Monday, September 2, 2013

September 3, 2013: Planes, Aristocats and The Haunted Mansion.

We loaded up the van and drove to Ashland today, we being, me, my mother, her friend Bonnie, my daughter, Allison and my Son, Matt. The trip started out as a trip out to eat but about 5 minutes into the 30-minute drive we decided to go to a movie. That movie ended up being Planes, the Cars-like, non-Pixar, Disney Toon Studios (usually direct to video), release from Disney. Planes is really good, it worried me when a movie that is obviously set in the Cars universe was not a Pixar movie but with John Lasseter’s imprint on the movie, it was entertaining, enlightening and uplifting. If you’ve ever felt like you were really more that what everyone expects you to be then you’ll identify with this flick. Go and enjoy.

Eric Larson was born on this date in 1915 in Cleveland, Utah. Larson eventually went to Los Angeles to work as a writer but ended up employed by Walt Disney as an animator. In fact, Larson became one of Walt’s “Nine Old Men” and worked on a stable of classic Disney films including: Bambi, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, The Aristocats and The Great Mouse Detective. When Larson retired in 1986, he was the last of the “Nine Old Men” to do so. Visit Marie from The Aristocats at The Magic Kingdom or in the France Pavilion in EPCOT and honor Mr. Larson.

Yale Gracey was born on this date in 190 in Shanghai, China. Gracey, best known for his brilliant special effects in The Haunted Mansion and The Pirates of the Caribbean attractions, first worked as a layout artist on features such as Pinocchio and Fantasia before moving to WED (now Walt Disney Imagineering) as a special effects and lighting artist. Named a Disney Legend in 1999, Gracey is forever immortalized as Master Gracey, Lord of the Haunted Mansion. Go enjoy the 999 happy haunts that honor Yale Gracey.

Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.

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