Monday, October 20, 2014

Temporarily no Header on D&M

Please note that the Disney and more header is currently not appearing above. It seems to be a problem with the site where the GIF file was uploaded, we'll see later today if they fix it and if not, i'll change the header tonight. Thanks for your understanding and don't miss the new article below about HKDL!

Awesome HKDL Aerial Video Reveal Land Available for Park's Future Additions

Someone named Eddie Ling had the excellent idea to fly his DJI Phantom2 equipped with a GoPro Hero3 camera over Hong Kong Disneyland. Not only the aerial video is awesome but he succeeded to capture night and day shots, including during the HKDL fireworks and it's interesting to see from where the fireworks is shot over the park. 

But there is more as thanks to these HD GoPro Hero 3 aerial video we can see clearly what are the locations still available for future additions at HKDL! Let's have a look at all this, but first, here is the awesome video.

Now, let' shave a look at all the spots available with these screen captures i did for you - click on each to see them in big sire.

First, let's fly over HKDL hotels to note the land on which will be built HKDL third hotel "Disney's Explorers' Lodge" as well as another land available on the right for future addition.

Let's fly over the park now, and start by having a look at the works at the Iron Man Experience construction site, to open in 2016.

The next shot will show you the land still available backstage Adventureland, on the left of Grizzly Gulch, and yes, it's there where the POTC land was envisioned to be built, and never will be.

On the next picture below you'll see the big land still available backstage Fantasyland and i won't be surprised if they build there Toy Story Mania as it is close to Toy Story Land.

The next screen shot will show you the little land still available backstage Tomorrowland for future additions. The building in the top right is i think the HKDL Imagineering building which will be moved on the location for the second park when HKDL 2nd gate construction will start, which will make more land available in this location for future attractions.

Well, as you've seen, HKDL still have plenty of room available for new attractions before they start to build HKDL second gate. That said, they don't have a huge land that could be used for a Cars Land, Avatar Land or even a Star Wars land so these probably must be expected only in the future park. 

Don't miss too on D&M Facebook page great pictures showing you five things which i think are better at HKDL than at DLP! It's right HERE

Video: copyright Eddie Ling

Walt Disney Animation Studios Announces “Moana”, New CG Animated Film to be Released Late 2016

Walt Disney Animation Studios confirmed today “Moana”,  a new CG animated comedy-adventure film to be released late 2016, The film will tell the story of a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest and is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, a team who did previously “The Little Mermaid,” “The Princess and the Frog,” and “Aladdin”.

“John and I have partnered on so many films—from ‘The Little Mermaid’ to ‘Aladdin’ to ‘The Princess and the Frog,’” said Clements. “Creating ‘Moana’ is one of the great thrills of our career. It’s a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania.”

A born navigator, Moana sets sail from the ancient South Pacific islands of Oceania in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

Previously Disney also had released the concept-art below, a preliminary study for Moana. I really expect this movie, i'm a huge fan of polynesian folklore and of course of Tikis, and you can be sure they will be lot of tikis in this movie! Let's just hope if the movie is successful  that they won't re-theme the Enchanted Tiki Room attraction with a Moana theme, because they could do that!

Pictures: copyright Disney

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Star Wars Episode 7 : Characters, Villains, Scenes, Battle Descriptions, and more...

I've got plenty of Star Wars Episode 7 leaks infos for you to start the week! And it's divide in held: the script / characters details are below and on the D&M Facebook page HERE you'll find not less than twenty-five concept-arts done for Star Wars 7 production which have been leaked last week and believe me they're the real thing, folks, so don't miss them!

Tons of Star Wars 7 infos / rumors are out there right now. and even a huge spoiler hit the internet last week saying how the movie ends - but you won't found this one below as there is limits to what is no big problem to know and what spoils everything. So what you'll read below although still potential spoilers are minor spoilers, but of course you can choose to read them or not.

