Paul McCartney – The Music and Animation Collection

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:

McCartney DVD Cover

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 McCartney McCartney Dunbar

The Collaborators

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!

McCartney Title Page

Introduction Screen

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.

McCartney Menu

Main Menu

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:

McCartney Rupert Title Card

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.

McCartney Rupert Bear

Rupert Bear

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:

McCartney Intro

The book he is dusting off is presumably his own childhood copy of the original children’s book.

McCartney Frog Song

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.

McCartney Imagery

Psychedelic!

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:

McCartney Tropic Title Card

McCartney TIH Intro

Disney-like Animation

A squirrel is saved by a 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.

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Love

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:

McCartney Tuesday Title Card

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.

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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.

McCartney Tuesday SC 3

Like knocking on windows…

McCartney Tuesday SC 4

… and crashing houses to watch TV.

McCartney Tuesday SC 5

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:

McCartney Tuesday SC 6

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:

McCartney SF

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:

McCartney Booklet 1 McCartney Booklet 2

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:

101 Dalmatians Disney Store Lithographs

Today’s post has really gone to the dogs, quite literally! We are sharing six Disney Store lithographs that were offered to promote the video release of 101 Dalmatians.

101 Dalmatians Front Cover

101 Dalmatians Back Cover

This envelope has a nice synopsis of both the film and the film-making process on the back. The 1961 animated version was the first to use the Xerox process for copying the many spots needed to render the 99 puppies and two adult dogs in the film.

The six lithographs from this set are among the few I’ve seen with captions describing the scenes. Let’s have a closer look. We begin with the announcement that Pongo is going to be a father:

101 Dalmatians Happy Couple

“After all, dogs were having puppies long before our time.”

We then skip to the birth where there is a slight problem:

 101 Dalmatians Lucky

“Nanny! Fifteen! We still have fifteen.”

Here we see the reviving of the last puppy born, whom Roger saves, and so gives the name of ‘Lucky’. Life resumes as we see the proud parents watching some quality television with their puppies:

Fan Favorite TV

“Ol’ Thunderbolt’s the greatest dog in the whole world.”

But things don’t stay tranquil for long after Cruella De Ville arrives with her own reason for loving the puppies:

101 Dalmatians Cruella

“Yes… yes, I must say… such perfectly beautiful coats.”

Jumping ahead we rejoin the story after the puppies have been stolen and the dogs of the city are using the Twilight Bark to relay the message that help is needed:

101 Dalmatians Pet Shop

Peg, Bull, and the Twilight Bark

In this scene, we are treated with guest appearances from Peg and Bull from another animated Disney film about dogs, Lady and the Tramp.

Later the puppies are found, but now there are 99!

101 Dalmatians Escape

“This way, children, around this way.”

All’s well that ends well as the farm animals help free all of the puppies. In the end, all 101 Dalmatians live together on a big farm in the country. The end!

This was the 17th feature-length animated film released by Disney and it did very well at the box office. After all, who can resist 99 cute little puppies?

For more fun with the 101 Dalmatians film, check out our earlier post entitled Could This Be Cruella De Ville’s Real Car? which shows a vintage 1929 Auburn 8-120 automobile that just may have inspired the animated copy.

Fan Favorite Movies as Disney Store Lithographs

We all have our all time favorite Disney animated movie. I personally have several! So what is your fan favorite? Maybe it will be one of the seven Classic films depicted here in these lithographs from The Disney Store.

Let’s have a look at both the packaging and the actual prints from each film in the order they were released theatrically:

Fan Favorite Bambi Cover

Bambi 1942 – 5th Feature-length Film

This lithograph was released by The Disney Store in 1997 as a promotional giveaway when one preordered the film on video.

