For those not up on their Disney theme-park lore, the Hatbox Ghost was an effect for the Haunted Mansion ride that failed to work as planned, and was quickly removed from the attraction. The idea was that, using lighting effects, the ghost's head would disappear, and reappear inside the hat box he was holding. Though the animatronic figure was removed, a picture of him still hangs on the wall.
But in honor of the 60th anniversary of Disneyland, theme-park blog Inside the Magic reports that they're bringing him back, with today's technology having presumably long since caught up to what was originally intended. And the anniversary may not be the only thing they had in mind - Guillermo del Toro's long-gestating Haunted Mansion movie finally seems to be moving forward with Ryan Gosling in the lead - and the director previously announced, several Comic-Cons ago, that the Hatbox Ghost would be the focus.
Is it possible they held off on the movie until the character could be brought back "in person"? I wouldn't put it past the undisputed masters of corporate synergy.
Honestly, I'm not sure why some version of this pitch hasn't been made before. Hell, back in my film school days, there was a kid in my class who was pitching a horror version of Chuck E. Cheese as his student short (I've no idea where he would have found the money to build an animatronic - and in the end I don't think he made it. But still).
Five Nights at Freddy's, the game that has you working night security at a pizza place full of scary animatronics, has just been optioned for a movie by Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter author Seth Grahame-Smith, who intends to work closely with game creator Scott Cawthon. Honestly, Hollywood could easily have just ripped off the notion, so buying the actual IP feels like good sportsmanship. Now, how to expand the story so it's about more than opening and closing doors at the right time?
If it were me, I'd mash-up this franchise with Paul Blart, and have Freddy Fazbear's be part of a much larger mall at night. Just so long as Kevin James agrees to pull a Janet Leigh and get surprisingly killed off 20 minutes in.
People on the Internet mashing up Sesame Street to gangsta rap - give it up. Actual Sesame Street has you beat for adult-themed incongruity, again.
Make no mistake - this is a wonderful parody.
It is also full of coded references to all the incest, poisonings, murders and so on that any parent who watches GoT will get. So I have to ask - when do we get Fifty Shades of Green with Oscar the Grouch? (I would be completely unsurprised to hear that it exists and I missed it.)
i also fear that in this world of "Chesteros," a mortal feud is about to begin, due to House Grover hijacking Count Von Count's function as the counting guy.More >>
...by which I basically mean Evil Dead without the blood and tree rape, because kids are the main victims here and Hollywood's not going to make a movie that absolutely repulses people like that. The mayhem and the scares and the possession and all of that remains intact. And how nice is it that FOR ONCE, a movie about a family haunted pretty much within one house actually looks like it spent some money and doesn't wait till the very end to show you the cool shit?
Joe Dante's 3D movie The Hole already remade Poltergeist unofficially, but since it didn't have the brand-name it wasn't widely seen. The Sam Raimi/Rob Tapert connection is the only real factor of interest to me here, as it looks like their touch is all over things, and Drag Me to Hell had a blast being both scary and not R-rated.
Also, I finally agree with all y'all. The new clown is creepier. I concede.More >>
Now the other puppets really will be professionally jealous.
Funko's Pop Vinyl has a signature feature of black dots for eyes - it's part of the stylization that allows them to get around the fact that they don't always have actor likeness rights. But Cookie Monster, apparently, is special - he gets to keep his regular "crazy eyes."
I think the blue guy's letting fame go to his head, with all the SNL petitions and Star Wars skits and such. Next thing you know, he'll be demanding cookies that contain only brown M&Ms baked in.
Diamond wouldn't be the first to take on this license, but the diorama bases are a boon to those of us who could never get previous Jack Skellingtons to stand up straight. Sally will even come with alternate kneeling legs so the dress sculpt looks right in either signature pose. Oogie Boogie has a removable face and a stone floor base (not pictured), and Jack just has a base that pretty much rules.
And I say that not even being much of a fan of the film. So I can't imagine how badly all the goth couples who used Jack and Sally as wedding cake toppers are foaming at the mouth right now.
Ya might wanna preorder, pronto.
If I ran this as an April Fool post, would any of you have believed it?
"The first screen personas I ever loved were Henson creations, first on 'Sesame Street,' and then on 'Fraggle Rock,'" Gordon-Levitt said. "Jim Henson's characters make you laugh and sing, but they're also layered, surprising, and wise. From Oscar the Grouch, to Yoda, to the Fraggles. I've never stopped loving his work, even as a young frisky man, and on into adulthood. Collaborating with Lisa Henson makes me confident we can do something that Jim would have loved. I'm grateful and excited to be working with New Regency on this project."JGL will produce AND star - I'm guessing as the guy who owns Sprocket the dog, who was played in the wraparound segments by a different actor depending which country you watched the show in. As a kid, I got very confused when Irish TV would broadcast the US episodes with an American inventor, and British TV would show the UK episodes with a Scottish lighthouse-keeper. With the star of Looper and Inception in charge, I'd love to see a storyline that reconciles all those wraparound segments within the same reality somehow.
From hearing "Jabba" speaking English on set to seeing the little person hidden in his tail, this documentary short will make you understand why George Lucas much prefers CGI even though the puppet is way cooler - the sheer effort it took to pull off the Hutt's performance is amazing. And the clever way the editing hides a multitude of weaknesses shows you just how budget limits can lead to creativity.
Yes, digital is a LOT easier - but sometimes, having people suffer for their art is better for the end product.More >>
Like Rob Bricken's persistent phobia of E.T., this is a drum I'm going to keep beating: for all the talk about "uncanny valley" and CG characters that we hear nowadays, nothing about digital cartoons is remotely as creepy as Gerry Anderson's marionettes were. NOTHING. Thunderbirds may be a property that does not belong in live-action, but with glassy-eyed puppets it's only good for nightmare fuel of the wrong kind, as far as I'm concerned. I have always believed this and I stand by it.
So this new CG version? It looks a million percent better to me. And if that makes me sound like George Lucas, so be it. I'll dig out my one and only plaid shirt for solidarity.More >>
If you're already coming here, I assume you know about full-body pillows featuring anime characters and others that the purchaser presumably wants to imagine sleeping with.
Got that concept in your head? Okay, good, because the next step is here - one that verbally expresses pleasure when you fondle her breasts. Did I say "good"? I meant "Ewww."
There's a catch - be too rough with her and her love-meter will descend into hate. And presumably then be purchased only by horrible people who enjoy ignoring consent. Better with a pillow than a person, certainly, but still...if you favor interaction with different possible outcomes, there's this great game I can suggest to you. It's called "non-creepily relating to human beings." Difficulty level is super hard at times, I know, but the rewards you can earn are worth it.More >>