30 Day Disney Challenge – Special Day 31 Post

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Welcome to Day 31 of my 30 Day Disney Challenge! Wait, 31? That’s one more than 30! Well, as I said in yesterday’s post, I decided to add one more topic since March is 31 days of Disney fun! For this series, I will be posting a daily entry on a specific Disney-related topic. I’ve included the photo of the challenge in case you’d like to try it out for yourself πŸ™‚ And today’s topic is something special to me that I noticed wasn’t getting a lot of love in the original challenge post.

Day 31 – Favorite Disney Short

Short films have been a staple for Disney since the dawn of its existence. Whether it was the silly symphonies or the short films they have been showcasing before each feature film, Disney has a huge arsenal of great content in a bite-sized container. So what’s my favorite Disney short? First, let’s talk about some honorable mentions shall we? Also, I’m including some Pixar shorts as well.

First up, we have the story of Feast. A little boston terrier named Winston is picked up off the street and we go through his journey in discovering food. Along the way, his owner meets a girl and changes his eating habits which Winston hates. We see the background story of the two of them going through the goods and bads of relationships behind a depressed Winston. Eventually the girlfriend leaves and the bad habits return which Winston is happy about…that is until he sees how unhappy his owner is. So Winston sacrifices his happiness to go find and bring the two back together again. Happy with his owners’ happiness, Winston settles in and eventually finds the children of the family feed him all the food he could ever want.

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Promotional Poster for Feast

Now Get A Horse is highly underrated in my opinion because the animators took a classic animation and spun it with advanced animation techniques to create this storyline. Get a Horse crosses into the ‘real-world’ and they used the two settings well to get their story across. Plus you get to hear those classic Walt Disney lines as Mickey Mouse.

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Promotional Poster for Get a Horse

I juggled quite a few Pixar shorts for the list but I just knew if I was going to share any of them, it would be Lava. The story features a lonely volcano on a tropical island who sings a song about love. He is slowly sinking into the water and sad he has no one special to share it with; however, there’s an undersea volcano who has heard his song and longs to be with him. She emerges as he sinks but her back is to him so she cannot see him as he completely submerges. Heartbroken, he continues to sink until he hears her singing his song. He revives himself and returns to the surface and they are joined together as one island where they live happily ever after. This story was inspired by the beauty of Hawaii and the late Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. It’s a beautiful tale and definitely worth a watch.Β That being said, definitely check out Pixar’s full arsenal of shorts created by their animators. There’s so many wonderful ones to see!

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Screenshot from Lava

A hit that was both controversal and underrated, Runaway Brain features Mickey Mouse desperate to make money for an anniversary gift for Minnie. He takes a job for a mad scientist and gets his brain switched out with a monster named Julius (who looks like Pete). It’s definitely a wild ride and one of the more modern shorts featuring Mickey and Minnie.

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Promotional Poster for Runaway Brain

Oh man, talk about a Disney classic that many don’t even know about anymore. This short was created in 1978 by a team of animators which include the great Don Bluth. A young boy outside Nazareth must part with his beloved donkey and best friend named Small One. However at the market he finds that no one wants the scrawny donkey except for the tanner. The story ends when a kind man asks to buy the donkey to take his wife to Bethlehem. In case it’s not clear, this is part of the story of Jesus Christ’s birth. And for me, this was a very special animation when I was younger. And to this day, I think it’s a classic that deserves more love and attention.

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Promotional Poster for The Small One

Next up, let’s talk about The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the short that is featured in Disney’s Fantasia of Mickey Mouse taking his teacher’s hat and using its magic to do his chores and play with the cosmos. It’s an iconic animation and one of my all-time favorites.

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Photo of the Storybook of Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Through the Mirror is a classic short featuring Mickey going through the looking glass and entering a Wonderland-like world. It’s definitely worth a watch and it’s one of my favorites from the classic cartoons in Disney’s arsenal.

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Promotional Poster for Through the Mirror

So what Disney animated short wins best short in my eyes? Let’s find out!

The Winner – Paperman

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Promotional Poster for Paperman

Ironically my favorite Disney short of all-time was actually paired with my favorite movie of all-time, Wreck-It Ralph. Paperman features a young accountant who is standing on a train platform waiting to go to work. A young woman comes next to him and a gust of wind flings one of the papers he has into her face. They laugh about it that the paper now has her lipstick print on it; however, they are quickly sent in different directions without being able to share their information with one-another.

The young man, George, is at work admiring the paper with the kiss when he looks out the window and finds the young woman, Meg, aacross the way in another office. To get her attention, George starts making paper airplanes that aren’t able to catch her attention. In a last ditch effort, George uses the paper with the kiss as an airplane but it flies away before he can use it and he sees Meg leave the office.

George races downstairs to find Meg but he can’t so he kicks the airplanes away and marches down the street. The airplanes suddenly get a life of their own and force George towards the station while the kiss plane finds Meg and leads her to the station as well. Together the two of them finally meet and go out to a restaurant with the kiss airplane between them.

This story blends traditional and computer animation together in an in-house technology software called Meander, giving it a polished look that was a first for its time. It was the first short done by Walt Disney Animation Studios to win an Academy Award since It’s Tough to Be a Bird in 1970 and put Disney animation back on the map for their short animation pieces.

What’s more, the score by Christophe Beck is iconic and truly helped flow the story along. Everything about this short is magical and I highly recommend you check it out!

And with that, we conclude my 30 Day Disney Challenge! Thank you everyone for sticking with me this month and get ready because we’re not done yet πŸ™‚ more challenges are on the way! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

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30 Day Disney Challenge – Day 30

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Welcome to Day 30 of my 30 Day Disney Challenge! We’ve made it to the final day! For this series, I will be posting a daily entry on a specific Disney-related topic. I’ve included the photo of the challenge in case you’d like to try it out for yourself πŸ™‚ let’s go!

Day 30 – Favorite Theme Park Show

Same rules as before – these shows must be in the Disney parks and these parks must be ones I’ve been to. So nothing from California Adventure or from the International parks. I’ll make it there someday! Also, I would have had to seen the shows personally for them to be shared on this list. And the shows have to be currently in the parks – no defunct shows! So those who want me to talk about my experiences in the Back Lot Tour getting drenched on a ship, not this time!

Now this was a hard topic for me to choose because there is so many shows at Disney that are worth the time and attention! But I think I’ve come up with a good list and the winner itself is something I always deem I must watch every time I venture to Disney. Ok let’s jump into some honorable mentions!

First up, a little hidden gem for those going to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Finding Nemo the Musical is literally broadway quality entertainment. Now note going in that it’s a 45 minute show but let me tell you that it’s highly worth it and a must do on my list whenever I visit that park. You can see it in the video below or check it out live πŸ™‚ highly recommended!

Next, we have Disney’s Philhar Magic! And yes, this is a show – it counts! You’re sitting in a theater watching a 3D musical adventure. And it’s a must-do every time I enter Magic Kingdom. It may seem simple since it’s just Donald visiting some classic Disney musical scenes but as a huge Disney fan myself I’m all about this life. Singing along with the characters and watching Donald’s hijinks is worth it to me! I definitely recommend!

