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BlakeOnline Special – BlakeOnline Bullseye Awards 2009 Winners

June 24, 2009

Image © Disney/Pixar.

The winners for the inaugural BlakeOnline Bullseye Awards.

By Blake

Originally posted June 24, 2009.

This year, BlakeOnline is the home of the inaugural BlakeOnline Bullseye Awards! A “Bullseye” has been given to a variety of Disney-related (and some non-Disney-related) productions that I think deserve some extra attention. I chose the “Bullseye” name to keep with the Toy Story theme that began with the new “Buzz” quarterly updates. Hopefully, this will become an annual BlakeOnline event. The Bullseye nominees were announced on June 8, 2009, and the winners are in! How were the winners determined among the nominees? Well, I just chose them. Although it would make sense for Disney fans to choose what they think should win, at this point it was simpler for me to choose the results based on what I’ve observed around the Disney community.

In the future, I plan to give nominations to projects that were released within a one-year time frame (from mid-May to mid-May), but since this is the first year of the Bullseye Awards, I’m gone with an 18-month time frame, from mid-November 2007 through mid-May 2009.

Here are the winners (and runner-ups) for the inaugural BlakeOnline Bullseye Awards!! A * indicates a category that includes (but is not limited to) non-Disney nominees.

Best Movie – Enchanted

This movie has the workings of a true modern Disney classic. Many of the components that have made up previous Disney masterpieces were present, including endearing characters, superb music (provided by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, who earned three Academy-Award nominations), and a subtle focus on animation, even though most of the movie was in a live-action format. The film consisted of an animated heroine named Giselle (played by Amy Adams) being thrust from her home in Andalasia and into the real world. Giselle’s groom-to-be Prince Edward (James Marsden) journeys after her in an effort to return her home, while Giselle is taken in by a flustered man named Robert (Patrick Dempsey). Ultimately the movie’s highest points come as Giselle takes New York by storm as she enchants the city with her charming antics, including breaking out into song and communicating with “woodland” creatures. The film also has a strong emphasis on many Disney references, sure to keep Disney fans paying close attention to detail.

Enchanted wins Best Movie. Image © Disney.

Best Movie Runner-Up – Bolt

Bolt had the feel of a classic Disney animated film. It certainly had taken great care to create its main characters, especially Rhino, the hilarious hamster. Its plot consisted of a dog named Bolt headlining his own TV series, thinking all of his powers from the show are real. This proves to be a problem when he accidentally finds himself in New York, having to trek back home to Hollywood with a sly cat named Mittens and an obsessive fan named Rhino the hamster in tow. Overall I think Bolt was culminated together rather nicely, and hopefully it’s a hint at what’s yet to come from Walt Disney Animation Studios in the coming years.

Best TV Show* – American Idol Season 7

2008’s American Idol contestants possibly revolutionized the competition by adding their own distinctive styles to their performances. With contestants being allowed to use instruments on stage for the first time, the show dramatically changed from looking for the best singer to looking for the best artist – someone who could add their personality into their performances and change up arrangements to better suit them. David Cook achieved this excellently throughout the season, and ended up winning. Cook’s debut self-titled rock album was released in November, and he’s now on tour. In second place was David Archuleta, who has since also released a self-titled album, made appearances on Nickelodeon’s iCarly and Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana, and is now touring with Demi Lovato.

American Idol Season 7 wins Best TV Show. Image © Fox.

Best TV Show Runner-Up* – American Idol Season 8

Again, contestants had to step it up to change their performances and define themselves as artists in another unforgettable season. Kris Allen eventually won.

Best TV Special/Movie* – A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa

I can’t express how ecstatic I was when I found out that the Muppets would be returning to TV for a one-hour Christmas special. Part of an ongoing effort to bring the Muppets back (which is expected to continue with more upcoming projects), A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa debuted on NBC in December, 2008, and delivered a wholeheartedly quality Muppet production filled with heart, hilarity, and even a few delightful new songs (which were written by Paul Williams). The special had Kermit and friends delivering several lost letters to Santa Claus. In true Muppet fashion, everything doesn’t go exactly as planned.

