Oogie Boogie Bash

2020 has been a great year so far: the U.S. is experiencing a booming economy, a period of zero political turmoil, civil unrest is at an all-time low, and everyone in the country miraculously seems to be happy, healthy, and all on the same page about the basic necessity of wearing masks if, God forbid, something like a deadly pandemic were to ever break out here.

So when Disney announced today that the Oogie Boogie Bash, the Halloween event at its California theme park, has been canceled, it was literally the worst news we’ve heard this entire year. Yep, I’m racking my brain, and I can’t think of a single thing worse than this. Read More »

Iron Man VFX Evolution

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how the visual effects that bring Iron Man to life on the big screen have evolved from the character’s first movie in 2008 through the past decade. Plus, watch the famous “Steamed Hams” scene from The Simpsons recreated as a music video mash-up with A-Ha’s “Take on Me,” and learn how to draw a Disney castle from a Disney Imagineer. Read More »

Making of Westworld Season 3

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, go behind the scenes of the third season of Westworld to see how they pulled of some of the visual effects sequences, which included some help from the technology used to make The Mandalorian. Plus, learn about the ABCs of Cinematography from Film Crit Hulk, and learn about the making of Cars Land from Disney’s theme parks. Read More »

Disney parks coronavirus updates

The Walt Disney Company is losing millions of dollars every day that its theme parks are closed, and the company has encountered a few roadblocks along its path toward reopening. Amid a record number of coronavirus cases in Florida, Walt Disney World still aims to reopen in July, and a new report has a list of the attractions that should be open and available to guests who choose to go back as soon as the gates open back up. Meanwhile, over in California’s Disneyland, Disney has reached a new agreement with one of its biggest unions about health and safety protocols that will be implemented for workers at the park.
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Disneyland reopening

The happiest place on earth will keep its gates shut a little longer. Or maybe a lot longer. Because the reopening of the Disneyland resort in Anaheim, California has been delayed indefinitely. The news was announced on Wednesday evening and follows widespread reports of skyrocketing coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in California and beyond. The decision was made by the Disney company itself following pushback from its employees and their unions, who feared for their safety if they were to return to work in the middle of a pandemic.

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Disneyland Paris Reopening

Even though we’re seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases in some states across the US, many businesses are still reopening in an attempt to get the economy back on track. Whether it’s a good idea or not, that not only includes the forthcoming return of movie theaters, but also the reopening of theme parks.

Following in the footsteps of the reopened Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland, as well as the forthcoming reopening of both Disneyland and Disney World, this summer will also see Disneyland Paris reopening starting on July 15Read More »

Disneyland reopening

July 17 isn’t just the day Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is expected to open and hopefully save American movie theaters from extinction. That date also marks the 65th anniversary of California’s Disneyland, the world’s first major theme park, and The Walt Disney Company isn’t going to let the coronavirus pandemic stop the celebration.

Disney has announced that Disneyland and California Adventure will reopen on July 17, 2020, which is just a few days after Walt Disney World will open its gates in Florida. Get the details about the Disneyland reopening below.
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Surf Ninjas Retrospective

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a look back at the goofy action comedy Surf Ninjas starring Ernie Reyes Sr., Ernie Reyes Jr., Rob Schneider, and Leslie Nielsen. Plus, find out everything you need to know about every iteration of the Batmobile, from the classic 1966 version to the military-grade Tumbler from The Dark Knight trilogy. And finally, find out how to make Totchos from Woody’s Lunch Box from Disney theme parks. Read More »

Empire Strikes Back Animated

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, for the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, the animated shorts of Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures tackles The Battle of Hoth. Plus, learn the history of Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin located at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland, and listen to Nicholas Hoult break down the most memorable characters in his career, from About a Boy to X-Men and more. Read More »

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star wars rise of the resistance video

The Rise of the Resistance ride at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened in Disney World and Disneyland in December and January, respectively, to wildly positive reception. The ride soon became the most popular attraction at the Disney Parks, with fans lining up for hours to get a chance to join the Resistance. Then, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit, and Disney Parks closed for the fourth time in history. Only a few people to go experience Rise of the Resistance in that three-month window. But Disney has released a Star Wars Rise of the Resistance video that offers viewers the chance to experience the ride virtually, from the comfort of their homes.

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