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Birthdays always make me want to sing the Very Merry Unbirthday song, even though it’s for UN-birthdays and not actual birthdays.

It was my birthday yesterday! I turned 23, which makes the baby in my office, but feeling OLD elsewhere in my life. I’m a great great grandbig in my Greek family for goodness’ sake!

Upsides to yesterday:

I wore a skirt and my new favorite elephant necklace.

My sister got me the complete series of Sex and the City on DVD, so we all know what I’ll be doing in my spare time for the next month or so.

My coworker got me a really cool book about my favorite topic.

Disney! What else, seriously?

Everyone at work also surprised me with a delicious ice cream cake that I forgot to take a picture of/probably wouldn’t have had time anyway because ice cream cakes melt!!

LOST was new. And I secretly (or not so secretly) love the Sun storylines, so I enjoyed last night.

Downside to yesterday:

I couldn’t go to Disneyland because I have a grown up girl life now. Boo.

I forgot that Paul McCartney was playing at the Hollywood Bowl last night and it took me TWO HOURS to get home. 8 miles. TWO HOURS. This post is now also a reminder to not go my usual way home because he is playing again tonight AND it looks like there will be a premiere at a theater on Hollywood Blvd based on blockades meaning it would probably take me THREE HOURS to get home tonight. No thank you.

Anyway,

TODAY is my daddy’s birthday! As I mentioned previously, my whole family has birthdays close to each other so that has always been fun.

He is spending it with my family in Disney World — they are in Animal Kingdom today!

Blue Monorail Mickey and I hope they’re having lots of fun.

Say hi to the baby giraffes for us!!

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I love double feature-movie days. The only happens rarely anymore because I usually have 40 trillion errands to run on the weekends but I love spending half a day watching movies.

This is especially fun to do in LA though because pretty much everything shows in LA, including a lot of special event older screenings, so I know I can always find any combination I want. Sometimes it’s back-to-back rom-coms, or I’ll pick two really opposite movies like a kids movie (often the case, don’t judge!) with a horror movie (ok, that one is rare, if ever.)

This weekend though, it was all about Disney.

First, D23 is sponsoring these awesome “50 and Fabulous” screenings on the Disney Studio Lot. Anyone who knows me knows that is my happy place/homeland and so I was VERY excited to get to go to this.

Classic lot icon. I would maybe pull a John Stamos and put this in my front lawn, if I had a front lawn.

They were screening “Toby Tyler” (whose alternate/sub title based on the opening credits is “or Ten Weeks at the Circus”) at their newly update lot theater, which is GORGEOUS. I got to see Princess and the Frog there too, because I am just that much of a geek.

The newly restored Fantasia Theater on the lot

In the new pretty theater, with other Disney nerds.

There were a lot of people there, which was nice to know I’M NOT ALONE IN MY NERDINESS. I’m actually not even that up there on the Disney nerd-scale. Which is surprising, and sometimes a little scary. It probably helped that a lot of these D23 screenings are FREE (with membership). It’s pretty great.

You know what else is pretty great? This old movie. In it, a young orphan runs away from his Aunt and mean Uncle to join the circus, and he becomes best friends with a clown, the strong man, and a monkey he names Mr. Stubbs. Toby starts out as the concessionaire helper, but then another performer gets hurt and he has to learn to be a Rosin-back rider! That is a form of bareback horse riding, where you stand or perform tricks on the horse.

It is INTENSE. The movie also tries to make you cry when something bad happens to Mr. Stubbs. But I won’t spoil the outcome here.

Kevin Corcoran, who played Toby in the movie, made a special guest appearance at the screening and told everyone all about Rosin-back, and how the strong man (Henry Calvin) actually started in entertainment as an opera singer.

Then he was really nice and signed DVDs and took pictures.

Kevin Corcoran (Toby Tyler) & Me

Now, this would have been an epic movie day, all by itself.

HOWEVER. This was also the opening weekend for a documentary called Waking Sleeping Beauty. Directed by Disney vet Don Hahn, it tells the story of Walt Disney Feature Animation studio from 1984 (when they were coming off “flop” The Black Cauldron, and having serious creative issues) through their renaissance period of the 80s and 90s through The Lion King. The movie ends right around Frank Wells death, and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s exit from Disney.

Waking Sleeping Beauty is essentially a lot of old interviews and home movie footage, with new commentary over the pictures/video (aka no talking heads! yay!) and is both funny and poignant. Also, AWESOME.

It was a really really well crafted documentary, and I recommend it even to non-Disney-nerds (if those exist?!?) when it opens in your area.

Right now it’s only in limited release, or about 5 theaters.

The best part is when the entire animation department does a full-scale re-enaction of Apocalypse Now. I haven’t even seen that movie, and it was hilarious.

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Oh, Kimmy and her witty put-downs of Miss DJ Tanner. I think the Codeman was obviously watching Full House when thinking up nicknames, based on my previous post HERE.

So what I intended to be a TGIF post has become a TGI…still the weekend for a few more hours?? I had a very busy Friday, and was under the weather a bit, so sorry for the delay!

You would think that since Full House still plays at least 3 times a day on various channels that I would be able to easily find a clip of the offensive geek-burger nickname but no such luck. Obviously if I want to re-live some classic Full House-ness (Uncle Jesse and that HAIR. omg.) I will have to stalk it out on tv OR buy the complete series, which is housed in this adorable little case:

It looks just like the Tanner's!

It’s just like the opening sequence!

I wish I'd gone to see these in San Fran!

I haven’t really watched any good TGIF classics in a while, but I did run across this when I was browsing youtube the other day.

Does anyone else remember The Torkelsons, or it’s sequel/spin-off/show they pretended was the same show, even though they mysteriously lost two siblings and changed the title, Almost Home? The Torkelsons was about a family in small town Oklahoma trying to get by, and in Almost Home (most of) the family went to a big city so that Millicent (the mom) could be a nanny to 2 bratty kids and eventually romance the dad, a la The Nanny.

I LOVED this era of Disney Channel tv shows. And it had a young Brittany Murphy, during the Almost Home seasons!

Almost Home also starred Jason Marsden, who was on pretty much every TGIF/Disney show of the time and now does a lot of cartoon voices. He was Max Goof in A Goofy Movie!!

The episode I embedded (thanks youtuber mandygirl777 for finding these!) is pretty much my favorite, where Dorothy Jane is Juliet in her school’s Oklahoma-updated-version of Romeo and Juliet.

It holds up pretty well, if you ask me.

In fact, I think I’m going to go obsess over some more Jason Marsden shows now…

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