Who remembers what Flubber is? Well, it can make Model T Fords fly, basketball players jump higher, and in the 1997 reboot, it can even dance! In this version, Robin Williams stars as the renamed Prof. Philip Brainard.
But Flubber first appeared in The Absent-Minded Professor, a 1961 Disney live-action film based on the short story ‘A Situation of Gravity’ by Samuel W. Taylor. The film stared Fred MacMurray as Professor Ned Brainard, the accidental inventor of Flubber.
The film was a huge success at the box-office, and two years later became the first Disney film to have a sequel, 1963’s Son of Flubber. But the lithograph in this post promotes the 1997 remake called Flubber:
Front and Back of Envelope & Rear of Lithograph
This is the only lithograph I have from The Disney Store that is lenticular. And what is ‘lenticular’ you ask? Lenticular printing is a technology in which lenticular lenses (a technology that is also used for 3D displays) are used to produce printed images with an illusion of depth, or the abilityto change or moveas the image is viewed from different angles.
The latter part of the definition applies here. Look at the lithograph one way and the Flubber couple are dancing:
Getting their groove on!
Turn the lithograph slightly, and the Flubber couple are in a full dip:
While this makes for an interesting print, it makes it a lot harder to photograph! It’s quite possible that Disney put a little more tech into this lithograph because of the scientific nature of the movie.
Who knows, maybe these little green blobs will bring back Disco. But let’s hope not!
So who’s up for more jelly bean goodness? Everyone? Excellent! But if you’re on a diet, you’ll have to ‘let it go’ as you stuff your cheeks with tasty Jelly Belly beans, with a Frozen twist:
These tasty little beans come in a variety of flavors but only three package designs. Let’s have a look at each in turn:
Does The Snow Queen love jelly beans? Yes, they’re the one thing she won’t ‘let go’ of!
Think you can get Anna to share her 28 grams of tasty perfection? Only if you play the sister card!
Yeah, just give him a warm hug and they’re all yours!
The store I found these in were selling each package for $2.00 a pop, which I thought was a tad high for 1 ounce of jelly beans!
Flavors and Nutritional Information
The good thing about Jelly Belly, which may account for the higher pricing, is the attention to allergy needs. These are fat free, gluten-free, and peanut free. And basically low in calories, even if you eat the whole bag at once!
We always find something new to see and experience at The Henry Ford Museum (of American Innovation, if we use the new, fuller name). On our last trip, we found this permanent timepieces exhibit:
Personally, I feel we have become slaves of time. I hope for a day when we can enjoy a slower pace without the heightened sense of urgency that almost everything has these days.
But I digress. On to the timepieces in this exhibit:
No. They don’t play Dixieland music.
One of the first truly American clock designs coming from the early 1800’s.
Gallery Clock: 1800-1805
This brass clock would have been displayed in a church or public building, as most common people of the day would not have had personal timepieces. It features 8-day weight-powered movement. And… it has an eagle!
The railroad was one of the major reasons people needed a more exact way to tell time. If you were late, the train would leave without you! We got the time zone system because of the need for standardizing time between cities, and to avoid disastrous collisions due to time discrepancies.
Enlarge and read the many reasons why New England became a major clockmaking center.
Pendulum swing like a pendulum do!
Someone should put that line to music. Did you know that Galileo helped to develop the pendulum? The test above is designed to show that no matter where you start the swing of the pendulum, it will take about the same time to swing back and forth. I tried it and it’s true!
COOL FACT: Christian Huygens was the first to use pendulums to regulate clocks in 1657.
Inside that Grandfather Clock
This featured an 8-day weight-powered movement and was used in a variety of tall clocks. It also had an hour strike and a quarter chime. The example pictured was manufactured between 1682 and 1709.
Telling time old-school
This one only lasted 5 seconds (I guessed 6 seconds).
COOL FACT: Signage for this item also mentioned that our inner sense of time is not as accurate as many animals.
More Cool Facts
This exhibit also covered sundials and many other traditional forms of timepieces. Even one digital alarm clock that many of us may still punch every morning. Love that snooze feature!
I hope you enjoyed this brief visit to The Henry Ford Museum. It can be found at 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Michigan.
Everyone knows Paul McCartney from his time in the Beatles, and afterwards, his own efforts and popular work with Wings. He has also dabbled in scoring movies and writing classical music. Enough for anyone, right?
Enter the Paul McCartney – The Music and Animation Collection:
Enchanted Animated Tales with Original Music
This set contains three original animated tales featuring one famous bear (who is not named Pooh), one book adaption, and one completely original effort (my favorite!)
But before we go on, below is some information about the two men who led the teams that created these wonderful pieces:
McCartney was definitely the man behind the music but equally important was the man behind the animation, Geoff Dunbar. Between them, I believe they produced some Oscar-worthy material!
Here you can select to play all three animated films in sequence, or select them one by one. There are also many extras to choose from, which we will touch on later.
You can choose from Rupert & The Frog Song (1984), Tropic Island Hum (1997), and Tuesday (2002).
