Archive for the ‘Disney Movies’ Category

Fun Fact from the Past: Temple of Doom Sound Effects?

Thursday, April 30th, 2015


Who doesn’t love a good Indiana Jones movie (OK, let’s not talk about the forth one)? We all do. Did you know that many sound effects in the movies are added later. No difference with the 1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom movie.

One of the epic scenes in this movie is the mine cart chase. The sounds from the carts you hear there have also been added afterwards. These sound effects have been taped in Disneyland. More specifically, these effects come from the attraction Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster.

How is that for a fun fact from the past?

Disney heading back to the beach

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Do you remember the summer of 2013? Back then The Disney Channel took millions of teens (and one may safely assume adults) on a surf ride into a beach movie by way of the “Disney Teen Beach Movie”. The story evolved around a pair of teenage surfers that magically traveled into an old-school beach movie and featured a number of beach pop songs that delivered a number one billboard soundtrack for Disney.

After the movie’s success fans expected a sequel rather sooner than later. Afterall, the final scene of the movie showed a group of characters from the movie following the pair of lovers back into the real world of today. And now, Deadline Hollywood reports that The Disney Channel has scheduled the sequel (Disney Teen Beach Movie 2) for a 2015 broadcasting premiere.

The stars of part one, Ross Lynch (whose Disney Channel series “Austin & Ally” just got renewed), Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton and John DeLuca, will reprise their characters. Jeffrey Hornaday is, according to Deadline Hollywood, ready to get the cameras rolling in July, returning as director.

Considering the infectious beach pop features in the original Disney Teen Beach Movie, which can be expected to return for part 2 (maybe with a more modern twist depending on whether the action will take place more or less only in the real world of today instead of a 50s/60s beach movie setting), and the handling of the High School Musical movies a logic question now is: will the Disney Teen Beach Movie make it to the parks as well in 2015?

The movie with its vacation / beach setting, youthfull cast and upbeat music just lends itself to a summer show that could roll into the streets of Disney Parks such as the Walt Disney Studios Park (at Disneyland Paris), Disney California Adventure (at Disneyland Resort Anaheim), Disney Hollywood Studios (at Walt Disney World) – following the play book established for the High School Musical. For the HSM franchise the Disney parks produced “stage” shows taht were performed on moving stages that rolled along the parade route of the according park and stopped for song & dance performances – with just a bare hint of a story, mostly relying on high energy dance and song performances.

In particular the Walt Disney Studios Park would benefit from a revival of this concept for the Disney Teen Beach Movie franchise as the park is lacking live entertainment on the streets to liven up its atmosphere and to add some kinetic energy. The HSM shows performed in the WDS were hugely popular drawing not only large crowds for numerous performances daily during the summer season but even gaining their own dedicated fans. A street song & dance show based on the Disney Teen Beach Movie franchise would not only allow the Disney Channel to further advertise the two movies to its core audience but also would help the Walt Disney Studios Park to enhance the experience for guests. But then again, as we are talking about 2015 here and Disneyland Paris lately has announced its entertainment offerings only on very short notice we might have to wait a year (or even longer?) till will learn whether or not the movies will make it to that park (or any Disney park).

Free advertising by The Library of Congress

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

The Library of Congress is helping the promotion for Walt Disney Pictures’ current release “Saving Mr. Banks”, the feature telling the story of how the Disney classic “Mary Poppins” was created – at least that is the sideffect of it revealing its annual list of 25 movies to be added to the National Film Registry, which (with this latest addition) will stand at 625 entries.

As you can obviously guess by this introduction one the 25 entries into the registry for 2013 is Disney’s “Mary Poppins”. It joins fellow Disney classics such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, Beauty and the Beast or Toy Story (to name just a few) already in the registry. Thinking that more Disney movies deserve this special accolade? Check out the official website and learn how enter a nomination for the class of 2014!

The making of TOY STORY – and the meddling of Disney

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Deadline Hollywood – the online source for movie business news including a great write-up each weekend of the US box-office – provided Disney and in particular PIXAR afficionados with unique reading material lifting the curtain of PIXAR history a bit. This past Sunday Deadline Hollywood released an exclusive excerpt from the book  “The CG Story: Computer Generated Animation and Special Effects” by Christopher Finch which provides a look into the world of CGI, its introduction into the magic of movie making driven by determined indivuduals such as Pixar’s John Lasseter and Ed Catmull and how it in this process changed the movie business.

