T-LAB – T-McBee’s Top 20 Donald Duck Cartoons (Remake. Well, Sort Of)

Posted July 18, 2015 by TMcBee
Categories: Animation/Cartoon/Comics, Films/Movies

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Well this is it everyone! The last Disney content post that’ll show for Disney Week this month to end and I decided to do something big for this one. Three years ago, I did a list on my favourite Donald Duck cartoons, which was one of the first written countdowns I submitted to ItsTailTime.net. Since Donald Duck is one of my favourite fictional characters ever, I think he deserves a better list with now 20 choices instead of 10. I know I’m not the only person on this planet who appreciates this positive minded, yet very hot-headed duck. Maybe I should move to Europe who sees him as an iconic mascot to Disney rather than Mickey Mouse. ūüėõ

     This is T-McBee listing down my Top 20 Donald Duck Cartoons. For this post, I’ll be listing the canon cartoons that are listed in the Walt Disney Treasure Collection, so ones from Mickey Mouseworks, House of Mouse and the 2013 Mickey Mouse cartoons will be saved for a future list. Also no full length films on the list like the Three Cabarellos. I already placed that movie in my Top 10 Disney Animated Films list that was posted this week. And one last thing, the choices on this post are just my personal favourites. So please don’t get mad at me if you don’t see your favourite Donald Duck cartoons on this specific post.

Now lets go quacking away and control our tempers to begin the countdown!

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20. Chef Donald

(1941)

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The 1941 short Chef Donald is all about Donald following a recipe from a radio show, but things go terribly wrong when he tries to get his waffle mix out of the bowl due to distractedly putting a different ingredient instead of baking powder. What really works in the cartoon are the scenes with Donald trying to take out his mix, using as much force as he can. Even using an ax at one point to break apart the bouncy waffle mix. The organ music played in the back makes the cartoon feel kind of dry, but Donald’s battle with the mixing bowl is what ranks up the comedy high.

19. Cured Duck

(1945)

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We’re all aware about Donald’s extreme short-temper and it was nice to see a cartoon where he tries to fix his temper tantrums in order to be with Daisy. The cartoon begins with Donald visiting Daisy and does the offer to open her living room window. But that gives him a hard as he finally flips and starts smashing the house, making Daisy completely disappointed about his rage. Donald finds a way to cure his behaviour by using an insult machine (or get assaulted by it). The cartoon never gets old with unexpected gags for all the trouble Donald went through to control his temper.

18. Rugged Bear

(1953)

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I’m not a huge fan of Donald Duck shorts from the 50s and 60s. but there are a few that hold up well today, especially ones featuring Donald and Humphrey the Bear. They’re definitely a funny pair together and I personally think Rugged Bear is by far the best cartoon featuring the two. In the short, Humphrey is in a tight position to either go outside escaping the hunter’s shooting or pretend to stay still as Donald’s bearskin rug. Though Donald is more of a co-star than a lead in this one, it’s funny to see him not notice that he’s got a real bear inside his cabin.

17. Donald Duck and the Gorilla

(1944)

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A cartoon about a terrifying gorilla entering Donald’s house to scare him and his nephews away would probably scare little kids. Though as you get older, you really laugh at the comedic gags shown in Donald Duck and the Gorilla. This was one cartoon that would always play on TV specials around Halloween and I remember laughing at the moments where Donald runs away from Ajax the Gorilla or where he and his nephews are tiptoeing in the hallways. I also like the animations in this cartoon, where it displays some really well drawn facial expressions on the characters.

16. Toy Tinkers

(1949)

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Chip and Dale causing mischief in the old Disney shorts wasn’t something I grew up to love over time, but the only cartoon that features them causing trouble that I can still like as an adult today is with Donald Duck in the 1949 cartoon Toy Tinkers. This was an animated short I would watch around Christmas,where me and my sister would always prefer watching this cartoon over Pluto’s Christmas Tree (still a good cartoon though). Toy Tinkers has good gags overall, especially near the end with Donald and Chip and Dale going at it with a toy combat battle in the living room.

15. Crazy with the Heat

(1947)

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I went on about Crazy with the Heat on the old list and in my recent countdown on Goofy cartoons, so I won’t go too long on this choice. I’ve already mentioned the funny scenes with Goofy from the short, but what about the ones with Donald? We’ll he’s got some ¬†fun moments too, but I personally think Goofy’s comedic delivery was handled better in the cartoon. The funniest bit with Donald was him seeing a big icicle in the middle of the desert, but turns out to be mirages playing on him. I enjoyed this one as a kid as it still holds some fun nostalgia whenever I see it again.

14. Officer Duck

(1939)

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Mickey Mouse and Pete are big rivals in the Disney Classics franchise, but sometimes Donald can go up against the nasty Pete and bring such amusing gags to the audience. There are ton of great cartoons featuring Donald Duck and Pete from the 30s-60s, but I think the 1939 cartoon Officer Duck is the one I enjoyed the most. Donald is an officer who’s on a mission to arrest Tiny Tom (aka Pete), but tricks him to disguise himself as a baby in order to take Tom to jail. It’s a fun and charming cartoon that features Pete’s sweet side to children and Donald’s adorable baby impression.

13. Donald’s Dilemma

(1947)

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Donald’s Dilemma is an interesting cartoon where Daisy is the center star rather than Donald. Daisy goes to a therapist to tell her story about Donald getting hit by a falling flower pot, but changes him mentally when he becomes a singing sensation while seeing Daisy as a complete nobody. This one had a dramatic feel and than other Donald Duck cartoons, displaying some dark scenes of Daisy getting depressed and going mad crazy over losing him. The colours, animations and sympathetic storytelling (though over dramatic at times) is what really shines in this cartoon.

