This hub page at the web blog “Passport to Dreams Old & New” is an easy reference for this site’s occasional “Summer Series” – extended looks at a specific body of work, often chronologically arranged, intended to encourage exploration and discovery of overlooked corners of Disney.
The Age Of Not Believing – Summer 2014
A pseudo-legendary, vaguely suicidal retrospective on the Disney films released in a crucial period – between the death of Walt Disney and the release of Robin Hood, where what it meant to be a Disney film was shifting rapidly. There’s a lot of garbage in this body of work, but there’s some gems too, and I watched and wrote about all of them.
There’s a lot here, but a handful of highlights for those who don’t need to read the whole thing are in-depth assessments of The Happiest Millionaire, The Love Bug, Bedknobs & Broomsticks, and an epic piece on Robin Hood, including it’s lasting legacy and Disney’s role in forming the modern Furry community (really!).
Week One – Monkeys Go Home, The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin, The Gnome-Mobile
Week Two – The Jungle Book, Charlie the Lonesome Cougar, The Happiest Millionaire
Week Three – Blackbeard’s Ghost, The One and Only Genuine Original Family Band, Never A Dull Moment
Week Four – The Horse In The Grey Flannel Suit, The Love Bug, Smith!, Rascal
Week Five – The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, King of the Grizzlies, The Boatniks
Week Six – The Wild Country, The Aristocats, The Barefoot Executive
Week Seven – Scandalous John, The Million Dollar Duck, Bedknobs & Broomsticks
Week Eight – The Biscuit Eater, Now You See Him Now You Don’t, Napoleon & Samantha
Week Nine – The Magic of Walt Disney World, Snowball Express, The World’s Greatest Athlete, Charley and the Angel
Week Ten – One Little Indian, Robin Hood, the legacy of Robin Hood
Summer Game Camp – Summer 2017
Growing up a video game kid, I worshipped the famous, fruitful collaboration between Disney and Capcom in the early 90s. But were they really all they’re cracked up to be? And which ones are still worth playing? I played through all of them, in order of release date, to find out.
Part One – Mickey Mousecapade, DuckTales, DuckTales: Remastered
Part Two – Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers, The Little Mermaid, TaleSpin, Darkwing Duck
Part Three – The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse, The Great Circus Mystery, Magical Quest 3 Starring Mickey & Donald
Part Four – Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers 2, DuckTales 2
Part Five – Goof Troop, Disney’s Aladdin, Bonkers
Part Six – Adventures in the Magic Kingdom, plus history and forgotten movie??
Final Game Ranking and Retrospective
Will there be more Summer Series? Only time will tell…