Friday, August 27, 2010

What if the Haunted Mansions had a baby and I used to live in it?

I just realized something I can't believe I never noticed before.

First, here is the façade of the haunted mansion in Disneyland:

Next, here is the façade of the Haunted Mansion in Disney World:

Finally, here is The Franke Center for the Arts, formerly The Marshall Civic Center, in Marshall, MI., the building in which for nine years I had the pleasure of writing a directing annual haunted houses (before the city sold the building and we moved to the outdoor haunted trails:

And here is what it took me until today to notice:



Thursday, August 26, 2010

I wonder if anyone has ever done a double bill of "Hello Dolly" and "Bye Bye Birdie"

I've been drawing up promotional art for the Ann Arbor Civic Theater's production of Bye Bye Birdie. Rather than just supply them with one image, I've been tailoring different pictures to the different ads they've been placing. First, here's the poster, featuring Kim in her room, surrounded by posters and belongings that contain the pertinent info as well as a few of the titles of some of the show's more famous numbers:

Click here for a larger version

Next, here's one of the print ads, this one centered on Birdie's songwriter/promoter, Albert:

And finally, a (semi) animated online ad:

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Disney Attraction Series #5: Pirates of the Caribbean

Disney attraction portrait series #5: Pirates of the Carribbean Set sail with the wildest crew who ever sacked the Spanish Main! The Haunted Mansion may be first in my heart, but Pirates was the groundbreaking masterpiece that really took Disneyland's attractions to the next level of greatness. Taking you through the blue bayou, deep into skelton-filled caves, and then back in time to the era of the pirates, this dark ride was more elaborate and immersive than anything that had ever come before and darn few things that have come since.
There have been changes over the years, a little desexualization here, a little intrusion of movie elements there, but all in all it has retained the spirit and impact that it had at its 1967.

To see a larger version, visit my DeviantArt account.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

And in the end, the Legos you take are equal to the Legos you make

I took one of those trips onto eBay today where I start browsing around for one thing and my attention gets caught by something unexpected from the search that leads me down another whole time-wasting trip. My search? "Headless Horseman," The unexpected result? This:

I knew such a thing as customized Lego people (or minifigs as it turns out) existed, but I started to wonder what else was out there? Answer: LOTS. For your viewing enjoyment, here are a few of my favorites currently up on eBay.

There are, of course, a ton of custom versions of super-heroes, but this mini mighty Thor stood out to me as one of the better ones.

There are plenty of comic book villains around too, but who would've expected Z-List Batman pest/joke Killer Moth to show up? Very menacing costume, KM.

YES. Now we're talking. It's Lego Lincoln, the great emancipator. I hope no one builds a little Lego Ford's Theater and lures him in. Sorry, I went dark there for a minute. Instead, let's try to think of the most harmless thing possible for our next minifig.

OH NO, IT'S MR. STAY-PUFT! Nobody steps on a Lego church in my town!

It's the friends of Dorothy in the Merry Old Land of Oz! Old Ruby shoes herself with the Tin Man, Scarecrow, (disco) Lion, and even Toto, her loyal cat. Waitaminute.

Naked Legos beware: Lego Jason will Lego kill you.

In a way, this is one of my favorite ones, because I suspect this customizer didn't even need to do any alterations or re-painting, just some clever re-arrainging of existing pieces to make a perfect Lego Lone Ranger. Incidently, doesn't it seem kind of weird that they called him the "Lone" Ranger when his best friend was ALWAYS with him? I mean, I know he was the only "Ranger" around, but he still wasn't exactly "lone." Kind of odd.

LEGO. BEATLES. ABBEY. ROAD. Wow. And so what began as an idle distraction may turn out to lead to an actual purchase.