Fan Favorite Bambi Lithograph

Bambi Meets the Rest of the Cast

Fan Favorite Bambi Back Cover

Back of Envelope

Next we visit Neverland:

Fan Favorite Peter Cover

Peter Pan 1953 – 14th Feature-length Film

This lithograph has one of the better envelopes for a single print release. Most will have a blank back cover, but this one gives us something more:

Fan Favorite Peter Hook

“Smeeeeeeeee!”

And now for the lithograph itself:

Fan Favorite Peter Lithograph

Again, this lithograph gives us a little something extra by having a beautiful map of Neverland on the back of the frame:

Fan Favorite Peter Back Cover

Next we go black and white, mostly:

Fan Favorite 101 Front Cover

101 Dalmatians 1961 – 17th Feature-length Film

This film has had more than one Disney Store lithograph release but I like this envelope the best of the two offered.

Fan Favorite 101 Envelope

Pongo and Perdita

And now for a domestic scene we can all relate to:

Fan Favorite 101 Lithograph

TV Time!

And now we head into deepest darkest Africa:

Fan Favorite Jungle Cover

The Jungle Book 1967 – 19th Feature-length Film

I love Colonel Hathi and his Elephant Patrol! So this sleeve cover was a treat to see. But so was the lithograph:

Fan Favorite Jungle Lithograph

Just the Bare Necessities!

In my opinion, The Jungle Book was as perfect an animated movie as you could ever create! So I guess you could say this is my fan favorite.

Fan Favorite Jungle Back Cover

Released in 1997

Hard to believe that this lithograph was released 20 years ago! Now we have a live-action movie adaption of this classic. Have you seen it? I posted a review comparing the 1967 original with the new 2016 version. I picked a winner. Click on over to see which version it was!

We have three lithographs left as we now transition from the 60’s to the 70’s:

Fan Favorite Cats Cover

The Aristocats 1970 – 20th Feature-length Film

So this was released 26 years after the film had its theatrical release. I love the gray scale artwork for the cover sleeve.

Fan Favorite Cats Lithograph

Free Transportation

Fan Favorite Cats Back Cover

And now we leap from the 70’s all the way to the 90’s and into the middle of the Disney Renaissance:

Fan Favorite Aladdin Cover

Aladdin 1992 – 31st Feature-length Film

This was a concurrent release with the film in theaters. By now The Disney Store was releasing simpler versions of lithographs with basic cover sleeves. The lithographs were of slightly larger size however. With standard lithographs, you get an 11 x 14 overall size which includes the frame. With later lithographs, you now got an 11 x 14 picture with the frame adding extra size.

Fan Favorite Aladdin Lithograph

It’s a Whole New Hug!

We conclude with another 90’s hit:

Fan Favorite King Cover

The Lion King 1994 – 32nd Feature-length Film

This sleeve sports a pleasing pattern. And the lithograph:

Fan Favorite King Lithograph

Meeting of the Minds (Mash Banana)

This, like the Aladdin print, is oversized.

Fan Favorite King Back Cover

So which is your fan favorite? Do you like the prints small or larger? Do you think The Disney Store should always release lithographs with interesting cover sleeves, or does that not matter to you, as you’ll just throw them away anyway?

Classic Animated Films as Disney Store Lithographs

Disney struggled for a while with the animated division of the company. Film after film failed at the box office and disappointed fans. But then a string of what we now consider classic films came along to bolster the confidence of Disney and Disney fan alike. That string of films came to be credited as creating a Disney Renaissance.

But before and after this period, Disney still released the odd film that just didn’t capture the imagination, nor most importantly the money, of the movie-going public. Let’s have a look at some of these. First:

Classic Rescuers Front Cover

The Rescuers – 1977

This film shouldn’t really be in this post as many Disney fans love it very much. But it rarely shows up on anyone’s all-time favorites list! It spawned a sequel (The Rescuers Down Under – 1990) and left us with two endearing characters in Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor) and Bernard (Bob Newhart).

Classic Rescuers Lithograph

Everyone needs an Evinrude motor!

