Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Time Travel with Communicore Weekly!

Communicore Weekly travels through time!

On this week's show, we have a special guest star to help us introduce the show. He also lets us use his TARDIS...

Jeff and I travel back to the past to look at TimeKeeper. I review Our Friend the Atom in my Book of the Week segment. We look at some bathrooms of Tomorrowland and a Five Legged Goat of Tomorrrow.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Communicore Weekly Giveaway!

You can enter to win the Chimpanzee Blu-ray Combo Pack and the hardcover book Chimpanzee: The Making of the Film.

You can get one entry for liking the Communicore Weekly Facebook page. You get five entries for watching the latest episode ( and entering the secret phrase from the video. The contest ends Friday, August 31, 2012.

Good luck!

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Disney Blu-ray Reviews, Toy Story Book

We had a lot of fun with this week's Communicore Weekly. Jeff and I look at the history of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride at Disneyland and we review some of the new Blu-ray releases from Disney. For my book of the week, I share The Toy Story Films: An Animated Journey and Jeff shares a Five Legged Goat from Mr. Toad.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

New Disney Blu-ray Releases!

Disney has releases a slew of movies to Blu-ray! Some are pretty exciting and some are...well...some are not very exciting.

  • Pocahontas is reason enough to buy this Blu-ray set. The movie is gorgeous, the songs are fantastic and it is a fun film. Pocohantas II was a terrible film that should never have been made. I can't figure out why Disney included it. If nothing, it will only serve to hurt sales. Check out our review over at Mice Chat.

  • The Aristocats - This film has always been a favorite of my boys. I enjoy the broad humor, but the real enjoyment comes from the fantastic songs penned by the Sherman Brothers.

So, are you looking forward to any of these films?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Picture Spots, Dreamfinder and Communicore Weekly!

Hang out anytime at ImagiNERDing and you will see that I do like some of the geekier spots, including the Kodak Picture Spots. Check out my latest ImagiNERDing article at Mice Chat about the picturesque Picture Spots.

Jeff and I review Ron Schneider's book From Dreamer to Dreamfinder at Mice Chat. This is definitely a must buy for every Disney fan.

Communicore Weekly
For this week's episode, Jeff and I tackle Discovery Island, the latest news about Walt Disney World's NEW Executive Producer Kathy Mangum and a dark and mysterious Five Legged Goat. For my Book of the Week, I review Disneyland Resort Then, Now and Forever.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pixar Commercials as Silly Symphonies

I just received a preview copy of The Toy Story Films: An Animated Journey by Charles Solomon.

Even though I am barely 50 pages into it, I can tell that it is going to be fantastic. The artwork is gorgeous and acclaimed animation historian Charles Solomon really brings a lot to the Toy Story, um, story.

I ran across this quote on page 30 from Pete Docter and thought it tied in very nicely with the evolution of the early Disney animated shorts, except on a slightly different path. Pixar, in its earlier days, stayed afloat financially by doing a lot of commercial work.
"All these different products moved in different ways," adds animator Pete Docter. "So We tried to think, ‘How would a Life Saver move?’ The commercials became our equivalent of the Silly Symphonies, training us not only in movement, camera, and lighting, but in economy of storytelling. We wanted to tell some sort of story, not just cut product shots together. It showed us what we could do in thirty seconds."

Are you looking for other Disney book releases?

Check out my Mice Chat article on upcoming Disney-related books!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Carsland Giveaway!

We are participating in a giveaway with some other great sites.

This is another Rafflecopter giveaway with eight chances to win! You can click to like each site's Facebook page. Even if you are already a fan, you can still click like and it will add your vote. You have to click on each page in order to win

The giveway starts Friday August 10th at 12:01 a.m. and goes through August 17th. Included in the giveaway is a Cars flag, Disney California Adventure Mickey Ears, and a set of Disneyland poscards.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hidden Mickey Watch in the Rescuers

In one of the opening scenes of the upcoming Blu-ray release of the 35th Anniversary Edition of The Rescuers, there is a Mickey Mouse watch hanging from the wall of the Rescue Aid Society.

Originally released in 1977, this animated classic is a great family film and was one of the last two films released before Eisner and Wells took over the reigns of the Company.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Disney Links and Communicore Weekly (Western River Expedition)!

This week, Jeff and I tackle the Western River Expedition--how it developed and what happened! We do a tag team review of Ron Schneider's book From Dreamer to Dreamfinder: A Life and Lessons Learned in 40 Years Behind a Name Tag. Speaking of Dreamfinder, what about a Five Legged Goat from Journey Into Your Imagination? We also take a peek at a pretty fascinating Window.

Don't forget to check out my articles over at Mice Chat!

Now, on with some of the best links from the past week or so!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

New Disney Books

I've had some great (and strange) titles show up at Imaginerding over the past few days. Are there any that you are really looking forward too?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Empress Lilly Secrets, Imagineering and Communicore Weekly

I delve deep into the archives this week at Mice Chat to look at some of the secrets of the construction of the Empress Lilly. Most of us know it today as Fulton's Crabhouse at Downtown Disney.

Also, I take a look at one of the essential theme park books that should be in everyone's collection at the Disney Review. You do own this book, right?

Communicore Weekly

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This week's Communicore Weekly is pretty enlightening! Jeff and I look at the Main Street Electrical Parade, I review the Walt Disney World 15th Anniversary book, we share a special bathroom break for our four-legged friends and we look at a two and a half legged goat at the Animal Kingdom.