In Case You Missed it- October 18, 2014

  • A Civil War is coming to Marvel!!! After weeks of speculation of what Robert Downey Jr.’s next Marvel move would be he has surprised us all with taking a huge roll in Captain America 3. Reports claim that fans will finally get what they are hoping for with an all out battle between super heroes who will be forced to choose sides in an old fashioned civil rights storyline. Captain America would advocate against Government tracking while Tony Stark would lead a massive initiative to register all individuals with unique powers… Choose your side!!  The most interesting part of this story is that weeks ago Spiderman rumors were swirling in regards to the web-slinger joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This would only make sense due to the fact the he was such and intreclel part of this storyline. This rumor also comes days after Marvel released a new comic book cover depicting this exact thing. If Marvel could swing Spidey (ha ha) and have a massive shake-up of characters through a devastating Cap 3 war, you never know where Avengers 3 would take us….
  • Wicket is joining Star Wars Episode 7!! Or should I say Willow, or Wald?? Anyways….Warwick Davis released a highly entertaining youtube video announcing his invitation to appear in the Star Wars movie. Now he doesn't go into any detail about the role but its great to see JJ Abrams continuing to ramp up our expectations with this incredible cast. One of the most intriguing things about the returning cast members is the excitement they have to join the project. The pride they have for this universe is special and fans are rewarded by it. Check out the video, it is hilarious.
  • Disneyland announces that it is kicking of its Christmas Holiday season November 14! Get ready for snow and hot chocolate in the Happiest Place on Earth. For us on the west coast who are begging for some cooler weather, fake snow on on Sleeping Beauty’s Castle will have to do. I keep hearing rumors we may see the star on the Matterhorn again, fingers crossed. And it looks like the the Jingle Cruise was a one and done…..
  • One of the most exciting, yet least talked about items this week, was that Javier Bardem is in negotiations to play the villain in Pirates of the Caribbean Part 5: Dead Men Tell No TalesOne of the creepiest villains of the last decade can only build on the already popular film franchise. It was also rumored that Orlando Bloom may be back…….what abut Ms. Swan?? I  just hope that they don’t feel the need to make the story so complex it looses its charm (remember 2 & 3?).
  • As a surprise to no one, especially after strong reviews, DisneyXD’s premiere episode of Star Wars Rebels had the highest rated opening in the channels history. The episode didn't disappoint and continued to show us how well this production team is put together. The amazing way they are able to balance old and new content along with making these new characters likable is remarkable. To see our review click here
  • Marvel released the first images of Michael Douglas in Ant-Man. You have to love the fact that he still looks so cool after all these years, and no, it’s not just the car. It’s also well know that the folks who attended a small session with Marvel at New York Comic Con not only received a sneak peak of The Avengers 2, but also were the first to view the Ant-Man teaser trailer!! Brief descriptions hit the web but I refused to read them… I wan to see it!!
  • The Toy Story gang is back!! Pixar just released the following commercial for Toy Story Time Forgot. This Christmas special will air on ABC December 2nd, and based on the hilarious trailer there are no shortcuts in animation, voice talent or story. I appreciate the fact they are telling these Pixar stories on multiple platforms. Similar to the Marvel and Star Wars models. 

 

 

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In Case You Missed It- October 11, 2014

 

Tomorrowland Teaser

Brad Bird's Brave New World Ready for Primetime

Disney studios is an exciting place to be and it reached a fever pitch today a New York Comic Con with the debut of the teaser trailer of the highly anticipated Tomorrowland. Brad Bird’s (The Incredibles) adventure into the great unknown starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson and Hugh Laurie. Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly released the first images and story details giving fans fragments of what the feel and look of the story may be. Before this we really didn't have anything besides some pictures of a suitcase, and again, this same suitcase appearing at D23 with a highly entertaining Brad Bird doing his best to give the broadest hints imaginable. 

This film has largely flown under the radar with the major 2015 blockbusters lined up for Disney but its safe to say that hardcore Disney fans are eagerly anticipating this one as much, if not more, than the Marvel and Lucasfilm offerings. It also perks Disney diehards interest because Walt himself, and is ideas are an integral part of the story. We know filming occurred earlier this year at Disneyland Park where the 1960’s where replicated on the It’s a Small World attraction. What this means to the story I have no idea but I broadly speculate it could be a flashback of George Clooney’s character as a child. This also being said, I have a strong feeling that if it does well at the box office Disneyland may have it’s blueprints for the much needed Tomorrowland makeover. Look at the similarities to past Tomorrowland models and some of these images….very interesting. Could you imagine a D23 announcement about this?? Just saying… Tell us your thoughts on the trailer and if you would like to see a Tomorrowland in Disneyland like the one depicted here. 

In Case You Missed It- September 27, 2014

In Case You Missed It is a weekly recap of the top 3 news items determined by MorTown Magic. Let us know if we got it right Disney fans!

