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What Do I Think Of Disney

Posted in Disney, Film, Filmmaker, Filmmaking, Science Fiction, Star Wars, Walt Disney with tags , , , , , on May 25, 2021 by darkjade68

Let me start from the beginning

15 Inspiring Walt Disney Quotes for Screenwriters - ScreenCraft

Walt Disney is one of my all time heroes (see my post from 2012 ‘Walt Disney – Through My Eyes’), along with Bruce Lee, Captain America (The Comic Book version), George Lucas and John Hughes

He was the epitome of ‘Imagination’

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Growing up in the 70’s-80’s, Disneyland was truly ‘the happiest place on earth’

Storytelling of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Ride... and the Redhead

The Pirates of the Caribbean ride was my favorite, but I also enjoyed the Haunted Mansion, and Space Mountain

But more than that, the whole feeling at night

20 Weeks of Disney Animation: 'Sleeping Beauty' -

And the Disney Movies, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ was my favorite and when ‘Aladdin’ came out, I’d never in my life laughed harder in a movie theater that one of the Genie scenes

Rare Recording Outtakes of Robin Williams Doing the Voice of the Genie From  'Aladdin' in 1992

Robin Williams was a genius, I will always love him

More Than Hugs: Open Letter Takes a Hard Look at Lasseter, Pixar Culture |  Animation World Network

Then Disney picked up ‘Pixar’, which was brilliant

Their animation department was flailing, so it made perfect sense to pick up the future of animation…


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Next came Marvel, we’ve all seen how that has turned out

Lucas Films (George Lucas) | Star wars, Classic movie posters, Star wars  episodes

And last, but not least, ‘Lucas Films’…

Once again, brilliant

Today in History, May 25, 1977: George Lucas's 'Star Wars' premiered

Most importantly with ‘Lucas Films’ is, the original first two ‘Star Wars’ films/George Lucas were the reasons I became a Filmmaker…

…so this was a big deal for me

And the reality is, George Lucas isn’t going to live forever, so I thought Disney was a perfect place/home for the ‘Star Wars’ Franchise

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The difference between me and a lot of people who loved the first and second installment of the ‘Star Wars’ films (Chapters 1-6), is I never called myself a ‘fan’

I’ve always been a filmmaker first

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope - Framed Movie Poster / Print (Regular  Style C) (Size: 27" x 40") - -

I simply felt ‘Star Wars’…

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - IMDb

…and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ were brilliant (They’re my two favorite films of all time)

Redemption of the Jedi: A Look Back at Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the  Jedi - Christ and Pop Culture

I wasn’t much of a fan of ‘Return of the Jedi’, I wasn’t an Ewok fan, but all of the Luke and Darth Vader scenes still felt like ‘Star Wars’ to me

Looking Back at What the Star Wars Prequels and Sequels Got Right | Twin  Cities Geek

The films in 1989, 92 & 95 were their own thing

I felt Lucas got slammed pretty hard for ‘Phantom Menace’, which likely lead to ‘Attack of the Clones’ being so great, as well as ‘Revenge of the Sith’

But unlike a ‘fan’, I had no expectations going into those films, so I truly enjoyed them for what they were

The Star Wars sequel trilogy failed its characters, but we aren't ready for  this conversation yet

Chapters 7, 8 & 9 (Also ‘Rogue One’, and ‘Solo’) were also their own thing

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) - IMDb

‘The Force Awakens’ surprised me…

…although J. J. Abrams, did not

He’s great… he’s a force

I was so happy with ‘The Force Awakens’, even though SPOILER ALERT Han Solo died

Cine-SW Rey - Emedemujer Venezuela

Rey was a great two dimensional character (Focused on what was in front of her)/Never stopped running/Typical ‘Star Wars’ character in a good way

Star Wars: Poe Dameron

Poe was awesome, but I’ve always loved Oscar Isaac

He’s brilliant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hinged on Finn's convenient crisis of  conscience

But to my surprise, Finn was my favorite character in ‘The Force Awakens’

The Rise of Skywalker: How Powerful Ben Solo Is Compared To Kylo Ren

I didn’t really care for ‘Ben Solo’ in ‘The Force Awakens’, which was a big deal because ‘Darth Vader’ is my favorite villain of all times

