Finding Dory Raises Questions

In excitement for watching “Finding Dory”, I watched “Finding Nemo” with my 8 month old son. After watching Crush and Squirt (sea turtles) talk with Marlin and Dory, I began to wonder if sea turtles really do swim in the East Australian Current.

I had the privilege to ask Dr. Stephen Dunbar, a professor at Loma Linda University School of Medicine department of earth and biological sciences, about this topic for an article piece called “Finding sea turtles: a green sea turtle’s view“. I found out, yes, there is such a thing as the EAC, although it’s not like a vacuum tunnel as portrayed in the movie. The current is moved by trade winds that occur in the Pacific westerly and easterly plus the Coriolis Effect due to earth’s rotation.

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Sadly, in reality, baby sea turtles don’t have a family to be with, instead they find their way back to the ocean by themselves. Baby sea turtles are immediately self-sufficient with no parental care and they don’t go with their siblings.

In the movie, the sea turtles are swimming together in hundreds, however, they do not do this in real life. They are individualistic creatures.

I also found out that turtles like Crush and Squirt are green sea turtles and they eat sea grass sometimes even injured lobsters, so Marlin and Dory were definitely lucky they didn’t eat them after they were injured by the jellies. Surprisingly enough, sea turtles can protect themselves from other preys by turning sideways and making themselves look bigger.

The most important question is…

Do sea turtles live to be 100 or 150 years old?

The answer is unknown because there is no possible way to find out.

So, go to Disneyland’s Turtle Talk with Crush and make sure you ask Crush questions about his sea life! It is just Toooootalllyyyyy Sweeeeeeet!

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Shop at Disney Stores and Make Money!

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I wanted to share this little secret with everyone about my shopping habits. I’m a sucker for the Disney Store (go figures, right?) well, I found a way to get money back from shopping there and take advantage of using my Disney Chase rewards card, which is free btw, get a 10% discount from the rewards card if it’s a purchase of over $50, plus the rewards money from every $100 spent, and get back 3% on top of that! How?

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I shop online using EBATES and I thought it was a scam or something, but I tried it out and I seriously did receive cash back. It comes in form of a check that is mailed to your address. If I were you, I’d definitely do this, it saves money when you shop at various stores, click here to register for EBATES to start earning some cash back from your shopping. I also think that if you have a credit card that gives back a certain percentage you will benefit from this as well too!

I’ve used this for other stores to like Groupon which already gives you a discount and on eBay too. Every little bit of money counts especially when it’s going towards a Disney vacation!!! HAHA! Anyways, I’d just thought I’d share this information. Thanks.

“Saving Mr. Banks” Film vs. History Review *SPOILER ALERT!*

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My friends told me that Saving Mr. Banks is about Walt Disney, however, I found myself intrigued with Mrs. Travers the author of Mary Poppins instead. I know, I know, for shame– You’re a Disney fan! I just couldn’t help but want the film to go back to the scenes regarding her childhood life to figure out why she was so bitter and cynical to Disney and the employees.

If you watched the movie– you probably had some questions like I did, I stumbled upon an amazing site, http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/saving-mr-banks.php, that put together these questions and answers really well. I have copied and pasted their article below for your convenience– but definitely check their site out for more info.

Who is “Mr. Banks”?

Mr. Banks is the patriarch of the London family that Mary Poppins helps in the book and movie. Author P.L. Travers based the Mr. Banks character in part on her own father, Travers Goff, portrayed by Colin Farrell in the film Saving Mr. Banks.

Did Walt Disney really promise his children he’d turn P.L. Travers book Mary Poppins into a movie?

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Walt had assured his daughters (pictured above) that their beloved Mary Poppins would unleash her magic on the big screen.

Yes. Our research into the Saving Mr. Banks true story confirmed that Walt Disney indeed promised his daughters (pictured right) that he’d turn their favorite book, Mary Poppins, into a movie. He had no idea that it would take twenty years to do it.

How long did it take Walt Disney and his team to convince author P.L. Travers to let them turn her book into a movie?