Let’s have a look at each in turn:
Rupert Bear is a children’s comic strip character created by the English artist Mary Tourtel. He first appearing in the Daily Express newspaper on 8 November 1920. Rupert was a childhood favorite of McCartney and a natural selection for his first foray into animation.
Perhaps not as well know outside of the British Isles as Winnie the Pooh or Paddington Bear, Rupert is still a very popular character.
McCartney himself introduces the tale:
The book he is dusting off is presumably his own childhood copy of the original children’s book.
Shush! ‘The Frog Song’ is about to begin…
The Frog Song, actually called We All Stand Together, happens only once every 200 years or so, so listen now for you won’t have a chance to hear it again! It was released and reached number three in the UK Singles Chart in 1984.
This animated film about Rupert stumbling upon the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of hearing The Frog Song is animated in a simplified style but with beautiful imagery. The highlight of the film, however, is the music.
One scene of the frogs swimming to the music is reminiscent of some of the work done for Disney’s Fantasia. Given how both collaborators praise Disney in the Special Features section, this homage is not surprising!
I just wonder why McCartney never did any more of the Rupert Shorts?
The next film is:
A squirrel is saved by a hot air ballooning frog and taken to a tropical island where animals of all sorts have gone to escape slaughter by man. Upon arriving, the two new friends are welcomed with a song.
Tropic Island Hum is a catchy, imaginative, animated musical romp! By far my favorite of the set. The single of the title song reached #21 in the UK. The animated Short accompanied Disney’s Hercules movie in theaters in 1997.
The final film in this set is:
This film is based on a children’s book by David Wiesner but contains no words, only images to convey the story. Other than croaking and a few comments from confused humans at the end of the story, and a final piece of narration by Dustin Hoffman, the film pretty much follows that storytelling device.
Flying Lilly Pads
The story takes place on a Tuesday around 8pm. Frogs are lifted into the air, much to their surprise, and enabled to fly. They do so, right into town, where they cause all sorts of mischief.
Like knocking on windows…
… and crashing houses to watch TV.
The town is left littered with debris and lily pads. The mystery is never solved. But this is not the end! It seems that this occurs every Tuesday, but not just with frogs:
Even pigs get a turn to fly!
And why now pigs? The closing narration tells us:
“The events recorded here are verified by an undisclosed source to have happened somewhere, U.S.A.. on Tuesday. All those in doubt are reminded that there is always another Tuesday.” So… why not, I guess?
The Special Features are interesting:
This is a nice collection of extras that round out the DVD collection. The set comes with a 16-page booklet with details about the production:
COOL FACTOR: 5/5
I love Paul McCartney’s music. I love animation. So having the two together is just amazing! The quality of animation is Disney-worthy and the soundtracks and original songs are obviously good. McCartney himself provides most of the voices for all three films with an assist by wife Linda for one female character.
If you are a Disney fan, an animation fan, or a music fan, this collection is for you! If only to hear Tropic Island Hum. Man, that’s one catchy tune! See for yourself:
I attended the launch of this new gaming system at the El Capitan Theatre in California back in 2013. It was called Disney Infinity 1.0 back then, to be followed by the money-grabbing Disney Infinity 2.0 and Disney Infinity 3.0.
I had a media pass and a first look at what would become a very exciting gaming platform. It built a rabid fan base with online competitions and Disney-sponsored contests, so naturally, Disney chucked the whole concept as of 2016.
I consider the cancellation of Disney Infinity to be one of Disney’s Top 5 Worst Decisions ever! But as I’ve said over and over again, at least we are left with some of the most awesome displayable figures ever to be created!
Here is the Han Solo 3.0 figure:
Face is a bit off…
… but the cool meter is off the scale!
Since the cancellation of the gaming system, I’ve been watching the stores for slashed prices on remaining figures. And, not surprisingly, Wal-Mart was one of the first to take a Lightsaber to the prices.
So I also picked up Yoda 3.0:
Now this is spot on!
“Young Yoda not need cane, he doesn’t!”
I’m not keeping these awesome figures in their original packaging as they will not likely maintain any real collectible value, both due to the short time they were available to build a fan base, and the millions of units that were produced. Plus, I want to display them!
I’m in a funny position. I am angered at how Disney handled this division but also have to admit that, although I own a 1.0 version of the game, I have yet to play it! Check out my post about that here.
But again, I have collected over a dozen figures and may one day use them for their intended purpose. Until then, I will play with them thusly:
Mexican Stand-off in Space
For a closer look at Darth Vader, click the link. Star Wars figures just started appearing with the Disney Infinity 3.0 launch.
So do you have a Disney Infinity gaming platform? Are you disappointed that it was cancelled?
Now we all know that the more days you purchase for fun in the parks, the less each day costs you. But does Disney get that money back by upselling you on options you don’t need? Like the Park Hopper option? Let’s find out!
Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing aspects of a Disney vacation that make people ask: Is it worth it?
