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International Disney – My Top 10 Favorite Songs

Everybody loves Disney – but have you ever listened to the international versions of songs? Even when I was still a teen, back in the 1990s where Youtube was still distant future, I already collected Disney songs. Whenever I visited a country, I made sure to buy a few CDs of my favorite Disney movies that contained songs in the language of the country I visited. I got CDs from France, Italy, Danmark and even Poland. Later on I even ordered some from Japan. But then Youtube came along and things became a lot easier for us collectors of foreign Disney music. So here it is now, my top 10 of international Disney songs. #1 Chraň Bůh ty bídné – “God Help The Outcasts” (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996 – Czech Pop Version) This movie has always been one of my favorites, and in my opinion a very underrated film. It is one of the Disney movies with the strongest message that still has meaning today. It is not solely about love, or finding a prince, or marrying. The Hunchback of Note Dame is about tolerance, and accepting people who are different from you… The Czech version of this song sounds really fresh and beautiful. The singer is the same who sung Esmeralda in the movie itself, and so the young voice fits the character. #2 Vindens Farver...

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J-Drama: Taiyou No Uta (2006)

Taiyou no Uta is the story of 19-year-old Kaoru Amane, whose biggest dream is to become a singer. However, fate is standing in her way. Kaoru suffers of a rare illness called XP. Her skin is highly sensitive to sunlight, and even the slightest exposure causes severe burns. As a result, Kaoru lives during the night, where she mostly sits on streetcorners to play the guitar and sing songs.

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International Frozen – “Let It Go” (Film Version) Top 10

It cannot be debated, that “Frozen” is one of the biggest Disney hits ever since the company’s golden 90s, where they landed smash hits with “Aladdin”, “The Lion Kind” and “The Little Mermaid”. And, for the first time in forever (forgive the pun), they have finally managed to include a title theme song again that is not only worthy of numerous award nominations, but also played to no end by radio stations and television boardcasts. Whoever has not head the song “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel (or at least in the version of Demi Lovato) really has not lived on Earth for the past five months. What most of you have not heard yet, though, are the numerous wonderful international versions. I myself am a passionate song collector. Even in 1990s, when I was still in my teens, I collected Disney records from all the coutnries that I visited (which weren’t many, but I managed to aquire some French, Italian, Polish and even Danish music tapes for the 1990s movies). Ever since the rise of the internet, Youtube, iTunes and of course amazon, it has become increasingly easy to buy Walt Disney cds from differen countries. So here is my personal selection of the top 10 international film versions: #1 – Japanese This one I love because of the fresh, young voice (as much as I love Idina’s...

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Stargate Aschen: Chapter 5 – Mistaken Identity

The first thing that Sam realized when she woke up was that she was not lying in her own bed. The second thing was, that she was not lying in a bed at all, but rather on a filthy, yellowed, rotten-smelling mattress that had been carelessly thrown on the ground of what looked like an even filthier barn.

She lifted her head and moaned instantly when a headache hit her hard. Moaning, she dropped back onto the mattress, when the happenings of the previous night slowly came back to her. She had been at a bar, trying to get in contact with one of the resistance leaders. She had had drinks, and she had been drugged.

Drugged!

With a shocked gasp she lifted her head again, and pulled the thin blanket off of her body.

The fact that she was still fully clothed in the same clothes that she had worn yesterday told her that at least that she hadn’t been raped. Yet. She didn’t know if that was a good thing though – if it was to happen, she’d rather it had happened while she was still unconscious. Except for the drug-induced headache, she didn’t seem to have any injuries at all.

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Stargate Aschen: Chapter 3 – Survivor

Previous Chapter                    Chapter List Rating: PG-13 Some language and sexual references.   Revision NotesChanges made in the revision: – POV Change/Adjustment – changed the timeshift, and elaborated on Sam’s ‘sexual harassment experience’ – general style refinement Thank you so much, Raven Clark, for editing this chapter with me line by line.     Sam looked at the silver coins in her hand and sighed. Her other hand pulled the cape closer around her, a flimsy barrier against the cold wind. Icy rain smattered the sidewalks. The weather up here in the North...

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Traci Hines… better than the Walt Disney Company itself?

There shouldn’t be any discussion about the fact that the Walt Disney company has the reputation to produce only the highest-quality animation and entertainment programs. And even though in recent years the quality seemed to have declined a bit when it came to afternoon cartoon shows, Disney was still at the top when it came to the marketing of their movies and products. But what now if an amateur, a fan does a better job at making a musicvideo for their flagship “The Little Mermaid”. And not just better… but rocks it all the way. Traci Hines has managed to the the nearly impossible. In her freetime, she and three friends managed to create a musicvideo for “Part of Your World” that has no equal – not even among Disney’s own creations. While one might disagree with the (rather fast, and sometimes full of beats) musical arrangement, the visual effects are simply stunning, and Hines does an excellent job at portraying the little mermaid. Have a look… And for comparison, here is the official Disney music video for the song – which was released in August 2013 in celebration of the Blu-Ray release of The Little Mermaid. I can’t believe the difference… maybe Disney should consider putting Hines under contract. She certainly manages to convey the old Disney magic that the new Disney productions and merchandise...