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Wikipedia

But in Chapter 8, ‘The Last Jedi’, Ben (Adam Driver) is brilliant

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And Rai was awesome… Their characters made that film

How Did Luke Skywalker Become the Last Jedi? - The New York Times

Mark Hamill (Luke) was also a welcome ‘Star Wars’ contribution to the general vibe of the film

Kylo Ren vs Luke Skywalker HD. : StarWars

Plus his final scene was brilliant

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‘Rogue One’ was literally the best possible prequal to ‘Star Wars’ Chapter IV

Brilliant, a stand alone film for sure

Some say it’s their favorite all time ‘Star Wars’ film

I don’t blame them

But Chapter IV & V are my favorites, followed by Chapter II

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When I was a kid, Han Solo & Darth Vader were my favorite characters in the original ‘Star Wars’…

…and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ was Han Solo’s/Harrison Ford’s ‘swan song’ (It was his best ‘Star Wars’ film)…

These characters and films changed my life

With ‘Solo’ (The film), once again, I entered with no expectations

And in the end, I liked it

But more than that, a sequel should have really been made… This film was truly built for it, and it would have likely been an even better film

How Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian stole 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Also, Lando was great

Darth Maul Cameo Scene - SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) Movie Clip - YouTube

SPOILER ALERT I wasn’t thrilled to find out Darth Maul was alive (The dude was cut in half in ‘The Phantom Menace’), but I guess they brought him back before this film in another project

That I’d call a mistake/attempt to bring back what ended up being a fan favorite from ‘The Phantom Menace’

Boba Fett spin-off series announced in The Mandalorian season 2 finale -  Radio Times

But ‘Star Wars’/George Lucas made his own mistakes/’what I considered a lackluster decision’ by killing Boba Fett in that pit in ‘Return of the Jedi’…

SPOILERS But Disney brought Boba Fett back to life too in ‘Mandalorian’, also a bad move in my opinion… But also based on his popularity I think

And now he’s going to have his own series… Ehh not so thrilled

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Wikipedia

Finally, the final ‘Star Wars’ film, Chapter IX (The Rise of Skywalker), no expectations once more (The world on the other hands had huge expectations), they destroyed the Finn character sadly, having him run around after Rey the whole film, but the chemistry of Rey and Ben Solo was awesome (Once more)

All and all, I was happy with that film (I’m not sure many were, but I was

The reality is, there was no way to meet the expectations of the whole of the ‘Star Wars’ audience (Perhaps if my bro and I filmed it, lol), which is already largely broken into at least to parts anyways (The die hard fans of the original films, and the fans of the second group of films, not to mention the new fans from all over)

Lets move on/back to Disney

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First with the creation of Disney+, which is awesome…

…Disney old movies, Marvel Movies, Pixar Movies and ‘Star Wars’ movies and series all in one place

I was in

Also, making it just $6.95 made it a no brainer

The Mandalorian (TV Series 2019– ) - IMDb

And if that wasn’t enough, galvanized with the creation of ‘The Mandalorian’, which in my opinion truly gave me hope that the original ‘Star Wars’ feeling from the original ‘Star Wars’ films, was alive and well, and more than that, had a future

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Gina Carano, Ludwig Göransson, Emily Swallow, Dave Filoni, Deborah Chow,  Rick Famuyiwa, Ming-Na Wen, Julia Jones, Pedro Pascal, Brian Posehn, Jon  Favreau, Kathleen Kennedy, Carl Weathers, Werner Herzog, Omid Abtahi, Bryce  Dallas

Thanks largely to Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and Pedro Pascal

Each, indispensable

SPOILERS I’m not going to even tell you what happens at the end of Season 2 if you haven’t seen the show… If you’re ‘Star Wars’ fan, just check out both seasons

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This post was going to be even longer (I wrote much more), but I feel it’s long enough as it is

I will end with this

To the Disney Execs;

