Happy Birthday to Me!

It’s my birthday again and I’m here to celebrate it with a very personal list. I love Disneyland! I’ve been there so many times I haven’t kept track. There rides have some of the best theming of any ride I ever been on. I can’t wait to show you my top 10 favorite Disneyland rides.

Honorable Mention:
Indiana Jones Adventures: Great effects and a great queue too.
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride: My favorite Fantasy dark ride.

10. California Screamin’: I used to be afraid of loop de loop roller coasters until I was 13, while California Screamin’ is your standard loop de loop roller coaster its still fun.

9. Splash Mountain: Back then I’d always covered my eyes at the final drop. I enjoy the scenery and atmosphere.

8. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: I like the design of the mountain and the train vehicle a lot. Your standard roller coaster but the western theme helps.

7. The Haunted Mansion: The only reason it’s low is because compared to Disney world this version is underwhelming. The effects used are still amazing even now and atmosphere is great.

6. Toy Story Mania: Midways games but without the competitiveness. The games are really fun and engaging.

5. Radiator Springs Racers: Cars Land looks just like the movie. The effects are wonderful and the animatronics are really impressive. It may be like Test Track but it’s still great.

4. Star Tours – The Adventures Continue: The whole different destinations thing is creative and makes the it worth riding again and again. The theming also makes this one of the best simulator rides ever.

3. Soarin’ Over California: I know it’s now Soarin Around the World which I haven’t rode yet but it’s the same ride system so I’m counting it. The music is wonderful and the California scenery is great to look at.

2. Pirates of the Caribbean: I love this ride! This has some of the best ride atmosphere I’ve ever seen. The music, animatornics, and theming are also some of Disney’s best and still hold up today. Even after adding Jack Sparrow I still enjoy this ride.

1. Space Mountain: This was one of the very first rides that I wasn’t scared of after riding it. The most perfect roller coaster ever! Everything from the vehicles, music, theming, and the ride itself is perfect. Which makes it my favorite ride at Disneyland

Hope you enjoy the list and leave a comment saying what your favorite Disneyland rides are.

 

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Top 10 Favorite Animated Romances

valentineHappy Valentine’s Day and in the spirit of this day I thought I would list my top 10 favorite animated romances. It was going to have live action romances but I could think of more animated ones then live action so I just stayed with that. Theses are the couples that I find so adorable when they are together and want to take down anyone who get’s in there way.

10. Star Butterfly and Marco: Come and get me Starco fans. Their friendship between the two is great and the episode Bon Bon the Birthday Clown dives deep into their relationship.

9. Ruby and Sapphire from Steven Universe: Their relationship is pretty much a character named Garnet. The twist was very well build up and didn’t feel forced.  Their scenes in Hit The Diamond are both sweet and hilarious.

8. Shrek and Fiona: I like how there relationship goes through a lot of obstacles that married couples go through like in-laws or children. Shrek 2 I think is where their relationship really shines because it shows how far he’s willing to go to get the approval of Fiona’s parents.

7. Aladdin and Jasmine: My favorite Disney canon couple. I liked how they are both different and the same. One’s a princess the other’s a street rat yet they both feel trap in there roles.

6. Wall-e and Eve: Pixar showed that robots can have romance. The define dancing scene is romantic and shows the most creative kiss ever seen on film.

5. Aang and Katara from Avatar the Last Airbender: Aang first vision after being frozen his her.Talk about love at first sight LOL. Aang pretty much tells Katara that there is still hope in the world and she will protect him.

4. Sly Cooper and Carmelita Fox: I know this is a video game couple but there are animated cutscenes so I’m counting it. Even if it’s kind of a one-sided romance its enjoyable when Sly flirts and fools around with her while she is constantly trying to arrest him.

Number 2 and 3 are both tied due to being very similar and I honestly couldn’t decide which was better.

2/3. Sora and Kairi from Kingdom Hearts: It’s not live action and has Disney so I’m counting it. I know there not really a couple just friends but I always thought they were cute together. The cave scene in the beginning  and end where they carved each of them eating the fruit is very sweet.

