly ghosts/dragons/headless horsemen in a garage? At least put them in the attic.
Huey, Dewey, and Louie all have great personalities with shining moments throughout the episode, but Huey holding up a t-shirt for Dewey to wear, where Dewey just responds “I will cram it down your throat.” had my dying. DYING. This show is seriously funny.
1st half was better than the 2nd half, so I hope we see a lot more of the core characters dealing with each other before we get a ton of new characters introduced.
That being said, the whole episode I was all “Ready for Darkwing Duck anytime.”
Wasn’t that Roxanne from A Goofy Movie sitting next to Donald in the waiting room? Is there a Disney Afternoon Animated Universe that will start with this, but eventually lead to reboots of all those shows? I’m here for it, honestly.
Mrs. Beakley is voiced by Toks Olagundoye, who starred on the underrated ABC show The Neighbors. That reference allows me to post this beautiful thing without feeling bad.
If you haven’t watched yet, be sure to catch-up on WatchDisneyChannel.com or On Demand and we’ll be back with more Quack Takes once new episodes premiere Saturday, September 23rd.
UPDATE: Disney XD has posted the full-length mega-sized premiere episode on their YouTube channel to watch for free. Check it out!
The newest collaboration between Disney at Cath Kidston finally has a release date. On Thursday, September 21st, the new collection will fly in from Neverland and the previews we’ve seen are adorable.
FashionUnited has some great pictures of the new line of products being released and I can’t take how cute they all are. The Tinkerbell collared shirt is genius. Tinkerbell on a Peter Pan collar. I can’t deal with the brilliance of that. I’m also loving the flying over London pattern, especially on the backpack.
Be sure to head over to Cath Kidston’s website to sign up for updates on the collection and the eventual announcement of the next film collection that will be released, apparently in time for the holidays!
I am thrilled to announce that we are starting a book club here at disneyBOP! The goal of this book club is to prepare us and excite us for the future. Why does that mission statement sound incredibly cheesy and, like, the worst? Well, because it’s based in truth!
Since the beginning of time, movies and TV shows have been based on books. Also since the beginning of time, people have not shut up saying “Well, the book was better,” which leads you to punch them in the face, but then go “Wait…is it?” and then have a major case of FOMO and run away crying. Or, like, something similar.
With this never-ending cycle in mind, why not combat it and actually read the books first?! Brilliant.
Disney has a lot of book-based movies and TV shows coming up in the docket, but we’re going to start with a novel from 1963.
Our first book will be…A Wrinkle in Time!
This sci-fi fantasy YA classic was written by Madeleine L’Engle and won the prestigious Newberry Medal. It follows Meg, who travels across the universe and through time itself to rescue her trapped scientist father on another planet. Yeah, crazy stuff. It’s going to be great!
We’re reading this first as the film adaptation will be released by Walt Disney Pictures on March 9th, 2018. It’s directed by Ava Duvernay, marking the first time a woman of color is directing a film with a budget over $100 million. On top of that, the cast includes Rowan Blanchard, Chris Evans, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, and OPRAH FREAKING WINFREY. Yeah, we’re reading the dang book.
Now, we are reading it this far from the actual release date for a reason. I’ve heard this theory from many people (including the now shuttered Patty and Emily podcast, RIP) that it’s best to give yourself six months from experiencing the original to viewing a new interpretation. For example, you could watch Legally Blonde, wait six months, then you are free to view the musical. That way, it’s fresh enough in your mind to understand the concept, but far enough away to not be so nitpicky. This allows you to have a sense of love for the property, while still going in with open mind.
Here’s how it will work: Every week, I’ll assign a group of pages. We’ll have a week to read (It won’t be too long, since the book is just over 200 pages long) and once that week is up, you return here so we can discuss. I’ll have a short podcast where I break down what we read and my thoughts on the section, then the comment section will be ready for chatting. On top of that, while you’re reading, feel free to tag @disneyBOP and use this book’s hashtag, #WrinkleBOP.
At the end of our read, we’ll celebrate with coverage of the upcoming film, some trivia games, and maybe even a giveaway or two!
Your first reading assignment is Chapters 1 and 2. Now, going off of the 2007 Square Fish edition of the book, that is pages 1-44. The time will be a tad longer this time around so you can acquire the book. Feel free to use #WrinkleBOP when reading to share your thoughts and I’ll meet you back here on August 23rd to chat about the chapters with our podcast and such!
Disney’s “Dream Big, Princess” campaign has led to the announcement of various princess films heading back to theaters. Starting September 15th, each film will be at the El Capitan and AMC Theatres for a week with various showings. Beauty and the Beast (the original), Mulan, Tangled, Princess and the Frog, and Brave will all be shown during the marathon in this order.
We are so excited here at disneyBOP, so be sure to check out the site leading up to the showings and every week during the marathon for themed content.
Come little children, I’ll take thee away into a land…of new Hocus Pocus merchandise from Spirit Costumes!
They have released an extensive line of licensed merch sporting the Sanderson sisters, Binx, Billy, and more. The line includes costume, decorations, WIGS, and more. I was surprised to see all the merchandise love for a cult Disney film over 20 years old, but I’m thrilled nonetheless.