After nearly twenty years of courting P.L. Travers via letters and phone calls, she finally gave in to Walt Disney’s pleas. Upon her arrival in California, it took two weeks for Walt Disney and his team to convince author Pamela Lyndon Travers to allow them to turn her beloved book Mary Poppins into a movie. Similar to what is seen in Saving Mr. Banks, her 1961 visit proved grueling for Disney and his team. “I find myself getting angry when I relive it,” says songwriter Richard Sherman, actor Jason Schwartzman’s real life counterpart, “My stomach tightens when I talk about it.” -SFGate.com

Did Ralph the limo driver (portrayed by Paul Giamatti) actually exist?

Producer Ian Collie revealed that Ralph (Paul Giamatti) is an amalgamation of several of P.L.’s drivers. Actor Paul Giamatti says that the character was included in the film because the screenwriter and the producers wanted someone who P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) could warm up to. -Glamour.com

What made author P.L. Travers change her mind about letting Walt turn her book into a movie?

As explained in the Saving Mr. Banks movie, the royalties from her book were dwindling and her lawyer encouraged her to allow Disney to adapt the book for the screen. She agreed and was given a $100,000 advance, in addition to being guaranteed five percent of the film’s royalties, which resulted in her becoming a multi-millionaire. She was also given the chance to personally approve the script. -DailyMail.co.uk

The real P.L. Travers had never been a fan of Walt Disney. In her review of Disney’s first full-length animated feature film, 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, she wrote, “Oh, he’s clever, this Disney! … The very pith of his secret is the enlargement of the animal world and a corresponding deflation of all human values. There is a profound cynicism at the root of his, as of all, sentimentality.” -The Secret Life of Mary Poppins

Did the real P.L. Travers not want animation in the movie version of her book?

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Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews in one of several Mary Poppins scenes that incorporated animation.

Yes. In the movie, P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) wonders aloud as to how Mr. Disney plans to train penguins to dance for the screen version of Mary Poppins. Upon learning that the penguins featured in the live-action film will be incorporated using animation, she sternly objects, “No animation.” The real P.L. Travers was indeed against the use of animation in Mary Poppins. Upset that the character of Mary in the movie’s script was too pretty and lacked the harsher aspects of her character from the book, she was equally appalled at the animated scenes, which she considered Disney fluff that detracted from the more serious tone of her story.

If Travers had script approval, how did the animation end up in the Mary Poppins film?

Whether it was trickery by Walt Disney or simply a lack of knowledge on Travers’s part, the terms of their agreement gave Pamela Lyndon Travers script approval but not film editing rights. Travers had approved the script figuring that she could decide what stayed in the film. “When do we start cutting it?” Travers asked Walt after screening the movie. Disney explained to her that she only had script approval but not film editing rights. Knowing that his version would surely win over audiences, he refused to make the changes Travers wanted. This infuriated the author. -MentalFloss.com

What is P.L. Travers full name?

The Saving Mr. Banks true story reveals that Pamela Lyndon Travers (P. L. Travers) was born Helen Lyndon Goff (known to her family as Lyndon) in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia on August 9, 1899. At the age of seventeen, she was performing on stage in Australia and New Zealand with a Shakespearean touring company. It was around that time that she adopted the stage name Pamela Lyndon Travers. The last name Travers was the first name of her father, Travers Goff, a bank employee who died of influenza when she was a child. The name Pamela was popular at the time and was her own invention.

Using her first and middle initials as a writer was not uncommon at the time in Britain, especially for women who wanted their work to be appreciated from a gender-neutral standpoint. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling (Joanne Kathleen Rowling), an admirer of Travers, carried on her tradition by doing the same thing. However, it should be noted that Rowling was not given a middle name at birth. The ‘K’ comes from her grandmother’s name ‘Kathleen’ and was suggested by the publisher out of fear that potential readers would be less receptive to a wizarding story penned by a woman.

Was P.L. Travers’s father really an alcoholic bank employee?

Yes. P.L. Travers’s father, Travers Robert Goff (portrayed by Colin Farrell in the movie), was a heavy drinker. As noted by biographer Valerie Lawson in her book Mary Poppins, She Wrote (available in the right column), Travers Goff was a bank manager before being demoted to a bank clerk, dying of influenza in his early forties and leaving his family destitute. P.L. Travers was only seven at the time of her father’s death. -Telegraph

What happened to P.L. Travers family after her father died?

