In Case You Missed it- December 6, 2014

A RECAP OF THE TOP DISNEY NEWS FROM THE WEEK

-HAPPY BIRTHDAY WALT!! This Friday (December 9th), we celebrated Walt's 113 birthday. From all of us at MorTown Magic we want to thank him for his dream and reason the site exists today. You have brought so much joy and laughter to this world. Thank you for wishing upon that star!!

-Marvel has its Strange!! Dr. Strange has been given a face and it is that of Benedict Cumberbach. This announcement has been reported for a while now but fans can now rest with official news. After Sherlock and Khan I think he you can expect a very dynamic character that adds to the loaded Marvel Universe.

-Krysten Ritter to play Jessica Jones- The Marvel, Netflix series officially named the detective star on Friday and fans seemed very pleased. It will be interesting to how she transforms into the dynamic comic book character. I have a good feeling we will see her down the road in other marvel offerings based on her fan appeal. Based on her past work it seems like a perfect fit.

-A vision of Vision! Latino Review was able to obtain the latest Avengers:Age of Ultron poster and we have a first look at Paul Bettany as the Stark creation. Looks like they used a hybrid version of the character that will make all fans happy!

-Frozen taking over Disney California Adventure! As reported by our friends at MiceAge.com, Disney finally announced that Hollywood land will be frozen over starting December 20th. To the delight of fans the entire area will be overlaid and include some pretty incredible offerings. Here is what the backlot will become.

  • For the First Time in Forever– A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration - Located in the Muppets theatre
  • Olaf’s Snow Fest- In the former “Who Wants To Be a Millionair” building. You can meet Olaf and play in real snow!!
  • Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post- Big Summer Blowout!! Ha ha
  • Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome- A chance to spend some time with the sisters
  • “Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party- Replaces the Mad Tea Party dance party

We will see how long the freeze lasts, but based on the popularity of the movie right now it may be penciled in for a while. 

We also hear that Condor Flats will be getting a much needed make-over and that the Luigi’s Flying Tires will be going under the knife in February. Rumors are still aplenty (thanks to MiceChat.com!!) that Toontown is still on track to become a Star Wars land. What do you think?

-Frozen Short!!! Speaking of of Olaf and the gang, it was also announced that there will be a Frozen short at the beginning of Cinderella!! Who know where they will go with it but another nugget that a Frozen 2 is in the works from Elsa herself (Adina Menzel). I would imagine with the tidal wave of popularity Disney wouldn’t, and shouldn't miss out on the opportunity.  

New Live-Action Cinderella Posters!! If you were amazed by the first offering get ready for these new releases. You thought nothing could capture the beauty of last weeks offering but they blew us away with 3 more. Check them out. Absolutely stunning.

-Did you forget Time Forgot? The Pixar geniuses gave us another classic Toy Story special in the form of Toy Story Time Forgot. Hope you didn't miss this highly entertaining Christmas feature that included all of our favorite Toy Story characters. I thought the marketing was a little off for Disney because it didn't pitch it as a Christmas special and merely as another adventure. This may have lot some of its viewers. In fact, it had nearly half the viewers of the Halloween Special Toy Story of Terror last year. Let’s hope they run it again. Watch out for the highly entertaining “Emperor Palpatine” Character that you will love to hate!! Hilarious! 

-Dividend Hikes has stockholders feeling good. It looks as though the Walt Disney Company feels pretty good about it future. Which makes us all feel good. On Wednesday announced it was raising the annual cash payment to shareholders on Jan. 2015, to $1.15 a share, up from 86 cents in 2014. That raises the dividend yield to 1.2% from 0.9%. Disney shares have climbed nearly 30% over the past year, rising more than twice as much as the Standard & Poor’s 500. This record high hike was more than double of last years increase!

