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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Jungle Book (1st)

What I always liked about the Disney animated classics is not the creativity of the original story but instead the memorable characteristics of the adapted characters. For instance Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was originally a Grimm's Fairy Tale. Walt Disney (his 1st animated film) himself gave the dwarfs names and therefore personality. The same is true with The Jungle Book. Rudyard Kipling wrote the story. The Disney writers put it to music. It is pure Disney magic that wrote my favorite Jungle Book song “The Bare Necessities” The Academy agreed, it was nominated for an Oscar. It is the minds of Disney that made these already anthropomorphic animals animated. It is Disney that put a song in your heart. It is Disney that put a little beat in your step and it Is Disney that gave appeal (In my opinion) to the story. That’s why I as a 34 year old Bachelor still can revert back to my childhood when I watch a Disney flick. Kudos for creative casting too. It was sheer genius for Phil Harris a popular 1940’s bandleader to bear the majestic undertones of Baloo. They also made Louis Prima King Louie he was known for his 1930’s and 40’s big band and jazz music. He was even nominated to the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame. Sterling Halloway (The voice of Kaa) was no slouch to fame either. They all came together for an amazing ensemble voice cast. Perhaps I’m just a sucker for a good children's story. Maybe I’ll never grow up. You can even call me an old softy. If that is what adulthood is like I don’t want any piece of it. Disney films give me the chance to revert back to the innocence of childhood. They make me feel young again. I have to pay props for anybody that can do that over and over again. Grade A

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A note from an editor!

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

There are a lot of spelling errors in this piece – make sure you proof read each sentence carefully.

I know I am getting back to you a little later I hoped, and I’m sorry about that! But if you have time tonight, please go through my suggestions and try to rework your piece. You can send me what you have tonight/tomorrow morning. Please bring a copy of it to the meeting tomorrow and we will discuss it further from there.

Once again, thanks for your hard work and promptness! Remember this is a learning process, and we are all part of the Waltonian team!

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Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm