We know a lot of people are anxiously awaiting the day when Disneyland will reopen and we’ll be able to hang out with mice and pirates, or grab a Dole Whip or a turkey leg. Unfortunately a lot of people are hurting financially from being out of work and won’t be able to get back to the parks right away, which is why we’re giving away two 2 Day Park Hopper tickets.
We’re going to be randomly selecting one of our social media followers to receive the two passes, and we may give away two additional passes depending on how many people enter the competition. One runner up will also receive a year of Disney+.
To enter all you need to do is subscribe to or follow all our social media pages. You don’t have to subscribe to all of them to enter, but if you subscribe to more than one it definitely increases your chances of winning. Here are the links to our social media pages:
Since we currently don’t know when the parks will be reopening the contest will run until the actual date the park is open again. At that time we’ll choose our winners and post them on all of our social media platforms. Remember, the more of our social media pages you follow the more entries you have in the contest. Make sure you have updates turned on so you don’t miss the winners! We’ll also be running more contests in the future so turning on updates will make sure you get the notifications.
The contest ends the first day Disneyland is open again. Make sure you share this with your friends and family, and encourage them to bring you with them if they win!
As I am writing my new books I am discovering all the Easter Eggs that can be found in Pixar’s film Onward (2020). I currently have over 40 Easter Eggs that I have written about. I will gradually add them here as I make pictures for them. www.DisneyGuy.org
When the brothers first open the doors to the Manticore’s Tavern, you can see the Pixar ball on a shield on the wall near the ceiling above where the wait staff is singing the happy birthday song.
When the Manticore shows the brothers the real map to the Phoenix Gem on the wall, take note at the symbol on the book to the left. The symbol is four circles with a sword through the middle and is the symbol for Clan Dunbroch, Merida’s family, in Brave (2012).
In the parking lot across from the pawn shop there is a yogurt shot called “Master Froyo” which appears to be a nod to Frodo from The Lord of the Rings films as Samwise calls him Mister Frodo.
In the parking lot across from the pawn shop there is a restaurant called “The Sword in the Scone” which is meant to be a nod to the film The Sword in the Stone (1963). “The Sword in the Scone” is also listed as a breakfast sandwich in the window of the Poultry Palace in Toy Story 4 (2019) and on the menu board in the Toy Story Toons short Small Fry (2011).
Genie’s lamp from Aladdin (1992) can be seen in one of the glass cabinets in the pawn shop.
After the brothers enter the Manticore’s Tavern, they pass a “claw machine” style game called Gauntlet. If you look on the shelf on the back wall to the left, you can see Pepita, the Alebrije from Coco (2017). You know, the giant rainbow-colored winged lion.
The Pizza Planet (Pizza Realm) truck that has been in every Pixar film, except The Incredibles (2004), can be seen in the far right when Ian and Barley are at the toll booth.
If you look at the cook in the kitchen when the Manticore first appears through the swinging doors carrying plates, you can see that it is a giant rat looking creature seemingly to represent Remy from Ratatouille (2007).
In the pawn shop when Grecklin pulls the Curse Crusher sword out of the can, you can see a hockey stick that looks like Riley’s hockey stick from Inside Out (2015).
When Ian goes to the Burger Shire fast food restaurant, the billboard is advertising “Now Serving 2nd Breakfast” which is a nod to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) when Pippin says “We’ve had one yes. But what about second breakfast?”
In the Manticore’s Tavern there is a shield on the wall to the upper right corner of the real map to the Phoenix Gem. This is the same shield that Merida hides behind when she is playing hide and seek with her mother, Queen Elinor, in the opening of Brave (2012).
When the gas station attendant is selling snacks to a member of the Pixie Dusters and when they are scratching off the lotto tickets, you can spot a purple cup holding pens with a chicken wearing a knight’s helmet on it. This is the logo of the Poultry Palace, the fast-food restaurant that Bonnie and her family stops at in Toy Story 4 (2019). The fast-food chain is also seen in the Pixar short Small Fry (2011) and also in Toy Story 4 (2019), there is a vintage sign in the antique shop that says “Ye Olde Poultry Palace” with the same logo.
When Ian is listening to his cassette player at home, you can spot a pack of TripleDent gum under the shelf on top of his notebook on his desk. This is a reference to the TripleDent gum commercial that kept playing in Inside Out (2015).
In the gas station when the brothers run into the biker fairies, the Pixie Dusters, their leader, Dewdrop, is holding a pack of gum called TripleDent. This is a reference to the TripleDent gum commercial that kept playing in Inside Out (2015).
In Barley’s van you can see a street sign that says “You shall not pass,” which is what Gandalf told the Balrog in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) before falling into the ravine.
In Barley’s van, his stereo has a piece of tape over the number 10 on his volume dial and has “11” written on it. This is a reference to the movie This Is Spinal Tap (1984) in which all the volume knobs on the amplifier have a max level of 11. No other amplifiers went past 10, but theirs went to 11. This is where the phrase “up to eleven” comes from. It basically means louder than the loudest normal setting.
