Madagascar: A Crate Adventure had its soft opening on Friday 13thThere is already a You Tube video.
From Daniel EtcheberryCheck it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRpAdZa15fo
Posted May 14, 2011 at 1:37 PM
The camera was shaky at times, and out of focus at other times. It is a very dark ride, so sometimes one can't see a thing.
It doesn't look impressive. I like the shadows of the captain and the penguin in the first scene (very funny) and the part with the "move it" song.
The rest is so-so at best.
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From Robert NilesIt's interesting that they blended film with the animatronics. I kinda lost the plot near the end, though. It didn't seem to track all the way through with the movie, but it's been ages since I saw the film.
Posted May 14, 2011 at 1:39 PM
Shooting a dark ride is tough without professional lenses or special show lighting. The typical dark ride interior lighting doesn't support home photography very well. But I saw enough here that I'd definitely want to see this come to a US park. And the exterior is spectacular.
From Lauren HayhurstI liked the tower of crates almost falling on your head! Where has this opened?
Posted May 14, 2011 at 1:53 PM
From Robert NilesWhoops, sorry. This is at Universal Studios Singapore.
Posted May 14, 2011 at 2:22 PM
From Terri PierceVery interesting. I would have to experience all the extras you get when you're actually in the ride to determine how good it would be.
Posted May 14, 2011 at 2:45 PM
There are a few points in there that didn't flow though. I'm pretty sure they stole some of the scenes from the end and placed them at the beginning of the ride... but very interesting on how they did this ride. Seems long- which I like.
From Daniel EtcheberryRobert, I totally agree with you that the exterior is spectacular. Could you imagine that exterior next to Universal Orlando's lagoon where Fear Factor stands now?
Posted May 14, 2011 at 3:13 PM
I suppose the "move it" part was impossible to do it with animatronics because they can't move and dance like they do in animation. I like the transition from animatronics to animation.
From Jorge ArnoldsonSpeaking of soft openings on Friday the 13th, I went to a Passholder preview of The Seas with Nemo and Friends at Epcot. Although it's an Omnimover (which tends to run really efficiently), it was broken down when I got in line. :P
Posted May 15, 2011 at 8:59 AM
From Ashleigh NoadFrom what I've read there are no drops at all.
Posted May 15, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Seems to be mainly appealing for little kids.
From Mike SearyThis ride seems more at home in a Disney park than Universal.
Posted May 15, 2011 at 1:41 PM
From Nick Markham^It wouldn't work because Dreamworks is a huge competitor with PIXAR.
Posted May 15, 2011 at 2:01 PM
From Mike SearyNo I know... I just meant style-wise, like the type of ride, or the experience of the ride, not so much the intellectual property.
Posted May 15, 2011 at 3:07 PM
It's basically just "Animals of the Caribbean".
From Ashleigh NoadI think it's a good move of Universal to be putting in more 'kiddie/Disney-esque' style type rides. They are branching out their target audience.
Posted May 16, 2011 at 5:47 AM
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