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A young P.L. Travers (Annie Buckley) in the Saving Mr. Banks movie (left) and in real life (right) circa 1906.

P.L. Travers’s mother, born Margaret Morehead (portrayed by Ruth Wilson in the Saving Mr. Banks movie), hailed from an affluent sugar refining dynasty. However, Margaret had lost most of her inheritance when the Queensland National Bank was discovered insolvent. Margaret and her three daughters left their large Queensland, Australia home, where they had servants and a horse-drawn carriage, for a tin-roofed shack where they relied on the charity of various aunts. -DailyMail.co.uk

Did P.L. Travers’s mother really contemplate suicide after Travers’s father’s death?

Yes. Following the death of P.L. Travers’s father from influenza when she was seven, her mother, stricken with grief, informed her that she was going to drown herself in a nearby lake, telling her daughter to look after her two younger sisters, Moya and Biddy. Margaret Goff’s suicide attempt was unsuccessful and she returned home, but the event left a permanent scar on young P.L. (then known as Lyndon).

Was Mary Poppins really based on P.L. Travers’s great aunt?

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Mary Poppins (left), as seen on the book’s original cover, was partially inspired by Travers’s Great Aunt Ellie.

Yes. Mary Poppins herself was at least partially inspired by Helen Morehead, a maid and great aunt who had come to stay with P.L. Travers and her two sisters after her mother’s suicide attempt. Referred to as Aunt Ellie, she was a reliable relative who brought order and discipline to the household. Much like Mary Poppins in the books, she was also formidable, bossy and stern. In addition, she carried with her a parrot umbrella. -The Secret Life of Mary Poppins

Did P.L. Travers base Mr. and Mrs. Banks from the Mary Poppins story on her own parents?

Pamela Lyndon Travers always claimed that her difficult upbringing had little influence on the story. “I don’t know that it’s based on my personal life,” said Travers in 1977. “I think Mr. Banks is a little bit like my father, and Mrs. Banks in her most flustered is perhaps a little bit like my mother; but really, I don’t think it’s based on my childhood.” -The Secret Life of Mary Poppins

Travers was well-known for being extremely secretive about both her life and her inspirations for her book Mary Poppins, often re-imagining her past as something that it never was. Travers once wrote, “If you are looking for autobiographical facts. Mary Poppins is the story of my life.” As more was learned about her past, it became clear that her statement was far from the truth. -Telegraph.co.uk

Was P.L. Travers really as difficult as the movie implies?

Yes. As author Valerie Lawson indicates in her book Mary Poppins, She Wrote, the real P.L. Travers fruitlessly tried to protect her creation from being corrupted by the influences of Walt Disney and pop culture. Lawson explains that the Mary Poppins character in Travers’s books “was tart and sharp, rude, plain and vain.” She demonstrates characteristics that are more similar to P.L. Travers than to Julie Andrews.

During our investigation into the Saving Mr. Banks true story, we discovered that some of the things that Travers objected to with regard to the Mary Poppins movie included the animated horse and pig; the song “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”; the notion that Mary Poppins would have a romance with a mere chimneysweep; turning Mrs. Banks into a suffragette; naming Mrs. Banks Cynthia instead of Winifred (Travers won that battle); the grandness of the Banks house; certain American words and phrases; and the casting of Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews (she felt Andrews was too pretty compared to the plain, short and thin lady in the book). -MentalFloss.com

Was “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” the song that won over Poppins author P.L. Travers?

No. In the Saving Mr. Banks movie, P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) begins tapping her toes when she first hears “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.” However, according to Poppins songwriter Richard M. Sherman (portrayed by Jason Schwartzman in the film), “Free the Birds” was actually the song that broke her. -SFGate.com

Did actor Jason Schwartzman really perform the songs in the movie?