The first one is coming from Star Wars 7 News, and brings possible details on a cantina scene early on in the movie in which Daisy Ridley’s character meets Chewbacca and Han Solo:

Cantina Scene.
Daisy arrives to Cantina in search of Han or Luke I believe. She is confronted by an alien, she lifts her blaster to him, he then takes it from her hand “Don’t point a blaster at someone if you are not going to use it” and points it at her. At this point Chewie (With arm Bandaged/In a Sling) intimidates the alien, “What good is a one armed wookie” Chewie then rips the guys arm off and hands the blaster back to Daisy. Ford was not present at filming this, BUT……….
Cut to the outside of the Cantina as a Planet/Moon is blown up outside, Han is present here (Wearing a thin cut, waist length leather jacket, boots etc, a “Matching outfit”) oh and he still has his blaster :) I don’t know if he has just arrived to meet up with Daisy and Chewie, but he is cutting through the crowd of onlookers as everyone is witnessing the destruction of “Whatever” was blown up in the sky.
Note, not 100% sure if Boyega was in the scene but he was present, wearing “Rags” or “Untidy” Clothes. [sic]

This scene sounds like it could be a legit description, so we'll see next year if it is or not. The next rumor comes this time from JediNews, and clarifies previous rumors that we've heard about Luke Skywalker being missing since 10 years and Han and Chewbacca finding him with the characters played by Ridley and John Boyega. It also gives us a different reason why these characters are looking for Luke Skywalker.

The concept of “Luke is missing/needs to be found” in Episode VII is being approached somewhat from the wrong angle in other rumor reports. The source says the “find Luke” premise is based off the cast of young characters (Ridley, Boyega, others?) trying to deal with a problem they uncover that they feel they can overcome themselves, presumably something relating to the machinations of the Sith and/or Empire. They feel confident in their abilities to attack this challenge head-on and quickly realize they are severely out-matched and way out of their league. So they alter their plans and scramble to enlist the aid of Luke, who is unaware of the situation ( and how rapidly it escalates to a problem that requires his immediate attention ) at the time of his “searching” by the young cast.

Then, we have a scene description that features a new droid, a lightsaber, and apparently also another kind of Stormtrooper that we'll see in SW7. The scene description is coming from Making Star Wars.

Nighttime under the cover of darkness. Four characters convene.
Imagine the next generation of R2 unit. A jump as drastic as the Return of the JediStormtrooper to the Star Wars: Episode VII Stormtrooper. Sleeker, more futuristic, yet somehow still a little bit 1950s with a dash of Art Nouveau included.
The droid is smaller than R2-D2 and Chopper. His head is just above the knee, but not quiet to the hip, he’s tiny. His head is silver like Artoo-Detoo but his markings are redorange (Note: I originally reported the droid’s markings as being red, but I should have said orange). He has a single eye and two antennas on the top of his head. His neck has a black covering that kind of accordions when he looks around and connects to his body. He is similar to something you might see in Wall-E mixed with one of the senate cams in Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace.  He has a holographic projector in the same place as Artoo-Detoo as well. His head looks up.
He’s cute but kind of sad looking in a way.
Standing next to him we have an alien. He’s slightly taller. His face reminds me of Station from Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. His eyes are just black and tiny, his mouth is almost a round snout which is sort of like an armadillo. His skin is a darker brown color but in this image it appears blue from the light. He has a towel on his head and his costume appears to be similar to a kimono.
In the foreground, Daisy Ridley’s character Kira stands startled as a character ignites a lightsaber and it is very clear this is an unexpected occurrence and all the characters are startled by the enigmatic beam emitting from the lazer sword just turned on accidentally. John Boyega’s character has the lightsaber in hand as the characters all look on amazed.
Kira’s discovery is further enhanced by Boyega’s character’s discovery. This could be one of the most memorable sequences from the next trilogy of Star Wars films.

Above, a picture posted by producer Frank Marshall recently visiting SW7 pinewood Studios set where this poster is put to be seen by anyone visiting the set! 

