Heavyweights: A Terribly Underrated 90’s Film
I’m reluctant to co-sign such a critically mediocre film…
So Heavyweights of those movies that everyone remembers from when they were a child, but never really went back and rewatched to see if it was as great as remembered. Honestly, I had no desire to watch this film again — I saw an episode of the Mega64 podcast (I forget the specific episode) in which Rocco Botte described how great the Blu-ray of Heavyweights was. So me, being a firm believer of the Mega64 crew, purchased it, and holy shit did I soon find out how right Rocco was.
Dirty Disney: The Art Of Dillon Boy (NSFW)
James Dillon Wright a.k.a. Dillon Boy is an artist and designer who mashes urban aesthetics with pop culture using a mix of stencils, spraypaint, handstyles, and collage to give new life to familiar subjects.
Click through for a look at his “Dirty Disney” series. You’ll never watch a Disney flick the same way again.
This Movie was Illegally Filmed Inside of Walt Disney World and the Trailer is Effing Magical
Escape from Tomorrow is a bizarre fantasy horror film shot guerrilla style (i.e. without permits) at Walt Disney World. It blew minds at Sundance and will get a limited theater release and be available on Video-On-Demand October 11. Check out the trailer here.
Weekend To-Do List:
- Read: A lot of Top Shelf Comix. Top Shelf Comix sent me this big ol’ box of awesome comics to review. I wanna speed through them by Monday to incorporate the reviews in my Indie Comic Round-Up (which, by the way, thanks for all the great feedback!). I already read A Matter of Life by Jeffrey Brown, which I’ll be reviewing soon. Next up, I’m reading God Is Disappointed In You by Mark Russell, Heck by Zander Cannon, Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell, and The From Hell Companion by Eddie Campbell and Alan Moore. Big props to Top Shelf Comix for sending these solid titles over!
- Watch: The World’s End (again). I saw it last night and it is, by far, the best in the Cornetto trilogy. Really would love to see it again before the weekend is over.
- Listen: ILLFIGHTYOU. Some hood ass free hip-hop right here. Been really into them since their tape came out and I’ve been bumping this in the car since.
- Visit: Disney. Because I’ve had this year pass and I haven’t used it in the last two months! I need to cop me some new Pokemon plushies, on the real.
Have a good weekend!
Finding Nemo 2? Nah, Finding Dory
Disney posted a teaser image on their Facebook page with the words “Finding Dory,” on it, proving that the Finding Nemo sequel won’t be called Finding Nemo 2 (unless this is a spinoff, but I doubt it). Not much is known about Finding Dory as of yet, but we do know that Pixar is attached to the project and that the film is aiming for a 2015 release. As for Dory, it’s not yet confirmed if Ellen DeGeneres is reprising her role as the regal fish, but I think it’s a highly likely case. For now, “like,” the Finding Dory page on Facebook for Disney’s sake.
Check it: More Pixar on Albotas
Buy it: Finding Nemo Bluray
Capcom Announces DuckTales Remastered
Well I don’t think anyone really expected this. Today at PAX East, during their “World of Capcom,” panel, Capcom announced that WayForward Technologies are currently developing a DuckTales remaster of the original NES game, simply titled DuckTales Remastered.
The company showed off a trailer and told attendees of the panel more info on the game. The coolest aspect of the project is the fact that’s it not just an HD remake, but it’s being almost completely redone. The company says they’ve got WayForward Technologies hand-drawing every sprite used for the game, as well as Disney providing new and original voice talent, and WayForward creating updated music with their company’s composer, Jake Kaufman.
The game will be released for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and Wii U eshop for $15 all around. “We’re literally pouring our heart and soul into this title,” said Capcom’s Rey Jimenez. “It’s going to play just like you remember.”
Check the trailer here:
Check it: More Duck Tales on Albotas
Buy it: DuckTales Vol. 1 DVD
I Live in Weeaboo City, Florida
These photos are from a store located inside of Epcot’s World Showcase in the Japan pavilion. I snapped some photos tonight since I realize not everyone in the world gets a chance to go to Epcot, let alone Disney, as much as I do.
(I’ve got a year pass, and before you call me ‘lucky,’ realize that they cost $400 and I had to save up for a while to actually achieve it. Also, I’m not ‘lucky,’ for living next to Disney as Orlando is a terrible city.)
The store that sells these items is actually a real department store called Mitsukoshi. The store mainly exists on the east side of the world, with locations in Japan (where it originated from), Korea, Hong Kong, and China, with a few locations in Europe. The sole Mitsukoshi store that exists in all of North America is only at Disney’s Epcot in the Japan pavilion.
So it’s no wonder why so many weeaboos come to Epcot daily. And no, I don’t mean tourists who are interested in looking at Pocky all day, but I mean local/Floridian weeaboos. They really do exist there — I’ve seen them, and they come to Epcot pretty often.
