Yeah? Well, same to you too.
For those of you who did notice, The Mouse Castle has been on hiatus the last month and a half. Mostly, I just felt like taking a break, but, at the same time, I felt it was time to reassess (once again) what kind of Disney blog I want The Mouse Castle to be.
No, really, I mean it.
Here was a terrifically entertaining movie, released by Marvel with the full ownership, backing and merchandising savvy of Disney. But, as much as I was prepared to cover it--I had all the film clips and PR materials at the ready--I just couldn't bring myself to write about it as a Disney film for a Disney blog (Avengers Monorail and Disney twenty-three cover notwithstanding). Something just didn't feel right.
Marvel is a corporate acquisition no different than ABC, the Muppets or Club Penguin. Its evolution brings to mind the iconic talents of Stan Lee and other great illustrators and writers who had nothing to do with Disney. Marvel's roots aren't in a Burbank movie studio or a Glendale Imagineering office. It puts out great products, to be sure, but it's still not Disney no matter what label you slap on it.
|Roaming the red carpet|
That's when I took a closer look at the stories I considered to be the good stuff, the articles I put that little extra effort into. Out came tributes to Wally Boag, Betty Taylor and Robert Sherman (I seem to write well about dead people for some reason), historical pieces about the True-Life Adventures and Disneyland's Mine Train (a story I should've researched more thoroughly, but it was a good lesson learned), and personal experiences like Leap Day at Disneyland and my walk down the red carpet at the Oscars (which had very little to do with Disney, but what the hell, it was fun). The common thread in all of these is that they were very personal and mostly tied to a lifetime growing up with Disney.
I need to keep writing like that.
|Never keep a lady waiting. Susan Egan.|
Of course, this is always subject to change without n...SQUIRREL!!
Yeah, it's good to be back.