Archive for the ‘Disney Music’ Category

Disney heading back to the beach

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Do you remember the summer of 2013? Back then The Disney Channel took millions of teens (and one may safely assume adults) on a surf ride into a beach movie by way of the “Disney Teen Beach Movie”. The story evolved around a pair of teenage surfers that magically traveled into an old-school beach movie and featured a number of beach pop songs that delivered a number one billboard soundtrack for Disney.

After the movie’s success fans expected a sequel rather sooner than later. Afterall, the final scene of the movie showed a group of characters from the movie following the pair of lovers back into the real world of today. And now, Deadline Hollywood reports that The Disney Channel has scheduled the sequel (Disney Teen Beach Movie 2) for a 2015 broadcasting premiere.

The stars of part one, Ross Lynch (whose Disney Channel series “Austin & Ally” just got renewed), Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton and John DeLuca, will reprise their characters. Jeffrey Hornaday is, according to Deadline Hollywood, ready to get the cameras rolling in July, returning as director.

Considering the infectious beach pop features in the original Disney Teen Beach Movie, which can be expected to return for part 2 (maybe with a more modern twist depending on whether the action will take place more or less only in the real world of today instead of a 50s/60s beach movie setting), and the handling of the High School Musical movies a logic question now is: will the Disney Teen Beach Movie make it to the parks as well in 2015?

The movie with its vacation / beach setting, youthfull cast and upbeat music just lends itself to a summer show that could roll into the streets of Disney Parks such as the Walt Disney Studios Park (at Disneyland Paris), Disney California Adventure (at Disneyland Resort Anaheim), Disney Hollywood Studios (at Walt Disney World) – following the play book established for the High School Musical. For the HSM franchise the Disney parks produced “stage” shows taht were performed on moving stages that rolled along the parade route of the according park and stopped for song & dance performances – with just a bare hint of a story, mostly relying on high energy dance and song performances.

In particular the Walt Disney Studios Park would benefit from a revival of this concept for the Disney Teen Beach Movie franchise as the park is lacking live entertainment on the streets to liven up its atmosphere and to add some kinetic energy. The HSM shows performed in the WDS were hugely popular drawing not only large crowds for numerous performances daily during the summer season but even gaining their own dedicated fans. A street song & dance show based on the Disney Teen Beach Movie franchise would not only allow the Disney Channel to further advertise the two movies to its core audience but also would help the Walt Disney Studios Park to enhance the experience for guests. But then again, as we are talking about 2015 here and Disneyland Paris lately has announced its entertainment offerings only on very short notice we might have to wait a year (or even longer?) till will learn whether or not the movies will make it to that park (or any Disney park).

More music for the Disney Channel

Monday, April 28th, 2014

As Deadline Hollywood reports the Disney Channel show “Austin & Ally” starring Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez and Calum Worthy got renewed for a fourth season. Thereby the Disney Channel not only renewed a show popular with the tween audience but also assured the Walt Disney Records division a further flow of pop songs marketed straight to the audience in the show.

A Pirate’s Ship, a Mousekedances Album and Walt’s Signature

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Are you a Disney collector looking for something special that can’t be found in the Disney stores and Theme Parks. How about visiting auctions? You can always find something special there. In about 3 days Julien’s Live will action of some amazing stuff in their “Hollywood Legends Auction”. Some of this stuff is truly awesome. From the TV hit “Heroes” to the fantastic movie Serenity, from Star Wars to Marlene Dietrich and a lot more. There are 602 different lots starting from $50 to well over $10000.

For the Disney fanatics and specialist collectors there are three lots to look out for. All three of them pretty amazing. The three lots are…

An architectural drawing for the Disneyland Inc. Fantasyland Pirate Ship. Drawing is dated “5-7-55,” showing the side and end elevations of the ship, marked “Sheet No. A3.” Designed by WED Enterprises. Designed to resemble Captain Hook’s pirate ship, it served as a restaurant at Disneyland from 1955 to 1982. (lot 357)

This lot is estimated $500 to $700.

The second item is…

A 10″ 78 rpm copy of “Mousekedances” signed on record label by Walt Disney and on the reverse label by members of The Mickey Mouse Club including: Annette, Doreen, Karen, Tommy, Cheryl, Roy, Cubby, Jimmie Dodd and Bobby. (lot 358)

An amazing item signed by 9 people. This is an absolute rare find and is estimated to bring $800 to $1000.

And item number three…

An original vintage photograph inscribed and signed by Walt Disney. (lot 359)

A gem for sure and something many Walt Disney fans would love to own. Estimated at $600 to $800, but I see this item selling for more beating the higher end estimate. Beautiful Disney collectible. For those that want to place a bit; happy bidding and good luck and if you win it let us know…

Picture copyrights Julien’s Auctions. Click picture to see full size on their page

Princess – in a Disney way … or not?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

The Disney fairy tale aka the Disney princess story … we all know them by heart … and they are certainly ripe for some lampooning (to word it kindly) – and there are many spoofs out there. However, the latest one stands realyl out from the crowd – not only is it fun and makes you (or at least me – as I have to admit) laugh, it also features what in itself is a great song!

