Saturday, April 19, 2014

Day 474: The Wonderful World of Disney

Since I'm writing an entire paper on Fairy Tales, and specifically on Once Upon a Time and probably a good portion of Disney as well, I took it upon myself to read a behind the scenes book on the show, just to get in the heads of the creators and the actors that bring it to life. Honestly it really did help me, and I bookmarked several pages just with information that I could use, but there was one part of the book that really pointed something out to me.

In the interview with the actor who plays Rumplestiltskin, Robert Carlyle, he mentioned that he loves the show partly because it's a family show. Now, if you watched the "Wicked is Coming" special back before the start of the second half of the season, you'll remember that Jennifer Morrison said the same thing, and I don't know about you, but everyone I was with ended up laughing at that one. But it's a valid point. As action packed and serious as Once Upon a Time is at some points, it IS a family show. The themes can be applied to so many people, and can teach you so much about life in general.

But that's not what caught my attention. In that same interview, Robert Carlyle said that it's interesting because he realized that Once is on during the time slot that used to be filled with The Wonderful World of Disney. This kind of shocked me, because when I thought about that, he's RIGHT. Once IS on during the time that used to be filled with Wonderful World of Disney, and that was just a weird thing to think about for me.

If you don't remember Wonderful World of Disney, that's alright. It's been a number of years (over 10 actually) since the show went off the air, but the way I remember it is specifically through Little House on the Prairie. Now everyone knows that I LOVE and ADORE that show (I've seen every episode), and it was actually through the Wonderful World of Disney that I got hooked on it. Meaning that ultimately, The Wonderful World of Disney has played a very important part in my life.

But what does this say about Once? I mean, Robert Carlyle mentioned that it's like ABC has been trying to find a replacement for that time slot for years, with something that pretty much the whole family could watch. Now, I agree, there are certainly some moments on the show that aren't really child friendly, but for the most part, he's very much right. Since 2003 it's been on and off with that 8/7 PM Time slot, and now we're in our third season of Once with that time. That speaks wonders about this show, and about how successful and absolutely brilliant it is.

I know I talk about Once a lot, I do. But it's funny because my family used to watch Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights, and then it stopped and I was really, honestly, saddened by that. Now, in my first year of college, many of my closest friends and I all get together and watch Once together. It's the best hour of the week, because for that hour we don't have to worry about the homework that's waiting for us back in our dorm rooms, or the tests that are coming up or anything. It's just awesome, and it brings it right back to the Wonderful World of Disney, and a show that we can all enjoy.

Although sometimes I'm pretty sure I enjoy it a little too much.

Have a magical day!

(Note: This blog post was written on April 22 due to Easter).

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Day 472: Wonderful Dreams Part 2

Yesterday we talked about how sometimes we just have these really really good dreams. Like insanely good dreams, such as the ones I talked about yesterday. But as I finished that blog post, I got an answer from my roommate as to whether or not I could blog about the awesome dream that she had, and she said I could. Or rather "YES YES YES." Our Twitter Conversations can get pretty entertaining.

Anyways, you may or may not remember that my roommate LOVES Newsies. Like, really loves Newsies, to the point where the songs are playing our room and now I like Newsies. It's a fun process. Granted, singing in our room just seems to be a given these days. We have a good time. Either way, the other morning I woke up and she was just like "Lizzie...are you up?" and I of course answered that I was, to which she just goes "Good, cause I have to tell you about my dream." Apparently it was a really good one, about how she was a part of the Newsies cast and she was singing the one song and she knew all the words AND, to top it all off, she was dating one of the cast members. 

Gosh, I'm eating hamburgers with Colin O'Donoghue and my roommate is dating Newsies cast members. Our dream lives are way better than our broke college student lives.

But let's continue to hang in this weird dreamland that seems to be better, or at least more interesting that the one that actually is in front of us. I wouldn't call this next dream good, but just...strange I suppose. It's been a couple years since I had it, so I'm a bit fuzzy on some of the details, but I remember enough of it to make it a bit of a story. Basically, I was in my high school, and I was Elizabeth Swann (from Pirates of the Caribbean), and for some reason Jack Sparrow insisted that I hide in one of the lockers (That happened to be the hallway my locker was in at the time...only I wasn't hiding in my locker). So I did, but eventually I got sick of waiting and left the locker and went out this set of doors that's a little ways away from where those lockers are. I go out them, and apparently my high school was a cruise ship, because that's where I was. Ultimately I ended up jumping overboard for some reason or another. The dream skipped around a little bit before eventually I was in this bedroom and Jack was sleeping on the floor? I have no clue, it was a strange dream, as I said.

The only other recent Disney dream I've had is one where I was at the Boardwalk Resort, but there was a cruise ship also involved in this one. Like we went on a cruise and then it docked at the Boardwalk, which makes no sense, and my brother and I were trying to figure out how to get back on the ship, so we're just walking all along the boardwalk, and then for some reason I remember being really sad. This was moreso just a confusing dream than anything else though. I really don't know what happened. But it must have been nice because I woke up in a great mood. 

