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Jason Lester

Jaws: The Musical

Published: June 3, 2006 at 4:23 PM

It seems the crazy skippers at Jaws at Universal Studios Florida found something to do while the ride was closed for a few months!


Replies (13)

Danny Bernard

Published: June 3, 2006 at 6:23 PM

shudder...
Dustin Kern

Published: June 3, 2006 at 9:21 PM

Wow, they really love their job, and they have way too much time on their hands!
Noel G

Published: June 3, 2006 at 10:32 PM

I think that is pretty cool, like one of the previous respondants to make a comment yes they do have to much time on their hands, if only more light hearted films were made and collected and put to a DVD as I am sure people would buy it. As gives a whole new dimension to attraction presenters they are real afterall.
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: June 3, 2006 at 11:10 PM

This is just... brilliant.

First, if Universal's PR department wasn't at least tangentially involved with this, it should have been, because this is the most convincing piece of video marketing for a theme park attraction I've ever seen. Forget Disney's made-for-cable Everest special. This piece made me what to get on a plane for Orlando... to go ride Jaws with this crew, before they find other gigs or Universal foolishly closes it again.

The piece exudes love and pride for this attraction and the employees' role in it, while maintaining an irreverent attitude throughout. That's a tough balance. The director did an outstanding job, and everyone involved deserves congratulations.

Seriously, Universal, you've got to show these folks some love here.

One other issue: The piece illuminates the rivalry between attraction crews that makes working in a theme park so much fun. If I were still working Tom Sawyer Island or Pirates (my two main locations back in the day at the MK), I'd be *dying* to match this effort with a video of our own. But I cannot imagine that Disney, with its, um, information control issues, would ever allow it.

Mark Hollamon

Published: June 4, 2006 at 5:03 AM

OUTSTANDING! Where do they hide these crew members? Universal should use them to educate new hires! This is the type of out of the box thinking employers should go nuts over! If the "animals" ran this zoo, it would be a better place! KUDOS!
Anthony Murphy
Writer

Published: June 4, 2006 at 7:38 AM

Very good!

I am pretty sure if it was Disney, they would have lost their jobs (that cause Disney has no sense of humor!)

Chris Walton

Published: June 4, 2006 at 5:30 PM

I found this and mentioned this in a recent post! Where's my credit?
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: June 5, 2006 at 11:01 AM

I'm sorry, Chris. Where did you post it? I often redirect submitted new threads for the discussion board on to the front page for the Blog Flume, but I don't remember seeing a previous post on this, either here or there.
Gareth H

Published: June 5, 2006 at 12:06 PM

It was there Robert, I replied to Chris's original thread on it. Think it was under his Universal Studios Update thread which has now been Archived!
Chris Walton

Published: June 5, 2006 at 2:04 PM

It's alright Robert, I appreciate your response. I did post it in the "Universal Orlando Update" thread a day prior,it was easy to overlook, thanks Gareth for backing me up.
Jason Lester

Published: June 5, 2006 at 7:32 PM

Sorry Chris. I hadn't seen your post before submitting the video.

That said, I find the whole thing brilliant. Universal would be smart to take advantage of this.

Chris Walton

Published: June 5, 2006 at 8:24 PM

It's cool Jason, I posted the following a day prior to your post...
"I found an interesting story involving Universal Orlando's Amity Island "skippers" producing a short film spoofing the Jaws saga that can be viewed on YouTube.com. Here's a link to the story of how 'Jaws The Musical: How to Tune a Fish' came to be...

http://www.spielbergfilms.com/jaws/876"

Jason Lester

Published: June 5, 2006 at 8:29 PM

I'm amazed at how much this has caught on over the past few days.

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