Sunday, August 20, 2017

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Dunkirk Short Reviews



I saw in theatre the “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" of Luc Besson two weeks ago. And personally i loved it enormously. But I also understood why those who hated it hated it. Visually the film is incredible. It is in fact a very "Neptunian" film where imagination "has taken the power" and we have to let ourselves flow into the film and accept that the story - that some find difficult to follow but which is nevertheless clear if one follows the movie - is not "square" as it can be in American blockbusters where the good ones and villains and the stakes are clearly identified every second, but in a fairly primary way. Unfortunately, as today's public has become accustomed to this, when they have a film where they really have to "follow" and not be dispersed to understand what's going on, he's probably tend to get lost in this type of film. Someone in the comments here said that it was “a beautiful mess”. It is beautiful indeed but it’s not a mess, or at least it was not for me.

Two things, however, prevent the film from being perfect, and it is not the two main actors ( the girl is actually quite close to the Laureline's character in the graphic novel from which the film is inspired), though i find both of them a bit “young” in age, i think that actors five years older would have been better for the characters. But it's the "bad guy" who is not bad enough - Besson or the actor seems to have forgotten the famous Hitchcockian principle saying that better is the villain, better is the movie “. Also, the last twenty minutes of the film don’t work that well. Because, whatever those who did not like it said about the story, the film has a story and it must be finished. As a result, the film becomes more "rational" in its filming and this breaks the "Neptunian” charm of it, but Besson did not have the choice. Even if the film is not as perfectly structured as the films of James Cameron, in the direction of whom Besson obviously glances, I think, for example, that James Cameron will love the film despite its imperfections. On the visual level the film is a real treat, Rihanna does a fun cameo, and you will be blown away by the visuals but one should not see it a day when he is too rational.




I Also watched in theatre "Dunkirk" of Christopher Nolan and i liked it too. It's a much different story of course as it tells the story of the needed evacuation of thousands of British soldiers surrounded at the start of World War II by the German army on a beach near Dunkerque in the North of France. In this case, Nolan has chosen to have a minimum of dialogue as he wanted to have the audience experience "physically" what have lived these soldiers stuck on the beach. Although the film has excellent actors like Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy and the excellent Mark Rylance as well as a good music by Hans Zimmer i wouldn't say that Nolan totally succeeded in what he wanted to do. But it's a good movie so i would recommend it too, and the actions scenes are extremely well filmed.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" Book Summer Special Offer - Last Copies !



Folks, i'm sorry to say that Neverland Editions my company publishing the great Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" book ( De L'Esquisse à la Création en français ) will stop early September and this Summer special offer for the DLP book is a last chance for you to get this gorgeous 320 pages book at the best price ever! You'll hardly find a better gift for a Disneyland Paris fan so don't miss it as it is the last copies of the book which will not be reprinted!

ENGLISH EDITION : The Special Offer for the English updated edition is at 60€ / $70 ( instead of 85€ ) and shipping worldwide is 22€ ( $26 ).  Shipping takes 3-4 days for France, 10-15 days to European countries, 2 to 3 weeks for countries outside Europe. Sorry for what may seem a high shipping cost but the package with the book is heavy ( 2,5 Kgs ) and the French post office also increased its prices. We also ship the books in the best box you've ever seen for a book to make sure they arrive in good condition, and this has a cost.

Usually the Special Offer includes a great additional surprise gift, but this new special offer will include TWO great surprise gifts ( and believe me, you'll be VERY happy to get them! )!

Special note to buyers with a shipping address in Italy or Belgium : For shipments to Belgium or Italy, the shipping cost is 29 €.

You can pay with Paypal by sending the full amount - including shipping - by Paypal to: neverlandeditions@gmail.com or you can use the Paypal buttons below. ( make sure to choose the right button for the rich edition ). Thanks to confirm me by email or in your Paypal payment which edition you want ( english or french ). Also note that the Paypal button includes an additional discount for those who want to order 2 or 3 copies instead of one.

If you do NOT have a Paypal account you can pay by credit card, or bank transfer, just send me an email about it at: neverlandeditions@gmail.com and i will let you know how to do.

To place your order please send an email to: neverlandeditions@gmail.com Please let me know in your email if you want the english or french edition!


Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality Book ENGLISH Edition

VERSION FRANCAISE:  Je suis navré d'annoncer que Neverland Editions cessera son activité début Septembre et cette offre spéciale d'été est sans doute votre dernière chance de pouvoir acquérir le fantastique Disneyland Paris de l'Esquisse à la Création au meilleur prix.
Il ne reste que dix exemplaires de cette édition collector française et chaque exemplaire est maintenant au prix de 130€ + 22 € de frais d'envois ( 29€ pour la Belgique et l'Italie ).
Mais j'ai retrouvé récemment une dizaine d'exemplaires qui étaient destinés au service de presse lors de la sortie du livre, et qui sont strictement identiques mais sans "numérotation" de l'exemplaire à l'intérieur. Ces dix exemplaires sont vendus 95€ pièce, + 22€ de frais d'envois ( 29€ pour la Belgique et l'Italie ).
Soyons clair; dés que cette édition collector sera épuisés les prix d'autres vendeurs sur eBay ou Amazon vont flamber et atteindre des prix stratosphériques très rapidement, donc c'est vraiment la dernière chance de pouvoir se procurer le livre à un prix encore raisonnable...

Le règlement peut-être fait via Paypal, carte bancaire ou virement bancaire. Pour toute commande m'envoyer un email à neverlandeditions@gmail.com en précisant si vous voulez l'édition française ou anglaise. L'offre inclus également deux formidables cadeaux surprises!

EDITING: Il semble que le bouton Paypal ci-dessous pour l'édition Française ne fonctionne pas pour le moment. Je travaille à résoudre le problème, si le bouton ne fonctionne toujours pas envoyez moi un email à: neverlandeditions@gmail.com et je vous ferais envoyer une demande de paiement par Paypal pour que vous puissiez régler directement depuis votre compte Paypal. Ou vous pouvez envoyer le montant total, inclus les frais d'envois directement depuis votre compte Paypal à cette mème adresse email: neverlandeditions@gmail.com


Disneyland Paris, De l'Esquisse à la Création Edition Collector

Those of you who have never seen the book will find below a video presentation of the full book which will show you each of the 320 pages of the book AND you can see more pictures on the book website HERE










Although you've probably heard about this beautiful book, many of you may have never seen a copy of it. So we've done a video presentation of the full book which will show you each of the 320 pages of the book! The book includes 750 pictures of the park, including 250 gorgeous renderings of Walt Disney Imagineering and stunning pictures of the park seen from above. The book is so big that it took us seven and a half minutes to show you the full book, and that's without stopping turning each pages! So, if you want to have a closer look at a page don't hesitate to stop the video!



Disneyland Paris Update: DLP Introduce Customized Magic Wands Now Available at Merlin Shop Inside Sleeping Beauty Castle !


I have a new Disneyland Paris update for you, thanks to great pictures from Robert, D&M faithful reader and Arribas Crystal Arts!

When Universal Studios opened the Wizarding World of Harry Potter there was a merchandise item which was pure genius: the magic wands of Harry Potter and his wizards friends. Sure, all the kids fans of Harry Potter would want to get one, and it's exactly what happened, Universal sells tons of them. It don't happen that often to have a merchandise item being a pure bingo and chances are that Harry Potter magic wands probably made jealous the folks of WDW merchandise dept. Well, i'm happy to say that Disneyland Paris, in collaboration with Arribas - a company specialized in Crystal items - introduced last week its own magic wands, now sold at Merlin's shop inside Sleeping Beauty Castle!

But DLP guests won't find here magic wands made out of wood or resin but of glass, each one is made by a glass blower in front of your own eyes, then filled with magic crystals of your choice!








There is even a storyline for these magic wands! Merlin is asking for your help and is now ready to tell the world the truth. In searching Merlin's own shop was found a parchment revealing Merlin's entire plan: to form a magician's academy to thwart the attack of the Villains thanks to magic wands.


Here is the "recipe" to make a good and powerful magic wand as described by Arribas Crystal Arts: In order to make a good magic wand, the first phase is to choose well the crystals that compose it ! In addition to the shiny colors that will attract your eyes, one must carefully select the crystals, because huge powers will be locked in! Green will make you a lucky one, white will bring you wisdom, red will give you the strength you need to accomplish great things.




Once the crystals have been carefully selected, make sure that is put the right amount of crystals in the wand. Too many crystals and your wand will create an overpower that will turn against its owner and not enough crystals will cause a dysfunction of the magic placed inside. The ideal quantity is 20 grams of crystals for a wand, with the colors of your choice.





Now that you have the precise amount of crystals of your choice, you must activate the magic that is locked inside. As there is a specific object, of great rarity and created by Merlin in person! He did not think he had to use it again and found it at the bottom of his purse.