The Rescuers is filled with many charming and heart-warming scenes which make the film a definite classic!

Classic Rescuers Back Cover

The Rescuers was the 23rd feature-length animated film from Disney and is about the Rescue Aid Society, an international mouse organization headquartered in New York City that shadows the United Nations and is dedicated to helping abduction victims around the world. Sounds plausible!

The second film I will feature here is one of my personal favorites:

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The Great Mouse Detective – 1986

This is the 26th feature-length animated movie released by Disney and is based on the character of Sherlock Holmes. His mouse counterpart lives under his floorboards and is named Basil of Baker Street.

Classic Mouse Lithograph

Basil and Oliva find a clue!

I love the Sherlock Holmes character and have read all of the original stories as well as collected almost all of the movie adaptions, both from television and the silver screen.

Classic Mouse Back Cover

Promoting the re-release in 1999

The plot is long and convoluted as one would expect from a Sherlock story with lots of twists and turns. It also stars Vincent Price as the villain! Why didn’t this film do better at the box office? There’s just no figuring people.

If you like the characters from this film, check out this great ornament, also from the Disney Store.

The third movie is one I can’t stand to watch and haven’t added to my personal collection:

Classic Oliver Front Cover

Oliver & Company – 1988

Again, this lithograph from the Disney Store was released in 1996 to promote a video re-release.

Classic Oliver Lithograph

Cast of Characters

I felt this film relied too heavily on an all-star cast, most prominently Billy Joel and his music. It wasn’t enough to save this dog of a film, pun intended. It felt more like a Don Bluth effort along the lines of All Good Dogs Go to Heaven which also didn’t have teeth at the box office.

Classic Oliver Back Cover

This film was Disney’s 27th feature-length animated effort. It was inspired by the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist but casts Oliver as a homeless kitten who joins a gang of dogs to survive in the streets. It’s a pity this film survived the development phase!

Lastly I am thrilled to share another of my favorite, yet again not-so popular, films:

Classic Atlantis Front Cover

Atlantis, The Lost Empire – 2001

So now we jump ahead a couple of decades and well after the Disney Renaissance to an ambitious film that just didn’t quite cut it. Disney had planned to reinvent the submarine ride in Disneyland based on this film but poor box office made us have to wait until Finding Nemo to go under the water again.

Classic Atlantis Lithograph

This was Disney’s 41st feature-length animated film and its first animated science fiction attempt. Even the star-power of Michael J. Fox couldn’t float this one with fans and it sank.

Classic Atlantis Back Cover

Disney tried to mine the Steampunk vibe for this film but even that didn’t help it to catch an audience. Pity!

So how do you feel about these four movies? Are they near misses or enduring classics? Let me know in the comments section!

Emperor’s New Groove Disney Store Lithographs

I just can’t get enough of the exclusive lithographs from The Disney Store! This post features a nice set from the movie The Emperor’s New Groove.

Emperor's New Groove Cover

It’s hard to believe that this film was released over 17 years ago back in the year 2000! Just before the Y2K virus destroyed the world. Good times! Good times!

Emperor's New Groove Back Cover

It was the 40th feature-length animated film from the studio and was basically a buddy picture. Well, as ‘buddy’ as a big fat guy and a talking llama can be buddies.

Emperor's New Groove Folder Open

Folder Open with Pictures Inside

 Some of these folders can be quite beautiful, like the ones for Lady and the Tramp and The Little Mermaid. Not to be outdone, Kuzko made sure his folder was ultra-cool too!

Emperor's New Groove Folder Empty

Folder Open but Empty

This artwork from the film is a nice touch. Now let’s have a look at the lithographs themselves. And as with most of these sets, the pictures themselves don’t have titles, so I will be adding my own:

Emperor's New Groove Directions

“Squeakity Squeak Squeak Squeakity!”

Man, you just ask a squirrel which way a talking llama went and you have to listen to him talk about his nuts and his family. Or was that his nutty family? Either way, just tell me which way the talking llama went!

