Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Here is some awesome pieces of Star Wars Steam Punk art created by artist Bjorn Hurri. Below, you'll find Princess Leia, Han Solo, C3 P0, Darth Vador, Yoda, Boba Fett and a Storm Trooper all with a Steam Punk style treatment!
The awaited first "real" trailer of the new Godzilla movie produced by Legendary Pictures was put online two minutes ago and here it is below. You'll note that the music you hear during the first minute is the same one than Stanley Kubrick used for the black monolith sequences of "2001, A Space Odyssey".
Godzilla will be released next year.
Picture and video: copyright Legendary Pictures
Monday, December 9, 2013
Disneyland Paris Update : Discoveryland Entrance Original Fire Effects, Disney Dreams Frozen Sequence, and more
Here is a new Disneyland Paris update which will send us back in time at DLP opening day! If you already visited the park you surely remember the entrance of Discoveryland with its dramatic rock formations partly submerged by water. When you entered the land recently it looked like the picture below shot by Disneyshawn...
On the picture above you can guess some lights under water. But that's not how it was at opening day as WDI Imagineer Discoveryland Show-Producer Tim Delaney had included some more dramatic effects with smoke effects and fire explosions right in the middle of the water! These effects don't work anymore since many many years and it's a pity as Discoveryland entrance was even more spectacular, and specially at night. There was also a reason why Tim wanted this fire effects and it's because the whole land was supposed to be on a volcanic ground. In its first "Discovery Mountain" version Space Mountain was supposed to be located atop of a volcano...
Pictures or video showing these fire / smoke effects at the entrance of Discoveryland were impossible to find until recently when the guys of Disney Central Plaza forum found back this rare dutch video filmed at DLP opening days in 1992. I did some screen shots for you and you'll see below the few seconds in the video showing the fire and smoke effects.
These "fire in the middle of water" was an effect quite new and not too much used in others theme parks when DLP opened in 1992 and for the guests surely impressive...
On the two pictures below you'll see the smoke effect coming over the water. Below , without smoke effect...
And here comes the smoke effect on this next one.
Some of the fire effects were spectacular!
At that time ( but may be it's still the case today ) the water was running down from the top of the rocks...
Regularly the park is doing some maintenance - as you can see on this Dlp Info picture below - often to restore the rocks, but the fire effects never came back. The real reasons why DLP maintenance never put back the original effects are not totally clear - some say it's because it stops working too often, others have another version saying that the real ducks who move all around the park from a lagoon to another one where grilled by the fire (!) - but one thing is sure, the fire effects disappeared and probably will never come back.
And now, here is the 1992 video with the few seconds where you can see this "fire and smoke" effects. Jump directly to 13min 47sec to see them.
We'll stay on the hub for what's coming next and it's about the Frozen sequence that DLP guests can discover in the new Christmas Disney Dreams! show. You may have seen yesterday the clip of the Frozen musical sequence called "Let it Go!". Well, the Disney Dreams! Frozen sequence is inspired by the same song. If you've missed the Frozen clip here it is first...
And here is video filmed by Max from DLP Welcome showing only the new Frozen Disney Dreams sequence.
Now, some great news for those of you who did pre-order to me the Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" book in its English normal edition as we've finally received the copies from the printer last friday and ALL orders have been shipped today! - the last ones will be shipped tomorrow Tuesday. It should take between 10 and 15 days to arrive depending if you're living in Europe or in the U.S.
It also mean that the new and updated ENGLISH regular edition is now available for immediate shipping, and you can always order it at the pre-order price of 55€ + 15€ shipping worldwide.
You can order the book by sending me an email at: email@example.com or send directly your Paypal payment of the 70 euros either by the Paypal button below or directly from your Paypal account at the same email address. The book will make a gorgeous Christmas present so order today your copy of "Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality" to make sure you'll get it for Christmas!
A full description of the book can be find HERE.
Pictures: copyright Disneyshawn, DLP Info, Wesley Lelieveld
Videos: copyright Disney, DLP Welcome
Have you been in theaters to watch Frozen? Not yet? Me too, but i will see it soon and in the meantime have a look to this beautiful musician sequence called "Let it go!". The Animation of snow and ice is spectacular, really...
Picture and video: copyright Disney
Publié par Alain Littaye à l'adresse 1:59 AM
Sunday, December 8, 2013
The Futuroscope, the film and technology theme park and 2nd french theme park in terms of attendance after Disneyland Paris had this week-end their press event for Futuroscope's new attraction called in english "Raving Rabbids, The Time Machine". You may know the Ubisoft popular video game featuring the crazy Raving Rabbids - which are known in France as "Lapins Crétins" - and they are the inspiration for this time travelling attraction.The ride will open officially only December 21 but thanks to Max, D&M contributor and Dlrp Welcome webmaster, Disney and more has for you pictures and a video of the full ride, so let's go and have a look at this new attraction!