  1. I really hope that what you do isn’t all, or even 80% about making money, and that’s it… Try to keep the spirit of Walt Disney himself in your ranks
  2. Steer clear of all of this ‘cancel culture’… Stop giving so much power to the trolls/haters out there, and that goes for all major corporations
  3. Tweet happy birthday to George Lucas from now on, once again, if the trolls steered you away from it, you’ve given them too much power… Respect the creator of ‘Star Wars’, or sell Lucas Film
  4. Yes, Disney+ out performed your expectations, even before the pandemic, but don’t expect that growth rate to continue, it’s not natural/possible… Appreciate and maintain the followers you already have, sorry corporate america, it’s not all about growth, it’s also about maintenance
  5. You’re making great shows, don’t let greed cloud your vision, nor destroy everything positive that you’re achieving
  6. Break the mold over and over again, don’t stick to things that extinguish the souls of your employees, and leave your fans hanging dry
  7. Greed is wrong… Be the change

Nuff said, thanks for listening/reading

And ‘May the force be with you…’


Be The Dream…

Posted in Music, Walt Disney with tags , on November 18, 2014 by darkjade68

blue-star1Be The Dream…

(When You Wish Upon A Star)

by Leigh Harline

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you.

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do.

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through.
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

When a star is born
They possess a gift or two.
One of them is this
They have the power to make a wish come true.

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you,

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do.

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing.

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through.
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true.

The Bear Necessities

Posted in Chess With Agatha, Editing, Fantasy, Fantasy Novel, Fiction, Inspiration, Novel, Story, Walt Disney with tags on January 15, 2013 by darkjade68

Ok, so as I ‘Trudge’ My way through Applying some of My Friend’s Grammar, and Line Editing Notes to My “Chess With Agatha” Manuscript… I find myself constantly changing which Pandora Station that I listen to…

I ended up landing on My “Arabian Nights Radio” (Check it out if you like Animated Movies Etc.), and This Song Came on, and made me feel a bit better about what I’m doing, Lol… And I don’t know why (Though I have always Liked this Song, Lol)


An Opus Of Light – TRON: Legacy In Review

Posted in Film Making, Movie Review, Movies, Music, Science Fiction, Walt Disney with tags , , , on September 25, 2011 by darkjade68

An Opus Of Light…


TRON: Legacy In Review;

As someone who actually saw the Original TRON in 1982, I can simply say this. Wow. And, Thank You. Talk about being Brought Back to where the first one left off. But for the sake of the people who never saw the Original TRON, let me give you a quick overview.

Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), Creator of Several Computer Games for a company called Encom, had his Ideas Stolen by a Man named Ed Dillinger (David Warner). At the Beginning of the Original TRON Flynn has created a Program called CLU (Also Played by Jeff Bridges), and he is trying to infiltrate Encom Computer System to find Proof that he was actually the Creator of these games. Also working for Encom (As a Side Note) is a Scientist that has Created a Device that can Change Matter into a Digital Form of itself. Though Dillinger is the one that Stole Credit for Flynn’s Game Designs, what’s truly in Charge of Encom is their Computer System itself. An Artificially Intelligent Master Control System, which is looking to Build up it’s Data Base in ways such as Penetrating the Pentagon’s Computers Etc., if I remember correctly. Basically Artificial Intelligence Gone Wrong. Even Dillinger is being Black Mailed into Submission by the Master Control. Our Final Element of the Story is a Programmer who works for Encom by the name of Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner). Alan has Created a Systems Security System called TRON, which is basically a Watch Dog Security System that is designed to keep an eye on the Master Control System. The Master Control determines that Flynn has infiltrated his System, and so cuts all Higher Access to Encom’s Computer System, including Flynn who has a Special Access, and Alan who has access so that he can finish his TRON Security Program, and Activate it. When Flynn finds out that his access is now denied, from Alan who out of frustration has contacted him, he flips. Fortunately for both men Alan is Dating Flynn’s Ex girlfriend, who has Access to Encom via her Position as Assistant to the Scientist who has Created the Matter to Digital Device. The three of them then enter Encom so Flynn can have direct access to The Master Control. In response The Master Control then, as a way to protect itself, turns the Matter to Digital Device on, directs it at Flynn, and wola, Flynn’s transported to the Digital World of Programs. In this world Programs take on the Physical Form of their Users (Program Writers), so when Flynn comes across TRON (Also Played by Bruce Boxleitner), Alan’s Security Program, it looks just like Alan.

In the end, Flynn and TRON are able to defeat the Master Control, and transport Flynn back to Human Form, where he then takes control of Encom. That is where the TRON First Film left off. Let’s Move On.



