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Get ready for JHM's most difficult Disney trivia challenge yet

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My apologies to those of you who have been waiting for over five weeks now for me to finally post the results of JHM's "Once Upon a Time" -themed trivia contest. But ... purple smoke?!

Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) and Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin)
meet the purple smoke. Copyright American Broadcasting
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For those of you who didn't see the season finale of this acclaimed ABC series, the very last image you saw was the town of Storybrooke, Maine being engulfed in this cloud of purple smoke. Which was supposed to suggest that Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) had found a way to successfully bring the magic that he had wielded as Rumplestiltskin in the fairytale realm over into the real world.

Which -- I'll grant you -- was an interesting plot twist and will probably pay off in a very big way as "Once Upon a Time" kicks off its second season this Fall on ABC. But given that the season finale of this ABC Studios production had already featured Emma (Jennifer Morrison) & Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) both doing battle with Maleficent in dragon form ...

Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) gets ready to do battle with Maleficent. Copyright
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... to then have "A Land Without Magic" (i.e. that was actually the title of the season finale of "Once Upon a Time") wrapped up as this tidal wave of purple smoke washed over the time was ... Well, kind of disappointing. Not to mention being overly reminiscent of that Black Smoke Monster which used to terrorize the cast of that other ABC Studios show which Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz used to work on, "Lost"

Long story short: Having the season finale of "Once Upon a Time" end in a purple cloud of smoke kind of left me in a purple funk. Which is why it's taken me 'til now to finally announce the winners of JHM's most recent trivia contest.

The Storybrooke town clock just before it gets swallowed up by all that purple smoke.
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Just to refresh your memories here, that contest was built around a series of time-related trivia questions which could  only be answered by watching and/or carefully listening to the dialogue used  in five Disney animated features.

  •  How many years was Prince Phillip supposed to be spend locked away in the dungeon of Maleficent's castle in "Sleeping Beauty" ? ANSWER: 100 years.

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  • What does the time which Big Ben is displaying get changed to when The-Boy-Who-Never-Grew-Up lands on the minute hand of that massive clock in "Peter Pan" ? ANSWER: 8:15 p.m.
  • According to the Mad Hatter in "Alice In Wonderland," why is the White Rabbit late for the party? To be specific, what's wrong with the White Rabbit's pocket watch? ANSWER: It's two days slow

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  • When exactly does the potion which Ursula makes for Ariel (which turns The Little Mermaid into a human) stop working? ANSWER:  When the sun sets on the third day
  • When will the spell in "Cinderella" (which turns a pumpkin into a coach, mice into horses, etc.) be broken? ANSWER: At the stroke of midnight

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And the winner of this particular JHM trivia contest were Paige Zimmerman, Dan Varian and Charlie's Sister. So if you folks will please send along your mailing addresses, I'll then pop your "Once Upon a Time" journals in the mail ASAP.

Moving on now ... Those of you who saw "Brave" this past weekend no doubt fell in love with Merida's mischievous little brothers, Hammish, Hubert and Harris ...

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But -- me personally -- what I liked best about this trio of troublemakers is that they continued the great Disney tradition of grouping memorable animated characters in threes. So for this week's JHM trivia challenge, I'm asking you to provide the correct names for a Baker's Dozen of these trios.

To be specific, I'm looking for the full character names of ...

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1) The Good Fairies from "Sleeping Beauty"

2) Donald Duck's nephews

3) Daisy Duck's nieces

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4) The Fates in Disney's "Hercules"

5) The Three Caballeros

6) Duchess' kittens in "The Aristocats"

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7) The Three Little Pigs

8) The dogs & the cat in Disney's 1963 version of "The Incredible Journey"

9) The dogs & the cat in Disney's 1993 remake of "The Incredible Journey," "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey"

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10) That trio of trick-or-treaters from "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" which Jack Skellington sent out to "Kidnap the Sandy Claws."

11) The unofficial names that Walt Disney Imagineering has given to the Hitchhiking Ghosts in "The Haunted Mansion"

12) Those three hyenas that menace Simba & Nala in "The Lion King"

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13) In "Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland," who does the Knave of Hearts call " ... my favorite trio of lunatics?"

If you can correctly answer all thirteen of the trivia questions that I've listed above, you'll then be in the running for a copy of "Disney Trivia from the Vault: Secrets Revealed and Questions Answered" (Disney Editions, June 2012), that 264-page paperback which was just released to bookstores today that was written by Dave Smith, Chief Archivist Emeritus of The Walt Disney Archives.

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If you'd like to compete in this week's JHM trivia contest, please send your answers along to [email protected] More to the point, all entries must be received by 12 midnight ET on Thursday, July 5th / Friday July 6th in order to qualify. And the winner of Trivia Contest No. 6  (who will be randomly selected from all of the correct entries that come in over the next eleven days) will be announced here on this site next Friday morning.

Good luck!


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  • Did I miss where they announced the winner?

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Not yet. That story got pushed back due to Comic-Con prep. It should be posted on JHM tomorrow or thereabouts. Sorry about the delay. But you guys are really gonna love JHM's next trivia contest.

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