12. Donald’s Better Self

(1938)

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Donald’s got a unique pair of inner voices of good and evil telling him what to do in the 1938 classic Donald’s Better Self. What unique about this cartoon was having Donald’s good and evil side be full sized figures with pretty distinctive voices rather than having Donald’s quack-ish voice. It’s a simple of plot about Donald and his good side going to school (isn’t he too old for school?), but instead plays hookie with his evil side. I find it a good cartoon to teach viewers and kids of what’s right and wrong to do in life. Going to school is okay, but skipping school to smoke is not.

11. Donald’s Double Trouble

(1946)

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The 1946 cartoon Donald’s Double Trouble was one cartoon I would always see during Valentine’s Day as it involved Daisy getting mad at Donald for not having the qualities that she wants to see from a man. Donald hires a lookalike with sophisticated mannerisms to win Daisy’s heart back, but even his doppelganger takes the advantage to have Daisy for himself. It is a charmingly fun cartoon that takes the love triangle format and presents it with great funny material. It’s even more hysterical when Donald’s plan gets worse every minute. He can’t get a break sometimes, huh?

10. Donald’s Lucky Day

(1939)

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Nobody likes Friday the 13th, but it’s seems like Donald still manages to deliver a package on that day in the 1939 cartoon Donald’s Lucky Day. This one is filled with many gags associated with Friday the 13th and it’s bad luck signs where Donald encounters a black cat that follows him around while delivering the unusual package. I especially like the cartoon for having some atmospheric environment shots of the streets and docks at night. The first act of this cartoon always makes me smile and get a laugh from Donald and the cat, overall making it a great cartoon.

9. The Autograph Hound

(1939)

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We always have those moments where we want to see our favourite celebrities to get their autographs and this cartoon titled The Autograph Hound showcases the celebrities Donald meets while sneaking into Hollywood Studios and avoiding the guard. I really like some of the designs on the 1930s celebrities that were drawn in the cartoon, like Greta Garbo, The Ritz Brothers and Mickey Rooney. It’s a colourful cartoon that flows nicely with very comedic moments but throws in some adorable moments into the picture, especially when Donald gets Shirley Temple’s autograph.

8. Don’s Fountain of Youth

(1953)

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If there’s one Donald Duck cartoon I like that was made after the 50s, it has to be the 1953 short Don’s Fountain of Youth. Donald takes his nephews on a road trip to Florida where the boys want to do is read comics than sight seeing. Donald finds a fake Fountain of Youth and tricks the nephews that he fell in it and pretends to be turned into a baby. However, things get out of hand when a mother crocodile and her babies gets in the way of Donald’s prank. There were many¬†comedic moments that easily got me laughing out loud, especially Donald acting like a big spoiled brat.

7. Der Fueher’s Face

(1943)

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There were ton of propaganda cartoons during the 1940s when World War 2 hit the world and Der Fueher’s Face featuring Donald Duck is one of those wartime cartoons that surprisingly holds up in my opinion. It’s extremely hilarious to see Donald Duck as a Nazi worker chanting out Hitler’s name, which I felt like Donald is the only character that can pull off being in this dark setting with the comedy mocking Nazis and Hitler presented in the cartoon. What’s even more surprising about the cartoon is that it won an Academy Award for best animated short in 1943.

6. Donald’s Snow Fight

(1942)

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Donald’s Snow Fight is an all-time classic featuring Donald and his nephews in one amusing snowball fight. ¬†I remember watching this one a lot on TV around Christmas time and it still doesn’t get old. It starts off with Donald wrecking Huey, Duey and Louie’s snowman, but things becomes a laughing riot when the nephews get back on Donald in an icy battleship combat, attacking him with fire coal arrows and catapulted snowballs. Just like Toy Tinkers, this one’s a fun cartoon to watch over the winter Holiday season. You’ll have a blast with this one if you haven’t seen it yet.

5. Donald’s Crime

(1945)

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The nominated short Donald’s Crime is a visually appealing cartoon in where Donald steals money from his three nephews’ piggy bank so he can afford going out with Daisy. However, he feels completely guilty for taking the money as he starts to believe he’s a wanted criminal and needs to make amends to pay his nephews back. It is a cleverly made short that’s told in a gangster film noir atmosphere, which fits the setting and visuals so well. I now grow fond of this cartoon than when I was younger with its moral that anyone can all agree on… Crime doesn’t always pay.

4. The Hockey Champ

(1939)

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There are ton of great cartoons featuring Donald Duck with Huey, Duey and Louie, but the one I favour the most is the 1939 cartoon The Hockey Champ. Donald shows off his hockey skills to his nephews, but takes it a bit too far to make Huey, Duey and Louie get back at him. This too was another cartoon that played on TV during Christmas when I was a kid and it  was always my favourite with its beautiful winter painted backgrounds and fun gags that were quick and easily amusing. Great environment atmosphere and fun comedic gags easily makes this one memorable.

3. Drip Dippy Donald

(1948)

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There have been a few cartoons featuring Donald Duck trying to sleep, but have things keeping him up at night. The 1948 cartoon Drip Dippy Donald is one I can really relate to with the “trying to get some rest” scenario. Donald arrives home tired and quickly heads to bed, but rolling curtains and dripping water infuriatingly keeps him up. It’s a pretty chilled cartoon with some well drawn animations, great colours to capture the sleeping hours setting and lots of funny but weird bits that gets me chuckling. I understand your pain Donald, though dripping water doesn’t wake me up.

2. Wide Open Space

(1947)

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The first ever cartoon short featuring Donald Duck that I remember ever since I was a toddler is Wide Open Space. Donald arrives at a motel exhausted, but decides to sleep outside in the wilderness rather than paying 16 dollars for a cot on the porch only available for the night. I’ve always liked this one not only for its setting and animations, but the music scores really syncs with the comedy and animations perfectly. The distractions and things that kept Donald up were inventive, weird and funny all at once. It also had a great ending that’ll make you giggle right away.