September 27, 2014

  1. Danny Elfman reads The Nightmare Before Christmas in front of Disneylands The Haunted Mansion. What could be more awesome than this?? 
  2. Star Wars Episode VII Crome Trooper leaks continue to hit the internet. Is this a reality, or another one of JJ's ruses? UPDATED With Second Image! INDIE REVOLVER EXCLUSIVE: First Look at Star Wars: Episode VII’s Chrome Trooper
  3. The Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D premier on Monday. The gang got off to a good start to season 2. Hopefully the story continues to build and characters keep developing as we weave our way through the Marvel Universe.

Honorable Mention: Star Wars Rebels premieres on the DisneyXD app. Can’t say much until our official review but I will leave you with two words: Dave Filoni

Honorable Mention 2: Big Hero 6 released its second full trailer. The concept of this movie could make for a very interesting story. Looking how Disney recovers from the Frozen whirlwind.

Marc Davis Tribute

Walt Disney Family Museum Honors the "Renaissance Man"

From the MorTown Magic Archive

From the MorTown Magic Archive

Today, the Walt Disney Family Museum presented to a sold out “Marc Davis: Walt’s Renaissance Man” – a talk with master animators Andreas Deja and Bob Kurtz. This unique opportunity to explore and appreciate Davis’ pioneering animation techniques, particularly for Disney’s main female villains and characters, coincides with “Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis” – an exhibition of his work found at the Family Museum. For those who have not yet attended the DFM (first, shame on you), it’s a must-see while in the San Francisco Bay Area. The history, relics, stories and rich presentations are exquisitely captured for both children and adults. This weekend’s exhibition showcases Marc Davis and his contributions and creations.

One of Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men, Davis was truly a creative genius and one of the most influential animators and Imagineers – leaving an indelible mark on Disney history both in theaters and on attractions. His most notable work included his work on Bambi, Song of the South, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Tinker Bell. During the development of Disneyland itself and later attractions, Davis’ fingerprints can be seen to this day on the most popular sites in the park, including the Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion, the Enchanted Tiki Room and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Whether a hardcore Disney fanatic or someone with only a passing interest, it’s nearly impossible not to recognize Davis’ self-taught ability to infuse humor, humanity and pure evil into characters, be it Maleficent, Cruella de Ville or audio-animatronic pirates.

In 1989, he was named a Disney Legend. He was also the recipient of the much coveted “Mousecar.” Davis passed away in January 2000, the same month that the Marc Fraser Davis Scholarship Fund formally was established at the California Institute of the Arts.

Disneyland “Juju” Adventure Gets Rave Reviews

So who was lucky enough to partake in the adventure within Adventureland?

Official Juju 

Official Juju 

The limited-time experience which has already come and gone – ending over the Labor Day weekend – was rich in creativity, collectability and outright fun. It also infused a new energy in Adventureland, an area of the park where many of us had thought we already knew every square inch. How’d it work?

First, a definition is in order: Juju's are small, hand-carved artifacts that reflect the ancient traditions and importance of storytelling in Adventureland. Every Juju has a story attached to it, often the story of how it was created. There are check-in points with Cast Members along your adventure to either help you along or to continue to tell a piece of the story for your particular Juju.

At the Indiana Jones Outpost in Adventureland, guests could select a variety of quests to purchase with the promise of a collectible reward in the end. Six of the Juju hunts could be had via a $5.00 ante. There are also three other special Juju's that require you to purchase food items. The Pineapple Juju can be obtained by purchasing the Pineapple Parfait for $7.95 at the Adventureland Fruit Cart, Snake Juju by purchasing Venomade at Bengle BBQ for $7.50, and Tiki Mask Juju by following the Telegram to Trader Sams for the Juju Juice for $7.50.

As only Disney can, adventures begin with immerse passports, newspapers, sealed envelopes, handbooks, etc. – collectibles unto themselves. These informative pieces set guests upon their unique adventure. Succeed and be rewarded with a collectible Juju to commemorate the hunt.

Adventures ranged from simple (5 minutes), to rather complex, requiring trekking beyond the park, taking far longer. Quests led guests to the Enchanted Tiki Room, Jungle Cruise, Indiana Jones Adventure, and even Trader Sam’s at Disneyland Hotel.

On Labor Day weekend, lucky Juju hunters could buy a story packet at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost, write their best Juju story on their story tag, and then share the story in a group or in front of everybody at Aladdin’s Oasis and receive a special skull Juju in return. This skull Juju mirrored that given away at last year’s D23 Expo.

The popularity of the Juju charms have exploded on the secondary market, and guests who didn’t partake in the adventures are surely kicking themselves. Those charms which required more extensive and elaborate hunting have become much more scarce and commonly exceed $50 (Eye of Mara) as do those which could be purchased for a heightened “investment” into food or drink (Tiki Mask). The entire set of 10 is difficult to track down, as it would have required all nine hunts, in addition to being in the park on Labor Day weekend for the opportunity to earn the lucrative skull Juju.

Undoubtedly, the success and popularity of the Juju adventures will lead to subsequent pay-to-play hunts within the park. More to come – hopefully sooner, rather than later.