Dreams are interesting things, that's for sure. I'll probably have more in the future, and if I have a really interesting one I promise to share. But you know how these things work, good dreams come and go, and you don't have one every night, so who knows what will happen!?!

All I can say is hopefully I'll share more hamburgers with Colin...or you could throw Harrison Ford in there. Or maybe a coffee date with Jennifer Morrison where we just talk about hair and braids for a few hours. Yeah, those all sound like great options.

Have a magical day!

(Note: This blog post was written on April 22 due to Easter).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Day 471: Wonderful Dreams Part 1

Sometimes you just have a really great dream. I mean we've all had these moments, right? Either you meet your favorite person, or your biggest dream comes true or you spend a night in the castle suite at Walt Disney World. Yeah, anything like that. Maybe it's just a dream about food. How should I know. But the point is, sometimes we have great dreams.

And then there are the times you have really strange dreams. Where it's like "What in the world was I thinking about before I went to bed?" We've all had those too, and things just get really weird and all we can do the next morning is try to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

The point? There are good dreams, and bad dreams and strange dreams and happy dreams and dreams few and far between. So since I've never really talked about my dreams before, and some of them really do have to do with Disney, I figured I would share a couple of the stranger ones. This is bought on, actually, by the fact that my roommate and I have both had really great dreams within the past few days, which is always a bonus when you're a sleep deprived college student in the first place.

Lately I've had a bunch of Once Upon A Time dreams, and that shouldn't be a surprise considering how important it is in my life right now. It's not even the show, it's just the fact that it's one hour a week that I get to spend with my friends, every single week. It's nice to be all together and not worry about the next test or paper that's due. But I've been having these for a while, hence the one that, for some reason, is saved on my phone:

I was in this theater and we were watching the new episode (I have no clue which one), and Adam [Horowitz] was there too. But the new episode was really confusing because we went to Oz and all this weird stuff happened. Like Emma had a Scottish accent and Hook killed Neal (but Hook wasn't a pirate. They were like soldiers). And then I was talking to Shovell because apparently I hadn't finished watching the episode so I didn't know the end yet and she was like "You're not gonna like it!" So I keep watching and then Regina in her evil queen attire goes to this garden in Oz called the Garden of True Love where there's these little rings and they have the names of two people who are True Loves and she finds one that says Emma and Neal and then breaks it. So I text Shovell and I'm like "Regina is my favorite!" 

Meanwhile, Red is somewhere doing something and is in the theater and hides this doll that kind of looks like Rumple's, under the seat in front of me because someone is looking for it. So I then am like "I'm gonna make sure it stays hidden." Other than that I've got this jumbled mess. I talked to Adam, there was magical nail polish, Henry was missing, and the nail polish enabled me to talk to ApprenticeEh (Figure that one out). I don't know. 

This really was a weird dream now that I write it all down. 

I also had another dream that involved Once and HIMYM. Here's the short version: Basically, I met Jennifer MOrrison, who was super nice in my dream (And in real life too I suppose. I wouldn't know. I've never met her. Someday....), and Lana Parrilla and indirectly Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin and HIMYM people but missed Colin and became the Blitz (go watch HIMYM) all because I wanted to take a shower because I didn't feel well and then do my makeup so I wouldn't look ridiculous in pictures. Also, JMo was wearing a green dress. 

And that sums that one up. Actually, I think I'm going to split this blog post into two parts so it doesn't get too long. But we'll finish with my most recent Once Upon A Time inspired dream: So for some reason and by miracle of life, I was at this diner eating lunch with Colin O'Donoghue. I have no idea why or how, but we were. All I really remember about it other wise is he laughed at some point (because I remember that of course), and we talked about the time in Episode 2x05 "The Doctor" when he was tied to the tree. Also, Ginnifer Goodwin was there and she was telling Singing in the Rain jokes. The best part of the dream though? Colin and I split a hamburger. It was great. 

So those are my Once Upon A Time inspired dreams. Tomorrow, since this is already a really long blog post and why not just make it two days, I've got a real wonderful story about Pirates of the Caribbean, and then there's the random Boardwalk dream I had this week too. Plus, if my roommate will let me share, I'll tell you the story of her dream she had the other night too. Haha, this just in, she's letting me tell you. So that will be tomorrow. ;)

Have a magical day and sweet dreams!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Day 470: Disney Night

If you thought I was going to miss Disney Night on DWTS, you are surely mistaken.

Although I missed the first 20 minutes or so because of an alto saxophone lesson, I made it back to my dorm room to see most of the show, which made me smile like I haven't in quite some time. Seriously, I texted one of my friends saying that the smile on my face just wouldn't leave, and I was serious. Had anyone other than my roommate walked into the room they would have been very confused, I'm sure. But my roommate is used to this weirdness.

