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Ahead of the United Nations' International Day of the Girl Child (October 11), Disney Channel has issued a brand-new music video to inspire and support the great potential of girls everywhere. "Legendary" is an amplification of the Disney Channel "brand promises" - "Express Yourself," "Believe in Yourself" and "Celebrate Your Friends and Family." Showcasing the spirit of camaraderie, "Legendary" delivers the powerful message that when girls and young women support each other and work together, nothing is out of reach. The video features 17 young stars from across Disney Channel's original series' and movies. Check it out below!
It wasn't long ago that we got our first-listen to the modern version of the classic DuckTales theme song, re-imagined for the 2017 series that's coming to Disney XD this summer. What a lot of DuckTales fans might not realize is that there was an extended version of the theme for the original series, one that added a full second verse that was seldom-heard back in the day. Keeping tradition alive, singer/songwriter Felicia Barton (Dancing with the Stars) has recorded an update of that as well, and it's now available as a digital single on iTunes, Amazon and more. Written by Mark C. Mueller, the new DuckTales theme song was produced by Emmy Award-winning Michael 'Smidi' Smith (Coldplay, Sia, Britney Spears) and composer Dominic Lewis ("Rough Night," "Fist Fight"). Check it out below!
Because March 31 was a Friday (new release day in the U.S.) and so many people were (foolishly) pushing their April Fool's jokes forward a day to take advantage of the working crowd, the news of "Metal Disney" was unfortunately timed. No, it is not a joke, and yes, it is very real. Released last Fall in Japan via Disney Music Group, Metal Disney is the first album by the D-Metal Stars, a group consisting of Obsession vocalist Mike Vescera and guitarist John Bruno, with former Ozzy Osbourne bassist Rudy Sarzo and drummer BJ Zampa (who also did a stint in Obsession). The 11-track compilation features symphonic power metal versions of iconic Disney themes, legitimized into the metal genre with an official stamp of approval from Mickey Mouse himself.
Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson made it a pop hit back in 1991, but I still think of Angela Lansbury when it comes to the title track to Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast. In keeping with the tradition of an end-credits single version of a song based on a Disney film, Ariana Grande and John Legend will duet on the 2017 version, set to be released on the soundtrack (pre-order via Amazon) when it arrives on March 10, 2017 via Walt Disney Records - a week ahead of the live action film's theatrical debut. Word on the new version of the famous song first arrived via an Instagram tease yesterday from Grande, who tagged Legend and the film...
If you're like me, there's a solid chance that goosebumps were activated the moment that John Williams' iconic STAR WARS theme began, accompanying a familiar yellow scroll that read EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS when J.J. Abrams' entry into the iconic STAR WARS Saga hit theaters last week. With the on-screen action continuing for 2 hours and 16 minutes, Williams' score provided new, yet familiar undertones, leaving listeners like myself eager to revisit it by itself to experience the nuances. Unlike previous scores, this one was recorded in Culver City - not London, and the first STAR WARS score to not feature the London Symphony Orchestra. Listeners might also notice some new tones in that famous "Main Title," and while the music was written by Williams, the opening and end titles were actually conducted by Gustavo Dudamel - Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, hand-picked by Williams for the task. With the soundtrack now available for purchase (highly recommended), the folks at Disney Music have put up a full album stream, something you can hear below...
I'm surprised that we don't have a copy of PETER PAN here in the archives of Rock Father HQ. While it was released as a Diamond Edition Blu-ray last summer, I haven't picked up a copy yet, and I should probably correct that before the film retreats into the Disney Vault once more. I still remember the first time that I saw the 1953 film - during a theatrical re-release in 1982. We'd gone to see it at the Park Forest Theater (then, a large, single-screen movie house that was a relic from 1950), and to me, the film seemed brand-new... and I probably thought that it was. It's been years since I've seen it, though the little ones and I caught RETURN TO NEVER LAND not long ago. My girls haven't seen where it all began, yet Never Land is a place that's oft-visited, through the tales spun in JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES, and the Disney Fairies realm. With the release of THE PIRATE FAIRY, everything comes together, as the film is both a sequel to the Tinker Bell films, and a prequel to PETER PAN.