(See my other Disney related posts) – Once again Disney has released new wallpaper files for both the desktop and mobile devices. The wallpaper features the Sleeping Beauty witches Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather along with fireworks. You can see the complete collection of free Disney wallpapers here.
(See my other WWII and Disney related posts) – The animated short (07:52) film “Der Fuehrer’s Face” was released January 1, 1943. It features the popular Donald Duck having a nightmare about working in a WWII Nazi factory. This American propaganda film was intended to help sell war bonds.
The film was originally titled “Donald Duck in Nutzi Land”. The title was changed to “Der Fuehrer’s Face” after Spike Jones released a version of the song “Der Fuehrer’s Face” in September of 1942 that was written for the film. The film “Der Fuehrer’s Face” won an Oscar for the Best Animated Short Film at the 15th Academy Awards in March of 1943.
If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these two pages of mine of interest.
The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 320 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.
The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
The “About WWII” page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.
(See my other Disney & Star Wars posts) – Well, we have been waiting for this for a while now. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland is now open. This 14-acre expansion has been watched by many with anticipation.
I can’t wait to go myself, but it will be a few years. Regardless of when I go, Galaxy’s Edge will never look as empty as in the video above.
(See my other Disney, Music, and Star Wars posts) – My earlier Star Wars music post today in celebration of Star Wars Day dates back to the original Star Wars movie that premiered in 1977. This post for “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite” relates to the next event in the Star Wars universe – Galaxy’s Edge which opens in Disneyland and Disney World later this year. This 5:01 video was uploaded to YouTube in May of 2019 by DisneyMusicVEVO.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite is available here:
(See my other Star Wars posts) – It is May the 4th and Star Wars Day again (you know, “may the 4th (force) be with you”). What is Star Wars Day?:
The first organized Star Wars Day took place in Toronto back in 2011. The event included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show, a costume contest, and a showing of fan-made tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes. In late 2012, Disney purchased Lucasfilm and has officially observed the holiday at Disneyland and Walt Disney World ever since.
How can you celebrate? The Suggestions per the https://nationaltoday.com/ site include:
- Start counting down – “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” the 14-acre Disney theme park expansion, will open at Southern California’s Disneyland Resort on May 31. A second version of the “Star Wars” land will open three months later at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida.
- Host a viewing party – Invite friends over for a movie marathon. (Whether you take them through the behind-the-scenes footage or not is up to you.) Hang decorations and prepare nerd-tastic snacks for the occasion.
- Dress-up day – Costumes aren’t just for Halloween. Head out in your finest rebel attire, or a themed T-shirt if that’s more your comfort zone.
I won’t be counting down or hosting/participating in a viewing party. I do have a Star Wars shirt and hat. I will be wearing both today. How are you going to celebrate?
(See my other Star Wars and Trailers posts) – The first ‘teaser’ for the upcoming “Star Wars IX – The Rise of Skywalker” has been released. The only synopsis thus far on IMDB:
The final chapter of the saga from a galaxy far, far away.
The film will be released this December. I’m looking forward to it.
Trailers – This trailer is from back in December and the movie “Captain Marvel” has been open now in theaters since March 8. The synopsis (if you have been hiding in a cave somewhere) from IMDB is:
After crashing . . . on uncharted territory, Air Force pilot Carol Danvers is brought up by the Kree to being a member of the elite Starforce Military under the command of her mentor Yon-Rogg. Six years later, after crash landing on Earth while under attack by the Skrulls, Danvers begins to discover that she is not who she believes she is. With help from SHIELD agent Nick Fury, Danvers begins to unravel the truth about her past. What she discovers is a secret that will unleash her true power and becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes ever known.
My wife and I went to see “Captain Marvel” this past Sunday evening and we both really enjoyed it. It has earned a scored of 7.1/10 on IMDB, which seems a little low to me. According to Wikipedia, the film has grossed over $760 million (at the time I am writing this post) worldwide. That has been accomplished in less than three weeks! It is so far the highest-grossing film of 2019. The primary character of the movie, Carol Danvers, first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1968. The character has also been known as Ms. Marvel, Binary, and Warbird before taking on the current name of Captain Marvel.
Neither of us had heard of the character before the movie.
Now we know how Fury got his eye patch!
Music – OK. I know this isn’t an instrumental piece, but I wanted to share it anyway. My son suggested that I take a look at this group. I have four granddaughters and at one time or another, each and every one of them wanted to be a Disney Princess. This video was posted to YouTube in August of 2017 by Voctave. From their website:
Voctave is an 11-member a cappella group from the Central Florida area. Formed in the winter of 2015, the voices that bring their artistic arrangements to life represent a wealth of diverse backgrounds and musical experiences. Group members have professional roots with Walt Disney World entertainment, but their range does not stop there. From gospel music to musical theater, contemporary Christian to barbershop, pop music to choral specialists, Voctave voices have covered it all both in and out of the a cappella realm. Members of Voctave have performed all over the world and can be heard on countless recordings. The group has performed with Grammy, Dove and American Music Award recipients including Sandi Patty, Kirstin Maldonado, Mark Lowry, David Phelps & Jody McBrayer. With multiple #1 songs and albums on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify, Voctave has also ranked in the top 25 on Billboard Magazine’s charts. Between Facebook and YouTube, they have received more than 100 million views on their videos. Voctave currently has 4 albums that are digitally available on all platforms.
If you have some “Disney Princesses” in your life, regardless of age, this will be music they want to hear.
Star Wars – Set to open in 2019 at both Disneyland and Disney World, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will immerse you in the Star Wars Universe. I glimpsed some of the construction early this year when I was at Disney World. You couldn’t see much, but what I did see was impressive. This ‘Trailer’ was released by Disney on December 25, 2018, to give us a peek at what we will be seeing.
I am looking forward to visiting Disney again after the Star Wars park expansion opens in 2019. Galaxy’s Edge is set to open next summer at Disneyland and later in the fall at Walt Disney World.
Disney – If you like Disney and want to bring the spirit of the Holiday Season to your computer or mobile device, the official Disney Parks Blog has just what you need. You can see a sample of these in the montage above. The site has 24 different images available, most in both desktop and mobile formats. You can even pick the size of your wallpaper.
If you have a Mac, it is easy to set up these wallpaper images to randomly appear as your desktop.