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Editor's Note: Welcome all to a new column overseen by Sue Kruse, "Pressing Matters." It's no secret here that everyone who works on MiceAge and MiceChat get a lot of press releases in their email boxes. Some spark stories, a few get posted to the appropriate forums, many are sincere but not especially noteworthy, and then there is the real junk.

Every once in a while though there are those few items that are well worth mentioning, but just don't seem fit into our regular formats. That's where this column comes in. As materials sent to us warrant it, we'll gather together those releases that really catch our eye, and that you may have missed otherwise, and add our observations to them. You can rest assured this is not an advertising section presented as editorial, and that we won't be selecting things just to fill a spot. Do note though that items will be presented that we do like, so you probably shouldn't expect much else otherwise.

That all said, let me hand things off to the ever-so-intrepid Sue... - Al

Hello Dear Readers! In this week's edition of Pressing Matters we'll take a look at Gallery 3 of the Walt Disney Family Museum, see a classic film in a classic cemetery, and throw in a dash of Mickey apocalypse-style, among a few other items. (Special thanks to reader Braddoc DeCaires for alerting us to few of them.)

Walt continued...

Let's start off with the latest press release from the Walt Disney Family Museum and a few tidbits we'll find in Gallery 3 when we finally get in to see the place. Gallery 3 covers the period in time when the Walt Disney Studios was emerging, 1928-1940. Things you'll find in this gallery:

A great line drawing of Goofy that was used as a model study for that character.

I love this drawing because you can really see Goofy's character expressed in just a few pencil strokes. And he's not identified as Goofy here, he's simply, "The Goof"

An original background that was used in the Skeleton Dance.

I don't know about you, but this cartoon is one of my faves and for me, a must-see around Halloween time, so getting a look at this background is something I'm going to love.

Another thing I love is seeing pictures of Walt Disney the man -- just hanging out with his family or his friends. For me, those photos add a kind of humanity that I think we all can identify with. What exactly I mean is -- that sure, we've all seen loads of photos of Walt when he was at work spinning his creative genius around. But really, what was Walt, the guy like? It's when you see these candid-moment photos, that you get a little glimpse into that guy, the real man (creative genius aside). This week the Walt Disney Family Museum has one of those photos for you -- a real sweet candid-moment.

It's a cute daddy-daughter moment. And take a look at those cars in the garage will you? You can only see the bumpers, but man, those cars look snazzy.

If you're planning a trip up to San Francisco to see the museum, The Walt Disney Family Museum's website has now gone live so you can take a look for all the pertinent information including ticketing info, prices, how to get there, etc. and -- you can now order your tickets for a visit (you do not have to wait till August 1st as previously advertised):


Follow the Walt Disney Family Museum on Facebook and Twitter for the latest scoop:

http://www.facebook.com/TheWaltDisneyFamilyMuseum | http://twitter.com/WDFMuseum

And of course discuss it all to your heart's content at MiceChat's new forum for it:


Apocalyptic Mickey Mouse?

Isn't viral marketing fun?

If you Google the words "Epic Mickey" you'll come up with half a dozen sites that hint at a new game coming to your nearest Wii. No details when or much in the way of specifics on it, but there's some terrific art attached to this subject that has me interested -- imagine a sort of apocalyptic landscape sprinkled with a dash of Steampunk and little bit of Mickey Mouse, and you'll get a good idea what the game's universe looks like.

Evidently Epic Mickey is a new Warren Spector Disney game that may be a Wii exclusive wherein you, "paint your way through levels using the Wii Remote," doing things like drawing and erasing "whole parts of levels".

The story is rumored to be based on forgotten characters who rise up against Mickey. I would guess it's a good bet then that none of those characters are named Murphy.


Next up -- Flash Mob, heard of that?

I was only peripherally aware of what a flash mob was -- till now. Here's how Merriam-Webster defines flash mob:

  • Main Entry: flash mob
  • Function: noun
  • Date: 1987
  • A group of people summoned (as by e-mail or text message) to a designated location at a specified time to perform an indicated action before dispersing

Now I don't know about you, but I think that sounds a bit intriguing. Why do I bring this all up, you ask? Hmmm, could be a little birdie told me a flash mob is going to make an appearance somewhere at the Disneyland Resort.

Want to see it? I'd hang around Downtown Disney Sunday between 8:30 & 9:30 PM if I were you.

May happen. May not. But won't it be fun to see if it does? Don't know exactly where, but look for a big group of people. Oh wait, that's every night, everywhere in Downtown Disney. Hmmm. Can't say anything more than that.

I wonder...

...why D23's Comic-Con poster looks so familiar:

From the Coheteboy Does San Diego Comic-Con 40 thread on MiceChat

Hmmm... remember Al's April 1st "Magical Moments with Mr. Lincoln" post?

Show synopsis:

  • Show to begin just as previous versions, retaining skills of the sculptor line.

  • Just as Lincoln begins his speech "something goes terribly wrong" and he appears to malfunction, bringing the show to a quick halt.

  • Suddenly, Mickey Mouse magically appears and summons Donald Duck. The duck is sent to find favorite Disney robot characters to try and help the robotic Mr. Lincoln complete his speech. (Although non-robotic, Buzz and Woody inserted at the request of JL.)

  • Mayhem ensues as the duck accidentally summons Disney robot villains.

D23 merchandise display
Concept art

  • Summoning his magical powers, Mickey goes into sorcerer mode, vanquishes the evil robots, and helps fix Mr. Lincoln just in time to deliver the last line of his speech.

  • Jonas Brothers perform Battle Hymn of the Republic.

  • A blast of confetti ends the show.

...I wonder.

I see dead people...

Lastly for this week a good old classic film in a great old cemetery.

One of my favorite films that I'm pretty sure would make it into my top ten (top twenty for sure) is Billy Wilder's 1959 comedy, Some Like It Hot. Staring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis, it's the story of two musicians who unwittingly witness a mob hit, are spotted by the mobsters doing the hitting, and then are forced to flee for their lives disguised as women in an all female band.

And then -- wackiness ensues.

Sounds like fun, doesn't it? It is. Fifty years later, it still is fun.

If you haven't seen the film, then you need to, and if you live in the LA area, you can see Some Like It Hot in a classic setting -- The Hollywood Forever Cemetery, on Saturday, August 1st. Gates open at 7pm, the film will begin at 8:30pm.

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Gower). No reservations are necessary, $10 donation tickets available at gate. As a courtesy to other moviegoers they request that you do not bring tall chairs.

For more info visit www.cinespia.org

Now I ask you, what could be more fun than seeing a mobster movie in a cemetery, huh?

I'll leave you with that question till next week when I will be back with more...

If you'd like to submit something to be considered for the column, please send it to both Sue and Al at the following email addresses: [email protected] and [email protected] with the words "Pressing Matters" in the subject line. Due to our already extensive email loads we won't be able to acknowledge each submission, but those under consideration may get a note from us asking for more details. Representatives from the items chosen are invited to answer questions from readers at the forum linked at the end of each column.

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