1. Donald’s Ostrich

(1937)

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On my old list, I talked about loving lots of aspects in the 1937 classic Donald’s Ostrich, with its funny gags, animations and overall presentation. It takes a simple plot of Donald working at a train station, but deals with a Ostrich that eats anything to rank up the randomness in the cartoon. ¬†The Ostrich herself (though drawn like a male ostrich) is an odd character, but also pretty funny in my opinion, especially whenever she flirts with Donald. The vibe and weirdness in the cartoon was one of my influences in drawing and¬†my strange personality, making it my number one pick.

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And that wraps up my Top 20 favourite Donald Duck Cartoons for the end of Disney Week. I hope you stuck around and had a blast reading the Disney content posts I made for Disney Week in July. Thanks for reading everyone! Hope I get the time to share more written countdowns, reviews and other fun goodness real soon or in the future.

LEGIT!  

T-LAB – T-McBee’s Top 10 Muppet Characters

Posted July 17, 2015 by TMcBee
Categories: Animation/Cartoon/Comics, Films/Movies, puppets

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L-L-Legit! You’re reading more cartoon goodness on the Legit Animation Blog with Disney Week still happening.

Now this list is a bit of a stretch, but let me discuss about Jim Henson’s iconic puppetry creations of the sensational Muppets for this post on Legit. Puppetry does have a form of animation to them where puppeteers control the lifeless creations of these creative ceramic beings. Therefore, I think it counts to add the Muppet characters for the Legit Animation Blog segment. Not to mention that The Muppets are part of Disney in order for me to continue with Disney Week this week.

Speaking of The Muppets, I think it’s time for me to finally reveal my Top 10 Muppet Characters. The following choices are just personal preferences so don’t yell at me if your favourites don’t make it on my list. And besides, there are ton of Muppet character to choose from, so picking ten only wasn’t that easy.

Now gather around and give the Muppets a round a applause to begin the countdown.

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10. Clueless Morgan

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Clueless Morgan was a Muppet that was well known in the mid and late 90s that appeared in the television series Muppets Tonight and in the film Muppet’s Treasure Island. He personally was one of my favourite Muppets that was introduced to viewers in the 90s¬†with his dimwitted personality and lines that became comedic gold. Unfortunately, the puppet of Clueless Morgan went missing after his appearance of Muppets Tonight, which is why he hasn’t been around with the Muppets lately. Anyone who can find him, please bring him back to the Henson company!

9. Fozzie Bear

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Fozzie Bear is Kermit the Frog’s best friend who’s always there for his friends and enjoys telling jokes that feels like only Kermit can tolerate. Fozzie Bear has an innocent feel to him that no matter how bad his jokes turn out, audience would laugh at the silly puns he shares on the big and little screen. He’s a character that doesn’t relate to me, but definitely reminds me of many people I’ve met or know that say many lame and pun jokes that can get me chuckling or annoyed. Fozzie tries hard to be funny, but we like him only because he’s has the gull to say these lame jokes.

8. Miss Piggy

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Whether you like her fashion or hate her sassy attitude, there is a comedic likeness to the leading female from the Muppets. Miss Piggy has a strange love affection for Kermit, who can be a real jerk to others who don’t reach to her diva status (though it’s for comedic purposes that’s not meant to be taken seriously). However, I chuckle so loud every time Miss Piggy gets so feisty and pounds the living hell out of anyone that insults her, especially on celebrity guest stars and real humans. Come on, its a puppet pig who can beat up anyone! What’s not there to like about that?

7. Swedish Chef

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A fan favourite from Muppets fans and I can see why The Swedish Chef is loved by so many people. However, I wouldn’t really put him in my top five due to his Swedish accent gibberish speaking somewhat annoying. Not as bad as Beakers high pitch gibberish speaking, but it can get slightly irritating if you hear it too long. What makes the Swedish Chef enjoyable besides the gibberish speaking is just being a terrible chef period. Throwing foods around so carelessly is something you cannot do as a chef. That’s a waste of food right there Swedish Chef!

6. Bobo the Bear

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Fozzie Bear is a classic character from the Muppets roster, but there’s another bear character from the Muppets that appeared in the 80s and grew popularity in modern Muppets content. Bobo the Bear is an incompetent, hesitant bear that seem to play as those characters that start off as bad, but more like a bumbling minion that plays on laughs. Though he has his share on playing the good guy as well. Sometimes seeing Bobo the Bear reminds me way too much of my sister’s husband, who nearly got the same mumbling tone and hesitant personality like Bobo the Bear.

5. Statler and Woldorf

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The only troll-ish characters from the Muppets franchise that audiences can like and tolerate more than real trolls on the net are Statler and Woldorf. They’re a fan favourite of the franchise in which their main duties are to sit on the higher balcony criticizing the Muppets’ performances. Their harsh criticisms becomes comedic gold for all the things they say whenever they critique others or insult their acts. They’re like the puppet versions of Siskel and Ebert, except they’re old rather than middle aged. We can enjoy their criticisms any day whenever we see them on screen.

4. Sam the Eagle

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Political type characters in fictional series would normally turn me off, though Sam the Eagle is one amusing character from the Muppets that takes huge pride of any political matter. I also enjoy his very stern personality, deep voice and bushy uno-brow that really makes him a very stand out character. Not comprehending sarcasm or wacky sayings from the Muppets and taking things so seriously is what gets me laughing so hard with Sam the Eagle. He’ll get my vote right away if he plans to become a candidate to run for President someday!

3. Gonzo & Rizzo the Rat

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It was to difficult to either choose Gonzo or Rizzo in the top three just because they are easily likable characters in their own right with such great comedic material they present on the big and little screen. But ever since Henson present these two together in the late 80s and early 90s, it’s best for me to choose both Rizzo and Gonzo on the same spot. This rat and whatever Gonzo’s race is (though he’s confirmed to be an alien in Muppets from Space) not only brought comedy that was memorable, but sometimes showed a sweet friendship that you’ll appreciate from the odd duo.

