Posts Tagged ‘princess and the frog

08
Aug
10

2 in 1 Showcase Episode 182: A Conversation About Animation

The Showcase Crew assembles again, as the boys sit down and talk about some of their favorite all-time animated features films. Blake and Kenny each present a top ten list, and Mike and Daniel join in with some of their favorites as well. In this week’s picks, Kenny goes with Booster Gold #34, Blake dug Justice League: Generation Lost #6, Mike gives us a blast from the past with the Flashpoint miniseries, and Daniel’s all about the new season of Futurama. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

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Episode 182: A Conversation About Animation

10
Jan
10

2 in 1 Showcase Episode 153: The All-New Showcase

The new era for the Showcase begins today! Driven by geek news and reader e-mails, the guys delve into a wealth of topics this week. In the mix: Disney’s Dreams Come True exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art, David Tennant‘s departure as Doctor Who, what’s going on in Buffy Season Eight and Blackest Night #6, thoughts on Batgirls past and present, and much more! In the picks, Mike (and listener Robert Willing) loved Justice League of America #40, Kenny picks Power Girl #7, and Blake provides the Graphic Novel pick: Mini-Marvels Ultimate Collection. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

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Episode 153: The All-New Showcase
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05
Jan
10

The Best Way to Start the Year

Every second I spend with Erin is wonderful, but it always seems to be even better when it comes around the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmastime, New Year… even other, minor holidays (we got to spend Mardi Gras together last year) become wonderful when she’s with me. It’s actually pretty simple — when she’s with me, I’m happy. Hard to put it any simpler than that.

Erin flew in on Dec. 26, the day after Christmas. Her flight was supposed to land at about noon, but as always seems to happen, there were problems. The first plane broke, the next series were trapped in Chicago by the weather, and she finally landed at about 5 p.m. A dastardly inconvenience, but it was made a little better by the fact that the airline gave her a $150 coupon for her next flight. The big problem is that she got in a bit late, as we had plans that evening. Every year, my family gets together with some of my parents’ oldest friends, usually some time in the week between Christmas and New Year’s. We got home before the party, but Erin needed a bit of time to get the full day of airports off her, so she and I met up with my folks, my brother and sister, their spouses, and the Champagne family about an hour later.

This evening is always a lot of fun. We get together, we catch up, we talk for hours, and my grown brother and sister attempt desperately to beat Donna and Gill’s 6-year-old grandson, Chase, at Wii.

Spin faster! FASTER! FAAAAAASTEEEEER!

Spin faster! FASTER! FAAAAASTEEEER!

A few more assorted images of that evening:

My brother loves Christmas decorations.

My brother-in-law, Will, has had enough Christmas

Also this evening, Erin and I exchanged our Christmas gifts to one another. As always, she was very sweet to me, giving me a desk calendar and a book I’ve been wanting very much to read. But the best thing she gave me — one of my favorite things she’s ever given me — came in a tiny little box…

From my Ellie, to her Carl...

If you saw the movie Up earlier this year, you may recognize this as a replica of the “badge” Ellie gave Carl. We saw the movie together and… well… to say it had a profound impact on me would be an understatement. And in ways I don’t know if I can even fully explain, it felt so much about us that it dug right into my soul. A lot of couples have “our song.” I’ll always think of Up as “our movie.”

The next few days alternated between being really lazy and really busy. On Sunday, we relaxed. We watched the Saints game, we played The Office Clue with my sibs and sister-in-law, then we did a little after-Christmas shopping. Erin found one of her favorite 80s movies, Night of the Creeps, which we picked up and she made me watch. I have to admit, it was a bit of cheesy fun. Monday we got together with our friends Mike and Kenny and hung out in the afternoon, hitting comic shops and bookstores as we always do. We met up with our friend Daniel and we all took in the movie Avatar together, before meeting our friends Jason and Andrea for dinner. It’s rare that we get to hang out with my friends more than once on one of these little trips, which is a shame. I know they love seeing Erin almost as much as I do.

