Around this time in 2013 (March 3rd to be exact), Inside the Magic released their 413th podcast. At the 36:00 minute mark, Ricky & Skipper Ben gave an interesting back-&-forth. Coming off the Oscars, they brought up the Great Movie Ride. Since it's been practically the same for 20-something years, they did this: going scene-by-scene of the original, they rattled off what films THEY would replace if there ever could be an update. The ideas they had were quite interesting.
Seeing that it's 2 years after that podcast & GMR IS getting updated, I thought I'd do the same thing they did but give my 2 cents (just for the heck of it). Some of my ideas are somewhat similar to theirs, but not I haven't overall ripped theirs' off. I actually had this idea a little before that podcast was released. I even had an idea of "what if there was a second track" (different story), but realized that couldn't happen. Most of my changes would turn the rooms into many genres into one room instead of one film specifically. You know how there are separate themed rooms in Madame Tussauds' wax museums? It'd be kinda like that. I'm fully aware that lots of these have no chance of happening in real life, but hey; a guy can dream, can't he? Let's get started, shall we?
- THE FOOTLIGHT PARADE: This room would be changed to highlight a bunch of black & white and/or silent movies in them. There would be Harold Lloyd hanging on the clock from Safety Last, Charlie Chaplin & the blind girl from City Lights, the moon with the rocket in his eye from A Trip to the Moon, possibly one of Buster Keaton's roles (maybe The General), the Marx Brothers in a balcony box from A Night at the Opera; films like that. The original water tower could be kept (I could go either way). & before we leave that scene, Al Jolson from The Jazz Singer (not in blackface) would be at the corner, sending us off with "Wait a minute! Wait a minute! You ain't heard nuthin' yet!", transitioning from the silent into the sound.
- SINGIN' IN THE RAIN/MARY POPPINS: These two parts would be the musical section. You could have Audrey Hepburn singing "Moon River", Tony & Maria singing "Tonight", Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers singing "Cheek to Cheek", the King of Siam & Anna singing "Shall We Dance", Maria von Trapp singing "the Hills Are Alive", Joel Grey & Liza Minnelli from Cabaret, etc. Some of the characters could be on the rooftops with Mary & Bert, some behind Gene's lamppost, some could be dancing on clouds, various stuff like that. Any singing could be switch to be like some of those Sesame Street songs, where one character sings one set of lyrics of a song, another character sings different lyrics & put together, they play off well without sounding cluttered... if that's possible. We'd end with Chicago & 42nd Street, transitioning to the city feel of...
- THE GANGSTER SCENE: This would be similar to what Inside the Magic came up with. We'd start with soft gangster & city-esque films then we'd end with the hardcore all-out films. We'd first have sound footage of some scenes (that would come from the different buildings), like the jury arguing in 12 Angry Men, the Psycho shower scene, Stanley from A Streetcar Named Desire screaming for Stella, maybe even Alex singing HIS version of "Singin' in the Rain". There's that random wall with gangster movie posters which doesn't make sense when you think about it. We're transported into this movie yet there's a poster of this movie in this world? Besides, there's no other movie posters of the other movies represented. (see the problem?) I'd tear that wall down & replace it Atticus talking with Scout & Jem, outside the jailhouse from To Kill a Mockingbird. On the ground, there could be Marilyn Monroe's famous subway scene from the 7 Year Itch, James Cagney can stay where he is, Roger Rabbit & Eddie could be hiding in an alley/behind a corner, the gangsters from Goodfellas, etc. The scene with the live gangster/bandit hijacking the car I'd get rid of. I'd put Don Corleone & his associates outside his office, Bonnie & Clyde would replace the nameless animatronic gangsters & the car at the right could either be Robert DeNiro as Travis Bickle in his taxi or the Chevelle Malibu with Samuel L. Jackson & John Travolta from Pulp Fiction. It ends with a war of gangsters of different mobs as we escape to the next area.
- THE WESTERN SCENE: Similar to above; just more of the genre. Clint Eastwood & John Wayne I'd keep, but give them more recognizable roles. Clint would be the Man with No Name & John would be Rooster from True Grit. There would be Butch & Sundance (the reason the bank heist is happening, perhaps), Black Bart & the Waco Kid are the ones stopping them, Gary Cooper could be waiting with Eastwood for the showdown at High Noon to start, maybe underneath the sheriff could be McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Alan Ladd as Shane, Jon Voight from the Midnight Cowboy, all watching the robbery with the passengers. The stagecoach from Stagecoach would be at the start of the scene.
- ALIEN: Again, like Inside the Magic, the transition would start with the opening from Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind; Richard Dreyfus looking at the Mothership hovering above the Devils Tower. After that, then we'd end up in a spaceship. Sigourney Weaver & one of the Xenomorphes can stay, HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey would be speaking over it all, Tom Hanks from Apollo 13, the robot from the Day the Earth Stood Still, even a video transmission report from the Terminator. Any Star Wars scene would either be the heroes riding in Han's spaceship or Luke & Darth Vader's battle. There wouldn't be any Star Trek films, because I think that's better associated TV-wise (since that's where it started). That's not a problem, right Spock?
