Counting Scars – a OneRepulic cover featuring Disney Villains

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It’s Halloween, which is one season when villains get their due at Disney. Which must be what inspired the company to produce this video. Some of Disney’s most feared villains take stock of Scar from The Lion King in this music video inspired by OneRepublic’s Counting Stars. Is he the most feared villain of all?

I thought it was good until Scar shows up. Oh well.

If you could be any Disney Villain for Halloween, who would it be?

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Tokyo Disneyland Renovation may Freeze out It’s A Small World

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A story in the Nikkei Asian Review reports that Tokyo Disneyland is about to undergo a partial renovation that will introduce a large attraction based on Disney’s mega-hit Frozen. As part of the construction, that park’s version of “It’s A Small World” may get moved to make way for the Frozen attraction. There’s also a possibility that Arendelle will appear in Tokyo DisneySea instead.

I read the article with great interest because I had the exact same idea for Walt Disney World. Get ready for what some may consider the ultimate heresy from a Disney Fan. I think the rumor is a great idea. Not just for Tokyo Disneyland, but for the Magic Kingdom as well. Moving “It’s A Small World” from its place along a congested walk-way inside the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland, to some place where it can have a more pastoral opening and get the great facade like at the original or in Tokyo Disneyland, would be fantastic.

Ever since Disneyland neutered the pure commercial free message of original version of the attraction with a Disney character overlay, all the other versions of “it’s a small world” are candidates for refreshers.

Heck, why not give passengers laser guns and put target on each of the doll. Guest interaction. It’s the latest thing in immersive entertainment. Movie trailer voice: “In a battle for WORLD PEACE, only Walt Disney’s Frozen Head can guide the way. It’s A Small World, Revenge of the Guest, Part 2

Obviously, I’m not serious about the guns.

Frozen, which I believe will fit in fine in Norway in EPCOT, is still more naturally suited to Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. Moving “it’s a small world” would give Imagineers a huge footprint to work with for an amazing original Frozen themed attraction. The Norway version will always be little more than an overlay as long as they’re forced to work with the footprint and ride mechanism of the Norway boat ride.

My nomination for it’s a small world’s new home? EPCOT World Showcase. Use it as a portal to the World Show Place pavilion and invite dozens of smaller countries to show off their culture at EPCOT even if they can’t afford a full-sized pavilion. Or place it between Germany and America. That side of the park needs some more child friendly options anyway. Another strong argument for EPCOT is that moving it to the World Showcase would honor IASW’s original debut at the World’s Fair.

The original flavor and appeal of “it’s a small world” should be maintained in any move. The world is both a lot bigger since the original version opened (with a deeper appreciation of cultural diversity) and smaller (communications and improved standards of living have brought everyone closer). Those changes should be gently worked in to the story of global peace being a real possibility today if we work hard and place the children of the world’s future first.

And that’s a message we could hear a lot more often these days.

Hat tip to Jim at Westcoaster for finding the news article.
(photo credit Stevec240 at the English language Wikipedia, via cc-attribution-share alike 3.0 license)

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Digging into Marvel’s Phase 3 Films Announcement

This week, Marvel shook the internet by announcing all of their Phase 3 films. What exactly does this mean?

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First, Ant-man is officially a part of Phase 2. From what we have heard, Ant-man will largely be a flashback. Meaning the events of the film will take place sometime earlier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. My guess, is since the synopsis for Age of Ultron states that Tony Stark is resurrecting a past peacekeeping program, that this program will still be somehow tied to Ant-man. Essentially, I expect two origin stories, one for Ant-man and one for Ultron.

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From the extended trailer we see the whole group of Avengers at a little party, celebrating something. My guess is a recent victory over Baron Von Strucker, the villain at the end of Winter Soldier and the apparent success of the Ultron program. Of course, Ultron crashes the party revealing his sinister intentions.

captain-america-civil-war-titleThis leaked clip from the Marvel Event, hopefully you can still see it, shows the growing friction between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark. This is obviously the beginnings of Civil War, which we will see played out in Captain America 3. Civil War is so far promising new Avengers brought in by Steve Rogers which will bolster the roster for Infinity War pt 1.

