Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Coming In 2012...

Well, after a long and relatively successful Disn-A-Thon 2011, I have decided what my task will be for the on-coming year.  Considering I watched all of Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 2010 and every Disney Animated Classic in 2011, I think I should avoid the TV/movie-themed blogue entries for a year or more.

So, what is one of my main interests besides TV/movies?  Why, music of course... and boy howdy, do I have a lot of music.  As of right now, I have somewhere upwards of 275 different artists in my collection.  Good god, that doesn't even count any of the "Various Artists" crap... like the 168 disc jazz collection... Man, I haven't bothered counting in so long.

Anyhow, here's what I will be doing next year:  First, there are 52 weeks in a year (stick with me here folks), and there are 26 letters in the alphabet...  So this means I can go through the alphabet twice, with a letter per week.

"But what does this mean?" you may ask.  Well, I will tell you.

During the first half of 2012, I will be going through my artists alphabetically, selecting one(1) artist per letter, one(1) letter per week, listening to everything I have by the chosen artist (which usually is the entire catalogue), and finally writing my weekly blogue post as a review of the aforementioned artist and their music.

During the second half of 2012, I will be doing essentially the same thing, but with albums instead of artists.  An album from my collection starting with A, then the following week a B-named album, and so on...

What this does is it starts my year off with a fairly intensive marathon of blogueing, the second half of the year finishes with posts that can and probably will be a tad more simple.  This way, by breaking my marathon into two(2) parts, it won't feel like so much of a chore by the end of the year.

About the first section (the artists) of my 2012 -thon (which will be named soon enough), I will be trying to pick a personal favourite from each letter, and I will be doing my best to stick with lesser-known or merely under-appreciated artists, in hopes that people will be open to expanding their knowledge and tastes in music.  That's really the key point to me in the coming year.  I would like to introduce some music to people who are interested.

There will be audio clips, probably streamed from YouTube, and my posts will range from detailed chronology to my own personal opinions.  Sources may come from my own personal knowledge, Wikipedia, or an artist's band/fan pages.  I'll do my best to cite at the bottom of my post, but we'll see how it all works.  I'm going to be winging it as I go, which will be nice.  It won't be quite as template-based as my last few -thons... and that excites me!

So prepare yourselves for some of my favourite music...  I hope people enjoy it.  I know I will!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Disn-A-Thon: Winnie The Pooh (2011)

During an ordinary day in Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh sets out to find some honey. Misinterpreting a note from Christopher Robin, Owl convinces Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet,Pooh, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore that their young friend has been captured by a creature named "Backsoon" and they set out to save him. [imdb]
Alright, here's the last post of my Disn-A-Thon 2011, and I am going to make it a short and simple one.

Despite Disney being well known for their direct-to-video sequels, along with a few theatrical sequels, not many Disney Animated Classics get a sequel that also falls into the classics canon.  In fact, up until this year, there was only one: The Rescuers... and then there came Winnie The Pooh.

1977 saw the release of The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh (which I posted on here), and it was followed by one or two theatrical sequels and a whole slew of video sequels.  Most, if not all of these were close to the standard set by the original, but I have to say that this year's sequel is right up to par.

I think one of the most amazing parts of this new movie is how close most of the voices sound to the originals... Pooh's voice especially.  You would never know that Sterling Holloway wasn't providing the voice.  Even the inflections were perfect.

The whole movie made me happy, but I can't say the same for the blu-ray set.  There were some nice deleted scenes, a short little segment about the history of Pooh, a couple shorts, and that's about it.  I would have liked a commentary or at least something a bit more in depth on what they went through making a sequel like this 35 years after the original.

But oh well, the movie was great and very heartwarming.

And this ends my Disn-A-Thon 2011.  I'll probably be posting something in a week or so about next year's project.  It's a good one, and I can hardly wait for it!