- INDIANA JONES: This would be the action films section. Harrison Ford & John Rhys-Davies them lifting the Ark I'd keep. Peter O'Toole as Lawrence of Arabia would be on a camel, Moses would be returning with the 10 Commandments, Ben Hur would be in his chariot, Frodo, Gandalf & the dwarfs on their way to Mount Doom & Robin Hood atop the Ark platform ready to shoot some arrows. Before we exit, we'd see Egon leading the rest of the Ghostbusters, sensing the presense of paranormal activity.
- ANUBIS TEMPLE/MUMMIES: Like Inside the Magic, horror could start here. We'd start with monster flicks then head to the other kind of horror movies (which is why we had the Ghostbusters foreshadowing). In place of the Anubis ruby & the altar, there'd be King Kong chained up (not on a stage, it'd be part of the temple), roaring & ready to attack. From the opposite of Kong would be the main 4 monsters: Frankenstein, Dracula, the Mummy & the Wolf Man, all laughing evilly. Near Kong's feet would be the gorilla guards, Cornelius, Zira, George Taylor & Dr. Zaius from Planet of the Apes; Kong could be the apes' idol god & they're about to sacrafice George. Maybe the hieroglyphics on the wall could be other horror icons; they have C3PO & R2D2 near Indy, why not do the same here? In place of the generic mummies in the next room, there'd be more recognizable horror icons. Regan from the Exorcist, Freddy Kruger, Night of the Living Dead zombies, Jason, Micheal Myers, & Jack Nicholson giving his famous "Heeeeeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny!". I couldn't think of a way to incorporate ol' Bruce from Jaws (where other genre could he be?) into section. If he'd be there, one of the mechanical sharks from the former Universal ride could be reused here.
- TARZAN: This one was tough, 'cause it's probably my favorite scene; the size of the room, the many different plants/foliage, it feels like a deleted part for the Jungle Cruise, right down to the point of having one of the African elephants. (anyone ever notice that?) If you had to twist my arm & force me to change it... maybe make it the romance section? We could start with Forrest Gump at the bus bench talking about his love for Jenny (with maybe Jenny there with him), then we'd have Clark Gable & Vivien Leigh at the staircase from Gone with the Wind (in place of Tarzan swinging), Jimmy Stewart & his family from the end of It's a Wonderful Life, Woody Allen & Diane Keaton from Annie Hall. At the end on the left, Jack & Rose atop head of the Titanic (can't put Bruce here, that'd ruin the moment) & maybe, if there would be room, the Casablanca scene could be brought forward here. The plane could just be turned 90 degrees.
- CASABLANCA: Since this film would be moved into the previous scene, we've got perfect real estate right here. Maybe this would be the 7 Dwarfs' cottage with Snow White singing "Someday my Prince Will Come". If they still have any of the animatronics from Snow White's Scary Adventures (the ones that weren't used in the Mine Train).
- FANTASIA: We started with the first/most famous/greatest 2D animated flick, now we move onto the first/most famous/greatest 3D film: Toy Story. It'd be the scene where Woody & the gang first meet Buzz. It could be like what they do with World of Color, done as a projection. Plus, when Buzz "blasts off", there'd be a Buzz spotlight of him flying around the place. You know how on the Winnie the Pooh ride, just as you head into the Heffalumps & Woozles scene, you first see Pooh floating & there's a spotlight of him floating around the room? It could be like that. Why not animatronics? 'Cause it's a small, tight room; not much could be added. That'd be it for animated films. Not much & it's all Disney, but copyrights with other companies so...
- WIZARD OF OZ: This section I'd both keep and change. I'd change the Munchkinland section but keep the lead characters reaching Emerald City. Munchkinland would be remade to the fantasy genre. Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka could start the section, singing "Pure Imagination" (setting the scene), seated on a large chair could be Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle (with Natalie Wood on his lap) maybe in place of the Wicked Witch, Jimmy Stewart would be talking to Harvey (with Harvey's shadow in the bunny's place), one of Ray Harryhausen's movies could be there (either Jason & the Argonauts or 7th Voyage of Sinbad), Douglas Fairbanks & Julanne Johnston from the Thief of Bagdad could be on a flying carpet, ET & Elliot could be on the bicycle (flying or not), the main characters from the Princess Bride on the white horses, Christopher Reeve as Superman flying, Babe & maybe Alastair Sim as Scrooge with Tiny Tim. After these, we'd move to the Emerald City. After that, we'd finish off with...
- FINALE MONTAGE: Remember how I said Tarzan was hard to replace? Well... I was wrong. THIS is the hardest part to change. This montage is one of the best combination pieces that represents everything that can be said about movies. It's so fantastic, edited with thousands upon thousands of greats, transitions from genre to genre flawlessly & is one of the big inspirations for this animation project I'm doing. The fact that the actual ride is gonna change this part is rather worrisome. Who knows what's gonna happen? You'd have to put a gun to my head for me to change this. I strained really hard for this but I came up with something; might not be great, but at least it's something. It could all be set to "This Only Happens in the Movies"; a deleted song from the unmade Roger Rabbit prequel. It could either be done by a Disney chorus with Hollywood-esque music or Kerry Butler could re-record it, with new lyrics. How the montage could be arranged? I dunno. Haven't gotten that far. Before we exit, there's that empty space (where originally, the characters we just saw in the ride would be taking a bow.) In that space, we could have a painted tarp that has the Hollywood sign; but instead of "Hollywood" it'd say "THE END" as we exit into the loading area.
Well, that's about it. What do you guys think; my ideas sound interesting? What changes would YOU guys makeover in GMR if you had the chance? Tell me both in the comments.