 

Disney Archive Addition of the Week: 

1950 Original Cinderella Animation Drawing

With the live action Cinderella getting so much buzz we wanted to take you back into the MorTown archive! One of our personal favorites in the collection is this 1950 Walt Disney Studio original production animation drawing of Cinderella. This red, blue and black pencil on untrimmed animation sheet is an early rough drawing of the princess herself, Cinderella as she tirelessly scrubs the floor once again. You can almost feel the emotion as she looks up at you! The animation was created by Disney animator Eric Larson in development of a scene in the classic feature.   More>

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT- NOVEMBER 21, 2014

In Case You Missed It- October 25, 2014

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT IS A RECAP OF THE TOP DISNEY NEWS STORIES FROM THE LAST WEEK 

 

- Avengers, Avengers, Avengers!! The Universe literally shut down as the Avengers 2 teaser trailer hit the internet. Marvel really wanted to premiere it during next weeks SHIELD episode but leakers beat them to it. In a quick move they decided to release it Monday night and completely “WOW” the masses. Be sure to check out SHIELD to see it on again in all its glory. As for the trailer itself….Amazing!! James Spaders voiceover is spectacular and the dark use of Pinocchio’s I’ve Got No Strings chills to the core. Makes you wonder what Captain America, Ironman and Thor have in store for us. 

***BREAKING NEWS*** Agents of SHIELD will be treated to an Avengers 2 clip on Tuesday night!! ABC announced on Friday that the first clip of the film will premier during the episode. Can’t wait!!

- Disney Animation Studios announces the 2016 release of Moana! This story charts the plight of a young girl from ancient Oceania in the South Pacific and a wild journey in search of a fabled island. Not much more details have been given accept she travels the seas with the Demi-god Maui. Looks like a good mix of Lilo and Stich meets Indiana Jones. Looks like the Animation studio has found its groove and Lasseter can now get back to the Good Dinosaur and Inside Out.

 

  • Into the Woods gets not only new stills but also a small featurette. This movie is packed will talent and could be a huge hit or a massive miss. Broadway has had issues crossing over to the big screen but hopefully Disney can score up a winner here. The original teaser trailer looked amazing but for these types of movies need continued hype. It will be interesting to see what Johnny Depp does with the Big Bad Wolf character. This along with Pirates of the Caribbean 4 will keep him busy for a while. 

- Along with the massive crowds Disneyland Resort will see this holiday season, it will also be adding some cool additions the second week of December. Thanks to our friends at Micechat.com, we have learned that the Hollywood Backlot at California Adventure will be turned into a Frozen, winter wonderland. This means the entire Mad Hatter area, along with Muppets Vision will be transformed into a Frozen themed area. Something else that caught out eye was also that it looks like Luigi’s Flying Tires in Cars Land will come to an end in January. Although it was a good nostalgic idea, it just didn't turn into a very popular ride. None of the building decor will be changed according to micechat.com, but we will see a newly themed ride that will feature Luigi’s Fiat family using trackless technology in the same space of the current ride. Stay tuned……

-Early reviews for Big Hero 6 have been stellar. Team Lasseter has done something that we haven't seen since the late 80’s with Disney animation… consistency. If reviews are any indication of what the movie will do in theaters we may be on our way to a boys movie series that has never been seen before by Disney Animation. Name the last non-Pixar Disney movie that has had a strong boy following?? Thank you Mr. Lasseter for the passion and the care you have shown not only Disney Animation but the Disneyland Resort.

-Not much news on the Star Wars front but it looks like filming with rap in the next week or so. JJ has done quite a job to keep this one under wraps and as the rumors, leaked photos and story lines run ramped we still don’t have any solid plot details. I found it amusing that we did see some blurry photos of Stormtroopers running through some rubble this week that turned into an internet sensation! Keep it up JJ! We want to be surprised. On another note, the cast did have a big birthday celebration for the one and only Princess Lea, aka Carrie Fisher. How much fun would it have been to be at that party?? On Friday it was also announced that Greig Fraser (Snow White and the Huntsman, Foxcatcher) will be the Cinematographer for the Star Wars spin off that Gareth Edwards will be directing.  Disney again showing that it is serious with how it is handling the Lucasfilm property.