King Triton’s trident from The Little Mermaid (1989) can be seen in a barrel behind Corey when she is in the pawn shop arguing with Grecklin over the cost of her sword.
When Colt Bronco is about to leave the house at the end of the film, dispatch calls out “We got a one one three in progress. All units report.” This is the Easter Egg of the “A113” that is found in all the Pixar films as a nod to the animation classroom at CalArts.
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I originally wrote this article for Mouzekateerz5 and it was published on November 25, 2012, so some of the information might be a little outdated.
I want to share with you my experience in Club 33 for the first time, but let me start off by giving you a little history to Club 33. Club 33 is an exclusive club built by Walt Disney after he visited the World’s Fair and noticed the VIP sections for other company’s guests.
Back in 1957, there was a “lost land” of Disneyland called Holidayland. This area was there until its closure then subsequent removal in September 1961. This is the area where Walt decided to build New Orleans Square. New Orleans Square opened in July 1966 with the construction of Club 33 continuing after the opening of the land. The club didn’t officially open until 5 months after Walt’s death on December 15th, 1966.
Walt had envisioned the club to be the special place to house VIPs only, but after his death, the Disney Corporation opened memberships to everyone. The problem now is that the list is 14 years long and they haven’t opened up for new members in the past decade until earlier this year. The cost to join the Club is around $25,000 and the annual cost to keep the membership is around $10,000. So as you can imagine the odds of getting a membership and actually keeping it are very slim. Rumors circulating are stating that there are around 500 members. I’m guessing you can understand my excitement when I received a call from a new friend of mine asking me to join her for lunch in the Club.
About 2 weeks before my trip I received a call from a newly made friend asking me if my wife, Courtney (now ex-wife), and I wanted to join them in Club 33 for lunch. I was so ecstatic. This week was going to mark my 100th day in Disneyland and I wanted to make it special. Being able to go into Club 33 was going to do just that. We made plans ahead of time to meet outside the green door at 11:30 am.
The anticipation I felt was so hard to handle. Courtney and I kept seeing people going up to the door to ring the buzzer for a Cast Member to open the door for their reservations. While standing there I overheard passers-by commenting on what was behind the green door. Some people knew exactly what was behind the door. Others just guessed or had some outlandish idea of what the Club was. A few people even stopped to pose next to the address, a giant number 33 on the door frame.
At 11:30 right on the dot, my friend approached. She rang the buzzer and a Cast Member let us in. The CM checked the reservations list and told us to wait for a few minutes to be taken upstairs and asked if we wanted to check our backpacks or bags for pickup later. I opted to keep mine but Courtney turned hers in and received a ticket stub for it. It was time to go upstairs and the CM asked if we wanted to take the stairs or the red old fashioned elevator that Walt had designed after the ones in France.
Our companion took the stairs to the upper floor, but my wife and I opted to ride in the elevator, sharing a kiss on the way up.
When exiting the elevator, we were confronted with a prop from the last film that Walt had a creative hand in making, “The Happiest Millionaire” (1967), in the form of a phone booth.
The hostess led us past the Club 33 “gift shop,” past the bar (the only place that serves alcohol in Disneyland) and buffet over to our table for four. The server introduced herself and explained how the ordering worked and shared a little history of The Club. They poured us Evian water straight from the chilled glass bottles, and mind you, kept it topped off the entire time. I ordered the “farm-raised Texas blackened redfish” and Courtney ordered the “grilled lamb top sirloin.”
While the server placed our order, we visited the buffet. Talk about a great spread. There were different types of salads, deli meat trays, cheese platters, fruit bowls, other delicacies which I didn’t even know what they were and mini foods. Walt, as you may not know, liked miniatures, so there were some edibles created to look like miniature foods. Like little rolls about 1” in diameter filled with meat and a little rose made out of salmon. They were very cute; I didn’t even want to eat them. My friend grabbed a crème brûlée from the dessert bar claiming that they will run out by the time we are ready for dessert.
While we waited for our food to arrive, Courtney and I went out onto the balcony to peer out over New Orleans Square. Everyone looked so tiny from so far up. Okay so we weren’t that far up, but still, it was an odd feeling to be looking at everything from up there. Some of my friends were walking by the Pieces Of Eight shop and waived up at me. We sat out there for a few minutes soaking in the scenery overlooking the Rivers Of America and watching the pirates singing below.
Our food arrived, and we were delighted with the flavor, and the food décor was just beautiful. The wait staff was right on top of things by keeping our waters topped off with iced cold Evian.
The server offered us Pirate Punch, a delicious mixture of fruit juices, in a chilled glass with a flashing character clipped to the edge of it. I ordered a skull and crossbones, Courtney a Tinker Bell.
The waitress brought us copies of our menus to take home.
After we ate, we visited the dessert bar for some éclairs, Mickey mousse, mini slices of chocolate mousse cake, Mickey-shaped coconut cookies dipped in chocolate, mini slices of fruit tarts, mini apple pies, some other assortments of sweets, but no crème brûlée.