2. Animal

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He’s wild, he like women, he’s Animal! And he’s at number 2 on this list. This savage tone like character really captures the wildness in near perfection with his scruffy fur, sharp teeth and third person speaking in a rough voice. He maybe a crazy womanizer that has the guts to chase any hot lady around, but he’s one rapid fire beating drummer that can play the drums with so much excitement. He’s definitely the opposite of quiet and calm and him going out of his loud, crazy attitude is so hilarious. You gotta enjoy party animals at times like Animal to appreciate life.

1. Kermit the Frog

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Not a surprise choice for the number one spot, but what do you expect from a character like Kermit the Frog? From all the iconic characters that represent a creative company like animation, comics and other artistic content, Kermit is my favourite mascot. He’s definitely got a humble personality that can make us laugh right away with his dry humour or make us smile sincerely with his thoughtful songs like Rainbow Connections. Kermit has appeared on Sesame Street, as well as on talk shows and new shows to make audience and real people laugh with joy. He’s the straight man star that we can admire, as well as being a legend to Jim Henson’s legacy and his magnificent company.

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And that wraps up my list of my Top 10 Muppet Characters. Thanks for reading and I hope you stay tune for one more list that’ll come tomorrow on this weeks Disney Week! See you real soon.

LEGIT! 

T-LAB – T-McBee’s Top 15 Goofy Cartoons

Posted July 16, 2015 by TMcBee
Categories: Animation/Cartoon/Comics, Films/Movies

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L-L-Legit! You are now reading more cartoon goodness on the Legit Animation Blog. Now it’s time to act goofy for Goofy in this post for Disney Week!

Goofy is one of the silliest Disney characters that’ll get audience at any age laughing for his clumsy gags and foolish behaviour. While it was tough for me to pick cartoons starring the character on his own (I prefer him with Mickey and Donald the most), there are still some great animated shorts starring the comedic dog-man that we may question his hybrid look, but still admire his sense of humour.

Here’s T-McBee’s listing my Top 15 Goofy Cartoons. For this post, I’ll be listing the canon cartoons that are listed in the Walt Disney Treasure Collection, so ones from Mickey Mouseworks, House of Mouse and the 2013 Mickey Mouse cartoons will be saved for a future list. Also please keep in mind that the choices are my personal favourites. So please don’t get mad at me if you don’t see your favourite Goofy cartoons on this specific post.

Now then, let’s holler for joy in a goofy manner to begin the countdown!

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15. How to Be a Detective

(1952)

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This one’s a pretty interesting “How To” cartoon featuring everyone’s favourite comedic character, especially if you wanna see a lot of action in a cartoon. This detective crime setting for this animated short is filled with a lot of fun bumbling moments from Goofy, but it’s surprisingly hardcore with the violent content it shows like gun shooting, gun pointing and silhouettes of victims being taken down by criminals. It has a tone that you’ll find in film noir detective movies, but throws in a lot of silly moments into the picture, especially the humourous car scene near the end.

14. Goofy Gymnastics

(1949)

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The 1949 cartoon Goofy Gymnastic is one of the most popular Disney shorts that was ever created by the company, appearing in multiple TV specials and shown briefly in one scene from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The scenario of this cartoon is just Goofy trying to use his new exercise equipment in his very own home, but using them brings such disastrously, funny results that ends up wrecking his house. While it isn’t my all time favourite cartoon starring Goofy, it is an extremely memorable animated short with a simple concept that presents funny slapstick material.

13. Cold War

(1951)

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We all gets colds once in a while, even Goofy as George Geef demonstrates the struggle and pain of getting a cold in a goofy fashion. The 1951 cartoon short Cold War gets me chuckling due to some of the scenes that everyone can relate to when getting sick, such as needing someone to take care of them or workers denying that they’re feeling fine even though they’re not. The vibrant colours and the droopy animations of the very ill looking Goofy really makes this cartoon funny and amusing from beginning to end. We feel your pain Goofy, we’ve been sick like you before.

12. Goofy and Wilbur

(1939)

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Goofy was always tagged with Mickey and Donald in many cartoons in the 1930s, but it was nice to finally see the first cartoon that starred Goofy alone in Goofy and Wilbur. It’s a sweet cartoon where Goofy is fishing with his grasshopper friend Wilbur, but things can get out of hand when Wilbur gets eaten by fishes and other animals in the marsh. Wilbur gets more screen time than Goofy in this cartoon, but I simply like this one for its animations. There’s a lot of detail on Goofy’s hands at close up shots, including seeing Goofy without his gloves on in a few scenes.

11. Baggage Buster

(1941)

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The 1941 animated short Baggage Buster relies more on the visuals to tell its story. Goofy takes a simple task by boarding a magicians trunk on a train before it leaves. But even a simple objective like that gives Goofy a hard time with all the tricks and magic happening from the trunk. This is a cartoon may have little dialogue from Goofy, but the animations on the character in the cartoon are really remarkable. You can tell that the animators used a lot of real life references and rotoscope techniques to capture those believable movements on everyone’s favourite goofball.

10. The Big Wash

(1948)

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Here’s a comedic and cute cartoon featuring Goofy and an elephant named Dolores in the 1948 short The Big Wash. In this cartoon, Goofy works at the circus to take care of an elephant. He at one point prepares a bath for Dolores, but she gets scared and runs away from it (though it’s strange to see since real elephants enjoy water. Guess she hates the soap product). It’s a really colourful cartoon that will definitely make anyone laugh for sure. The best part of this specific short are Dolores herself (she’s expresses some really funny facial expressions) and Goofy’s silly singing.

