One of the themes that come up from time to time is the dated nature of GMR and should it undergo a major updating to include more contemporary movies. I’d like to hear some comments on this, but in my opinion it should not be updated with more contemporary movies for the following reasons:
- · It is the Great Movie Ride, not the Trendy Movie Ride
- · The entire theming of DHS is the legendary Hollywood of the 30s and 40s. The scenes in GMR reinforce this.
- · There should always be something in the parks for people over 13 years of age. There are certainly references for kids in the Parks I don’t understand (Who or what is a “High School Musical” for instance?)
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I agree. If you aren't familiar with the movies, it's time you locate a copy.
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I am going to disagree. Not because I want to be argumentative, but for the sake of possibly providing another point of view. You are absolutely correct that the films that make up the ride are classics and deserve their place in history, and I do NOT want to see a major overhaul. I am in my 20's and have made it a point to see many of the movies that are highlighted in the ride, and recognize Casablanca as one of my top 3. However, recently there have been films made that are not only incredibly significant in the film industry, but are making their mark in the history of movies. As you enter the ride you pass directly under a marquee that says "A Spectacular Journey Into The Movies" , and while I may not have cared for each of these films I feel they may have a place here, that being said I think there is room for a few additions:
- Titanic - A major blockbuster that won more awards, and was received by the public as a mega film, like one not seen in years.
- Spider-Man or Batman - An easy way to incorporate the addition of Marvel into the parks. Whether you want them here or not, these comic book films were big $ makers and are a different segment that has not been touched yet. If you prefer to use the Batman films from the early 90's or the new ones, I still think the "superhero genre" can be tapped into.
- Pirates of the Caribbean - It is tough to think of this movie as trendy, seeing that it has already been a trilogy and there is a 4th coming soon. It was a huge Disney film and again, in a genre that hasn't really been touched.
- Avatar - I did not like this movie. And yes it is very new, and even I cringe a little at adding this to the list. That being said, it is tough to argue with a film that raked in nearly $3B and really can be attributed to starting the 3D craze. Maybe it needs time to really grow on me or the craze needs to last longer than the Beta player, but for the time being I think it is at least note worthy.
- E.T./Back to the Future/Top Gun - All are iconic films of the 80's and I would find it hard to argue any of their places in film lore.
- Animation - I know that there is the Animation tour for this category, but I still think it might be an interesting genre to use. I believe the only mention of animation is a glimpse of Mickey in Fantasia. If that's all you want to use then by all means, but I think there may be a few more bits you could add.
- Rocky - The original spawned 5 sequels. (whether any of them were any good is another argument) That should give it credit enough.
- Comedy - Why not include a segment for films that make you laugh? Pick one, National Lampoon ..., Young Frankenstein, Caddyshack, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Monty Python... These films are classic comedies, and do not fall victim to today's "trendy" comedies.
I don't disagree that DHS has a theme from the 30's and 40's, and that there are scenes from GMR that support this. But it also has themes from more recent films. The Backlot Tour, Lights...Motors...Action, and Star Tours are different themes found in the park, and on the ride the Sci-Fi flick Alien and Westerns with John Wayne and Clint Eastwood also differ.
A very interesting discussion.
Accordingly, I cannot see Disney ever attempting to build a Spiderman attraction themselves, if the stars and planets were to allign for such a thing to ever happen, purely on account of this. It would be like attempting to win the lottery twice, and Disney just does not have that kind of courage anymore amongst its management.
But as an aside, Imagineers have already built attractions for both of those films... they just didn't happen to be on Disney property...
Personally, I think the entire place has missed a trick, and has been doing so since the very beginning. Why attempt to farm out the park to other studios' productions?
There is more than enough successful material sitting under Disney's own feet already.
Why is it not being used on a grander scale? Now that the park is "Disney Hollywood Studios" (or whatever)... even more reason to go all-out. Disney has decades and decades of cell-animation, live-action and now Pixar's efforts with which to fill a series of parks, let alone one.
Last edited by 20K; 03-06-2011 at 04:38 PM.
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