Oh gosh, the improv used in the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is HILARIOUS and makes each viewing a little bit different. The actors involved are gems and they bring their own magic to each performance. And hey, if you like to sing-along then this is the show for you!

Now you should know by now that I’m a huge Star Wars fan. So for fans like me, this nighttime fireworks show is highly worth a watch. With projections galore and that familiar score playing throughout the park, it gets them feels started. They’ve updated the show throughout the years with the new films. I’m hoping they add in some of the animated shows as well in the future. You can see the full show below as it currently stands.

And here’s another show that I believe is going to be cycled out for the new animation projection show coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I hope it doesn’t disappear forever but if it does thanks for the videos online for making sure it’s immortalized. Disney Movie Magic focuses on the live action films throughout Disney history. How many can you name in the video below?

And lastly, let’s talk about Happily Ever After, the projection and fireworks show they hold at Magic Kingdom nearly every night. It’s amazing to see the vibrant colors and the fireworks attuned to the show. Plus you can see that the animators actually made new sequences that would specifically fit the specs of Cinderella’s castle. So much work was put into this magical show and it’s one I highly recommend. And hey, if you can’t get to the castle for the projections, note that the fireworks are launched all around the park so you can still experience the magic.

The Winner – Fantasmic

Every night at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we jump into the world of imagination with Mickey Mouse and his friends and face off against the villains who hope to turn the sweetest dreams into a nightmare.Β Now I’ve never seen Disneyland’s show live or any other show around the world so this is simply the WDW version. But this is a must-do every single time I make it to Orlando for a Disney trip!

I absolutely adore this show and when I don’t get to see it on my trips I get very sad since it’s really become a tradition to see (thanks rain, who’s ruined my plans many times in the past – hints why I schedule at least two days for a possible Fantasmic trip).

Now just a warning, the projections are done on screens of shooting water…so depending on the weather you may get wet. But it’s worth being so close and seeing the characters sailing by. Check out the video above or do yourself a favor and find a way to see this show live at the various parks that have their own version. No two versions are the exact same so depending on the park you’ll be in for something new.

 

Thank you to everyone for tuning in this month for my 30 Day Disney Challenge. It was a lot of fun and was certainly a much needed project for my blog here. It’s a lot of fun to write, especially about things I’m passionate about. And it’s not over yet!

Since March has one more day in it, I’ve decided to add one more special post for the Disney Challenge. So stay tuned tomorrow to see what other Disney topic I’ve decided to touch on. Thanks for reading!

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30 Day Disney Challenge – Day 29

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Welcome to Day 29 of my 30 Day Disney Challenge! For this series, I will be posting a daily entry on a specific Disney-related topic. I’ve included the photo of the challenge in case you’d like to try it out for yourself πŸ™‚ and we have another hard decision for this post. Hope you enjoy!

Day 29 – Favorite Theme Attraction

Ok, same rules apply from the last post – these themed attractions can only be found in the Disney parks and they must be parks I’ve been to and rides I’ve been on. Anything California Adventure related or anything from the international parks will not be included. SOMEDAY I’LL MAKE IT THERE! Also, no defunct attractions – these have to be at the parks right now. RIP Alien Encounter, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Great Movie Ride. AND another quick rule: I won’t be featuring anything here that I classify as a show. That will have it’s own list. Anyway, let’s jump into the honorable mentions and find out what themed attractions top my list.

First up, a true classic that comes in many varieties around the world. And I’ve had the chance to ride two of these iterations! Ladies and gentlemen, let’s talk about Haunted Mansion. It’s a classic dark ride with a more spooky and sinister approach, featuring 999 happy haunts in a big ole mansion. There are many similarities in these locations around the world (though some of the overseas attractions have their own storylines that fit with their park’s personal lore and go by different names). Characters like the Hitchhiking Ghosts, Madame Leoda, and the Hatbox Ghost exist because of this attraction and Walt’s dreams. Now personally since I’m an East Coast girl the WDW version is my home haunted mansion, but I have a special place in my heart for the Hatbox Ghost. Someday I’ll make it back out to Disneyland (and maybe even visit for the holidays to see the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay).

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The Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom, Photo by Me πŸ™‚

Next up, let’s talk about Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. One of my favorite rides ever, this roller coaster is a runaway train on a course for danger in this man-made Mt. Everest. We’re on the hunt for a yeti…or maybe the Yeti is hunting us? It goes forward and backwards, zipping through the rocky terrain. And we even have a close encounter with one of the most advanced animatronics to date – the Yeti. The Yeti unfortunately shut down since its tied to the structure of the mountain and apparently the imagineers screwed up their calculations and didn’t handle the construction correctly. But hey it’s ok because there are strobe lights so it’s a dancing disco Yeti! And hey, Joe Rohde said he would fix the Yeti someday. We believe in you Joe!

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It was my best friend’s first time on the ride and it was a blast πŸ™‚

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is a must-do every time I enter Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There are other interactions around the world but I’ve only ridden the one in Florida (the original lol). You find yourself in the haunted Hollywood Tower Hotel where an incident years ago claimed the lives of five people and sent the hotel in disarray. You’ve stepped into an episode of the Twilight Zone and there’s an elevator waiting just for you. Get ready to plunge as you linger between the realm of the living and the dead. It’s a thrill ride for the ages and I definitely recommend! And if you have the MemoryMaker (free for passholders, purchases for others) then they will also provide you with a movie of your ride!

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Yes, I know where all the cameras are in these rides – so I’m always ready for my closeup πŸ™‚

Yes, I’m a huge Star Wars fan and YES I CAN’T WAIT FOR GALAXY’S EDGE TO FINALLY OPEN EVEN THOUGH IT WILL BE LITERALLY HELL TO MANUEVER! But if you need a Star Wars fix, you can always check out one of the Star Tours rides around the world. It’s a flight simulator ride where you enter into the realm of Star Wars, with C-3PO and R2-D2 as your guides into the cosmos. There’s a random generator in each ride so no two rides will be exactly the same (although I’ve found in recent trips I usually get the same six options and not many of the others – I’ll have to research what options are available right now because I miss it being a complete surprise). Anyway, definitely check it out. I could ride it over and over just to see C-3PO’s animatronic upclose and personal.

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The AT-AT marks the entrance to Star Tours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Photo by Me πŸ™‚

Now let’s talk about a ride from a controversal movie that became one of the most beloved rides at the parks and one of the longest rides in the Magic Kingdom alone. Splash Mountain is a log flume ride that takes you into the world of Brer Rabbit and friends and features more than one hundred animatronics, quite a few drops, and lots of story and lore to explore. Don’t know who Brer Rabbit is? He and his friends are from Song of the South, an old movie adapted from a novel that has a bit of a controversal past so Disney tends to hide it away from the world to avoid backlash. I’ll let you go down that rabbit hole yourself xD Anyway you’re in the ride for a good eight to ten minutes depending on the backlog (pun intended) and it will get folks soaked so be warned. It’s a lot of fun though and it’s one where you’ll be tapping your foot and singing along.