Next is about the Chrome Stormtrooper Commander, and if you follow me on the D&M Facebook page you've seen recently a picture of what the Chrome Stormtooper will look like in SW7 - if you missed it you can see it HERE. On this image the Stormtrooper was wearing a cloak but according to the new description that cloak has been removed. Making Star Wars then go on and describe the leader of these Chrome Troopers:

This leader may be played by Gwendoline Christie. But I can’t sure, that’s the prevailing rumor for now. There are old rumors the character was male and then became female after we fans voiced our concern about the cast being primarily male (which is totally unverified and we were hearing Games of Thrones connections well before the casting announcement anyhow).
The top of the Chrome Stormtrooper commander’s head is not unlike a TIE-Fighter/AT-AT driver helmet. The eyes are more like a classic Stormtrooper’s eyes as opposed to theStar Wars: Episode VII Stormtrooper’s visor look. There’s a chance this changed but with what I looked at, it was like the classic Stormtrooper. The left side of the helmet has a communication type device that moves down and isn’t on the ride side of the helmet. The part underneath the head helmet, the face area, reminds me of a folded napkin  (with a Stormtrooper face printed on it) if that makes sense. It doesn’t have the rounded trim at the bottom like the classic Storntrooper, it’s almost like Darth Vader’s mask in a way.
The center of the helmet is black, where the commander’s forehead would be and its kind of like a really tamed centurion (like the AT-AT driver). The armor is very much like the new Stormtrooper chest piece. The character wears a black cape with red lining on the inside.

And now here is an art description from the movie showing a wampa claw lightsaber!

A wampa claw lightsaber. Imagine a wampa claw and the lightsaber fits into the talon. It has a red button on the side. There are two different saber designs that aren’t that far part in differences (one has etching on the nail and the other doesn’t).
This sits at the side of the Chrome Stromtrooper Commander’s right side on a utility belt while the cape flows freely behind him or her in the wind.

The next info comes again from Making Star Wars, and offer great scene descriptions, as well as details on a villain, aliens, and other characters in the movie. Although there's no way to authenticate the descriptions, they do sound very plausible. 

The first illustration they're talking about includes six different rebel characters. Three women and three men that are lined up against a white backdrop, apparently dressed similar to extras at Greenham Common’s rebel base set. Here's a description of one of them:

"The first fighter is male, early twenties, he has Adam Driver’s haircut, longer, and kind of swooped to the side. Dark hair. He wears a mustard tunic, closed, with a black best. He has dark brown pants. He wears boots but the ankles are wrapped in white like Anakin Skywalker’s in The Phantom Menace. He looks directly at the camera, blaster in hand and at his side."

The next description is of a character who, although we don't know who this is, looks obviously evil:

"The helmet looks like a samurai helmet. If you took Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and removed all the ornate additions from the helmet, you could have something similar. The back is kind of like Vader’s helmet but it is short, it just protects the back of the head, leaving the neck exposed. The face is covered. But you can see the eyes. This costume is Darth Vader if he were a ninja. Where the eye holes are, there is some light colored design. It has a good vibe about it. It reminds me of Shredder, a little bit of someone from Cobra in the old G.I. Joe and he has a black flowing cloak and red lightsaber which makes it look very cool."

Another info offers a description of huge wickermen tree-type characters which apparently look like the Dark Elves from Thor: The Dark World, and have General Grievous’s head and long brown tunics:

"The figure’s face is almost like General Grievous in spirit. White, skeletal, black eye sockets with little pin points [for] eyes. The mouth is almost like Jerry Lewis style buck teeth. Is it an apparatus?  But make no mistake, he’s scary! The face is totally white but its face looks like a mask, but it appears to be its skin, as its hands are the same color. The head is almost pointed but where a hair line would begin, there’s pointy wicker like brambles sticking straight up. The face is almost as if Satan made an army of Shy Guys from Super Mario Brothers and outfitted them with riffles.

"He wears a dirty brown poncho. His boots are sort of like a Tusken Raider’s boots. His pants are tied off. He has a bandolier with bullets and pouches strung across his chest. He has a sniper riffle weapon with a scope on it. At the end of the rifle, the barrel is almost rocket shaped. It clearly isn’t a rocket though. At his waste [SIC] a leather pouch rest covering his belt line."

