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The Miscellaneous Thought Thread

Mac Tonight

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I'm saying WDIs own managers that work in WDI are awful and no decent creative person would enjoy working for that group. AKA the imagineers that are running the show in all levels are doing an awful job.

I'm not saying its directly Chapek or Iger, it's flawed more deeply than that. The division is a mess.

Disney's movie division is ran well and on budget even if it's creatively bankrupt.

WDI is creatively bankrupt and can't manage their money properly.

It's no wonder why Disney has no problem throwing money at their movie studios and production companies, their products are done on time and 95% of the time have a good return on investment.

They gave WDI 150 million to redo paradise pier and we got plastic figures on California Screamin and a repainted bugs land ride.
Fair enough :)
 

BayouShack

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The annual pass program — which was canceled in January and which experts blamed for some of the parks’ crowding problems — will be replaced with a membership program that “will reflect the behavior of our superfans,” D’Amaro said, adding that more details will be released “relatively soon.”


This kind of makes me think that the new program will use half day admission, so entry after ~3pm, instead of full day.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we see afternoon admission follow the old blockout date schedule. Then, to get in full day would be a discounted up charge.
 

egg

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Wow, and I thought WEB-SLINGERS was bad. This is one of the worst things Disney’s ever done. And then, at the end, to have the animated on-tram hosts gushing (obnoxiously) about how amazingly fun it supposedly was... In all seriousness, how stupid does Disney think people are?
The static cars that just move their eyes certainly don’t do the ride any favors. I hate when Disney does that for meet and greets but for a slow moving ride it’s truly bad.
 

AL2000HS

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The static cars that just move their eyes certainly don’t do the ride any favors. I hate when Disney does that for meet and greets but for a slow moving ride it’s truly bad.
I think of they were not in the elements they would have moved more.
 

The Hitchhiker

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I just finished watching Pixar's new movie, Luca. As far as the filmmaking, I thought that was all really well done. It reminded me a lot of a Studio Ghibli production. However, for a couple reasons, I just don't see myself ever going back to this movie. It's really hard to compare to any other Pixar movie as it feels so different from everything else in their catalogue, to the point that if it weren't for the Pixar logo at the beginning I would never have thought it was one. Onward and The Good Dinosaur, as bad as they were, at least felt like Pixar movies in tone and aesthetic. Luca just feels way off in that. I would probably say it's better than Soul, but not as good as Coco - definitely towards the back half of Pixar's catalogue, though not as low as Finding Dory, Monsters University, Cars 2, or the aforementioned Onward and The Good Dinosaur.
 

Rich T

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I just finished watching Pixar's new movie, Luca. As far as the filmmaking, I thought that was all really well done. It reminded me a lot of a Studio Ghibli production. However, for a couple reasons, I just don't see myself ever going back to this movie. It's really hard to compare to any other Pixar movie as it feels so different from everything else in their catalogue, to the point that if it weren't for the Pixar logo at the beginning I would never have thought it was one. Onward and The Good Dinosaur, as bad as they were, at least felt like Pixar movies in tone and aesthetic. Luca just feels way off in that. I would probably say it's better than Soul, but not as good as Coco - definitely towards the back half of Pixar's catalogue, though not as low as Finding Dory, Monsters University, Cars 2, or the aforementioned Onward and The Good Dinosaur.
I really like Onward (more for the many great moments and fun characters than for the plot). It’s certainly not a “bad” film at all; I think if’s actually a better fantasy film than “Brave.”

I thought Luca was excellent. Watched it twice so far. I agree it feels very Ghibli-like. Double Toasted remarked it’s like a combination of Pixar, Ghibli and Aardman, and that’s very accurate.

The villain was... weird... but funny.

What I do appreciate about Luca (and to a lesser extent, Onward) is there’s a refreshing lightness about it. As great as most Pixar films are, there’s a certain heavy-handed, roadmapped, overpolished, triple-checked-by-committee atmosphere that I think we’re all accustomed to (and that’s just part of Pixar’s style up to this point more than a negative). It’s nice to see them mix things up a bit and try their hand at new visual styles and breezier stories.
 

mickEblu

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I really like Onward (more for the many great moments and fun characters than for the plot). It’s certainly not a “bad” film at all; I think if’s actually a better fantasy film than “Brave.”

I thought Luca was excellent. Watched it twice so far. I agree it feels very Ghibli-like. Double Toasted remarked it’s like a combination of Pixar, Ghibli and Aardman, and that’s very accurate.

The villain was... weird... but funny.

What I do appreciate about Luca (and to a lesser extent, Onward) is there’s a refreshing lightness about it. As great as most Pixar films are, there’s a certain heavy-handed, roadmapped, overpolished, triple-checked-by-committee atmosphere that I think we’re all accustomed to (and that’s just part of Pixar’s style up to this point more than a negative). It’s nice to see them mix things up a bit and try their hand at new visual styles and breezier stories.

I also enjoyed Onward. I thought Luca was great as well. I wasn’t full on paying attention for the entire movie so I’d like to watch it again but overall it worked for this half Italian. It’s funny, I actually wished that they made some or all of the characters talk in broken English/ Italian accents but I guess that’s offensive these days? I mean Coco did it that way though right? Regardless I thought their approach of just every once in a while having a character say a whole line in Italian was cool. Definitely bonus points for the Scopa card Easter eggs. That card you see throughout the movie is from an Italian card game (and I think Spanish too) that I’ve been playing with my grandparents, parents etc since I was a child. That particular one is the 8 of cups. I wonder if they chose that one for any specific reason? I also had for the first time heard a song my grandma sings to all the her great grandkids when she’s feeding them. That Viva la Pasta song when the redhead girl first starts teaching the other boy (not Luca) to eat pasta. Id never actually heard the real song.

Anyway I thought the movie had a nice light tone and the setting and time period it’s set in is just my cup of tea. I can’t help but wonder if the HBO show “My Brilliant Friend” didn’t spark the idea for Luca.
 

Sharon&Susan

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Any WDW-ers know if the abridged version of the old Tex Avery cartoon The Cat Who Hated People is still playing in the Sci-Fi Drive In? There's a gag in there that would make me surprised if they still played it.
 

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