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    Wink The Book of Mormon and Disney

    Just saw The Book of Mormon at the Pantages last night. My family, friends, and I absolutely loved it. As a Disney fan, I was especially pleased to hear and see all of the Disney references throughout the show, whether it be the parodies of the "Circle of Life" and "Hakuna Matata" or the very noticeable music chords of the "Fantasmic! Theme" during the Orlando scene. Has anyone else seen the show? Has anyone else picked up on the Disney references and parodies?
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    Re: The Book of Mormon and Disney

    There was a thread on a Broadway-related forum that discussed the numerous references between BoM and big musicals/Disney. Wicked is the only other reference that comes to mind, but there are far more than you know!

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    Re: The Book of Mormon and Disney

    Didn't even know about that forum, lol.
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    Re: The Book of Mormon and Disney

    i'm seeing book of mormon in december and i had no idea about the disney references! i'll definitely be looking for them now.

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    Re: The Book of Mormon and Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by bisforbrittney View Post
    i'm seeing book of mormon in december and i had no idea about the disney references! i'll definitely be looking for them now.

    lol...me too! :P
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    Re: The Book of Mormon and Disney

    People talk about Walt rolling over in his grave about changes made to the park, debating whether he would or would not like the changes that have occurred over the years. LOL.
    I can imagine what he would have thought about the images of his park being used in a musical play that offered the ultimate blasphemy at God, and according to a friend of mine who saw it, brought up quite a few other issues that the audience apparently was laughing at profusely. Issues that if you saw reported in a newspaper would repulse most people.

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    Re: The Book of Mormon and Disney

    I haven't seen it, but heard the soundtrack. It is definitely a tongue 'n cheek look at how Disney has influenced peoples perceptions about the world around them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CASurfer65 View Post
    People talk about Walt rolling over in his grave about changes made to the park, debating whether he would or would not like the changes that have occurred over the years. LOL.
    I can imagine what he would have thought about the images of his park being used in a musical play that offered the ultimate blasphemy at God, and according to a friend of mine who saw it, brought up quite a few other issues that the audience apparently was laughing at profusely. Issues that if you saw reported in a newspaper would repulse most people.

    Well, seeings as it was made from the people who brought you South Park, you really have got to guess that they would probably ruffle a few feathers....

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    Re: The Book of Mormon and Disney

    Matt Stone and Trey Parker are amazing. They poke fun at everything and everyone. Not much people do that these days.
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    Re: The Book of Mormon and Disney

    Yeah a play that degrades a particular religion being tied to Disney... Sounds completely terrible and unnecessary personally.
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    Re: The Book of Mormon and Disney

    Also if you're a Sound of Music fan "I believe" will sound very familiar to you. "I have confidence" anyone.


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    Re: The Book of Mormon and Disney

    The parodies in BOM are awesome.

    Opening sequence of BOM = Opening sequence of Bye Bye Birdie
    You and Me = Wizard and I from Wicked
    Man Up = One More Day from Les Mis (though not everyone agrees with me about this one)
    Joseph Smith American Moses = Small House of Uncle Thomas from King and I

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    Re: The Book of Mormon and Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by Meville View Post
    I haven't seen it, but heard the soundtrack. It is definitely a tongue 'n cheek look at how Disney has influenced peoples perceptions about the world around them.

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    Well, seeings as it was made from the people who brought you South Park, you really have got to guess that they would probably ruffle a few feathers....
    True that. When my friends and I bought the tix I was unaware of the fact they were the ones who penned it. I later became aware of it and went anyway. So me to blame for sure. Of course, I had never seen South Park so didn't know just how bad it would be. I had heard things about the TV show, but had no idea just how bad.

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    Re: The Book of Mormon and Disney

    The song "Turn It Off" kind of reminds me of a song from "Damn Yankees" about "We've Got To Think About The Game".
    If you people think the musical would "make Walt roll in his grave", then I can only imagine what you think he would think of the fact that the composer of said musical is also writing music for Disney movies, theme parks, etc. Robert Lopez wrote the songs for the recent "Winnie the Pooh" (with his wife voicing "Kanga") movie, the "Finding Nemo" stage musical at DAK, and is currently working on the resurrected (thawed?) Snow Queen project, now titled "Frozen".
    Personally, I don't care what people think, I really like "The Book of Mormon" and if you haven't heard the songs, I should warn you that not only might you be offended, but you could find yourself hooked on some very catchy tunes. As far as "degrading" Mormonism, the creators didn't really invent anything new, as everything presented in the play is, if I understand, straight from the real book, or from the teachings of the Mormon Church.
    And the church itself as a whole, couldn't have that much of a problem with the show, and in fact, they seem to be capitalizing on its popularity, taking out several full page recruiting ads for the church in the Playbill! At least in the touring production at the Pantages. I don't know about the rest of the tour, New York, or the upcoming London production.

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    Re: The Book of Mormon and Disney

    I saw the show last month in LA. It was fantastic and hilarious! The music was written to 'mock' other Broadway shows. That's why a lot of the songs sound familiar. After all, it was done by the South Park team who are notorious for poking fun at anything and everything.

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    Re: The Book of Mormon and Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by NDNation View Post
    The parodies in BOM are awesome.

    Opening sequence of BOM = Opening sequence of Bye Bye Birdie
    You and Me = Wizard and I from Wicked
    Man Up = One More Day from Les Mis (though not everyone agrees with me about this one)
    Joseph Smith American Moses = Small House of Uncle Thomas from King and I
    'All American Prophet' is also a parody of Jesus Christ Superstar

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