Making Star Wars also reveal that an illustration features a group of 15 children who are students sitting on little mats on the ground. All of them are aliens except for one little girl. A teacher stands before the class and two of the children have their hands raised. Jump HERE to read descriptions of the characters.

The site also describe a “Special Forces Tie Fighter” believe to be the one that John Boyega’s character flies in the movie, and crash lands in at the start of the film.

"The new Special Forces TIE Fighter is very much the same classic TIE Fighter from the front. But it is black. It isn’t a dull black either, it kind of a shiny black on the body, closer to Darth Vader’s shine than the classic dark TIE Fighter dull black paint. The wings are exactly the same as the TIE wings we’ve seen in the past. The distinguishing feature on these new TIEs is the red markings near the glass cockpit. It is painted red.  If the front of the TIE was a clock, two, three, and four o’clock are red on the right. On the left, eight, nine, and ten o’clock are red in that area. The same goes for the back of the fighter."

Last but not least, a final description coming from Making Star Wars is an epic battle that takes place in a forest and include huge pod like creatures, speeder bikes, and even Stormtroopers using flame throwers. It's a long description but here are a some excepts from it and you can read everything HERE.

"This planet is inhabited by large creatures with tentacles. They are not unlike the Expanded Universe’s Orgons. But I do not believe they are one and the same, its just a good comparison. The body is more peanut shaped and the tentacles are easily 90 feet long. The body of these creatures is about 2.5 times the length of a speeder bike. The creatures travel fast with their long arms by grabbing onto the tree cover and traveling like a fast kid on the monkey bars.

"In one piece of concept art we see the trees high into the air. To the far right of the frame, two speeder bikes race for their lives! They’re being chased by two of the tentacled beasts. The bodies of the monsters are shaped like peanuts, we can only see the silhouette of these monsters under the tree cover. They have long tentacles, six in total, three on each side of its body and it use those tentacles to transverse the tree tops chasing down the speeder bikers. The bikers are racing side by side practically, but the beasts are also chasing them side by side and it doesn’t look very good for the biker closest to us in the frame. It seems he’ll likely be killed in a matter of moments."

O-Kay, that's all for the "text" part of this SW7 news, now jump to the D&M Facebook page HERE to see the SW7 artworks that you don't want to miss!

Pictures: copyright Frank Marshall, Lucasfilm

Signed Copies of the Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality Book Still Available at Special Offer Price !

May i remind you that there is still signed copies of the Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality book available with a special offer running this month at 75€ only instead of 100€ ( = 15€ shipping worldwide ). The book include 750 pictures with 250 WDI renderings and it's a perfect gift for you, the one you love or for Christmas and you'll find all details and a one click payment with Paypal HERE or below.
You can also send me an email with your order at :

The book is also available on ebay in its english signed edition HERE and in french signed edition HERE.   

Don't forget to send me an email with your shipping  address AND the name to whom you wish the book to be dedicated! 

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Don't know yet the Disneyland Paris book? Have a look at the video below or on the book website HERE.

Disney Characters as Humans

Disney is pretty unique to create anthropomorphic animals and artist Chaico took beloved Disney animal characters and pushes things even further by making them human. I think he did a real good job, and Chaico's anime style adds some twist on famous characters we know. Above and below Mickey Mouse and the Three Caballeros and jump to the D&M Facebook page to discover twenty more!

Artwork : copyright Chaico

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Rare 1990's Videos of Epcot and Disney MGM Studios

What about jumping back in time to Epcot and Disney MGM Studios as they were in the 1990's? Max, D&M contributor found these two videos filmed at a time beloved attractions such as Horizons, World of Motion, Living Seas, etc... were still existing at Epcot and you'll see scenes of them in the video below.

In the Disney MGM Studios video you'll see the original Tram Tour, now extinct, and which at that time included a Honey i Shrunk the Kids special effect sequence , and you'll see also as a rare Muppets show, all extinct since a long time!

Note that because it was filmed at a time HD cameras didn't exist, the quality is typically 90's VHS but it's still a pleasure to discover the parks as they were 20 years ago!