What is also interesting about the leaked clip is the reference to Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximof) showing them all something, such as their worst fears. This causes Thor to go off somewhere to check something. I think that what he saw is the Ragnarok event which is basically the end of Asgard. These head games could also be the cause of Hulk’s battle with Tony after he is shown something that causes him to rage against the world. Continue reading

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New from Disney Kingdoms – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

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I have been very interested in Marvel’s new Disney Kingdoms comic title and enjoyed what I’ve read so far.

Their first story was a supernatural adventure about the conceived but never built Museum of the Weird called, well, Seekers of the Weird.

They followed that up with a surprisingly popular steampunk story about the origins of Figment and the Dreamfinder.

Disney Kingdom’s next trip is out to the Wild West as they explore Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

“Diving into the background ref that the Imagineers supplied, I was intrigued by a young female character mentioned in the Disneyland Paris version of the attraction that I thought would make an exciting protagonist,” said editor, Bill Rosemann. “Once the Imagineers agreed, I knew Dennis [Hopeless, writer] and Tigh [Walker, artist] – who did such amazing work with their teen cast when we worked on Avengers Undercover – would be the perfect fit for this.”

big-thunder-mountainHopeless talked about his interest in the project. “I loved the idea of a Gold Rush Western that’s also a larger than life Disney adventure…The Old West is such a cool setting and we get to do the full throttle, no brakes version.”

So, what will the story be about? Hopeless continues: “Our hero is Abigail Bullion, the teenage daughter of Big Thunder Mining Company owner, Barnabas T. Bullion. Abby moves to Big Thunder after her mother’s death and finds her gold-obsessed father locked in battle with a mountain. Winner keeps the gold. Abby will have to pick a side before her father’s greed and nature’s fury conspire to destroy the town and everything in it.”

There have been two interesting revelations about this project. The first is that issue #1 for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad isn’t coming out until March 2015 even though the Figment story just finished its run.

The other revelation is that all of the Disney Kingdom stories are interconnected. “That’s right,” reveals Rosemann, “The adventures may be taking place during different time periods, but it’s our intention to create a cohesive ‘Disney Earth’ where all of these stories are taking place.”

Every parallel dimension in Marvel’s comics occurs on a different earth (it can get confusing). For example, the main Marvel stories take place on Earth 616 and the Ultimate Marvel line takes place on 1610. Even the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a parallel Earth designation, though that information is only known by people who invest way too much time in these things (coughEarth-199999cough).

As confusing as parallel Earths can be, I like that are creating one for the Disney Kingdoms. Now, that line of comics isn’t its own things and opens up other possibilities, like having some of Marvel’s heroes travel there….for a vacation, of course.

Have you been reading the Disney Kingdom stories? Is a Big Thunder Mountain Railroad story enticing enough for you to start?

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. produces another great episode in “A Fractured House”

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In the midst of Marvel’s huge news on Tuesday, let’s not forget that we also got our weekly dose of Coulson and his team.

This week, a group of men claiming to be S.H.I.E.L.D. crash a U.N. meeting, killing some of the dignitaries and security guards with new versions of the diviner weapon. Because the attackers claimed to be S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, the U.S. government has to step in, including Senator Christian Ward, brother of Grant Ward.

Senator Ward wants nothing more than to see the remaining remnant of S.H.I.E.L.D. be disbanded permanently and will stop at nothing to see it done. Coulson arranges a meeting with the Senator and makes a deal with him. He will turn the Senator’s brother over in exchange for not bringing down S.H.I.E.L.D. Skye goes down to the basement to tell Ward the news, but gets him to tell her everything he knows about her father first.

In the meantime, Agents May, Hunter and Morse are sent out to find the men responsible for the attack on the U.N. and the new diviner weapon. Watching Hunter and Morse bicker was almost as fun as watching May and Morse take down the bad guys.

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The episode also deals with the reunion of Fitz-Simmons and the realization that Fitz gets worse around Simmons. I am really impressed with Iain De Caestecker’s portyal of Fitz. He continues to be the heart of the show for me.

The tag at the end of the episode reveals another person who is being haunted by the mysterious writings and has chosen to make them tattoos all over his body. Continue reading

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