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Disney Magic Hour Episode #85 - Star Wars Films Ranked Best to Worst

As Star Wars Celebration lands in Orlando this week we feel it no better a time to discuss the Saga.  More to the point, the feature films.  With the universe expanding into new trilogies and new side stories, where do the films fall in rank against one another?  Special guests Stan Solo and Sara Sibilly join the DMH Crew as we do the science.  Lot's to do, let's go, it's showtime!!

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Disney Magic Hour Episode #84 - Live Action Casting The Princess and the Frog

One of the most unappreciated recent Disney films is 2009's, The Princess and the Frog.  This week we give it the live action adaptation treatment and discuss our dream cast from Tiana to Facilier and everyone in between.  We also announce this week's winner of our weekly Giving Away KJ Contest as one lucky listener will take home a 1/1 Original Sketch of Louis by Disney artist Kevin-John! 

Visit Disney artist Kevin-John's website HERE and follow him on Facebook HERE!!

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You can also listen to him over at https://soundcloud.com/pogomix and iTunes HERE.  In addition you can check his full site at http://pogomix.net/

This week's track was THERE YOU ARE!!

Disney Magic Hour Episode #83 - The Happiest Millionaire Review

This week on the Disney Magic Hour we are in 1967 to take in the Sherman Brothers musical vehicle, The Happiest Millionaire.  All two and a half hours plus of it.  Due to the extreme length of this film we are going to try something new towards how we discuss the whole package.  Will it work?  Will we be eaten by a dozen alligators?  Who knows! We also take your questions from the Facebook page, and announce this week's winner of the Giving Away KJ contest!  

Visit Disney artist Kevin-John's website HERE and follow him on Facebook HERE!!

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Subscribe to the Disney Magic Hour Podcast!

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Head over to YouTube and check out POGO's page HERE to view all his music videos.  You can also reach Pogo on Twitter @NickBertke

You can also listen to him over at https://soundcloud.com/pogomix and iTunes HERE.  In addition you can check his full site at http://pogomix.net/

This week's track was THERE YOU ARE!!

Disney Magic Hour Episode #82 - Beauty and the Beast 2017 Review

Another week, another huge show!  This week we review the live action adaptation of the animated classic, Beauty and the Beast.  The original had such a huge impact the biggest question building up to this release was, "Why?".  What benefit could a rehash of a near perfect film create?  Was it going to be possible to view this film without constantly comparing it to the original?  Will it keep the streak going of strong live action adaptations?  Much to discuss!  We also take your questions from the Facebook page, and announce our first ever winner of the Giving Away KJ weekly contest!  

Visit Disney artist Kevin-John's website HERE and follow him on Facebook HERE!!

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This week's track was THERE YOU ARE!!

Star Wars Rebels : Twin Suns - THAT Fight

!!!SPOILERS AHEAD FOR TWIN SUNS!!!

Last nights Star Wars Rebels gave us the showdown that many had been hoping for but it came and went in mere moments.  When we break down the action though, quite a bit occurred and all of it based on Star Wars history.  To look further into the Obi-Wan/Maul battle we need to look back first.  

In The Phantom Menace we see Maul take on both Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn for the finale.  Well, part of it, the other parts...eh, never mind those.  Anyway, when Maul finally gets Qui-Gon alone to battle, he uses the lightsaber hilt itself to throw off Qui-Gon and deliver the deathblow.  

So falls Qui-Gon Jinn; Obi-Wan is up next and he is ready to go.  You can even say he is being led by anger.  As Maul paces back and forth like a tiger, Obi-Wan is nearly jumping out of his boots to get at his teacher's assassin.  He even snarls.  

Meanwhile, here is Maul.  Calm as all hell.  

Even in the following wide shot, we see Maul is getting ready but Obi-Wan is chomping at the bit to get at it then RUNS into the battle.  Not exactly the Jedi type way of handling a situation. 

There was a comic that dealt with this too.  Yoda and Obi-Wan discuss how anger controlled Ben here and it lead to him nearly being killed too.  Now, lets looks at the battle in Twin Suns.  Our fighters face each other and while Maul is ready to go, Obi-Wan has not even drew his lightsaber yet.  In this scenario, he is calm as a Jedi should be.  

After Maul puts together the WHY of Obi-Wan being on Tatooine, Obi-Wan draws, and the showdown is set to begin.  With that, Obi-Wan takes his normal battle pose that Ewan McGregor used in the prequel films and was continued in the animated series.  

The two continue to stare each down and Obi-Wan makes a choice to change stances.  What he is doing is tricking Maul.  Instead of going with his normal stance, he takes the battle stance used by Qui-Gon.  

Marking this change, Maul takes note and adjusts his footing.  

Then the two spring into action and Maul is almost instantly cut down by his nemesis.  Why?  Well, a few reasons go into this.  Number one, Jedi are supposed to be the samurai of their time.  Master swordsmen where the duels are decided quickly.  That was the original idea anyway.  It has expanded since but the creators here made the choice to go with the original interpretation and that makes perfect sense since so much of Star Wars Rebels is steeped in original concept drawings and ideas.  

The other reason is this, Maul seeing the battle stance of Qui-Gon being adapted by Obi-Wan made him feel confident in pulling the same trick twice.  Maul goes for the exact attack that killed Qui-Gon.  You can see it here.  He is trying to hit Obi-Wan with the hilt of the lightsaber to throw him off and deal the final stab.  Watch the gif.  Pay attention to where Maul is attempting to strike with the middle hilt of the saber.  Obi-Wan knows this attack and counters it perfectly. He lowers his head and strikes directly down the middle, not only damaging Maul's saber, but cutting him down the chest.  

Now compare that to Qui-Gon's death.  

In short, Obi-Wan suckered him in.  He used patience and thought out the situation to end Maul once and for all.  So yes, while the battle lasted only a few seconds, it encompassed  18 years of history between these two characters effectively.  I will take that any day of the week over two guys flipping end to end for 20 minutes where it looks cool, but lacks any emotional punch.  See Revenge of the Sith for a perfect example of that.