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Sophia Fox And The Lewistown Wig-Wags

Another August post. I know this post’s 2 topics don’t really go together, but I like them, so I’m doing this one for you now.

In Lewistown, Montana, there once stood 2 Wig-Wag signals on West Water Street. Down below is a photo of them from 2002.

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The line was then operated by BNSF. At the time of the photo above being taken, there had been rumors that Lewistown did not want tracks in town anymore, and thus the trains only came to Lewistown about once a week.

However, in 2003, a storm washed away part of the track, and the line was taken out of service. Finally, in December 2005, BNSF got permission to abandon the Lewistown line. Then the word got around that the Wig-Wags and other railroad crossing signals there would be removed. The rails would also be pulled and the line would become a crosswalk trail. This finally happened during 2006.

Now, for your preschooler family member, he or she may have heard of a show called TEAM UMIZOOMI. Ever wondered who voiced Milli during the season 1  episodes (except the episode “The Butterfly Dance Show”, for unknown reasons)? Well, down below is a picture of the girl recording as Milli.

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Her name is Sophia Fox, only it’s spelled “Sofia Fox” in the picture. She was born in 1999 in New York City.

Other voice actors for those episodes include Ethan Kempner and Donovan Patton.

That’s the end of this post. There’s just about 2 weeks before school resumes.

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The MGM Lions (with a small vacation talk)

Well, it’s FINALLY 2016, and now I’m finally 13 years old. Today was the last day of Winter Break, and I guess that means I’ll do only 1 Winter Break post. I know you were hoping for more, but I’ve been too interested in other things.

Well anyway, in 1916, the Goldwyn Pictures studio filmed the lion logo for the first time.

They filmed another lion in 1923.

In 1924, Goldwyn Pictures teamed up with Metro Pictures and Mayer Pictures to form Metro Goldwyn Mayer studios.

Metro and Mayer both liked Goldwyn’s logo, so they decided to make the lion their official logo.

The filmed a lion named Slats and used him for their first 4 years of service.

They used another version of the clip for the 1925 film THE CIRCLE.

In 1928, Metro Goldwyn Mayer ending their silent era and began airing sound films.

At that point they removed Slats used a lion named Jackie with sound for the first time.

Jackie was used in much of MGM’s black-and-white sound films.

Apparently, it is rare to find Jackie in color, but in the color version of the 1934 film BABIES IN TOYLAND.

MGM even animated Jackie for one of its cartoons.

At about the same time MGM added sound to their films, they began releasing 2-strip color films as well.

At the point, MGM introduced a lion named Telly.

In 1932, MGM removed Telly and replaced him with a new lion named Coffee.

Then, in 1934, Coffee was also removed when MGM added a 3rd strip into their color filming. Tanner, another popular lion, was introduced at that point.

Then, in 1953, MGM removed the marquee below the circle and placed the company name on top of it. At this point, black-and-white films used Jackie and color films used Tanner.

In 1956, MGM removed Tanner and Jackie and replaced them with a new lion named George.

Then, in 1957, George was joined by a new lion named Leo.

In 1958, MGM removed George and Leo took full control of the films.

Then, in 1982, MGM gave Leo some new roars.

In 1984, MGM changed the circle color from white to gold.

Only small changes have been made to the logo since then.

But in 2012, a new HD MGM logo was introduced.

This is MGM’s current logo.

Well, Spring Break is in just 2 months from now, and I could possibly on my webpage for Spring Break as well. This is unlikely since my parents and I are going on a trip to Florida for much of Spring Break. But you never know.

Summer is in just 5 months from now, and I’m looking forward to it!

That’s the end of this post, and I’ll write several more posts for 2016. We’re gonna try to make it a good year!

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How to really Pod your Critter

If you’ve ever watched the 1999 film STAR WARS EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE, you’d probably remember the pod race scene, on Tatooine, called the Boonta Eve Classic. Down below is a video of the whole, entire race.

Some the lap 2 was cut off, however. Down below is the extended lap 2 version.

Anakin Skywalker won the race and Sebulba (the track favorite) crashed.