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The Entrance to Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom, Photo by Me πŸ™‚

And last, let’s talk about a ride that I truly treasure that’s come to Disney’s AnimalΒ Kingdom. Flights of Passage takes you into the world of Avatar where you are linked of an avatar of your own and you get to simulate flying on the back of a Banshee. You’ll be strapped into a motorcycle-like ride vehicle and once you’re linked, you actually feel the Banshee breathing and every movement it makes. You feel the water splash on your face, you smell the world around you, and you truly feel like you’re there. Granted I wish the ride was much longer considering the wait times are ridiculous for this ride but hey it’s truly magical and worth at least one ride in your lifetime. Highly recommended! Check out this 360 video below from TMR 360 of the attraction. Believe me, it’s a great video but there’s nothing like experiencing this first-hand!Β 

So what wins out as my favorite Disney Theme Park Attraction? It may not be a thrill ride but this classic dark ride is a must every time I visit the parks.

The Winner – Pirates of the Caribbean

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Us riding Pirates of the Caribbean πŸ™‚

“Yoooooo Hooooooo. A Pirate’s Life for me!” Yes, I adore Pirates of the Caribbean so much. A classic dark ride, I have to do it at least once during each trip I make to the parks. Yes, I would even run to Magic Kingdom solely to ride this and watch PhilharMagic. Now of course the one in Florida is less extravagant to others around the world but it’s still my home port ❀ Now the ride has been through some changes over the years, some I’m not a big fan of.Β  But hey, I live with it because it won’t keep me from my favorite ride. And it’s too hard not to sing along when you’re riding through.

And with that we conclude Day 29 of my 30 Day Disney Challenge! We’re almost to the end everyone, thanks for coming along on this journey with me. What’s your favorite Disney Theme Park Attraction? Let me know in the comments below or share your own Disney Challenge! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

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30 Day Disney Challenge – Day 28

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Welcome to Day 28 of my 30 Day Disney Challenge! For this series, I will be posting a daily entry on a specific Disney-related topic. I’ve included the photo of the challenge in case you’d like to try it out for yourself πŸ™‚ and today’s topic is another hard one for sure! Here we go!

Day 28 – Favorite Theme Park

Well, if you know me well enough, you know that I have a special place in my heart for theme parks, especially ones related to Disney and Universal. Some rules, I’m only going to include Disney theme parks of course, it is a Disney challenge after all. Also, I’m only going to be listing theme parks I’ve actually been to. So it’s the U.S. parks minus California Adventure…someday! But first, some honorable mentions!

First up, we have Epcot! Honestly, I debated this one as my top favorite because it’s usually my first stop every time I go to Walt Disney World. This is the spot for the festivals year-round so for folks that enjoy Food and Wine, Flower and Garden, Festival of the Holidays, or Festival of the Arts – this is the place for you. Plus, Epcot was created to be the more educational of the parks. And what’s more you can enter World Showcase and travel around the world (and drink around the world if you’re like me haha).

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Photo of Spaceship Earth, taken by me πŸ™‚

Next up, Disneyland! Now it’s been quite a long time since I’ve been to Disneyland (here’s hoping I get to return soon) but I thoroughly enjoyed roaming Walt’s park as a child. I remember Disneyland being way smaller than Magic Kingdom but there was something special knowing you were roaming the streets that Walt Disney himself once walked. I hope to return someday soon πŸ™‚

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios, once known as Disney’s MGM Studios, was one of my top parks as a kid. Star Tours was my jam and I loved walking over and seeing the AT-AT. Plus we have restaurants like the 50s Prime Time Cafe and the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater which are excellent in theming and all-around fun! Why is it not my favorite now? Well, let’s be honest – until more attractions open up, there’s not much to do there. Galaxy’s Edge is coming though, and with that comes the crowds. But I really love this place and I’ll face the crowds if it means spending a moment there.

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Photo of the Chinese Theater at Hollywood Studios during the Star Wars fireworks, photo taken by me πŸ™‚

And lastly let’s talk about Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Oh boy, you know what would have won this park over for me? The planned land known as Beastly Kingdom. But I’ll touch more on that in a future post. For now, let’s chat about what I love in Animal Kingdom. Well…the animals are a plus. You can get up-close and personal with these creatures and see what Disney is doing first-hand in conservation efforts around the world. And then there’s the rides and attractions – I love Finding Nemo the musical and Festival of the Lion King, I love walking around Pandora and flying on a bansee, I love going on the safari and seeing the animals in their habitats, and I love Expedition Everest. Honestly it’s probably one of my favorite rides of all-time.

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Photo of the Tree of Life after the light show, photo taken by me πŸ™‚

So what wins as my favorite park? Well if you know what parks I’ve been to, you’ll know one has been named yet xD

The Winner – Magic Kingdom

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Photo of Cinderella’s Castle following the nighttime shows, photo taken by me πŸ™‚

Yes, a trip to Disney World is never complete until you’ve braved the crowds at Magic Kingdom. Usually when I take my vacations there, I go certain times where crowds are low (low for Disney – there’s always going to be crowds). And Magic Kingdom has the most attractions for your buck – and also some great after hour features, character meet-and-greets, photo opportunities, special events, and more. And really, if you’re going for the most iconic Disney experience on your trip, how can you not get a photo in front of Cinderella’s Castle! The rides are so fun (though some may say kiddish – get out of here with that slander) like Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Railroad, and more. And you know what, if you’re a fan of Halloween I definitely recommend the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! I’ll eventually get my review up from my previous experience there. And for travel, I recommend the ferry over the monorail. Don’t get me wrong, I love soaring above the world on the monorail but I find people are less rude on the ferry. πŸ˜› Just my two cents!

And with that, I conclude Day 28 of my 30 Day Disney Challenge! What’s your favorite Disney theme park (that you’ve been to)? Let me know in the comments below or share your own Disney Challenge! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

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30 Day Disney Challenge – Day 27

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Welcome to Day 27 of my 30 Day Disney Challenge! For this series, I will be posting a daily entry on a specific Disney-related topic. I’ve included the photo of the challenge in case you’d like to try it out for yourself πŸ™‚

Day 27 – Favorite Quote

Oh, this one is easy! And I’ve already touched on it somewhat in previous topics! It’s from my all-time favorite movie πŸ™‚ Feel free to visit Day 25’s post to see more on this topic! And let’s jump into my answer!

The Winner – There’s No One I’d Rather Be Than Me

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This anthem is seen chanted at the beginning of the movie and at the end of the movie. It holds a very special theme for Ralph’s character as we see him not willing to join in the chant at first. He’s not ready to accept that he’s the villain character when he’s dealing with the fact that everyone only treats him as such as doesn’t want to be friends with him. But throughout the course of the movie he sees that the words are more than just him accepting his role as a bad guy. As Zangief had said previously he is a bad guy but that doesn’t mean he’s a ‘bad guy.’ Ralph is actually very kind, clumsy, and fun. And he’s able to convey his feelings better thanks to Vanellope at the end of the film. His fellow game sprites are willing to get to know him and he is able to have friends of his own. He was even the best man at Felix’s wedding. Now if that doesn’t show growth as characters between the two of them, I don’t know what does.

And with that, we conclude Day 27 of my 30 Day Disney Challenge! What’s your favorite Disney quote? Let me know in the comments below or share your own Disney Challenge! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

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30 Day Disney Challenge – Day 26

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Welcome to Day 26 of my 30 Day Disney Challenge! For this series, I will be posting a daily entry on a specific Disney-related topic. I’ve included the photo of the challenge in case you’d like to try it out for yourself πŸ™‚ and let’s get ready to cry!