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa wins Best TV Special/Movie. Image © Disney.

Best TV Special/Movie Runner-Up* – American Idol Season 8 Finale

A real showstopper, this finale had many surprise appearances and amazing performances. Keith Urban, Kiss, Lionel Richie, Cyndi Lauper, Jason Mraz, David Cook, Queen, and more were among the highlights. Additionally, the season’s top thirteen contestants were all brought back to perform, and the night ended with Kris Allen being named 2009’s American Idol winner.

Best Acting – Amy Amy Adams as Giselle in Enchanted
The naïve, curious, and awed Giselle was played wonderfully by Amy Adams in Enchanted. In the live-action scenes, the movement and rhythm of Adams’ actions conveyed Giselle’s character excellently. In the animated sequences, the deliverance of Giselle’s diction and speech again brought the character to the screen marvelously.

Amy Adams wins Best Acting for her performance as Giselle in Enchanted. Image © Disney.

Best Acting Runner-Up – Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay in High School Musical 3: Senior Year


Already proving from the first two High School Musical movies that she could diversify her roles to become both the kind Maddie in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as well as the devious Sharpay in HSM, Ashley Tisdale stepped up her game for the third HSM installment to bring an excellent performance. Devious, attention-getting, and clever all describe Sharpay and all were performed superbly by Tisdale, who once again delivered a solid performance.

Best Song – “That’s How You Know” from Enchanted
Written by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz

Enchanted’s lavish production number, “That’s How You Know” had Giselle (played by Amy Adams) gallivanting around Central Park in an effort to bring cheer and happiness to citizens, as well as teach them how they should treat their loved ones. The song is one of the best new Disney tunes in years, and was released on the DisneyMania 6 CD in May, 2008, sung by Demi Lovato.

“That’s How You Know” written by Alan Meken and Stephen Schwartz wins Best Song. Image © Disney.

Best Song Runner-Up – “I Want It All” from High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Written by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil

Describing the personality of Sharpay Evans (played by Ashley Tisdale) to a tee in one single song, “I Want It All” consists of pretty selfish lyrics when just reading the words, but when watching it performed on screen in High School Musical 3: Senior Year, it does its job quite well to convey the personalities of two of the movie’s main characters and to deliver an important plot point. The lyrics creatively spin dialogue into melodies and suit the Sharpay and Ryan characters wonderfully. The songwriting here is just right.

Best DVD – Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary Edition

Definitely one of my favorite Disney movies ever, Mary Poppins came to DVD again in January, 2009, with most of the wonderful bonus features that were included on 2004’s 40th Anniversary Edition of the film, as well as new supplements going behind the scenes of the Broadway production of Mary Poppins. The movie’s DVD would be magnificent if it contained nothing but the film itself, but the addition of the many DVD bonuses makes it a very satisfying set.

Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary Edition wins Best DVD. Image © Disney.

Best DVD Runner-Up – Walt Disney Treasures: Disneyland Secrets, Stories, & Magic

This DVD was released as part of the Walt Disney Treasures series in December, 2007, and includes a truly great new documentary tracing the history of Disneyland and what went into initially creating the park. Bonuses include an entertaining Disney trivia game, a very fascinating presentation (and commentary) of People and Places: Disneyland, U.S.A., several episodes of The Wonderful World of Color, a pleasant art gallery, and more.

Best Internet Video Series* – Disney Park Characters


These are a range of hilarious videos recorded by various Disneyland and Walt Disney World park guests focusing on the happenings of the Mad Hatter, Alice, Peter Pan, the Tremaines, and other characters throughout the parks. What’s so great about these is that – unlike the other candidates for this Bullseye category – most of them are of real events throughout the Disney parks that weren’t scripted, showing the true enchantment that exists in Disney’s characters and Cast Members. Links: Users Briberry, Disleanne, SkeletonStockings, MadHattress330, forevermeg4u.

