Legends of Fronteirland

In today’s edition of Theme Park Bits, I take a look at:

  • A Peek Inside ‘Frozen Fireworks’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights Adds ‘From Dusk till Dawn: The Series’ Maze
  • Disneyland’s new Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush interactive game experience
  • Alice In Wonderland Dark Ride Updated With New Effects

Read more about all these things after the jump.

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Frozen Concept Art

Walt Disney Animation’s Frozen was in development for many years. In fact, even Walt Disney had trouble bringing the character to life. The adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s 1845 fairytale The Snow Queen has gone through many versions over the decades. Disney was developing a hand-drawn version of The Snow Queen before The Princess and The Frog failed to ignite the box office, and thus killed hand drawn animated feature film projects at the mouse house, at least for a good while.

The latest computer-animated take, Frozen, was the one to finally make it to the big screen, and has since become one of Disney’s biggest financial and critical successes. And as much as I liked the film, the classic fairytale elements left me wondering how it would have looked as a hand-drawn animated film. We will never get that version, and sadly its unlikely that a 2D hand-drawn version would have done as well as the computer animated feature has. But I still wonder.

Today we can see some of the hand-drawn Frozen concept art, which gives a glimpse at what a classically animated version might have looked like.

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Frozen

Not long after Frozen was released, Disney put out a video of Elsa’s signature theme “Let It Go” being sung in 25 different languages. And that was only the beginning of the Frozen interpretations and reinterpretations. Since then, we’ve seen a Mr. Freeze version, a Game of Thrones version, a Jimmy Fallon and the Roots version, a Stormtrooper version — you name it.

Now even Pearl Jam is getting in on the game, with Eddie Vedder belting out the tune at a recent concert. Who knew pristine princess Elsa could sound so ’90s grunge? Watch the video after the jump.

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Acme Stroke of Midnight

The stroke of midnight is pretty important in Disney stories. It’ll soon be pretty important to Disney fans, too. Acme Archives will release twelve new posters beginning Friday June 20, and keep them on sale until the stroke of midnight the second following Monday. The posters run the gamut of Disney properties, from Frozen to Lilo and Stitch, The Muppets, Alice in Wonderland, Malificent and others. It’s a pretty impressive spread of Disney work, highlighted by Mark Englert‘s awesome Little Mermaid piece. Check out all the posters, and get all the info, below. Read More »

Lion King Concert 1

The big news this week is Universal Orlando’s expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as you may have noticed from our extensive coverage. But the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts family has plenty to report as well. After the jump:

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios is shutting down The American Idol Experience
  • No, the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is not closing
  • The Lion King is coming to Shanghai Disney Resort — in Mandarin
  • Go behind the scenes of the new Lion King show at Disney World
  • Check out Disneyland’s Frozen pre-parade featuring Anna and Elsa
  • Watch the first ad for Disneyland Paris’ Ratatouille attraction
  • See the special annual passholder Q&A for Universal’s WaterWorld

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Video: Everything Wrong With ‘Frozen’

Frozen

CinemaSins is a YouTube channel which nitpicks every movie imaginable. Sometimes (or “always” depending on your tastes) they do so to an infuriating degree. When they take aim at a bad movie, it makes sense. When the target is a good film, the outcome can be even worse. Even when they’re finding “sins” in a movie, sometimes those “sins” aren’t necessarily things are are wrong; instead they’re just general observations. It’s a weird and polarizing idea that can work really well or really poorly. Suffice to say, that dichotomy has made it very popular.

The latest video is sure to be just as galvanizing. It’s for Disney’s Frozen, a film that has been praised as a return to Disney magic, with insane box office records and awards to prove it. But it’s not a perfect movie by a long shot, with some really weird subtextual and structural issues. Most acknowledge and dismiss these issues because of the wonderful animation, characters, and music. That makes this latest CinemaSins video so interesting. Anyone willing to stand up and trash a movie that is this completely beloved has to be out of their minds. Are they? Watch “Everything Wrong With Frozen in 10 Minutes Or Less” below and find out.

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Disney Announces ‘Frozen’ On Ice, Obviously

Frozen on Ice

Over the years, Disney’s put all sorts of things on ice that don’t belong there. It doesn’t make logical sense, for example, to move the hot desert setting of Aladdin to an ice-skating rink, and yet Aladdin on Ice existed. So given the opportunity to put the the wintry Frozen on ice, Disney is naturally moving full speed ahead.

Disney has announced plans for Frozen on Ice, with the tour set to begin this fall. Tickets are on sale today. Hit the jump for more details.

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Star Wars Weekends Ads
Star Wars Weekends 2014 kicked off this past weekend and we have a bunch of videos for you Star Wars fans. On Friday we posted a full video of the Star Wars Weekends 2014 Parade and earlier this morning we included JJ Abrams’ surprise video message to Star Wars Weekends in a post about his note to Episode 7 cast and crew.

After the jump we have a bunch of new videos for you including the Star Wars Weekends on stage interviews with Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew and Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best. Mayhew talks about his efforts to walk again, how the first time he read the Star Wars: Episode VII was during that cast script reading and how JJ Abrams wants to make a film closer to the original trilogy, and more. Inside The Magic also caught on video the special Symphony in the Stars fireworks show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, which is a whole firework show set to the music of Star Wars.

Another video captures one of the skits performed before the Stars of the Saga talk show, featuring a troop of Stormtroopers danced to their favorite playlists from Earth including a bunch of popular songs from today like Let It Go from Frozen and Everything is Awesome from the LEGO Movie. Watch all of that and more, after the jump.

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