Day 26 – Saddest Death

I had to juggle this a little bit since I already talked about Ellie in Up for the movie that made me cry. I wanted to share about another character who’s death makes me cry even to this day. And when it came down to it, it was one that I rewatched recently that had me bawling my eyes out. No honorable mentions this round, let’s just jump into it.

The Winner – Mufasa

I was a wreck the first time I watched this movie and this scene came on. Yes, it was clear what was going to happen but the animators captured the emotion and drive in this scene so god damn well. Simba’s fear and sadness, Mufasa trying to save his son from death even though he was clearly in pain and suffering, and the utter betrayal between brothers when Scar forces his brother to fall to his death. And that line delivery from Jeremy Irons…LONG LIVE THE KING! It was amazing.

The exchange between young Simba and his father who unfortunately has already passed is tragic. He’s so young and isn’t ready to face the world without his father. And what’s more, Scar makes the poor cub think it was Simba who had killed his father. Him running away from the past and his father was just…tragic. Get’s me every time!

And with that, we conclude Day 26 of my 30 Day Disney Challenge! In your opinion, what is the saddest Disney death? Let me know in the comments below or share your own Disney Challenge! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

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The #YouTubeRewind Review – From 2012 to 2018

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Quick sidenote before I begin this post…I wrote this in December 2018 and just never finalized it until…well, now xD I’m really sorry my review posts are so late! I’m trying my best but life and work comes first after all. I still have some links to include here and there which I will add as I can but for now I did want to get the original post out there for you all. Thanks for reading!Β 

As 2018 began to come to a close, we began to see glances of what has been accomplished during the last twelve months of the year. Our social medias picked through our top photos and posts to highlight in little snipits, timelines popped up showcasing the biggest in news and entertainment, and we all get to reminence about the year and everything that happened.Β 

December is always a fun time of year for me, and no it’s not just because it’s Christmas time! I geniunely enjoy year in reviews and seeing just how far I’ve come and how far the world’s come in this short amount of time.

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My Instagram Year in Review for 2017

Work-wise, I’d already seen my articles, publications, and social media content pieced together in a year in review and it always makes me smile to see how much I’ve improved in what I do every day. I love seeing my photo year collages made by Instagram and Facebook, especially when it highlights my adventures in Disney as well as showcasing the wonderful creature that is my Bento Box the Shiba Inu.

Something else though that I get very excited about is the Year in Review when it comes to music mashups, celebrating gaming, and the beast known as YouTube.

For example, December is the time for amazing music mash-ups from creators such as DJ Earworm, AndyWuMusicLand, Robin Skouteris, and Daniel Kim (the later unfortunately no longer posting these mashups due to the battles with copyright in the past). These artists are masters of their crafts, creating new works of art from some familiar tunes you’ve heard before. And it’s always fun to see what they can concoct each year and what songs made the cut for their big end of the year bash. Spoiler alert: there’s a lot of High Hopes, Greatest Showman, and Cardi B in this year’s rounds.

Of course, at the end of the year I think one of my most anticipated things to watch is YouTube Rewind. I’ve been part of the YouTube Community for 10+ years and it’s been a wild ride watching the platform grow into what it is today. And when they started creating these short films showcasing what happened in the community that year, I was hooked. Granted some years have been better than others – and some years have just completely missed the mark in terms of the community shining through at all in the product. But each year YouTube Rewind comes – and each year the community flocks to the platform to see just what made the cut. And of course, we’re all ready to go and share our feedback, hoping that YouTube hears what we have to say.

With therelease of YouTube Rewind 2018 and the massive uproar from the community with the content presented, I thought it would be fun to look back on the journey that is YouTube Rewind. From 2012 to 2018, I’ll share my personal review of each video. It will be a fun ride seeing the Rewind videos grow in budget (and some might say lessen in personality). It’s definitely a journey and one I’m happy to share with all of you.

Also just real quick, YouTube did their own year in review before 2012; however, these focused more on the actual videos on the site and not recreations. Check out YouTube Rewind 2011 for a glance into how YouTube covered their year in review before creating these huge productions.Β Alright, let’s jump right into the videos, shall we!

Rewind YouTube Style 2012

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This video marked the beginning of YouTube’s investment in creating a production for its Year in Review. And frankly I think it was an excellent start for the platform as they not only acted out (and featured) some of the biggest events of the year on YouTube…but they also got Psy in the video to perform alongside YouTubers as well.

More than 30 YouTube channels and content creators came together for this very huge endeavor (huge at the time of course – YouTube Rewind has just gotten bigger and bigger with each year). You see names like Walk off the Earth who had some big success that year with their five bandmates playing one instrument, AlphaCat and his Obama impression, CorridorDigital in their Minecraft attire, EpicMealTime doing what they do best – eating bacon, and more.

The video kept it pretty simple with scenes showcasing some of the biggest videos of the year – including Lindsey Stirling’s dancing violin (played by iJustine – weird), the free fall from space featuring Ryan Higa, and the end of Psy’s Gangnam Style music video featuring many of the content creators featured in the video. In addition, they kept it pretty light on music – not straying from two of the biggest song titles that year which was Psy’s Gangnam Style and Carly Rae Jespen’s Call Me Maybe.

It was less than five minutes but still packed a punch when it came to content and had a lower count on the creator list so it never felt overcrowded. Some casting choices were strange though – like iJustine playing Lindsey Stirling even though she’s her own YouTube content creator. However, many have chalked that up to location preferences since many featured where all located closeby to the shooting locations.

It was a tremendous start from the platform and a lot of fun all around. I really enjoyed this video when it came out in 2012 and I was very excited to see where the next year would end up.

YouTube Rewind: What Does 2013 Say?

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I’ll go ahead and say it: YouTube Rewind 2013 has always been and at this rate will always be my favorite YouTube Rewind. And let me just stress that I’ve linked the official video to the thumbnail but if you want to see the true original with the correct music, please search original YouTube Rewind 2013. It just flows so much better with the original mixes created by DJ Earworm (and I hope YouTube doesn’t snatch it away from us again because it’s just too good – I get that copyright played a huge factor but dangit those mixes fit the bill for a reason).

This video saw a huge increase in budget and creativity for capturing the biggest highlights of the year. And with that increase in budget we also saw an increase of creators featured – including some international faces.

As mentioned above, DJ Earworm took the lead on music for the video, piecing together an amazing remix featuring the Harlem Shake, Get Lucky, Gentleman, Can’t Hold Us, Blurred Lines, and What the Fox Say.

We started off with Kid President walking through a forest where he finds a red play button (the start of the play button fad if I had to guess – this was the first thing it was so prominent from the creators themselves). Kid President kicks off 2013’s video and we then see Ryan Higa flying overhead in a plane, play buttons parachuted out to those around the world.

We immediately launch into a wild ride of memes and videos recreated in high production format, including the infamous goats, horse head masks, the Robin Thicke Blurred Lines music video, the Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball music video and her stage performances with the teddy bears, the Jimmy Fallon kindergarten musical instruments performance to Get Lucky, the Lady Gaga Applause music video, Ylvis’ What the Fox Say music video, Prancercising, and the Girl Quits Job dance video just to name a few.

