Saturday, September 7, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
As you've read a few days ago Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki has announced that The Wind Rises will be his last movie. As expected a press conference happened this morning in Japan - picture below - and D&M have more explanations about his decision.
First, it was in fact Koji Hoshino, the director of production who announced it at Venise Film Festival as Miyazaki couldn't attend the event. But unfortunately this changes nothing as Miyazaki confirmed during the press conference that "this time it's true, i said it to the producer".
But, Miyazaki also said "I would like to work 10 more years but i think that doing long animated movies is not my work anymore". Although Miyazaki said many times in the past that he was going to stop, mainly because of the huge work that request an animated movie, this time seems to be the good one even if he wants to continue to work freely during the next ten years: "I'm going to be free. That said, as long as i will be able to take my car to go working at Studio Ghibli, i will go, and what i want to do i will do it" without giving more details.
"Kaze Tachinu - The Wind Rises - took me five years to achieve. If i was thinking doing a new movie it will take me six or seven years to do it. I will be soon 73 and and it means that i will be 80 at the end" added Miyazaki who consider that he has to dedicate these years of his life to something different.
So, here is the truth from the master's mouth. May be we will have the luck to see short animated movies from Miyazaki but don't count seeing a new long animated movie after the release of The Wind Rises, which will be distributed by Disney as Disney confirmed recently, without giving any specific dates.
Top picture : copyright Missinglink71
Thursday, September 5, 2013
According to the always well informed and reliable Screamcape web site not less than TWO major attractions will open at Universal Islands of Adventures in 2015! One of the two would be a long awaited new Jurassic Park ride. As Lance says "There have been too many JP themed ride rumors lately to say for sure what this one will be..." ...but we still can hope that the JP Jeep ride envisioned a long time ago could make its come back, although i wouldn't bet a lot on it... but we can dream, can't we?
The other ride to open in 2015 will be an unexpected one to be built at IOA Dr Seuss Landing. Always according to Lance some project called Project 301 "was just given the green light, with an aggressive plan to get it up and open in time for the Christmas 2015 holiday season. All I know so far is that this will be a new 3D ride experience themed to The Lorax, and that they will build a new large structure behind One Fish, Two Fish for it".
So, just one year after what will be a major opening with Wizarding World of Harry Potter part two Universal will open two new attractions this time at IOA. At WDW, after the 2014 opening of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train guests will have to wait until 2016 with the new Soarin' over the World movie - and 2017 with Avatar Land at Animal Kingdom - and obviously Universal is decided to use as much as they can their "momentum" and their ability to built new rides extremely quickly. Recently it was announced that Comcast - who owns Universal Studios - will add $500M more to build new rides, and now we know where they will be spent!
In the meantime don't forget to check regularly Screamscape updates for more news coming soon about these two projects!
Pictures: copyright Universal Studios
Oriental Land announced that new entertainment will be introduced at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea in 2014 and 2015! TDL will have its own castle show version and it will be called “Once Upon a Time”. Just like Disney Dreams at DLP it will use projection mapping technology and will premiere at Tokyo Disneyland in 2014. And at Tokyo DisneySea, a new musical production themed to Disney’s The Little Mermaid will open in 2015 at Mermaid Lagoon Theater. Note that the musical show “Under the Sea,” currently presented at Mermaid Lagoon Theater, will close permanently on April 6, 2014. Below, Oriental Land official press release.
New Entertainment at Tokyo Disneyland in 2014 and Tokyo DisneySea in 2015
At Tokyo Disneyland
“Once Upon a Time”
A fantastic and heartwarming nighttime entertainment, “Once Upon a Time” richly using projection mapping technology. Projection mapping makes it possible to project images in a way that fits the contours of buildings and other structures to produce a three-dimensional effect. This is the first time for this technology to be used in an entertainment program at Tokyo Disney Resort®.