So what am I talking about? It’s the music video for “Portrait of a Princess” by Michael Bruce from his new album “Unwritten Songs” featuring a whole plethora of stars from the West End stage and the movie screen! There is West End star Julie Atherton, Olivier Award winner for Best Actress in a Musical Sheridan Smith, BBC’s Being Human star Russell Tovey, ex History Boy Steven Webb, current Jersey Boy Jon Lee as well as Avenue Q and Notes from New York star Paul Spicer. But enough talking get ready to be wonderfully entertained …

Only one last word of warning: some young kids might not fully appreciate the story, the visuals as well as the lyrics of the songs – the whole thing could be called politically incorrect … but hey, that’s the fun part here! So without further ado, here we go, learn something you never knew about those Disney princesses:

Captain EO – more CONFIRMATIONS & Dates

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

As several readers (Thank You!) of the coverage for the return of “Captain EO” to Disneyland Paris on have pointed out the official blog for the Disney Parks, operated by The Walt Disney Company, has just provided the  first official, public(!) confirmation for the return of “Captain EO” to both, EPCOT and Disneyland Paris!

The post event releases what at this point should be the official opening dates. Based on the blog guests of EPCOT will be able to visit Mickey Jackson fighting for peace and love as of July 2, while guests at Disneyland Paris only need to wait till June 12 (so even earlier than the prior rumored June 25 date). For Tokyo the opening according to the post is June 30, however, the official press release of Tokyo Disney Resort listed July 1st as opening date. (more…)

Captain EO approaching

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The musical space adventure starring Michael Jackson in the 3D movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola featuring two original songs by Michael Jackson and a score by James Horner has been attracting guests at the original Disneyland in Anaheim, USA, in droves since it returned as “Captain EO Tribute” earlier this year to replace (temporarily) the aging “Honey, I Shrunkt the Audience” movie (short: HISTA). Also reports on various websites indicate that the merchandise (even so limited in scope) is flying off the shelves.

Therefore, fans who had wondered about a possible return of the movie to the other Disney parks it originally played in were wondering, whether or when the resorts in Orlando, Tokyo and Paris would follow the lead of Anaheim. The answers are now coming in. Disneyland Paris will close its Imagination Institute showing HISTA according to a leaked internal memo on May 3rd to start the transformation and then open “Captain EO” either in mid-June or July (for details check out our coverage on

On Monday, local time, the Oriental Land Company as operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort also confirmed with a press release that it will close HISTA as of May 10th for the return of” Captain EO”. Note that the press release does only speak of “Captain EO” – the “Tribute” tag-on used by Disneyland Anaheim isn’t mentioned here (btw neither is the leaked internal memo from Disneyland Paris). While Disneyland only stated that the run of the movie would be limited, Tokyo Disney Resort announces exact dates. Apparently the show will only be featured from July 1st, 2010 till June 30th 2010. As the resort expects high guest demand and the 17 minute movie is shown in a theater with just 369 seats they will even offer FastPass service for it! For comparison: the Magic Eye Theater at Disneyland Anaheim (in which the movie plays) has seats for 575 guests, the theaters at Disneyland Paris and EPCOT each about 600 seats.

This only leaves Walt Disney World as the final remaining Disney resort in which “Captain EO” was originally featured… (more…)

Oscars for UP

Monday, March 8th, 2010

UP didn’t win the Oscar for Best Picture, but it had some tough competition and it would have been a surprise if it would have made it in that category. The Hurt Locker took the Oscar home and can add it next to all the other prices it already won. Up was also nominated for Writing (Original Script), but again it was The Hurt Locker that won the Oscar.  Sound Editing was another category Up was in, but could not get the Oscar for.

There is good news for Disney – Pixar too as it’s no big surprise that it would walk away with the Best Animation Oscar. Disney had 2 chances, with The Princess and the Frog also competing for the Oscar, but it was UP who finally got the biggest honors. It wasn’t the only Oscar for UP. Michael Giacchino was given the Oscar for Music (Original Score).

In the category Music (Original Song), The Prince and the Frog could not get the Oscar. It was nominated twice, for the songs “Almost There” and Down in New Orleans”, but it was “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart” that got the precious gold.

The full list of all winners can be found here!

Picture copyrights Disney

British Prizes for UP

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) winners are known and PIXAR was able to get both of their nominations transformed into winners. UP got the price for best animated film. Only up against two other nominations, namely “Coraline” and “Fantastic Mr Fox”, it was no big surprise UP would nail this one. The second win is for best music. This one wasn’t that easy as competition was a little more fierce here. Michael Giacchino was up against James Horner for instance. James Horner was nominated for his music for the movie Avatar. The other nominations for best music where Crazy Heart –  T-Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton, Fantastic Mr Fox- -Alexandre Desplat and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll – Chaz Jankel.

A full list of all other winners can be found on the British Academy of Film and Television Arts website.