Thanks to this artifact, the passage of the crystals in the mechanism activates the different powers that they contain while ensuring a perfect mixture. But there is an ultimate step for your wand to be well balanced! Here is the final step of the recipe, the little touch that will permit you to master the powers contained in your wand. For this, the crystals freshly swollen with magic must pass in our alembic, in order to contain and transport the magic to the wand without it can escape. Then one of our craftsmen, expert in the art of the magic of glass and fire will seal the wand with delicacy and precision ... And you are in possession of your magic wand.. Merlin The enchanter counts on you to take the utmost care and not let the villains get their hands on it!


The personalized wand is a craft creation of Arribas master glassmakers who use all the knowledge that Merlin has transmitted to them to recreate a wand that will contain all the magic of the crystals. As its name indicates, this object will reflect your personality and can be modulated at your convenience. You will be able to choose between different styles of chopsticks, choosing among different patterns of sleeves with the glass ball coming to close the handle.



When you are certain of your choice, you must still place magic at the heart of the wand, this is the most important step. Here again you have the choice. You have the great responsibility to select the crystals you want. Once sealed, you are in possession of a magic wand 100% artisanal, 100% personalized! Find the perfect combination for you to have the wand that looks like you. The price of a personalized baguette is 39,00 € and you still have the possibility to make it even more to your image by writing the message of your choice ( for 4,90€ ).




Arribas glass blowing artists have worked for several weeks in total secrecy on the realization of the different magic wands. Each master glassmaker expresses his art differently and it is in this that no wand is identical. They handle the glass carefully until the perfect wand is obtained. The one that, once magical, will make you live unforgettable moments! These specialists in fire and glass have an essential role because they are also the ones who have the important responsibility to close the wand once all the magic crystals are housed there and the powers can finally reveal themselves.


As glass is fragile, each wand is put inside a special box to make sure it won't be damaged or broken during guests visit of the park.


Also note that there will be other Collector magic wands that will be available later for special events of the year! It is possible that the Wands of the Evil ones arrive for Halloween!


Folks, i'm also sorry to say that Neverland Editions, my company publishing the great Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" book ( De L'Esquisse à la Création en français ), will stop early September and this Summer special offer for the DLP book - valid until September 5th - is a last chance for you to get this gorgeous 320 pages book at the best price ever! You'll hardly find a better gift for a Disneyland Paris fan so don't miss it as it is the last copies of the book which will not be reprinted!


ENGLISH EDITION : The Special Offer for the English updated edition is at 60€ / $70 ( instead of 85€ ) and shipping worldwide is 22€ ( $26 ).  Shipping takes 3-4 days for France, 10-15 days to European countries, 2 to 3 weeks for countries outside Europe. Sorry for what may seem a high shipping cost but the package with the book is heavy ( 2,5 Kgs ) and the French post office also increased its prices. We also ship the books in the best box you've ever seen for a book to make sure they arrive in good condition, and this has a cost.

Usually the Special Offer includes a great additional surprise gift, but this new special offer will include TWO great surprise gifts ( and believe me, you'll be VERY happy to get them! )!

Special note to buyers with a shipping address in Italy or Belgium : For shipments to Belgium or Italy, the shipping cost is 29 €.

You can pay with Paypal by sending the full amount - including shipping - by Paypal to: neverlandeditions@gmail.com or you can use the Paypal buttons below. ( make sure to choose the right button for the rich edition ). Thanks to confirm me by email or in your Paypal payment which edition you want ( english or french ). Also note that the Paypal button includes an additional discount for those who want to order 2 or 3 copies instead of one.

If you do NOT have a Paypal account you can pay by credit card, or bank transfer, just send me an email about it at: neverlandeditions@gmail.com and i will let you know how to do.

To place your order please send an email to: neverlandeditions@gmail.com Please let me know in your email if you want the english or french edition!


Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality Book ENGLISH Edition

VERSION FRANCAISE:  Je suis navré d'annoncer que Neverland Editions cessera son activité début Septembre et cette offre spéciale d'été valable jusqu'au 5 Septembre est sans doute votre dernière chance de pouvoir acquérir le fantastique Disneyland Paris de l'Esquisse à la Création au meilleur prix.
Il ne reste que dix exemplaires de cette édition collector française et chaque exemplaire est maintenant au prix de 130€ + 22 € de frais d'envois ( 29€ pour la Belgique et l'Italie ).
Mais j'ai retrouvé récemment une dizaine d'exemplaires qui étaient destinés au service de presse lors de la sortie du livre, et qui sont strictement identiques mais sans "numérotation" de l'exemplaire à l'intérieur. Ces dix exemplaires sont vendus 95€ pièce, + 22€ de frais d'envois ( 29€ pour la Belgique et l'Italie ).
Soyons clair; dés que cette édition collector sera épuisés les prix d'autres vendeurs sur eBay ou Amazon vont flamber et atteindre des prix stratosphériques très rapidement, donc c'est vraiment la dernière chance de pouvoir se procurer le livre à un prix encore raisonnable...

