This summer, I watched a Make It Or Break It marathon on Netflix where all 40 episodes of the ABC Family drama about elite gymnasts-in-training are available to Watch Instantly. When I was a tweenager, I was obsessed with the “Magnificent Seven” 1996 Olympic Gymnastics Team and their quest for real-life Olympic gold, and 15 years later, Make It Or Break It is my perfect guilty pleasure.
Promotional image for Make It Or Break It, image copyrighted ABC Family
The series centers on four gymnasts: newcomer Emily Kmetko, uber-focused Payson Keeler, diva Kaylie Cruz, and manipulative backstabber Lauren Tanner, who are frenemies at the Rocky Mountain Gymnastics Training Center (The Rock) where they compete to make the National, Worlds, and (eventual) 2012 Olympic gymnastics teams. I first gushed about the series this past June, with my take on the series’ PROS (solid acting, excellent gymnastics, melodrama) and CONS (preachiness, predictable storylines, melodrama).
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ABC’s Once Upon a Time debuted last week as one of two new primetime series with a fairy tale twist (the other being NBC’s Grimm).
Pinocchio and Geppetto from ABC's Once Upon a Time, photograph by Jack Rowand and copyrighted ABC
In Once Upon a Time, fairy tale characters, including Snow White, Geppetto, Rumplestiltskin, and Little Red Riding Hood, have been cursed by the Evil Queen and are now trapped in the real world in a town called Storybrooke, Maine, with no memories of their past lives. Only Snow White’s daughter Emma escaped the curse, and she has returned to the town 28 years later to break the curse and restore the characters to their happy endings.
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74 years ago, Walt Disney released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), the first full-color animated feature ever produced and the first film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics cannon which has grown to 51 animated features, including 2011′s Winnie the Pooh.
Still from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), image copyright Disney
Despite the years that have passed, Snow White remains a very popular Disney character. She is one of the ten official Disney Princesses and appears frequently at the Disney parks as a meet and greet character and in the Snow White’s Scary Adventures dark ride. The seven dwarfs in the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale may not have had names or personalities, but Walt Disney imbued them with both, and Sleepy, Happy, Grumpy, Dopey, Sneezy, Bashful, and Doc remain beloved classic characters.
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Did you know that most Disney Channel original series are shot on production studios in Hollywood and Los Angeles, California? California may be the center of film and television production in America, but it’s not where most of the shows actually take place. Disney Channel’s west coast sets stand in for diverse locations throughout the United States, including New York City, Washington D.C., and Chicago.
Map of Disney Channel Series: State by State
Below is a chart of popular Disney Channel shows and the cities that are integral to their settings. Did you know that the Tipton Hotel in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody is located in Boston, Massachusetts? Or that Sonny With a Chance takes place in Appleton, Wisconsin? Find out more below!
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Walt Disney World recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, and every Disney milestone deserves a Disney quiz! Test your Walt Disney World knowledge with this 15 question quiz based on the attractions of Disney World’s four major theme parks: The Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and the Animal Kingdom.
The four theme parks of Walt Disney World, photographs by Valerie Champagne
This quiz is challenging! How well do you know your Walt Disney World history?
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