Emperor's New Groove On Purpose

“I’m about to do something on purpose!”

With a ‘buddy’ like Kuzko along on the journey, I think anyone would eventually consider doing something untoward accicentally ‘on purpose’. If you get my meaning.

Emperor's New Groove Kuzkotopia

Kuzkotopia!

Okay, it was totally bad of Kuzko to plan to evict an entire village just to build a self-themed adventure park… but I so want to go there! I may even want an Annual Pass!

Emperor's New Groove Baby Kuzko

“Give me more!”

The Emperor’s New Groove is filled with awesome moments, but the one depicted in the image above was probably one of the funniest. Until Kuzko goes all ‘Kuzko’ and then the baby-cuteness moment is gone! Still funny though.

COOL FACT: The fourth wall is broken many times in this film. And you thought Deadpool invented that gag! And just what is ‘The Fourth Wall’? It is the imaginary “wall” at the front of a stage in a traditional three-walled box-like stage in a proscenium theatre (a proscenium is the area of a theatre surrounding the stage opening and literally means “in front of the scenery”), through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play. The concept is usually attributed to the philosopher, critic and dramatist Denis Diderot. And now you know.

So how does one break this wall? Any time a character turns to the camera, addresses the audience, or makes a comment that makes it seem like he KNOWS he’s in a TV show or a play, he’s said to be “breaking the fourth wall” – the wall that separates him from the audience.

For even more lithographs, check out these ones from Monsters Inc., also from The Disney Store.

Lady and the Tramp Disney Store Lithographs

Lady and the Tramp was released to theaters on June 22nd, 1955. It was based on the book Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog by Ward Greene and tells the story of a refined female cocker spaniel named Lady who gets mixed up with a local mutt named Tramp. Love and adventure ensue!

But other than a hit Disney animated film, what do Lady and the Tramp have in common? This set of four Disney Store lithographs:

Lady and the Tramp Cover

Front cover of folder

Lady and the Tramp back

Back cover of folder

These lithograph sets are commonly given out by The Disney Store to promote the re-release of classic Disney animated films, such as Lady and the Tramp. However, in this case, the set featured here had prices on it: $14.95 US and $18.95 CAN. So it was either free if you pre-ordered Lady and for sale to everyone else, or you had to pay the price even if you pre-ordered and no one else could purchase it at all.

Lady and the Tramp Folder

Open Folder

This was one of the examples where the folder is just as interesting as the artwork inside. Above you can see the folder opened, but look what happens when you remove the lithographs and start to unfold the folder:

Lady and the Tramp folder 2

All set for a romantic dinner

Now we unfold once more:

Lady and the Tramp folder 3

Just another empty alley

This set was released in 1998 and so still has a unique folder but in later years The Disney Store started to release only one lithograph in a paper envelope. As always, as time goes by, things are more cheaply produced!

Now let’s have a look at the lithographs:

Lady and the Tramp Lady

Lady’s House Guests

Lady and the Tramp Warning

Lady Meets the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp Date

Lady’s First Date

Lady and the Tramp Dinner

Dinner Reservations for Two

Although each lithograph pictures a scene from the film, they are not labeled, so I have supplied my own titles for each one.

Each lithograph is 11″ x 14″ including the white border and are printed on high gloss paper.

To see a really great set of lithographs featuring the characters from Monsters Inc. just click the link. It has an amazing folder too!

Monsters Inc. Disney Store Lithographs

Monsters Inc. was produced by Pixar Studios and released by Walt Disney Studios in 2001. Since then it has spawned one prequel/sequel, Monsters University (2013). And as we will see, it has also spawned one awesome set of lithographs!

