Editor's Note: Welcome all to a new column overseen by Sue Kruse,
"Pressing Matters." It's no secret here that everyone who works on MiceAge and
MiceChat get a lot of press releases in their email boxes. Some spark stories, a
few get posted to the appropriate forums, many are sincere but not especially
noteworthy, and then there is the real junk.
Every once in a while though there are those few items that are well worth
mentioning, but just don't seem fit into our regular formats. That's where this
column comes in. As materials sent to us warrant it, we'll gather together those
releases that really catch our eye, and that you may have missed otherwise, and
add our observations to them. You can rest assured this is not an advertising
section presented as editorial, and that we won't be selecting things just to
fill a spot. Do note though that items will be presented that we do like, so you
probably shouldn't expect much else otherwise.
That all said, let me hand things off to the ever-so-intrepid Sue... -
Hello Dear Readers! In this week's edition of Pressing Matters we'll take a look at Gallery 3 of
the Walt Disney Family Museum, see a classic film in a
classic cemetery, and throw in a dash of Mickey apocalypse-style, among a few
other items. (Special thanks to reader Braddoc DeCaires for alerting us to few
Let's start off with the latest press release from the Walt Disney Family Museum and
a few tidbits we'll find in Gallery 3 when we finally get in to see the place.
Gallery 3 covers the period in time when the Walt Disney Studios was emerging,
1928-1940. Things you'll find in this gallery:
A great line drawing of Goofy that was used as a model study for that
I love this drawing because you can really see Goofy's character expressed in
just a few pencil strokes. And he's not identified as Goofy here, he's simply,
An original background that was used in the Skeleton Dance.
I don't know about you, but this cartoon is one of my faves and for me, a
must-see around Halloween time, so getting a look at this background is
something I'm going to love.
Another thing I love is seeing pictures of Walt Disney the man -- just
hanging out with his family or his friends. For me, those photos add a kind of
humanity that I think we all can identify with. What exactly I mean is -- that
sure, we've all seen loads of photos of Walt when he was at work spinning his
creative genius around. But really, what was Walt, the guy like? It's when you
see these candid-moment photos, that you get a little glimpse into that guy, the
real man (creative genius aside). This week the Walt Disney Family Museum has
one of those photos for you -- a real sweet candid-moment.
It's a cute daddy-daughter moment. And take a look at those cars in the garage will you? You can only see the
bumpers, but man, those cars look snazzy.
If you're planning a trip up to San Francisco to see the museum, The
Walt Disney Family Museum's website has now gone live so you can take a look
for all the pertinent information including ticketing info, prices, how to get
and -- you can now order your tickets for a visit (you do not have to wait
till August 1st as previously advertised):
Follow the Walt Disney Family Museum on Facebook and Twitter for the latest
And of course discuss it all to your heart's content at MiceChat's new forum
Apocalyptic Mickey Mouse?
Isn't viral marketing fun?
If you Google the words "Epic Mickey" you'll come up with half a dozen sites
that hint at a new game coming to your nearest Wii. No details when or much in
the way of specifics on it, but there's
some terrific art attached to this
subject that has me interested -- imagine a sort of apocalyptic landscape
sprinkled with a dash of Steampunk and little bit of Mickey Mouse, and you'll
get a good idea what the game's universe looks like.
Evidently Epic Mickey is a new Warren Spector Disney game that may be a Wii
exclusive wherein you, "paint your way through levels using the Wii Remote,"
doing things like drawing and erasing "whole parts of levels".
The story is rumored to be based on forgotten characters who rise up against
Mickey. I would guess it's a good bet then that none of those characters are
Next up -- Flash Mob, heard of that?
I was only peripherally aware of what a flash mob was -- till now. Here's how
Merriam-Webster defines flash mob:
- Main Entry: flash mob
- Function: noun
- Date: 1987
- A group of people summoned (as by e-mail or text message) to a designated
location at a specified time to perform an indicated action before dispersing
Now I don't know about you, but I think that sounds a bit intriguing. Why do
I bring this all up, you ask? Hmmm, could be a little birdie told me a flash mob
is going to make an appearance somewhere at the Disneyland Resort.
Want to see it? I'd hang around Downtown Disney Sunday between 8:30 & 9:30 PM
if I were you.
May happen. May not. But won't it be fun to see if it does? Don't know
exactly where, but look for a big group of people. Oh wait, that's every night,
everywhere in Downtown Disney. Hmmm. Can't say anything more than that.
...why D23's Comic-Con poster looks so familiar:
Coheteboy Does San Diego Comic-Con 40 thread on
Hmmm... remember Al's April 1st "Magical
Moments with Mr. Lincoln" post?
Show to begin just as previous versions,
retaining skills of the sculptor line.
Just as Lincoln begins his speech
"something goes terribly wrong" and he appears to malfunction,
bringing the show to a quick halt.
Suddenly, Mickey Mouse magically appears
and summons Donald Duck. The duck is sent to find favorite
Disney robot characters to try and help the robotic Mr. Lincoln
complete his speech. (Although non-robotic, Buzz and Woody
inserted at the request of JL.)
Mayhem ensues as the duck accidentally
summons Disney robot villains.
Summoning his magical powers, Mickey goes
into sorcerer mode, vanquishes the evil robots, and helps fix
Mr. Lincoln just in time to deliver the last line of his speech.
Jonas Brothers perform Battle Hymn of the
A blast of confetti ends the show.
I see dead people...
Lastly for this week a good old classic film in a great old cemetery.
One of my favorite films that I'm pretty sure would make it into my top ten
(top twenty for sure) is Billy Wilder's 1959 comedy, Some Like It Hot. Staring
Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis, it's the story of two musicians
who unwittingly witness a mob hit, are spotted by the mobsters doing the
hitting, and then are forced to flee for their lives disguised as women in an
all female band.
And then -- wackiness ensues.
Sounds like fun, doesn't it? It is. Fifty years later, it still is fun.
If you haven't seen the film, then you need to, and if you live in the LA
area, you can see Some Like It Hot in a classic setting -- The Hollywood Forever
Cemetery, on Saturday, August 1st. Gates open at 7pm, the film will begin at 8:30pm.
The Hollywood Forever
Cemetery is located at
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Gower). No
reservations are necessary, $10 donation tickets available at gate. As a courtesy to other moviegoers they request that you do not bring tall
For more info visit www.cinespia.org
Now I ask you, what could be more fun than seeing a mobster movie in a
I'll leave you with that question till next week when I will be back with