THE BLACK HOLE Motion Picture Soundtrack

Always on the hunt for the unusual, I have recently found a great movie soundtrack for an underrated Disney classic. The Black Hole was released in 1979 with a Royal World Premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on December 18th. It premiered in the United States on December 21st.

The original soundtrack album I am featuring here was released in 1979 as well to further promote the movie.

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Some mild swearing (a first for a Disney film) and scenes of human death earned The Black Hole a PG (Parental Guidance suggested) rating. It was a first for a Disney production. Later Disney founded Touchstone Pictures for all of its future ‘adult themed’ entertainment.

This soundtrack album contains a 12-page full-color Souvenir Photo Album. Let’s have a look:

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Each page spread has numbered photos that correspond to a quote or descriptive text.

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The pages follow the movie in sequence so that you can follow along with the plot as you listen to the record.

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Most of the pivotal scenes from the movie are represented.

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And… The Black Hole!

The back cover of the album sleeve gives a glimpse of what is contained in the souvenir photo album, as well as a list of credits from the movie:

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The album itself is produced by Walt Disney Productions on the Disneyland Records label. Percy Rodrigues provides the narration:

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The movie earned nearly $36 million at the North American box office but received mixed reviews from critics. And an astrophysicist deemed The Black Hole to be the least scientifically accurate movie of all time.

OUCH!

But I loved it for what it was, a nice bit of Disney fantasy. Comic book adaptions, a Little Golden Book, a read-along record book, and a line of Mego Corporation action figures all help to keep the movie alive with fans!

For more adventure in The Black Hole, check out this great button.

Dick Tracy Official Movie Souvenir Magazine

Dick Tracy is one of the longest running detective series that got it’s start in newspapers, leapt to radio and then on to the small screen. Later it was made into a series of lower budgeted black and white movies.

In 1990, the Disney Company took a shot at the character (see what I did there?) and turned the yellow-coated gumshoe into a hit! I recently found this mint condition souvenir magazine for the movie:

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It contains 13 chapters (Tracy scoffs at bad luck!) featuring cast interviews, behind the scenes pictures, and much more. Let’s have a look inside:

When you think of it, fifty bucks for an authentic rogue’s mask isn’t too bad of a deal!

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Star Warren Beatty, who also directed

Dick Tracy Collectibles

This page spoke directly to my heart! I love collectibles and vintage ones are just too hard to resist.

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Dick Van Dyke

In one of his rare villainous roles, Van Dyke plays a corrupt official who doesn’t show his true colors until the end of the movie. Whoops, I guess I should have said ‘Spoiler Alert’ before typing that!

You can read a little aside about this role in Van Dyke’s memoir book entitled My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business. Click the link for my review!

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Dick Tracy Merchandise

There is a lot of stuff in this magazine for the movie fan who likes to go behind the magic and learn how it was done.

Dick Tracy Trading Cards

Dick Tracy Topps collectible cards are awesome and this set looks like it would be no exception!

I picked this item up at a local flea market for about $3.00 CAN but it’s value as a collectible is worth far more than that to me!

COOL FACTS:

  • This movie was released in theaters with the Roger Rabbit short, Roller Coaster Rabbit.
  • According to a trailer, this film was originally going to be released by Walt Disney Pictures. This likely happened before it got its rating, because the final version was released by Touchstone Pictures.

Zootopia Figurines Set: Kevin and Mr. Big

Zootopia was a huge success for the Disney animation studios and with good reason. It was amazing! And as is the case with most Disney films, it wasn’t just the main characters that stood out.

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So small, Mr. Big is hard to keep in focus!

Zootopia was released in 2016 as a computer-animated comedy-adventure film. It’s the 55th Disney animated feature film. It details the unlikely partnership between a rabbit police officer (Judy Hopps) and a red fox  con artist (Nick Wilde) as they uncover a conspiracy which involves the disappearance of predator inhabitants of a mammalian metropolis named Zootopia.

And somewhere in the investigation, they get mixed up with this guy:

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Small body. Big personality.

Of course, every big boss has an equally big henchman. And that’s where Kevin comes in!

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Yup. Kevin is a BIG henchbear!

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Zootopia grossed $341.3 million in the U.S. and Canada and $682.5 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $1.024 billion, against a budget of $150 million. It became the second biggest surprise hit of the year. And if Disney knows what’s good for them, they’d better make sure Mr. Big gets his cut! You can read my review of the movie by clicking the link.