In “La Machine à Voyager dans le Temps” - Time Machine, in english - guests walk aboard a vehicle for a time travel with the Raving Rabbids, and they will be travelling from the Ice Age to Ancient Greece and up to the moon, thanks to the crazy rabbits’ laboratory. Jora Vision used for the ride a combination of 3-D projections, light effects, customized ride vehicles and the newest interactive dark ride techniques to create a unique attraction. The ride use is also located in the same building where the attraction "Les Animaux du Futur" was previously and according to Max is much more fun than the previous ride.
A Raving Rabbids submarine stands in the garden near the above show building entrance.
When guests go inside there is a pre-show called "Museum des Lapins Crétins" (Raving Rabbids Museum)...
...in which are displayed famous artwork, all with a Raving Rabbids take.
Also displayed some Raving Rabbids supposedly historical items and the washing machine that you can see below in the foreground has some importance as you will see later in the ride.
The Futuroscope wanted “La Machine à Voyager dans le Temps” to have plenty of humor and to create a ride to be fun for visitors of all ages. So, once they get out of the pre-show guests arrive to the boarding room below. What, you ask, it looks like a restrooms entrance? That's right, and not only it's the entrance of the boarding room...
...with a sign on the doors showing a Raving Rabbid sit on a toilet bowl and a restroom attendant on the TV screens above doors telling you that it's time to make a stop to the toilets before embarking...
... but it's also on this that guests will sit when they embark in the ride vehicle...
...on seats designed like toilet seats!
According to Max the seats are in foam and not a hard plastic like real ones ( thanks God! ) and when the washing machine that you'll see in the ride movie - which apparently serves as time vehicle - fall on the floor the seats go down suddenly a few centimeters.
Before you watch the full ride video, a bit of synopsis about it: So, it's supposed to be a time machine ride in which you travel with the the Raving Rabbids through different eras starting by Ice Age and then through Ancient Greece, Native Americans era, etc... According to Max the ride include in-ride effects, mostly wind either to simulate the touch by a mouse on your legs ( in the first scene ) or snakes ( in the fourth scene, the best one ). The vehicle is moving from one scene to another and in each scene guests face a 3D movie. Of course, on the video below it won't be in 3D but it'll give you an idea of how they use it.
My take on the ride itself, now: it looks very well done and is indeed full of humor, not always my favorite kind of humor, though... To be frank, it's a delight of good taste and raffiné gallic humor - it's totally ironic, of course, you'll see why... Anyway, it's time to embark, and please note that the video of the ride itself starts at 0.50 sec, just after a slide show of the pictures you've seen above.
Pictures and video: copyright Max Fan - Dlrp Welcome, Futuroscope
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Shanghai Disneyland Construction Halted Due to Shanghaî Severe Smog Levels - Will Shanghaî Disneyland become "The Magic Kingdom where you can't breathe" ?
Edited: It didn't took long. This afternoon i've posted the article below about the dreadful pollution smog in Shanghaî and i just learned on Disney by Mark the website of former Imagineer Mark Hickson the "breaking news" below:
"Shanghai Disneyland Construction Halted Due to Shanghaî Severe Smog Levels. Shanghai authorities ordered school children indoors and halted all construction Friday as China’s financial hub suffered one of its worst bouts of air pollution, bringing visibility down to a few dozen meters, delaying flights and obscuring the city’s skyline. The financial district was shrouded in a yellow haze, and noticeably fewer people walked the city’s streets. Vehicle traffic also was thinner, as authorities pulled 30 percent of government vehicles from the roads. They also banned fireworks and public sporting events. The government’s air pollution monitoring site records the level of PM2.5, particulate matter hazardous to health at 477, one of the highest pollution levels ever recorded. The World Health Organization recommends an average PM2.5 level of 20 or below.
This afternoon post:
Look at these pictures above and below. They were shot in Shanghaî. And not one year ago like the ones posted in my previous article, but YESTERDAY. Once again the city is under an incredible pollution smog and you can't see more than a few dozens of meters ahead of you. The city is right now under sanitary alert as pollution is currently between 23 and 31 times superior to the limit recommended by international sanitary authorities. People in Shanghaî can't breathe normally, have headaches and the government asked that children at schools remain indoors. I've talked about this huge pollution problem in China just a few weeks ago - in the article at THIS link - as this happen regularly in Beijing and its area but although it did happened last january in Shanghaî, so far this kind of pollution peak happened more in Beijing. Apparently you can now add Shanghaî on the list of the chinese cities which have a serious - translate: dangerous - pollution problem, and this regularly.
But there is something else: although it can happen anytime in the year it seems that it's more happening in Shanghaî during the winter, and in this case it was last January and today, in December. And when Shanghaî Disneyland is it supposed to open? At the very end of 2015! ( and they're late, so it won't be before ). So, Disney better pray that this kind of pollution peak won't happen during SDL Grand Opening. And to tell you the truth, i wouldn't put my bets on this.