On Tuesday, we planned to visit a special exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art, but I was given intelligence by some of my top-secret operatives (Google) that informed me that NOMA is actually closed on Tuesdays. So we instead fired up the GPS my folks gave me for Christmas and sought out another place we’ve been hoping to visit together for some time…

The National World War II Museum

The National World War II museum (formerly known as the National D-Day Museum) is located right here in New Orleans, and this was the first time either of us have had a chance to visit it. If you’ve never gone, next time you’re in New Orleans you should make it a point. The museum is a deeply moving experience. There are lots of great exhibits, lots of incredible information… more, in fact, that I anticipated. We wound up having to rush through the final section of the museum (about the war in the Pacific) when we heard the announcement that it was 15 minutes to closing time. We did, however, manage to find time to seek out the brick on the sidewalk that bears my grandfather’s name:

WALLACE P. FAUCHEUX; US MARINES 1943-1946; HUSBAND, FATHER, HERO

WALLACE P. FAUCHEUX; US MARINES 1943-1946; HUSBAND-FATHER-HERO

We also found one of my great-uncles, although I now know that those two are not the only Faucheuxs whose names adorn that sidewalk. It’s humbling, to see the names of so many people who fought, and so many who died. I was lucky that both of my grandfathers came home and I got to know them both, but even those who survived had to sacrifice. I’m incredibly proud of the fact that both of my grandfathers were a part of this effort, and going through the museum has made me prouder than ever. It’s humbling. It’s moving. And Erin and I have every intention of going back again, to see those things we missed (including some films that are an extra charge that we didn’t get to do), and to find the  names of rest of the men whose blood I share, the men whose names are on that walk.

After the museum, Erin and I went out to Landry’s Seafood on the lakefront. We usually have one really nice dinner per trip, and this was it. We’ve been to Landry’s before, but in San Antonio. The last time Erin visited this particular Landry’s was before Hurricane Katrina, when it was still a Joe’s Crab Shack. Needless to say, it’s changed a bit.

Wednesday was another busy day. My parents also like to take Erin out to a lunch or dinner whenever she comes to town, and this time we tried a new place called Frenier Landing. Like Landry’s, this restaurant is on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, but not the same part…

Welcome to Frenier Landing!

This was a very cold, very rainy day, and the directions for this restaurant include the phrase, “Drive to the middle of nowhere and turn right.” But I gotta say, the food was really good. If you’re in Laplace and you’re looking for something new, check it out.

It being Wednesday, we popped in at the comic shop, then did a little more shopping. But by now, we were basically killing time until we got to do something else Erin has wanted to do for a long time…

BEE-FENCE! (Clap clap) BEE-FENCE! (Clap clap)

Take in a Hornets game at the New Orleans Arena! This may sound unusual to those of you who know me and know I’m not exactly the world’s biggest sports fan. But Erin is a big fan, and as her native Pittsburgh doesn’t have an NBA team, she’s always wanted to go to an NBA game. And y’know — being at the game is a lot more fun than watching it on TV. We watched the Hornets pull off a squeaker against the Miami Heat, and we had a great time.

I’m not going to become a season ticket holder any time soon, but I really did enjoy the game. I’ll go back with Erin any time she wants to.

Thursday was New Year’s Eve, and we kicked it off by watching Sherlock Holmes. We did a little shopping before returning home and getting ready for the annual bash at Carl and Tammy’s house. As always, the festivities were a lot of fun. We set off some fireworks, we had some great food, my sister as usual drank a bit too much and started singing Milli Vanilli songs… it was a good night.

A few random photos of the fun:

Carl and Kerry: bartenders

Heather and Mona enjoy the libations.

The WORLD'S GREATEST FIRECRACKER! (I.E. Noisy Cricket)

Alex and Heather celebrate

Will and Heather Celebrate

Chip and Kayla celebr-- oh, you get the idea.

The "Test Tube Babies"

Happiest. New Year. EVER.

On New Year’s Day, we slept late — because this is what you do on New Year’s Day. Then we fell asleep again during the second half of the LSU game, but from what I’m told, we didn’t miss much. We went to my grandmother’s for dinner, which was nice — my Uncle Wally and his family were there, including my cousin Chase and his wife Andrea, who currently live in Germany. I saw them at Christmas, but Erin hasn’t seen Chase in some time, and this was the first time she met Andrea. I think she was happy there was someone in the mix who came from farther away than she did.

Saturday was a big day.

We kicked it off by going to the New Orleans Museum of Art, our plan for earlier in the week, for an exhibit called Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales From the Walt Disney Studio. This exhibit was created to coincide with the release of The Princess and the Frog, which of course is set in New Orleans. The exhibit takes up almost the whole first floor of the museum, with several galleries dedicated to the different animated fairy tales Disney has created over the years. It begins with a short film about the history of Disney animation and a message from John Lasseter, then you’re given an audio tour guide device which you use to listen to narration about the exhibits. (The tour, incidentally, is narrated by “Big Daddy” himself, John Goodman.) Obviously, there were no photos allowed, except outside of the museum…

The New Orleans Museum of Art

Each room of the exhibit is dedicated to a different project and features examples of just about everything you can imagine: concept art, background paintings, finished cels, promotional art, maquettes… even a display of the five-plane technique that was used beginning with Sleeping Beauty. As always with Disney, story is key. The exhibit presents you — briefly — an original version of each fairy tale, then explains the changes that were made for the animated version, how the characters were developed, and so forth.