For more of Mr. Big, and to ensure that I don’t ‘disappear’, please check out my previous attempt at groveling before the Big Boss and read Mr. Big Plush. Please.

Movie Review: Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

It all happens in a galaxy far, far, away. But I only had to go to my local theater to watch all of the action and adventure in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But you only have to visit this blog to read a movie review about the whole thing!

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I try not to watch trailers anymore because I don’t want the story of any given movie to be ruined for me before I even set foot in the theater. So all I knew about Rogue One was that it was set before Episode 4 and followed a team of Rebels as they attempt to steal the plans of the Imperial Death Star.

Don’t worry, that’s the worst spoiler this review contains!

Spoiler-free Movie Review

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I really enjoyed Star Wars: The Force Awakens except for a few major plot points that I thought could have been easily solved. So for this reason I was a bit wary going into Rogue One. Would Disney once more swing for the fences but only reach center field?

I needn’t of worried. At last we have a Star Wars movie that we can truly believe has the Force with it!

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Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones)

Much was made of having a female lead in this movie which had some fanboys chaffing a little. But I felt that the movie truly had an ensemble feel to it with all the characters playing a strong part in the story. Everyone had a nice story arc and contributed to the final outcome equally.

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K-2S0 (Alan Tudyk)

Humor was supplied by a reprogrammed Imperial security droid designated K-2S0. Again, there was some pre-release chatter about him being like Jar Jar Binks but those fears were unfounded. His character was funny without being annoying!

Another thing of note and controversy was the absence of the scrolling synopsis at the beginning of the movie. Purists wanted one but I felt that it was a good move to omit it. It gave the movie a more mainstream and legitimate feel. However, I feel that the main movies should keep the device!

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We also get heaping helpings of battle scenes complete with Imperial Battle Cruisers, Walkers, Storm Troopers, and of course, the Death Star. A few iconic characters from the original trilogy make cameo appearances to add authenticity to this ‘middle-prequel’.

To say anymore would ruin the movie for you so I’ll stop here.

COOL RATING: 4.5/5

Friends we saw the movie with gave it a 4/5 rating which I initially agreed with. One said that he felt the beginning scenes cut between locations too fast making it hard to follow the establishing points of the movie.

My wife felt that there was too much action with an over-emphasis on battle scenes. But of course, it ain’t called Star Wars for nothing! But I think she has a point. Sometimes less really is more. So with those observations in mind,I felt I had to deduct a half point. But because I can’t think of anything I’d have done differently, that point is deducted from a full 5/5 rating giving the movie the final Cool Rating above.

And there you have a spoiler-free movie review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I highly recommend this addition to the franchise!


For a lighter look at the Star Wars franchise, check out our earlier post featuring Muppets as Star Wars characters. You won’t look at George Lucas’ galaxy the same way again!

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:

DVD Review: Walt Before Mickey – A “True” Story

“The true story of a boy whose dreams built a kingdom” is the tag line for this production which seems pretty inspiring. But with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of just 20% you know this movie isn’t destined to be a classic. Read my DVD review to see why…

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Nice concept. Bad execution.

This movie was loosely based on ‘a true story’ as recounted in the book of the same name as the movie, to wit:

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Synopsis: This film is about Walt Disney’s early years. For ten years before the creation of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney struggled with, failed at, and eventually mastered the art and business of animation. Walt Disney worked in a variety of venues and studios, refining what would become known as the Disney style. This film captures the years 1919 – 1928, creating a portrait of the artist from age seventeen to the cusp of his international renown.

Hopefully Timothy S. Susanin did a better job of researching the facts in his book than the movie did! The forward for the book was written by Diane Disney Miller, Walt’s daughter, so you naturally assume the content is legit. Well, the book may have been closer to the truth, but thankfully she wouldn’t have seen this movie (as it was released after her passing) as I’m certain she wouldn’t have approved (even though some sources give her a writing credit). As an example, one scene has Walt eating a sandwich out of a garbage can while obsessing over a mouse he had found in his studio. When the mouse runs away, Walt is depicted as almost having a mental breakdown over its loss. I find that hard to believe! However, the movie does depict Walt’s excessive smoking accurately.

From my negativity, you no doubt have guessed that I don’t like nor appreciate this movie? Please read on for my main reasons why:

The movie starts off well enough with only slight deviations from the truth which are forgivable to achieve a more streamlined plot. But about half way into things the facts become the enemy and artistic license rules the day!

