Big Hero 6 Trailer

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Disney released the first trailer for Big Hero 6 this week and if you haven’t seen it yet, you really should. The Disney Blog wrote a good review of it (and uncovered the first Easter Egg for the movie). I enjoyed the trailer and am really looking forward to the movie but, since the trailer’s release, I’ve begun to hear rumblings on the internet. Marvel fans are wondering why the comic company isn’t given any credit for this movie in the trailer. It says, “From the creators of Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph” even though it is, after all, based on a classic Marvel comic from the 80′s.

The answer is simple: Big Hero 6 isn’t a Marvel movie.

It’s a Disney animated movie based on a Marvel comic. Am I nit-picking? Maybe, but think of it this way; Frozen isn’t a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, it’s based on one; Tarzan isn’t an Edgar Rice Burroughs story, it’s based on one, etc… I could do this for almost all of Disney’s animated movies (and more than a few of their live action ones as well).

Is it a somewhat different situation since Marvel is an entity owned by Disney in a way that fairytales and Burroughs’ works are not? Perhaps, but the basic principle is the same. It’s the difference between being a movie that is a Marvel property and a movie that is based on a Marvel property.

Again, is this nit-picking? Maybe. I just don’t want people thinking that Disney is somehow slighting Marvel. Marvel is one of Disney’s biggest money makers right now, they wouldn’t do anything to take the wind out of Marvel’s sails.

What did you think of the trailer?

Armchair Imagineer: Hollywood Studios

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At this point, Hollywood Studios is a hodgepodge of theming. The original concept was that of a Hollywood backlot where you could get a behind the scenes look at the making of movies, but over time it has become, “Oh, we have an idea for an attraction that doesn’t fit anywhere else…it’s sort of related to movies, so let’s put it in the Studios.”

Now, with the recent announcement that The American Idol Experience will be closing at the end of this year, rumors are running through the Internet saying that the Indiana Jones show will be axed next and both will make way for a Star Wars land. People (including myself) love this idea, but in all honesty, it doesn’t fit with the Studios original purpose.

So, what do we do? Go back to its original theming or make something new? I submit that we take what’s been given to us over the years and make something new. Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd both recreate a feeling of Hollywood in its hay day, but what happens when you get to the end of Sunset? You come to an abandoned hotel that looks like it was built during Hollywood’s hay day, but now, in the present, it’s old and rundown (and possibly haunted). Right beside it is G-Force Records, a recording studio very clearly set in modern day.

So there are elements of time travel already in place, let’s expand it out to Hollywood Blvd. As you move down the street through time, you end up at the Chinese Theater. Housed inside is The Great Movie Ride which is, at its core, a celebration of movies as you travel (through time) from past to present. Coming out of the ride puts you, thematically, in the present and now we can enjoy areas like Pixar Place (where we’ve rethemed the Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Playground to A Bug’s Life and taken out the Backlot tour and replaced it with something from Carsland or the Monsters Inc. roller coaster through the door factory that my wife wants), the rumored Star Wars land (making Star Wars Weekends even better), a Marvel land (because, in my dream, Universal has given up its theme park rights) where the Streets of America and Lights, Motors, Action are now. The Animation Courtyard will still be a place to celebrate Disney Animation (and being able to meet the latest Disney characters) so that won’t change much and neither will the Muppets area (though let’s expand on it some).

Your turn. What, if any, changes would you make to Hollywood Studios?

Thoughts on the Justice League Franchise

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Rumors are spreading that DC will be announcing their superhero movie line up from 2016-2018 at Comic-Con this year and the potential schedule looks intense. I’m not convinced that this list of movies wasn’t “accidentally” leaked from Warner Bros. in order to gage audience reactions, but, because it’s still in the rumor category, that’s not what I want to focus on right now.

I was talking to a friend the other day about the Justice League franchise and a thought occurred to me. Even though I wish they would retcon their previous DC movies to bring Ryan Renyolds and Joseph Gordon Levitt into the Justice League, there is something that feels right about starting a Justice League franchise with Superman.

He was the first superhero. Everything we know about superheroes starts with him.

That said, because Supes was first, DC should not have let Marvel gain the momentum that it has. When you thought about superheroes prior to the MCU, you thought of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, then Spider-Man and Wolverine. Now, the first heroes that come to mind are Iron Man, Thor, Captain America then Batman.

Because of their history and the strength of their characters, they should’ve been first with the movie franchise, but because they got complacent with their success, DC is now playing catch up.

Has Disney Ruined Marvel?

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It’s interesting to take a step back and realize that Marvel has employed similar storytelling elements to Disney, but I don’t blame Disney for it. And I’m definitely not mad at them, they’re making great movies.

You don’t have to be 100% unique to tell a good story. You just have to use what’s available well.

Electronic Entertainment Expo

One of my goals in life is to attend an E3 convention (yes, I know it’s invite only but I can still dream).

As I’m enjoying my new Wii U (and Mario Kart 8), I was interested in seeing what Nintendo was going to bring to the table this year.

A new Zelda game will be nice and the Mario Maker sounds like fun,

but I am most excited for Super Smash Bros. and the Amiibos.

Is Nintendo cashing in on the success of Skylanders and Disney Infinity? Yes, but I love that the figures can interact with multiple games instead of just one.

I also liked seeing a trailer for the Ultimate Spider-Man playset in Disney Infinity 2.0.

I didn’t pay close attention to what Playstation and Microsoft announced this year because I’m not invested in them as much so tell me:

What was the most exciting thing that came out of E3 for you?