Scenes From The 1986 Captain EO Premiere at Disneyland - George Lucas is very excited, and Michael Eisner calls the Disneyland fire department. Exciting stuff.
The cool part was when the puppeteer’s hand would disconnect from his arm to control Fuzzball as he was filmed flying over the audience.
(That’s totally how it worked, right?)
We Are Here To Change The World - Tomorrowland 2055 version/test recording.
If you are lucky, you might hear this track and the rest of the loop of ‘retro futurism’ Disney songs on it around the Space Mountain concourse at Disneyland (especially in the bathrooms).
I dig this.
Although I have a feeling that if I had just happened to hear this without having the name in front of me, I’d have spent the whole time knowing that it was familiar, but not quite being able to place what the tune was.
Sorry to point this out again, but I still can’t get over the fact that this is hanging on the back wall of Hooter’s bunk in Captain EO. I love it. It blows me away even more than the Donald and Daisy Duck stickers on Fuzzball’s wall.
Hooter: ladies’ man (elephant?).
Elizabeth Taylor visits Michael Jackson on the set of Captain EO.
That’s Hooter’s and Fuzzball’s bunk in the movie. Check out the pinup on the wall of the bottom bunk!
Also, Fuzzball’s got stickers of Donald and Daisy on the side of his top bunk! You can also see Fuzzball himself taking a nap in this shot.
When Cast Members have fun with parodies, you get Captain Eeyore. This was filmed at Videopolis in the late 1980s.
When I worked there in ODV, we filmed a Star Wars spoof called Vendor Wars. Our villain was Duck Vendor, who wore a helmet just like Darth Vader’s, but with a face mask that was a Mighty Ducks mask painted black. We were allowed to film in the park and in backstage areas after hours - Control One even did all-calls telling maintenance crews to stay away from where we were until we were finished so they wouldn’t be in the shot.
I got to wear Launchpad McQuack’s boots for one scene…the director wanted a shot of a long line at Churros 6 (by the Haunted Mansion), and wanted the line to include several Disney characters. Costuming didn’t trust us enough to let us borrow the actual characters (probably a very wise decision - it was past Mickey’s bedtime and we wouldn’t want him to not be fresh for the guests in the morning), but they did let us borrow their shoes so, with the right camera angle, it looked like we had actual characters.
Sadly, the two guys who were running things (and who owned all the equipment) got into some big fight with each other and refused to work with the other anymore. And since they both had bits of the footage and refused to give it up, Vendor Wars was abandoned with only a couple scenes left to shoot (the Cantina scene was going to be filmed at Acapulco’s across Harbor Blvd, and include Disneyland’s Vice President of Operations, who had given us the needed permission with the caveat that he got to make a cameo).
Vendor Wars never got finished, and the footage we had never got combined. it was still an amazing summer of spending many nights at the park as we filmed from park closing to park opening, then worked our shifts.
So it’s great to see a successful cast member parody live on, even if it’s not one I was involved with!