Anyone watching with no knowledge of this time in Walt’s life will come away with entirely the wrong idea about the man, the events, and how they shaped the Walt Disney Company we know today. Although Walt had his bad points, this movie makes him a completely unsympathetic character with very few redeeming qualities. Even his determination to succeed and unwavering optimism is implied to come from others and not himself. And don’t get me started on how Roy is handled.

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Thomas Ian Nicholas a.k.a. Walt Disney

The production values were good on a television movie level or for direct-to-video release, so kudos to director Khoa Van Le for that much. The acting was fair but the editing was choppy and some details of the plot were poorly relayed making for some confusing moments. Here is the trailer:

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About the only thing I can say that is positive about this movie is that the cover art on the DVD packaging is awesome!

Cool Rating: 2/5

DVD Review Summation: The movie had the proper bone structure (basic facts) but entirely the wrong skin (or details) over top.

I will keep this movie in my Disney media collection because I’m a completist but I won’t likely revisit it anytime soon. You can check out the official website here to review their promotional materials or order a copy of the DVD for yourself.

I purchased a copy of this movie for review. No compensation was received.

Easter Egg: Finding Dory Swims with Herbie

Disney/Pixar animators love to add little inside jokes to all of their theatrical releases and Finding Dory is no exception. Each of these inside jokes are called an ‘easter egg’ because you have to really look to find them!

So somewhere near the beginning of the movie and in the end credits of Finding Dory we see a little white Volkswagen who could be no other than the famous Herbie the Love Bug himself. First, we see him with Dory just while she is trying to find someone to help her:

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And then we see Herbie being test driven by Hank:

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But how did Herbie get there? If you remember the film Herbie Goes Bananas you’ll recall that Herbie is punished by the Captain of The Sun Princess cruise ship by being made to ‘walk the plank’, or in reality, by being tipped overboard. Re-live the sad moment by watching the video below:

FUN FACT: The car that “walks the plank” in the movie was never recovered from the sea. It was tossed overboard from the SS Cozumel ferry ship. The car is somewhere between La Paz and Baja California. The car thrown overboard was not a proper car and had many wooden parts.

But for the purpose of this easter egg, we’re saying it is actually Herbie himself chillin’ at the bottom of The Big Blue. And although his trademark stripes and number 54 are worn off by years under the sea, he looks like he is still ready for one last drive with Hank:

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So is the initial pass in the night with Dory and this chance meeting between Hank the septapus and Herbie the Love Bug really possible? Would they end up in the same part of the Ocean? Well, consider the following map:

nemo-trip-mapIn Finding Dory, she, along with Marlin and Nemo, once again leave the Great Barrier Reef and would again need to use the East Australian Current (EAC, dude) as a highway. This time they would need to travel across the entire Pacific Ocean to a point just off the North-West tip of Africa where the EAC completes its circle and heads back to Australia. From there, they would have to swim up to California where the Marine Life Institute is located, in a picturesque Bay.

Now in the film, it is claimed that they simply use the California Current to make the entire trip, but this current doesn’t start over near Australia. And… it also flows South, so it would be going the wrong way to carry our characters up to California. But hey, it’s a movie, so lighten up!

As mentioned earlier, the cruise ship The Sun Princess dumped Herbie somewhere between La Paz and Baja California. So Hank and Herbie could definitely end up in the same part of the Pacific Ocean, just off the coast of California.

Hypothesis: Proven! At least in my mind.

Be sure to read my full review of Finding Dory along with the Blu-ray release from Best Buy which came with a great 69-page Activity Book!

Rocketeer Bend-Em Figure from JusToys

The Rocketeer is a 1991 American period superhero film from Walt Disney Pictures. It starred Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, and Timothy Dalton. The film is based upon the character of the same name created by comic book artist and writer Dave Stevens. Don’t be ashamed if you’re a Disney fan but don’t remember it! It was good but didn’t rock the world at the time of its release.

Set in 1938 Los Angeles, California, The Rocketeer tells the story of stunt pilot Cliff Secord who discovers a rocket-powered jet pack that enables him to fly without an aircraft. His heroic deeds soon attract the attention of Howard Hughes and the FBI, who are hunting for the missing jet pack, as well as Nazi operatives. I was hooked at ‘jet pack’!

So naturally I’ve tried to collect whatever memorabilia I can depicting this great character. And I’ve just recently added another piece to my collection:

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Thank you Just Toys!

This is another rescue from an Antique Mall in Michigan. It is complete in its original packaging and has only a little bit of damage caused by the price tag.

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Dynamic Packaging

I will be leaving this little guy in his package prison because I think it makes for a better display that way.

