Things continue to get easier for your daily blogger types, as the nitty-gritty of the daily Disney beat returns to the social media spaces after a short hibernation.
Today, we have interesting stuff from hither and yon; some of it bittersweet, but all of it interesting for you, True Believer, our loyal DSNY Newscast reader.
First up, I had to read Good Housekeeping’s headline twice, as I perused the pernicious pages of cyberspace: “The Disney+ Streaming Service Sounds Like It’s Going to Be Every Parent’s BFF”.
I mean, I agree, but I was surprised to see such a great synopsis (and endorsement) in Good Housekeeping. Have a read via the link:
Despite DSNY Newscast’s unanimous endorsement of Mary Poppins Returns (Jack, Andrew, and I love the film), it seems some people have not [gasp] seen the film.
My favorite movie business blogger, Scott Mendelson wrote for Forbes:
“…the core variable may be the Oscars. Unlike Jack Reacher, National Treasure 2 or The Hobbit, Mary Poppins Returns could find itself in the Oscar race. Emily Blunt has earned raves for her star turn, and it’s not outside the realm of possibility that the movie ends up in the Best Picture category.”
Read more analysis via the tweet:
The world may have avoided the digital apocalypse back in 1999 (remember Y2K; was that actually 2000?), but another significant (!) snafu was surmounted by a deal between Disney and Verizon.
Was I actually worried we’d lose all the Disney channels on December 31? A little, but my home video and digital collection gave me an Armageddon-like bunker to give me solace. And there’s always Comcast [shudders].
However, cooler heads prevailed and I kept Verizon:
My wife, The General, is very choosy when it comes to watching Disney films, exclaiming, “Everyone dies in Disney Films…” each time I look to put on Big Hero Six.
She’s often right, of course, and the story of Bambi remains etched in my brain from a very early viewing (and listening – remember those Disney “audio books” on vinyl 45s?).
However, some contend that the exposure to the death of characters might be beneficial.
Bustle’s Sophie McEvoy wrote:
Published in OMEGA — Journal of Death and Dying, Professor Kelly Tenzek and Professor Bonnie Nickels analysed 57 Disney and Pixar films and came to the conclusion that while “characters are over twice as likely to die in films for young viewers than in those aimed at adults,” these scenes can open up a conversation for children to have with adults regarding bereavement and death.
After you cry again for Bambi’s mommy, have a read:
And I promised you dessert…
My favorite Disney handle, “Walt Disney World Today,” brought us some grapefruit cake.
Many of my social media followers will already surmise that I am obsessed with The Hollywood Brown Derby. And, yes, that is often tied to my obsession with Cobb Salads (invented by Bob Cobb, don’t ya know).
However, on one blissful evening several years ago, I had my one experience with Grapefruit Cake. Seriously. Cake. Made out of grapefruit
That said, if you try to eat the
It was, like many things in this morning’s report, very bittersweet.