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    Should they re-show 'Back to Neverland' ?

    I suppose this is more a hypothetical question, but should the 'Back to Neverland' film with Walter Cronkite and Robin Williams be re-shown in the Art of Animation tour?

    For those who don't remember it..



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    Re: Should they re-show 'Back to Neverland' ?

    I'd like that. A lot of fond memories watching it with my daughter when she was really young. Perhaps in the Blue Sky theater?

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    Re: Should they re-show 'Back to Neverland' ?

    ORDDU: They never should have gotten rid of this cute little film to begin with. It certainly wasn't replaced by anything better!

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    Re: Should they re-show 'Back to Neverland' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hathaway Browne View Post
    I suppose this is more a hypothetical question, but should the 'Back to Neverland' film with Walter Cronkite and Robin Williams be re-shown in the Art of Animation tour?

    For those who don't remember it..

    Im all for the idea, but does the theater in the Animation building at DHS even exist still?
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    We'll all be groaning when they install the giant snowflake from Frozen in front of the Chinese Theatre.

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    Re: Should they re-show 'Back to Neverland' ?

    Well there's still the theatre where the CM shows how to draw a character, they could show it in there. Or if that screen is too small, I'm sure they could rustle up a temporary larger one.


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    Re: Should they re-show 'Back to Neverland' ?

    That is one of my favorite attractions from Disney Studios. It just hit every emotion and joke on the button. I don't know if I could watch it right now and not get choked up.

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    Re: Should they re-show 'Back to Neverland' ?

    Thank you for posting this. I don't remember it. I guess because its been a long time. It is both cute and funny.

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    Re: Should they re-show 'Back to Neverland' ?

    They totally should. And did you ever notice the outfit Robin is wearing as a tourist is the exact same outfit the Genie is wearing at the end of Aladdin? Total tribute to the former.

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    Re: Should they re-show 'Back to Neverland' ?

    Why don't they just show it for a few months after they take out the Guardians of the Galaxy preview this Friday?


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    Re: Should they re-show 'Back to Neverland' ?

    To be honest, I can't see why not. After all they brought Eo back as a tribute. Admittedly I was uneasy at that as it seemed a bit of a cash in, even though it wasn't.

    And to be fair, I guess it could serve as a nice, but belated, farewell to Walter Cronkite too.

    No doubt there'd be the "but that's not how they make animated features these days" counter argument, but really, who cares? A lot of the information is still relevant, just the hand drawn and inking processes have changed, and they could probably do an explanation spiel to go with it.

    These days, a lot of us are clamoring for the park to add Star Wars Land and the inevitable 'super-deluxe E-Ticket now with added 3D' and the like, but would it really be too much to ask that this film in shown, even in a short run?

    If they can add that bizarre Frozen themed glorified merch stand and call it an added attraction, then this surely isn't out of the question?

    (And yes, I know there's an obvious reason why they added the Frozen 'event'.)


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    Re: Should they re-show 'Back to Neverland' ?

    I wouldn't like it where Eo is now. Kinda morbid going from one celebrity who recently died to another.

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    Re: Should they re-show 'Back to Neverland' ?

    It would be great to show this again, but the animation process has changed. Most of it is digital now. There are no more hand painted cells.
    I was fortunate to see the Animation building at DHS (still was Disney-MGM at the time) while it was still a working studio. It was amazing. I signed up for a behind the scenes tour and got to hand paint a Mickey Mouse cell as a souvenir.

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    Re: Should they re-show 'Back to Neverland' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by aimster View Post
    They totally should. And did you ever notice the outfit Robin is wearing as a tourist is the exact same outfit the Genie is wearing at the end of Aladdin? Total tribute to the former.

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    If I recall from a podcast I listened to quite some time ago this was Robin Williams' first foray with voice-over animation and the direct reason they chose to cast him in Aladdin. That resemblance I'm sure is not coincidental. Also not coincidental I'm sure is the sequence in Back to Neverland where his pencil drawings keep shifting rapidly from character to character.

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    Re: Should they re-show 'Back to Neverland' ?

    Since they've been seemingly stalling forever on an Aladdin blu-ray, I would love to petition Disney to include Back to Neverland and all of the television elements from the Animated Tour as extras on said blu-ray.

    It would make perfect logical sense - after all, the process documented here and in those television clips is how Aladdin was made. And that's without even mentioning the obvious connections between them.


    And that's as long as they pretend that the later re-edit of Back to Neverland never happened. I have to admit that I never watched Martin's recording of it all the way through before this week, and the rework to include the digital paint is really disappointing. For those who haven't seen it, they used Robin's "To me yellow doesn't say 'spring' - I'd like something in a puce salmon." joke from the Tour, and it's the one sorta mean-spirited line from the tour. It worked in the Tour because it was a one-off throwaway that you walked away from. But that same line changes the tenor of the film. Plus, Cronkite's new narration sounds a bit off - like it's an impersonator or he was in bad health.

    One thing I've always loved about Back to Neverland is that it never feels like a theme park throwaway. The production is wonderful, the artwork is beautiful, and they clearly spent money to get it right.


    Williams to Cronkite: "Once upon a time, there was a famous newscaster called Walter Cron-cat. He met famous characters from all around the world, like Fido Castro, Mouse Tse-Tung, Mahatmouse Gandhi. Together they all formed the League of Animations. You're basically there as Walter Cron-cat going: 'Meow ma-meow, ma-meow meow meow.'"
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    Re: Should they re-show 'Back to Neverland' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyIPresume View Post
    If I recall from a podcast I listened to quite some time ago this was Robin Williams' first foray with voice-over animation and the direct reason they chose to cast him in Aladdin. That resemblance I'm sure is not coincidental. Also not coincidental I'm sure is the sequence in Back to Neverland where his pencil drawings keep shifting rapidly from character to character.
    On Aladdin's DVD, one of the the directors either John Musker and Ron Clements mentioned it was a purposeful in joke that the Genie was wearing the same Hawaiian shirt and Goofy hat that Robin Williams was wearing in that film.

    Quote Originally Posted by dazyhill View Post
    It would be great to show this again, but the animation process has changed. Most of it is digital now. There are no more hand painted cells.
    I was fortunate to see the Animation building at DHS (still was Disney-MGM at the time) while it was still a working studio. It was amazing. I signed up for a behind the scenes tour and got to hand paint a Mickey Mouse cell as a souvenir.
    I remember that sometime after the Rescuers Down Under came out, Back to Neverland was changed to include the digital ink and paint system known as CAPS (which PIXAR invited by the way). Anyone know if that was Corey Burton doing the voice of Captain Hook?
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