Many of the inspiring stories from the Disney films, including Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland will be vividly projected in 3D on the exterior of Cinderella Castle, the symbol of Tokyo Disneyland. This show will also include popular musical pieces from these films and special effects, such as on-stage pyrotechnics.
- Duration: About 15 minutes
- Venue: Cinderella Castle
- Opening Date: Spring or summer 2014 (tentative)
- Investment Amount: About 2 billion yen (tentative)
At Tokyo DisneySea
New production at Mermaid Lagoon Theater
The attraction, Mermaid Lagoon Theater, will be revamped, and a new musical production themed to Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be presented.
Mermaid Lagoon Theater will be renovated with upgraded stage and lighting technology, as well as new display screens to be installed at the rear of the audience seating area. As King Triton hosts a musical concert, familiar Disney characters, such as Ariel, Flounder, and Sebastian, will present a mesmerizing world under the sea, just as in the movie, with lively music, songs and dynamic performances.
- Duration: About 15 minutes
- Opening Date: Spring 2015 (tentative)
- Investment Amount: Undecided
Please note that the musical production “Under the Sea,” currently presented at Mermaid Lagoon Theater, will close permanently on April 6, 2014. Mermaid Lagoon Theater will be closed from April 7, 2014 to spring of 2015.
Picture: copyright Disney - Oriental Land
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Guess what? Finally it seems that the Paramount Park project in Alhama de Murcia, Spain, is may be not dead after all! In the latest news the president of the region, Ramon Luis Valcarcel, announced that Paramount had entered in the shareholding of the project. This may provide greater credibility and confidence to the project, which would also attract new shareholders who so far doubted of the veracity of the Paramount Park project. Let's hope that Paramount now among the shareholders - even with a minimum percentage - and their commitment to quality in the future park will add trust and believe in the project.
More news translated as well as i could from Spanish articles:
The first announcement about the park project was done three years ago, in February 2010 , when was announced the deal with Paramount to create a theme park set in Murcia based on the Paramount movies. At that time nobody gave him credibility as it seemed to be another political project with no real background but however the project has been progressing slowly but surely and now we know the project plan, as well as informations on the different lands of the park.
Also, in recent weeks, others news have appeared indicating that the project is ongoing with more support than ever and could soon start the works :
A news from newspaper La Verdad on July 27 said that the city of Alhama expects to grant the first license between October and November, after returning to a plenary session on Special Development Plan. However, despite Premursa intend to start work in September, the municipal corporation believe it might not be possible because of the time took by bureaucracy. Minister of Tourism, Pedro Alberto Cruz, also requested speed in the schedule so they can start the works in September.
Moreover, Jesus Samper ( Premursa promoter ) and Michael Bartok ( Paramount Licensing Executive Vice President ) visited the Region of Murcia and met with officials in the region to talk about the status of the project.
In the news published on August 2 , the Minister of Tourism , Pedro Alberto Cruz, ensures that the project will go forward without interruption until his inauguration, thanks to the financial structure own by Premursa.
On the other hand, it was also announced that the model of the project ( picture on top ) will be presented in the Archaeological Museum of Murcia from September, to bring the project to the people of the region.
Let's end by a new video presenting the project with new renderings! Interesting part starts at 1.45 min.
Picture: copyright Paramount Park
Picture: copyright Paramount Park
Publié par Alain Littaye à l'adresse 1:08 PM
Monday, September 2, 2013
We will start the week with a short DLP update and the latest pictures of the works on the Ratatouille ride at the Walt Disney Studios. As usual we all thanks Max Fan , D&M contributor and DLRP Welcome webmaster for his pictures!
The first pictures below shows the new metallic structures for the upcoming fake facades where will be the future shop of the new mini land. This was how it looked just a few days ago...
and this is how it looks now, two days later...
Of course the works are still going on in the rest of the Ratatouille area and i think we can have good hopes to see the scaffoldings being removed later this fall.