The first gallery is dedicated to the early fairy tale shorts, including The Three Little Pigs, The Ugly Duckling, The Pied Piper and Mickey and the Beanstalk. After that, there is a gallery each dedicated to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast. Then there are three smaller galleries for Princess and the Frog, focusing on the heroes, the villain, and the city of New Orleans. The exhibit ends with a gallery showing the modern animation techniques and a preview image of the next Disney fairy tale, Rapunzel.

I cannot recommend this exhibit enough. If you live near enough to New Orleans to come by, or if you’ll be in town before March 14, you’ve got to come on in to NOMA and check it out. Erin and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

After the exhibit, I took Erin down to the Riverwalk mall in New Orleans, after nearly strangling my GPS for attempting to steer me on to a ferry for no apparent reason. It was nice — Erin went there when she visited New Orleans in high school — but it again was really just killing time until it got dark and we could go back to New Orleans City Park for their annual Celebration in the Oaks exhibit.

Santa Gator is WATCHING YOU!

Celebration in the Oaks is a big display of Christmas lights, decorations, music and crafts set up around the park, including the mini-amusement park, “Storyland” play area, and many, many gardens. It’s not quite as impressive as it was years ago, frankly, but it’s still a nice place to visit around Christmas. Again, we took many, many pictures. Here are a few:

Did I mention I'm scared of heights?

I have no idea what this has to do with Christmas

New Orleans's original Christmas icon: Mr. Bingle!

"The Cajun Night Before Christmas" is re-created in lights at City Park

The Cone is a decoration kids can play IN

My GPS REALLY sent me the long way around

These guys were running about a week late

The Train Ride was enough to make even my Yankee Angel cold

The Train Ride was enough to make even my Yankee Angel feel the cold

My new favorite picture of us together

Sunday was sad. Because Sunday was the day she had to go home. Not much else to say, except that this time we at least know it won’t be too long before we’re together again. We’re planning to get together during my Mardi Gras break from school, again out in Las Vegas so she can visit her father’s family. It’s not too far away, it’s entirely too long to wait, and I love her with all my heart. Even though she got here on the 26th, this was one of my greatest Christmases ever.

You’ve only seen a fraction of the pictures she and I took this week. If you’re so inclined, you can see them all at my Flickr Album.

01
Jan
10

What I read/Watched in 2009…

Traditionally, in the past, I would start each year with a list of the books I read and movies I watched in the previous year. This year, however, I decided to keep a running list which I would update periodically. So if you want to see the full lists, they’re waiting for you:

Rather than list everything again, today I thought I’d give you just a short list of my favorites. In my opinion, out of the books I read and movies I watched, here were my favorites of the year in no particular order:

Books:

  • The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
  • Was Superman a Spy? by Brian Cronin
  • Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds by Geoff Johns & George Perez
  • The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
  • Drood by Dan Simmons
  • Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader by Neil Gaiman & Andy Kubert
  • Peter and Max: A Fables Novel by Bill Willingham
  • 7th Son: Descent by J.C. Hutchins
  • The Rookie (YA edition) by Scott Sigler
  • Living Dangerously With Saturated Fats (A SHELDON collection) by Dave Kellett
  • Mini-Marvels: The Ultimate Collection by Chris Giarrusso and others

Movies:

  • Coraline
  • Star Trek
  • Up
  • The Hangover
  • Green Lantern: First Flight
  • Inglorious Basterds
  • Zombieland
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Monsters vs. Aliens

I’ll start the 2010 list relatively soon — I’ll wait until I’ve got a few books and movies logged so I’m not starting with a blank post. Have a great 2010, everyone!

20
Dec
09

2 in 1 Showcase Episode 150: A Charlie Brown Christmas (or Four)

Heather is back this week, joining Blake for a marathon of all four Charlie Brown Christmas cartoons! Tune in for our comments on A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales, and I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown — plus a special bonus, Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! In the picks, Heather chooses the seasonal novel The Autobiography of Santa Claus. Blake gives us the graphic novel pick, A Kidnapped Santa Claus, and his pick of the week, The Muppet Show Comic Book #0! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

Episode 150: A Charlie Brown Christmas (or Four)
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PLUS: After five years, Walt Disney Animation returns to its traditional style with The Princess and the Frog. But is it good enough to satisfy an old-school Disney fan like Blake?

