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The Fairest Valentine’s Day of All

It must be February in Southern California, because it’s ninety degrees all of a sudden. Better eat that box of chocolates before it melts! What better way to spend the weekend than with one of the most romantic stories Disney ever told, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?

Special One-Night Showing at the El Capitan Theatre

On February 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., Disney fans and romantics at heart will be treated to the oh-so-rare experience of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on the Big Screen, to celebrate its release on Walt Disney Signature Collection Blu-Ray and DVD. Before the movie, El Capitan guests will be greeted by Snow White, live on stage.

“We are thrilled to welcome ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ back to the El Capitan for one special night,” said James Wood, operations and stage production for the El Capitan Theatre. “There is no better place than the El Capitan to revisit this legendary Disney masterpiece, filled with classic songs and unforgettable characters, or experience it for the very first time.”

And as a special treat, a handful of specially-chosen Disney animators and artists from different generations are presenting their interpretations of the seven dwarfs; these incredible works of art will be on display at the theater for moviegoers to see. I’ve previewed a couple. They are AMAZING.

Tickets are on sale now, and available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at www.elcapitantickets.com, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110. Showtimes are subject to change.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Signature Collection DVD/BD

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Blu-Ray

Savvy retailers are trying to keep stock of the new Signature Collection Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs DVD/BD near the cards and candy for Valentine’s Day, because they know this film is romantic as all get-out. The raven-haired beauty who doesn’t have time for back-talk from the menfolk at home because she has stuff to do, but is so hot-blooded, Prince Charming falls for her even though she’s dead? That’s two thirds of the women (and some of the men) in the MiceChat Facebook group!

Commenters have asked what the deal is with the Walt Disney Signature Collection. The deal is, you get a beautifully restored version of the film, plus added information  and content you usually haven’t seen before, unless you’re a hardcore historian or president of an animation society. It’s not stuff that’s casually thrown at the viewer. It’s meant to bring you into that time and place, to give you better context into the film or the making of the film (depending on what film it is). You can get it now available for the first time ever on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack.

“The Greatest Animated Film Of All Time,”(American Film Institute), with special features for the entire family, featuring in-depth brand new bonus material Including:

  • “In Walt’s Words: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,”
  • “Iconography,”
  • “@DisneyAnimation: Designing Disney’s First Princess,”
  • “The Fairest Facts of Them All: 7 Facts You May Not Know About Snow White,”
  • “Snow White in Seventy Seconds,”
  • “Alternate Sequence: The Prince Meets Snow White”
  • and much more!

3. Sweetheart Dinner at the Carthay Circle Restaurant

As most of you know, you can see little hints of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which premiered at the Carthay Circle Theater, at the Carthay Circle Restaurant. To complete this fairest of Valentine’s Day celebrations, you can book dinner for two for $140 plus tax and gratuity February 13 or 14 and enjoy a special romantic menu featuring  lobster and asparagus to start; Steak Florentine for two (Grilled Porterhouse of Chianti Beef) with sautéed Brussels sprouts, parsnips and bacon and roasted fingerling potatoes with Brie; and Chocolate Hearts for Two for dessert with chocolate espresso and white chocolate raspberry served tableside with warm chocolate sauce. (Thank you, Pam Brandon!)

 Goldie & Bear: Best Fairytale Friends

On Disney Junior, there’s a more playful look at fairy tales in the hit kids’ series Goldie & Bear, which follows the adventures of Goldilocks and the little bear from the three bears after she finishes serving time in juvie for breaking and entering. Not really. This is actually a cute, fun show. The package included re-usable stickers, games, and seven episodes, equaling over two hours of naptime for mom. I mean, viewing time for the kids.

Well-known characters from fairy tales, folk tales and nursery rhymes can be seen in the series, including Humpty Dumpty, Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf (Jim Cummings), who is often referred to simply as “Big Bad.” Goldie and Bear seek out opportunities for fun with their friends, having adventures that often feature a touch of magic.

Pixar Celebrates 30 Years

In comparison with other entities, Pixar celebrated its 30th anniversary pretty quietly, especially since it is and was such a ground-breaking company. John Lasseter chats about 30 years of pushing the envelope in terms of technology and creativity.

Not everyone let it slide, though. Here we find a really sweet and heartfelt history lesson on Pixar’s 30 years from D23.

…and Losing Part of That History

Daniel Gerson co-wrote Monsters, Inc and Monsters University with Robert L. Baird. He also wrote Big Hero 6, and worked on Inside Out, Up and Chicken Little. He voiced maintenance dweebs Needleman and Smitty in Monsters, Inc and Desk Sergeant Sergeant in Big Hero 6. He died from cancer last Saturday, at age 49.

When we remember the magic of Pixar, we tend to forget the people like Joe Ranft and Dan Gerson and thousands of other names that scroll by while we’re brushing the unpopped kernels off our laps and turning our phones back on. These are the people that make us laugh and cry and think. These are the makers of magic. They have families who love them, and I hope you’ll all send a nice thought to those families today, especially Dan’s right now.

Donations in his memory can be made at UCLA’s Brain Tumor Program.

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