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Posted: Oct. 29, 2003 5:01 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

Over on the Alamo movie fan site, Mr. Peabody posted his "translation" of the official PR news release quoted above. He's given me his permission to repost it here for all the Disney EchoEars to see.




From: Mr. Peabody

Let me take a Bowie knife and slice through that PR crap!

"We previewed the first edit of Disney's 'The Alamo' to the target movie audience of youngsters ages 15 to 25 and the drama and epic scale of this legendary battle went way over their heads. kids hate history and there wasn't any gunplay like 'The Matrix' or violence like 'Kill Bill'. Perhaps we should of went for an adult audience like Kevin Costner did in 'Open Range' but were in the business to make money, not lose money. Adults go to a movie once or twice. But the kids go to the movies 12 or 15 times like the little sheep that they are!

We have ordered director John Lee Hancock to go back into the editing room and present an edit that appeals to our dimwitted demographic. John Lee is upset with our decision, but if he wants to work in this town again he'll grin and bear it! John Lee also directed the Disney family film 'The Rookie' own it today on DVD and VHS!

We apologize to those who have patiently waited for the release of 'The Alamo' but you are a small demographic! We also apologize to Billy Bob Thornton and Patrick Wilson who gave Oscar worthy performances. While on the subject of the Oscars, the conspiracy to give Tom Cruise an Oscar for best actor gains new ground! Our demographic will see Cruise in the action packed film 'The Last Samurai.'

Again, we express our heartfelt regret to the fans of the Alamo (yeah, right) as conciliation we invite you to visit Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim. Unfortunately, we also insist that you pay our exorbitant ticket prices.

To the fans of the Alamo and dramatic film, we look forward to releasing 'The Alamo' in April 2004. However we just might withold the release again, as getting as many teenagers to be repeat ticket buyers takes precedence over all else.

Enjoy the winter season. And don't forget to take the little ones to Disney's 'Brother Bear.' We must make the next generation repeat ticket buyers."

Hey, Disney! As we say in Boston: "Screw!"

-- Mr. Peabody




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Posted: Oct. 29, 2003 6:44 am/pm Quote

It's no go for 'The Alamo' as Disney postpones film

An article about Disney's decision to postpone the opening of The Alamo in the Orlando Sentinel.

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Posted: Oct. 29, 2003 9:49 am/pm Quote

Carol alerted me to an error in the link I posted above, which I just fixed. Note, though, that free registration is required to view the Orlando Sentinel article.

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Posted: Oct. 31, 2003 12:14 am/pm Quote

Studio delays release of "Alamo"
This article by New9 San Antonio has a video link to the news report which includes some of the Alamo's trailer.

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FORGET "The Alamo" — for now
Speculation that the reason for the delay: “some industry watchers suggest includes cutting the reported 2-hour, 45-minute running time,” and the lukewarm reaction by some test audiences.

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Note that in the link directly above this line, the article gives a tentative world premEAR date of March 27, 2004: "The invitation-only premiere tentatively has been rescheduled for March 27. 'The Alamo' is expected to have its theatrical release in April."


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Posted: Nov. 10, 2003 1:07 am/pm Quote

Disney Shoots Itself in Foot at the Alamo

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ALAMO hero Davy Crockett has been portrayed as a "coward" in a Walt Disney movie.

Now the £51 million epic, due to be released on Christmas Day, is to be reedited and new scenes shot following uproar in the US.

Tennessee-born hero Crockett - of direct Irish-Scots Presbyterian descent, whose ancestors emigrated from North Tyrone-East Donegal - is depicted as a coward who has little stomach for fighting.

Portrayed in the original 1950s movie by actor Fess Parker as making a brave last stand at the Alamo and refusing to surrender to the Mexican army, in the new movie about the 1836 San Antonio massacre Crockett is shown begging for his life in front of General Santa Ana.

The Corpus Christi Times in Texas said: "Any Texan worth his lizard skin boots and Willie Nelson albums knows better than to smear the legend of Davy Crockett."

The release of The Alamo - which stars Billy Bob Thornton as Crockett - has been put back after preview audiences complained it was "too politically correct" and pointed out that Disney had tried to portray the Mexican side sympathetically to appeal to Mexican-Americans and other Hispanics living in the US.

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Posted: Nov. 10, 2003 1:34 am/pm Quote

The link in Rich's post just above takes you to a Northern Ireland news WWW site.  I wonder if anyone from that site was at any of the test screenings of it in recent months?  Since I wasn't at a test screening I don't know precisely what had audiences lukewarm towards the project other than what I read on Disney fan sites, The Alamo movie fan site and general movie fan fan sites.  From what I've read the re-editting has to do more with the length and lack of emotion in the movie.  When Fess Parket swung around Ol' Betsy as he stood his last in Disney's 1950s Wonderful World of Disney depiction of The Battle of the Alamo, it wasn't exactly based on detailed voluminous information from eyewitnesses who survived the battle.  Current historic research, based on the de la Pena diary (a Mexican soldier who was there) seem to point that Crockett was captured and executed, facing his death front ways like a "hero" would vs. being shot in back as if fleeing.  Even the official Alamo WWW site operated by the Daughters of Texas will acknowledge it's still not entirely clear how any of the Alamo defenders individually met their fates.  Look up on the Discovery Channel WWW site for a show called "History's Mysteries" and they did a whole show trying to probe some of the ambiguous historical record about the Alamo battle and Crockett's end (the show's results were inconclusive, but the intrigue made you watch! ).  The news Rich points to above may or may not be factual, but the tone of the article seems to me like 'piling on' top of Disney.

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Posted: Nov. 10, 2003 1:42 am/pm Quote

Quote (CarolKoster @ Nov. 10, 2003 12:34 am/pm)
When Fess Parket swung around Ol' Betsy as he stood his last in Disney's 1950s Wonderful World of Disney depiction of The Battle of the Alamo, it wasn't exactly based on detailed voluminous information from eyewitnesses who survived the battle.

No, but it's what we believe!

And no retelling of the story will have us forget what Walt taught us when we Remember the Alamo!

That might be the trouble that the new movie is having...
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Give 'em heck, Davey!


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Posted: Nov. 10, 2003 1:46 am/pm Quote

Producer OK with 'Alamo' delay

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Brian Grazer, who with Ron Howard is a producer on "The Alamo," said the delay is a good thing.

"It was a decision that was made by Disney. I thought it was courageous. I was happy they did it," he said. "They needed to work more on the movie, to cut time out. I think it'll become a more resonant film when it's shorter, focusing on some of these amazing sequences that John Lee (Hancock) did shoot."

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Posted: Nov. 10, 2003 2:03 am/pm Quote

Folks on The Alamo movie fan site don't seem aware of the above Northern Ireland news article.  Folks over there are still discussing the delay of the movie to April 2004.  Someone worked a sci-fi convention in Orlando that attracted some Hollywood professionals who were familiar with The Alamo movie project.  They told the one who posted tht the delay of the project should not be viewed as a bad thing, that it should be viewed as good for the quality of the movie they are trying to make.

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Posted: Nov. 10, 2003 2:13 am/pm Quote

The official The Alamo movie WWW site has been revised for the new premiere date.

And here's the unofficial Alamo movie fan site discussion area.


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