I traveled out to Burbank with my girlfriend on Sunday for a small G.I. Joe toy show. It’s not normally her cup of tea, but she was willing to go along with me this time. I’m glad she did! Afterwards, we went to the nearby Toys R Us and Burbank mall to browse. We both found stuff we were looking for there. Of course, my girlfriend was also on the hunt for something from the Disney Store. Sadly, the Burbank mall does not have a Disney store, but the nearby Glendale Galleria does! A quick drive over and a quicker than expected parking, we were inside. It was my first time there, so I was a bit impressed at the stores, and especially the Shrek-themed house in the middle of the place where kids could meet Santa. And I mean Shrek-themed, this was not some half-assed effort. The house itself probably reached 30 feet high, with life-sized statues of Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey as a photo op. On top of that, most of the walls of the house were giant projections screens, and periodically, characters from the Shrek films would show up, interacting with the windows and doors. Original CGI footage! And while my girlfriend didn’t find what she was looking for at the Disney Store, the candy store next to it more than made up for it.
So, you know what’s kind of embarassing? I really, really love the Disney Channel show Kim Possible. I was upset when they cancelled it the first time, ecstatic when it was renewed, and bummed again when the fourth season ended. I wished and hoped they’d eventually release the series on dvd, but I didn’t get my hopes up. Disney’s demographics tend to only like shows that are on right now, and box sets of older shows don’t sell very well. Imagine my surprise when I found out the Disney Movie Club just started offering the first and second seasons on dvd?? Okay, the started offering months ago, but I only recently noticed the listings. I joined the club years ago because they made boxed season set of Zorro. Needless to say, I bought ’em! Season 1 has been watched, and I’m about to enter season two. Sadly, if this goes anything like the Zorro listings went, it’ll be a year before they offer the rest of the series.
Here’s hoping they put the Lilo & Stitch crossover episode on them as an extra!
Watched a movie with current and former roommates tonight. The Princess and the Frog, actually, but I can admit I like the film. The songs are catch, the animation stunning, and the humor effective. What’s not to like? Sure it’s another Disney princess movie, but at least this one can actually fight for herself. At any rate, I was glad the one person who hadn’t seen it before enjoyed the show. Progress!
Finally got a copy of Disney’s second season of Zorro. This is one of my favorite series as a kid, and I still think it holds up pretty well. Yes, the episodes are fairly formulaic, and the colorization can be a bit distracting, but it’s Zorro! It’s fun! Oh, how I wish the original Zorro stories could be easily found at the local Borders. I read through all the Conan pulp stories. I’m sure I’d make it through all the Zorro ones, too.
Finally got around to seeing “Alice in Wonderland” today. I liked it! Unlike the original Disney animated version, this one had a story I could actually follow. The animated one always seemed like just a slew of scenes without any real purpose. This version was easy to follow along with, and the characters actually did things – amazing, I know! For being a Tim Burton film, it wasn’t as dark or strange as I was expecting. Sure, there were parts that were downright bizarre, but within expectation given the source material. Johnny Depp sure was creepy, though.