The Story; Our Story begins 7 years later, in 1989. Flynn is telling his young Son Sam about The Grid, basically the Digital World that he had entered. He tells him he’ll talk to him more next time, and is never seen again. He’s disappeared.

Our Story then moves 21 years later, 2010, where Sam is the major share holder of Encom, but other than that has nothing to do with the running of the company. Much to Alan’s dismay, as he is a member of the Board. Sam does however annually mess with the company, as a rebellious act towards Encom, potentially out of anger because of the loss of his Father.

Alan receives a Page (Yes he actually has a Pager, lol) from Flynn from his old Place of Residence, an upstairs room in an Arcade that he also owned. Alan tells Sam, and he checks it out. Sam is then hit with the Matter to Digital Beam, and is now in the Program World.

In this World, like the first film, Programs are either Reprogrammed for the Rulers Use, or thrown into “The Games”. The Games Consist of Disc Battles, and/or Light Cycle Combat. If you haven’t seen the First Film then let me just say, the Disc Battles, as well as Light Cycle Combat was cool and basically made the first TRON, and in this New Sequel is about 100 times cooler. Just see it.

I’ll take this moment to say the Program World is basically a World of Lights, Coupled by a Solid Musical Score Crafted by a Band called “Daft Punk”. When you watch this movie, turn down your Right Brain Senses of Logic Etc., and Heighten your Left Brain Senses of Art and Existential Beauty, and just Enjoy the ride.





Back to the Story. So after a Session of Games Sam is brought to the Now Leader of this Digital World. CLU. That’s right, CLU, the Program from the First Film that Flynn had Created to infiltrate Emcom.

Thusly, he looks just like Flynn, and at first, Sam thinks it is his Father. But he is far from.

CLU then does battle with Sam, but Sam is Freed from the Games by a girl named Quorra.

Played excellently by Olivia Wilde (Of House Fame). If you know anything about me, you know I like Strong Female Characters, and she does not disappoint. Quorra then leads Sam to his actual Father Flynn. That is as much of the Story as I’m going to say/tell, but if you love Visual Magnificence, and Dig Digital Trance Like Music, than this film is for you. Not to mention Exceptional Performances from Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hudland, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner and Michael Sheen.


Kevin Flynn/CLU (Jeff Bridges) – As Both Kevin Flynn, and CLU. What can I say about Jeff Bridges, he is an Absolute Brilliant Actor. A Creature of his Craft. He is the Backbone of both the Original TRON, and this New One.

Sam Flynn (Garrett Hudland ) – Talk about a Tough Role, not only Playing The Son of Flynn the Lead Character in the first Film, but also having had Jeff Bridges play that Role, who is a Hard Act to Follow. Garrett does an Exceptional Job in a Role that basically could have Made or Broke this Film.

Quorra (Olivia Wilde); Like I said above, Quorra did an Excellent Job portraying a Creature of the Program World. Naive, yet Wise and Capable.

Zeus (Michael Sheen) –Michael Sheen is just an Extraordinary Actor, and his Portrayal as Zeus is Stunning. I knew of him from the “Underworld” Films, as Leader of the Lycans,

Lucian. If you haven’t seen “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans”, check it out. He’s reason enough. Though I do believe he’s in the Original “Underworld” as well.




Alan Bradley/TRON (Bruce Boxleightner) – Nothing like a Little Humility to an other wise World of Lights and Music. Bruce Brings a Humbleness to both the TRON Films in his Portrayal of Alan. And as TRON in the Original Film, he Shined.

Director; Joseph Konsinski had the unruly task of bringing forth a Sequel to a Film that was at it’s time Ahead of it’s Time. Perhaps that’s why the 28 Year Separation of the Two Films Worked. Steven Lisbergers  (Creator, Screenplay Writer, and Director of the Original TRON) Dream is Alive and well. Well done Joseph.

Writer (‘s); Edward Kitsis (Screenplay, Story), Adam Horowitz (Screenplay, Story), Brian Klugman (Story), Lee Sternthal (Story), Steven Lisberger (Characters, Creator of the Original TRON) and Bonnie Macbird (Characters, Co-Story of the Original TRON)

Overall Rating; A Solid A. Maybe you think I’m too Generous in My Ratings, but as a TRON Fan this Film hit the Mark. And as a Film Maker, it was a Visual Wonder. Enjoy/Check it out. P.S. The Bigger the Screen you see this on, the Better. But even a 9″ would be fine.



