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The Incredible ‘Little Mermaid’ cameo

8 Jun

For anyone who spent their weekend afternoons watching old movies on KMPH, this post may hold special significance, especially if you were ever entranced by the Don Knotts classic The Incredible Mr. Limpet.

The Incredible Mr. Limpet is a great little movie about a put-upon sad sack who turns into a fish and helps the U.S. Navy fight Nazis. Really. It’s part live action, part animation, and all Warner Brothers, which makes this next bit of news a little strange: Mr. Limpet has swum his way into a Disney classic.

A poster on MiceChat thought he/she noticed a familiar-looking fish hiding in the seaweed of the new Little Mermaid attraction at Disney California Adventure, and asked others to confirm. Another poster, Awaflyboy, managed to snap this great picture:

Photo via Awaflyboy and

That sure looks like Mr. Limpet to me, and to another MiceChat poster, Angie_Duke, who posted the following still from The Little Mermaid movie. Take a look toward the top right:

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Disneyland News Update

27 May

Oh, man, there is so much going on at the Disneyland Resort this week; it’s killing me not to be there to check out firsthand all the new stuff.

First of all, the new Star Tours has unofficially opened. The attraction has been running sporadically throughout the week for “soft” openings, and lucky guests who were in the right place at the right time have been allowed on to give it a go.

General consensus has been pretty positive (read the L.A. Times review of the attraction here). Reviewers claim that the ride is fresh and fun, and that the 3D is an enhancement, and not a hindrance (unlike most 3D).

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Now, I’m one of those people who normally hates spoilers, but I will make a giant exception for Disneyland rides. Therefore, I watched the following video taken from one of the first flights of the newly updated attraction.

If you want to wait to experience Star Tours for yourself, don’t watch the video; otherwise skip to about 9:30, unless you want to see the queue/boarding stuff (also, be aware it’s blurry thanks to the 3D thing).

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Scene: Stankonia Tribute

27 May

I don’t know much, but I do know this: Any event put together by Devoya Mayo and the Soulflower Group is a guaranteed good time.

Tonight the group takes over Audie’s in the Tower for Stankonia, a tribute to Outkast. Today is Andre 3000’s birthday, making the party even more timely and special.

If you’re able, I highly recommend checking out this event. It’s only $5 and, like I said, a guaranteed good time. At the last tribute, to Prince, Devoya handed out tiny tambourines she’d decorated with Prince’s symbol.

I mean, tiny tambourines. Come on.

Watch: Arrested at Disneyland

18 May

If you know me, you know I love me some Disneyland. What you may not know is that I also like looking at strangers’ vacation photos and videos taken at the Magic Kingdom. Sick, I know, but I have the uncanny ability to look past the images of not-cute children to where the real magic is.

My favorite site for Disneyland lurking is MiceAge. In addition to actual breaking Disney news-type stuff, MiceAge hosts forums where obsessives like me can post said photos and videos. This is where I found the following video by a poster called RPDigger, who was at the Magic Kingdom with his family when he witnessed a foot chase occurring.

As best he could tell, some idiot struck a Cast Member somewhere near New Orleans Square then took off for Main Street, where he was apprehended by Disney Security (if you’re going to commit a crime, best not to do it in flip-flops). Check it out:

I really hate to see people misbehaving at Disneyland, and though I’m sure Walt wouldn’t have approved of a takedown in the middle of idyllic Main Street, I’m glad to see douchebaggery being punished accordingly. It warms my heart to think these fools paid hundreds of dollars just to get tossed out (you know, assuming they did something worth getting tossed out for; guilty until proven innocent! — or whatever).

Interestingly, this same poster, RPDigger, on the very same day, was riding the Jungle Cruise when something went awry and the boats had to return to the dock in reverse. I’ve posted that video after the jump. There’s nothing more fun than having a ride break down at Disneyland — that’s when you get a glimpse behind the magic.

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Read: Yosemite nutjobs

26 Apr

The May issue of National Geographic has a story about people who climb the faces of Yosemite’s El Capitan and Half Dome using little, or no, gear.

The pictures are insane, but not as insane as the idea of climbing a mountain using just your feet and fingertips.

I love seeing something just outside my backyard in the pages of my favorite magazine. If visions of high-up Yosemite don’t entice you to go out and buy the mag, perhaps this random photo of a flexible bear will:

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Johnny Depp as … Johnny Depp

18 Apr

I’ve written on this blog before about how much I like the Disney Dream Portraits that cast celebs as iconic Disney characters. It’s so cool to see personalities collide, like in the last series, where Queen Latifah was made up as Ursula from The Little Mermaid.

The most recent photo from the series, though, is kinda lame. Disney thought really hard about who should be cast as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and came up with … Johnny Depp.

It’s a cool picture, no doubt, but I kind of thought the point of these portraits was to surprise and delight. I would have liked to see another actor from the movies dressed as Captain Jack  — maybe Penelope Cruz, who stars in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

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Eat: Adiós, chili season

1 Apr

If I was any kind of responsible blogger, I would have published this post weeks ago, when it was all rainy and cold, and hearty bowls of hot deliciousness made sense. Instead, I’ll post this Vegetarian Chili recipe as a goodbye to blustery weather, bulky sweaters and thick, warm soups.

I found this recipe on the Food Network site (again, I know: ugh) when I was looking for something relatively healthy yet filling. It’s from Robin Miller, who, if I recall, has some show about making an entire week’s worth of meals out of one piece of chicken or something like that. I changed up her recipe a bit because I know no one in my family would consider eating chili with couscous in it, and because it’s chili, so you can put whatever the hell you want in it.

Disclaimer: I am in no way a huge chili fan, so when it comes to real chili flavor, I don’t know my ass from my elbow. I just like this recipe because you basically throw everything in a slow cooker and let it sit all day, plus it’s chock full of vegetables and beans so, like I said, relatively healthy. In fact, for those trying to go vegan, I’m pretty sure this recipe fits the requirements.

I suggest you check out the original recipe and then make variations based on what you like. This is the way I make it:

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