Sunday, March 16, 2008

Lights, camera, action - I'm ready for my close up....

Today I thought we'd get out and about and show you more of our new home.
TV film crew Toluca Lake
Never did I think that right around the corner we'd discover even more delights for your enjoyment, following hot on the heels of my exclusive Teri Hatcher sighting, truly I'm starting to get under the skin of Hollywood.
TV filming Toluca Lake
As it's Sunday, we weren't expecting to come across a film unit just 10 minutes down the road from our temporary home in Burbank. I'm not sure if they were filming a movie or TV episode, but it was a scene at a local corner cafe - Priscilla's Gourmet Coffee, Tea & Gifts, which is on Riverside in Toluca Lake.

It was all very impressive, an outdoor shoot rather than on a sound stage, with quite a big crew and lots of security. So keep an eye out for a coffee house called Priscilla's, you never know when or where you'll see it next.
Disney's Animation Studio
Also just two minutes from our door is the home of Disney's animation studio. How cool would it be to work in a building like this?

This is where the magic happens and where it can take around three to four years to make a feature animated movie, such classics as The Lion King, Mulan, Tarzan and more. And can you believe my dear devoted blog fans I'm honestly not getting a cent for any of these positive reviews of Disney ;-)
The Hollywood Sign from Runyon Canyon
Our travels today also took us to L.A.'s most famous and most photographed landmark, the Hollywood sign, visible for miles atop its Mt. Lee Perch.
We accompanied our friend Barry and his two dogs, Ginger and Dot, on a 3 mile walk along Runyon Canyon, a popular off-leash dog walking trail.
Sprawling Los Angeles Downtown view
The trail was very picturesque, with a great panorama of the urban sprawl that is L.A. (plus quite nice views of some buff bare chested men too!).

You could see from the high-rise buildings of Downtown all the way to Century City and to the ocean beyond.

And finally, I couldn't help but smile when we drove past the following building, but with my sleuth-like prowess (and the power of mighty Google) I've since learned that it's actually home to many family favourites such as the Care Bears, Heathcliff and Inspector Gadget.
The Incredible World of DIC
Who would have thought, eh?

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