Hello! Have you been enjoying the Pixar Fest coverage? I have! I went Thursday and recovered Friday and Saturday, and I’m plotting my next trip over there (NOT a pre-opening-to-past-closing-get-from-place-to-place-as-fast-as-you-can marathon THIS time, thankyouverymuch!) So far, we’ve shown you:
You can always tell which pictures are mine because they’re blurry, crooked or have part of a thumb on the side.
Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, Karen Gillan and director Joe Russo greeted enthusiastic fans at a special Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS INFINITY WAR fan event held in Singapore.
This was preceded the day before by a very entertaining press conference.
Note that Singapore gets it two days earlier than we do – we get it April 27.
Meanwhile, Tom Holland and director Anthony Russo were on hand to greet excited fans at a special Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS INFINITY WAR fan event held in Tokyo.
The film comes out on April 27 in Tokyo, just like here. I want to go to a fan meeting!
Chuck McCann was having lunch near his home in Los Angeles with a friend and telling him about a job he’d done for Disney a few years back, doing a voice for an attraction at EPCOT Center called “Journey Into Imagination”. He broke into Dreamfinder’s voice: “I am the Dreamfinder-” suddenly, from a few tables away, a young man let out a horrific scream and jumped up out of his chair, gaping at Chuck with his eyes and mouth wide open. Chuck immediately asked him what was wrong.
“I’m out here on vacation.” the young man explained, shakily. “I just got here this morning. I work at Walt Disney World, in THAT RIDE, and all day long, I hear that over and over and over and over and over and I just wanted to get away from it for a week!” Chuck promised he would never do Dreamfinder in a restaurant again.
But Dreamfinder was just my favorite thing that he did. When I was little, I’d open my dad’s medicine cabinet and look for him on the other side because of the television commercials he would do for Right Guard, but most remember him as Sonny from Cocoa Puffs. He did many childrens’ shows on the East Coast, then was a supporting actor in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter in 1968.
After that, his acting career really took off. He was in scores of television shows and movies, many for Disney, and later in life performed as a voice actor on DuckTales (both) TaleSpin, and several other Disney and Marvel series (among many others). He was a sweetheart; we were Facebook friends. I was one of many, but he would take time to chat with me about this question or that story, as long as it wasn’t politics. He hated when people talked about politics. He was a founding member of Sons of the Desert, the Laurel and Hardy so much more than a fan club fan club.
If I showed you even a tiny bit of what he did, we’d be here all day, so here he is with fellow Son of the Desert Dick Van Dyke, selling vacuums:
It’s time for the summer issue of Disney twenty(Thanos’ head)three Magazine! If you’re a D23 gold member or above, you’ve got some good reading and some oohing and aahing ahead of you. Curl up with something ice cold if you’re out here or piping hot if you’re out there and get ready for some solid entertainment. Says them:
This issue is filled with exclusive interviews with the casts and creative teams behind this season’s films. Directors Anthony & Joe Russo—along with Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana, and Sebastian Stan—take readers inside the thrilling ride that will be Avengers: Infinity War. And just for Disney twenty-three, Marvel’s Ryan Meinerding has created a spectacular piece of artwork, “The Road to Infinity War—10 Years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” featuring 14 characters heading into a battle. Director Ron Howard and star Alden Ehrenreich talk about filling the big boots and capturing the swagger of the galaxy’s greatest smuggler in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) takes off on his character’s greatest adventure yet: being a stay-at-home dad in Incredibles 2. Plus, Edna Mode gives her list of the best-dressed Disney characters. Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed reveals he had a special visit from exterminators after finishing the first Ant-Man, while the hilarious Evangeline Lilly talks about playing it cool with co-star Paul Rudd. Rounding out the summer, Christopher Robin promises to charm us, and Ewan McGregor, who plays the title character, talks about relating to the challenges of the now-grown-up Christopher, as he meets up once again with Winnie the Pooh and his childhood friends.
The issue also takes readers down the aisle for a first-look at Freeform’s Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings. Disney twenty-three spoke to some of the happy couples—and happy hosts Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Allison Holker—about tying the knot at the happiest places on earth: Disney theme parks and resorts.
Plus, in honor of the 20th anniversary of Mulan, actress Ming-Na Wen shares some of her memories of making the beloved film—and the traits she thinks the animated warrior shares with Wen’s current role as Agent Melinda May on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Also included in the summer issue of Disney twenty-three:
“From the Desk of” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige
A celebration of all things tiki at Disney parks and resorts around the world
A look at the groundbreaking short Three Little Pigs
The rich history—and vibrant present—of the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood
Regular features including Character Analysis, D Society, and Ask Dave
Wow! Is it past 6AM? I still have stuff to write about! I guess I’ll have to see you later this week! Thanks for reading!