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Top 10 Art of Disney Books

To coincide with major film releases, Disney, Pixar, and Marvel release “Art of” books showcasing some of the concept art, backgrounds, and artistic inspiration that gave life to their films. This post reviews my 10 favorite Art of books. I’ll admit it: I am a sucker for these books, as they showcase things that flash

Inside Out Review

This spoiler-free review of Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out might as well be subtitled, “How Pixar Got Its Groove Back.” That, of course, assumes that Pixar lost its groove in the first place. To this extent, a brief summary of Pixar’s recent history is probably in order. From the time it released Toy Story until a decade

Disney Fan Christmas List

Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year. As a child, it was my favorite time of year because of all of the presents and getting to play in the snow. Ironically, it doesn’t snow much where we live now and presents aren’t that big of a deal. Now, Christmas-time is more about the beautiful

Holiday Time at Disneyland Tour Review

Disneyland’s ‘Holiday Time at Disneyland’ is a guided tour featuring holiday history, and more. This post covers our review of the tour, pros & cons of doing it, photos from the tour, and more. In addition to a tour covering the history of Christmas at Disneyland and various holiday customs, guests receive: priority boarding on

Disney Infinity Review

Disney Infinity is a free roaming, toy-based video game that allows players to explore the Disney universe with their favorite characters. This review of Disney Infinity covers the Starter Pack, which is available for the Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U. The starter pack costs $75, with additional character toys, power discs,

The Muppet Movie Blu-ray Review

The Muppet Movie “The Original Classic” – Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) comes out right as Muppet Fever is heating up again (did it ever cool down?) as audiences anxiously await next year’s Muppets Most Wanted (after seeing an extended sequence from the upcoming film at the 2013 Disney D23 Expo, my faith

Disney’s Planes Review

Going into it, I really wanted to hate Disney’s Planes. It’s a DisneyToon Studios release of a film set in the “Pixar Universe,” and it was clearly pitched as a way to sell merchandise. It was originally a direct-to-video title that was bumped to a theater release (I assumed) as a way to sell even

Dream It! Do It! Marty Sklar Book Review

Dream It! Do It! My Half Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms is Walt Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar’s long-awaited autobiography detailing his 50-some years working with Walt Disney, and being a part of every single Disney theme park that opened after Disneyland. His resume alone should make buying this book a no-brainer for most Disney fans, but

The Lone Ranger Review

Disney’s 2013 summer blockbuster, The Lone Ranger, tries to be a lot of things and fails at each and every one of them. It’s not a serious Western. It’s not a mindless action movie. It’s not a spoof. It’s not a comedy. The best way to describe it is as a bloated Pirates of the