Tuesday, April 24, 2018

New Disney Nature's Trailer "Penguins"

Watch the all-new trailer for Disneynature's "Penguins", coming to theatres Earth Day 2019! Disneynature’s all-new feature film “Penguins” is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he's targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind “Bears” and “Chimpanzee,” Disneynature’s “Penguins” opens in theaters nationwide in time for Earth Day 2019.

Picture and video: copyright Disney

Monday, April 23, 2018

Bangkok Dinosaur Planet Closes Permanently - Farewell Tribute Article with Plenty of new HD Videos for Each Attraction

I am sad to announce that the great Bangkok Dinosaur Planet theme park had its last week-end and closed permanently yesterday April 22. The small theme park located in the heart of Bangkok was supposed to be a 9 months only temporary theme park but it finally stayed more than two years and Dinosaur Planet was hugely popular and stunned everyone with its dozens of full life size Audio-Animatronics Dinosaurs. 

The reason why Dinosaur Planet close its doors is simply because the contract with the land owner on which they built the park is ending and they have to give back the land. What will happen next of all the fantastic Audio-Animatronics Dinos? I've heard that they may rebuild the park in Phuket, South of Thailand, and i'll try to check this and will let you know. When i had the luck to visit Dinosaur Planet two years ago i really enjoyed it and was specially amazed of the quality of the Dinos AAs and of how they succeeded to do all the attractions with a limited budget. 

D&M had posted previous articles about Dinosaur Planet that you can read HERE, HERE and HERE but although the closure of the park is no good news, i have a good news for you as for this farewell article i finally did the editing of videos that i had shot two years ago and posted them on Youtube. They show others attractions of the park that you've never seen before and it worth the look as there is many good ideas in them. But first, here is a video showing Bangkok Dinosaur Planet '"Central Plaza" where stands 120 feet / 40m long and 60 feet / 20 m high Dinosaurs!

The first new video is about an attraction that was close to the entrance and the perfect one to start after you entered the park. It was called "Dinosaur District" and was quite an educational attraction, teaching through many pre-shows the origin and the end of the Dinosaurs. 

After a short movie quite well done you entered in a pre-show room where different Dinosaurs species skeletons were displayed, with more infos, before entering the main show where guests could discover a laboratory where they take care of Dinos eggs and babies Dinos. Yes, Universal did it before in their Jurassic Park lands but here there is a very cool twist at the end, something that Universal didn't thought to do, and i don't tell you what it is, just make sure to stay till the end of the video!

When guests exit Dinosaur District they found in front of them the Dino Eye attraction which at first sight looks like a regular Ferris Wheel but in fact this one was pretty unique in the world as it entered twice a show building - when moving up and down - with Dinosaurs and Ice Age animals Audio-Animatronics! The concept was interesting and the final result was okay, but let's say that it probably would have been better with show scenes of bigger sizes and more depth, but they were limited in space there. Cool pre-show room too as you will see in this other new video.

The "E-Ticket" attraction of the park was "Stars of Dinos" with dozens of life size Audio-Animatronics Dinosaurs with head, mouth, neck, eyes, tail, front legs moving! Some even have the belly moving to simulate the breath of the dinos. The result is that you could stand near dinosaurs which were as big as they were in real and have for the first time the feeling that you would have had if you've been living 150 Million years ago when these giants ruled the Earth! The skin and skin colors were extremely well done, even better than the dinosaurs at Universal Jurassic Park. 

The attraction was supposed to be a ride with guests sitting in a jeep moving all around a jungle set with the Dinos - the jeep that you can see above - but for many reasons they changed their plans and guests were simply walking around and could take their time to have a close encounter with all the Dinos. I did a daylight and nighttime videos of the attraction, atmosphere is very different depending if its daylight or nighttime, so the best is to watch both videos below.

Raptor XTreme was another Dinosaur Planet attraction. The storyline was that guests enter a camp where everybody have been killed since velociraptors escaped and even a Helicopter had crashed at the entrance of the camp. After a pre-show movie in which was explained what guests had to do - to find an attache case and the codes to open it hidden in the camp the only way to open the doors to escape the camp. Then, guest were moving in the camp itself, chased by velociraptors. I didn't filmed this one but others did and you have two videos below showing the attraction, the first one include the pre-show movie and the second one shows more the raptors - people in raptors costumes. Raptor XTreme was obviously an attraction for kids and teens who enjoyed it a lot. 