The video then goes into an epic mashup of creators, goats, and videos during the Harlem Shake segment, everyone joining together in a massive freakout dance party in honor of the year. Cookie Monster comes in at the end of the segment to gobble up the play button and we’ve now reached the final stretch of the video.

Corridor Digital, Kassem, Macklemore and the Sesame Street Puppets, Smosh, and theΒ Slo Mo Guys burst onto the scene as we also catch a glimpse of the twerking video from Jimmy Kimmel where the girl caught fire when she fell. The valedictorian motivational speech to goats made it in as well as Grace swinging in for a reference to Katy Perry’s Roar music video.

Freddy Wong, Grace, and the Slo Mo Guys all have glowing play buttons. We then see a massive stampede of goats into various scenes of the video, the What the Fox Say scene breaking out into a Thriller-like dance, and the Slo Mo Guys driving in front of a large explosion in slow motion.

At the time of the video, Pewdiepie had finally claimed the top YouTuber on the site and many were hoping to see him in the show. And lo and behold the final scene of the video was Pewdiepie on a beach where the play button was washed up. He goes through multiple emotions before burying the play button in the rocks and walking away.

During the credits, there is a tribute to Talia Joy, a YouTuber who was a huge inspiration for most who unfortunately passed away from cancer before the end of the year.

I think what truly sets this video apart from the various YouTube Rewind videos that have been made so far is that there was a lot of personality shown throughout and a lot of effort was put in to really capture what was big for the platform and the community that year. We had music video references of some of the top tier videos of 2013. We had meme references such as the goats, Breaking Bad, and the Harlem Shake segment that really took flight that year. And let’s not forget the amount of time put in by the creators who all pitched in to make something that clearly they were proud of.

This video wasn’t just a year in review for the community. It was a celebration of the platform and of the community as a whole and I think that’s why it’s believed to be the best YouTube Rewind to date by many users. And it’s certainly the reason YouTube Rewind 2013 takes the top spot in my book.

YouTube Rewind: Turn Down for 2014

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Another favorite YouTube Rewind of mine, many of the community were on the lookout for 2014’s video after the massive success of the Rewind the year prior. A standard had been set by the platform to deliver and they took that same drive and prepared to outdo themselves for the new year. Personally I don’t think they came close to the 2013 video but it is certainly one of the tops for sure. It’s also the first year where we had a much more massive international presence, which brings more diversity to the project but can also hurt YouTube in the long run with trying to please the different parts of the community all at once.

The video starts off in a city landscape, the YouTube play button appearing on the side of a skyscraper as we follow a mysterious hooded figure who makes it to the rooftop of a building. The play button in his backpack, the figure then pulls out the YouTube Rewind AwesomeMix tape as a reference to one of the highest grossing movies of the year Guardians of the Galaxy and we now know it’s going to be an epic adventure.

The mysterious figure is revealed to be Pewdiepie, the top creator on the platform who is now dancing to Turn Down for What before he jumps into the roof and falls into a room down below filled with other creators, including Zoella, Dan and Phil, and the inspirational football star.

We flow into a bathroom sequence where we celebrate Let Me Take a Selfie. We have various YouTubers dancing through cities and different landmarks around the world as a reference of Pharrell’s Happy music video, Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass music video, and Jessie J’s Bang Bang music video.

We then find Smosh reenacting the Strangers kiss video before being soaked with water by Epic Rap Battles of History in the Ice Water Bucket Challenge that swept the nation in 2014. Multiple creators participate in this section, including the Fine Bros, John Green, Hank Green, Gavin Free from the Slo Mo Guys, and Kassem.

Next we’re in a jungle setting for a dance party, Rhett and Link and Jenna Marbles prominent here before we go to a boat on the nile where Tyler Oakley is grooving like the queen he is. Dave Days does a small tribute to Michael Jackson, multiple creators join the boat team, and pranksters lower a spider dog to scare the team.

The next scene is a mashup of big video recreations from the year: the demon baby puppet, the foot train incident, and minecraft and flappy bird recreations. John Oliver meets Kid President, Big Bird runs onto the Colbert Report, and Freddy Wong hosts the Conan O’Brien Show. It’s a rush for sure! Corridor Digital and the Action Movie kid pair up for an epic effect, and then we end with a sequence with various creators in a Let it Go song number while we see shots from those in the video in outtakes. The video then ends with an unnamed creator (female this time) leaving the building from the beginning of the video and walking to the busy city streets.

The credits then feature the Giants Among Us team. And we also got an after credits scene from How It Should Have Ended, showcasing Pewdiepie simply slamming into the roof instead of crashing through.

Again, I don’t think this video was anywhere close to the passion project I saw 2013 as being but it something of note is that this video did capture the various memes, songs, and videos from throughout the year in a creative way that was memorable for the community. In addition, YouTube tried to go out of the box this particular year with the push to have more international faces in the video, wanting to capture as many faces of the community as possible without going too overboard with it.

YouTube Rewind: Now Watch Me 2015

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I rather enjoyed 2015’s video as well, though there were a lot of points in the video where I felt there was too much going on and way too many people were showcased, most of them only receiving a split second of screen time. Get used to that because you’ll notice it’s a problem YouTube has in the next two years as well. However, 2015 brought something to the table that I saw was lacking in the 2014 video – it was not only a year in review but also the tenth anniversary of the platform and it brought a chance to glance back at some of the greatest video moments in its ten years of existence.

The video starts off with the x-ray wall which was a prominent video of the year, iiSuperwomanii dancing before jumping into a ball pit with some other creators. We also see a massive dance party on the beach which is filled with creators (many of which we barely see in their one second shots). I know I definitely saw Flula Borg on the beach and OMI, the singer of Cheerleader which is one of the mixed backing tracks for this part of the video.

We then enter a gymnasium where we celebrate the Whip (Nae Nae) music video and dance that was huge for 2014. I recognize some of the users here but I don’t think I know any of them by name. They do show off some hype dancing skills though.

Hey look, we’re in a desert now on top of a bus. I could be wrong but I think some of this section is based on the Mad Max movie that came out that year. A lot of these YouTubers were also foreigners here so I recognize them but don’t know their names. Oh there’s a left shark reference. And also we get James Corden and Grace Helbig doing a Carpool Karaoke. We then have a transition from a Will You Marry Me guy in the desert to the next segment. I believe he was the guy who did this whole proposal movie-style in the theater for his girlfriend, though I’m not entirely sure there so don’t take my word for it.

Miranda Sings then takes the lead into another mixed YouTuber segment where they are acting out the Shia LeBeouf rant from that year (rant or motivational speech – you decide lol). I recognized Joey Graceffa here and a few others. Again, these shots are so quick that it’s hard to really notice anything here. John Oliver then wooshes out of that segment into…what’s probably one of my favorites for the whole video (I won’t say favorite because we were in for a surprise this year).

Markiplier, Captain Sparkles, Game Theory, Game Grumps, and Smosh Games finally made their appearance in a rewind with a spooky rendition of Five Nights at Freddy’s before we enter a cage match dance battle (probably a reference of Sia’s Elastic Heart music video) where we see the dress dance teams showing off their blues and golds. I recognized a few people here, including Timothy DeLaGhetto and Todrick Hall. It was a fun ride to a mix of Can’t Feel My Face and I loved it.