My friend was right; they were out. While eating our assortment of overly sweet desserts, the man behind us asked Courtney if she could take his photo with his girlfriend. She obliged and saw him starting to get down on one knee in front of his girlfriend. Courtney quickly figured out what this gentleman was doing and switched his phone from taking a photo to being able to record him proposing to her. Ahhhhh! Everyone in the room started clapping when she said “yes”, and the pastry chef made them a congratulatory dessert.
We were told to check out the restroom as they have a special look to them. All the countertops, in the men’s bathroom at least, were covered with black marble and the whole design seems to date back to the ’30s.
In the women’s bathroom, the toilets looked like wicker chairs with a lid that opens. Both of them have a little table with paper towels set up for drying your hands with the Club 33 logo on them.
We checked out the “gift shop” which was just a large glass case with monogrammed Club 33 shirts, jewelry, key chains, cuff links, and pins.
Across the room from the bar was a harpsichord that once belonged to Lillian Disney herself. One of the cast members stated that it has to be tuned every time before it is played.
In the narrow hallway that bridges over the top on the New Orleans Square walkway, there was a table that was used as a prop in the musical “Mary Poppins” (1964). That film is one of Courtney’s favorites, so she just had to pose with it for a photo.
On all the walls are original works of art by Disney animator and attraction designer, Marc Davis.
We walked through the trophy room that was full of taxidermied animals. Apparently some were animatronic, but none were moving at this time. My friend pointed out the hidden microphones in the chandeliers that Walt intended to use to listen to his guests’ opinions of the place. On the walls are butterflies in shadowboxes from Lillian Disney’s own collection.
We took many photos of our experience in the Club and said goodbye to our server as we worked our way down the red-carpeted stairs to the bottom floor and walked back out into the sunlit street of New Orleans.
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Times like this can be incredibly trying. Everyone is doing what they can to fight back against the COVID-19 outbreak by remaining in home isolation. There are many children in the hospital battling the virus themselves. With the lockdown in place, Make-A-Wish Foundation is doing what they can to make children’s last wishes come true whether it is from the virus or not. It is difficult because they can’t take the children anywhere. For the months of April and May, Tinker Bell (Gina Rock) will be donating the money from her sales to whichever Make-A-Wish chapter that you choose. (Gina’s website Flying Tinker Bell)
Or choose an autographed Tinker Bell pin by clicking Tink Pin
Or you can decide on getting a bottle of Pixie Dust with Gina’s signature on it by clicking Pixie Dust
After you decide on what you want, just send me a message with the Make-A-Wish chapter you would like the money to go to. If you do not want to choose one, it will default to the Los Angeles Make-A-Wish location.
If you would like, a copy of the receipt from Make-A-Wish can be sent to you.
To learn more about Gina rock and her 21 years flying as Tinker Bell in Disneyland, please visit her website FlyingTinkerBell.org
At 3’6” tall, Warwick Davis is one of the most famous little people that has appeared on the big screen. Warwick had auditioned for the role of an Ewok back in 1982 after his grandmother had heard on the radio that there was a casting call for people under 4’tall for a film. Warwick was only 11 years old and was 2’11” tall at the time. He made his first appearance in the Star Wars universe as Wicket, the inquisitive Ewok that was on-screen with Princess Leia. When Princess Leia crashes, she was supposed to be discovered by the Ewok known as Paploo. Kenny Baker was Paploo, along with R2-D2. On the day of filming, Kenny was sick, and George Lucas decided to put Wicket in the place of Paploo to befriend Leia.
Warwick was just an 11-year old boy with very little acting experience outside of the little time spent in drama classes at Laine Theater Arts in Epsom. He approached his character of Wicket with the idea of being someone who lived a sheltered life in a forest and was inquisitive about all new things around him. Like R2-D2, which would be his character’s first time to see technology. Warwick had a dog at his home that would tilt its head out of curiosity, which was a gesture that Warwick adopted for his character.
Warwick has played 14 characters in the Star Wars Universe in nine films and one animated series. Here is a list of his characters. The Ewok movies were once considered canon until Disney bought Lucasfilm and deemed them to not be cannon.
Warwick in his costume with his head off.
Because of being an 11-year-old easy-going kid, Warwick wasn’t bothered by the hot costume. Whenever people were taking breaks, he would always ask what they were shooting next. It earned him the nickname “The Eveready Ewok.“
Warwick rehearsing his scene with Kenny Baker (Paploo and R2-D2) in the background.
While filming on set, Warwick said that the then 26-year-old Carrie Fisher would feed him cookies and chocolate milk with a straw through his Wicket mask between takes.
Warwick visiting the set of Jabba’s ship.
After filming had concluded, the cast and crew had a wrap party. Warwick said he missed most of the party by sleeping through the whole thing. There was a photo taken of Carrie Fisher holding her finger to her lips doing the “shhh” motion behind a sleeping Warwick.