Joe Jonas in ABC show

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Depsite having received a nomination for the Razzies Joe Jonas seems to have a growing interest in becoming an actor and not “limiting” himself to his career in music. The member of all brothers’ trio The Jonas Brothers whichDisney made into the latest pop-phenomenon for the audience of The Disney Channel and Radio Disney (after they had failed to come out big when Sony released their debut album), is going to guest star in one of ABC’s big Sunday evening shows: Brothers & Sisters. Whether one likes the music of The Jonas Brothers or has any interest in the brothers it is just amazing how well the various segments of The Walt Disney Company group manage to work together to create and now sustain the success of this band and even branch it out into new markets, as “Brothers & Sisters” surely is not the regular tv-fare of the fans of the band.

Joe Jonas should be showing up in two episodes later this season as the show (airing in the USA right after Desperate Housewifes) is preparing a two-part flashback in which viewers will be traveling back in time to meet the Walker siblings as young teens. So obviously the big question was who was going to play the younger versions of the family members of the Walker family around whom the show evolves. Which brings us back to Joe Jonas… (more…)

UP going for the “Best Picture” Oscar (updated)

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

The OSCAR nominations have been made public and “UP” is going for the big one. “UP” has been, as was rumored before, nominated for the Best Picture award. This time the competition is even more fierce as the years before as for the first time since 1943 10 movies will have to battle it out to win the prestigious movie award. The other nominees are “Avatar”, “The Blind Side”, “District 9″, “An Education”, “The Hurt Locker”, “Inglourious Bastards”, “Precious”, “A Serious Man” and “Up in the Air”. It will not be an easy task for “UP” with a powerful list like this.

The more obvious nomination for “UP” is in the “Best Animated Feature” category. Here it is up against “Caroline”, “Fantastic Mr. Fox”, Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” and “The Secret of Kells”.


Congratulations to Michael Giacchino

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

It’s that time of the year again … not Christmas time … it’s award season! This Sunday the Grammies were handed out and once again congratulations can be extended for the work on one of the soundtracks from the Disney stable. In this case the congratulations go to Michael Giacchino as the composer of the score for the Disney Pixar hit “UP” for which he was awarded with the Grammy in the category “Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media” (which is award to composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series or other visual media). To win this award Michael Giacchino die beat out Alexandre Desplat (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button), Nicholas Hooper (Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, Danny Elfman (Milk) and himself (for Star Trek). But wait … there’s more … (more…)

The Sisters Are Doin’ It … in EUROPE

Friday, January 15th, 2010

In 1992 Whoopi Goldberg as loung singer Deloris hiding from mobsters by pretending to be a nun and in the course of the action turning the live of the convent she is hiding in up side down was a smash sucess at the boxoffice for Disney’s Touchstone Pictures – and till today the songs from the movie, such as  Mary Wells’ “My Guy” turned into “My God” make smiles magically appear when ever played. Considering the huge sucess of the movie (which resulted in a sequel in 1993) as well as the soundtrack, the infectious comedy and the great songs “Sister Act” was often mentioned as one of the movies that could be turned into Disney musical show … however, nothing happened and when something finally happened in 2006 Disney Theatrical wasn’t the one who did it. (more…)

The Princess and the Frog’s Score thrown out

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

The OSCARs won’t be awarded till March 7 (that is for the non-technical OSCARs) but the voting by the Academy members is already underway to determine the nominations. Disney certainly was hoping that its return to classic style 2D animation for the big screen, “The Princess and the Frog”, would garner as many nominations as possible – which, in the tradition of the latest sucessful string of animated Disney features from the early 90s should include nominations as Best Animated Feature, Best Score as well as maybe even several nominations in the Best Song category – after all Disney hired in Randy Newman a seasoned score composer and songwriter, who had not only a long list of pop hits under his belt as well as already worked on various movies (including for several of the Disney Pixar features) but also one his first (and so far sole) OSCAR for a song from a Disney Pixar movie (in 2002 for “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters, Inc.). However, the executive committee of the Academy’s music-branch have decided to throw a wrench into the plans of Disney early this week. (more…)

Roy E. Disney Dies at 79

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Walt and Roy Roy Edward Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney, has died after loosing his battle against cancer. He died this morning. Roy has been a protector of the Disney brand, first helping his brother Walt to build the company and later in revolting against the powers  of two of the company’s chief executives from the Disney company. Roy has fought hard for the Disney values set by his brother over the years. Some of these battles brought great and wonderful results for the Disney company and himself. He has been the driving force to convince the company to invest in new technology for their animation department. He work on the new Fantasia movie and devoted 20 years of his life on making nature movies.

He will be truly missed, but remembered by many. Thank you Roy, for looking after the Disney magic.

Gallery 9 & 10: Walt Disney Family Museum Opening very soon

Sunday, September 27th, 2009


The opening of the Walt Disney Family Museum is very near. 1st October is the big day where fans, Disney addicts and the regular public will have access to all the beautiful Disney treasures. Just before opening day we have two more preview galleries to show you. Once you seen these little gems make sure to book your tickets for the museum in San Francisco. (more…)