Next we enter probably the best use of the many YouTubers being featured this particular year with a YouTube in Review for its ten year anniversary. Pewdiepie and Zoella count down the ten years and we see scenes representing some of the biggest trends and videos from YouTube over the years. And I’m not going to lie…I cried like a baby the first time I saw this. This section really redeemed the whole video for me. And we also saw some YouTubers we never see anymore like Ray William Johnson. It was amazing I loved it and it was a great end to a video that started off hectic. The credits then rolled to an homage to Drake’s Hotline Bling video with Justin Bieber’s remix of What Do You Mean in the background.

The biggest problem with this video in my opinion was YouTube was trying to jam in way too many people. It was the first year I felt so overwhelmed that it was hard to enjoy many of the segments. In fact I didn’t really like many of them besides the gamer spotlight with the dance battle and then the YouTube 10 years in review. Sure, it’s fun to spot YouTubers you know or recognize…but with everyone barely getting a second of screentime it became chaos. Sure, they made it fit better in the later segments but the viewer would have to make it that long for the video to even out.

YouTube Rewind: The Ultimate 2016 Challenge

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This is the video where I started to figure out that YouTube Rewind was going downhill. A lot of its bad points outweighed the good for me and unfortunately this becomes a trend for the remainder of the Rewind videos.

To start, Dwanye “The Rock” Johnson kicks off Rewind with an homage to his fanny pack picture. Look, I love the Rock but starting off the video with someone who isn’t associated with the platform was a clear sign of big changes in the way YouTube was going to be handling these videos. Sure, they always had their talk show hosts pop in from time to time in the video…but now they were taking centerstage.

We have YouTubers all over the world doing a Pokemon Go segment, searching for the Rewind buttons hidden in their areas. It was a cute segment for fans of the app itself and we got to see some familiar faces like Dan and Phil.

Suddenly a construction site! I think the reference for this part is over my head. Sure we get to see the press machine flatten some rainbow bagels and I think those were orbies being dumped on those folks but…I don’t know the main reference to the construction site. Someone fill me in xD

Next we have a little race courseΒ  which was fun…and kind of forgettable if I’m being honest. I literally go “oh” every time I rewatch the video because I never remember this section.

A musical section with Nicky Jam and a little dance party with various YouTubers was fun, again we had so many YouTubers here it was hard to see who was who. We did have a fun homage to the mannequinn challenge where we saw folks like the Slo Mo Guys (my boys) and Pewdiepie make an appearance.

KSI was among the users then did a Running Man Challenge which was fun, cringy but truly something big for the platform. Then we had Damn Daniel because of course we did (yes it’s vine but whatever). Then WE HAD PEN-PINEAPPLE-APPLE-PEN and I screamed because that’s awesome we got PIKOTARO in there dancing with the YouTubers.

Probably the best segment in the whole video was showcasing the gamers and geeks who really make up a huge part of the platform finally getting some recognition (they had their big showcase last year but this year had more featured I think that wouldn’t have been before). Dodger, Markiplier and his team, Angry Black Nerd, VanossGaming, and a few others made the list in a battle royale fest that was a pleasure to watch. Sure, it was only a few seconds of the video but I truly felt they captured gamers how they should.

They had a little tie-in to that line game that was big that year and then we had Kristian Nairn featured HOLDING THE DOOR like he did as Hodor in Game of Thrones, one of the biggest upsets in TV that year. Again, not a YouTube thing but still it was pretty big that year.

We then slow it down for a flash into some of the bigger moments in the platform. We saw the hundred coats of nail polish, the water flip challenge, dabbing, an homage to David Bowie, a Drake music video, and an ending of Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.

And we thought 2015 was hectic. 2016’s video was pure chaos. There was too many people in this video. And you could tell which folks YouTube really wanted to showcase because those were the few people that got more than a second of screentime. I’m talking about you Lily Singh. The only part I really loved was the gamers portion because they were finally getting some love from the platform in this one and 2015’s video. But all-in-all we were nowhere close to the passion project that was 2013’s video.

YouTube Rewind: The Shape of 2017

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Another lowpoint for the YouTube Rewind saga, this video not only showed that YouTube was instead catering to the advertisers instead of the community but also showed that much of the personality that had been seen in the previous videos was just…gone. And let me be clear that I don’t blame the creators themselves with any of this. I fully put the fault onto the direction given by YouTube.

First off, Steven Colbert (love him – but why again is a Talk Show Host or someone who isn’t a prominent leader on the platform leading the show) is in a segment with Liza Koshy and Lele Pons doing a homage to the toddler interrupting the live interview in the background. Oh hey Despacito with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. I can get behind that, Despacito was the biggest song of the year. Overall this opening once again is chaotic and there’s too many YouTubers featured in their little dance party (I did see VanossGaming and Marshmello together so YAY FOR THAT).

Oh hi KSI with a fidget spinner and an homage to the train driving through snow and a tidalwave of snow floods the people at the station. It was fun! We also got a salt bae reference featuring Rhett and Link.

Then there were the slime segments around the world…which were kinda meh. And again, pure chaos. We were jumping around the world and it was hard to keep up with what community of YouTubers we were seeing and who was there as part of that community. It was all-in-all TOO MUCH.

Then we entered the inevitable Shooting Stars meme segment which I guess was fun. I liked the meme as a whole but I felt it was done way too much in this particular video (it happens at least twice so it was a bit of overkill). I just think it was used as another excuse to fit in as many YouTubers as possible into the video. I did see the Slo Mo Guys got snuck in there so yay again for that. Also we had a tie-in to the eclipse which was a huge thing for everyone in 2017.

We also had a segment based on a Taylor Swift video which is a graveyard for memes, many of which I don’t think are dead memes but ok YouTube. It flows right back into Shooting Stars by the way.

Oh yeah, going back to the eclipse, that segment then took a more political term which many viewers didn’t really appreciate. I didn’t mind it all that much because at least I got to see more YouTubers that I think deserved a roll in the video this year. Plus let’s be real here people…2017 had a lot of good and bad in regards to the political and worldly climate of our world. I thought it was nice to see them tie that in a way.

Oh great, the Paul brothers on a roof top dancing. At least we did get to see the Floss kid and other great dancers on the rooftop scene. Plus we also got the Floor is Lava, Poppy, the Hot Knife Challenge, Dream Daddy, Planking, and more. Chaos. Pure Chaos.

The ending credits was a great tie-in to the animation artists on the platform (though YouTube completely failed in the promotion for these animators – plus no compensation for those efforts is really hard for me to understand for the animation and those featured in the whole video).

It may sound like I am ripping on these videos but I really need to stress…there are too many people in this video and too many segments to really appreciate the product itself. It really is chaos and hard to follow any sort of flow for these videos. This video is definitely in one of the lowest rankings for me…And it’s also the first year we saw Pewdiepie removed from the video (the platform’s biggest name) due to controversies. The YouTube Rewinds we used to love were definitely changed to fit the needs of the advertisers – that much was clear with this video.