David Tomblin, the Assistant Director of Return of the Jedi (1983), directed and produced a short mockumentary called Return of the Ewok (1982). It was a fictional account of how Warwick got the role of Wicket. It was filmed simultaneously with Return of the Jedi. All the actors from Jedi played themselves in Return of the Ewok. It followed Warwick around as he tried to find the place where he was supposed to be filming his scenes as Wicket. He meets Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher along the way. David Prowse, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Jeremy Bulloch, and Frank Oz reprised their roles of Darth Vader, C-3PO, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, and Yoda. This is the only film where you can see an Ewok in Jabba’s palace and on the Death Star. There are several times in the film when Return of the Jedi is referred to as Revenge of the Jedi because that was the original title of the film. Warwick is the only person in possession of a copy of the film. The film was virtually unknown to fans until Warwick mentioned it in an interview in 1996. Until then, Warwick had only shown it to family and friends. The first public viewing of it was in 1999 at Star Wars Celebration and has been shown a few times since them. It has yet to be released on DVD although Warwick has stated that it will possibly happen someday.
Here is a fan-edited version of it from different cam recordings and officially released clips.
Warwick had sent George Lucas a letter reintroducing himself in case George had forgotten who he was. He had asked George to send him some of the latest Star Wars toys.
Here he is posing with his toys.
His second appearance was in the film Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984), also just known as The Ewok Adventure, was technically the first “A Star Wars Story” spin-off movie, not Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).
From left to right; Tony Cox as Widdle (Wicket’s brother), Eric Walker as Mace, Guy Boyd as Jeremitt, Fionnula Flanagan as Catarine, Aubree Miller as Cindel, and Warwick Davis as Wicket in his second Star Wars movie.
Side Note: I met Eric Walker at the 2019 D23 Expo in Anaheim. He’s a pretty cool guy. He has the website AllForSciFi.com. The photo bomber in the background is Richard Wolosky from the Skywalking Through Neverland Podcast.
The second Ewok film was Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985) and was Warwick’s third Star Wars film.
Here is Wicket walking with Cindel.
While filming, Michael Jackson stopped by the set for a visit. George Lucas is in the background as Michael shakes hands with Warwick.
Because George Lucas had been interacting with Warwick Davis in this film and the following two Ewok films, he decided to cast him in the film Willow (1988). Warwick was 17 years old and 3’4” tall for the filming. It would be the first time Warwick played a character that wasn’t in a complete costume so that we couldn’t see him.
George Lucas brought Warwick back into the Star Wars series after 14 years of nothing with the release of Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace (1999). Warwick played four characters in this film.
He was Anakin’s Rodian friend Wald.
He appeared as Weazel, also known as Thorn Drumheller. Fans refer to him as Willow Ufgood because Warwick isn’t wearing makeup or a character costume, he looks like himself, just like he did in Willow (1988). He can be seen with the Hutts during the pod race scene. Weazel worked for the Hutt’s as a thief.
Warwick was completely ecstatic when George asked him to don the suit of Yoda. There is a scene at the end when Senator Palpatine walked off his ship to approach Queen Padme. Yoda can be seen walking down the ramp off the ship in the background. Warwick was used for that part. They had to film about six takes because Warwick couldn’t walk down the gangway fast enough in the costume to keep up with the others.
He was also a street trader in Mos Espa on Tatooine.
(I had a hard time finding a photo of Warwick as this character, I think this is him next to C-3PO)
After a 16-year Star Wars hiatus, Warwick came back after Disney bought Lucasfilm to play the character of Wollivan in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015).
Here he is getting into his costume.
In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), he was Weeteef Cyu-Bee.
When Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017) was released, Warwick was three characters.
In the Canto Bight scene, he played the gambler Wodibin, or Wodi for short.
He voiced the character Thamm, a croupier that was visually portrayed by a puppet and CGI.
There was a character called Kedpin Shoklop. He was in the Zord’s Spa and Bathhouse on Canto Bight. His scenes were cut from the film. His scene can be seen in the deleted scenes on the Blu-Ray.
Warwick was invited to voice the character of Rukh for six episodes of the animated series Star Wars Rebels (2017-2018).
Besides his character of Wicket, Warwick’s character of Weazel made a second appearance in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). We first saw him in The Phantom Menace.
He also played two androids in Solo when they were in the spice mines on Kessel.
In the final film of the Skywalker storyline Warwick played Wizzich Mozzer in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
One of the final scenes in The Rise of Skywalker shows us an older Wicket with his son Pommet celebrating the defeat of the First Order. The actor playing Pommet was Harrison Davis, Warwick’s 16-year old son.
You will notice that the majority of Star Wars characters that Warwick plays start with the letter “W” because his name does.
To date, he has been in over 80 film/television shows. Some other roles you might know him from;
Reepicheep in the BBC’s version of Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1989)
Glimfeather in the BBC’s sequel series to Prince Caspian, The Silver Chair (1990)
Leprechaun in 6 of the Leprechaun films (1993-2003)
Griphook, Professor Filius Flitwick, and a Gringotts Goblin in the Harry Potter film series (2001-2011)
Marvin in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy (2005)
Nikabrik in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
Lickspittle in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
Warwick wrote the book Size Matters Not: The Extraordinary Life and Career of Warwick Davis that was published in 2011.
Peter Burroughs, the father-in-law of Warwick, started Willow Management in 1995 with Warwick being a co-founder. It was a talent agency that specialized in representing actors/actresses under 5’ tall. Many of Warwick’s fellow actors from Willow, Labyrinth, Star Wars, and the Harry Potter films are represented by Willow Management. They began representing actors that were over 7’ tall in 2004 because they could also be stuck in niche roles. In fact, there were around 40 members from the agency that was in the final Harry Potter film.
Warwick, along with his father-in-law actor Peter Burroughs, started the non-profit agency Little People, UK. It is a resource for the dwarfism community that began in 2012.
Here is Warwick’s family. His wife Samantha, son Harrison, and daughter Annabelle. Warwick met his wife on the set of Willow, along with her father Peter.
In conclusion, Warwick Davis is extremely awesome!
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According to multiple sources, Yoda is set to appear in future episodes of the Mandalorian and may show up as early as season 2. Details of his appearance are vague at this time, but it would be great to see him show up as a force ghost to possibly mentor “the Child,” more popularly known as “baby Yoda.”
Just to be clear, there’s no actual known connection between “baby Yoda” and Yoda, other than them being from the same species. The events of the Mandalorian take place after The Return of the Jedi, which means that Yoda is already dead at the point in time where The Mandalorian takes place. Since LucasFilms is no stranger to using “force ghosts;” former Jedi with the ability to project themselves after their deaths, and Yoda has appeared as a force ghost in multiple Star Wars movies, it’s highly likely that he’ll appear to either Mando or baby Yoda in this state.
According to the same sources, LucsasFilms is also interested in having Han Solo make a cameo, possibly in season 2 or 3. Since the events of the Mandalorian take place after The Return of the Jedi but before The Force Awakens, Han Solo hasn’t died yet and could make a great addition to the show. Since Han Solo has had interactions with Boba Fett before, who is also a Mandalorian, it makes sense that he could also have interactions with Din Djarin, the main character in The Mandalorian on Disney+.
Fans have speculated that additional characters, like Luke Skywalker or Darth Maul, will make cameos in the future however there has been no word from LucasFilms about whether this is true or not. We will make sure to keep you updated with any new information as it becomes available.
Let us know in the comments which other Star Wars characters you’d like to see make an appearance in The Mandalorian!
Kirk Douglas was a great actor that shall be surely missed. He was born 15 years after Walt Disney on December 9, 1916. He passed away today at the age of 103 on February 5, 2020.
The photo on the bottom right is of Kirk and his family on a visit to Walt’s home in 1956. You can see a 12-year-old Michael Douglas sitting in the back of Walt’s train, the Carolwood Pacific. Walt had used the footage on one of his Disneyland TV episodes. This upset Kirk causing him to write a letter to Walt about exploiting his children and to never show the film footage again. Walt sent an apology letter back. Two months later, the tv studio aired a rerun and showed the footage again without Walt’s knowledge. Kirk attempted to sue Walt but failed. This is why Kirk never appeared in any more Disney films after 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954).
Kirk Douglas and Walt Disney posing for a promo picture.
Kirk Douglas and Walt Disney on the Disney lot.
Walt Disney on the set of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea with Kirk Douglas.
Kik Douglas and his family (with 12-year-old Michael Douglas) at Walt’s home in early 1956 riding the Carolwood Pacific.
You know his son Michael Douglas from the MCU as Hank Pym in the Ant-Man movies.
Check out Kirk singing “A Whale of a Tale” from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.
Here is a Disney special when Walt discusses the making of the film. (pardon the subtitles)
As a side note, Kirk served in the US Navy during World War II from 1941-1944.
Rest in peace Kirk. Thank you for your service. If you enjoyed this article, check out my book that has over 3,700 fun facts about Disneyland and Disney Movies in it. www.DisneyGuy.org
It’s time for everyone to put their money where their mouth is. People keep complaining about all the remakes and sequels Disney is doing. They keep saying they want new ideas. Well, here you have it. Disney has six new movies coming out in 2020 that aren’t remakes, sequels, prequels, or reimaginings.
I’ll start you off with some terminology, so we are on the same page.
REMAKE: When a studio decides to remake one of their previously existing works. Like when Disney remade The Lion King (2019) which had the same storyline as The Lion King (1994). Or 101 Dalmatians (1996) was a live-action remake of 101 Dalmatians (1961).
Another good example of a remake would be the Freaky Friday films. The first one came out in 1976 and starred Jodie Foster, the second one came out in 1995 and starred Shelley Long, the third and most popular one came out in 2003 and starred Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis. Most people don’t know about Disney’s fourth iteration of the story in 2018, which turned the film into a musical, based on the Broadway musical of the same name. All the movies had the same premise of the daughter not getting along with their mother and something magical happens causing them to switch places.
Disney’s first remake was The Jungle Book (1994) starring Jason Scott Lee, who would later voice David in Lilo & Stitch (2002). This was actually Jason’s first live-action remake for Disney. His second will be as the villain Bori Khan in the upcoming live-action reimagining (see below) of Mulan (2020).
REBOOT: This is different than a remake. This takes a story that was previously told and tells it a different way, with a different storyline, different characters, etc. This term has to do with a movie that is a part of a series of movies. Sony created a three-part Spider-Man series with Toby Maguire (2002-2007). The main villain was Green Goblin, Doc Ock, and then Venom with Sandman.
