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Last week, Disney’s Hollywood Studios welcomed the very first public run of a new segment in the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. Featuring the popular character Lightning McQueen, this segment is just about 5 minutes in length, and follows the first major stunt of the show. In the brief act, McQueen chases an enemy spy car all around the set whilst sidekick Mater directs him via video. Luckily, someone from WDWMagic.com was able to get a video of this segment on it’s first run.
While I think it’s a good idea to update the show, seeing as Herbie was previously the star of this segment (and we all know how relevant he is these days), I don’t get a sense of any serious stunting in the new act. That could just be because of the filming, but also — what’s with the trucks? Granted, I have never seen this show live, but after watching a video of an older version, it seems their original purpose was to act as an additional obstacle and prop for the drivers. However, for the Lightning McQueen segment, they seem to be in the way and keep him from doing anything exciting in the main square of the lot. In all, actually, the segment seems pretty boring in comparison with the rest of the show, despite getting to see McQueen live-in-action.
For those of you who have seen the show, how do you think the Lightning McQueen segment measures up? Do you think it was a good addition?
I just saw the video on Youtube and I have to say I’m not impressed at all. Disney should have thought this through.. its kind of difficult to get into this segment of the show when there’s no life to Lightning Mcqueen’s car. His eyes and mouth don’t move :( That would have been nice (I kinda expected something).
Herby was a better fit for the show especially considering his crazy funny special effect moves in his past movies.
I think we need to bring some Disney classics back to life for this generation. Sadly I’ve spoken to children who can count how many disney movies they’ve seen on two hands (Mainly Pixar -_____- )
My understanding is that the Herbie segment was there for two reasons. One, as a palate cleanser of sorts. You just saw a stunt, and they want to bring expectations back down for the next stunt. Two, the crew needs time to set up for the next stunt, so Herbit is buying time for their setup process.
In such a case, I think the McQueen segment fills that role just as well, and he’s a massive hit with little kids. Yes, the car isn’t “animated”, but little kids’ imaginations fill in those gaps well enough.
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I’m 44 years old, and grew up with “Herbie”.
But he’s way, way, way outdated. And hardly an iconic figure.
Adding Lightning McQueen (and other Cars characters) is a great idea.
But this? What I’ve seen on that video?…………………………weak.