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Review of Winter 2016 D23 Magazine 

Review of Winter 2016 D23 Magazine

As a Gold member of Disney’s D23 Fan Club, I receive the quarterly publication, D23 Magazine. The recent edition just arrived and I decided it is time to share with my blog readers, who may not be aware that this magazine exists or what kind of content is available within it, my thoughts about this issue and what I found within it.

Without further delay, below is my review of the Winter 2016 issue

Front (top) and Back (bottom) Covers of Winter 2016 D23 Magazine

Front (top) and Back (bottom) Covers of Winter 2016 D23 Magazine

Front and Back Covers 

As you can see both covers are Star Wars themed and feature characters from the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. On the front cover it shows the Main character of Rogue One, Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, with Imperial Storm Troopers coming out of the water. The back cover shows the one of the geatest villians of all time, Darth Vader, as he is looking away from the viewer. As a Star Wars fan and a fangirl anticipating this new film in the franchise, these two covers just increased by desire to read this issue.

Quote from Actress Felicity Jones about making Rogue One

Quote from Actress Felicity Jones about making Rogue One

Content about Rogue One 

Of course, this issue inclues two articles related to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story…The first is an article that gives readers “…a glimpse into the making of the film, which is centered on a group of rebels determined to steal the plans for the menacing Death Star.”* The article includes conversations with Felicity Jones, Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, and Director Gareth Edwards. *decription from Winter 2016 issue web page.

Alan Turak Interview

Alan Turak Interview

The second article related to Rogue One is an interview with Actor Alan Tudak, who plays and voices K-2S0 in Rogue One. The article touches on his work in Rogue One and many of the other work he has done for Disney Animation Studios. 

More Content Found Within

Of course, there are more articles in this issue than those related to Rogue One. Other Content of interest included are…

Other content of interest in Winter 2016 issue

Other content of interest in Winter 2016 issue

    An article focusing on the character of Daisy Duck.
    An article about creating theme park maps. (The artwork of the Fantasyland may included in the article is just awe inspiring)
    An article with the actress behind the newest Disney Animated film, Moana
    An article about the Enchanted Tiki Room Marvel Comic series (I somehow missed that this one was coming out.)
    An article on the life and work of Walt Disney through photos of Walt Disney and his family.
    An article about the Iron Man Stark Industries Expo attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland (Iron Man is not my favorite Marvel Super Hero. Where is the Thor or Black Widow attraction?)
    An article about little known Disney characters. (I have to admit I did not know any of these characters.)
    An article about the Disney Wonder and a page that contains Disney Cruise facts (The data analyst in me loves these!).

 
Overall, some very interesting articles to read in this issue. If you are not a member, like I am, you may want to become one just to receive this quarterly publication full of Disney goodness.

So are you a D23 member?
If not, would you become a member just to get access to this issue?
Did you like the Winter 2016 issue?

The Force Awakens Questions


December 18, 2015 saw the offical release of Star Wars The Force Awakens. I, like many fans, had questions going into the film based on what had been revealed through the trailers, posters, commercials and other promotional materials. Below are some of these questions and my thoughts on what was revealed when I watched this film

Warning: May contain light spoilers, but trust me, nothing major, yet….

Who are all these new characters and what is their role in the Star Wars saga?

This has been a big question since the names were revealed through the trading cards, especially Rey and Finn, who did not have last names. The Force Awakens reveals a bit about who each of these characters are, but does this, for me, in an unexpected, but satisfying way. This film also leaves room to reveal more about their pasts and of course their role in the entire Star Wars saga. I will need to watch the movie again, a few more times, before I dive deep into each of these characters.

Where is Luke?

Ever since the release of the official posters, there were many, like me, that asked this question. I thought that this was a marketing decision on Lucasfilm’s or Disney’s part to increase the hype. However, this is actually a plot point in the movie that carries all the characters in the story forward.

What is a Snoke?

This is the question asked by my friends at Fangirls Going Rogue.  Supreme Commander Snoke, Leader of The First Order, can be seen and heard during the film, but I really do not believe we get enough about who or what this character really is. Hopefully, Star Wars Episode VIII will reveal more.

What happened to Han and Leia after Return of The Jedi?

When I heard confirmation that these characters were to appear in the film, this is one of the biggest questions I had. I like many others believe they lived ‘happily ever after’ after the Battle of Endor. The Force Awakens not only shows us what happened to them, but it is for me, one of the most emotional arcs of the entire film.

What were your questions going into the film?

Review: The Beast Within 

I really love Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, both the movie and the Broadway play. I am also looking forward to the live action starring Emma Watson as Belle. When I saw The Beast Within A Tale of Beauty’s Beast at Barnes and Noble, I just had to purchase it right away based on the description on the dust jacket alone.

The tale is as old as time; a cruel prince is transformed into a beast. A lovely maiden comes into this monster’s life. He is transformed by her compassion, and the love he feels for her in return. The two live happily ever after.

But any tale, especially one as storied as Beauty and the Beast’s has been told many different times, and in many different ways. No matter which version one hears, the nagging question remains; what was it that transformed the prince into the beast we are introduced to?

This is one version, pulled from many passed down through the ages. It’s a story of vanity and arrogance, of love and hatred, of beastliness, and, of course, of beauty.

Description From the dust jacket of The Beast Within A Tale of Beauty’s Prince by Serena Valentino

This story grabbed me at first because it started right after Belle met the Beast. However, when the story switched to The Beast’s past, I started to get a feeling of wrongness about the story that did not leave me as I continued to read. The story made me wonder many times the following: “Why am I still reading this?”

To me, the story read like a bad piece of fanfiction. Especially, with the introduction of characters like the “Odd Witches”, and the fact that Gaston and the prince knew each other and hung out together before the transformation. I kept thinking that if only these aspects were removed, then the story would have been much better.

In addition, there are many head scratching moments within the story that do not feel like they belong or contradict what is depicted in the main story. For instance, Maurice did not actually go to The Sanitarium in either the film or play versions, but this story states that he did.  To me this is sloppy research, sloppy editing or both.

Fortunately, there are a few aspects of this story that made this a more tolerable read. The introduction of two new characters, Princess Tulip and the Entrantress who put the spell on the prince were a delight to read. Both of these characters are multi-dimensional and have fully realized personalities. I actually wanted to learn more about both of them.  Also, the brief scenes with Cogsworth, Lumiere and Mrs Potts contained an interesting look into their lives and their interactions with The Prince before the transformation.  If author would have stuck to these aspects of the story, I believe it would have been a much better read.

Overall, I cannot recommend this story, especially to any fellow Beauty and The Beast fan.

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