They rebooted the series by recasting the main actor, Andrew Garfield, and called the two-movie series The Amazing Spider-Man (2012-2014). The rebooted series had the same origin story but had The Lizard as the main villain and Gwen Stacy as his love interest rather than Mary Jane like it was in the first series. The second one had Electro as the main villain with Green Goblin starting to appear. They also killed off his love interest in this installment, an action they didn’t perform in the first series. The planned third installment never happened. Spider-Man is now on its second reboot in the hands of the MCU with Tom Holland as the web-slinger. So far, he has been in three Avengers films, two stand-alone Spider-Man films, and another stand-alone coming out in 2021.
Another example of a reboot would be the new Haunted Mansion film coming out in the near future, a project that has been in the works for almost 10 years now. It will totally discount the characters and storyline of The Haunted Mansion (2003) with Eddie Murphy.
Remember when Hulk (2003) was a thing? It was going to kickstart sequel films, but Universal didn’t make the sequel fast enough and the rights returned to Marvel. Marvel rebooted the story and made The Incredible Hulk (2008) which ended up being the second film in the MCU.
REIMAGINING: This is when they remake a movie but tell the story differently. Mulan (2020) is a great example of that. It’s the story of Mulan like their animated film from 1998, but there is no Mushu, singing, or Shang. This tells the story, but completely different. The difference between this and a reboot is that this isn’t part of a series. Disney is using the term “reimagining” for its live-action version of The Little Mermaid (2021?). It explains their new direction of changing the race of characters from their already established story from The Little Mermaid (1989). The story could be completely different too, we don’t know yet.
Some of Disney’s extremely popular reimaginings would be the two Maleficent (2015-2019) films which tells the story of Aurora but from Maleficent’s point of view.
Another one would be Pete’s Dragon (2016). A completely different story from Pete’s Dragon (1977) with the only same elements being Elliot the dragon and Pete.
PREQUEL: This would be a movie that has a setting that takes place before the events of another film. The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning (2008) is the third movie in the series but takes place before the events of The Little Mermaid (1989) as we see that Ariel is still a young mermaid in Atlantica.
The upcoming movie Cruella (2021) is said to take place when Cruella and Anita are in school together before the events of her kidnapping all the puppies from Pongo and Perdita.
SEQUEL: This is about a film that takes place in sequence after the previous film. All 23 movies in the MCU are great examples of that. A smaller example would be The Rescuers DownUnder (1990) in which the storyline follows the events of The Rescuers (1977). This was actually Disney’s first theatrically released sequel to a previous animated film.
Son of Flubber (1963) is a sequel to The Absent-Minded Professor (1961). Flubber (1997) with Robin Williams is a remake of The Absent-Minded Professor.
Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland (2010) is a sequel to Disney’s animated Alice In Wonderland (1951). The events in the film take place after the events of the animated film.
SPIN-OFF: This movie has to do with characters or elements of a movie and gives them their own movie not a part of the series. A good example of that would be all the Star Wars films but then the stand-alone Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), which does also serve as a prequel for the Han Solo character. A stand-alone is one that can be viewed by itself and doesn’t have to be viewed with the other movies in the series.
Remember the Jim Carrey film Bruce Almighty (2003)? It had a spin-off film following the character of Evan Baxter in Evan Almighty (2007).
With all the remakes and sequels that Disney has been making and announcing, people are tired of it all. They want something new. Did the fans even want a reimagining of Lady and the Tramp (2019)? I didn’t ask for one. Is it a reimagining or a remake? Jock isn’t in it. But Jackie is. There is no beaver to remove Lady’s muzzle, but there is a beaver statue. The Siamese cats are gone, but a non-specific breed is there. The ever so popular We Are Siamese cat song? Gone, and replaced. It’s a reimagining.
Are people looking forward to seeing some live-action dogs running around on screen telling a story based on the short story from the Cosmopolitan magazine in 1945? Sure, they are, but they didn’t ask for it. All the people have wanted was to see new things. In 2020, Disney is giving us just that, new things.
Yes, Mulan is going to be hitting theaters next summer, but that is a reimagining and doesn’t count. What does count are the following six films;
Onward – March 6
This new film from Pixar follows two elf brothers in a present-day setting as they go on a quest to prove that magic still exists. This movie stars Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures, The Help), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (A Bug’s Life, Seinfeld), and of course John Ratzenberger.
Artemis Fowl – May 29
This film is based on the first book of the eight-book series written by Eoin Colfer. The books were published between 2001-2012 and also have a graphic novelization. The story is about a 12-year-old rich boy genius who has a huge bodyguard named Butler who is trained in hand to hand combat, firearms, and covert operations. Artemis sets out to capture a real fairy to prove their existence. This film will be kickstarting the careers of Ferdia Shaw (Artemis) and Tamara Smart (Juliet, Butler’s little sister) and have stars like Josh Gad (Frozen, Beauty and the Beast), Judi Dench (Casino Royale, Home on the Range), and Nonso Anozie (Cinderella, Pan, Game of Thrones).