2/3. Steven Universe and Connie: The second Steven Universe relationship on this list. I like how there friendship grows throughout the show. Connie started off as a nerdy friend who Steven can share gem information with into a sword fighting protege that will fight beside Steven. Their friendship even created Stevonie.

1. Carl and Ellie from Up: I picked this not just because it’s my favorite Pixar movie but because there romance pretty much sets up a great story for a great movie. The married life scene is wonderful. Without any dialogue shows the life of this married couple in just a few minutes and it is emotionally beautiful. It makes it so heartbreaking when Ellie dies and Carl willing to fly his house to Paradise Falls to complete their dream. That’s why Carl and Ellie are my favorite animated romantic couple.

What are your favorite animated couples? Please leave a comment.

My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2016

The year 2016 is over and now it’s time to do my top 10 favorite movies of 2016.

Honorable Mention: LA LA LAND
Didn’t see it until a few days ago. Great songs and music. I could listen to Another Day of Sun all day. Also congratulations of the Golden Globes wins and good luck at the Oscars.

10. Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them: A good return to the wizarding world of one of my favorite franchises of all time. It’s not the best due to unmemorable characters and weird story structure but it still has the magic of Harry Potter. Seeing Johnny Depp was pretty cool even if he does look a little odd.

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9. Kung Fu Panda 3: I love all the Kung Fu Panda movies especially number two. The third was also great too though not as good as Kung Fu Panda 2. I like that it continues Po’s arc about finding his family while still being a fun movie. Does anyone notice there’s a lot of green through out the movie?

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8. Doctor Strange: In terms of special effects this has some of the best in any Marvel movie. Though the story does feel similar to a lot of other Marvel movies. The visual effects help make the action scenes epic, fun, and strange at the same time. I can see why his name is Doctor Strange. LOL

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7. Deadpool: The opening credits pretty much seal the fact that this is the funniest movie on this list. Ryan Reynolds redeems his character from that other movie. The movie doesn’t take itself serious though it does have that love story that slows down the movie. Still Deadpool is incredibly hilarious and fun.

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6. Moana: It was hard to choose this of Zootopia because there both good movies. Songs like How Far I’ll Go or You’re Welcome are great and the main protagonists Moana and Maui are a lot of fun. Even the ocean and Maui’s tattoo feel like characters and there fun too.

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5. Zootopia: Zootopia is better then Moana because it deals with adult themes like racism or prejudice. The story is one of Disney’s most complex and it has a really good mystery that kind of shocks you in the end. The city of Zootopia is also a great setting because it takes every opportunity with ideas, jokes and design in each district.

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4. Captain America Civil War: They should have just called this how to a better Batman vs Superman movie. This manage to make sure every Marvel hero got a fair share of screen time. Each side has there reasons for why they fighting and there reasons that make them both right and wrong. The airport scene is amazing and probably the best action scene of 2016. Also Spiderman is the best.

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3. Rogue One a Star Wars Story: Didn’t expect to have this movie high on this list. While I think this a better written movie then Force Awakens I still find that movie more enjoyable. The climax is the highlight and took a lot of risks with it’s characters. Who could forget Darth Vader? This movie managed to make him the badass and threatening villain we knew and love back in the original trilogy.

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2. Kubo and the Two Strings: My most anticipated movie of 2016 and it managed to not disappoint me. A great animated movie from the studio located in my home state. This has some of the best visuals in any stop motion movie I’ve ever seen. It’s hard to believe that the giant skeleton is incredibly huge. Trust me I’ve seen the puppet at Universal Hollywood. I like how this movie deals with the troubles and lost in family yet still being a heartwarming movie.

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1. Finding Dory: I expected to like it but I didn’t expect to love it even more then the first one. This has my favorite movie score of this year. It’s just so beautiful to listen to and gives the emotional moments a lot of atmosphere. Finding Dory can be very emotional like Dory’s panic attack scene or hilarious like the truck scene at the end. Interesting trivia: I saw this while on a trip to Hawaii and now whenever I think of that trip I think of this movie and that’s why it’s my favorite movie of 2016.

