Friday, May 13, 2011
Yesterday was the big day for Pirates of Caribbean 4 as the movie had its European Premiere at legendary Cannes Film Festival. D&M have all the pics for you and we'll begin by the photo call which happenend in the morning.
The cast also did a press conference and you'll see parts of it in the video below or you can watch it full screen entirely on the Cannes Film Festival web site in english HERE or with french translation HERE. Good news: Johnny declared that he wil be pleased to do more POTC movies "as long as there is a good story, great scripts and talented directors like Rob Marshall, we will be in good hands”.
On the pictures below actors Geoffrey Rush, Sam Caflin, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, and Ian McShane.
Then arrived the evening and the Premiere screening and here are pictures of the cast on the red carpet and at the top of the Palais des Festivals steps before entering the huge theatre of the Palais. On the pictures below: actors Penelope Cruz, director Rob Marshall, Sam Claflin, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Depp, and Ian McShane. No surprise, the crowd went crazy when Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz appeared on the red carpet.
Here is a new featurette showing the cast at Cannes press conference and on the red carpet.
Pictures: copyright image.net - Getty Pictures
Video: copyright Disney
Here is the part two of my London report and this one is about a great Marvel Super-Heroes attraction! We are all wondering about where and when WDI will begin to build Marvel super heroes attraction in Disney theme park but this Marvel attraction which opened last summer inside London's Madame Tussaud's museum and is a real good one! Even better it's a 4D attraction with in-theatre effects!
What they did is that they've transformed the old Planetarium located at the end of the visit of the wax museum in a 4D theatre with lot of effects. Before guests enter the theatre they access the "Hall of Heroes" with interactive displays where you can see what you'd look like if you turned into The Hulk and hang out on the ceiling with Spider-Man. They are welcome by a huge Incredible Hulk...
...the Fantastic Four Invisible woman - Jessica Alba ...
...and Iron Man standing in a kind of Stark Industries decor. By the way, this reminds me the rumor of an Iron Man attraction envisioned for Disneyland's Tomorrowland with the Innoventions building transformed in a Stark Industries decor. I don't know if this rumor is right or not, but hopefully we'll know more in the future.
Let's come back to this Marvel 4D attraction. When guests enter inside the old Planetarium theatre - and once they took the 3D glasses - they sit in the brand new theatre chairs equipped with sensory special effects which include water, smoke and tremors that bring all the action right to your seat. The theatre floor is not moving like it does in Honey i schrunk the audience but all along the movie guests experience many effects like the Honey i schrunk the audience "mouse effect" (hitting your legs) or also like the effect in It's Tough to be a bug (hitting your back) or like the one with the dog at the end of Honey (when water is spray in your face), etc...
And what about the movie itself, you ask? Well, this ten minutes movie is really fun. It's not a live action movie but 3D CGI animation which is pretty good and, considering that the attraction budget was certainly not a "WDI budget", i think they did a pretty good job. It's non stop action all along the ten minutes with a lot of "pop up in your face" 3D effect. Obviously someone at Tussaud's asked the production to don't be afraid to put as much as possible 3D effects and they were right as the audience was constantly laughing and surprised by the effects and enjoyed the movie very much. And so did I.
The story itself is pretty simple: Spidey, Iron Man, Captain America, Wolverine and the Incredible Hulk try to save London which is under attack by Doctor Doom. What a casting! Doom has created huge robots and after a fight with the first of them near Buckingham Palace the threat is getting closer to Madame Tussaud's museum ( that is to say where guests are watching the movie ) up to the point when Dr Doom released big mechanical flying bugs that will invade the theatre. Not a bad plot, actually. I must add that the music score is very good too. Actually, and considering that the action doesn't stop all along the ten minutes, the whole movie is really enjoyable. For sure it would have been better if it has been filmed in live action instead of 3D animation but that shouldn't stop you to see this new London attraction during your next visit.
As i supposed you'd like to see some images from the movie itself, i found on youtube these videos.
The first one is a short video showing you the making-of of the pre-show area and a bit of the movie...
The second one is the official trailer of the attraction...
And now a big spoiler warning! If you intend to do the attraction anytime soon it's probably better to don't watch the next two videos! The first one will show you the first and a half minute of the movie, the very beginning...
