In Case You Missed It- November 1

*Marvel-ous!! After last weeks Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser premiered, and then an extended trailer premiered on Agents of SHIELD, we thought we had reached out Marvel quota for the year.  But no, Marvel had another atomic bomb it needed to explode. A last minute Hollywood press conference posted on Facebook at the end of last week and it spread like wildfire. Hype only escalated from there. Website predictions overwhelmed us and left us fans reaching for the stars…….Well, as we found out, stars can be touched! Kevin Feige, in all his brilliance, hosted the press conference and ran with some stunning announcements. He announced titles and dates for 8 new marvel titles including Captain America 3:Civil War, Dr. Strange, Gardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor 3: Ragnarock, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, The Inhumans, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers, Infinity War Part 2. Now to go into any detail on any of these announcements would take hours and many websites have already discussed but particularly  exciting fans was the The Black Panther, Captain Marvel and the InHumans news. Chadwick Boseman will pay Black Panther and is reported to have signed on for 5 Marvel films starting with Cap 3!! We will also get out first female staring role with Captain Marvel based of comic Carol Danvers character. Wonder who will be cast in this role? Any Ideas? One film that we feel is being overlooked is Thor 3. With the legendary Ragnorok storyline, the possibilities of altering the Marvel world are significant. We will also see our favorite villain, Loki, back for more. We could all use a little more Hiddleston. Imagine if he gets out of this one alive to team up with some others…..just saying. One thing that I found very interesting about the Press Conference was the answer Kevin Feige gave about Spiderman joining the Marvel Movie Universe. His “I can neither confirm, nor deny” answer made it sound this may be Marvels next big announcement. His past responses have been much more affirmative when asked about this so I think we have reason to be very optimistic. 

*Agents of SHIELD I know we discussed the Avengers 2 trailer but did want to note that the Comic-Con scene that they added to the beginning was very humorous! Seeing the gang trying to pick up Thor’s Mjonir is very entertaining, especially Tony Starks line about being a “harsh but fair leader”. We also have just learned that one of the mystery figures attending the party at Starks pad (as seen in the trailer) was Claudia Kim, the yet to be named character. But, the reason I bring up SHIELD is because it has vastly improved over the last 2 episodes and relay hit it out of the park this week. I feel that this group has finally come together with some new key players to make it a can't miss. The Mockingbird character is a great compliment to May and we are finally seeing some flow. I still have a hard time dealing with Skye and really felt they should have dropped her a long time ago. Unfortunately she is has a vital plot line now so lets hope for some improvement. Maybe the others can SHIELD her performance….HAHA. How are you liking it?

*Agent Carter We also got a glimpse of the series premier of Agent Carter. The choice of expanding Hayley Atwell’s presence in the Marvel universe was a great move. It looks as though they run it almost like a mini-series and check the traction from there. I have a feeling this show will do well given the cast and the World War 2 timeframe. Let’s hope audiences connect quicker that they did with Agents of SHIELD. 

Bye Bye Halloween Tree

Bye Bye Halloween Tree

*At Disneyland, look for the Christmas holidays to replace all the Halloween goodies this week. Another huge Halloween season for the parks. Cant help but remember when this holiday was just an afterthought. They have taken the Halloween to an amazing high that really shows in the crowd numbers.

*Tokyo Disney Sea In another stunning announcement by Disney, the Oriental Land Company will be putting anther 4.6 billion dollars into both their parks for improvement. Both Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea have given Imagineers nearly no budgetary restraints and they have delivered a masterpiece. The interesting fact that Disney made such a a partnership with the Oriental Land company speaks volumes of the confidence it has in the market. Unfortunately the Disneyland Paris partnership wasn't so beneficial. We should all be excited about what the Imagineers may come up with!! The announcement mentions an expanded port region that I’m sure will be amazing. There are also rumors swirling that It’s a Small World in Tokyo Disneyland may be moved and replaced with a Frozen ride….interesting.