Yes. Actor Jason Schwartzman, who portrays songwriter Richard Sherman in the Saving Mr. Banks movie, is really singing songs like “Feed the Birds” in the film and he is actually the one playing the piano too. “Jason and I did a lot of talking,” the real Richard Sherman says. “He listened and watched me play. He’s a musician himself, a drummer, but he plays the piano a little – more in a jazz style.” -SFGate.com

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Robert (B.J. Novack) and Richard Sherman (Jason Schwartzman) composing in the movie (left). The real Sherman Brothers, Robert (standing) and Richard (sitting), working on a song together at Disney (right).

Why does Robert Sherman (B.J. Novak) walk with a limp in the movie?

In the movie, Pamela Travers (Emma Thompson) makes a snide remark after learning that Robert Sherman (B.J. Novak) had been shot in the leg. “It’s hardly surprising,” she says. According to the real Robert Sherman’s obituary, his limp was the result of being shot in the knee while charging a hill during World War II, for which he was awarded a Purple Heart. At only nineteen years of age, he had also taken part in the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp.

Did Travers really dislike the songs used in the film?

Yes. “She hated everything,” says songwriter Richard Sherman. Like in the movie, the real P.L. Travers insisted that they not make up words, including having the chimney sweep Bert (portrayed by Dick Van Dyke in the 1964 Mary Poppins film) rhyming “responstable” with “constable.” -Variety.com

What other Disney songs were the Sherman Brothers responsible for?

In addition to all of the Mary Poppins songs, including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and the Oscar-winning “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” songwriting brothers Robert and Richard Sherman also wrote “Trust in Me” from The Jungle Book; “The Age of Not Believing” from Bedknobs & Broomsticks; “Winnie the Pooh”; and the most well-known of them all, “It’s a Small World,” the Disneyland theme song. “I’ve been in India, I’ve been in Brussels, all over the world, people know that song,” says the real Richard Sherman. “I think (people) want to either kiss us or kill us for having written “It’s a Small World.” -Variety.com

Was P.L. Travers really not invited to the Mary Poppins premiere?

P.L. Travers (right) with Walt Disney and Julie Andrews, who Travers believed was too pretty to be Mary Poppins.
P.L. Travers (right) with Walt Disney and Julie Andrews, who Travers believed was too pretty to be Mary Poppins.

Yes. Although she did show up and attend (crying in anger and frustration by the end), P.L. Travers was never formally invited to the 1964 Mary Poppins premiere. After repeatedly contacting the studio during the production to voice her objections and to attack the movie’s director and producers, Disney decided it was best that she wasn’t at the premiere. -DailyMail.co.uk

Did Travers continue insisting that the animated sequences be cut, even at the film’s premiere?

Yes. After seeing the film on the night of the premiere, a distraught Travers went up to Walt Disney and demanded that the animation be cut from the film. “Pamela, that ship has sailed,” Disney replied before walking away. Pamela Travers’s feud with Walt Disney would continue up to and beyond her death, prohibiting Disney from adapting any more of her books and vigorously protecting the stage rights to Mary Poppins (she would eventually turn the rights over to British theater producer Cameron Mackintosh in 1993).

Did the real P.L. Travers weep at the Mary Poppins movie premiere?

Yes. Travers’s disapproval and anger over the inclusion of partially animated scenes in the film caused her to weep by the end of the 1964 Hollywood movie premiere of Mary Poppins (Telegraph.co.uk). In a letter to her lawyer, Travers described her horror over what she had seen at the premiere, “As chalk is to cheese, so is the film to the book. Tears ran down my cheeks because it was all so distorted. I was so shocked I felt that I would never write—let alone smile—again!” (The Secret Life of Mary Poppins)

In a rare 1977 interview, P.L. Travers commented on the legacy of the film, “I’ve seen it once or twice, and I’ve learned to live with it. It’s glamorous and it’s a good film on its own level, but I don’t think it is very like my books.” -The Secret Life of Mary Poppins

I heard that P.L. Travers ruined the lives of two boys. Is that true?

