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    9/7/06 Little Mermaid at El Capitan Report (Pictures & Video)

    On thursday night I went on date up to El Capitan to see The Little Mermaid's new digital cut along with a very informative and fun panel before the film. I impromptu met up with CrazyLegs, CaptPhoebus and Al as I was picking up my tickets. The system screwed up and apparently the VIP tickets I ordered weren't actually available, but at least the staff was accomodating and gave me and my date pretty good assigned seating with a great vantage point of the panel. Before the panel, an organ player entertained the masses inside, while Ariel herself posed for pictures outside. The panel itself was very informative. I found it interesting to know that the recording was done more like a theatre setting. The director was right in the booth giving the actors lines from behind them to make it simple for them to react. This isn't at all how most original animation is done nowadays which is the main challenge of acting under what's basically sensory deprivation. I'm glad though that the experience pushed Jodi Benson away from theatre and into voice acting, as she wonderfully displays his vocal talent in plenty of video games and cartoons nowadays; nevermind the fact that she still continues to be the official voice of Ariel for all Disney material (A lot of characters nowadays have official voicematches when the original actor won't come back to reprise the role). Kingdom Hearts wouldn't have been the same without her. I also found it interesting to see the building process. The voices were recorded, those voices were then used by other actors to give the characters movement, and then the videotape of said movements is used to animate the character. This truly makes the voice actors performance shape the characters full expressions and body movements as opposed to japanese animation where the voice actors are the last ones brought in, making their interpretation limited. The animators become the central piece in this instance as opposed to the voice actors. A great example is the way Pat Caroll (Ursula) says "Life just isn't fair, isn't it?". It truly provided beautiful mannerisms and personality for the animators to embue into Ursula just from Pat's interpretation. Genius indeed. My greatest wish to reach that level someday.

    Anyway, after the panel ended, Alan Menken played the piano while Jodi Benson sang "Part Of Your World". Truly a once in a lifetime occurrence and thankfully captured on video for everyone else to enjoy. They even showed a short after the film called "The Little Matchgirl", which was originally created for what would have been a Fantasia 2000 sequel. I did not get that on film, but I believe CrazyLegs did.

    It was truly a magical night you all deserve to see as well. So without further ado:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCVq1siCpcw - Part 1 of the Panel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v6Vm8QjEDw - Part 2 of the Panel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPAuW3dEFn0 - Part 3 of the Panel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_HVoUbnZAc - Part 4 of the Panel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFXTWDXN7Es - Part 5 of the Panel (Includes live performance of "Part of Your World")

    The Marquee shines brightly outside the theater


    Everyone is anxious to get their tickets!


    Posters adorn the side of the ticket counters


    Posters even adorn the streets


    Meanwhile, inside the theater, an organ player entertains the anxious moviegoers


    And in the lobby, Ariel greets her fans


    Flyers announcing the dates and details of this limited run




    And we already have details for the Nightmare Before Christmas 3-D run (Apparently there will be panels held for both showings on opening night)




    And get ready for another Santa Clause film in January at El Capitan
    Julie Rei

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    Re: 9/7/06 Little Mermaid at El Capitan Report (Pictures & Video)

    Thanks for sharing


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    Re: 9/7/06 Little Mermaid at El Capitan Report (Pictures & Video)

    Loved the panel discussions and hearing Jodi Benson sing. Thanks Sadako!
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    Re: 9/7/06 Little Mermaid at El Capitan Report (Pictures & Video)

    i was there too. It was a great event. It was my first panel event and i am hooked. Plus Roy Disney was sitting right near us!!!

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    Re: 9/7/06 Little Mermaid at El Capitan Report (Pictures & Video)

    Our local grocery gave me a Little Mermaid DVD one sheet

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    Re: 9/7/06 Little Mermaid at El Capitan Report (Pictures & Video)

    Ooops where are my manners!!

    Thank you for posting these!

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    Re: 9/7/06 Little Mermaid at El Capitan Report (Pictures & Video)

    Sadako, wonderful report!

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: 9/7/06 Little Mermaid at El Capitan Report (Pictures & Video)

    For those who missed the panel, the current "live Ariel appearance" is just that: she pops up on a rock for 5 minutes before the movie and says hello.

    Then, after the movie, Sebastian the crab comes out and claps along to the closing theme.

    And that's the live entertainment portion of the show. Even my 3-year-old looked a little disappointed...

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    Re: 9/7/06 Little Mermaid at El Capitan Report (Pictures & Video)

    I love the Little Mermaid. She reminds me of how I act with my family.

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    Re: 9/7/06 Little Mermaid at El Capitan Report (Pictures & Video)

    This is really awesome!! Thanks for sharing!

    I remember the first time I saw the Little Mermaid on the big screen. It was at a preview screening in Burbank. The opening shots were in black and white and were only sketches. I was picked to stay after the show to answer questions and discuss what I liked about the show. And I got $10 out of it. Woo hoo!!!
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