For more on the Rocketeer, check out my post on the Comic Book, and to see what else I own, please read the earlier post showing a Tin Sign which features our vintage superhero. Wonder what the movie was like? Read my review!

Movie Review: FINDING DORY Blu-ray ‘Best Buy’ Release

Before we can get into a brief review of the movie itself, and further, a detailed review of the Blu-ray Limited Edition release from Best Buy… we need a snack! And what better candy to nibble on when reviewing Finding Dory than:

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A Fin-tastic Mix!

Well, if you’re all settled in with Jelly Belly Beans in hand, let’s start with a brief review of the movie, Finding Dory, itself:

I’ve made no bones about the fact that I don’t like sequels. And I was very upset to see Pixar follow Disney into Sequel Hell soon after the merger of the two companies. But I’ve recently learned that Pixar was already planning sequels before the merger in an attempt to remain lucrative, which from a business standpoint, makes sense.

So I went into this movie with reservations (mainly because I wasn’t impressed with the premise) but determined to give it a fair chance. I’m glad I did because although I don’t think it was better than the original, which some claim, it was a fun swim through a familiar ocean.

Synopsis: Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Her journey brings her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species. Dory now knows that her family reunion will only happen if she can save mom and dad from captivity.

There were many holes in this movie but both Hank the septapus and Gerald the sea-lion made it worthwhile. I’d give it 3.5 out of 5 Stars.

And with that, let’s move on to the Blu-ray release:

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MAIN DISC: BLU-RAY

Movie w/Commentary – On the main Blu-ray disc you get the movie with an optional commentary with three people, one of whom is Director Andrew Stanton. The commentary is informative. Listen for hints about Easter Eggs, who constitute ‘Jerk Fish’, and which Finding Dory character was voiced by original Nemo voice actor Alexander Gould. Hint: it ain’t Nemo! Oh, and we are told to watch for a shoplifter in the scene where Marlin and Nemo end up in a display tank just outside of a souvenir shop. Happy hunting!

Theatrical Short – Piper

Previews – There are two previews of upcoming theatrical releases; Moana (already No.1 in theaters at the time of this writing) and the live-action Beauty and the Beast.

Extras –

  • Marine Life Interviews – Animated characters talk about Dory.
  • The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar – Learn how Hank vexed the animators.
  • What Were We Talking About? – Dory’s short-term memory loss is discussed.
  • Casual Carpool – Andrew Stanton picks up the voice actors to make sure they get to work on time!
  • Animation and Acting – The staff talk about making the movie sincere and real.
  • Deep in the Kelp – Jenna Ortega hosts a look at the research trips taken while making the movie.
  • Creature Features – The voice actors describe their characters.

Most of these extras were short and to the point and offered nothing overly new about the movie-making process. But Casual Carpool was hilarious! It reminded me of the fun and innovative ways Pixar used to present their extras.

Sneak Peeks – A look at the Disney Store and Disney on Ice, along with miscellaneous advertising.

EXTRAS DISC: BLU-RAY

Behind the Scenes

  • Skating and Sketching – Jason Deamer explains the simple shapes used to create each character.
  • Dory’s Theme – Discussion about the music between Andrew Stanton and others.
  • Rough Day on the Reef – A goof reel containing rendering mistakes by the computers.
  • Finding Nemo – A Short depicting the first movie as told by Disney Emoji.
  • Fish Schticks – A collection of short animated gags starring the characters.

Living Aquariums – Four screen savers lifted from scenes in the movie.

  • Sea Grass – A tad boring.
  • Open Ocean – Very detailed.
  • Stingrays – Beautiful but just a clip of the stingray migration from the film.
  • Swim to the Surface – The closing scene behind the end credits.

These weren’t as well done as the aquariums you got with the Finding Nemo DVD. So in the words of Bloat from the original film: “Pity.”

Deleted Scenes – With Andrew Stanton. A collection of scenes that weren’t ‘asked back’.

Trailers – See how the film was marketed in four different countries.

  • United States
  • Japan
  • Spain
  • Russia

And that was it for Extras. I would give the extras with this release 4 out of 5 Stars. I will never give any higher marks to extras until they once again equal what we used to get with the 2-disc DVD Platinum releases!

Lastly, we come to the special feature of this Blu-ray release. If you purchase it from Best Buy, you also get a 69-page activity book:

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Contents –

  • Fun Movie Scenes – Stills from the movie.
  • Scene Development – Concept Art.