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Now here are my top 10 most anticipated movies of 2017.
10.Justice League
9.Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie (it counts)
8.Beauty and the Beast
7.Coco
6.My Little Pony: The Movie
5.Thor: Ragnarok
4.Kingsman: The Golden Circle
3.Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
2.Spider-Man: Homecoming
1. Star Wars: Episode VIII

So those were my favorite movies of the year. Please leave and comment below on what your favorite movies of 2016 were and I’ll see you in 2017. Take care

My Top 12 Favorite Christmas Specials

CHRISTMAS! 

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Yes it’s that time of the month again where we buy things we give and spend time with out families. Why top 12? Because of the 12 days of Christmas duh, and I wanted to talk about 2 extra Christmas specials that are good. 

12. The Loud House: 11 Louds a Leapin: The most recent one on the list. The whole grump is alone on Christmas story isn’t new but it’s done well here. Each of the Loud sisters deals with something that has to do with Christmas. Luna’s song are heartwarming and who could forget the reveal of Mr. and Mrs. Loud’s faces?

11. Codename: Kids Next DoorOperation: N.A.U.G.H.T.Y: This whole Christmas special is a parody of X-men. The 12 days of Christmas attack is hilarious. I doubt kids would get the Partridge in a pear tree joke. The way Santa delivers presents might be the most creative way I’ve ever seen. 

10. Billy and Mandy Save Christmas: Still a better vampire story then Twilight. The head head (it makes sense in context) vampire is clever. Who would cast Gilbert Gottfried as Santa? That’ll stick in your mind forever. This specials mixes the creepiness of Billy and Mandy with the holiday spirit. 

9. Kung Fu Panda Holiday: The suicidal bunny gets a lot of laughs. The party preparation scene is hilarious because the transitions mess with Po. One moment he’s sculpting a ice dragon one second later he brakes a jar with the same ice sculpting tool. The special has that obvious lesson of spending Christmas with family and friends and it handles it nicely. 

8. Shrek the Halls: My family cracks up when they see Puss in Boots messing with the Santa hat. It’s heartwarming to see Shrek try to make a good Christmas for his children. His telling of Twas the Night before Christmas is funny. Fun fact the director of this directed Beauty and the Beast. 

7. Frosty the Snowman: I actually really like the Rankin Bass specials though mostly the big three. I remember watching these as a kid. The animation at times is weird but Jackie Vernon brings a lot of likability into Frosty. He’s oblivious to real life but still enjoyable. I also find Frosty Returns as a guilty pleasure. 

6. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Oh look another Rankin Bass special. I don’t care if Honest Trailers calls this Lord of the Rings for kids on acid!  Yes the animation is nothing compared to Aardman or Laika but the story and characters are still likable.  

5. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town: My favorite of the Rankin Bass specials. Whenever I thought of Santa Clause’s backstory when I was a kid this is what I thought of. Some of the songs are cute and Mickey Rhooney as Kris is charming. I think this is the first I ever saw Santa without a beard. 

4. Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too: Winnie the Pooh is part of my childhood. It’s a sweet Christmas specials. You feel for Pooh when he’s trying to deliver the letter to Santa and you feel sorry when he loses it.  I’m still wondering what the heck is Piglet’s present suppose to be. 

3. Mickey’s Christmas Carol: When ever I hear A Christmas Carol the Disney one is the first to come to mind. This is also the first version of A Christmas Carol I’ve seen. The first time seeing Jiminy Cricket as the ghost of Christmas Past was mind blowing as a kid. The special actually reuses other Disney characters from the past. It follows the story of A Christmas Carol perfectly and just in 30 minutes. 

2. A Charlie Brown Christmas: This one might be the most talkative of the specials on this list. What I mean is that it’s mostly talking about Christmas being too commercial or about the Christmas pageant. While the animation does look cheap and the child stars are a little wooden it’s still has the charm of the Peanuts. Vince Guaraldi’s music beings so much beauty and atmosphere to a simple special.

1. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: What can I say? Its the perfect Christmas special. I didn’t read the book but I have watched this special so many times it’s still great. The animation is great at the time. The song is catchy. Boris Karloff as the Grinch and narrator is great too. I actually do like the movie though not as much as this masterpiece. 

Hope you all have a merry Christmas this year.

Ranking the Harry Potter Film Series

Harry Potter is my favorite films franchises of all time. A wizard school is such a creative concept and J.K. Rowling made a great story out of it. What I also like is that not one of these movies is filler and actually progress the story along. With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them finally out what better time when to rank the series now then ever. I not ranking these in how they stay true to the book I’m just ranking them as just movies.

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Top 10 Favorite Cartoons of the 2010s

Thank You Mr. Rhapsodist for accepting my suggestion. Now to show how grateful I am. I will show my top 10 favorite cartoons that were released after 2010. I’ll do my top 10 cartoons of all time another time.

Honorable Mentions:
Over the Garden Wall: I almost forgot this one, but since it’s just a miniseries I didn’t include it. This however does have great animation, great atmosphere, and great songs, reminds me a lot of Fall.

10. The Legend of Korra: Good lead up from Avatar the Last Airbender. Korra is a good protagonist because she grows from a violent teenager into a more peaceful adult.

9. BoJack Horseman: It’s only at number 9 because I haven’t watched a lot in a while. While the animation and character designs are weird at times, the writing and comedy is very well done.

8.The Loud House: I already reviewed this but I’ll say it, Nickelodeon is back! The characters are likable, and the comedy is funny.

7.Star vs. the Forces of Evil: Star is a great protagonist, I love her energy and enthusiasm. I can’t wait for season 2.

6.We Bare Bears: Ice Bear is the best. The three bears are so likable and funny and I also like how people just take the fact that there are bears walking around the city. Also, remember in Inside Out where Disgust said there are no bears in San Francisco? Boy was she wrong.

5.Bob’s Burgers: The first season is just OK, it gets better over time. I think that this is the best Fox cartoon on right now.

4.Rick and Morty: To me Rick and Morty is like the rated R version of Gravity Falls. Rick is one of the best jerks in cartoons and comedy is some of the best I’ve seen in cartoons.  A problem I do have is that we have to wait for more then a year for the next season, and I thought waiting for Gravity Falls was ridiculous.

3.Gravity Falls: Out of all the cartoons on this list, this was the cartoon I always looked forward to since there would only be one or two episodes a month. I love the character designs, animation, and backgrounds. While it sadly only lasted two seasons, so much effort was put in and it paid of as one of the best Disney cartoons ever. Fun Fact: this show takes place in Oregon which is where I live.

2.My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: I really like this cartoon. I think the mane 6 have distinct personalities and work off each other very well. The world of Equestira is great and interesting to explore. Starlight Glimmer was a nice addition even if she’s only appeared for five episodes of season 6 so far.

1. Steven Universe: I’ve talked so much about this show but who can blame me, it’s a great cartoon.

Top 10 Favorite Gravity Falls Episodes

With summer beginning, I think it would be a good time  to show my top 10 favorite episodes of Gravity Falls.

10.Dungeons Dungeons and More Dungeons: I liked seeing Dipper and Ford Bond playing the game. J.K Simmons as Ford is a great choice. The reaction Mabel reacting to the rules of the game is hilarious. I will admit that Weird Al’s role in this episode was kind of weak compared his other cameos but it was still good.

9. Not What He Seems: This is pretty much everyone’s favorite episode when it came out. It would be a crime to leave this out. It does have problems that keep it from being number 1 or 2. My biggest problem is that Wendy only appears in only one shot, while it is a funny scene she should have been part of the gang throughout the whole episode. The best part of the episode is the last third. It was very intense,epic, and emotional. The reveal of the author of the journals is incredible and a great payoff. That shot where Ford reveals himself is still chilling today. Despite my problems with the episode it is epic change for the show and a nice introduction for a new character.