You may remember that I followed the last season of DWTS, mostly because of Bill Nye the Science Guy, but you may not know that I've been following pretty closely this season too (it's just that my Monday nights are pretty busy so I generally can't wait). Candace Cameron Bure is on this season, and you probably know her as DJ Tanner from Full House. If you've been following me for a long time you'll also know that Full House is one of my all time favorite TV Shows (actually it probably is number 2 after Once Upon A Time). I've seen every single episode at least once, and I intend to rewatch them at some point too.

Either way, I'd like to say that I LOVED Disney Night on DWTS. The costumes were absolutely beautiful, the music was brilliant and the dancing was pretty darn good too. I think I'm in good company when I say that my favorite dance of the night was James Maslow and Peta Mugatroyd, who danced to Let It Go. It was just absolutely beautiful.

Of course I also loved Candace's dance with The Little Mermaid's Under the Sea. They had some of the cutest costumes if you ask me. Like they were seriously adorable. I also loved the Mary Poppins theme Charlie and Sharna had going on, although I didn't get to see their dance since they went first, and as I said before, I didn't start until about 20 minutes in. The costumes there were adorable too.

Why they haven't done a Disney Night until now I have no idea, but I hope it continues. The entire show was just brilliantly done, and it just brought a little bit of extra magic to the competition. I am, personally, a bit sad to see Cody go, as I really didn't think he would be leaving, and I loved his Lion King themed dance, but it is what it is.

Will I be watching next week? No, other than following Candace's adventures of course. Gotta vote for DJ Tanner! Woohoo!

Have a magical day!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Day 469: The Jolly Roger

The feels are too much.

Spoiler alert for 3x17 starts now.

So I've been looking forward to this episode for months. Since I found out that it was obviously going to be Hook centric because, well, it's called "The Jolly Roger." I knew that we would get some sort of flashback to the last year, and we would obviously be addressing Hook's feelings for Emma. But I never expected this. Not in a million years.

The episode started great, and gosh there were a lot of great moments, but I don't know if it's possible to want to, at the same time, punch Hook while also hugging him. Like seriously that's how I felt. He goes from one side to the other faster than you can say his name, but I guess it's because he's heartbroken. He says it flat out that he is. You know, when he


Yeah, that time.

And Zelena. No. I want to strangle her. She seems to be from the deepest, darkest depths of hell and I want to MURDER HER. How dare she do that! No. NO NO NO NO NO. Just NO!

Poor Hook.

And so, here are screenshots. I apoligize in advance for the incredible amount of Hook this week, but I want to point out that while this episode was beautifully written, Colin's acting here was basically the definition of perfection. In fact, Megan and I are having a conversation right now about how if it weren't for Colin, this episode wouldn't be as good as it is. Because as much as you can be an actor, to bring all these emotions straight to the surface? That's hard. And he does such a wonderful job of it.

So maybe I went a bit overboard (no pun intended) on the screenshots. But can we just take a moment to appreciate once again how wonderful this episode is? Not wonderful in the way of "YAY!", wonderful in the aspect that it's one of the most beautifully written in all of the series. It most certainly ranks in my top five episodes, if not in the top three (gaining that third spot with only Good Form and Going Home above it). That is an honor right there. 

Plus, sometimes I just have to include the hilarious stuff along with the emotional heartbreaking moments. My thoughts? Who doesn't love froyo? Hook and his spyglass HAHAHA (until the end). The Jolly Roger is obviously a metaphor for Emma. I'm proud of Hook for turning down that woman, and disgusting man. Also, that time when Emma Swan was a literal 5 year old. Don't touch anything. Yeah right. That twirl Eric does with Ariel? Best one I've ever seen. And Charming, you are an idiot. That's the last time you spend the day with your grandson! Seriously, you know you just proved a pirate to be a better caretaker than you are. Granted, he was teaching Henry the art of cheating, but at least he wasn't risking lives. Mary Margaret's expression perfectly describes how all of us felt during that scene. 

And finally, my #1 thought: I wonder what Adam and Eddy could be up to. Hmmm..Hook either has to A) Kiss Emma or B) Not Kiss Emma and everyone dies. Huh...why in the world are we setting up a plotline that involves these two kissing. I have no idea! (Actually I do...but I'll let you figure that one out yourselves). Next week, and the weeks to come, however, shall be mighty interesting. 

If I can ever figure out how to fix my broken heart. 

Tonight's Disneybound was inspired by our favorite pirate (or the man he really is rather): Killian Jones! This is by far, once again, one of my favorites up to this point. I am seriously in love with this one. Would I wear it in public regularly? Probably not, but for one day it was pretty fun! 

Have a magical day...but before we go, here's a real gem I screenshotted but didn't share before: