2007 brought the launch of the Year of a Million Dreams. Disneyland has decided to make more dreams come true and run YOMD through 2008 - giving us more chances to have wishes big and small granted! Thank you, Disneyland!
Disney's Halloween Time returns to the resort bigger and better than ever! Enjoy old favorites such as the Haunted Mansion Holiday, Woody's Halloween Roundup, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Golden Screams Theater. And new this year is Candy Corn Acres in Disney's California Adventure Park! From Sunshine Plaza to Bountiful Valley Farms this colorful treat has taken over (look out Heimlich)!
Here are a few Frighteningly Fun Facts about Disney's Halloween Time [from Disneyland Backstage Pass, Fall 2007]:
- "Pumpkin Mickey" on Main Street stands 14'-16" tall (including pedestal).
- More than 5000 mini pumpkins make up the floral Mickey in front of the Main Street Train Station.
- There are more than 3000 unique pumpkins in the Main Street windows (only 15 jack-o-lanterns on Main Street are identical).
[Note from editor: Can you find the pumpkins that have Sleeping Beauty's castle carved on them?]
- Sunshine Plaza in Disney's California Adventure Park includes oversized pumpkins that were molded from real pumpkins, as well as more than 100 artificial sunflowers.
- The outside of Haunted Mansion Holiday features more than 300 candles, over 75 lighted jack-o-lanterns, 7,000 sq. ft. of snow in the graveyard and 1,000 orange lights in the trees.
- Amazingly, 90% of the Haunted Masion Holiday decorations can actually be stored within the attration when not being used.
Disney's Halloween Time is only here from September 21 - October 31! Don't miss it!
The San Diego Comic-Con International 2007 is almost upon us! Here is the line-up of panels related to Disney:
Thursday, July 26
5:00-6:00 Moonstone: Tales of Zorro— Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition), Sandra Curtis (Zorro Productions), Peter David (Star Trek, Stephen King’s Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born), Joe Gentile (Moonstone Books), editor Richard Dean Starr (Hellboy, Kolchak: The Night Stalker), Guy Williams, Jr. (son of Guy Williams, star of Disney’s Zorro series), and other writers and artists discuss Tales of Zorro, the first anthology of original Zorro short fiction ever published. This is the first Comic-Con appearance for Guy Williams, Jr. Room 2
Categories: Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy
Friday, July 27
10:30-11:30 Pixar Animation Studios' Short Films Collection: Volume 1— Join three of Disney•Pixar's most talented filmmakers, Ralph Eggelston, Oscar-winning director of For the Birds, Andrew Jimenez, Oscar- nominated co-director of One Man Band, and Katherine Sarafian, producer of Pixar's newest animated Oscar-nominated short Lifted, for a discussion about the Studio's acclaimed short films. Q&A session to follow. Room 6CDEF
Categories: Animation | Kids | Movies
3:30-4:30 Boom! Studios— Boom! Studios has an exciting new publishing plan for the rest of 2007 and 2008. Panelists talk about Boom!’s new partnerships with Disney, Paramount, and Epic Games, their existing partnerships, and the many exciting new projects coming out from Boom! Studios. Ross Richie, Adam Fortier, and Andrew Crosby (creator of the hit SCI FI series Eureka) talk about all things Boom! Room 3
Categories: Comic Books | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television
5:00-6:00 Pitching an Animated Show— How do you get your cartoon on the air? Selling an animated series isn’t as easy as it seems. The process is as creative as it is frustrating—and equal parts unpredictable. The major networks get thousands of pitches every year, so is there a secret recipe to getting your idea on the top of the pile? Maybe, and these are the people to tell you: executives responsible for shepherding new shows at the major studios, including Eric Coleman, VP animation, development & production at Nickelodeon; Heather Kenyon, senior director of development original animation for Cartoon Network; Jill Stewart, manager, original series, Disney Channel Animation, as well as creators Jorge R. Gutierrez (Nickelodeon’s El Tigre) and Gabe Swarr (Big Pants Mouse), both industry veterans currently in development on several projects. This will be an hour chock-full of wisdom, woes, and even a few “you-saw-it-here-first” surprises, moderated by animation writer/creator Jon M. Gibson, also in development. Room 30CDE
Categories: Animation | Seminars & Workshops | Television
Saturday, July 28
12:00-1:15 Cartoon Voices I— Such a Comic-Con favorite, we're doing it twice this year! Mark Evanier hosts his yearly panel with some of the greatest voice talent in the cartoon business. Today's panel includes Neil Ross (GI Joe), Wally Wingert (Invader Zim), Kathy Garver (Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends), Will Ryan (Disney voice artist), Chris Edgerly (Harvey Birdman), and Joe Alaskey (Duck Dodgers). Stay tuned for Part II tomorrow at noon in this very same room! Room 6B
Categories: Animation | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Television
2:15-4:00 Disney— Disney and Disney•Pixar showcase two upcoming films with this exclusive Comic- Con presentation!
