What it comes down to, is that Disney is trying to serve it's guests, and my guess is that attendance figures at CBJ pre-edits proved that people were not interested in the show any more.
Do I think it would have been a much better idea to come up with a brand new show? YES a million times YES!
But do I think that these edits ruin the show, and make the attraction worthless? No
Am I more likely to watch the CBJ now than before? Actually yes.
The physical tweaks are nice, but jesus christ, the pacing of the show is completely off now.
I blame Christopher Walken for this mess.
I personally like the changes for the most part and i don't think it will do anything but increase the popularity of the classic show. 2 problems i have with it currently that could possibly be fixed in the future:
1) give the "head crew" some things to say to entertain guests as a sort of pre/post show as people are being seated (think like the old guys in the Muppets). not only would this i think encourage people to move all the way to the end of the isle, but it would give some of my favorite characters a larger role. The beauty of it is it wouldn't increase the length of the show at all, it just entertains people for a longer time.
2) the finale scene needs like max 5-10 seconds more to give it a more definitive ending, if it had that it would do wonders for the show as a whole.
those two changes and this show IMO would be perfect.
I agree with your assessment 100% Goofy Donald!
Well, I can say I am still glad it's still there. They kept Big Al (but without his audio seemingly turned up 'properly' for the finale), Momma Don't Whup Little Buford, and Henry's performance of the Davy Crockett ballad, which all makes me happy.
However, as Virtual Toad said, I have to agree the pacing is way, way more 'Chuck E. Cheese' style and practically no illusion of life rendered with that method of cutting. That's sad. And the finale is just...what? That's it? So overall the choice behind how to cut it down is disappointing and feels like a mistake to me, cuts down on what gave the show personality and charm. The under-use of Max, Buff and Melvin is also a shame.
I saw the show one time and it was quite stale and ridiculously long. I wish they'd just get rid of it.
If they want to make it more 'zippy' and catchy music while retaining character, I always find that the Vacation Hoedown version just zips right along for me. Maybe mix in 'Blood on the Saddle' somehow for Big Al in that version and they'd have the perfect mix of the same characters and good songs/plenty of energy and slightly more enthusiastic musical numbers in some cases. But, this is what we have instead....
Pete Carsillo was part of this so THAT explains EVERYTHING. That man has as much disdain for classic WED as much as Tom Fitzgerald. Everything teh insiders have said about a major lack of talent at WDI-FL seems true.
My God, I must be getting old.
Walt Disney and Marc Davis worked together on CBJ. So after 40 years, a bunch of kids out of college know better than Davis and Disney???
And I'm not slamming these guys personally. The task they were handed was WAY over their heads. That resonsibility rests with TDO, including the guy who's got the ego-fulfilling portrait of himself in the new FL.
When I can put something together in my own backyard that's as least as entertaining as 2012 Disney-Lite (tm), something is horribly, horribly wrong.
The new costumes and fur skins are absolutely gorgeous. I would have loved to see the full show with the new look. Heck, I wouldn't have even minded losing Devilish Mary and the Fractured Folk Song. But the ending is just weird, and as others have pointed out, the dialogue was half the fun and made the characters more real.
I guess if I had to judge whether this is a plus or a minus, I'd say the bad and the good probably just about balance each other out.
Well - I guess instead of a "Fractured Folk Song," we get an entire show that is fractured. I cannot even begin to say how much this upsets me. Every edit that came up on the video made my heart jump - I am very sad about this. There can be no reason for this change. I understand why they took the Offenbach segment out of the Tiki Room, it did make the show feel a bit slow for modern audiences, and did not add all that much to to the overall show in general, but the Bear show was never dull, kids never squirmed in their seats. It had their full attention. I know as a kid I was transfixed by it. Also - did anyone notice they removed the fat jokes about Trixie? I am a bit of a tubby myself, and I am never offended by a good fat joke. If you cannot laugh at yourself, then get a life. They need to Chill-lax with all the P.C. nonsense.