Soul – June 19
This is the second Pixar film to be released in 2020. It is about a musician who has lost his passion for music is transported out of his body and must find his way back with the help of an infant soul learning about herself. (IMDB description) This movie stars Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, Annie, Ray), Tina Fey (Muppets Most Wanted, Ponyo), and John Ratzenberger again.
Jungle Cruise – July 24
This action film is based on the attraction of the same name in Disneyland. You basically take The Mummy, Indiana Jones, and The African Queen and squish them together to get this movie. The movie is set during the early 20th century, a riverboat captain named Frank takes a scientist and her brother on a mission into a jungle to find the Tree of Life which is believed to possess healing powers. All the while, the trio must fight against dangerous wild animals and a competing German expedition. (Wikipedia description). The movie stars Dwayne Johnson (The Game Plan, Race To Witch Mountain, Moana), Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns, The Muppets, Gnomeo & Juliet, Into The Woods), and Paul Giamatti (Saving Mr. Banks, San Andreas). This film has been long-awaited. I first mentioned this film in my book’s first edition in 2010 with a 2013 release date. The script has gone through many changes including the removal of Tim Allen and Tom Hanks. I again mentioned it in the publication on my second edition in July 2017. In 2015, it was announced that Disney had cast Dwayne Johnson in the film. It wasn’t until March 2018 that they cast Emily Blunt and then Paul Giamatti in May 2018. They began filming as soon as Paul joined the cast.
The One and Only Ivan – August 14
A gorilla named Ivan lives in a cage at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade with an aging elephant named Stella and a dog named Bob with no recollection of how they got there. They are owned by Mack, the owner of the Big Top Mall. When an abused baby elephant named Ruby shows up and is taken under Stella’s trunk, Ivan starts to care for her as well and along with the janitor’s daughter Julia, they help to turn things around at the mall. (Wikipedia description). This movie is based on the children’s book of the same name that was released in 2012. The film stars Bryan Cranston, Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito, and Helen Mirren.
Raya and the Last Dragon – November 24
This is the next animated film from the Walt Disney Animation Studio following Frozen II. It will be the studios 59 cannon film. In a realm known as Lumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon. (IMDB description)
This is it, everyone. The new original six films coming out in 2020 from Disney. No remakes, reboots, or reimaginings among them. Show up to the theaters to show your support. I know I am excited to see some new content from the studio and I will be sitting in my theater seat with a tub of popcorn waiting for the films to start. And of course, I will be at the theater to see Mulan too.
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Wow! Fourteen years since Mike and Sulley made it to the parks. On January 22, 2006, we were introduced to Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! in Hollywood Pictures Backlot in CaliforniaAdventure. The space that houses the Monsters, Inc. (2001) inspired attraction sat vacant for 4 years while Disney tried to fill its void with a “wanted” attraction. You see, the space once housed SuperstarLimo, a very mediocre and boring attraction. Guests would ride in a limo through the streets of Hollywood and see celebrities like Joan Rivers, Regis Philbin, Cher, Antonio Banderas, Cindy Crawford, Tim Allen, Jackie Chan, Drew Carey, Melanie Griffith, and Whoopi Goldberg. That attraction was there on California Adventure’s opening day February 8, 2001, and closed only eleven months later on January 11, 2002.
Lets’ jump back in time and go on Superstar Limo as it was in 2001.
At this point, California Adventure’s attendance had been dropping drastically. This was the first Pixar attraction to be added to the park since the addition of A Bug’s Land. The following year started the five year, $1.1 billion makeover of DCA that would bring in more Pixar attractions and theming. The park wouldn’t see another Pixar attraction until Toy Story Midway Mania opened over 2 years later.
Nowadays, the attraction sits kind of lonely in the back corner of the now named Hollywood Land. It isn’t exactly in a high traffic area. It is still a very cute attraction though, and everyone should experience it. There really isn’t a lot of history or information about this attraction because it was just thrown in there. It’s not like we are talking about a classic attraction from the past, but I will do my best.
The ride basically makes you experience the part of the movie when the monster world found out about Boo. The voice cast either returned to record some new audio tracks for the ride, or some were reused from the movie, like the recordings of Mary Gibbs as Boo singing in the locker room.
The monster taxis you are boarding were once the Superstar Limo ride vehicles. They were painted and rethemed to match the new attraction.
When you first enter Harryhausen’s Restaurant, you can smell ginger and soy sauce. A Smellitzer was used to create the faux odors. The Smellitzer was invented by Imagineer Bob McCarthy in the 1980s for the Spaceship Earth attraction in Epcot to simulate the smell of smoke. The technical name is “Scent Emitting System” and the US patent for it is 4603030. The nickname given to it is the Smellitzer. It is used elsewhere around the parks, like on Soarin’ Around the World, or Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train, to make you smell fresh grass or animal crackers. It is also said that they are used to make Haunted Mansion ballroom scene smell like gingerbread at Christmas with the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay. When Disneyland first opened, they just had fans to blow out the smell of fresh-baked cookies to lure in tourists. The name came from the Howitzer Cannon which was used to shoot projectiles, much like how the Smellitzer shoots puffs of scents.
