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Monday
Oct222012

Hidden Disneyland Details - Sparky's Empty Grave from Frankenweenie

Every Autumn, Disneyland's Haunted Mansion undergoes a whimsical transformation, becoming the Haunted Mansion Holiday. Inspired by Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Madame Leota and the mansion's 999 haunts open their eerie estate to the quirky ghouls from Halloween Town. Beginning in 2001, Jack Skellington has hosted the annual holiday overlay, a mishmash of the otherwise mismatched Halloween and Christmas holiday seasons.

A new Disney Detail has been added to this year's Haunted Mansion Holiday. In anticipation of Tim Burton's latest Disney project, the stop-motion animated Frankenweenie (2012), a special grave and marker have been added to the pet cemetery in the mansion's front garden.

Sparky's Empty Grave in front of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion

Though empty gravesites may not seem strange in a pet cemetery, or more specifically - Pet Sematary. This empty grave and bone shaped cross are tributes to Sparky, the four-legged star of Burton's Frankenweenie, which was released in theaters on October 5, 2012.

Tuesday
Sep112012

Finding Secrets in Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo 3D in Theaters - Dory knows where to go!

On September 14, 2012, Finding Nemo 3D swims onto the big screen, immersing the next generation of clownfish fans in Pixar's underwater world. Its been nine years since Nemo originally graced movie theaters. Disney·Pixar's 3D re-release gives this generation of little hatchlings their own chance to get caught in the current for the first time.

Whether its the first time or the fiftieth screening, Finding Nemo has dozens of entertaining Pixar secrets and hidden details to search for on the big screen.

Buzz Lightyear, Little Mikey & the Pixar Beach Ball appear in the dentist's office.After being placed in the aquarium, Nemo looks out into the waiting room and sees a Buzz Lightyear action figure and toy plane from Pixar Studios' Toy Story (1995). Behind Buzz is the dentist office's toy chest, hidden inside (upper left of opening) are Mike Wazowski's plush Little Mikey from Monsters, Inc. (2001) and the red star beach ball from the short film Luxo Junior (1986).

An algae covered Sunny, from the Pixar Short Knick KnackAs Gil goes over his escape plans with Nemo, he envisions the aquarium covered in green filth. An algae covered Sunny, from the Award-Winning Pixar short Knick Knack (1989), appears as the figurehead on the aquarium's pirate ship.

The Pizza Planet Truck from Toy Story appears in Finding Nemo.The Pizza Planet Truck featured in Toy Story (1995), has appeared in every Pixar Studios animated feature except The Incredibles (2004). The iconic yellow delivery truck is seen through the eyes of a bagged fish, as Gil continues to discuss the aquarium escape.

Mr. Incredible cameo in the dentist's office.In addition to remembering prior films, Pixar's animators have a tradition of recognizing upcoming works with secret cameos. Brad Bird's The Incredibles (2004) earned a Finding Nemo cameo, as the next planned Pixar release. As the dentist and a screaming Darla deal with Nigel, Gil and Nemo, a young patient in the waiting room reads a super Mr. Incredible comic book.

Luigi from Cars & Cars 2 drives past the escaping aquarium fish.Another pre-release cameo features Luigi, the Casa Della Tires shop owner from Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011). The yellow Italian Fiat appears just before the Finding Nemo credits, driving by Gil and the escaping aquarium fish.

A Sulley toilet seat cover in Partysaurus Rex gets fans excited for Monsters University and Monsters, Inc. 3D.To fish for bigger audiences, Disney·Pixar will also release its newest short Partysaurus Rex (2012) with Finding Nemo 3D. The Toy Story-inspired short features the short-armed Rex as a mean, green, party animal. Don't forget to keep those eyes open for a few more Pixar secrets and details, like Bonnie's Sulley patterned, furry toilet seat cover.

Monday
Aug272012

Hidden Disneyland Details - The Three Marionettes

As Disneyland guests exit Pinocchio's Daring Journey, they pass by an often overlooked window display. Featured in a little workshop-inspired vignette are three marionettes, Pinocchio, a girl in a green dress and an unpainted wooden figure.


Three Marionettes in Fantasyland, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Probably added during Fantasyland's 1983 refurbishment, the three marionettes are meant to symbolize Disneyland. Pinocchio, the star of Walt Disney's 1940 animated feature, is a reminder of Disneyland's storied past. The doll in the green dress is a dressed like a Fantasyland Cast Member. The Cast Member marionette symbolizes the present day and the people who make Disneyland such a happy place. The unfinished marionette represents the infinite possibilities in Disneyland's future.

 

Friday
Aug032012

Hidden Disney Details - Buena Vista Street Mailboxes

There are dozens of Disney Details to discover along Buena Vista Street, Disney California Adventure Park's newly remodeled main thoroughfare. Hidden in a private entryway next to the Los Feliz Five & Dime is an apartment-style mailbox.

The nameplates on the personal mailboxes feature a few familiar names with Disney ties. From left to right the names read; S. Yoshiwara, E. Valiant, T. Ogelvie and P. Peabody.

The S. Yoshiwara mailbox is a tribute to Staci Rei Yoshiwara, a Disney fan and former cast member who passed away before Buena Vista Street's completion.

"This name is dedicated to a good friend and former Disney cast member who passed away during the creation of Buena Vista Street. Being a fan of Disney and knowing she'd never get to see Buena Vista Street, I felt it was only fitting she'd always be able to call it home."
- Brandon Kleyla, WDI Set Decorator

Bob Hoskins plays Eddie Valiant, who receives his mail directly from the postman - Who Framed Roger Rabbit © Touchstone Pictures

E. Valiant - Eddie Valiant from Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). Valiant was the circus clown turned heroic cop, who then turned into a drunken detective after an evil cartoon dropped a safe on his brother. Eddie was played by real life actor Bob Hoskins, who starred alongside the animated Roger Rabbit. A bit too sexy and risque to be a traditional Disney feature, the Academy Award-winning Who Framed Roger Rabbit was released under Disney's Touchstone Pictures. 

Don Knotts as Theodore Ogelvie (L) & Tim Conway as Amos Tucker - The Apple Dumpling Gang © Walt Disney Productions

T. Ogelvie - Theodore Ogelvie, was Don Knotts' hapless character from Walt Disney Productions' The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) and its sequel, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1982). In the 1975 box office hit, Knotts teamed with comic actor Tim Conway, who co-starred as the dimwitted Amos Tucker. Together, Theodore and Amos were a pair of inept outlaws, bumbling their way through the Wild West.

Officer Percival P. Peabody - Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort © StudioCentral.com

P. Peabody - Officer Percival P. Peabody, one of the eccentric citizens from Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Officer Peabody is entrusted with Keeping the streets of Hollywood safe, one star at a time. (Percival P. Peabody photo courtesy of StudioCentral.com.)