Le règlement peut-être fait via Paypal, carte bancaire ou virement bancaire. Pour toute commande m'envoyer un email à neverlandeditions@gmail.com en précisant si vous voulez l'édition française ou anglaise. L'offre inclus également deux formidables cadeaux surprises!

EDITING: Il semble que le bouton Paypal ci-dessous pour l'édition Française ne fonctionne pas pour le moment. Je travaille à résoudre le problème, si le bouton ne fonctionne toujours pas envoyez moi un email à: neverlandeditions@gmail.com et je vous ferais envoyer une demande de paiement par Paypal pour que vous puissiez régler directement depuis votre compte Paypal. Ou vous pouvez envoyer le montant total, inclus les frais d'envois directement depuis votre compte Paypal à cette mème adresse email: neverlandeditions@gmail.com



Disneyland Paris, De l'Esquisse à la Création Edition Collector

Those of you who have never seen the book will find below a video presentation of the full book which will show you each of the 320 pages of the book AND you can see more pictures on the book website HERE










Although you've probably heard about this beautiful book, many of you may have never seen a copy of it. So we've done a video presentation of the full book which will show you each of the 320 pages of the book! The book includes 750 pictures of the park, including 250 gorgeous renderings of Walt Disney Imagineering and stunning pictures of the park seen from above. The book is so big that it took us seven and a half minutes to show you the full book, and that's without stopping turning each pages! So, if you want to have a closer look at a page don't hesitate to stop the video!






Article Pictures: copyright Robert Stalled, Arribas

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom to get an Indiana Jones land?


The big rumor this week is that Disney's Animal Kingdom will get an Indiana Jones land. Yes, i know, DAK is supposed to be an “Animal Kingdom” but it didn’t stopped Disney to build the Avatar land there so i suppose the question of meaning is probably not the most important thing. But there is more about this which could make sense in having an Indy land built there. According to Orlando Informer "All of DinoLand, USA will be remade into Indiana Jones Land with half of the attractions getting a theming overhaul and the other half being razed to the ground and replaced by brand-new experiences. Dinosaur, the area’s flagship ride, is expected to be re-skinned as Indiana Jones Adventure, the 1995 attraction from Disneyland – not at all surprising, given that Dinosaur has literally the same exact ride vehicle and track layout as its Californian predecessor. The Boneyard Fossil Fun Site is also currently expected to stay, albeit with the expected makeover into an archeology-themed dig site...
...that leaves the Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama miniland on the chopping block; all the real estate that is currently eaten up by both TriceraTop Spin and Primeval Whirl, along with their attending midway games and gift shop could be home to one giant new E-ticket ride, although what, exactly, that could entail is anyone’s guess at this point in time.”

You can read the full Orlando Informer article HERE but it’s right that the Dinosaur ride has exactly the same track than Indiana Jones Adventure so, yes, they could re-use the ride with the IJA theming and save a lot of money indeed. Same for the Boneyard Fossil site. And DAK vegetation would fit perfectly with an Indy theming too. So, there is several points that could make this rumor right, and we have to wait to see if is or not. The full Orlando Informer article also says that Disney may envision to build a fully-immersive Indiana Jones themed resort experience just like they're planning with the Star Wars resort, which in my opinion could be a very good idea indeed.



And what about an Indiana Jones land too for Disneyland Paris, you ask? Well, the coming of Indiana Jones Adventure to DLP Adventureland  is rumored since 20 years, the blueprints are ready ( see above and below ) and the good news is that DLP Imagineers are still keeping available the land to build it when it would be decided to do it. When? Well, here is my opinion on all this. As we know a new Indy movie will get into production soon and is planned to be released on July 10, 2020. Obviously Harrison Ford will be quite old at that time and they plan to have a new actor playing Indy in the movie, and for the next films of the franchise ( btw, good luck to them to find one as good as Harrison Ford! ).



My guess is that Disney will wait to see the success of the movie - and the new actor - and then will give the green light for this DAK Indiana Jones land - if the rumor to build it at DAK is right, of course - and then eventually at DLP. Apparently it seems that we need to be patient so it may mean that all hope is not lost to have Indiana Jones Adventure coming someday at Disneyland Paris Adventureland!