The restaurant Harryhausen’s, was named as such to pay homage to the late stop-motion special effects animator Ray Harryhausen. He worked on films such as Clash of the Titans (1981), Jason and theArgonauts (1963), and Mighty Joe Young (1949). The sushi chef only has six tentacles. This is in reference to the film It Came From Beneath The Sea (1955). It was a low budget film, and to save money Ray Harryhausen put six tentacles on the octopus rather than eight.
At Celia’s feet before exiting you can see a Chinese food box. This is the same Chinese takeout box seen in Incredibles 2, Inside Out, A Bug’s Life, Ratatouille, and in Toy Story 2.
What is interesting about the Chinese takeout box that Sulley has Boo in is that it doesn’t match the one in the movie. The one in Monsters, Inc. was actually different than the boxes in the other Pixar films. The one on the attraction actually matches the other movies.
Before disembarking, you have to pay close attention to Roz. She is interactive and will have witty things to say to you or others in your car. Here are some clips of her.
Everyone likes looking for the Hidden Mickeys on Disneyland attractions. This attraction has quite a few of them.
When you are watching the video, a monster taxi appears with multiple lights on the front. Three of them form a Hidden Mickey. It is the taxi logo, and it is located all around the queue area.
In the queue area, there is a giant poster of the taxi with the three headlights that form a Hidden Mickey.
Right as you board the ride, look at the cityscape for a silhouette of the Earful Tower, the water tower with Mickey ears from Hollywood Studios in Disney World. This is a difficult one to see.
When crashing through Harryhausen’s, look for a full-side shot of Mickey’s silhouette in the window to the left of the sushi chef.
Sully has a purple spot on his fur in the shape of a Mickey when he is hanging from the door holding Boo.
Color-changing Randall has a purple Mickey head spot on his green skin when Boo is beating him with the baseball bat.
The control panel on the Monstropolis news van has a Mickey made out of the dials.
Not a Hidden Mickey, but a hidden Marlin. The clownfish Marlin is painted on the wall behind the sushi chef. This was placed here to copy the movie. It was a reference to what would be the next Pixar film, Finding Nemo (2003).
I hope I did this ride justice on its anniversary. Did you enjoy reading its history? Here is a full ride through video.
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These are all the Easter Eggs I could find in Frozen II (2019). Some of them reference the first Frozen film. If you know of any others please comment and I will add them. There are spoilers ahead. So, if for some odd reason that you haven’t seen the movie yet, you may not want to read these.
In the opening scene, Elsa is making little snow figures for Anna to play with. One of them is Baymax, the elephant is Dumbo, supposedly Totoro from the Studio Ghibli film My Neighbor Totoro (1988) is there, and so is Tinker Bell (possibly) seen on the back of a unicorn. The first character she makes is a snowman that looks a lot like Marshmallow from the first Frozen.I have yet to find Totoro, but this is who he is. He also made a guest appearance in Toy Story 3. If you haven’t seen My Neighbor Totoro, see it.
While playing charades, Olaf mimics Mickey Mouse with his coal buttons for ears.
Olaf also mimics the Cinderella Castle from the Magic Kingdom during their charades game.
When Elsa is singing “Into the Unknown,” she stomps her foot to create a Hidden Mickey Mouse ears hat.
When Elsa sees the memory of Hans, she blasts him to pieces, just like Baymax did in Big Hero 6 (2014) with the statue of Hans that he blasts apart during his training.
After Elsa and Anna set off on their journey, after leaving their people behind, look to the far background to see Elsa’s ice castle from the first movie.
When Gale, and the leaves, whip around Olaf, he poses like Marilyn Monroe over the steam grate in The Seven Year Itch (1955). He also has the same pose on his official Frozen II Olaf poster.
The style for the musical number with Kristoff singing “Lost in the Woods,” was inspired by the music video for the song “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen in 1975.
Young prince Agnarr says “he’s reading a book by some new Danish author.” This is a reference to Hans Christian Andersen, the author of The Snow Queen, the story that the first film was extremely loosely based on.
When Elsa and Anna are looking down at the ship wreckage, you can see what looks to be a Mickey Head shaped hole on the left side of the ship.
Olaf says in the film “This is fine” when everything is not fine. This is a reference to the webcomic of a dog whose house is on fire but he is stating “This is fine.” It was popularized in 2014.
This one is a bit of a stretch, but Bruni’s design is similar to the design of Newt. Newt was a canceled Pixar film. It had a similar plot to the movie Rio (2011) so the project was canceled. Some believe that Bruni was designed in a way as a nod to the canceled Newt project. Newts and salamanders are different amphibians, but they look similar.
In the credits scene, Olaf explains to Marshmallow, and a bunch of little armless snowmen called snowgies, how they are alive. These little guys made their debut in Frozen Fever (2015) and were created by Elsa sneezing. Technically these guys shouldn’t exist. After Elsa died, Olaf died because her magic faded away. That would mean all the others would have gone away too. Elsa would have had to search out the piles of snow left behind by Marshmallow and the snowgies and reanimate them. Maybe she did.
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