Though it was not shown in the film, author P.L. Travers did not weave similar magical tales when it came to her personal life. In 1940, she became aware of a destitute family that she knew in Ireland who were looking for someone to adopt their infant identical twins. The children had been born to an irresponsible father and an inept mother, and were in the care of their grandparents who were having trouble coping with the responsibility of raising four children. They arranged for a family friend from London, Pamela Lyndon Travers, to adopt both of the infant twins, at least that was their understanding. Travers was approaching her 40th birthday and had given up hope on finding a lasting relationship that might produce biological children. She was attracted to the literary lineage of the twins.

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Trying to choose between two identical twins, P.L. Travers selected her adopted son Camillus based on advice from her astrologer. She refused to take them both.

The twins were the grandchildren of Joseph Hone, an Irish writer and the biographer of poet W.B. Yeats, Travers’s idol whom she knew personally. Upon her arrival in Ireland, Travers chose to adopt only Camillus Hone, but not his twin brother Anthony, subsequently splitting up the pair. She based which one to choose on the advice of her astrologer, who had advised her to select the first-born boy. While Camillus Hone (pictured at right with Travers in the 1940s) was whisk off to a life of wealth and privilege in London, his brother Anthony was left to be cared for by neglectful relatives. “Pamela Travers saw herself as Mary Poppins and thought she could play Poppins with poor little Camillus,” says the boys’ oldest brother, Joseph Hone. “I don’t think Travers was fit to bring up children.” Appalled by her new son crying at night, at one point Travers considered sending the infant to a babies home in Tunbridge Wells. She eventually got along better with the child, but still shipped him off to boarding school while she continued to focus on her career. -Telegraph.co.uk

The twins reunited at age seventeen when Tony showed up unannounced on P.L. Travers’s doorstep to meet his brother Camillus. Travers had previously told Camillus that he was her own and that his father had died of an accident in the colonies where he was a wealthy sugar magnate. The two brothers had little in common other than a fondness for alcohol and would only see each other occasionally in the years that followed. Camillus eventually developed a drinking problem and spent six months in prison after being arrested for driving drunk without a license. His twin brother Anthony would also develop an alcohol problem, which would cost him his family and his career in public relations. Prior to Anthony’s death, his ex-wife Frances would tend to his basic needs as she listened to him “moaning” about his brother’s good fortune. -DailyMail.co.uk

Ironically, Camillus’s widow, also named Frances, says that he had been left “disappointed and sad” after being made aware that he had been plucked from his natural family. “He would have liked to belong to them because they were artistic and interesting, and as he grew up he didn’t have any brothers, sisters or aunts and uncles, or a Daddy — only her.” -DailyMail.co.uk

Did P.L. Travers stipulate in her will that Mary Poppins not be touched by Disney again?

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P.L. Travers, who lived to be 96, is pictured in the years prior to her death in 1996.

For the most part, yes. According to the Saving Mr. Banks true story, in her last will and testament Pamela Lyndon Travers stipulated that if a stage musical was to be made, that no one from the original film production was to be involved. This included the Sherman Brothers, the songwriting team behind the Poppins classics. She also stipulated that only English-born writers could be used, no Americans. -MentalFloss.com

I heard that Travers’s publisher was the son of Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie?

This is true. P.L. Travers’s connection to Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie wasn’t only reflected in the similarities between Mary Poppins and Barrie’s high-flying Pan. Travers’s publisher was Peter Davies, the adopted son of J.M. Barrie and the inspiration for Peter Pan (Davies later committed suicide partially as the result of his lifelong association with the Pan character).

WONDERFUL WORK HISTORY VS HOLLYWOOD IN COMPILING OUR QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS TOGETHER! THANKS.

After a recent question on our Facebook page, MDC fans gave Saving Mr. Banks…

mickeyratingscale5-5“Why” You might ask? For me, Emma Thompson (actor playing P.L. Travers) did a phenomenal job in recreating a prude woman, her actions and comments were funny when it comes to being anti-Disney. When she walks in her hotel room she sees all these Disney gifts and tons of Mickey, Goofy, and Pluto plushy, for Disney fans that’s heaven– but we do have friends who think, “my goodness! Your Disney addiction is overwhelming” and that is the exact attitude Emma Thompson knows how to portray with her character.

