DAY 49: THE FLOATING PALACE
Now we’ve got the most recent thing associated with TLM’s franchise. I haven’t really seen much of Sofia the First, but from what I have seen, it seems more sophisticated & proper about actual royalty than the Princess Diaries movies, & obviously a lot better than Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. It started as a book series by Catherine Hapka/Grace Lee & soon became a TV regular series on Disney Junior. One of the TV specials to come from Disney’s youngest princess is The Floating Palace.
Sofia & her royal family are floating on the sea. She helps a mermaid child named Oona, who comes from a place called Merroway Cove, getting out of a net. She then turns herself into a mermaid & decides to explore the ocean with her. They find Merroway Cove & see the queen of the cove isn’t fond of humans. (Sound familiar?) Sofia’s butler is somehow turned to a sea creature & begins to attack the land below. There’s a “person A thinks person B did it, person B thinks person A did it” with the humans & merfolks, making Sofia feel terrible with herself, until Ariel shows up & helps Sofia get her confidence back. Then everything is resolved & land & sea are at peace… for a third time.
That concludes our seventh week. I hope you’ll join me tomorr- wait. Tomorrow's the 17th. You know what that means: IT’S OUR GRAND FINALE!!!!
The Floating Palace & Sofia the First (c) Disney Junior
DAY 48: DISNEY LEGENDS
The Disney Legends Awards is an honor given to anyone who’s had a great contribution to the Disney company, whatever it is they may do. & one of the ceremonies was held at the 2011 D23 Expo. There was Regis Philbin, Guy Williams, Jack & Bonita Wrather, Ray Watson & Bo Boyd, but the biggest show-stealers were 2 things: one was a tribute to Jim Henson & a line-up of the Disney Princesses. There was Anika Noni Rose (Tiana from the Princess & the Frog), Linda Larkin (speaking voice of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin), Lea Salonga (singing voices for Jasmine & Mulan), Paige O’Hara (Belle from Beauty & the Beast) & of course, Jodi Benson (you should know who she is at this point). They even sung their characters’ famous songs after their speeches were given. So here’s simply a group picture of all the lovely ladies who were inducted. If any of the awards seem larger than others, that wasn’t intentional.
Disney Legends & D23 (c) Disney
Anika Noni Rose, Linda Larkin, Lea Salonga, Paige O’Hara & Jodi Benson (c) theirselves