9. No Smoking

(1951)

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Definitely a cartoon that Disney wouldn’t air nowadays. Seeing Goofy as George Geef having a smoking habit will immediately uproar parents in North America. I personally think this cartoon is quite relevant today as it displays the terrible habits of smoking and how it effects the behaviour of someone with this addiction (though done in a goofy style). Even Goofy snapping out after he quits smoking is bizarre yet hilarious at the same time. Thank goodness I do not smoke at all and I thank the cartoon ¬†No Smoking to get me away from those disgusting death sticks.

8. A Knight for a Day

(1946)

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This 1946 animated short titled A Knight for a Day tells your typical story of two knights in a jousting competition to win the heart of a princess, but it certainly packs a punch of personality with its comedy and animations. What I really like about this Goofy cartoon is making the two Goofy jousters have their armour outfits feel more fluid in movement to give them character rather than looking all stiff and uninteresting. It’s a wacky cartoon that’ll get any audience laughing and intrigued, even if viewers will know which knight will win in the end.

7. Teachers are People

(1952)

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The 1952 animated short Teachers are People is one cartoon that any teacher can relate to when teaching a class filled with kids. I get quite a laugh from this cartoon only because the stories I hear from people I know who are teachers almost deal with the same things that are being demonstrated in this Goofy short, except not done in a very exaggerated manner. That kid George would definitely go to juvenile hall to bring a grenade to school. Freaking psycho dude! While it has an outdated feel due to the cartoon being made in the 50s, ¬†it’s a great cartoon with many laughs.

6. The Art of Skiing

(1941)

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Goofy in The Art of Skiing is a Disney classic from my childhood as I would always see it on TV and Disney TV specials. It’s is one of the earliest How To cartoons, as well as being the first cartoon that introduced Goofy’s iconic hollering to audiences. I simply like the snowy environments, the use of random yodeling during some scene transitions and the narrator always mentioning the line “Skiing, pronounced Sheeing” in this fun but chilled cartoon. There are ton of crazy stunts and falls that Goofy does in this animated short that are impossible to do or will kill you in real life.

5. Crazy with the Heat

(1947)

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I added this cartoon classic in my old list of Top 10 Donald Duck cartoons back in 2012, but since this animated short also features Goofy, I’ll count it on the list too. Goofy had some really fun moments in Crazy with the Heat in a setting where he and Donald are in the middle of a desert. The scene I remember the most when watching this cartoon is where Goofy finds a transparent looking soda fountain getting tricked by the mirage beverages served by the shop’s owner. There’s also a funny scene where Goofy checks the map, but I won’t spoil it because it’s way too funny.

4. Hockey Homicide

(1945)

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Now you’re probably thinking that I had to pick the 1945 short Hockey Homicide due to my Canadian culture where we appreciate hockey, right? No, as a matter of fact, I simply like this Goofy cartoon more for its brutal, but extremely over the top humour. Somehow you wonder how these Goofy characters survive the pains and rough housing by seeing all of them going completely berserk over one hockey game. While the humour is spot on, the reuse of similar animations (though used for one running gag) can get slightly old. But either way, it’s still a great short overall.

3. How to Hook Up Your Home Theater

(2007)

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It’s nice to see a modern Goofy short that gives recent animators and voice actors to produce a Disney cartoon to older and newer audiences. Bill Farmer (as Goofy) and Corey Burton (as the Narrator) really give their best in this well animated short feature. It’s filled with so much detail and movements in every scene, and even had some funny moments that easily got me chuckling right away. Fans of electronics and football will definitely get a kick from this cartoon. But even if you aren’t a fan of those specific things, you’ll still enjoy the animated short from start to finish.

2. How to Dance

(1953)

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How to Dance is another childhood classic that I remember seeing a lot in Disney TV specials (especially around Valentines Day). What I really like about the cartoon is the story scenario with Goofy learning how to dance so he could boost up his confidence to dance comfortably at public night events. I know people in real life that are afraid to dance and this feels like the perfect cartoon for them to appreciate the concept of dancing…except for the ending. It’ll probably traumatize them for life, even though the ending is meant to be funny overall.

1. Tomorrow We Diet!

(1951)

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Funny that the George Geef character isn’t my favourite Goofy, but my all time favourite cartoon¬†that features this type of Goofy is Tomorrow We Diet. This is one cartoon I remember watching constantly as a kid as I liked the concept of Goofy’s reflection helping the real Goofy to avoid eating so much. I can definitely relate to this cartoon so much for loving food, can sometimes eat big proportions and surprisingly can be called big even though I’m not overweight at all. It’s a fun and colourful cartoon that anyone can understand food temptation and how hard it is to avoid it.

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And that’s wraps up my favourite Goofy cartoons. You’re welcome to mention your favourite shorts starring Goofy by leaving a comment below. Stay tune for more Disney content goodness that’ll appear on Disney Week this month. See ya!

LEGIT!

T-LAB – T-McBee’s Top 5 Pixar Films

Posted July 15, 2015 by TMcBee
Categories: Animation/Cartoon/Comics

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L-L-Legit! You are reading a new list of the Legit Animation Blog. Time to move on with Disney Week with Pixar Films.

It’s amazing how far Pixar have gone a long way to produce and improve creatively with their CGI animated features and refining computer animation medium over time. There’s still quite little in their library compared to what Disney have made, but someday they’ll have more films to be appreciated and easily memorable to everyone alike.

This is T-McBee with a list of my Top 5 Pixar Films. Please keep in mind that the following choices are just my personal preferences so don’t get angry if you don’t see your favourites on my list. Now then, let’s appreciate the classic features from Pixar to begin the countdown.