Even though the film captured how Disney was at the time, Tom Hanks as Walt Disney.. I found it very difficult to see Walt Disney aesthetically and I even squinted a couple of times trying to picture Walt Disney instead but only saw Tom Hanks. For a second, when Tom Hanks sat on the bench, I thought I saw Forrest Gump! *shakes head* Tom Hanks is Forrest Gump.. “no, no no”…Tom Hanks is Walt Disney, Tom Hanks is Walt Disney.. nope can’t see it…

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Feral Cats Members at Night

MDC Fan Question: Is it true Disneyland has feral cats?

The answer is ..Yes! There is an estimated of 200 feral cats living at Disneyland. Disney employed these feral cats way back in 1955, while doing renovation of the Sleeping Beauty castle, Disney employees found 100 cats living in the unused portion, and instead of getting rid of them, they decided to make them employees to help keep the rodents out.

“We are not trying to get rid of them,” said Gina Mayberry, manager of Disneyland’s Circle D ranch, where the park’s animals are housed. “They keep the rodent population down.”

The animal care staff at the park took it upon themselves to initiate what they call Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), with the help of local organization including Best Friends Catnippers and FixNation, Disneyland developed a protocol for the humane care of the resort’s cats.

“What we do is trap the cats, get them spayed or neutered and make sure they get a wellness check and release them back into the population,” says Mayberry. Although Disneyland doesn’t monitor the total number of cats, she says the program has been quite successful at adopting out kittens and “maintaining a balance” between cat population and the Disneyland environment.

Feral cat living at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Disney California Adventure

After the cats are neutered and returned to the park grounds, they receive continuing managed care including regular shots, a place to stay, and good food.

During the day, the cats reside in five permanent feeding stations hidden amongst the two parks, one is said to be on the lower deck of the Hungry Bear restaurant.

At night, they prowl around and stalk the rodents.

Wreck-It Ralph Things You Didn’t Know

 

Wreck-It Ralph is a movie by Walt Disney Animation Studios that came out in US Theaters on November 2, 2012. Here are some things you might not have known about Wreck-It Ralph collected by Germain Lussier.

1. Wreck-It Ralph has 188 unique, individual characters, more than any Disney movie in history. Normal Disney films have between 40 and 60.

2. The film has 70 unique settings while the usual Disney film has about 25.

3. Unlike most animated films, the principal actors regularly recorded audio sessions together in the same room, a situation which led to a lot of improv.

4. For the first two months of story development on the film, Fix It Felix Jr. (McBrayer) was the main character. Moore soon realized his nemesis, Ralph, had a better arc.

5. The story initially took about nine months to break down, but wasn’t actually locked until early this summer.

6. In the Disney Animation Studios, there’s a race track graphic on the wall with each department’s completion percentage racing around the track.

  • Layout 100%
  • Animation 87% (actually, in another room the number was up to 92%. It’ll be done this week.)
  • Tech Animation 76%
  • FX 61%
  • Okay to Light 62%
  • Lighting 44%
  •  Stereo 19%

7. Very early on, they considered making Ralph look 8-bit the entire time, but it was deemed he wouldn’t be lovable enough. The design of Ralph began as an animal dressed as a bum, evolved into a big white gorilla (above) and only became human about six iterations in.

8. Each world in the film is associated with a particular shape and set of physics:

  • Fix It Felix Jr. is built with square shapes and the physics are jerky.
  • Game Central Station has long, majestic tower shapes.
  • Hero’s Duty is built almost exclusively with triangle shapes and the physics are super realistic.
  • Sugar Rush is composed of circles and its physics are described as cartoonish.

9. In the film, the color acid green is associated with evil.

10. Before Wreck-It Ralph, Disney had unsuccessfully been developing two video game films: High Score and Joe Jump. Moore ignored both of them.

11. During production, the animators and director would watch dailies 3-5 hours per day and animators are expected to turn in about 80 frames per week.

12. The film opens with an 8-bit Walt Disney Animation Studios logo.

13. Fix It Felix Jr. is primarily influenced by Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bros., but there’s some Rampage in there too.