So why should you head over to Deadline for the excerpt? Well, because Deadline chose the perfect excerpt if you are interested in the history of Disney and Pixar animated features: the story of how the original Disney Pixar hit “Toy Story” came about and how the meddling by Disney executives nearly derailed the project that not only ushered in the period of CGI dominance at the animated box office but also shaped the relationship between Disney and Pixar. But enough said – time for some quality reading…

Animation Nominations

Friday, January 11th, 2013

We all know that Disney brings out some of the best animations, so it will come to no surprise Disney has some nominations. In the United Kingdom the BAFTA Award nominations have been released. Here Disney has 2 chances to win the price. Both Brave and Frankenweenie are on the short list. They are up against only one more movie in their category. The third nominee is Paranorman.

Disney does even a little better on the Oscar list. Besides Brave and Frankenweenie are on the list, but also Wreck-It Ralph got nominated. The Oscar list is a little bigger with a total of 5 nominations. 3 of them from Disney, Paranorman is also on it and the final name on the list is The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

Click the links for a full list on all BAFTA and Oscar nominations

Muppets are Wrestling Stars

Monday, September 19th, 2011

The Muppets are ready for their long overdue return on the big screen. The trailers look great and the movie looks promising. To show the world they are ready they will now also tackle some other big guys… in the ring! That’s right, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy are ready to take it up with the big guys and girls from the World Wrestling Entertainment. Who will they face?

To celebrate their first theatrical release in more than a decade – Disney’s “The Muppets,” opening this Thanksgiving – the Muppets will step into the ring on the Oct. 31 WWE Raw SuperShow to mix it up with the Superstars in Atlanta. (

Think what you want about wrestling! Me, I love it. I hope it will all be done in good taste and fun and it will not be to serious. I can’t wait to see it.

The Return of the Lone Ranger

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

It was all over the web, the Jerry Bruckheimer, Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp project, “The Lone Ranger” was cancelled by Disney because of the high production cost of $250 million. Work was put on hold and some of the sets being build where going to be torn down again. But it looks like the budget is being brought down. While Disney wanted to bring it down to $210 million, a person close to the movie director said that the budget has been lowered to $230 million so far. According to the source the three big names agreed to cut down on their own piece of the cake. Another saving measures will be made on some of the heavy special effects that involves the supernatural that where planned for the movie. No agreement has been closed yet but it looks like Johnny Depp has high hopes that the project will continue.

Reached by email on Tuesday, Depp was cryptic about the “Lone Ranger” project. “I think everything will work out as it should,” the Oscar-nominated actor said from London, where he was at Pinewood Studios outside London working on the Warner Bros. film “Dark Shadows.” (LA Times Blog)

Looks like a little bit of a power play by Disney to show who’s boss (always the one with the money). Personally I didn’t think Disney would shut it down as the team of  Jerry Bruckheimer, Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp are way to important for the mouse.

Two Disney Marvel Mystery Movies for 2014

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

We’ve just had Thor, Captain America is going strong at the time and The Avengers will be coming soon. Thor 2 is planned for a release in 2013, but Disney has just release information on two new superhero movie dates. First date is May 16, 2014, with the second release date set to June 27, 2014. What they didn’t mention yet is the titles of the movie, or the superhero’s that will feature in them. A couple of titles have been floating on the web; Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. It could well be that one of them is in that list, or even both. However, some rumors indicate that the first date would be the Captain America sequel. Let the guessing game begin!

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Captain Eagle

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Aren’t the Muppets fun? I for sure can’t wait to see the new Muppets movie.

Release date for the new Movie is set on November 23rd but until then the Muppets are already giving us some very nice eye candy.How about this great Captain America: The First Avenger parody poster with Sam the Eagle as the captain. Isn’t it great. I love it.

Can’t wait to see the Muppets (Rowlf the Dog, Dr. Teeth, Bobo the Bear, Pepe the King Prawn, Swedish Chef,  Clifford, Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot, Waldorf, Animal, Fozzie Bear, Sam the Eagle, Miss Piggy, Walter, Janice,  Scooter, Floyd Pepper, Crazy Harry, Kermit the Frog, Beaker, Rizzo the Rat and Statler)  in action, but I am also looking forwards to all the great cameo’s that are listed for this movie; Alan Arkin, Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Beth Broderick, James Carville, George Clooney, Billy Crystal, Zach Galifianakis, Ricky Gervais,  Donald Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Kathy Griffin, Dave Grohl, Neil Patrick Harris, Ed Helms, Judd Hirsch, Sterling Knight, John Krasinski,  Mila Kunis, Rico Rodriguez, Mickey Rooney, Kristen Schaal, French Stewart, Ben Stiller, Eric Stonestreet, Wanda Sykes and Danny Trejo

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Number 4 in, (a) number 2 out?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Time for a double new header from Pixar …