Monsters Inc. Cover

Front Cover

The Disney Store releases collector series lithographs when Pixar or Disney re-releases an old animated classic or when a new production is being promoted. The idea is that if you preorder the release from The Disney Store you will be given a set of complementary lithographs for ‘free’. I say ‘free’ in quotes because usually the prices at The Disney Store are slightly higher than retail elsewhere. However, the small price bump is well worth the value of the exclusive lithographs!

This particular set was available in 2002.

Monsters Inc. Back Cover

Back Cover

In some cases, as with this Monsters Inc. offering, the packaging of the lithographs is almost as good as the actual artwork contained inside!

Monsters Inc. Opened

Opened

I love the door motif that has been carried over from the movie. But you haven’t seen all the surprises this packaging has to offer. The side doors open to reveal even more cool imagery:

Monsters Inc. Door One

Door No. One

Monsters Inc. Door Two

Door No. Two

The lithographs themselves are 11″ x 14″ including the white border and are suitable for framing. The paper used in this case has a smooth gloss finish. Other Disney Store lithograph sets were produced on textured paper and looked and felt more like professional quality. Let’s have a look at each of the four Monsters Inc. lithographs in turn:

Monsters Inc. Group Shot

Group Shot

Monsters Inc. Buddies

Buddies

Monsters Inc. Bedtime

Bedtime for Boo

Monsters Inc. Kitty

“Kitty!”

I added my own titles for each image as they didn’t come with any from the manufacturer.

Monsters Inc. Empty Folder

Empty Folder

You can buy this set of lithographs on eBay currently for between $8.00 and $25.00 US depending on the Seller and location of the item.

For more Disney Store lithographs, please check out these 75 Year Anniversary lithographs from 1996.

Disney 75 Years Commemorative Lithographs

Lithographs are great collectibles and Disney makes good use of them to promote their animated feature films and characters in general. I recently acquired an impressive stash of lithographs including these ones from The Disney Store:

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lithographs Tink in Folder

Disney Store Exclusives

From my research I’ve concluded that this was a set of two as I have been unable to find other examples on the Net or elsewhere. Most agree that they are from 1996, which would put the start date of the Disney company at 1921. In 1921, Walt Disney was contracted by Milton Feld to animate twelve cartoons, which he called Newman’s Laugh-O-grams. So these lithographs seem to commemorate the start of Walt’s first company, Laugh-o-Gram Studios. On May 23, 1922, Laugh-O-gram Films was incorporated by Disney using the remaining assets of the defunct Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists and local investors.

Interestingly, the first twelve cartoons Disney did were reworked Fairy Tales and did not feature either of the two characters depicted in these lithographs. Even Alice of the Alice Comedies was a few years off from the 1921 date.

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Front and Back of folders

You’ll note that the back of the folder has perforations to allow the panel behind the celluloid picture to be removed. This is to allow light to pass through the cell causing it to be backlit, thus:

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The definition of backlit: A light source placed behind an actor, object, or scene to create a highlight that separates the subject from the background, or to illuminate (something) from behind.

Here are closeups of both cells:

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So just what is a lithograph?

By definition, it is the art or process of producing a picture, writing, or the like, on a flat, specially prepared stone, with some greasy or oily substance, and of taking ink impressions from this as in ordinary printing. It is also a similar process in which a substance other than stone, as aluminum or zinc, is used.

And now you know!

Apart from The Disney Store you can obtain Disney-themed lithographs at The Art of Disney store in Disney Springs. Check out our visit there by clicking the link!

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Pets

When I first saw the trailer for this animated movie from Illumination Studios I was pretty excited. I laughed at almost every scene and was pumped to see it in theaters. Then I saw the extended trailers and decided to wait for it to come out on Blu-ray. Why the change? Read my non-spoiler movie review to find out!

Instead of being a peek into the secret life of pets we get a buddy picture very reminiscent of the first Toy Story movie. The secret parts were still there but were exactly what we saw in the first trailer and not actually the main focus of the story.