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5. Toy Story

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I definitely got to put the first full length CGI film at least in the top 5 of my list of favourite Pixar films. Toy Story was the first Pixar film I watched in theaters and seeing it at eight years old blew my little mind away. What makes Toy Story hold up is the idea of toys coming alive when kids and parents aren’t around. The film really changed animated movies with much personality in its story and characters. While the film’s visuals does show its age, it still looks impressive for a CGI movie done in 1995. The Pixar team needed extreme patience working on this movie using Windows 95 computers.

4. Up

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The first time I’ve watched Up, I thought it was a good movie. The second time I watched it, the film was even better. It’s one of the most original films I’ve seen from Pixar, with some funny scene that got me laughing and really good heart-tugging moments that nearly made me cry (especially the 10-11 minute opening scene). While I liked Carl, Russel and Doug as the main leads and enjoyed their adventure together in the movie, the third act is where the film kind of looses my interest. It was alright overall but still had some strong moments that gave me the feels. Now I can see why so many people really love Up and that lovable talking dog.

3. Toy Story 2

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I’ve placed Toy Story 2 in my old list of Favourite Animated Films of All Time. While it’s still a great sequel to watch with returning and new characters in the Toy Story franchise, I personally don’t see it as number one from the company. What this sequel does right is not retelling the same story, as well as giving more detail on characters that we know little about, like Woody and Jesse. The film also developed characters further in the film like Buzz Lightyear with his enemy Emperor Zurg or Mr.Potato Head in a relationship with Mrs. Potato Head. Not to mention Toy Story 2 is the only movie I know that features blooper scenes, which we rarely see in animation.

2. Inside Out

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It’s great that Pixar made a film that’ll bring many emotions with Inside Out (see what I did there?). Sure, the concept about little voices inside our heads have been done already, but this movie executes the idea cleverly, creatively and emotionally that makes it a memorable experience. The film is really aimed for more adults than kids, which contained jokes and themes that older audiences would comprehend more. Some Pixar films are known to make viewers cry, but this film nearly got me in tears during the theaters. I also loved the main characters of Riley’s emotions as they packed up so much personality that don’t act one dimensional. Inside Out brings back the classy Pixar vibe fans liked ever since Toy Story to kids and grown ups of this generation.

1. Finding Nemo

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What’s funny about me picking Finding Nemo at the number one spot is that I went through so much phases to whether like this movie or not. I enjoyed it when I saw it in theaters the first time, but then it got too hyped that people won’t stop talking about it in 2003. Does that sound familiar Frozen haters? But now that the movie isn’t extremely hyped, I really have a soft spot for Finding Nemo where I can watch it from beginning to end. I would quote a lot from the film, and I’m not the only one. Friends and some of my family members I know personally would join along to quote and appreciate this film. Marlin and Dory as the main leads were very likable as they really made this fish swimming adventure a ton of fun and not boring to watch one bit.

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And that wraps up my five best animated films from Pixar. What are your favourite movies by the company? You’re welcome to mention your favourites by leaving a comment below. That’s all for today but don’t be down as more Disney lists will continue on with Disney Week. Thanks for reading.

LEGIT! 

T-LAB – T-McBee’s Top 15 Mickey Mouse Cartoons

Posted July 14, 2015 by TMcBee
Categories: Animation/Cartoon/Comics, Films/Movies

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L-L-Legit! You are now reading more cartoon goodness on the Legit Animation Blog. Now it’s time to appreciate Mickey Mouse for this post on Disney Week.

The iconic mouse that made Disney big today is loved by many people with his every man tone and optimistic personality. Some people see Mickey Mouse more of a corporate mascot, he does have a personality that audiences can adore, especially through the ton memorable animated shorts starring Disney’s iconic and lovable character.

Here’s T-McBee’s listing my Top 15 Mickey Mouse Cartoons. For this list, I’ll be accepting the canon ones that are listed in the Walt Disney Treasure Collection, so ones from Mickey Mouseworks, House of Mouse and the 2013 Mickey Mouse cartoons will be saved for a future list. Also please keep in mind that the choices are my personal favourites. So please don’t get mad if you don’t see your favourite Mickey Mouse cartoons on this blog.

Now everyone, it’s time to cheer out and yell out M-I-C, K-E-Y, to begin the list.

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15. Mickey’s Delayed Date

(1947)

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Mickey’s Delayed Date is one cartoon that I enjoyed a lot as a kid, where Mickey forgets his date with Minnie and has to rush off to get ready and meet up with her. I kind of like this cartoon because it expands Mickey’s and Minnie’s relationship and how their time together isn’t always perfect. Plus I can relate with this cartoon when hang out events are being made and some people I knew had a tendency to delay or not show up to the get together. The cartoon has a pretty simple plot than other Mickey Mouse cartoons I’ve seen, it’s overall a cute one to watch.

14. Mickey and the Seal

(1948)

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A really cute, yet funny short that sets Mickey in the park feeding fish to seals at the zoo, but one baby seal follows him home and doesn’t notices it except for Pluto. I’ve always liked this one as a kid and surprisingly it still holds up with a lot of funny gags. It’s hilarious to see Mickey so annoyed with Pluto, who’s trying to convince him that there’s a seal in the house. Not to mention the bath scene with Mickey and the baby seal, as well as the ending of this cartoon will get any kid chuckling right away. This was also the first cartoon that Jimmy McDonald voiced as Mickey Mouse.

13. The Pointer

(1939)

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The 1939 classic cartoon The Pointer is the first cartoon to introduce Mickey Mouse with the cute rounder eyes. I personally have a soft spot for this one just because Mickey Mouse in the beginning acts like a dog owner to Pluto, like helping him to become a good pointer or scolds at him when he chases the quails away. But the one scene that makes me remember this cartoon the most is when Mickey encounters a big bear and nervously talks to him. I guess Mickey’s hesitant tone got me chuckling with that specific scene whenever I watch this Mickey Mouse classic.