In addition to putting it in the film, they also made a game of it called STAR WARS EPISODE 1: RACER.

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The Boonta Eve Classic on Tatooine with Sebulba was in this game, but it was not the only corse. The names of the other tracks are:

Boonta Training Course (Tatoonie) (with Sebulba)

Mon Gazza Speedway (Mon Gazza) (with Teemto Pagalies)

Beedo’s Wild Ride (Ando Prime) (with Aldar Beedo)

Aquarlis Classic (Aquarlis) (with Clegg Holdfast)

Malastare 100 (Malastare) (with Dud Bolt)

Vengeance (Oovo IV) (with Fud Sang)

Spice Mine Run (Mon Gazza) (with Mars Guo)

Sunken City (Aquarlis) (with “Bullseye” Navior)

Howler George (Ando Prime) (with Ratts Tyerell)

Dug Derby (Malastare) (with Elan Mak)

Scrapper’s Run (Ord Ibanna) (with Wan Sandage)

Zugga Challenge (Mon Gazza) (with Boles Roor)

Baroo Coast (Baroonda) (with Neva Kee)

Bumby’s Breakers (Aquarlis) (with Ark “Bumpy” Roose)

Executioner (Oovo IV) (with Toy Dampner)

Sebulba’s Legacy (Malastare) (with Sebulba)

Grabvine Gateway (Baroonda) (with Anakin Skywalker)

Andobi Mountain Run (Ando Prime) (with Manhownic)

Dethro’s Revenge (Ord Ibanna) (with Ody Mandrell)

Fire Mountain Rally (Baroonda) (with Ebe Endecott)

Ando Prime Centrum (Ando Prime) (with Slide Paramita)

Abyss (Ord Ibanna) (with Bozzie Baranta)

The Gauntlet (Oovo IV) (with Gasgano)

Inferno (Baroonda) (with Ben Quadinaros)

Now, I’m gonna show you only a few tracks. Yes, I know, it would have been cooler if I posted up ALL of them, but I thought that if I did, it would just waste up too much room.

So I posted up 3 tracks below. In the first video, the track is Howler George. In the second, the track is Zugga Challenge. And in the third, the track is Bumby’s Breakers. The first 2 videos are raced with Ark “Bumby” Roose. The last video is raced with Boles Roor.


In case any of you guys wanted to see a course with its track favor, I posted up 2 down below. That is (to be exact) Toy Dampner racing in Executioner, and Bozzie Baranta racing in Abyss. You can only see most of their engines while their podracers fly, but who really cares?


And luckily, if you crash your pod, a green arrow will show, and you may keep on racing.

But there’s the thing: At the start of the game, some racers will be locked, including Sebulba. In order to unlock them, you must defeat them in their tracks. Most locked racers will have only 1 track for you to defeat, but Sebulba, however, has 3 tracks for you to defeat.

A sequel to this game was released during 2002. It is called STAR WRAS RACER REVENGE. But I think telling you about would just waste a little bit of time. You many look it up on the internet if you want to learn more about. But here are 2 things: It takes places 8 years after the original, and if you crash your pod, your race is over. This is an arcade, too, but I’m just not gonna post the info since it’s just gonna waste room.

That’s the end of this post. Hopefully, I’ll write again tomorrow.

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The Disney Semi-Quotes

My first post of September! It’s hard to believe that now I’m in 7th grade and that next year I’ll be 13 years old. Also, due to class throughout most of the week days, for now I’ll do posts ONLY on the weekends.

First, here are some summarized Lilo and Stitch trailers:

Beauty and the Beast: Belle and Beast begin their ballroom dance sequence as normal. But the the camera pans to the angels on the ceiling, Stitch is seen crawling across the painting. Watching Belle and Beast, he crawls onto the chandelier, which breaks and falls. Beast notices, dives, and pulls Belle with him out of the harm’s way while the chandelier smashes on the ballroom floor behind them. The moment ruined, Belle announces she will head up to her room. As she departs, Stitch wolf whistles after her, to which she replies indignantly, “Get your own movie!”