In the meantime in Frontierland the new Big Thunder Mountain disabled guest access is now open and a new rock was unveiled. Unfortunately it seems that the rock sculpture is not as "inspired" as the one that were done on the BTM area by the 1992 rock sculptors. It's always a dangerous decision to attempt to recreate a distinctive style of rockwork unless you have someone who worked on the project originally or a veteran rockwork sculptor who can carve in the same style as the pre-existing rocks. Unfortunately, here neither was the case, so rockwork should have been avoided and a water tank or any appropriate prop or architectural structure would have been a better choice than this rock work, at least from what we can see of it in the photos below...
Thats all for today about DLP present, we'll talk soon about its future!
I remind you that in my Disneyland Paris book you have the whole park in 320 pages with 750 photos including 250 WDI renderings! Copies of the book are still available but unfortunately there is now less than TEN copies of the Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality book available in its ENGLISH collector's edition - the FRENCH edition is also available - so if you don't own the book yet, it's really now or never!
And there is a special price right now with a $45 / 40€ discount on the normal price, so order your collector copy while there is still copies available as it's really the last english collector copies. You'll find below a one click Paypal button as well as a video showing the whole book. Also, you can have more infos about this gorgeous 320 pages book HERE.
Click on the image below to jump to the book presentation.
Photos: copyright Max Fan - DLRP Welcome
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Breaking News : Genius Japanese Director Hayao Miyazaki Announces That He Will Not Direct Anymore Animated Movies
This is a major news, and unfortunately a very sad one: Hayao Miyazaki the genius Japanese director has announced today that "the Wind Rises" will be his last animated movie and that he will stop directing animated movies.
Hayao Miyazaki, acclaimed all over the world not only by his long time fans and audience but also by all animators from wherever they are including at Disney and Pixar, "God" of John Lasseter, 2003 best animated movie Academy Award winner is undeniably one of the greatest director of animated movies of all time.
His last movie "Kaze Tachinu" - "The Wind Rises" in english - is currently in competition at Venise Film Festival where the movie was acclaimed after the screening. Miyazaki, 72, couldn't attend Venise film festival but he announced that a press conference will be organized soon in Japan where "The Wind Rises" is already released and a huge success.
"The Wind Rises" told the story of a plane engineer who really existed - Jiro Horikoshi - who designed the famous war plane Mitsubishi "Zero" who was used by Japan air army during WW II. When he was a child Jiro dreamed to fly and to design planes inspired by those of italian plane engineer Italo Caproni. Because he couldn't be a pilot due to his myopia he ended in 1927 in the engineer division and became one of the most brilliant plane designer in the world. He then fall in love with Nahoko, a young woman whom he previously met when he saved her life when he was a teen.
Hayao Miyazaki who was inspired by a novel of Japanese writer Tatsuo Hori recall in the two hours movie a big part of 20th century Japan history: the 1923 earthquake at Kanto, the big depression era, the deadly tuberculosis epidemic and the entrance of Japan in World War II.
"The Wind Rises" will be released in Europe and in the U.S in 2014 and appears to be an epic animated movie. I may be wrong but i have the feeling that Miyazaki did here something close to David Lean's epic and romantic movies set in historic events like, for instance, "Doctor Zhivago". As a huge fan of Miyazaki myself i can't wait to see "The Wing Rises" and below you'll find the trailer.
If you've never watched any of Miyazaki animated movies you MUST see them. All of them are masterpieces and my favorites are "Spirited Away" - for which he received the Berlin Film Festival Golden Lion and the 2003 best animated movie Academy Award - or "Princess Mononoke" among many others of his animated features. To have a genius of this altitude announcing that he will not direct anymore is a great loss - it's just like if Stanley Kubrick was still alive and announces that he will not direct anymore.... Hopefully, his Studio Ghibli will probably continue to produce animated movies but no one can replace a genius director like Miyazaki was.
Pictures and video: copyright Studio Ghibli