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Shane, Shanaynay and co.

Shane Dawson is up-to-date probably one of the most successful Youtubers. According to a news report a few months ago, he makes around US$80.000 each year just by his Youtube videos. Not too bad for a person making online videos, is it? Shane Dawson is the proof for how professional being a vlogger on Youtube has actually become. His comedy videos and sketches are widely popular and he has over 2.5 million (yes, you read right: MILLION) subscribers. In addition to that, he has made it to the conventional media due to the large numbers of subscribers and money that he makes, and thereby left the realms of Youtube. He was talked about in news reports, mentioned in newspapers, and more. So even if you’re not following the Youtube vloggers everyday, you have probably heard of Shane Dawson. His videos usually tend to be a bit extreme when it comes to humor, and therefore are definitely not childproof. Nonetheless, for the viewers who like sarcasm and a lot of dark humor, you will LOVE Shane Dawson. By now, he has several different Youtube channels, all of which are regularly updated. In addition to that, he started selling his own clothesline. I will talk more about him at a later point, and maybe even an interview for VLog Log, so stay...

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The Little (Youtube) Mermaid – Traci Hines

In one of my Monday Fun posts, where I was talking about Lana McKissack I already mentioned her briefly, and presented her as one of the rather famous Disney girls on Youtube: Traci Hines. Traci Hines channel can be considered the Disney World on Youtube. Not only does she cover all of the famous Disney (princess) songs, she takes the cover cult further by dressing up as the character whose song she’s singing and thereby creates a unique feeling that an audience would else only have in Disney world. Even though she is sometimes criticized for her rather unnatural looks (hey, come on, she’s trying to portray a cartoon character), Tracy Hines is definitely a guru for all the Disney fans out there. She started her Youtube channel a few years ago, inspired by her dad as she mentions in one of her videos. He was the one who suggested to her to create a Youtube channel and start singing online. And she does so with a lot of success. By now she has her own CD single online for sale on iTunes and amazon.com. Aside from that she is working as a rentable Disney princess for kids parties. Quite a career, don’t you think? And it all started on— that’s right:...

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Monday Fun: Lana McKissack

Mondays suck! Or so everybody always says… A long work-week starts again after two days of relaxation – at least for most of you. If you’re like me of course, then you’ll have to work the weekends and probably have Mondays of. In that case, Monday Fun will be the perfect way to start your ‘weekend’. ;) And the first Monday fun candidate is definitely Lana McKissack. Being a singer who mostly covers songs, Lana McKissack has already sung duets with David Choi and made a huge impact on the Youtube community. She is probably one of the few “Disney girls” online, since she also loves to cover songs from the popular animation films by the studio. And she does it really well. Personally, I’d consider her the best Disney performer online, even though the umber of viewers will probably rather vote for Tracy Hines. Lana McKissack definitely has a naturality about her, that Hines lacks. And just that is what makes her so charming, as you can see in the fun video below, where McKissack shows that Youtube singing doesn’t have to be all serious in order to be successful. Have a happy Monday and a good start into the next...

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It’s the end of the week…

…and that means that it is time for Wong Fu Weekends! Wong-Fu Weekends is a weekly fun serial presented by Wong-Fu Productions, one of Youtube’s first and most successful independent production companies. The team of this young and aspiring company are Wesley Chan, Ted Fu, and Philip Wang. How much of an independently working star circle Youtube actually works shows “Wong Fu Productions” perfectly. Their little serials or music-videos feature other Youtube guru’s such as for example “Communitychannel” Natalie Tran, who we reported about some days ago. She appeared in two of their “Wong Fu Weekends” episodes. But also singers like Kina Grannis, or actos/comedians like Kevin Jumba (both of which shall be presented in one of the upcoming articles) frequently appear as part of works produced by Wong-Fu. And another interesting aspect is worth mentioning when it comes to Wong-Fu productions, or maybe even Youtubers in general: the aspect of subcultures. If we take a look at Hollywood and it’s mainstream Euro-American productions, there’s one thing that immediately springs to mind that it misses: diversity. The United States of America (which most of the vloggers come from) is a country full of diversity and different cultural backgrounds. Yet, what Hollywood presents is clearly a white mainstream view of the world, not seldomly following governmental currents/restrictions. Asian-American, Indian-American or Hispanic actors seldomly appear in a mainstream production. It therefore...

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