YouTube Rewind 2018: Everyone Controls Rewind

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And now for what has become the most disliked YouTube Rewind video on the platform, and what has also claimed the top spot for the most disliked video in all of YouTube. And no, we’re not just hating on the video because “it’s the cool thing to do to hate on YouTube Rewind.” We have opinions and it’s time YouTube actually heard it’s community.

We start off with a back shot of someone overlooking the mountains. Oh hi Will Smith! Look, I get he’s making YouTube videos as well now but the trend has made it abuntly clear you don’t want advertisers to see your big YouTube names leading the charge. You want A list celebrities and talk show hosts. (Sorry if it sounds like I’m hating on you Will Smith, I’m really not – we’re birthday bros and I love you to death but it’s hard not to point out the obvious in regards to this platform).

Will makes the statement that if he controlled Rewind he would want Fortnite and Marques Brownlee. WAIT NO – NOT FORTNITE! PLEASE NOT FORTNITE! Actually just kidding, Fortnite was huge for the platform and the world. I don’t care that Fortnite had a very prominent feature in the video this year. Do I think it was far too much – yes. But if people are saying Fortnite shouldn’t have been in it at all, they’re wrong. It was a huge star in gaming this year and the dances alone were everywhere.

Will does the iconic snap (reference to Infinity War) and Marques Brownlee is on a bus flying through the air (like Fortnite – here we go) with a bunch of other YouTubers whom I have no idea who they are at first glance. I do love me some Marques though so yay for that. Marques makes a comment “Is this what you wanted?” (Unforutunately not Marques, it’s not you – it’s the video as a whole).

One of the YouTubers make a statement off of what they would ask for instead and Ninja is seen driving the bus and it’s at this very moment that I began to get very much pissed off at the video. Ninja is NOT a YouTuber despite his many subscribers on the channel. He is an avid steamer on Twitch and does what he does best – gaming, especially in Fortnite. I wouldn’t have been so ticked off by this choice to have him present in the video had I not gone in knowing that other YouTubers who are much more prominent and important to the community would likely be left out due to not being advertiser-friendly (also hey, Ninja has had controversies of his own – but apparently we pick and choose what controveries to pay attention to).

Jumping music comes on and everyone hops out the bus. Ninja hints at the thank your bus drivers meme and everyone’s flying towards the ground. Marques is aimed at two other YouTubers that again I don’t know who they are – they are definitely foreign asking for Liza Koshy instead. She appears in their shopping cart and they go off a sloped cliff (I don’t know what this references – might be Fortnite again).

Suddenly it’s night and we’re at a campfire Are You Afraid of the Dark style. Liza let’s everyone know that they control Rewind this year (and hey YouTube, let this be a lesson to you for future Rewinds – don’t ever do this crap again).

Casey Neistat and these twins I don’t know shout that they want K-Pop. We are suddenly in a K-Pop music video and a sequence that very much infuriated fans of the band BTS who’s music was used but they were never referenced. I do have to say I kind of agree with them here, it’s clear they are referencing the band itself but never mention their name and there has been talk in the community about their music constantly being stolen on the platform. They weren’t even featured themselves in the video at all so I’m sad to see that we just steal these moments without a good reference point for viewers to be able to peel away from the video and visit the artist in question.

A foreign YouTuber wants a royal wedding but she’s marrying Bongo Cat (my favorite meme of the year btw – I was trying to throw a last minute Bongo Cat outfit for Halloween but I couldn’t find a cheap pair of bongos in time). Good on YouTube here for actually getting the original artist for Bongo CatΒ to create this little doodle for the video.

A few YouTubers suggest more science and therefore they do a lipstick melting video. I hated this sequence because I felt it was pointless and not at all what real science videos are about on YouTube. For example, this was a huge year for Slo Mo Guys who made it to 10 million subscribers and also got their YouTube Red show. We also had a great year for the Game Theory/Film Theory channels themselves. I know schedules are hectic but were none of the hardcore science channels not on call this year? Ugh.

There’s a mukbang section and a lot of people are up in arms because Trisha Paytas is very prominent in the YouTube scene for her mukbang videos. I get their frustrations, though I will note mukbang has been a thing for a long time. Trisha is very iconic for making it more prominent in American culture though.

Gallop the Dog gets all the amazing baked goods from Nerdy Nummies and getting served by the Try Guys (my boys <3). I don’t know what this part was referencing if I’m being honest but there’s a dog plus the Try Guys so I didn’t really mind it.

Marshmello was in it then someone goes “Who Is Marshmello” and the mask is off to reveal Yodeling kid and then Adam Rippon ice skating. There was a lot going on here for the few seconds this part was happening and I just-I shake my head at it. We then blend into the many segments that have already happened.

We get the In My Feelings challenge thanks to Lucas the Spider and TheOdd1sOut. We suddenly launch into a remix section featuring some prominent animation artists including Jaiden Animation (who is queen for actually including easter egg references to iconic moments in the community as well as Pewdiepie’s chair in her sections), illymation, and a few others. We also have some live action YouTubers thrown in and then there’s the late night talk show hosts doing fortnite dances. Look, I love the talk show hosts – they are awesome and they do their jobs well. They aren’t prominent YouTubers in the community and having them included but completely turning a blind eye to others who are huge for bringing in viewership is just…wrong in my opinion.

We then turn to iiSuperwomanii (there’s a whole controversy about her being in the video but I won’t go into that – I’ll leave that to the many others who have covered her appearance, I will say though that she’s one of the many YouTubers who have been involved with the project who stated that everyone disliking the video is just hating on it because it’s the cool thing to do) who starts off this section on talking about big strides for the year. We hear things about women being successful, big strides for asian culture, being so proud of the community, etc. We get a glimpse of Markiplier who has been one of the leads in raising money for charity (of course I then note where’s the Game Grumps, where’s JackSepticEye, where’s Rooster Teeth who was able to raise more than $1.5 million in 24 hours for ExtraLife, and so many others that have made huge strides for charity).

WE’RE FORGETTING SOMETHING! One of the YouTubers then notes that they should read the comments and oh my god this is where YouTube Rewind 2018 took it’s final stab at being the worst of the worst in my opinion. The comments that were seen…were handpicked by YouTube (many of them seemed not real but I can’t completely denounce them because I’m not sure). But one thing I knew I saw last year was that people keep asking for more representation from the biggest names on the platform, even if they have been deemed not advertiser friendly. Guess what – IGNORED! Let’s give the people what they want – this was a bold move YouTube but it completely backfired on you and for good reason. You don’t care about what the people want at all, we see that very clearly with this video.

We go through quick sections like showing off the I Love It outfits, Futbol, a reference to Elon Musk shooting a car into space featuring our main sister James Charles, ASMR, foil ball challenge, and more Fortnite. And probably one of the biggest moments that could backfire on YouTube, interesting how the Fortnite dancers are now all in a forest that looks vaguely like a certain forest in Japan that one of your main stars filmed a dead body in. Woops. There’s even wooden signs up everywhere with the supposed comments on them but in the suicide forest there’s also signs up everywhere telling folks not to kill themselves and that they are worth it. Did the folks at YouTube REALLY not think that one through?

Oh it wouldn’t be 2018 without a Baby Shark reference. Then a huge dance party through all the sections, then we end with Will Smith memeing it up with the “That’s Hot” line while looking up at the bus flying overhead. Primitive technology ends out the credits with an impressive YouTube play button made from clay.

