Episode 29: Movie Reviews and More!

We’re back! Did you miss us? Beyond the Berm returns for episode 29 after a long holiday break!

To start off, we spend a good bit of time discussing the recent Disney movie releases that we have seen, which include Frozen, Saving Mr. Banks, and Thor: The Dark World. We also discuss The Lone Ranger, which is now out on DVD and Blu-Ray. What did we think about all of these? Listen in to find out.

Matt then tells about the holiday-themed overlay of the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, known as the Jingle Cruise, since he was able to experience the West Coast version. Hear what he thought about it.

Up next, we discuss some of the rumors of possible additions to the parks, including a future Star Wars land, and we talk about the rumors that these rumored additions have been cancelled or delayed due to MyMagic+, among other things. Not that we really have any inside information at all, but that never has stopped us from talking about anything before, has it?

All this and more in Episode 29 of Beyond the Berm!

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More ‘Lone Ranger’ Fallout

We’ve been discussing on a few of the past podcasts whether there would be any fallout or collateral damage resulting from the poor box office performance of “The Lone Ranger” this past Fourth of July weekend and into the summer.  Disney is expected to take a $190 million loss on the film.

In Episode 24, we mention that the date of the next installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise has been postponed from its July 2015 slot to perhaps a Memorial Day 2016 release.

Now, the next shoe has dropped.  Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer have announced that they are not renewing a first-look deal that saw the studio release a wide slate of films over the past two decades.  According to this article, the partnership has resulted in 27 films accounting for more than $3.7 billion in box office receipts worldwide.

Bruckheimer will still work with Disney to release future projects that have been established at the studio, including any future “Pirates” or “National Treasure” films.  The agreement will allow the producer to work on more adult-oriented/action films outside of the confines of the more family-friendly fare Disney is known for.  Disney, for its part, will focus more of its film making on franchises such as Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, etc.

What do you think?  Surprised that Bruckheimer was set free based on the performance of “The Lone Ranger”?  A smart move by Disney to refocus efforts on in-house franchises?  A change in how big, tent pole movies are financed and distributed?  Let’s hear your thoughts.

~ Matt

Episode 21: Mickey, Walt, Lone Ranger, Legends

The Beyond the Berm Podcast is back with Episode 21!

To start things off, we discuss the new Mickey Mouse short cartoons that have been airing on the Disney Channel. Have you seen them yet? You can watch them all on the Disney website. See if your opinions about them match up with ours.

Next up, we talked about the just-released first trailer for the upcoming movie Saving Mr. Banks, about Walt Disney, P.L. Travers, and the story behind the making of the movie Mary Poppins. The trailer has been making quite a few waves on the internet. And once again, if you haven’t seen the trailer, you can watch it on the Disney website.

After that, Steve gives his review of the Lone Ranger. As you may know from listening, he has been looking forward to this movie for some time. Did it meet up with his expectations?

Also, the newest Disney Legends were announced the other day, so we go over the list a bit, giving some thoughts about those who are included in this year’s class.

All that and the usual fun await you in Episode 21!

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