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Lots of updates and videos on new rides in this latest edition of Theme Park Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Watch video of James Franco riding the new Despicable Me ride…
  • …and you can too with a new ride video.
  • Star Wars won’t replace Finding Nemo at Disneyland.
  • A CGI ride video of Disney’s latest, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, is out.
  • Updated Jungle Cruise ride is coming to Tokyo Disneyland.
  • New photos from the construction of the Disneyland Paris Ratatouille Ride.
  • Disney parks accused of discriminating against Autistic children.
  • Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is now in Disney parks, at Tokyo Disneyland.

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2014 marks the opening of a brand new Pixar themed Disneyland thrill ride…in Paris. Below, watch an official teaser trailer for Ratatouille: The Totally Zany Adventures of Remy as well as the following:

  • A tentative first phase of Star Wars Land has been green lit as Imagineers get Star Wars Episode VII info; plus more Disneyland rumors.
  • Doc Brown’s Chicken at Universal Studios Hollywood has officially closed.
  • What if Epcot’s World Showcase changed its theme entirely?

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Doc Brown Chicken

Super packed edition of Theme Park Bits featuring lots of closings. Below, read about the following:

  • The Back to the Future themed restaurant Doc Brown’s Chicken at Universal Hollywood is closing in January.
  • The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland is closing for refurbishment.
  • Universal Studios Japan gets $250 million investment to build a Harry Potter park.
  • A Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Shanghai Disneyland might use new technology.
  • Check out an image of where Harry Potter land will be in California.
  • Disneyland and Walt Disney World visitors can enjoy some Mary Poppins exclusives starting this week.
  • See photo and video from the new Raving Rabbids, The Time Machine ride at Futuroscope in France.
  • Rumor has it there might be a Warcraft presence at Universal Orlando in the future.
  • Listen to some of the original sounds and music from the Haunted Mansion.

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Finding Nemo Gill Willem Dafoe

The leader of the fishtank is coming back for Finding Dory, and he’s already started voice work. Oscar-nominee Willem Dafoe recently confirmed he reprising his role as Gill, the scared Moorish Idol who previously lived in an Australian dentist office, in the 2016 sequel to Finding Nemo. Plus, he’s already begun work on it and thinks the script is better than the original. Read More »

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For all the hate, garbage and stupidity the Internet brings us on a daily basis, every once in a while it provides a global platform for something awesome. In this case, Jon Negroni‘s Pixar Theory. Negroni wrote a post that has been circulating since last week which goes through every single Pixar movie since Toy Story and surmises they’re all set in the same universe.

So, for example, the theory states Brave sets a precedent for why animals can interact with humans, which explains a lot of Ratatouille, which maybe inspired the characters in Up to invent tech to communicate with their animals, which possibly inspired the beginnings of Buy-N-Large from Wall-E, and so on and so on. It’s obviously much more detailed than that and I totally don’t believe it’s “real,” from Pixar’s perspective, but it’s a fun read that does make some sense.

Below, we’ll link to the original post and even show you a video that details it. Read More »

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Pixar’s next big sequel, the Finding Nemo follow-up Finding Dory, will offer a starring role to Ellen Degeneres, who provided the voice of the fish Dory in the 2003 original.

On her show today, Ellen announced the film (just after the press release went out from Disney) and you can watch her fun little spiel for the project — complete with a history of her hope for the sequel — below. Read More »

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A mostly lighthearted Sequel Bits covers everything from fish- and family-friendly animated adventures to R-rated wolf pack shenanigans. After the jump:

  • Andrew Stanton‘s next project is Finding Nemo 2
  • The Hangover Part III is now shooting in Los Angeles
  • Heather Locklear and Molly Shannon join Scary Movie 5
  • David Thewlis will play The Frog in Red 2
  • Olga Kurkulina is Mother Russia in Kick-Ass 2
  • The Rock destroys a ceiling in new Fast Six pic
  • Silent Hill: Revelation 3D has a new poster

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You can’t fault studios for wanting to give audiences a peek at the goods, if that’s what it takes to get dollars to the ticket counter. But with some overhyped pictures, it seems like they’re not bothering to leave anything at all for the actual theatergoing experience. In the worst cases, not even the ending is kept under wraps.

Now theatergoers’ complaints about too-revealing trailers have finally gotten loud enough that marketers are doing something about it. Movie lovers in France have recently noticed placards before some trailers that promise not to spoil the films they’re advertising. You can see one such card above — for those who don’t understand French, it translates to “In order to ensure that its various plot elements and surprises remain unrevealed, this trailer is only based on the first half of the film.”

Sadly, those placards have only popped up in France so far. But keep airing your grievances, and with some luck maybe they’ll catch on in the U.S. soon. [FSR]

After the jump, check out two cute anti-cell phone PSAs featuring the characters of Frankenweenie and Finding Nemo 3D.

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Ranking the Best & Worst Pixar Movies

How is it that a movie studio that produces kid’s films can be responsible for so many of the best films in cinema?

Twenty years ago, that question would be directed at Disney. Now it’s more likely to refer to Pixar, Studio Ghibli, or even Dreamworks of late. What is it about children’s entertainment that has, time and time again, managed to capture the hearts and minds of adults as much as it has their offspring?

Perhaps it’s a result of these films rekindling our lost sense of childlike wonder and naively adventurous spirit. Perhaps it’s their universally accessible narrative simplicity, always ready to charm away our worries with the awe-inspiring visual splendor through which these tales are so often told.

Whatever the case may be, with thirteen films under their belt, the Pixar formula is one that’s proven itself to leave a lasting impression, transporting us to spectacular, gorgeously rendered and thoughtfully defined worlds — second only to the passionately heartfelt and funny stories of family and friendship embedded within.

What’s more, Pixar is able to achieve this mixture while emboldening children to think for themselves; to challenge the status quo; to recognize their true potential, as well as their limitations. As fun and charming and pretty as Pixar’s films are, it’s the complex ideas and emotions they explore that makes them truly special, affording youths the opportunity to confront the realities of the world around them in a way they can understand and cope with. While everyone else is content to pander to kids, Pixar knows that the best way to communicate with children is to treat them as equals.

But equality is not a trait shared by the current roster of Pixar films. Despite the technical virtuosity on full display with every production, it takes a lot more than stunning animation to make a film great, and that’s not a balance that Pixar always strikes — at least not recently. At one point it may have seemed like the studio could do no wrong, but that was a short-lived romantic notion, and hardly one that merits much deliberation. No, far more instructive would be to scrutinize their missteps in conjunction with their successes, and try to determine what exactly it is that makes any one of their works richer than the other. After all, what better way to understand what makes a story great than to study the best? Read More »

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