So many Park choices!
Again, we all realize that buying admission days in bulk is the best option. The more days you buy, the cheaper each day becomes. But as with everything in life, it’s the extras that’ll kill you!
Let’s assume you are going to take your family of four to Walt Disney World for four days. Basic admission tickets for everyone would basically cost you $1,400 US (ouch!)
Now add the Park Hopper option to all four tickets for all four days and now you will spend $1,700 US (OUCH!)
So basically you will spend an additional $300.00 US just for the privilege of jumping around from park to park in the same day. Is that an extra that really adds value? Here are some reasons why I believe it does not:
You could probably spend that $300.00 on something else (dining, souvenirs)
There is more than enough to do in each park for a day without jumping
Precious vacation time will be lost travelling between parks
Got grumpy kids? Park hop. Nuff said!
This option makes more sense for a single visitor or for couples who visit often and know what they want to see and can thus plan to make the most of the Park Hopper option. For families, and those on a budget, this option is one best left off your basic ticket!
For more opinions on what is and isn’t worth the splurge at Disney,
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
1996 Nostalgia. Who can resist it? We are ready again to revisit the days of our youth and remember the carefree days when the worst problem we faced was which toy to play with! In this post you will find another issue of Collecting Toys Magazine.
I was reunited with more of my old toys as I turned the pages of this issue of Collecting Toys:
Slot Cars Rule!
Let’s have a look at some of the contents of this issue from 1996:
From an Extreme G.I. Joe action figure to the superhero The Tick, 1996 was ready to kick some serious butt! And there were diecast model cars, too!
Bond. James Bond.
“No, Mister Bond. I expect you to DIE!” Sorry, I just had to add one of my favorite Bond villain quotes from the Sean Connery days (bonus points if you know the Bond film this is from). Although I have to say that Pierce Brosnan is probably my second-favorite Bond! And he was trending in 1996.
Don’t call them ‘dolls’ or Batman will beat you up! I had a few characters from this line, but I remember Spiderman the most. I also had The Lone Ranger and Tonto and Evel Knievel, complete with stunt bike! Man, I miss those toys.
And if you feel boys can play with dolls, not just action figures, check out this newer product called the Wonder Crew that I reviewed from the Chicago Toy Fair.
I had dozens of the traditional green toy soldiers but had never seen these Blue and the Gray versions. Must have been an American thing.
Antique Toy Show
Toy shows and Antique fairs are amazing places to visit! I zeroed in on this one because of the monster in the bottom right corner. We have Super 8 footage of this guy rolling around our living room back when my sister and I were quite young. This battery-operated toy was the Great Garloo by Marx and measured in at a whopping 23″ tall! The 1960’s were all about the science fiction monsters.
Zoo. In. Spaaaaaaaaaace!
Where else would you put a zoo that had metal animals? Think this sparking dog is weird? Just try to imagine the whale and the elephant!
So there we have a look back into the toys of our past. I hope you enjoyed some nostalgic moments!
1995 Nostalgia. Who can resist it? We all love to revisit the days of our youth and remember the carefree days when the worst problem we faced was which toy to play with! Collecting Toys Magazine is a great source to find those old toys we loved so much but parted with as we grew older.
I was reunited with some of my old toys as I turned the pages of this issue of Collecting Toys:
What I like about finding these vintage magazines is the wealth of relevant information they still contain. From manufacturing information to variants to seeing the collections of others, the only information not relevant is the values. But even outdated values can be interesting!
Let’s have a look at some of the contents of this issue from 1995:
This spread is fun because it shows what was new in 1995, over 20 years ago. New then, vintage now!
Three-Wheeled & Ready to Roll
My family is originally from England so vehicles like this have a soft spot in my heart. European cities traditionally have narrow streets so 3-wheeled vehicles like this model are very common. This model is of a truck produced in Japan, where they have the same problem. I wish I had one here in Canada! A real one and a model.
Can we just agree that Japanese metal robot toys are about the coolest toys in creation?!? Although plentiful, these toys still command a high price from collectors!
1930’s Chein Roller Coaster
This is a good example of how manufacturers worked in the past. They would have one style of toy and simply stamp different characters or scenes onto it to make a new toy. So this roller coaster (above) is identical to the one I have, except mine has a Disney theme. Check the version I have by clinking the link here.
Soccer or Football?
Either way, this game by Subbuteo scored big with kids of all ages. You played with your fingers and could choose from multiple teams, just like the standard table hockey games.
HOTWHEELS Are Good!
No toy collecting magazine would be complete without a spread about Hotwheels, perhaps the most famous slot racing company around. If you were a boy in the 1980’s you had dozens of these little metal cars!
Please Control Yourself!
It’s bad enough to have a real puppy wetting all over the house, I can’t imagine a parent buying a child a fake puppy to water the remaining dry areas of the family home! Each to his or her own, I guess. And I really didn’t need to see where the pee comes out!
So there we have a look back into the toys of our past. I hope you enjoyed some nostalgic moments!