Talking about kids the next attraction - "Dino Farm" - was entirely for young kids and included another good idea. Kids could literally ride a walking Dinosaur, and even make it turning left or right. Kind of "Autopia" with children sit on a Dinosaur instead than sit in a car, and most of all a very very very slow ride as you'll see in this other new short video. At the center was also an "excavation site" where children had fun finding in the sand Dinosaurs bones, like in Disney's Animal Kingdom Boneyard.

The biggest problem of these slow walking Dinos was that they needed regular maintenance, and of course because of the slow speed, the attraction had a low hour capacity, but young children enjoyed it a lot.

The park had six different areas, each with attractions and a seven attraction - a 4D ride - opened a few months after the opening, inside the giant volcano in the center of the park. 4D Deep World was a 4D attraction with guests entering inside the volcano and once inside moved in a supposed lift going down in the center of the Earth where, at a deep underground level there was - guess what? - that's right: Dinosaurs. It was a cool projection show but no filming was allowed, so no video of it.

In addition to these cool attractions Bangkok Dinosaur Planet also had a very good night show happening in the volcano area, titled "The Extinction Live show" a mix of projections on the Live Show, Animatronics Dinosaurs and actors dresses ad Dinos. I had filmed the full show and here is this other new video!

I've got a "one more thing" for you as seasonal animations also happened at Dinosaur Planet like this one, during Songkran days - Thailand new year big event around mid-April. During Songkran, Thai people have fun splashing each other with water because April and May are the hottest months in South-East Asia, and the park had transformed an Audio-Animatronic Dino who was splashing the guests on the park central plaza, as you'll see in this other video below, and more pictures are available in a previous article HERE.

Dinosaur Planet was indeed a small theme park but it had a lot of charm and will be dearly missed. Although it couldn't be compared with Disney or Universal standards, considering the price of admission - 15€ / $18 - it was really a cool and a quality experience so let's hope Dinosaur Planet will have a new life in Phuket or somewhere else. Congrats to all Thai people who had created the park!

Pictures and videos: copyright Disney and more, Dinosaur  Planet

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Disney's Animal Kingdom Celebrates its 20th Anniversary - Imagineering Original Artworks

Disney's Animal Kingdom celebrates its 20th Anniversary today and those of you who want to know how it all started - i.e with Imagineering artworks - can find dozens of rare original WDI concept-arts on my D&M Artwork website HERE and HERE.

Pictures: copyright Disney

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Rare pictures and Video of the Zorro Show at Disneyland Paris Frontierland

In 1992-1993 at Disneyland Paris, guests could enjoy with pleasure a "Zorro" show on the rooftop of Frontierland buildings, more specifically on the roof of the Fuente del Oro restaurant.

This little swashbuckling show only lasted a few minutes each time, but the Zorro character was highly popular in France, so it was a real good idea, and, like it happen sometime unfortunately with good ideas, the Zorro show ended shortly after this series of photos were shot - in August 1993. It's very difficult to find pictures of this show, so i am happy to post today these rare documents.

As you can see, Zorro was fighting against soldiers - probably soldiers of the evil Monastorio commandante!

Of course, Zorro was victorious...

And before he left, he salute one last time the audience!

In addition with these rare pictures we also have a video of the show posted by Vault Disney, and here it is!

The good question is: Why DLP don't put back this show again, even if it's only during summer... Only three actors/ stunt men were involved in the show, so it's not a very expensive show to produce. The main reason probably is a "licensing" problem. Apparently a company named Zorro Productions Inc owns the rights of Zorro - see their web site here - and although Disney owns the rights of their Zorro TV series they don't necessarily owns the rights for this kind of theme park show, so perhaps DLP may have to take a license if they wanted to do the show again, meaning spend money for the license which they probably are not willing to do for such a small show.

And, talking about Zorro, i won't end without remembering the great Guy Williams who played Don Diego de la Vega / Zorro in the beloved Disney TV series and is now a "Disney Legend".

Guy Williams died May 7, 1989, so unfortunately he wasn't be here in person to receive his Disney Legend award at D23 in 2011, but for me he will always be the best "Zorro" i've ever seen on screen.

