Disney http://tpr.org en 'Maleficent' Tells The Fairy Tale From The Wicked One's Perspective http://tpr.org/post/whos-fairest-maleficent-reimagines-sleeping-beautys-stepmom Of all Disney heroines, Aurora, aka Sleeping Beauty, was the least inspiring. Not her fault: How much spark can you wring from a Forever Nap, especially one that's cut off by a kiss from a prince named after the Duke of Edinburgh?<p>Which may be why my 16-year-old, who's going through one of those inexplicable regressions into Disney toddler fare that seem to hit girls in their teens and beyond, made it through all of five minutes of the 1959 <em>Sleeping Beauty, </em>then went back to binge-watching <em>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</em>. Fri, 30 May 2014 14:21:22 +0000 Ella Taylor 32580 at http://tpr.org 'Maleficent' Tells The Fairy Tale From The Wicked One's Perspective Using Disney To Reach A Child With Autism http://tpr.org/post/using-disney-reach-child-autism When acclaimed journalist <strong>Ron Suskind&#8217;</strong>s son Owen was two and a half, he suddenly stopped communicating: his vocabulary dropped to a single word, &#8220;juice,&#8221; he would cry inconsolably and had trouble both eating and sleeping.<p>Owen was eventually diagnosed with autism, and over the next few years, Ron, his wife Cornelia and older son <strong>Walt</strong> struggled to communicate with him.<p>The vehicle they eventually found: the Disney films that Owen loved. Tue, 27 May 2014 19:23:42 +0000 editor 32404 at http://tpr.org Using Disney To Reach A Child With Autism 'Million Dollar Arm' Is A Sales Pitch In Search Of Stillness http://tpr.org/post/million-dollar-arm-sales-pitch-search-stillness Where does Don Draper's formidable presence come from in <em>Mad Men</em>? From his impeccable style, sure, and from his brooding good looks, of course, but also from his stillness. A few drug-induced exceptions aside, Don is as restrained in movement as he is in his speech. Fri, 16 May 2014 04:00:21 +0000 Tomas Hachard 31791 at http://tpr.org 'Million Dollar Arm' Is A Sales Pitch In Search Of Stillness Well Into Spring, 'Frozen' Soundtrack Keeps The Charts Cool http://tpr.org/post/well-spring-frozen-soundtrack-keeps-charts-cool Disney's animated film <em>Frozen</em> has been racking up impressive statistics since it was released last November. Its box office earnings total $1 billion, worldwide, the movie won two Academy Awards, and on the first day the home video came out, it sold 3.2 million copies. Fri, 09 May 2014 07:56:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 31406 at http://tpr.org Well Into Spring, 'Frozen' Soundtrack Keeps The Charts Cool 'Let It Go': A Hit Song, Spawned From Partnership http://tpr.org/post/let-it-go-hit-song-spawned-partnership Has "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVVTZgwYwVo">Let It Go</a>," the showstopper from Disney's <em>Frozen,</em> been stuck in your head all winter? You're probably humming it right now. It's a big-sounding song with a strong emotional core, written by husband-and-wife songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:52:17 +0000 editor 30605 at http://tpr.org 'Let It Go': A Hit Song, Spawned From Partnership Songwriters Behind 'Frozen' Let Go Of The Princess Mythology http://tpr.org/post/songwriters-behind-frozen-let-go-princess-mythology If you have young children, you may know by heart the songs from the Disney animated musical <em>Frozen</em>, including its massively ubiquitous "Let It Go." The songwriting team behind the Oscar-winning hit is Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, a married couple with two children who each sing on the soundtrack.<p>Robert Lopez co-wrote the satirical Broadway musicals <em>Avenue Q</em> and <em>The Book of Mormon</em>, which is now touring. He is now an EGOT, the acronym for the select few who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:20:00 +0000 editor 29853 at http://tpr.org Songwriters Behind 'Frozen' Let Go Of The Princess Mythology "Fantasia" Video Game Mixes Bruno Mars And Mussorgsky http://tpr.org/post/fantasia-video-game-mixes-bruno-mars-and-mussorgsky <p></p><p>Here at KPAC, we’re excited about discovering new music, and we’ve found that video games, like cartoons and movies before them, are a great way to introduce kids to classical music. Disney is taking the lead this year with a new game for Xbox based on their classic animated film “Fantasia,” called “Fantasia: Music Evolved.” In the game, players <em>"enter the magical realm of Fantasia, selected by the legendary sorcerer Yen Sid, to hone their musical and magical prowess as his new apprentice."</em></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:14:58 +0000 Nathan Cone 28797 at http://tpr.org "Fantasia" Video Game Mixes Bruno Mars And Mussorgsky Die-Hard Disney Fans Band Together At The Happiest Place On Earth http://tpr.org/post/die-hard-disney-fans-band-together-happiest-place-earth The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder <em></em>Carlos Watson joins <em>All Things Considered </em>regularly to tell us about the site's latest feature stories.<p>This week, Watson talks with host Arun Rath about a phenomenon emerging at the Disneyland. Packs of Disney fans have started meeting up at Disneyland with matching gear and group names — like The Neverlanders and Walt's Misfits. Disney gangs? Not quite. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 22:51:00 +0000 NPR Staff 27927 at http://tpr.org Die-Hard Disney Fans Band Together At The Happiest Place On Earth Boy Scouts' Ban On Gay Leaders Leads Disney To End Grants http://tpr.org/post/boy-scouts-ban-gay-leaders-leads-disney-end-grants This news that broke locally in Florida last week is starting to grab headlines and attention across the nation:<p>"Disney Ends Funding To Boy Scouts Over Gay Policy." (<a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=284926488" target="_blank">The Associated Press</a>)<p>Here's how <em>The Orlando Sentinel</em>, one of the first outlets to report the news, <a href="http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2014-02-28/news/os-boy-scouts-anti-gay-disney-20140228_1_boy-scouts-gay-ban-walt-disney-world-national-bsa" target="_blank">frames the story</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"The Boy Scouts of Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:34:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27617 at http://tpr.org Boy Scouts' Ban On Gay Leaders Leads Disney To End Grants 'Let It Go': A Global Hit In Any Language http://tpr.org/post/let-it-go-global-hit-any-language <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKtOVe6zAqU</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:33:28 +0000 editor 27271 at http://tpr.org 'Let It Go': A Global Hit In Any Language