-Star Wars: Episode VII Trailer?? Rumors are swirling that we may get a Star Wars Trailer this year prior to Into The Woods. A source in the John Williams camp also has claimed he received the first cut of it and is currently working on the score. Very exciting time for Star Wars fans. With Star Wars Rebels’ impressive following and the high level of expertise around the various projects just sit back and relax.


Part of the MorTown Collection

Part of the MorTown Collection

 

 

Disney Archive Addition of the Week: 1959 Walt Disney Studio Maleficent Rough Animation1959 Walt Disney Studio Sleeping Beauty two (2) original production animation drawings. These two (2) matching rough animation drawings of Maleficent and her raven Diablo were created by a Disney animator in development of a scene in Walt Disney’s animated feature. 

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT- OCTOBER 25, 2014

 

Star Wars Rebels- Mind Games

Surprising Revelation Leads to Confrontation

 

If you were looking for an episode that rivaled some of the Clone Wars best episodes I think you found it tonights with Rise of the Old Masters. The remarkable thing is that it took the Clone Wars a couple of years to produces something like this while Rebels has done it in no less than three episodes. But before we jump straight into the fray with the episode I want to discuss a very exciting addition to the Spark of the Rebellion episode that aired on Sunday night on ABC. For those of you that missed it, audiences were treated to an expanded opening scene that featured Darth Vader himself, in fine form.  This nugget of a scene was voiced by original Darth Vader James Earl Jones and we saw the same life-choking ambition that we grew so fond of in A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. He was powerful, short and distinct, and all he wanted to do was end our heroes. Wonderful!!

Turning our attention back to the episode we find Ezra and Kanan embarking on some early Jedi training that is not going well. The dynamic of teacher and master is slowly being explored and both are struggling with their new found roles.  The bantering between the two highlights this struggle but also illustrates the relationships evolution. Questioning Yoda’s “Do, or do not. There is no try” teachings brings a highpoint to this discussion and also show the series isn't afraid to make fun of itself.  One of the drivers in their relationship is the fact that Ezra is near the same age that Kanan was when the Jedi were terminated at the hands of the Emperor.  At this time, everything Kanan had known was suddenly gone and the only thing that was left was doubt and fear.  It took Kanan over a decade to come to terms with this seeing this fear in someone in a similar position has been overwhelming and often times frustrating. The roller coaster of emotion only gets worse as an intercepted transmission reveals startling information that Jedi Master Luminara was still alive, and being held in one of the Empires Strongholds.  An obviously shaken Kanan leads the gang on an immediate trip to rescue her despite the overwhelming odds. One thing that catches Ezra off-guard is Kanan mentioning the fact that if they can rescue her, she would be an ideal Master to continue his training.  

Finally arriving to the planet we get out first look at the Phantom, the mini-shuttle that is attached to Hera’s ship “The Ghost”.  (These little items really make fans excited, sorry). Once dropped on the side of the fortress the team goes to some make-shift strategies to get into the compound. We begin to see Kanan's Jedi powers used a lot on this trip making us wonder how extensive his training may have been.  He and Ezra finally find the cell the Luminara was being held only to be dumfounded with what they find (and very sad). From here the Inquisitor enters the cell with a demeanor that is as intimidating as his look. Although he is not a sith, we find him very effective with his lightsaber, so much that he makes battling Kanan look simple, and answers our questions about his training. His spinning blade steals the show and makes both Ezra and Zeb ask “Does yours do that?” Adding some perfectly timed comedy within the heat of the battle. As our heroes escape the viewers can’t help notice the amazing nostalgic visuals that the series bring. The inside of the Compound has a very strong resemblance to the Death Star and the blast doors bring back the visions of Han and Luke trying to escape.

In the end of the episode we find a quiet moment with Ezra and Kanan coming to the realization that they both have some maturing to do in their roles of apprentice and student. The bleak past they once shared is that, of the past, and they must now work together to succeed.

Overall this episode was captivating from beginning to end. The Jedi plot twist made the story especially strong and getting a first look at The Inquisitor was thrilling. I also appreciated the humorous interludes that infuse the dynamics of the characters. As they continue to build out a solid story arc I have a strong feeling we will see more past, current and future (Episode IV) characters to keep us highly entertained!! What did you think of the Episode??