Video: copyright vaultdisneyreturns

Photos: copyright Daniel Rous

Guy Williams picture: copyright Disney

Friday, April 20, 2018

New Walt Disney Family Museum Exhibition : Walt Disney's Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation May 17, 2018–Jan 7, 2019

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to announce its newest special exhibition, Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation, on view to the public from May 17, 2018 through January 7, 2019 in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall.

This unique exhibition celebrates the distinctive talents and contributions of The Walt Disney Studios’ most celebrated artists, playfully dubbed the “Nine Old Men” by Walt. The famed nine were: Les Clark, Marc Davis, Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, Ward Kimball, Eric Larson, John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, and Frank Thomas.

Masters of Animation will feature an array of artwork and family mementoes from each of the Nine Old Men, including sketchbooks, caricatures, snapshots, and original art from classic animated films such as Pinocchio (1940), Bambi (1942), Peter Pan (1953), Lady and the Tramp (1955), and Sleeping Beauty (1959).

Never-before-seen personal artwork, paintings, sculptures, concept art, and character drawings—including Mickey Mouse—will all be on display, alongside documentary interviews with these masters of animation, and rarely exhibited pencil tests and final color scenes that showcase their genius.

This original exhibition is curated by Don Hahn, Academy Award®-nominated producer of Beauty and the Beast (1991) and The Lion King (1994). Hahn conducted extensive research on the Nine Old Men sitting down with each of the animators’ families for in-depth discussions and unearthing details about the unique backgrounds and personalities of the men behind iconic Disney characters and films.

Picture: copyright Disney

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Final Trailer is Here !

The Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom final trailer has been released and the least we can say is that it's a pretty incredible one. Those of you who thought the story will happen all along on the Island are in for a big surprise!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

All Infos to Participate to Disneyland Paris Marvel Annual Passholders Evening on Saturday, July 7th, 2018 - Reservations Open Today April 19!

Disneyland Paris released the first informations on the next Annual Pass, Marvel-themed evening! It will happen on July 7, 2018 and will be open to Annual Pass members Magic Plus and Infinity, with the possibility of coming with 2 people.

The special evening will be from 8:30 pm to 12:30 am at Walt Disney Studios Park, and guests will be immersed in a 100% Marvel atmosphere! Exclusive content around Marvel Super Heroes and heroic encounters for the guests of the evening.

To be fully immersed in the world of the evening, participants are invited to wear a costume on the theme of Super Heroes. Entertainment around the costumes will be organized. In relation to the theme and the usual safety rules, participants are invited to replace the wearing of a mask with an equivalent make-up.

Even more attractions open for this second Annual Passholders evening, including more family attractions. And new surprises for the most courageous Super Heroes!

Opening ticket sales Thursday, April 19 at 11am!

This second evening is reserved for Magic Plus and Infinity Annual Passholders, with the possibility of coming with 2 people ( whether they are Annual Passholders or not ).

To access to the evening, the invited guests must definitely be with the Annual Passholder with whom they are coming. Readmission in the park will not be possible.

4000 tickets available (like an electroland party, FanDaze or Star Wars).

3 ways to buy tickets:
- via dedicated Annual Pass and Infinity phone lines,
- at the ticket offices at the entrance of the Parks, at the Town Hall or Studios Services, at the Annual Pass Office,
- NEW! Directly online via the link of the online store Passage sent by email this Wednesday afternoon (the link will be active from tomorrow 11am, it will also be available in the section "My news Annual Pass").

In addition, DLP released some feedback on the first evening Annual Pass: the 10th anniversary of the Hollywood Tower Hotel

1180 Infinity Annual Pass members participated in this first evening.

The first results of the annual Pass Evening survey indicate a record satisfaction rate for this first event: 94% of participants were satisfied or very satisfied with the evening.
95% of Annual Pass members say they want to participate in the next Annual Pass evenings.

The Top 3 most appreciated elements during the evening are: the exclusive show on Tower of Terror, the overall atmosphere of the evening including the extras, the lack of waiting for attractions.

Several themes have been widely acclaimed in the survey for the next quarterly Annual Pass evenings, already in production.

The alternation between the Infinity Annual Pass and the Magic Plus + Infinity Annual Pass Parties will be maintained.

Pictures: copyright Disney