The Little Mermaid: Ariel is sitting on a rock and singing the reprise of “Part of Your World”, when suddenly, a huge wave (which is being ridden by Stitch on a surfboard) runs up and dumps on her, causing her to dump off the rock. As the wave settles, Ariel pops up and throughs a starfish at Stitch, saying “I was singing here!”

Aladdin: Aladdin and Jasmine are singing “A Whole New World” (in which Jasmine is singing her first part), but then then are interrupted by stitch flying in his red cruiser. Stitch flirts with Jasmine, and then Jasmine accidentally gets onto the cruiser, and the cruiser drives off, leaving Aladdin sitting alone on the magic carpet, in which he yells at Stitch to “Get your own movie!”

The Lion King: There are two different versions of this commercial. In one of them, clips of past disney classics are shown (Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Bambi, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin to be exact). During the past shown clips, an off-screen voice over says, “For over 70 years, the Walt Disney studios has won the hearts of audiences with the most enchanting, delightful, and lovable characters the world had ever known. On June 21st, the tradition….”, and then is suddenly cut off as Rafiki thrusts Stitch into the air in the manner of the presentation ceremony of the original film. The animals then halt still with confusion. A young, hairless warthog (who is not Pumbaa) cries out “Hey, that’s not Simba!”, and Rafiki notices. All the animals get scared and flee, leaving Stitch sitting alone on Pride Rock. Stitch clears his throat and roars unconvincingly. In the other commercial, the song “Circle of Life” plays, but is coming to an end. Rafiki then raises Stitch into the air on the last note. The rest of the parody plays out mostly like the previous one, except that in this commercial, Timon (who is sitting on Pumbaa’s back) is the one who yells, “Hey, that’s not Simba!”

I even posted a video onto this post that has all 5 commercials. It is right down below.

Okay, here’s the next thing:

One of the “A Whole New World” covers is by Peter Andre and Katie Price, and believe it or not, they’re from ENGLAND, not America.

Down below is the lyric video of the song. Yes, I know, it would have been cooler if there was a live action video, but I wanted to get the lyrics on in case any of you guys wanted to record it in the future.

Peter and Katie were actually married at the time this was recorded, just like Aladdin and Jasmine are now. BUT…. they divorced in 2009. It’s difficult to imagine such a great-sounding duet no longer married.

But I like these two. They actually made “A Whole New World” an album, not just one single. Look the album’s songs up on the internet if you want to hear them. But, if you listen to Peter and Katie singing in the album, and you hear them speaking on their TV show, “Katie and Peter”, you will hear a BIG difference on how their voices sound.

In my last post, I said that I will one day record the 4-minute single cover with my wife. Well, we’ve got many years before we can do that.

Okay, here’s the 3rd thing:

In the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse christmas episode, “Mickey Saves Santa”, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck must follow Mrs. Claus to MissleToe Mountain in order to rescue her husband. They take the ToonPlane. On the way, they use a headlight to spot Professor Von Drake and they manage to get out of his way. Unfortunately, Donald loses his christmas list and the plane runs out of gas. The plane lands safely at the North Pole.

While they are riding the plane, Donald wears a pilot’s cap and red-orange scarf. Mickey wears goggles and a green scarf. Unlike Donald (who has his goggles up for the whole time), Mickey’s eyes are covered by his goggles.

Mickey’s goggles are already down when he is first shown wearing his pilot gear. It isn’t until that the plane has landed and that they are looking for MissleToe Mountain that Mickey doffs his goggles up onto his forehead.

I even added a video of the episode (along with some others) down below. The scenes with the plane stuff are at 5:06-8:35, and the scene were Mickey doffs his goggles is at 8:22.


Okay, here’s the last thing:

In January of this year, several of the 8th graders went on a trip to the Walt Disney and Seaworld resorts in Orlando. Perhaps when I’M in 8th grade, I could go to those resorts, too!

But what if I don’t? Well, then you’d probably guess we could go on a family vacation there. But for now, this is unlikely since my family’s just not into traveling to big, huge, and packed resorts these days. But you never know.

That’s the end of this post, and I’ll write again next weekend (hopefully).

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