Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pixar's First Full-Length Picture Opens

"Toy Story" opened in theaters on November 22, 1995.
November 22, 1995

With recent news that there will be a Toy Story 4 movie, it is hard to believe that the franchise was first introduced to theater goers on this day in 1995. Directed by John Lassester, was Pixar’s first computer-animated film and the one all others are measured by. Pixar, who was known at the time for masters of short films and TV commercials, were approached by Disney to create a new feature-length film. There were many revisions of the stories and characters as Disney’s team (lead by Jeffrey Katzenberg) and Pixar’s team (Lead by Lassester) couldn’t see eye-to-eye. Disney’s animators were resentful that “outsiders” came in to do their work. Rumor has it that Katzenberg wanted an edgier story with adult references and the character of Woody to be much more of a jerk. In the end, Lassester was given the green light to produce the film that he wanted to do and the rest is history. Toy Story went on to earn over $361 million and reviews were almost completely positive. It is considered to be one of the best animated films ever made.

Friday, November 21, 2014

My Dream TV, the LG OLED, is Available at Best Buy

LG OLED TV is available at Best Buy
Okay, we are all adults here. We know that the guy in the red suit down at the local mall is not really Santa. If he was, there would be a lot more grown-ups sitting on his lap and that would be weird. But let’s pretend for a moment that the guy really is Saint Nick and he wants you to tell him what you want for Christmas. Not what you would like, but what you really, really want. What would ask for? For me it would be LG’s OLED TV.

The OLED is my dream TV. At almost 55 inches, it is crazy big and the technology that went into making this thing is insane. First of all, while it is big, it’s not huge. What I mean is that the screen is fairly thin (0.17” thick at the thinnest point) and is lightweight, so while it is tall and wide, it doesn’t stick out a large distance from your living room wall. The curved screen and LG’s exclusive 4 color pixel technology helps viewers feel like they are there in the middle of the action. Here’s why: instead of the standard red, green and blue display, the OLED adds a white sub-pixel which helps create truer colors. And get this; the OLED has self-lighting pixels that switch on and off which offers what they term as an infinite contrast ratio. Finally, the curved screen helps assure that everyone has a good view, no matter where in the room they are sitting.

Video of the Day: Kids Caught in the Paint

Ever been here? I have.

Steven Curtis Chapman is Born

Steven Curtis Chapman was born on November 21, 1962.
November 21, 1962

Steven Curtis Chapman, winner of five Grammy’s and 58 Dove awards, was born on this day in 1962. Not surprisingly, he began singing and playing the guitar at a young age. What is surprising is the fact that he spent some time as a pre-med student at Georgetown College in Kentucky before pursuing a career in music. As of 2013, Chapman had produced 18 albums.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Video of the Day: Cinderella

Disney's reinvention of their own film, Cinderella arrives in theaters next March.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Airs for the First Time

"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" aired for the first time on November 20, 1973.
November 20, 1973
On this day in 1973, CBS aired A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special for the first time. It played every year on that network until 2000. In 2001, it moved to ABC.  The special was Charles Schulz’s tenth, but has risen to become one of the more popular ones. It was the first TV special to feature Snoopy’s fine feathered friend, Woodstock and Franklin, the first African American character in the series. While some praised Schulz for adding diversity to the cartoon, others pointed fault that Franklin had to sit by himself during dinner. He shouldn't feel too bad though. Lucy apparently wasn't even invited.