08
Nov
09

2 in 1 Showcase Episode 144: Holiday Movie Preview

 

We’re heading into the second big movie season of the year, the time when the studios roll out all of the major Thanksgiving and Christmas releases, plus the Oscar contenders, treats for the kids in us all, and even the odd sci-fi epic. This week, Kenny and Blake sit down to discuss all of the major releases for November and December, from A Christmas Carol to Avatar and everything in between. In the picks, Kenny gets creative with the movie Hot Fuzz, and Blake stays quasi-traditional with the first issue of The Marvelous Land of Oz Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

2 in 1 Showcase Episode 144: Holiday Movie Preview
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03
Apr
09

What I’m Watching: 2009 Edition

As I sit here in the New Orleans Airport, waiting to head off to Nashville for a conference on “redesigning ninth grade,” I thought I’d take advantage of the time to post the movie list for the year thus far. Like the reading list I posted yesterday, I’m adding this to the links on the right-hand side of the page for the sake of anyone who’s actually interested in that sort of thing. Now when you feel like asking, “Hey Blake! Have you seen Wanted yet?” you can just click on the sidebar. Ain’t that cool?

Also, like for the books, I’ll include a link for those movies I’ve reviewed.

  1. DuckTales the Movie: Legend of the Lost Lamp; 1990-B
  2. Futurama: Bender’s Game; 2008-B
  3. 24: Redemption; 2008-B+
  4. Death to the Tinman; 2007-B+
  5. Rated R: Republican in Hollywood; 2004-C+
  6. Batman Vs. Dracula; 2005-C
  7. Hamlet; 1960-D (Movie); B+ (MST3K Riff)
  8. Confessions of a Superhero; 2007-B
  9. Storytelling; 2001-C+
  10. You’re a Good Sport, Charlie Brown; 1975-B+
  11. You’re the Greatest, Charlie Brown; 1979-B-
  12. The Black Cauldron; 1985-B+
  13. Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown; 1975-A
  14. A Charlie Brown Valentine; 2002-B
  15. You’re In Love, Charlie Brown; 1967-B+
  16. It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown; 1977-C-
  17. Howard the Duck; 1986-D+
  18. Quarantine; 2008-B
  19. Coraline; 2009-A
  20. Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder; 2009-B
  21. Friday the 13th; 2009-C+
  22. The Karate Kid; 1984-B+
  23. Wonder Woman; 2009-A-
  24. Watchmen; 2009-B-
  25. Wanted; 2008-D
  26. This is Spinal Tap; 1984-B+
  27. Judge Dredd; 1995-D
  28. The Gamers: Dorkness Rising; 2008-B+
  29. Primer; 2004-B+
  30. Sheena; 1984-C
  31. Persepolis; 2007-B
  32. Surf’s Up; 2007-B-
  33. It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown; 1974, B-
  34. It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown; 1976, B+
  35. Vampirella; 1996-D
  36. Tales of the Black Freighter; 2009-A
  37. Under the Hood; 2009-B
  38. The Norman Rockwell Code; 2006-B
  39. Monsters Vs. Aliens; 2009-A
  40. Once Upon a Girl; 1976-C
  41. Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird; 1985-A
  42. Snoopy’s Reunion; 1991-B-
  43. It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown; 1984-B-
  44. William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet; 1997, C
  45. X-Men Origins: Wolverine; 2009, C+
  46. Star Trek; 2009, A
  47. The Phantom; 1996, C
  48. Vantage Point; 2008, B+
  49. National Lampoon’s European Vacaction; 1985, B
  50. Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest; 2007, B-
  51. The Odyssey; 1997 (miniseries), B
  52. O Brother, Where Art Thou?; 2000, A
  53. The Terminator; 1984, B
  54. Terminator 2: Judgment Day; 1991, A+
  55. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines; 2003, C+
  56. Terminator: Salvation; 2009, A-
  57. Nightmare Circus; 1974, F
  58. Day of the Dead; 1985, B+
  59. The Call of Cthulhu; 2005, B
  60. The Running Man; 1987, C
  61. Grindhouse Presents Death Proof; 2007, C-
  62. Partly Cloudy; 2009, B+
  63. Up; 2009, A
  64. Across the Universe; 2007, C
  65. Tropic Thunder; 2008, B
  66. Good Luck Chuck; 2007, C+
  67. The Hangover; 2009, B+
