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Music Monday – “Grim Grinning Ghosts”

Haunted Mansion Album

I’m out on vacation this week in sunny Florida, so this Music Monday is coming a little early. Here’s the music from my favorite ride in Disney World. I have the full soundtrack somewhere in my house that has a lot of neat out-takes with Thurl Ravenscroft and Paul Frees. Fun fact about this song is that to get the creepy disorientated sound, the musicians played portions of the music backwards. Then they took the backwards recordings and reversed them and sync’d it to the other tracks. Pretty wild in the days before computer multi-tracking! See you next week!

Movie Info of the Week (Nov 29 – Dec 3 2010)

My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
Knight & Day

Knight & Day – there really wasn’t anything great to pick this week for DVD and Blu-Ray. I chose this one because it was a pleasant surprise when I saw it over the summer. I had no desire to see it at all but on a boring, rainy day down the shore it was the only thing playing at a decent time. I actually laughed a lot more than I thought I would. Tom Cruise was pretty damn good in it. Its an action comedy so you get all the car chases and shoot outs but with some laughs. Its not a great movie by any means but it was enjoyable as a summer popcorn action flick.

My Theater Pick
Black Swan

Black Swan – this is only going to be a limited release this Friday but its the movie I am most looking forward to out of anything else hitting the theater this weekend. Darren Aronofsky made films like Pi, The Fountain and The Wrestler. But his movie that is one of my favorites of all time is Requiem For A Dream. He’s a very unique director and always taking on projects to challenge himself. He actually just signed on to direct the next Wolverine movie which is a very odd choice for him. But I instantly got excited about that movie after he became a part of it. Anyway, Black Swan is a trippy, weird looking movie about battling ballet stars played by Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman. That might sound like garbage but go watch the trailer. Its a total creepfest. And I’d be lying if I said the hardcore make out scene between the 2 chicks didn’t get me excited too.

Box Office Results
Harry Potter

I guess I’m not really surprised that Deathly Hallows took the #1 spot again. I am surprised that Tangled nearly beat it. Disney is still a money making machine. Since nothing really huge comes out this weekend, I guess it will be another battle between Harry and Tangled. I wonder if all the people who saw Harry this past weekend will go see Tangled now instead? They don’t really have the same demographic but we’ll see.

Also coming out in stores this week is Nicolas Cage in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the vampire spoof film Vampires Suck.

Also hitting theaters this Friday is the fantasy action film The Warrior’s Way starring South Korean actor Jang Dong-gun along with Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush, Danny Huston and many more.

The Model Sheets That Flap In The Night

Darkwing Duck model sheet

I found Toby Shelton’s personal blog the other day and was floored by a bunch of great model sheets done for some famous Disney series from the late ’80-early 90’s. Toby served as a character designer for Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck, and he was gracious enough to post his original designs for all to admire. You might recognize a lot of the above poses as most were used directly in the show in some reguard. However, in most cases Toby’s craft and appeal have some how been zapped out of them from an overseas production house. As such, its a pleasure to be able to see these original drawings of some of your childhood’s favorite characters.

Head on over to Toby’s blog to check out more of his work which includes a few more model sheets as well as a few storyboard panels from “How To Train Your Dragon”. It’s great stuff.

“Princess and the Frog” Rough Animation

Howdy all. Hope everyone has had a chance to check out GFG#5 “How To Hook Up The NES“. So far, so good! As much quality as we tried to jam into our latest here at the Shamoozal, we’re still just a handful of guys doing this in our spare time with a budget of zero dollars. Of course, when I see rough animation for the upcoming “Princess and the Frog”, I can’t help but get pumped and humbled at the same time. There is some really amazing character work going on here. I especially like what’s going on with the crocodile character as well as the long, drawn out handling of the villain. This is looking like a sure fire hit the more I see of it.