...and this last one will show you the WHOLE movie, starting approximately where the above video ended. No need to say that it is in-theatre filming, so the quality is not perfect. That said it's in 3D and eventually if you have 3D glasses at home and watch the video full screen you may experience some of the 3D effects, but of course not the in-theatre effects. The kind of 3D glasses you need is the one they give you for "Honey" or "Captain EO".
Pictures: copyright Disney and more - Madame Tussaud's
Video: copyright Madame Tussaud's
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
WDI Imagineers had the good idea to invite original Little Mermaid animators, Andreas Deja, Mark Henn and Glen Keane to come at DCA and tour the awaited "The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure", opening June 3rd.
They filmed the three animators inside the ride, comparing the audio-animatronic figures in the attraction to their original drawings produced for the film. And the video include dozens of new footage wthat will delight any Disney fan who can't wait to ride the attraction. If you're planning to visit DCA or to attend little Mermaid opening day - and keep the surprise - i prefer to warn you that there is some spoilers in the video below as not only you'll see Scuttle the seabird the animatronic host of the story (above), but also new footage of the incredible "Under the sea" sequence which include 128 animated characters...
...and the Ariel projection effect that guests will see over them when their omnimover will go down under sea...
...as well as Ariel Audio-Animatronic...
...not to mention a new shot of Ursula with the projection effect of Ariel inside Ursula's crystal globe...
AND the first shot of Ariel and Eric Audio-Animatronics in the "Kiss the Girl" sequence.
More awaits you in this new video which is very promising, i'm sure a lot of you can't wait to ride this 6 minutes long dark ride!
Pictures and video: copyright Disney
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Disneyland Paris Magical Moments Festival began last month and the park released a series of short videos about what's new at DLP for the new season. The first one will show you a bit of Mickey's Magical Celebration, the new show on Central Plaza, and quite a good show, by the way.
The next video shows the Disney Dance Express, going up or down Main Street to Central Plaza several times each day. Basically, it's the same train than the previous years, with new colors and music, and of course always with Disney characters.
"Tarzan, la Rencontre" the show at Chapparal Stage in the back of Frontierland is back this summer, from June 1 until September 4. It's a good show, very popular, and if you're coming at DLP this summer, don't miss it!
In Adventureland, "Following the Leader with Peter Pan" is playing each day and is a cute new show that children will love.
New at Disney Village the "Little Circus" will play this summer each friday at 18.30 pm and 20h.30 pm, saturday at 18.30, 20.30 and 22.00 pm and sunday at 16.30, 18.30 and 20.30 pm.
Some news about the Princess meet and greet pavilion near the exit of It's a Small World: Although it is supposed to be part of the Magical Moments Festival the park don't communicate on an opening date as it is still under constructio, but apparently it won't open before August and it might be a bit later if there is some delay.
Videos: copyright Disney
Sunday, May 8, 2011
It was Pirates of Caribbean "On Stranger Tides" Premiere yesterday at Disneyland and here is a choice of videos showing the red carpet on Main Street. We begin by Geoffrey Rush, and please note that i may update this article later today with new videos, so come back later to see more!
Here comes Penelope Cruz.
The legendary Rolling Stones Keith Richards.
The Pirates of Caribbean "Mermaids".
...and of course Johnny Depp.
Look well the next video showing Johnny walking on Main Street. Obviously Johnny wanted to get closer to his fans but was stopped to do so by his body guard...
...and on this next one you'll see Johnny showing to his fans how he is sorry to don't be able to get closer to them.
That said, it seems that it was the same for all the POTC 4 stars who apparently were asked to stay in the "middle" of the red carpet. May be it was for security reasons but as we are at Disneyland, one of the safest place on Earth, it may have been for a "timing" reason. The screening in Frontierland had to begin at a certain time and may be they thought that if Johnny began to sign autographs to each fan the show will have too much delay.
Edited: You'll find on Mice Age a great report about yesterday's POTC Premiere and as you will see on the video below Johnny was able to sign autographs to some of his fans, at least at the beginning of Main Street. More about the Premiere HERE.
Videos: copyright Maximo TV, jkj308, nightclubbing12 and KJohnson2083