14. The world inside the game is called NiceLand and its inhabitants are referred to as Nicelanders.

15. For the animators, the Nicelanders were the hardest thing to animate because they don’t have a fluid motion. They move very jittery and blocky, in an 8-bit fashion. They had to “remove their classic Disney brains” and throw physics out the window to get the movements just right.

16. A Nicelander that looked like John Lasseter was designed but didn’t make the final movie.

17. Though Ralph is from the same world, he only has 8-bit movements when he’s very angry. The thought was after 30 years of apathy, he’s just sort of given up on his lot in life.

18. The outfits of the Nicelanders were heavily influenced by the 2011 Royal Wedding, which was going on as they were being designed.

19. Hero’s Duty was influenced by a ton of modern video games, most notably Halo, Call of Duty and the Gears of War series.

20. Besides playing a lot of video games for research, the animators went to a San Diego Chargers game to see how big, heavy men move around and interact.

21. Hero’s Duty is the newest, most advanced game in the film’s arcade. Early sketches had the cost being $9 per game, but in the movie it’s down to $2. It’s a stand up shooter like Time Crisis.

22. Visual Development Artist Cory Loftis was largely responsible for the look for the game, and designed most of its look using triangular shapes. He and the other designers were also influenced by architects such as Daniel Libeskind.

23. In the world of the game, the bad guys become what they eat so if you they take your gun, they become a gun.

24. Also inside the game, the player is represented as a clumsy robot with a huge flatscreen on it, showing a window into the arcade. This is how the first person interaction works. This was also designed by Loftis, who was hired out of the video game world based on his blog.

25. During development, Microsoft revealed their Kinect controller, and producers worried it would change video games forever. Disney briefly considered changing Hero’s Duty into a movement-based game.

26. The Sugar Rush machine itself is a 2 player sit down racing game in the vein of Outrun or Crusin’ USA.

27. About half the film takes place in Sugar Rush, simply because Vanellope can’t leave. She’s a glitch in the game and is unable to travel around like Ralph.

28. The biggest game influences in Sugar Rush were Mario Kart, obviously, and Super Mario Galaxy, less obviously. Also, the whimsical Disney movies of old played a role.

29. Researching the look of the world took the team to all kinds of candy factories, car factories, candy conventions, festivals and more.

30. A big component in the design was the work of noted food photographers, who explained how to make food look good. Everything in Sugar Rush had to look edible and delicious.

31. For the lighting team, making the food and world look delicious was the most difficult thing to do in the entire movie. In contrast, Hero’s Duty was easy because computer software is supposed to make things look slick and glossy.

32. Vanellope lives in Diet Coke mountain which has stalactites made of Mentos that fall into the liquid below and create explosions.

33. Visual Development Artist Lorelay Bove is one of the main people responsible for the candy world of Sugar Rush and much of the inspiration for the world came from a trip to Barcelona and the modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudí.

34. All of the cars in the games are based on and made of different sweets: rocket pops, Reese’s cups, tiramisu, lollypops, etc. Because of that, each car was treated as its own character by the design team, with different physics and movements.

35. The drivers of all of these cars were heavily influenced by Japanese Harajuku girls. Inside Sugar Rush, they’re policed by a pair of donuts named Duncan and Winchell.

36. There was a candy corn maze scene that got cut during production.

37. Artist Brittney Lee made actual diaoramas out of candy to give an idea of what Sugar Rush might look like. They’re sitting in the animation studios.

38. Vanellope’s wardrobe, like everything else in Sugar Rush, is made of all kinds of candy. Her skirt is a Reese’s cup wrapper, her shoes are black licorice, and she has a red licorice hairband.

39. Besides Sugar Rush and Hero’s Duty, Ralph was going to go into a game called Extreme Easy Living 2, basically Grand Theft Auto meets The Sims. It was cut early on but could resurface in a sequel.

40. Expect a new catch phrase to come out of the film: “Top shelf.”

41. The video game cameos are a big part of Wreck-It Ralph, but only make up about 20% of the video game characters in the movie. They were initially voted on by committee as Disney employees would write their favorites on a large bulletin board. Once a company licensed their character to Disney, they had input on the look, sound, and size of their character.

