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Posted: Nov. 25, 2003 7:31 am/pm Quote

MK, Kimski, all:

OK, Just before Rich and our son and I head off for a couple of days of family visiting I checked in at Rotten Tomatoes to see what kind of reviews HM was getting.  And, well, uh, there are a couple of good reviews, and the rest, um....  (Rationalizing here) Oh well it'll still be interesting to see how they did the ride elements in the film, heh.  A lot of the critics like the set design, so when you're at the flicks check that out.

Parents:  Break down and read these reviews to get a sense of what HM is like for younger children.  I'm now rather glad we're not bringing our son and that our son in fact is too "chicken" to see it.  Based on one review I read at Rotten Tomatoes there's some imagery (one specifically) in the film I'd really rather he not see.  Your mileage may vary, but if you are concerned what the film actually shows vs. the trailers and teasers which are manipulative, on behalf of younger children, that is, you might want to know ahead of time what to expect so you can prepare your family or hire a sitter accordingly.

I hope the reviews get better.  Take good care.


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Posted: Nov. 25, 2003 11:07 am/pm Quote

Carol, have a nice holiday... I am going to see the movie tomorrow after work... so I will post my view then... hope the other reviews get better, but, that is not necessarily a
death sentence for the movie.... :ghost:
Lots of other popular films got bad reviews.... so I am keeping an open mind.....


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Posted: Nov. 25, 2003 11:47 am/pm Quote

Quote (MKBaughan @ Nov. 25, 2003 10:07 am/pm)
Carol, have a nice holiday...

We're enjoying our holiday. I'm actually posting now because we were pleasantly surprised to find that the Hampton Inn we're staying at is providing free internet access to us!
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Posted: Nov. 26, 2003 8:40 am/pm Quote

We're back from our trip.  I won the coin toss and Rich and our son went to see "Elf" (which they both liked a lot) and I went to see HM at 11:30 am today.

All this is IMHO/YMMV, maybe some light spoilers.  I can't shout this next paragraph loud enough:

LEAVE THE KIDDIES AT HOME!!!!!!  (Possible spoilers in next paragraph, you are forewarned.)

Even though Haunted Mansion at WDW or DL is a family attraction, this movie uses elements from the theme park attraction, mixes them with haunted house "cliches' " and expands upon these ideas.  It's not as bad as, say, a "Nightmare on Elm Street"-type movie.  However, for very young children there are going to be intense scenes of spectres, ghosts, the seance that you see in the teaser trailers is MUCH more intense than the teasers let on, a hanging, someone "burning in heck" for what they've done and some other intense stuff.  For adults with a sense of humor, maturity and perspective and who are familiar with the Disney ride it's not a problem.  But for those with too brief a life maturity, who have short attention spans, who latch onto ideas and hone in, who can't tell between fantasy and reality particularly about hauntings or seances, and get scared with sudden noises, a dark-toned color pallette, and so forth, it's a mercy to them to "tag team" seeing this movie (one stays home with the kids, the other sees the movie, then swap) or hire a sitter, or buy this or rent it later on home video and see it after the kids are in bed or while they're in school or away from home.  Perhaps age 10 or older can tolerate this movie's effects and certain sequences.  

I liked this movie.  I didn't think it was as bad as the Rotten Tomatoes reviews, but then again it's no Pirates of the Caribbean movie, either.  I'd give it a 6-7.5 on a scale of 10.  I'd definitely see it again.  But not to the extent of multiple times such as with Pirates.  Go see it, either in matinee or evening full-price feature.  Fans of the ride will definitely be in familiar territory and I think will like a lot of this movie.  It would have benefitted from some tightening up.  I think the filmmakers were going for the sort of storytelling technique Walt Disney used to employ, which is start slowly, bring your audience up to speed with you, then tell your story.  It seems to start too slowly if they are in fact using Walt's technique.  Pirates handles the integration of ride references with the story more deftly, left the Disney fans in the audiences wanting more.  HM I think has fully explored it's subject matter and definitely doesnt need a sequel.  The IZ U Nelly music at the end is not as bothersome as viewing the music video of it on the movie's official WWW site was.  And YES STAY TO THE END OF THE CREDITS especially if you really enjoy the theme park attraction.

If you live in the New Orleans metro area:  Eddie Murphy makes a joke about jambalaya and the kind of seafood in it which is not authentic to the city's cuisine.  And the last scene of the movie, just before the closing credits, is of something very familiar on a daily basis to many in the New Orleans metro area.  

I saw the movie at Rave multiplex in Daphne AL, just outside of Mobile AL.  Fabulous theatre.  I saw the 11:30am matinee.  Maybe 30-40 people were in the audience is all.  No young kids were there but there were children.  No one left, heard no crying or upsets.  I was the only one to stay completely to the end.  The showing I attended was not sold out by any means.

If movies make you "jump" in startlement, there's a bit of this in HM, in visual and aural "Boo!"-type brief things, and the moviemakers play with the audio in that you can hear sound travel through the theatre and not just coming from the screen.  It's no big deal, just some little "Boo!" type things.  

Movie has some intense stuff, but nothing mature adults and older kids can't handle.  Some of it borders on PG-13.  The movie is rated PG.  

Trailers before the movie:  Peter Pan (new trailer I've never seen before, makes it look a lot less like the Disney animated film, parents should take special note of this trailer before you let very young children see the movie in December), Hidalgo (re-cut trailer from the one that ran in front of Pirates of the CAribbean over the summer, since Hildalgo was pulled from a fall 2003 release it may have been re-editted due to test audience reaction), Miracle (about the US Olympic Hockey team of 1980 at Lake Placid NY), and Agent Cody Banks 2: Assignment London.  