There is a handful of kids who walk around the Japan pavilion and hang out there all day, spending tourist prices on Ramune and rocking their most stylish fedoras. Granted, I spend all day at Disney whenever I have the chance, but I also visit its three other parks, and I don’t choose to consume wasabi peas for dinner every chance I get to go. To each his own, I guess. Enjoy the photos of some of the merch located Mitsukoshi at Epcot, as well as a portion of my Saturday night.
Mickey Mouse Samurai Helmet
Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku explained that every spring in Japan, Japanese families with sons display miniature samurai armor for “Children’s Day.” It’s a Japanese tradition and it shows the want for sons to grow up and become strong. And I trust Ashcraft because he’s based in Japan.
On March 1, Disney is offering a “Disney Pure Silver Kabuto" (Kabuto is a samurai helmet) for ¥250,000 (US$2,680). And the helmet will have Mickey all over it, so that’s a huge plus for those wanting to spend that much money.
It’s still pretty cool.
Check it: Samurai on Albotas
Buy it: Samurai Helmet
THIS ONE TIME, AT MAGIC KINGDOM
Living in Orlando, Florida, you hear some ludicrous theme park stories from time to time. These include, but are definitely not limited to: wild sex acts on slow-boat rides in Disney, girls menstruating on roller coaster seats (it happens more than you’d think, really), tourists peeing on everything imaginable because they’re drunk and can’t find bathrooms at night – I’ve heard just about any crazy exploit you can possibly hear involving theme parks and crazies. And today, I heard a new story I’m going to share with you all, involving George Lucas riding the Jungle Cruise ride at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
Before I begin, let me just state that just because I’m explaining this story that I initially heard from a friend at a local comic book store, this could be somewhat falsified information that I was given. Either way, it’s pretty fucking hilarious and involves George Lucas getting his ass owned.
For those unfamiliar with the Jungle Cruise ride at Magic Kingdom, let me explain how it works. Folks (mostly old people who can’t handle boats that go more than 5 MPH) board a shitty riverboat that takes you through the major rivers of Asia, Africa, and South America. The ride’s pretty fucking old, so its ridden in 70’s animatronic snakes, tribal people, gators, and other animals you’d see in the scariest, mainly mosquito-infested places in the other continents. Except this is Disney, so every threatening animal is smiling or not moving because its 70s technology is broken.
Anyway, the people who drive the boats are called “skippers,” and they’re the ones who talk to you the entirety of the jungle cruise. They fake-steer the boat (it’s on a track and also Disney magic) down a river and point at certain animals and get the boat pumped up for what the fuck else is in Africa/Asia/South America.
The skips have certain lines they have to speak during specific parts of the ride, but older employees of the attraction occasionally adlib to entertain themselves, as well as riders, by adding their own wit and humor into the original script. Adlibbing is an especially a useful trait when the 30-something-year-old ride doesn’t work right and stops in place with all of its passengers looking at the skip for some comic relief, or an explanation of why they’re stuck in a goddamn a river in Africa surrounded by smiling alligators and tribal men who won’t stop dancing around a fire.
So one day, George Lucas goes onto this ride. Of course, the majority of the park guests (tourists) and team members (employees) know who he is, and that George Lucas is on a vacation in Orlando. If you’re the skipper on the boat George Lucas walks on, what would you say if your boat tour of the jungle suddenly broke down?
Well, apparently the friend I heard this story from knows the skip that was on that exact ride. The ride shut down during the tour George fucking Lucas was on. And when the ride shuts down, you kind of panic and you have to pretend like the boat was supposed to stop somewhere in the jungle for some odd reason, and it’s not because the ride is over 30 years old. So the guy starts telling jokes and the ride doesn’t start back up. He’s running out of ideas. Then he looks at George Lucas and goes, “So…who here worked on Howard the Duck?”
And George sat there, red-faced and angry and he mumbled a lot. And the ride started to move again.
Now mind you, I don’t actually know how genuine this story is, but it’s still a great one. And just imagining George Lucas sitting on a Disney ride, angry and ashamed of his past is kind of funny as well, considering the rich man is bathing in money from Star Wars, regardless of what an alien duck has to say.
Check it: More Star Wars on Albotas
Buy it: Howard the Duck DVD (Special Edition) | Star Wars Bluray Set
Limited Edition Mickey Mouse Moleskine Notebooks
These are a must for any Disney fan who’s always sketching or jotting down ideas. It even comes with drawing guide so you can draw your own Mickey! Only the 3.5” x 5.5” version is available at the moment. Get it for just $18.95 from the Moleskine store.
Pixar Animator Recaps the NFL Season By Drawing
Austin Madison, a Pixar animator and part time comic book cover artist, has decided to recap the entire NFL season by drawing clever sketches using each football team’s mascot and team name. There’s over 20 images he’s created in total, which you can find here at Comics Alliance.
Check it: More Pixar at Albotas
Buy it: 100 Collectible Pixar Postcards