The first one concerns a potential fourth full length feature in the Toy Story franchise. While the stars of the series recently returned in a short going on vacation in Hawaii (screened before CARS 2) no word had been out so far concerning whether another full length feature is considered. However, San Diego Entertainer reports that Tom Hanks during a recent interview with the BBC was asked whether there might be a fourth movie and replied: “I think there will be, yeah, I think they’re working on it now”. Sounds great? Well, just don’t forget: this is nothing like an official confirmation “working on it now” might also mean that Pixar is in a blue sky phase throwing around potential story ideas. There is no reason to believe that a movie is ready to go into actual production anytime soon…

The second news was reported by The Hollywood Reporter – and concerns the exit of Brad Lewis from Pixar. The 10-year veteran of Pixar who produced Ratatouille and co-directed Pixar’s current movie “CARS 2″ is leaving Emeryville to head to Florida where he is said to join Digital Domain’s newly founded Tradition Studios who are supposed to create CG features as well. The field of CG movie studios is getting more crowded by the day…

Both news today were brought to our attention through the great TAG blog of the Animation Guild 839.

More Cars II Video Game Fun

Friday, June 17th, 2011

This time Disney Interactive Studios released a new video with some of the Voice actors that will play roles in the new video game Cars II. The new video game from Disney/PIXAR will feature the voices of Larry the Cable Guy as Mater, Tony Shalhoub as Luigi, Emily Mortimer as Holley Shiftwell, and John Turturro as Francesco Bernoulli. Below you can see a video of the actors having some fun with the characters of the game.

Video curtsy of Disney. Copyrights Disney/PIXAR, Disney Interactive Studios

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Avengers Assembly… at Disneyland

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

It looks like it is less and less a question of if, but one of when will we see a marvel theme attraction in a Disney park. The rumors so far have been a third gate at Disneyland Paris, Marvel attractions in the Asian Market and Iron Man getting his first attraction in Disneyland Anaheim. Next in the line of rumors for Marvel orientated attractions in the Disneyland resort Anaheim is an Avengers attractions. According to the rumors their might already be some early concept art related to the Avengers.

Disney purist might hate this idea but it makes sense that Disney is looking at adding these characters in their park. Not only because they paid enough for them, but they will bring in new guests that love either the super heroes or the movies. The Avengers, or any other Marvel group or character, could be the new thrill for the Disney parks and the future to bring in those guests that visited other parks for thrills instead of Disney.

The Avengers movie is produced by Marvel Studios and will be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The talented Joss Whedon will be directing the movie and some of the actors are Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo and Cobie Smulders. If this movie is successful an attraction would be an instant winner.

Release date for the movie expected May 4, 2012, opening Avengers Attractions… still a rumor for now.

Source Screamscape

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Lone Ranger might not be so lonely on the big screen

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

As Mike Fleming on Deadline Hollywood just revealed Walt Disney Pictures apparently has decided on the release date for its new movie version of “Lone Ranger”: December 21, 2012 (in the US)!

The movie supposed to start production later this year. Gore Verbinski will direct Armie Hammer as the title character and Johnny Depp (with whom he already worked on the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy) as Tonto.

However, one needs to wonder whether that is a clever move. Afterall, the highly anticipated movie “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” directed by Peter Jackson and reuniting many cast members of the original “Lord of the Rings” trilogy will open worldwide just one week earlier, on December 14, 2011. In other words: the market and the multiplex cinemas could be rather crowded and the buzz on the street might be so concentrated on the Hobbit movie that the Lone Ranger could just sink without a chance – in particular since outside the US he most probably is unknown to most potential young movie goers anyway.  Guess we need to wait whether Disney sticks with the date and how they plan on countering the rush to “The Hobbit”.

The Elite

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

The new Cars movie is looking to be great and if the movie is as good as the trailers it could be even better then the first one. That’s something that doesn’t happen a lot at the movies, a sequel that beats the first one, but at Pixar they are pretty good at changing this. They proofed it with Toy Story!

Every great movie also gets a new video game and it’s no difference with Cars. Disney Interactive has released a second video about their new game. The video is called “The Elite” and it looks like a lot of fun. If the game is as good as the trailer (and I am sure it will be), we will have a winner…

The game will be available for Xbox 360/Xbox Live, PS3, Wii and Nitendo DS. You can pre-order them here. The game will be available as from June 21, 2011

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Pirates Jumps the $400 Million Mark

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

In less then a weeks time the new “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” has easily surpassed the $400 million mark. With this it sets a very big new record as the first movie that reached the $400 million target the fastest.

It made $104.4 million in North America and made about three times that much, $310.8 million, in other territories.

Other movies that are going strong at this time are Universal “Fast Five” with a grossed total of well over $500 million, Twentieth Century Fox’s “Rio” with over $450 million in total and Paramount’s Marvel production “Thor” that is also on the $400 million mark.

Good times for the movies!