special effects

Aladdin Accident Video – Flipped Flying Carpet Stops Show

On September 25th at the 4:50 pm show of Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular at California Adventure there was a frightening malfunction of the flying carpet effect during the show. Thankfully, redundant safety systems prevented any real injury, but the show was stopped and the audience evacuated while performers on the flying carpet swung upside down above the audience.

This video shows the moments after the carpet flipped over. Both performers can be seen strapped into the carpet, but the Jasmine performer is obviously (and understandably) upset. So don’t watch the video if that bothers you:

Here’s another angle that shows the carpet actually flipping over:

Well, at least it wasn’t anything violent.

I wasn’t going to post about this incident, chalking it up to a freak accident, but it turns out this is not the only time the flying carpet effect has had problems. Spoilers and more details below:

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Entering the World of Tron

Disney has released a short featurette that goes behind the scenes on TRON: Legacy and looks at how the world of Tron was created for the film: TRON: Legacy opens nationwide December 17, 2010

Walter Cronkite soft shoes for TRON

ProgressCity USA has uncovered one of the more unique moments in Disney history. A 1982 promotional clip featuring Walter Cronkite exploring the technology behind the special effects involved in the movie TRON. There’s a section where Cronkite is inserted TRON-like into a film where he… Read More »Walter Cronkite soft shoes for TRON

G-Force DVD Trailer and Extras

If you missed Disney’s G-Force in theaters I can understand. It’s not exactly a film in the classic Disney mold. But it does have heart and a plot that actually drives a story line. Eventually you’ll get over the idea that the main characters are computer animated because they really do fit seamlessly into the world. Just think, if Walt had had this technology in the 40s, he wouldn’t have had to drive actual lemmings off the cliff.

Trailer

Bloopers and more below the cut:

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Stan Winston Has Passed Away

Sad news today – Stan Winston, known as a special effects wizard but was a man who had much more influence than a mere effects-man-for-hire, has passed away. It is impossible to talk about special effects in the movies without addressing the work of Stan… Read More »Stan Winston Has Passed Away