12. The Symphony Hour

(1942)

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A lot of cartoons in Golden Age Era of Animation made shorts that involve conducting orchestral band scenarios and The Symphony Hour was one of them. Mickey Mouse and the gang perform a beautifully orchestral piece to Pete, but it goes all downhill at the actual show when their music sound atrocious to listen to. Despite the badly Italian stereotype from Pete’s character, it is one hysterical cartoon that you check out at least once. Not to mention this is one cartoon you see the famous mouse pointing a gun at one of the characters. Damn Mickey, you scary!

11. Mickey’s Christmas Carol

(1983)

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I wasn’t too sure if I was going to add Mickey’s Christmas Carol on this list due to the character not being the major star of this adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. However, it is a childhood classic that I like to watch almost every Christmas. While you see more of Scrooge McDuck as Ebeneezer Scrooge in this 24 minute cartoon, Mickey’s parts as Bob Cratchit are easily memorable and plays the role of that character perfectly. It also blew my childhood mind to see one of the happiest characters in the world shedding a tear in one pretty sad scene.

10. The Mad Doctor

(1933)

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Those who appreciate black and white cartoons from the 30s are aware about the weird and creepy imagery that have shown in these animated shorts during that time. The 1933 classic The Mad Doctor is a short about Mickey Mouse that sees his pal Pluto being kidnapped by a mad scientist and follows the two into a scary haunted house. Mickey must go through scary rooms and escape dangerous traps to save his canine friend. I specifically like this cartoon for its eerie environments that still gives me slight shivers down my spine even to this day.

9. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

(1940)

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The 1940’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Disney’s Fantasia is a classic that people will always remember Mickey Mouse in. The cartoon is about the wizard’s apprentice (played by Mickey) who mischievously takes Yensid’s magic hat to make the broomsticks come to life and finish off his chores. However, the magic he casts goes wrong with this one simple task. This cartoon heavily relies actions to sync with the music to tell a story and using no dialogue at all. That’s how you do animation right! It’s not a huge personal favourite, though I can see why people like this cartoon a lot.

8. Mickey’s Garden

(1935)

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Mickey’s Garden is a Disney classic I remember watching all the time as a kid and still like it today. The short is about Mickey trying to exterminate the bugs that’s eating his vegetable crops. But the poison gas gets to him as he and his pal Pluto are shrunken down inside the garden, needing to avoid the dangerous insects and creatures inhabiting it. Normally cartoons set in a bug size world is not my cup of tea, but this cartoons packs a unique colour palette and trippy imagination to make this Mickey short fun (or maybe scary if the drunken and wild bugs terrify you).

7. Mickey’s Band Concert

(1935)

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While I haven’t seen much of the 1935 Mickey Mouse cartoon The Band Concert as a kid, I began to appreciate it later once I got older. Though it had other characters in the short (especially Donald interrupting the concert with his flute playing), but Mickey was still the main lead of the cartoon. As much as I love Symphony Hour, Band Concert just did the orchestral playing scenario better. Seeing the silent, but furious Mickey to finish playing the song in his concert was one of the most amusing things I’ve seen in a Disney animated short. This one will make you laugh for sure.

6. Thru the Mirror

(1936)

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I’m sure some are you are bummed that the classic Thru the Mirror short didn’t make it at my number one spot. However, I can see why this Mickey Mouse cartoon is loved by so many people. It is the only cartoon that Mickey doesn’t need other characters like Goofy or Donald Duck to make the cartoon enjoyable. It uses a lot of creativity in the scenes where Mickey interacts with inanimate objects with faces on them in the surreal mirrored world. Thru the Mirror has impressive animations, great attention to detail in its environment background and lots of plain cards shuffling.

5. Mickey’s Good Deed

(1932)

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The 1932 Disney classic Mickey’s Good Deed takes a dramatic direction with the short than your average Mickey Mouse cartoon. Mickey and Pluto are homeless performing music on the streets to earn food for the holidays. A butler sees Pluto and bribes Mickey to have him for a spoiled kid, but Mickey refuses. Though after seeing a poor family with no food and money, Mickey decides to give Pluto away in order to help the family out. It’s a bittersweet cartoon that plays more on emotions than comedy. It’s my favourite Disney short from the Black and White era of animation.

4. Runaway Brains

(1995)

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What happens when you take Micky Mouse to the 90s that reference older Disney cartoons and horror movie motifs? Well, you definitely get the 1995 Disney short, “Runaway Brains”. This modern Mickey short had some pretty twisted and quite dark imagery for a Mickey Mouse cartoon that packed lots of action and comedy in this oddly, hilarious cartoon. It’s your typical swap bodies plot-line, but really makes it different when you see a wild vicious Mickey Mouse on the loose. Plus Kelsey Grammar’s performance as Dr. Frankenollie was pretty damn hysterical.

3. Mickey’s Parrot

(1938)

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Mickey’s Parrot is one cartoon I would watch a lot as a kid and it still remains as my favourite cartoon starring Mickey and Pluto. Basically Mickey and Pluto think that a killer has trespassed into their house, but it’s rather a chattering parrot that’s making all of the stuttering commotion. What’s amusing about the cartoon is the build up of Mickey and Pluto getting overly protective and wild to take down “the killer” inside the house. I thought the parrot was hilarious as a kid, but he’s a little annoying now I’m much older. But either way, it’s still an enjoyable cartoon to watch.

2. Prince and the Pauper

(1990)

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Not all cartoon shorts have to be 6-8 minutes long. Some can be even longer and be considered as an animated short. Take Disney’s adaptation of The Prince and the Pauper that stars two Mickeys with pretty distinctive tones. I personally thought this was the late Wayne Allwine’s best performance as Mickey Mouse who was able to carry the same iconic pitch voice for Mickey, but used a proper royalty tone for the Prince character. I adore the animations, shading and environment shots of this cartoon and wished it was a full-length animated film. But what we got is still okay.