This candle is my absolute favorite and will be absolutely adorned my room for All Hallows Eve. THACKERY BINX!
Prices range from $7.99 drink bottles to $49.99 character costumes. Be sure to put in your orders soon before all these witch-tastic items fly away on a vacuum.
Ellen’s Energy Adventure will be closing on August 13th to make way for a new Guardians of the Galaxy thrill ride. This is a lose-lose situation for me as I don’t like Guardians (I can hear you yelling already. I’ve tried and I can’t get into a franchise where a planet is a villain. Sorry ’bout it.) and Ellen’s Energy Adventure is my favorite attraction.
You heard me. Ellen’s Energy Adventure is my favorite ride.
The ride system is incredible and never ceases to blow my mind. A theater that spins 180 degrees, then moves in tandem into dinosaur show scenes, breaks apart into individual cars through the diorama, then joins together again. There’s nothing else like it in the world and it’s spectacular.
Now, I understand Universe of Energy is more beloved, but I adore the script and humor of Ellen’s Energy Adventure. Yes, the film is incredibly outdated (Stop yelling at me, I can hear you!). I mean, she uses a cell phone with an antenna. It’s rough. Yet, the humor never gets old for me. I always laugh at “Stupid Judy” or “The Piggy Bank? The Ding Dang?” or when she goes to punch Bill Nye after he continues to speak after drenching her. It has some truly hilarious moments. “Sorry Ellen, we were looking for something more than just an embellishment of what I had already said.” It’s just so good!
Besides my love for the attraction itself and the humor and how it’s the greatest pre-show in the history of Disney World don’t @ me, it has the importance of representation, as well.
Ellen’s Energy Adventure opened on June 14th, 1996, at the height of her titular sitcom’s success on ABC. In April 1997, however, was the infamous Puppy Episode. Just hitting it’s 20-year milestone 4 months ago, the episode featured Ellen’s big coming out moment, instantly becoming an iconic TV moment and a huge ratings success. Immediately after the success, however, Ellen’s career took a hard nose dive. Her revealing her sexuality caused her to not get work for months, even years, after the episode aired. She didn’t get back to her earlier success until her daytime talk show premiered in 2003.
Think about it (“You’re in your car, you’re driving and I just pop up behind you and go HEY!” Oh, sorry, that’s more quotes. Continue.), during her downfall being shunned by all media for her sexuality, Ellen’s Energy Adventure remained open. The ride hadn’t even been open for a year before her coming out, and yet, Disney kept it open, despite the backlash it’s star was facing.
For the past 21 years, the lead in an attraction at a Disney theme park has been and out and proud lesbian. That is pretty remarkable. Looking at current “Celebrities in Disney Rides,” Rosie O’Donnell still leads up the Boudin Bakery Tour, but now in a smaller role and not with the same impact a ride has had. Unless I am mistaken, everyone else is straight. Having that representation at the Most Magical Place on Earth is comforting. It shows many that being gay is not a disease or an illness, but something that is normal, something to be proud of, and something that allows you to hang out with Bill Nye on a trip to the Big Bang.
Ellen’s Energy Adventure, I will always love you. I will see you on August 12th to pay my respects, take photos against your beautiful tile mural, and leave a high efficiency light bulb on your reflection pool. Stupid Judy, Ellen. *wipes tear away*. Stupid Judy.
Dear fellow millennials, your OG reality and/or Disney Channel obsession is heading back to the network next year. Bug Juice, the series following kid campers at summer camp, is making a triumphant (yet, completely unexpected) return to Disney Channel in 2018.
For those unfamiliar (Hello, youngins! Hello, oldins!), the show premiered in 1998 and followed campers at Camp Waziyatah in Maine. The following two seasons the location changed, but the idea stayed the same: watching kids being kids in one of the few places they have a large amount of freedom.
The new season will also return to Camp Waziyatah in Maine and follow a new group of campers as they live in cabins, eat at the mess hall, and disconnect with the world for weeks at a time.
I vividly remember the show and the ads for new episodes during Lizzie McGuire commercial breaks, where they were all sitting by a campfire. I really enjoy when reality TV tackles kids (Discovery Kids’ Adventure Camp was an obsession of mine when I was younger), so here’s to another serving of Bug Juice!
If you are a Disney fan who dabbles on the YouTubes, you may be familiar with Sarah Snitch/Sarah Sterling. I’ve been subscribed to her channel for the past 6 years. I’ve been with her through college, her Disney College Program, and her current Thingamavlogs period (her Disney collab channel that puts out some great content).
Sarah has always been a Disney YouTuber, but two years ago, Sarah began a new series called “Down to Disness.” She is going through the Walt Disney Animation Studios cannon and diving deep into the history and legacy of every Disney animated film. Also, viewers get to vote on what they want to see as the monthly entry.
She discusses the making of, the initial reaction from audiences, and what the film has become as time has passed. It’s really interesting, easily digestible, and injected with some inside-Disney humor that is always appreciated.
Be sure to subscribe to Sarah for more Down to Disness, along with other great Disney content.