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian—Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media present never-before-seen footage and a Q&A panel with the filmmakers of the second installment of the epic fantasy adventure series! Be sure to collect the exclusive Prince Caspian Comic-Con poster, designed by fans on Narnia.com, and selected by director Andrew Adamson!
WALL•E—From Academy Award–winning director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo), WALL•E is the story of one robot's comic adventures as he chases his dream across the galaxy. Meet director Andrew Stanton and sound designer Ben Burtt (Star Wars) as they present a first look at Disney·Pixar's next animated adventure!
Categories: Animation | Kids | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy
4:00-5:00 AFI’s Behind the Plastic II: Creativity to Collectible— Action figure and statue sculpting is pop art that is coming into the mainstream spotlight. In years past, nameless, faceless sculptors cranked out figure after figure of beloved characters, but now the sculptors are becoming better known among fans and the industry. In this discussion with some of the industry’s top sculptors you will discover the path that led them to many a “fan boy’s” dream job. Find out what tools and materials they use and where laser scanning ends and the sculptor takes over. Also covered will be mold making and painting, design, and marketing personal projects. Moderator Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett from ActionFigureInsider.com talks to Jean St. Jean (sculptor, NECA, McFarlane, Diamond Select, DC Direct), Mike Locasio (sculptor, NECA, McFarlane, DC Direct, Diamond Select), Ruben Procopio (sculptor, Masked Avengers Studio, Electric Tiki, Disney Classic Collectibles), Kat Sapene (prototype painter, Electric Tiki, Sota), and Eddie Wires (prototype painter, Toy Biz, DC Direct). Room 4
Categories: Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles
6:00-7:00 The Pitching Hour— Jermaine Turner (director, original series, Disney/ABC Cable Networks Group), Jill Stewart (manager, original series, Disney Channel Animation), Dan Evans (network exec, Digimon), Jeremy Love (VP, Gettosake Entertainment), Laurenn McCubbin (producer, Showtime's Rent Girl), and Jonas Agin (senior VP, Tom Lynch Company) will take an idea from conception through production. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example and humorous stories, the process that new creator should adapt to make their way into the Hollywood creative battleground. Knowing that each project is unique, there will be a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be IP lawyer Brendan McFeely to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood! Room 5AB
Categories: Movies | Seminars & Workshops | Television
I also have a list of Disney artists I would like to meet: Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch artist/creator/voice of Stitch; He will have his own booth #2146), Amy Mebberson (former Disney artist now working for Tokyopop; hopefully I can bump into her...she makes the cutest Disney retro pin-ups), Amanda Visell and Michelle Valigura (both have their own Disney merchandise lines and art work available for veiwing right now at the Disneyland art gallery; Amanda will be signing at the Munky King booth #4639 Fri/Sat 11-12pm; both will have con exclusives for sale...not Disney related). I'm sure there will be more Disney artists...I will post as I find!
Countdown to Comic-Con...2 days (we'll be at preview night wed the 25th)!
May 25, 2007
Here's a picture I took of myself wearing my Disney pirates shirt right before we left for the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (baby belly still intact).
We went for the late 11PM showing and got home at 3AM. At 3:30AM my water broke, and off we went to the hospital! 13 hours later baby Noah Joseph was born (8lbs 4oz, 21" long)! Funny he let us finish the movie...I guess he wanted to hear the ending!
As for my thoughts on the movie...I was happy with it. It's not a stand alone movie...you have to watch Pirates 2 to understand Pirates 3. It ties up loose ends and maybe brings closure to the storyline with Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann. However, they do leave an opening for a 4th installment. And I hope everyone stuck around after the credits (which you should do for every Disney movie) for a "10 years later" scene.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Fountain of Youth? There is talk of a 4th spin off movie which Johnny Depp would be back for, but probably not Orlando Bloom or Keira Knightly.
"Whether there will be another movie depends on whether we can create something new and different, but this is the end," Bruckheimer said. But he added, "This is the end, but whether one of the characters or a couple of the characters continue on, it's a possibility. ... Certainly, in a moment at the end of the film there is a hope that something else might happen." [movies.ign.com/articles/787/787299p1.html]