Story Synopsis: A Jack Russell Terrier named Max lives with his owner Katie in a Manhattan apartment. While she is at work during the day, he hangs out with other pets in the building. One day, Katie adopts Duke, a large and shaggy mongrel from the pound, leaving Max jealous because of her divided focus on Duke. Long story short, they get lost, become friends while being hunted by a homicidal bunny rabbit named Snowball, and are eventually saved by Max’s want-to-be girlfriend, Gidget.

And all the animals that participate in this adventure are all back home by nightfall when their masters return from work. The End.

Illumination Studios does a good job of entertaining the audience throughout the movie with only a few slow spots. The animation itself is very good as most CGI films are these days technology being what it is.

And now on to the Blu-Ray release. Here are the Extras. I will color code each one with green for excellent, yellow for good, and red for bad:

  • The Humans That Brought You Pets – Interviews with department heads
  • Animals Can Talk: Meet the Actors – Interviews with the voice talent
  • All About the Pets – Each of the main characters is explored
  • Hairstylist to the Dogs – Eric Stonestreet (Duke) learns to groom dogs
  • How to Make an Animated Film – Processes are discussed
  • Anatomy of a Scene – One scene is review from start to finish
  • The Best of Snowball – Scene captures from the movie featuring Snowball
  • “Lovely Day” Lyric Video – Sing along with the words
  • Hot Dog Sing-Along – The wiener scene is replayed with lyrics
  • Fandango: Brian the Minion on Pets – 3 parts w/Brian heckling the movie
  • GoPro: The Secret Life of Pets – An extended ad with Pets using product
  • ‘Sing’ Trailer

There are three Mini Movies as well. Color-rated as well:

  • Norman TV – The hamster watches his neighbors and gets involved
  • Weenie – A little wiener gets teased and helped to cope with use of a song
  • Mower Minions – The minions get a job to earn money for a blender
  • The Making of the Mini Movies – Each Short is reviewed by makers

All-in-all the Blu-ray package is well put together with a fair amount of extras.

Cool Rating: 3.5/5

To conclude my movie review of The Secret Life of Pets, I’ll simply state my main problem with this movie: The story. Most studios feel they have to up the intensity and rude humor to differentiate themselves from Disney/Pixar, but in so doing, sacrifice story for gags.

Snowball is just such a gag, cute bunny is the evil one, which is stolen from Hoodwinked. He is also way over the top! His graphic need to kill humans is unnecessary and too graphically displayed at times (no humans are shown being killed, thank goodness!) Also, there is one poop sight gag we are subjected to, which is just about to happen in the above picture.

Shock value does not replace good story telling and this is a point I wish studios like Illumination would learn, as it would make their films so much better! In conclusion, one of the cast of the movie has a final message for you:

Mickey Mouse Animated Talking Cordless Phone

If I had to pick my favorite kind of disneyana… I couldn’t do it! But animated character phones would be in the top five for sure. I have quite a growing collection so far but am always looking for that new addition.

Here is my latest find:

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I haven’t seen too many of this style around so I was delighted to obtain one for myself. Let’s take a closer look:

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Power cord and phone line plug into the back (not shown)

Unlike the other character phones I have, this one is a cordless version, in that the handset is not attached to the body of the phone by a cord. It charges in a holder and can be found with the use of a locator button if misplaced.

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There are two animation features: First, Mickey’s head moves from side to side as he speaks. Second, his left arm swings from side to side so as to point to the handset.

And here is what Mickey will say when the phone rings:

Oh boy! A phone call! Ha ha!

Huh, Gee. I wonder who it could be?

It’s for you! Ha Ha!

Well, what’a ya know. It’s for you!

Ha Ha! Hi ya Pal! You’ve got a phone call!

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Telemania by Segan from 1980

So my new phone is already hanging out with my other character phones:

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I hope they don’t all ring at once!

Here is a YouTube video from user Lacerta showing the phone in action. Enjoy!

           

Be sure to check out the rest of my phone collection too!