8. Weirdmageddon 2: Escape From Reality: While it doesn’t have the same epic feel like the previous or the next episode, it still is a good episode. It concludes to conflict between Dipper and Mabel and they finally come to age with growing up. Jon Stewart’s cameo was funny. The ending with all the surviving characters in the Mystery Shack was both awesome, funny, and made out excited for the finale.

7. Bottomless Pit!: Gravity Fall’s version of Treehouse of Horrors. Each story is creative and funny.  ” The story Trooth Ache! has a nice scene where Mabel who doesn’t like seeing his uncle lie (that’s gonna bite her in the butt later) had to lie in order to protect him. Grunkle Stan’s speech about life is one of the funniest and messed up scenes in the show. My favorite story was Grunkle Stan wins the football bowl. I want to see whole episode based on that.

6. Blendin’s Game: Soos is my favorite Gravity Falls character because of his humor and likable attitude which reminds me a lot of Ed from Ed Edd n Eddy. So don’t be surprised that this episode is on the list. What makes me really like this episode is that it’s shows how much Dipper and Mabel are willing to go to make Soos happy. The friendship between the twins and Soos is heartwarming and the joke with young Wendy thinking Dipper was cute was funny.  The Globnar game is only in the last third of the episode but it does lead to a very funny anti climatic joke. Blendin’s Game is a really fun episode even if there’s not a lot of reveals.

5. Tourist Trapped: I know this is the pilot but still a great pilot at that. What I really like about this episode is it’s mix of comedy and foreshadowing. For example, the scene where Dipper tells Mabel that her new boyfriend Norman is a zombie. He tries showing him a picture of a zombie but accidentally shows him a picture of gnomes. Later it turns out that Norman is actually gnomes disguised as a human. Nothing big in terms of mystery but a nice way to start the show.

4. Headhunters: This is mostly on my list for nostalgia due to it being the very first episode of Gravity Falls I saw. This episode did a great job introducing the plot of Gravity Falls to me. This episode surprisingly now has a lot more deep meaning to it now ever since Not What He seems came out. Back then you’d think Stan was upset about his wax figure having it’s head chopped off was of self pride. But now that we know that he has a brother makes it more heartbreaking. The twist with the wax figures being the culprits was clever and funny.

3. Weirdmageddon Part I: This episode has almost everything that I want in an Gravity Falls. The new intro was fantastic. The car chase climax with the weirdness bubbles was both badass, hilarious, and awesome. Wendy finally got some well deserved screen time and development. The only flaw I find with this episode is that Mabel was barely in it, check that, Kristin Schaal the voice of Mabel doesn’t have any lines. Its like having an episode of Ed Edd n Eddy without Edd or not speaking, it just doesn’t seem right. It’s only a nitpick, this episode was just so awesome.

2. Into the Bunker: Until number 1 came out this was my favorite episode of the series. They finally give Wendy a lot of screen time. She did so much here like opening the bunker door, finding out the secret tunnel, and spotting the imposter who we thought was the author. Mark Hamill was great and creepy as the shapeshifter. The climax between Dipper, Wendy vs the shapeshifter was great and intense. The ending was very touching and a nice close to the whole Dipper’s crush on Wendy arc (who really cared about that arc?).

1.Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls: Don’t be surprised that this is number 1. Wow, what a wonderful way to end this show! This 1 hour episode has everything that I wanted in the finale. Returning characters, call backs, good payoffs and a satisfying ending. The battle between the Mystery Shack robot and Bill’s minions is awesome. Bill Cipher’s death was epic and the way the Pines Family defeat is great even if it had nothing to due with the wheel prophecy. The ending was so heartwarming and a little sad since it’s the end of the show. To be honest I have no problems with this episode at all.  Take Back the Falls is in my opinion not just the greatest episode of Gravity Falls but the greatest series finale of any cartoon I have ever seen.