 

This Weeks Featured Collectible: 1955-57 Disneyland Santa Fe Railroad Complete & Unused Ticket Strip (Yellow). This 11” First Class Passage allowed guests a trip around the Magic Kingdom via the Santa Fe Railroad! Each ticket included stubs for each land, including Holidayland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and Adventureland. Read More>

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT- OCTOBER 18, 2014

In Case You Missed It- October 11, 2014

"IN CASE YOU MISSED IT" IS A WEEKLY RECAP OF THE TOP DISNEY COMPANY NEWS ITEMS DETERMINED BY MORTOWN MAGIC

 

  • Walt Disney Studios premiers the teaser trailer for Tomorrowland. Brad Bird’s (The Incredibles) adventure into the great unknown starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson and Hugh Laurie. Entertainment Weekly also releases the first images and story details giving fans fragments of what the feel and look of the story may be. Disney diehards interest in this movie are high due to the fact Walt Disney, and his ideas and vision, are an integral part of the story. George Clooney also made a surprise appearance at NYCC Tomorrowland panel this week and wowed the crowd. Begs the question that if the movie gets some legs if it may be a blueprint to Disneyland’s own Tomorrowland and it’s much needed makeover.

  • Disneyland Paris get a significant 1.3 billion dollar bailout from the Walt Disney Co. making them the much needed majority shareholder. This news brings a smile to many who have suffered through the parks questionable upkeep. Disney can now move forward to getting this park into the condition it deserves. It also has analyst smiling because with the Euro being so week, an economic uptick could mean a significant win for Disney.
  • Darth Vader is back!!! Lucasfilm announces the airing of the Star Wars Rebels movie; Spark of the Rebellion airing on ABC. But…a special scene will be inserted giving us a glimpse of the legendary villain himself. If that wasn't news enough to bring a grown man to his knees, the scene is being voiced by Vader original James Earl Jones. If anyone questioned Disney’s ability to handle the Star Wars universe, they are showing they know how….by letting Lucasfilm do what they are good at!

 

  • Spider-Man joining the Avengers?? This is the latest Sony rumor that hit the net hard this week. We all know Spidey has had his own fun with the gang in the comic books but it looks like there are indications he may do so in the cinematic universe as well. We can all hope that Sony and Disney come up with some kind of deal to make this happen. This could be another feather in the cap of Bob Iger if he can pull this one out of his hat.  
  • Big Hero 6 releases another full trailer and it looks like Disney has done it again. The trailer shows the same emotion that has drawn us in with their last few animated features (Frozen, Tangled, Reck it Ralph) and is transfused to an eclectic group that centers around a puffy robot named Bay Max. The mystery of the storyline still remains but it should be a fun ride.

  • Disneyland Park finishes some upgrades to the iconic Sleeping Beaty Castle. These upgrades include new railing along the drawbridge walkway and a much needed upgrade to the fence that had parents sprinting as children approached the wide open gap. All it takes is one fall folks….

    Honorable Mention: Disney Studios released Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day this week and it turns out to be a good movie for all ages. Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner keep the adults entertained with a story that hits close to home, while kids will find one of the characters to relate to. I recommend it for a lazy weekend flick.

Did we miss anything? Let us know.

In Case You Missed It- October 4, 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!

October 4, 2014

  1. Disney premiers Star Wars Rebels and it is an immediate hit. Kudos to Disney for bringing Dave Filoni back after his success of Clone Wars. This is a must watch for any Star Wars fan. By the way, it has already been renewed for season 2.
  2. The first teaser trailer for Pixars Inside Out is released. The studio is at it again with trailers that can make a grown man cry. And with the usual mystery storyline we have no idea what to expect, just the way they like it.
  3. The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage reopens at Disneyland. After a slew of rumors and public outcry begging for it to stay it returned in glorious form. Would have been shocked based on the fact Finding Dory (Or Finding Nemo 2) has yet to be released.

***Honorable Mention: Indiana Jones 5 rumors hit the internet pretty hard this week because of an interview with Janusz Kaminski. Lets hope the swinging monkeys stay at home for this round.

In Case You Missed It- September 27

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.