Previous Review- Star Wars Rebels: The Lighter Side

Star Wars Rebels: The Lighter Side

Team-Building has Its Challenges

In a galaxy far far away sometimes we need to stop for some simple supplies and see where it takes us!! Tonight our budding heroes did just that. Not to say it wasn't without drama but ultimately the episode brought us funny moments and a few important nuggets. The tone was a bit lighter but that didn't stop us from enjoying some links to the past and getting some personality depth with our characters. 

To begin,  we have our two roomies, Zeb and Ezra, bickering about an issue that Chopper helped create. This argument eventually led to Hera sending them out on a supply mission to a Lothal market. One thing we have learned is that Zeb seems to be eternally conflicted with his past and he finds a new family within this crew. The connection is obvious and the show does a great job in portraying this. 

Now we know that their trip couldn't go without a hitch and Ezra stumbling upon an old friend is the beginning of his and Zeb’s fun.  As you can imagine things go from bad to worse and Zeb somehow turns up piloting a Tie Fighter and Ezra is pummeling Stormtroopers with fruit. This all occurs while Hera and Kanan are back at the Ghost playing Holochess (Awesome!). During the chase Ezra frees his friends who we later find out to be an acquaintance of his parents! A stunning revaluation based on the fact we thought he was a long-time orphan. This nugget could be a very interesting plot point in the future and makes us wondering who his parents may be. A Jedi during the Clone Wars? Or did the Empire take them away? Time will tell…. But the line of the night cam from Zeb as he flew the tie fighter and was asked over the com-link if that was the stolen Tie. Zeb simply replies “This is not the Tie your looking for”. Obviously an ode to A New Hope.

I will say that this episode had a great humor to it and continues to show the depth of our characters. Zeb and Ezra work very well together and are creating a bond that is very entertaining. Although the tone of the episode lighter it was still very effective.

What did you think if the episode?? Did you like the tone? What about the story.

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.

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- 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

Rebels Off and Running- Episode 1

Animated Star Wars Linch-Pin Fails to Disappoint

Breath your sigh of relief Star Wars fans, the formula from Clone Wars is still intact. Take some time to salute Pixar and Marvel for paving such lucrative paths for Disney to trust in this first Star Wars installment. The freedom Lucasfilm had to utilize Dave Filoni and bring-in Simon Kinberg to maintain the beloved trend Clone Wars started seemed to have worked..so far. The result has brought us an exciting kick-off to the season premier of Star Wars Rebels, and with that, comes new stories and characters that will attempt to mesh within the Star Wars universe. 

I find it interesting, and encouraging, that not too much was crammed into this first episode. The mere fact that a simple search and rescue mission wove so well into the overall story is a good sign of things to come. In doing this, the audience could get to know the characters, and tag along with no serious obligation. Much like we did when Luke gazed into the dual suns of Tatooine, we were living within the episode. And despite the enormity of this particular mission, no one acknowledged what may be in store until two of our hero’s, Kanan and Hera, stumbled upon something special in the young Ezra.

The Galactic Navy also had a strong showing. The complete dominance of the galaxy is in full bloom and you have to appreciate how the Empire goes about its business. Seeing Star Destroyers and Tie Fighters within the atmosphere of a planet is quite exhilarating and something we have never seen before. Throw in the callous, Agent Callus, and we see what we have to look forward to. His battle helmet alone creates a must-have for Halloween. 

But it’s the final 2 minutes of the episode completely captivates the audience. We witness the never before seen transmission sent out at the end of Episode III by Obi-Wan Kenobi that brings the episode to a stirring conclusion. His message not only puts a cap on the episode but ultimately connects the entire Star Wars universe. His words are poignant, strong and defiant and can only be described as moving. But before we could get too nostalgic, we are sent back to the Star Destroyer to catch a glimpse of our new villain who may eventually end the run of our new heroes…..

Now don't get me wrong, there is a long way to go and there is a lot to prove until fans will be fully vested. But for now, let the doubt escape your mind and enjoy the ride. 

Let me know what you thought of the first episode. Was it what you expected?