42. In the film, Game Central Station is the power strip that connects all the games at Litwak’s Family Center. Characters ride trains through the power cords and into other games.

43. There are online games being developed for Fix It Felix Jr. (which is already online), Sugar Rush, and Hero’s Duty. Also, Activision is making a console game that will blend all three titles.

44. Inside the Animation Studio, there’s an arcade section with about 7 games rotating – currently, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Q-Bert and Tempest, sit along with a catch-all arcade classic machine and, of course, Fix It Felix Jr.

I think this movie is great because it holds a lot of meaning to it, which is finding your place and choosing your own path. I enjoyed the movie, but had also hoped there would’ve been more characters or game visits. If you’ve seen it are there any more things you spotted? Easter eggs perhaps?

The Pooch from Pirate’s of Caribbean

Yo ho yo ho a pirate’s life for me…

That’s what I think when I’m sailing in the dangerous tides on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. The famous scene of the dog carrying the prison’s key in his mouth comes around the corner.

Who’s he belong to? The owner of this loyal dog is Captain Edward Teague, and when Jack Sparrow was younger one of his chores was to feed the dog! Imagine that!

Not sure how he got to Port Royal, but he was employed to hold the key at Fort Charles prison. It was ultimately Pintel, a member of the pirate crew on the Black Pearl, who got the dog to leave his post and also nicknamed the dog “Poochie”.

This lovable dog is usually referred to only as the “dog with the keys”.  The dog was taken by the Pelegostos (a tribe of cannibals native to Isle de Pelegostos) where the customary was to eat their chief to release the divine spirit, however, he ends up at the Brethren Court at Shipwreck Cove and provides Captain Teague with the key to the Pirata Codex.
How’d he escape his fate from the Pelegostos? Why, with the help of sea turtles, of course.

Frankenweenie’s 13 Electrifying Facts

Frankenweenie’s 13 Electrifying Facts

1. Frankenweenie is a remake of a Tim Burton’s 1984 short film also called Frankenweenie, both films are a parody and pay homage to Frankenstein

2. Tim Burton borrowed the design of the character Family Dog for Sparky and if you haven’t guessed already, he’s a playful bull terrier. 

 3. The sound stages were then divided into 30 separate areas to deal with the handcrafted, frame-by-frame style of filmmaking. Compared to other stop-motion animation sets, Frankenweenie‘s set is much larger.

4. There was around 200 separate puppets used, and about 18 different versions of Victor. Young Victor Frankenstien is voiced by Charlie Tahan.

5. Burton’s Frankenweenie pays tribute to his beloved dog.

“That was the impulse for the whole thing, remembering the dog,” says Burton. “It’s like your first love. It’s the first time you experience those kinds of feelings. With the right pet, it’s all very pure.”

6. Did you know there is a Nightmare Before Christmas record in Victor’s attic workshop a little easter egg for you.


7. In a local newspaper that has mentions of Edward Scissorhands (“Man With Scissorhands Wins International Topiary Contest”), Willy Wonka and Big Fish.

8. The film is very personal to Tim Burton and was based on his own life even the supporting characters were mixtures of people that he had met, like in the movie, Burton’s father was a baseball coach trying to get his son to play on the Little League team.

9. Within the first seconds of the movie the iconic Disney castle logo/intro turns into to a dark place.

10. I think it is rather creepy but the puppets have real human hair!

11. Edgar is voiced by Atticus Shaffer and he is a play on Frankenstein’s “Igor”

Frankenstein’s “Igor” is the hunchback lab

assistant in the Frankenstein series.

12. Weird Girl is an “unique” girl, one of Victor’s classmates, who is obsessed with the psychic predictions of her cat, Mr. Whiskers she is voiced by Catherine O’Hara, who worked with Tim Burton in Beetlejuice as the second wife Delia, and she was also the voice of Sally in The Nightmare Before Christmas

13. Elsa is Victor’s neighbor she is voiced by Winona Ryder. Ryder worked with Tim Burton in Beetlejuice as Lydia Deetz,  the goth teenager and also worked with him in Edward Scissorhands as Boggs’ teenage daughter, Kim whom Edward falls in love with.