Pictures: copyright Disney

Sunday, August 13, 2017

D&M Exclusive : Here is How Would Have Looked Like the Geyser Mountain Attraction That Never Was at Disneyland Paris Frontierland


You know the famous quote from Andy Warhol who, in the 70's, said that in the future everyone will have his 15 minutes of glory? Well, today, it's the day for Andreas Seltenheim who did for D&M something absolutely fantastic!

Early last week i've reposted the Geyser Mountain article that i've previously posted after Imagineer Pat Burke passed away and if you've not read it yet i strongly recommend to read it HERE as it includes the story line of this Geyser Mountain attraction that never was. The article included too Pat Burke sketches showing how Geyser Mountain would have looked like and Andreas had the genius idea to create in 3D with the Planet Coaster software the whole building. Even better, he did a video showing Geyser Mountain right in place where it should have been built at DLP Frontierland, near the geysers! As Planet Coaster don't include a functional elevator drop ride Andreas couldn't recreated the ride itself but only the exterior, and he did it with greatness, i'm sure that Pat Burke would have loved it.

I'm sure you're dying to see all this so here are the video and some pictures of Geyser Mountain perfectly recreated by Andreas whom we can't thank enough for the great job he did on this!



Now, let's have a look at the pictures of Andreas CGI creation, and to make sure that you see how Andreas work is close to Pat Burke original sketches, here are Pat drawings again.







Fantastic night shots of Geyser Mountain!


This last picture shows two cowboys in the "vehicle" room, that Andreas put to have people inside the room.

Now, let's hope that someone at DLP Imagineering will watch this video as may be it'll give them the idea to finally build Geyser Mountain at Frontierland!

Pictures and video: copyright Andreas Seltenheim

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Audio-Animatronic Magic of Garner Holt Productions


If you follow me of the D&M Facebook page you probably have seen the video of the amazing Abraham Lincoln Audio-Animatronic head which is the latest stunning achievement of Garner Holt Productions. Garner Holt himself tell you more about it in the Mice Age article HERE but the story of Garner Holt and his love for Audio-Animatronics started a long time ago and i suggest that we have a look at it thanks to a series of videos showing some of Garner Holt Productions Audio-Animatronics.

But first, a bit of history about Garner Holt, introduced by Imagineer Bob Gurr in this video released for  Garner Holt Lifetime Achievement THEA Award.




The next video will show you some of the large scale projects on which has worked Garner Holt Productions, and yes, the amazing dragon of Disneyland Fantasmic! - among others huge Audio-Animatronics for Disney shows - was done by Garner Holt Productions.




Let's go now back in time to have a look at previous Audio-Animatronics created by Garner Holt Productions. Among these, the incredible Unicyclist Animatronic. We know how what you're about to watch is already difficult for a human being for a question of balance, but achieving this with an Audio-Animatronic is simply stunning!




The next video will show you Garner Holt Productions TropiTronics Animatronic Parrots, which surely will remind you the famous ones in the Tiki Room.




Garner Holt Productions is also making Animatronics droids, and i wouldn't be surprised if they did some for WDI that we can see now in the Star Tours pre-show! As a matter of fact i think that this one IS in the pre-show.




The next short video will show you the realistic Mohegan Sun, an Animatronic wolf which would surely easily find its place in Frontierland!




Back to human Animatronics with the next video showing a one-of-a-kind animation and special effects introduction to the famous Howe Caverns in upstate New York. Featuring a detailed Victorian set, sophisticated animatronic Lester Hower, and numerous special effects surprises, the pre-tour show is a unique experience for the guests at Howe Caverns.



Another human Animatronic in the video below with the sophisticated Marlin Perkins Animatronic figure, holding in his arms an Animatronic monkey!




These were done some years ago and, since, Garner Holt Productions improved its Animatronic technique, up to this amazing Abraham Lincoln Audio-Animatronic head which has 40 points of movements, allowing never-seen-before incredibly expressive movements of Lincoln face.




Not too long ago, Walt Disney Imagineering decided that Garner Holt Productions would be the company which will create the Animatronics for Disney attractions and i think that after seeing these videos you now understand why! Great job, Garner!

Videos: copyright Garner Holt Productions

Monday, August 7, 2017

"Take a Chance", by Walt Disney



"Take a Chance", is a rare short text written by Walt Disney a long time ago. Don't miss to read it as it reveal not only that Walt was the genius that we all know but also that he knew what life is made of.