One thing to note from 2018, they went for less YouTubers in the video and more diverse channels across the platform. This would have been a good move for YouTube but it was completely overshadowed by all the bad choices and catering they were doing for the advertisers. At this time, YouTube Rewind 2018 is noted as the most disliked video on the platform at 15 million+ dislikes. It’s one thing if YouTube actually took this seriously but they have made jokes about it on their Twitter account and YouTubers involved with the project in some way or those who are close to the platform’s main hub completely denounced those complaining about the video as haters. LISTEN TO YOUR COMMUNITY YOUTUBE! Their opinions are valid and it’s clear you did something wrong here.

The Rankings: What Rewinds Stood Out Above the Rest

As I’ve stated above, there’s some clear favorites and clear misses by my standards for these videos. Following the YouTube Rewind 2018 release, many YouTubers and community members have turned to social media to sound off on their opinions on the released video and the platform as a whole. YouTuber KEEMSTAR showed off his YouTube Rewind ranking which helped inspire my reviews for this post. So from highest to lowest – here’s my official ranking of the YouTube Rewinds from 2012 to present.

  1. YouTube Rewind: What Does 2013 Say? – A clear standout from the rest of the rewinds, 2013 was a huge step in the right direction from the lower budget 2012 release. It was something new and brought in a lot of big names on the platform. What’s more is that it truly highlighted what was going on in the community that year – whether it be What the Fox Say, screaming goats, Harlem Shake, and more. It was a fun ride and something that truly sparked my love for the annual celebration of the platform.
  2. Rewind YouTube Style 2012 – This video, though a lower budget than the ones following this video, started off this annual trend of producing a video celebrating the community as a whole and the events that were huge for the year. And with Psy as a prominent feature in the video, the audience knew they were in for a wild ride. And seeing such amazing creators coming together to create something lasting was just awesome. Loved this video (though it doesn’t even come close to my love for 2013’s video).
  3. YouTube Rewind: Now Watch Me 2015 – This video may have been a sure sign that the chaos in the videos was growing worse with trying to cater to as many creators as possible, but it was still a fun time nonetheless. I really liked this one, especially for including more emphasis on gaming in the community and Five Nights at Freddys. And they strived to include the trends of the year in very creative ways which I enjoyed. What more, we had that YouTube in Review for the ten year anniversary which got me in the feels. It was great!
  4. Youtube Rewind: Turn Down for 2014 – When Pewdiepie entered the scene with the Turn Down For What homage, I knew this was going to be a fun ride. It was the first year we saw a huge wave of international stars added into the mix and it was beginning to seem a little chaotic but all-in-all it was good fun. Good fun indeed.
  5. YouTube Rewind: The Ultimate 2016 Challenge – I think what saved this video from being lower on the list for me was honestly the shoutout to gamers on YouTube in a fun segment where it looks like they were in a street fighter battle. Also we didn’t ignore Pewdiepie in this one so good job YouTube. It was pure chaos but still had some good points so I was willing to give this one a pass compared to the last two.
  6. YouTube Rewind: The Shape of 2017 – Honestly I was hoping YouTube would have taken a second to listen to the community from this video. And in a way I suppose they did with limiting the amount of creators featured following this video by a significant amount. But this one was too fast-paced and disjointed from what was really going on in the community in my opinion.Β  Sure there were a few good points in this one but it was completely overshadowed by the pace and the barage of creators thrown into the video. This was the video that made me no longer defend the platform for its choices to ignore the community’s wishes.
  7. YouTube Rewind 2018: Everyone Controls Rewind – Sorry YouTube, this was hands-down your worst rewind yet and truly showcased how little you actually understand your community. For hosting a key message for giving the people what they wanted, you picked and chose things that you felt was important to highlight for advertisers – like Will Smith, Ninja, and late night talk show hosts doing Fortnite dances. Even YouTubers on the set, like Marques Brownlee noted that the final product was not what was originally being filmed on set and felt like a disjointed mess. It wasn’t good YouTube. Learn your lesson and actually take a step in the right direction.

YouTube vs. The Creators – What Some Key Content Creators Are Saying About Rewind and the Platform

Now when YouTube Rewind first hit the scene, the community came out in full force – some in favor of the new video while others (and I am talking MANY MORE HERE) did not like what was created this year. The first one I’ll showcase is YouTubers reacting to YouTube Rewind 2018. Please note that some of these creators were IN THE VIDEO ITSELF!!! And they are praising it and becausing saying people are hating on it because they want to hate on it. I do praise those however who actually called out the platform for not including certain things, it not being a real rewind, and for it being cringy.

Creator Evan Edinger shared why he thinks the video is a hot mess and what theories he has as to why. He talks about the history of the annual video celebrating YouTube for that year and what changed throughout the years.

YouTube Creator Marques Brownlee whom you may notice is in YouTube Rewind 2018 came out with his own response to the video and shared where he thinks the problems occurred over the years. He notes that over time the point of the video changed for executives and it shows in the product produced.

And then Casey Neistat who was also in YouTube Rewind 2018 came out to share his own response defending the video. He points out that there’s a trend for hating on the video for views and negativity. He states he needed to share his response since he was already going to get hate anyway for his part in the video. Now he makes some great points in the video about the fact that the team themselves had good intentions with what they wanted to create and the final product was not what they wanted. But I think too many people involved are calling out everyone else about simply hating on the video.

H3H3 then chimed in discussing Rewind’s history and Ethan’s thoughts on 2018’s video. He compared 2018’s video to 2013 and shared what changes can be seen in how the video is made. He even called out YouTube for not involving the biggest creators of the year in the video including MrBeast, Pewdiepie, Shane Dawson, and more. And he stated that if we can’t get back to actually celebrating what was actually happening in the community in these videos then YouTube Rewind should end.

And then there’s nigahiga. My god I love this guy and his parody/comedy videos. And I love his snarkiness as he calls out YouTube Rewind in his own way.

There’s plenty of creators out there that you can check out discussing the topic but these are ones that really stood out to me.

Also, this is not the first year that YouTube Rewind has gotten any sort of backlash from creators and the community. Heck, we even saw Emma Blackery taking to YouTube after appearing in 2016 and 2017’s video stating her experiences and why she will not be returning to the annual video. And ImAlexx talked a little bit about some of these controversies as well.

Mentioned by ImAlexx above and by others, we also note that Pewdiepie has not been featured since 2017 (at least not him – animators like Jaiden are serving the bros well). Hey everyone, regardless if you like him or not, Pewdiepie is the BIGGEST YOUTUBE CONTENT CREATOR ON THE BLOODY PLATFORM! Seriously, he has 91 Million+ followers. And hell, his “Battle with T-Series” has been one of the biggest events in 2018 and 2019. Felix touches on both his 2017 and 2018 experiences in videos below.

As stated previously, there’s a lot of conversation out there and I recommend that if you’re interested to search through the conversations and see what people are saying. Even now in March 2019 there’s still conversations being had about YouTube’s decision on this video and the platform’s problems as a whole in its current state.

Better Rewinds Than YouTube Rewind 2018

To close out this post, I wanted to feature some Rewinds that were actually a lot better and worth your attention for 2018. Thanks for reading everyone and give the creators some love!