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The Life of Walt Disney — Infographic

The Life of Walt Disney

Fifty years ago today, we lost one of the greatest creative minds the world has ever known — Walt Disney.  From his humble beginnings as a doodler in Marceline to the head of a multifacted media and entertainment empire, “Uncle Walt” could seemingly do it all.  “If you can dream it, you can do it” was one of his favorite quotes and one that I always have believed in, no matter how tough things have become.  Today’s infographic takes a brief look at the early career, and later highlights of this brilliant man.  [VIA]

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Posted by on December 15, 2016 in Infographics


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Review – Hocus Pocus in Focus: The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Disney’s Halloween Classic by Aaron Wallace

Hocus Pocus in Focus: The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Disney’s Halloween Classic

Hocus Pocus in Focus: The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Disney’s Halloween Classic by Aaron Wallace. September 2016. Pensive Pen Publishing, 206 p. $15.95 ISBN: 099805920X.

“In the first and only book ever written about the beloved 1993 Halloween movie, Aaron Wallace takes readers deep into the world of Hocus Pocus to learn everything they never knew. He provides a lighthearted but scholarly look at the film in its all spooky-kooky glory.

You’ll learn:
• The fascinating history behind “Come, Little Children (Sarah’s Song)” and “I Put a Spell on You”
• How Steven Spielberg shaped the movie
• Why there’s all that talk about yabbos and virgins
• How Hocus Pocus got away with being the edgiest Disney movie ever made
• Whether a sequel could really happen
• And much, much more

Featuring a foreword by Golden Globe nominee Thora Birch (Hocus Pocus’s Dani), afterword by Mick Garris (the film’s writer and producer), and the largest collection of Hocus Pocus fun facts and trivia ever assembled, this is the ultimate unofficial fan guide for Halloween and movie lovers everywhere. Finally, Hocus Pocus is celebrated as the classic it’s become. You’ll love the movie more than you ever knew you could.” — Publisher’s Description

Just in time for Halloween, Hocus Pocus in Focus is the second book in a series of “thinking fan’s guides” by author Aaron Wallace.  Keeping true to the formula he developed in The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World (reviewed here), Mr. Wallace closely examines the 1993 film on a variety of levels.  While some might be leery that a “campy” 1990s film can warrant an entire book, Mr. Wallace is able to fill his 206 pages with a wealth of information and trivia included with some in-depth analysis to make it worth the read.

Without giving away too many of the details (What fun would it be for you to read then?), Mr. Wallace is able to take apart the plot, settings, and intimate details of the film and allow you to look at it from an entirely new perspective.  You can see after reading how this was really an atypical Disney film, even for the “new look” Michael Eisner Disney of the 1990s.  By placing itself in the context of Disney trying to branch out and expand to more audiences, Hocus Pocus was actually rather groundbreaking for the company.  Learning about the inner workings of the production, how certain elements of horror, suspense, and established movie tropes blended together, and the immense love of the cast for the film really brings the importance and the love for this film “in focus”.

All that said, Hocus Pocus in Focus is definitely a book primarily for the hardcore fans of the film as the smaller details would be lost on a casual fan who had only seen it a few times. However, it is also accessible to those who are interested in film (specifically Disney films!) in general.  It’s well worth doing yourself a favor and following the author’s advice to watch Hocus Pocus both before and after reading as both a preparation for the details in the book, as well as being able to look for everything discussed after!  I did this myself, as I believe the last time I saw Hocus Pocus was close to 15 years ago and it was well worth it!

Many thanks to Pensive Pen Publishing and Aaron Wallace for the opportunity to read and review Hocus Pocus in Focus.

Four of Five Stars

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Posted by on October 26, 2016 in Reviews


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Video of the Day – 11/18/15 (Steamboat Willie, 1928)

Daily Video — “Steamboat Willie, 1928”

Happy 87th Birthday MICKEY MOUSE!  On this date in 1928, according to the Disney WikiSteamboat Willie, the first cartoon starring the famous mouse, and arguable, the first cartoon ever with synchronized sound, was released. From these humble beginnings, an entertainment empire was born.  As Walt always said, “”I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”

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Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Daily Video


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