  68. TransFormers; 2007, B
  69. TransFormers: Revenge of the Fallen; 2009, B-
  70. My Cousin Vinnie; 1992, A
  71. 1776; 1972, A+
  72. The Rocketeer; 1993, A-
  73. Independence Day; 1996, B+
  74. Short Cuts; 1993, D
  75. Comic Book Villains; 2002, B
  76. Riding the Bullet; 2004, B
  77. Fanboys; 2008, B+
  78. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; 2005, B+
  79. Chalk; 2006, A-
  80. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; 2009, B+
  81. Push; 2009, C+
  82. Donald in Mathmagic Land; 1959, A
  83. He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown; 1968, B+
  84. It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown; 1969, B
  85. Charlie Brown’s All Stars; 1966, A
  86. Green Lantern: First Flight; 2009, A
  87. The Dark Half; 1993, B-
  88. Cashback; 2006, B+
  89. Flight of the Navigator; 1986, B-
  90. Justice League: A New Frontier; 2008, A
  91. Ghostbusters II; 1989, B
  92. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra; 2009, F
  93. District 9; 2004, A
  94. Ghostbusters; 1984, A
  95. Inglorious Basterds; 2009, A-
  96. Halloween II; 2009, C-
  97. Severance; 2006, B
  98. Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters; 1988, C+
  99. Countdown to Wednesday; 2004, B
  100. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen; 1988, B+
  101. Murder Party; 2007, B
  102. Hulk Vs.; 2009, B-
  103. Graveyard Shift; 1990, C+
  104. Saw V; 2008, C
  105. 9; 2009, B+
  106. Zombie Strippers; 2008, F
  107. Return of the Living Dead 3; 1993, C
  108. Superman/Batman: Public Enemies; 2009, B
  109. Zombieland; 2009, B+
  110. Toy Story; 1995, A
  111. Toy Story 2; 1999, A+
  112. Frankenstein; 1931, A
  113. Bride of Frankenstein; 1935, B+
  114. Son of Frankenstein; 1939, A
  115. Ghost of Frankenstein; 1942, C+
  116. House of Frankenstein; 1944, C
  117. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein; 1948, A+
  118. Trick ‘r Treat; 2007, A-
  119. Hobgoblins; 1988, F (movie), A (MST3K Riff)
  120. The Men Who Stare at Goats; 2009, B+
  121. The Time Machine; 2002, B-
  122. Animal Farm; 1999, B
  123. Planet 51; 2009, B
  124. Play it Again, Charlie Brown; 1971, B+*
  125. You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown: 1972, B*
  126. There’s No Time For Love, Charlie Brown; 1973, B-*
  127. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving; 1973, A*
  128. It’s a Mystery, Charlie Brown; 1974, B*
  129. Garfield’s Thanksgiving; 1989, A-
  130. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians; 1964, F (movie), B (MSK3K Riff)
  131. A Christmas Carol; 2009, B+
  132. A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa; 2008, B+*
  133. A Chipmunk Christmas; 1981, B*
  134. A Flintstones Christmas Carol; 1994, B+
  135. A Muppets Christmas Carol; 1992, A-
  136. Mickey’s Christmas Carol; 1983, A*
  137. The Small One; 1978, A*
  138. Pluto’s Christmas Tree; 1953, A*
  139. Santa’s Workshop; 1932, A*
  140. Prep and Landing; 2009, A-*
  141. Frosty’s Winter Wonderland; 1976, B+*
  142. Cranberry Christmas; 2009, B-*
  143. Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July; 1979, B-
  144. A Charlie Brown Christmas; 1965, A+*
  145. It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown; 1992, B*
  146. Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales; 2002, B-*
  147. I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown; 2003, B+*
  148. Happy New Year, Charlie Brown; 1985, A-*
  149. The Princess and the Frog; 2009, A
  150. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; 1964, A*
  151. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; 1989, A+
  152. Hogfather; 2006, B+
  153. Home Alone; 1990, B
  154. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas; 1974, B+*
  155. Elf; 2003, B
  156. A Christmas Story; 1983, A+
  157. Avatar; 2009, D+
  158. Night of the Creeps; 1986, C
  159. Dave Barry’s Complete Guide to Guys; 2005, B
  160. Sherlock Holmes; 2009, B

Last Updated on December 31, 2009




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