A Morning With Tchaikovsky

Posted in Classical Music, Inspiration, Music, Videos, Walt Disney, Writing with tags , , , on September 18, 2011 by darkjade68

Awaken Light Spirit… I Becon Thee

Whilst preparing to Write my 31st Blog Post, Fear of Writing Success, which I will Write here in a bit, I tossed on my Pandora Station, Wolfgang Amadeus as I named it, which is basically my Classical Music Station. As I noted in my In Moments of Darkness – Puccini Post, my Three Favorite Composers are Mozart, Puccini and Tchaikovsky. Anyway, like I say, as I was preparing to Write my Next Blog Post, this Song came on and Whammed me. Tchaikovky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, OP 35. I don’t know that I’ve ever heard it, though part of it almost sounds Familiar, like someone had based a part of a Film Musical Score on it either Consciously, or Unconsciously. Well, here’s the Piece, make sure you listen until at least the 6th Minute 11th-12th Second of this Video. It is Heroic, and Magnificent. Enjoy

The Version I heard on Pandora was from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. The Version Above is Kyung-Wha Chung the 1st Movement, Part 1 of 2.

May 7th 1840-November 6th 1893

Alright, back to Work/Writing, Thanks for Sharing the Moment


Walt Disney – Through My Eyes

Posted in Dreams, Inspiration, Movies, Walt Disney with tags , , , , , on August 28, 2011 by darkjade68

While growing up I had three primary Heroes, Walt Disney (The Man), Bruce Lee and Captain America. Following closely behind were George Lucas, and Gary Gygax. I touch briefly on George Lucas on this post I did Star Wars – DarkJade’s First Look. I hope to write more about each of my other four heroes at a later time… But now for Walt Disney.

Walt Disney

As a child I remember going to see The Jungle Book, it must have been the 1978 re-release (Original Release 1967). I loved it, especially Shere Khan whose voice was portrayed by an actor by the name of George Sanders (All About Eve).

Shere Khan - The Jungle Book

Perhaps I’ve always been drawn to villain’s in story’s. Or maybe just good villain’s, which he was. And then Robin Hood which was re-released in 1982 (Original Release 1973 ).

Robin Hood - Walt Disney

I liked Robin in this one, but also liked the villain’s

Mommy... (Prince John)

Prince John with the voice of Peter Ustinov

Sssssssss... (Sir Hiss)

…and Sir Hiss (Didn’t know that was his name, lol). Voice portrayed by Terry Thomas.

I guess we must have seen Bambi in it’s 1975 re-release (Originally Released in 1942),


and Fantasia in it’s 1977 or 1982 re-release (Originally Released in 1940)

Mickey - Fantasia

There was Lady and the Tramp, which we must have seen in 1980 (Originally Released in 1962)

Spaghetti Scene - Lady and the Tramp

…and the Aristocrats we must have also seen in 1980 (Originally Released in 1970)

O'malley and Duchess - The Aristocats

I actually had a huge O’malley Stuffed Animal I had gotten from Disneyland… Disneyland

Lets talk about Disneyland for a minute

Disneyland at Night

No place in the world like it (Ok Disney World in Florida is a tad similar). Likely the most Creatively Imp-active Place I’ve ever experienced. We went there a whole lot when I was a kid growing up in Southern California.

Truth is it’s hard to put into words what Walt Disney has meant to me, so I shall continue to let the images speak for themselves, with my comments close by… Enjoy

Battle to the Death - Prince Phillip & Maleficent - Sleeping Beauty

Talk about a Great Villain, Sleeping Beauty was my favorite Walt Disney Film. I saw it in 1979 (Originally Released in 1959)

Watching TV - 101 Dalmations

101 Dalmations… Most likely seen in 1979 (Originally Released 1969)

The Lion King

Amazing… Walt’s Dream lives on in The Lion King Released in 1994

Meet the Genie - Aladin

I’ve never laughed that hard in my life during a movie, then when the Genie (Voice by Robin Williams) came out of the lamp in Disney’s Aladin. That scene was hilarious. Released in 1992.

DarkJade Signing off

Let me know whatcha think, and how Disney affected your life.





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