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Today is Teddy Bear Day! Comments Off on Today is Teddy Bear Day!

Posted on September 09, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

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Today is Teddy Bear Day!

Everyone, from infants right up to grandparents and great-grandparents have a teddy bear.

And Teddy Bear Day is the perfect excuse to have a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, right?

We found this brilliant old recording of the song… we double dare you not to sing along!

 

This song was written in 1907, not long after teddy bears were first manufactured in Europe and America. In the US, bears were named Teddy in honour of Preisdent Theodore Roosevelt who had refused to shoot  a small captured bear on a hunting trip. 
Here are some of our favourite famous teddy bears…

Winnie the Pooh

Everyone loves Winnie the Pooh; the famous Disney bear first came to life in the pages of AA Milne’s books written for his son, Christopher Robin Milne, about his teddy bear, Winnie the Pooh.

Paddington

Ah, marmalade sandwiches and wellington boots! Paddington was incredibly popular, even before the recent featurelength film was released. First appearing in 1958 in a book by Michael Bond, he is now loved by children – and adults – the world over.

Pudsey Bear

Pudsey Bear is the mascot of BBC Children in Need. First appearing alongside Sir Terry Wogan in the 1980s, everyone is familiar with his eye patch and yellow fur.

Lots-O’-Huggin Bear

Lots-O’ is the bad guy of Toy Story 3, but we still love him! Voiced by Ned Beatty, he’s as snarly and miserable as any bad guy – but he’s still really cute! You get the feeling that if a previous owner hadn’t jilted him, he would have been a perfectly lovely bear.

Superted

Remember Superted? He’s sort of faded into insignificance these days, but anyone who grew up in the ’80s will remember him, alongside Spotty, fighting off evil Texas Pete. We’re ever hopeful that he’ll be picked up for a revamp (but not too much of a revamp!) soon.

Care Bears

The Care Bears cartoons of the ’80s have been re-made, with new movies put out in recent years. The residents of Carealot are all still more or less the same as they were when they first came out though. All together now: Care Bear stare!

Gummi Bears

Remember this Disney classic? Perhaps it’s even still going? We certainly hope so, we loved to watch them getting up to mischief in Gummi-Glen!

Yogi Bear

Uhhh Boo-Boo! Yogi Bear was originally a supporting character in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Huckleberry Hound Show and was the first of Hanna-Barbera’s breakout characters, going on to have his own hugely popular show. Everyone loved Yogi and Boo Boo’s capers in Jellystone Park, chased by the hapless Ranger Smith. Fun fact: Yogi was one of several Hanna-Barbera characters who had a collar – this meant when the animators were drawing him, they could keep his body still and only move his head, thus cutting production times and costs. And there we were thinking he was just a snappy dresser!

 

Can you name any other famous bears?

Two Decades of Toy Story! Comments Off on Two Decades of Toy Story!

Posted on September 07, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

toy-storyTwenty years ago, the genius that is Toy Story first showed in American cinemas. Can you believe that?

All three Toy Story movies are available on Netflix this month, starting with the first one being released this Friday, the 11th. Are you excited? We are!

When it came out in 1995, people were not sure about the idea of an animated movie. Would it be any good? Would it hurt our eyes to watch a cartoon for that long? Would it be believeable? Their doubts were soon blown out of the water by Buzz and Woody and the story of Andy’s toys. Now considered to be one of – if not the – best animated movies ever made, Toy Story is possibly the ultimate buddy movie and also achieved that rarest of things: two sequels that were just as good as the original, if not better.

With 20 years of viewing, people of all ages love Toy Story and it’s one of those classics you can sit and watch with the kids, and laugh as much as they do.  Why not organise a family Toy Story viewing this weekend, complete with Buzz Lightyear costumes, popcorn and – of course – a bevvy of toys on the sofa.

Here is some great Toy Story trivia to help get you in the mood:

  • The animation team perfected the movement of the toy soldiers by gluing a pair of trainers to a piece of board and trying to walk around on it!
  • In early versions of the script, Woody’s love interest was to be a Barbie doll – but Mattel, the company that owns Barbie, declied to have her in the film as they thought it would be a flop. They obviously changed their minds after the success of the first film, since both Barbie and Ken appear in later movies.
  • Whenever a character blinks, their eyes bline one after the other, not together – keey an eye out for that one when you’re watching! (see what we did there)
  • All of the cars have a November 1995 number plate – because this is the month the movie was released.
  • Many people will know that Disney animated movies usually have a hidden Mickey head. In Toy Story, it is in the form of a “giant watch” clock on the wall in Andy’s bedroom.
  • Just below the back of Buzz’s waistband, you can see the Disney registration trademark. (pause buttons at the ready!)
  • Andy’s last name is Davis – but we only know this because the actress who voices his mum is listed in the credit as “Mrs Davis.
  • At the beginning of the movie at Andy’s birthday party, Sarge is looking through binoculars at the partygoers, you can see that all of the children are the same character model as Andy, just with different skin tones and clothes.
  • The carpet in Sid’s house has the same pattern as the carpet in the hotel from the movie The Shining (ask your parents if you don’t know)
  • When Sarge looks through his binoculars for the first time, they are upside down
  • Woody tells Buz that his “laser” is just a “light bulb that blinks” – but when Buzz tries it out, it does make a single red dot – so it must be a laser rather than a light bulb!
  • In some scenes, Andy’s mum’s minivan has a sunroof – but in others, it doesn’t.

Enjoy looking for these in the movie!

To infinity, and beyond!!

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