Best Internet Video Series Runner-Up* – Muppets.com

Began in February, 2008, this is a collection of official Muppet videos featuring Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Pepe, Rizzo, and even some of the lesser-known characters like Bobo the Bear and Beauregard. The videos have been continuously added to the website since the site’s initial launch, and now contain enough material to provide quite a while of hilarious entertainment. They’re definitely worth checking out.

That wraps up this year’s BlakeOnline Bullseye Awards! Congratulations to all of the winners!

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By Blake; posted June 24, 2009. All images © Disney EXCEPT: Bullseye image © Disney/Pixar; American Idol image © Fox.

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BlakeOnline Special – BlakeOnline Bullseye Awards 2009 Nominees

June 9, 2009
Image © Disney/Pixar.

The nominees for the inaugural BlakeOnline Bullseye Awards.

By Blake

Originally posted June 8, 2009.

It seems that Disney fans often get a little perplexed when prestigious award shows such as the Oscars and the Grammys announce their nominees (and winners, for that matter) and some productions that seemed to have swept the Disney community off their feet are nowhere to be seen on the list. I sometimes think Disney should have their own set of official awards, to be given only to Disney projects. However, that might seem a bit too self-centered and commercial to be accepted well.

However, since BlakeOnline is in no way associated with the Walt Disney Company, it won’t seem commercial at all as I announce that the website is the home of the inaugural BlakeOnline Bullseye Awards! A “Bullseye” will be given to a variety of Disney-related (and some non-Disney-related) productions that I think deserve some extra attention. I chose the Bullseye name to keep with the Toy Story theme that began with the new “Buzz” quarterly updates. Hopefully, this will become an annual BlakeOnline event.

In the future, I plan to give nominations to projects that were released within a one-year time frame (from mid-May to mid-May), but since this is the first year of the Bullseye Awards, I’m going to go with an 18-month time frame, from mid-November 2007 through mid-May 2009.

How will the winners be determined among the nominees? Well, I’m just going to choose them. Although it would make sense for Disney fans to choose what they think should win, at this point it’s going to be simpler for me to choose the results based on what I’ve observed around the Disney community.

Here are the nominees for the BlakeOnline Bullseye Awards 2009! A * indicates a category that includes (but is not limited to) non-Disney nominees.

Best Movie
Enchanted

A classic Disney heroine, wonderful music, a return to animation (if only for a while), and great Disney references.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Another suspenseful and quality Jerry Bruckheimer movie.

Wall-E

Pixar’s breathtaking and eye-opening story of a robot that falls in love.

Bolt

The best non-Pixar Disney animated film since Lilo & Stitch, about a heroic dog trekking his way to Hollywood.

Wall-E. Image © Disney/Pixar.

Best TV Show*

American Idol Season 7

The season where David Cook won.

Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs. Favorites

Plenty of shockers and blindsides.

The Office Season 5

Hilarious.

iCarly Season 2 – A Nickelodeon sitcom created by Dan Schneider, who also created The Amanda Show, Drake & Josh, and Zoey 101.

American Idol Season 8

The season where Kris Allen won.

Best TV Special/Movie*

Shrek the Halls

A brief, charming return to the Shrek characters. Gingy was hilarious.

American Idol Season 7 Finale

ZZ Top, One Republic, the Jonas Brothers, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, and more were among the highlights.

Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh

Drake Bell and Josh Peck returned to Nickelodeon for a satisfying Christmas movie.

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa

One of the best Muppet productions in years.

Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade 2008

Miley Cyrus had a great opening number and the Broadway cast of Mary Poppins had a sensational performance. The parade also had a large focus on characters and the parade itself.

American Idol Season 8 Finale

A real showstopper; Keith Urban, Kiss, Lionel Richie, Cyndi Lauper, Jason Mraz, David Cook, Queen, and more were among the highlights.

Kermit the Frog in A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. Image © Disney.

Best Acting

This category won’t be divided into “actor/actress,” “supporting actor/actress,” or “voice actor/actress” like some awards are, but rather all of those categories will be combined into one award, given to a performer who brought an extra something special to their character.

Amy Adams as Giselle in Enchanted

The naïve, curious, and awed Giselle was played wonderfully by Adams in both the live-action scenes and animated sequences.

Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay in High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Already proving from the first two High School Musical movies that she could diversify her roles to become both the kind Maddie in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as well as the devious Sharpay in HSM, Ashley Tisdale stepped up her game for the third HSM installment to bring an excellent performance.

Mark Walton as Rhino in Bolt

As one of the funniest Disney characters in a while, Rhino tagged along on Bolt’s nationwide voyage, and his energetic voice was a large part of his personality.

Amy Adams as Giselle in Enchanted. Image © Disney.

Best Song

“Happy Working Song” from Enchanted

Written by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
A pleasant tune that heralded back to classic Disney favorites like “Whistle While You Work” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and “The Work Song” from Cinderella.

“That’s How You Know” from Enchanted

Written by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
A lavish production number channeling “Under the Sea” and “Be Our Guest.”

“I Want It All” from High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Written by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil
One of HSM3’s biggest numbers and the one that was written wonderfully for the characters that sang it (Sharpay and Ryan).

“Delivering Christmas” from A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa

Written by Paul Williams
The opening number of the Muppets’ new Christmas special that has a classic Muppet feel and welcomes in the Christmas season with simple yet elegant joy.

“The Climb” from Hannah Montana: The Movie

Written by Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe
An inspirational hit that reached platinum status and encompasses a blend of reflective emotions wonderfully.

Left to right: Jemma McKenzie-Brown as Tiara Gold, Manly (director Kenny Ortega’s dog) as Boi, Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay Evans, and Lucas Grabeel as Ryan Evans in High School Musical 3: Senior Year. Image © Disney.

An amazing movie with great bonuses.

Walt Disney Treasures: Disneyland Secrets, Stories, & Magic

One of the best Walt Disney Treasures sets yet; an excellent new documentary complemented by exceptional bonus features.

Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald Volume 4

The fourth collection of classic Donald Duck shorts, including some of the wonderful cartoons created for the 1999 – 2000 TV series Mickey Mouse Works.

Wall-E Special Edition

A stellar Pixar film with fascinating behind-the-scenes featurettes, plus a new short.

Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary Edition

A magnificent Disney classic with a spectacular DVD set containing hours of fun that seem as endless as Mary Poppins’ carpet bag.

Pinocchio 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition

Disney’s 2nd animated film with several intriguing making-of bonuses.

Geoffrey Rush (left) as Barbossa and Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Image © Disney.

Best Internet Video Series*

Muppets.com

A collection of official Muppet videos featuring Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Pepe, Rizzo, and even some of the lesser-known characters like Bobo the Bear and Beauregard. The website has been continuously updated since February 2008 with new videos.

Fred Figglehorn

A comedy short series about a high-pitched 6-year-old facing troubles of everyday life that landed “Fred” actor Lucas Cruikshank an appearance on iCarly and made him YouTube’s #1 most-subscribed user of all time.

Virmup (Muppet Virals)

A series of short, official Muppet videos (that were apparently uploaded to YouTube by the Muppets themselves on their own individual character pages) that diversified the Muppets’ internet platform.

Disney Park Characters

A range of hilarious videos recorded by various Disneyland and Walt Disney World park guests focusing on the happenings of the Mad Hatter, Alice, Peter Pan, the Tremaines, and other characters throughout the parks. Links: Users Briberry, Disleanne, SkeletonStockings, MadHattress330, forevermeg4u.

Stay tuned for the results of the inaugural BlakeOnline Bullseye Awards!

By Blake; posted June 8, 2009. All images © Disney. Bullseye and Wall-E images © Disney/Pixar.