That's it for now.  Anyone else see HM?  What did you think?
Oh, and I think real estate agents might get a kick out of this movie.


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Posted: Nov. 27, 2003 2:54 am/pm Quote

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If any of you want to go into more detail than Carol did about what is in the movie, but you don't want to write a spoiler that would ruin it for others who haven't seen the movie yet, read on. Spoilers are bits of the story that give away (or "spoil") a movie, ride, or show for someone who hasn't experience it yet. Here's how to post a message (or reply to one) with a spoiler in it which will be completely hidden except by those who want to read it:

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Posted: Nov. 27, 2003 9:28 am/pm Quote

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#1 of 4:  The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway bridges, north and south bound, are in the closing scene of the movie.  Thousands of commuters cross this bridge daily, including Rich.  To the south is Metairie and the suburbs of New Orleans, and to the north are the bedroom communities of St. Tammany Parish.  No swamplands such as where the HM in the story of the movie would supposedly be.

#2 of 4:  The scene at the end of the credits has Madame Leota speaking the last words of the Haunted Mansion Disneyland attraction, about hurrying back, hurrying back, be sure to bring your death certificate. etc.  The style is like the opening credits of the film, and Madame Leota's crystal ball head is floating around as she says it.  It's very well done and amusing and familiar to those who enjoy the HM attractions at WDW and DL.

#3 of 4:  Eddie Murphy as Jim Evers says "He must've eaten a bad clam in some jambalaya" as a supposition why someone is acting the way they are.  We don't use clams in our jambalaya here.

#4 of 4:  At the end of the closing credits Disney does include a printed invitation to ride the HM rides at WDW and DL.  It's in the same style as the closing credits, but it's there.  I based on what I've read in the reviews of "Cat in the Hat" Disney's method of "inviting" the movie goer to the Disney theme parks is a lot more tasteful than how "Cat in the Hat" issues the same reference.  


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Posted: Nov. 27, 2003 6:49 am/pm Quote

Estimated ONLY from Box Office Mojo for Wednesday, November 26, 2003, the day Haunted Mansion opened.

HM opened in 3,122 theatres, made an estimated $4,390,000 US gross domestic box office receipts, makes it #2 in the US that day.  #1 was Cat in the Hat, #3 was Elf.


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Here are Haunted Mansion avatars available for your use on the Disney Echo. If you want to use one of these, go to Your MouseControl Panel and then Personal Info and Disney Avatar Options.

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Posted: Nov. 29, 2003 7:25 am/pm Quote

Estimates only are available on Box Office Mojo.com until Monday, December 1 and the long Thanksgiving holiday is over and yields back to normal business activity.  But as of Friday November 28, 2003 it's estimated that HM made $9,777,000 on Friday, and it's total box office since wide release on Wednesday November 26, 2003 is now estimated at $19,226,000.  HM stays steady at #2 at the box office.  #1 and #3 positions keep flip-flopping between Elf and Cat in the Hat.

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According to Reuters News Service, weekend US box office for Friday, Saturday and Sunday November 28, 29, and 30, 2003.  Notice how apparently only $300,000 separates "Cat in the Hat" at #1 and "Haunted Mansion" at #2.  Begin quoting:

Walt Disney Company (The) (Holding Company) (NYSE)  Chart Financial Analyst Insider Msg News Option SEC  


DIS 23.09 +0.01 +0.04% Vol:1,950,500 12:00am 11/28/03

CORRECTED - (OFFICIAL)-The top movies at the North American box office
11/30/2003 6:30:26 PM
A corrected version follows.

LOS ANGELES, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Following are the top 10 movies at the North American box office for the three days beginning Nov. 28, according to studio estimates collected on Sunday by Reuters. Final data will be issued on Monday.

1 (1) The Cat in the Hat ........... $25.6 million

2 (*) The Haunted Mansion .......... $25.3 million

3 (3) Elf ........... $22.2 million

4=(2) Gothika ....... $12.7 million

4=(4) Master and Commander ......... $12.7 million

6 (*) Bad Santa ..... $12.5 million

7 (*) The Missing ... $11.7 million

8 (*) Timeline ...... $ 8.5 million

9 (5) Love Actually . $ 7.9 million

10 (7) Brother Bear .. $ 4.9 million

NOTE: Last weekend's ranking in parenthesis. New releases "The Haunted Mansion," "Bad Santa," "The Missing" and "Timeline" opened on Wednesday, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

TOTALS TO DATE

Elf .......... $130.1 million

Brother Bear . $ 77.7 million

The Cat in the Hat .......... $ 77.0 million

Master and Commander ........ $ 67.5 million

Love Actually ............... $ 43.2 million

Gothika ...... $ 41.1 million

The Haunted Mansion ......... $ 35.0 million

Bad Santa .... $ 16.8 million

The Missing .. $ 16.5 million

Timeline ..... $ 12.6 million

"The Haunted Mansion" and "Brother Bear" were released by Walt Disney Pictures, and "Bad Santa" by Miramax Films, both units of Walt Disney Co (DIS) .

"The Cat in the Hat" and "Love Actually" were released in North America by Universal Pictures, a unit of Vivendi Universal SA (V) .

"Elf" was released by New Line Cinema; and "Gothika" by Warner Bros. Pictures, both units of Time Warner Inc (TWX)

"Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" was released in North America by 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp.'s (NWS) (AU:NCP) Fox Entertainment Group Inc (FOX) .

"The Missing" was released by Columbia Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp (JP:6758) (SNE) .

"Timeline" was release by Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc (VIAB) (VIA) .

© Reuters 2003. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by caching, framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters and the Reuters sphere logo are registered trademarks and trademarks of the Reuters group of companies around the world.

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