As a precursor to the tour, I had a chance to talk with Little Matchgirl producer Don Hahn about what the Oscar experience has been like thus far. He’s not an Oscar newbie by any stretch, having been nominated for producing Beauty and the Beast and the animated short Lorenzo. He was also behind mega-hits such as The Lion King and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
The Oscar award ceremony is exciting; but the build-up to that evening — the tour of studios and screenings of your films as organized by Ron Diamond — is one of the best parts of the whole experience.
Okay, okay, I’ll get off my obsession with Skywalker Ranch. However, I did want to share some pics from the San Fran leg of last year’s Oscar Tour. See whom they chatted with at lunch or who just happened to be at the Ranch when they arrived.
Starting on Wednesday, Feb. 14, we’ll be flying up to San Fran and staying at the Hotel Sofitel. The participating nominees for the Bay area leg of the tour will meet up for dinner. It will be nice to meet the filmmakers in person and get some personal reflections about the whirlwind Oscar experience.
Nickelodeon and Movie Park Germany, a premiere film and entertainment theme park, have signed a multi-year strategic partnership to bring Nickelodeon's children's animated television programs to life in a 15,000 square-meter interactive adventure zone called Nickland. Scheduled to open in April 2007 at Movie Park Germany in Bottrop-Kirchellen, Nickland will feature seven all-new immersive attractions and will be the first Nick-themed adventure site in Europe.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is poised to unveil a full slate of new attractions and entertainment in the coming year, highlighted by the continued rollout around the world of its Where Dreams Come True initiative.
Denver Center Attractions 2007 season contains the world-premiere production of Disneys THE LITTLE MERMAID musical at The Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the summer of 2007.
This project is terribly exciting and a huge coup for Denver, said Randy Weeks, president and coo of The Denver Center for the Performing Arts. We are looking forward to taking our relationship with Disney Theatricals to a new level this season.
DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL is coming to the Hilton Theater on Broadway, according to VARIETY. The holiday-only production begins previews Oct. 25, 2006, with the official opening marked for Nov. 8. Running through Jan. 7, 2007, the family tuner will perform 12 shows a week, which required a special deal with the unions. Production will run eight shows on the weekend and has added Thursday 11:00 am matinees.
Pirates of the Caribbean reopened June 26, 2006, at Disneyland with lots of help from Captain Jack Sparrow and his foes from the movie franchise, as Disney Imagineers updated the venerable attraction from 1968 with a high-tech facelift. The counterpart at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, reopens July 7, coinciding with the theatrical release of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MANS CHEST.
This weekend, a digital version of President Bush will hold a "press conference" at the Walters Art Museum, lead by renowned political cartoonist Kevin "Kal" Kallaughe, who will have his tongue firmly planted in cheek, reports the BALTIMORE BUSINESS JOURNAL.
With the 2006 World Cup just around the corner, 150,000 soccer fans in 28 countries have taken advantage of the rare opportunity to see the original World Cup trophy up close as part of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour. As part of the unique experience, the FIFA World Cup Tour commissioned Ramat Gan, Israel-based character animation firm, Crew972, to produce an introductory 3D animated film.
The Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood announced new enhancements for spring 2006, including new attractions showcasing THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT and KING KONG, as well as the opportunity to see more working TV and movie sets than ever before, including sets from CROSSING JORDAN and the top-rated CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION. The enhancements represent the most sweeping changes made to the Studio Tour in more than a decade and the greatest number of new additions to the park since the first trams rolled along the landmark Universal backlot in 1964.
The Walt Disney Co. announced its award-winning musical THE LION KING will open at Shanghais Grand Theatre on July 18, 2006, and play for 100 performances.
The engagement will be presented by The Shanghai Grand Theatre in association with The Walt Disney Co., who is the title sponsors of the production. Special support has also been provided from the China Culture Development Fund, with media support from Wenhui-Xinmin United Press Group.
First the theme park attraction inspired the movie now the movie is inspiring the attraction.
Pirates of the Caribbean, the classic Disney theme park adventure brought to the big screen in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, is adding new characters and features from the blockbuster entertainment franchise and debuting when the next adventure begins in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST.
The Studio Ghibli Museum in Japan will debut three new short features from Hayao Miyazaki. Starting Jan. 3, 2006 and running until March 13, the three films will screen in the museums Saturn Theatre.
Award-winning visual effects studio Digital Dimension makes a splash in fully animated entertainment with the completion of DEEPO, an underwater adventure piece that marks the companys first all-CG entry. Renowned themed park attraction developer Gary Goddard entered a partnership with Digital Dimension to produce and direct the film, which is the centerpiece of the 4-D theater presentation at the recently opened 500,000-square-foot, $250-million-dollar new Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has announced the new additions to this years event. For the 79th annual Macy's Parade, four new character balloons and a specially created work of flying art take to the sky on Thanksgiving Day. The new balloons include Nickelodeon's DORA THE EXPLORER, United States Potato Board's Healthy MR. POTATO HEAD, Disney Channel's JOJO'S CIRCUS and Warner Bros.' SCOOBY-DOO, as well as, a new novelty sized balloon designed by world-renowned artist Tom Otterness, Macy's Parade Humpty Dumpty.
Location-based entertainment firm nWave is moving into the 3-D biz with its next animated film, FLY ME TO THE MOON, VARIETY reports. The makers of HAUNTED CASTLE has set aside a budget of $21 million for the CG film, which follows three tween houseflies that stow away on the Apollo 11 moon mission. nWave hopes to have the film ready for summer 2007.
Hong Kong Disneyland officially opened on Sept. 12, 2005. The grand opening ceremony began with a colorful display of spinning parasols which parted to reveal children welcoming the spectators in English, Cantonese and Putonghua. Classical Chinese tradition joined with Disney heritage as the ceremony continued with the 100-voice Hong Kong Children's Choir, Chinese acrobats and dancers and Disney ambassadors representing all of the Disney theme parks worldwide Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris and the U.S.
Lisa Kirby, the daughter of the late Jack Kirby, artist and co-creator of the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Hulk, Captain America and many other comicbook characters and stories, announced the creation of the Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center (JKMRC).
Disney has officially announced that its will indeed bring a stage musical version of TARZAN to Broadway next spring, reports VARIETY. The project had been in the development stage for years. No theater has been announced and Shuler Hensley (THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL) is in final negotiations to take on the title role.
Cast size for DISNEY PRESENTS TARZAN will be 34. There will be no out-of-town tryout, and a previously announced workshop for this summer will not take place.
Animation house Super 78 supplied the 3D work for CURSE OF THE DARKASTLE debuting this month at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The next generation attraction, which takes thrill-seekers on an immersive journey through a frozen Bavarian castle, is a dark ride in which patrons travel through the 40,000 square foot castle environment in computer-controlled, motion-based sleighs as rear-projected, 3D imagery appears all around them.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) announced it has partnered with Cartoon Network for OMSI's new animation international touring exhibit slated to debut on the science museum's floor in Portland, Oregon, in October 2005.
Animation, a 6,000-square-foot, highly interactive traveling exhibition, brings together art, math, science and technology by exploring the world of animation. Animation will showcase popular cartoon characters and original series from Cartoon Network throughout the exhibition.
TV promotion and marketing takes to the skies as a hit childrens television franchise, JAY JAY THE JET PLANE, launches a 32-city tour designed to entertain young children and families at air shows and aviation festivals across the United States, it was announced by PorchLight Entertainment Inc. and the Fun Events Co.