Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Inside The Mouse Castle 09-23-2014 - 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,' 'Disney Infinity 2.0' and 'Star Wars Rebels'

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
It's a glorious day to be a nerd with the premiere of season two of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the launch of version two of Disney Infinity. Anthony and I riff on binge watching season one of AoS and where we think season two is headed, and then I gush over how gaming with Marvel super heroes is the BEST THING EVER!

We also cover a few other things in this edition of Inside The Mouse Castle:
  • Guardians of the Galaxy has finally lost steam at the box office, but it still keeps rolling along in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, becoming the fourth highest-grossing Marvel film ever.
  • Walt Disney Studios' holiday release Into the Woods caused a stir when it (supposedly) started giving the characters from the Broadway musical Disney names like Prince Charming, Flynn Ryder and Lady Tremaine. And then suddenly the names changed back again. Was it a mistake or just a trial balloon gone bad?
  • On Saturday, the Backlot Tour at Disney's Hollywood Studios will close forever. That same day, the Finding Nemo Subs will return to Disneyland, but for how long? Anthony and I speculate on the future of both these areas.
  • Shanghai Disneyland doesn't open until the end of 2015 and already Walt Disney Imagineering is getting awards for it. The 3-dimensional design of the new park's Enchanted Storybook Castle was honored by the American Institute of Architects. One look at the concept art tells you why:
Shanghai Disneyland's Enchanted Storybook Castle
Shanghai Disneyland's Enchanted Storybook Castle
  • Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion is the hour-long movie leading up to the Star Wars Rebels series on Disney Channel and Disney XD. Here's a sneak peek:

  • The theatrical version of The Lion King has reached a worldwide gross of $6.2 billion since its 1997 Broadway debut. It has surpassed The Phantom of the Opera as the highest-grossing theatrical production ever. 
  • Songwriter/musician Danny Elfman, who has had a very successful working relationship with filmmaker Tim Burton, will perform in a series of concerts in Los Angeles and Anaheim on Halloween weekend. As good as they'll be, I doubt they'll top Elfman's delightful recitation from The Nightmare Before Christmas:

And I'll throw in this one last video from our friends at the Laughing Place just because:

Don't forget to do a shot.


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