1. Brave Little Tailor

(1938)

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If someone asked me what was my favourite Mickey Mouse short was, I would say The Brave Little Tailor right away. This is a cartoon I remember from beginning to end and while it does some changes than the story it’s based on, it is charmingly entertaining. I also like Mickey’s encounter with the giant in this cartoon as it provided many laughs and risky objectives that Mickey had to go and escape from the giant in order to stop him. This colourful animated short featuring the iconic mouse will definitely stay in my memories for years to come.

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And that’s wraps up my favourite Mickey Mouse cartoons. You’re welcome to mention your favourite shorts starring the famous mouse by leaving a comment below.Stay tune for more cartoon and animation fun on Disney Week. See you real soon.

LEGIT!

Review Quickies – Disney World Attractions at Animal Kingdom

Posted July 13, 2015 by TMcBee
Categories: Animation/Cartoon/Comics, Attractions/Rides, Reviews

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Time for more Review Quickies with Disney attractions on Disney Week!

I’ve already checked some of the rides and attractions at the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Now it’s time to quickly review the ones at Animal Kingdom. I wasn’t there for long like the other parks, but there were a few things I tried there that were fun. But honestly, it felt like a fancy version of the Toronto Zoo, but with cooler animals to see like gorillas and elephants.

Here’s the review scoreboard and how I review things for this blog segment:

Rating Score
Huge Recommend – Excellent
Must Recommend – Great
Check it Out – Good or Okay
Meh! – Mediocre or Don’t Care
Burn it in Oil! – Bad or Hate

Now then, let’s adventure through Disney World’s jungles and safaris with the awesome animals to begin the reviews.

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Kilimanjaro Safaris

Rating –¬†Meh!

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The Kilimanjaro Safari ride only gets a Meh! score for its very bumpy ride, which makes it difficult for passengers to take pictures of the animals roaming around outside (unless the shutter speed for your camera/phone is super fast and good). It was nice to see a variation of different animals during the ride, though some animals like the warthogs were very hard to spot.

Expedition Everest

Rating РCheck it Out or Must Recommend

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Expedition Everest was quite scary to try out, but it was tolerable to ride it until the ride goes backwards and then forward when the yeti starts to appear. I’m somewhat indifferent with the ride. It somewhat terrified me, yet I enjoyed it at the same time. I highly advise people to lean back and have their heads up during the ride because stupid me went the opposite for a few seconds.

Kali River Rapids

Rating РHuge Recommend (for the summer)

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Kali River Rapid is a must to try over the summer since Orlando,Florida gets extremely humid in July. Any ride that involves river rapids and riding on a wheel boat always gets me smiling and are the less scary attractions to go on. If you don’t like getting wet, then I wouldn’t recommend it. Though you must be crazy not wanting to get splashed in the brutal heat.

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And that was it for Review Quickies at The Animal Kingdom in Disney World. I hope this review has helped newcomers who have plans to go to Disney World in the future. I didn’t try out all the parks when I was at Disney World like the water parks for example, but at least I checked the most popular ones that are well known at the happiest place on Earth. Thanks for reading and stay tune for more Disney content fun on Disney Week.

T-MCBEE OUT! 

Review Quickies – Disney World Attractions at Epcot

Posted July 13, 2015 by TMcBee
Categories: Animation/Cartoon/Comics, Attractions/Rides, Reviews

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Time to continue on with Review Quickies with the Disney World attractions on Disney Week!

¬† Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios were awesome parks at Disney World, but Epcot brought bits of various cultures and fascinating discoveries to tourists and people alike. People who visits Epcot will mostly remember the massive ball structure that’s at the park. It was one park I really enjoyed the most since it felt like the amusement park for grown ups.

Here’s the review scoreboard and how I review things for this blog segment:

Rating Score
Huge Recommend – Excellent
Must Recommend – Great
Check it Out – Good or Okay
Meh! – Mediocre or Don’t Care
Burn it in Oil! – Bad or Hate

Now let’s explore many things and try out a piece of ethnic cultures to begin this Review Quickie post!

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Test Track

Rating – Must Recommend

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The Test Track surprisingly satisfied me overall, and this is coming from someone who has little to no interest in cars. Not only you ride on a fun car track, but there are some interactive moments where you can design your own car with efficiency features on a touch screen monitor. My sister, her husband and I were happy creating our “TronLorean” vehicle, though it wasn’t eco-friendly.

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Rating – Must Recommend

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Not only it has a small fun ride watching your favourite Finding Nemo character interacting with each other, but you can visit a sea aquarium after the ride finishes. I didn’t see everything that was at The Seas with Nemo and Friends, but what I saw was good enough to check out, especially seeing various sea creatures like turtles, manatees, sharks and very odd creatures in the aquarium.

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Cabarellos

Rating – Must Recommend

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The score may feel a bit biased, but I simply have a soft spot for the Three Cabarellos since it’s one of my favourite Disney films of all time. This ride is slow paced that gets quiet at first, but packs much excitement when Donald, Jose and Panchito enter the scene. If you just want a calm but entertaining ride to pass the time, ¬†give the Gran Fiesta Tour a try.

Spaceship Earth

Rating РMust Recommend  Huge Recommend

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A ride that’s inside the Epcot where it displays historical events of communication and technology over time using animatronics and a narrator. It shows the advance of learning and tech over the years (though not 100% accurate with the info it mentions). There’s an interactive part of the ride where you pick the choices for your future lifestyle shown in a comedic flash animation.

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And that was it for the attractions that I checked at Epcot. Anyone who have plans to go to Disney World in the future, I hope these quick reviews have helped you. Thanks for reading with more Disney goodness along the way, especially my thoughts on the attractions at Animal Kingdom.

T-MCBEE OUT!