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  • Family & Friends Kelp (or Family Tree).
  • Weekly Calendar
  • Find Hank – Find the septapus in 5 different scenes from the movie.
  • Sea Search – Find 11 characters from the movie in a picture.

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  • Favorite Quotes
  • Character Development – Early concept drawings.
  • Marlin’s Maze
  • Coloring Page(s)
  • Spot the Differences
  • Dory’s Word Search
  • Crossword Puzzle
  • List Your Favorite Memories
  • Things to Remember – Birthdays; Special Events; Chores; Other Stuff.
  • To Do List
  • Connect the Dots
  • Trace Bailey
  • Rescue Hank – Maze.
  • Which Character Are You Most Like? – Quiz.
  • Who’s Who Game – Match the character to their name.
  • Note Pages
  • Memory Card Game – Cut out square tiles with character images for matching fun.
  • Two-Sided Nameplate – Hank and Destiny.

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  • Two-Sided Door Hanger – “Come On In!” and “Go Away!”
  • Sticker Sheet

I would give this Activity Book 5 out of 5 Stars easily! Although the extra price tag when buying this edition of the movie may make it a bit expensive.

If you’re still with me after all of that then you probably feel about as perky as Marlin after his second trip across The Big Blue! So as a consolation prize, gaze one last time on the jelly bean goodness of Jelly Belly:

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More please!

And I say ‘more please’ because I ate all of these soon after I purchased them and days before I got around to writing this post. So seriously, someone, GET ME MORE!

1957 Walt Disney’s Fantasia Soundtrack LP

And this is why I still own a record player. Every once in a while I stumble across something truly special. Although Fantasia (released in 1940) was a critical success it was a box office disappointment for Walt Disney. His dream of re-releasing the film with new segments wouldn’t be realized until the far-off year of 2000, and again with critical acclaim but limited box office returns.

These facts in no way diminish this film’s historical and artistic significance! So when I found a mint condition copy of the soundtrack for Fantasia from 1957 I was ecstatic!

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Album cover

Being as this LP was released 17 years after the movie I wondered if it was the original soundtrack or if there was one released earlier. Although Walt did want to release an earlier version, it never happened. So what I have found is the first soundtrack release for the film. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the release history for Fantasia:

Disney considered releasing the film’s soundtrack around the time of the film’s roadshow release, but this idea was not realized. The soundtrack was first released as a mono three LP set and a stereo 8-track tape in sixteen countries by Disneyland and Buena Vista Records in 1957, containing the musical pieces without the narration. A stereo edition LP was issued by Buena Vista Records in 1961. Disney was required to obtain permission from Stokowski, who initially rejected its sale unless the Philadelphia Orchestra Association received a share of the royalties.
The Kostal recording was released on two CDs, two LPs and two audio cassettes by Buena Vista Records, in 1982.
In September 1990, the remastered Stokowski soundtrack was released on CD and audio cassette by Buena Vista Records. In the United States, it debuted the Billboard 200 chart at number 190, its peak position, for the week of November 17, 1990. Two months after its release, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for 500,000 copies sold in the United States. In January 1993, it was certified platinum for sales in excess of one million copies.
For the film’s 75th anniversary, the Stokowski and Kostal recordings were released on two LPs and four CDs as the fifth volume of the Walt Disney Records: The Legacy Collection. The set includes Stokowski’s recording of the deleted Clair de Lune segment, and a recording of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Peter and the Wolf with added narration by Sterling Holloway.

What really stands out about this LP are the notes and artwork. The packaging is basically a 26-page booklet with three vinyl records. Here are the inner pages:

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The above pages outline the goal intended for the recording quality. It is worth a read if you care to enlarge the picture!

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Both Walt and Leopold Stokowski make good arguments for why Fantasia was a worthwhile project. Again, it is worth a read!

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As you can see, each section of the film has a two-page spread dedicated to it. On the left there is an introduction to the original musical piece followed by a description of how it was handled in the film. On the right is a beautiful piece of concept art from the section in question. I’ll say it again, it is worth enlarging the pictures to give these pages a read!

The final pages contain more of the concept drawings from the film:

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As noted earlier, this was a Buena Vista Records release. It may never have been released as Stokowski and later his estate tried to block the sale of any Fantasia soundtrack unless monies were shared with Stokowski and the orchestra that played the music. Obviously, things were worked out:

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I was amazed to find that the vinyl records themselves appear unplayed! There is no dust, wear, or scratches. Considering this release is over 60 years old, I consider finding such a pristine copy unprecedented!

This will now be the cornerstone of my Disney record collection.