Welcome to Episode 5 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Stubborn Donkey" We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of the previous shows along with our latest. Thanks for listening!
Introductions - The regular crew is all here, Todd, Brian, How & JT are all present and accounted for. There isn't much housekeeping this month, mostly because we are just that good, but Todd starts us off with a touching dedication that is more than appropriate. We also experienced record downloads and listens last month; thank you so much for that and we appreciate all of your interest in what we do here.
Main Topic - Our main topic this month is the GM sponsored World of Motion pavilion in EPCOT Center. The facts and figures in this ride are simply staggering, we also talk about animatronic carry over and how this attraction shared so many characters from other WDW rides. World of Motion is analyzed section by section, discussing each scene and our memories. How is the expert this month and even does some audio forensics on the ride...Brian forgets what side of Future World he is on, JT marvels at Albert the monkey and Todd continually says "Tee Hee Hee"...We hope you are excited to learn all about this gone, but not forgotten attraction!
Film Restoration - We watch and discuss a retro film that has been restored with Pixcel and Imageworks. Follow along with us as we add color commentary to this 1976 Magic Kingdom film that includes the Swan Boats, restored to glorious retro perfection. So many good things in this one!
Be sure to check back with us very soon for Episode #6 - We discuss World of Motion or Stubborn Donkey Part II, the highly anticipated sequel to Episode 5. The team is also in contract negotiations to possibly record some mini episodes from time to time...
Until next time... "Please stand clear of the doors; Por Favor Mantengase Alejado de las Puertas"
We're humbled by the overwhelming response to our recently posted restoration of a 1975 WDW press film. Many of you shared our pages and rewteeted us thousands of times - we thank you for the wonderful exposure! There were many questions about the process, color, etc. We decided to show a complete side-by-side comparison of the Before and After restoration (see bottom of this page). Enjoy!
Why no sound?
With that said, many people questioned why there was no sound and why the color seemed to be less than perfect. First for the sound, the simple answer is that there was no sound. This film was meant to be distributed to newspapers and television studios for reporters to view so they had a visual of what WDW was all about...much cheaper than making a trip down to Florida. We can only assume that some sort of paperwork accompanied this film to help provide a narrative. Some suggested we add a musical soundtrack, but in the end we try to preserve how the films were meant to be originally viewed.
How does the restoration work?
So where does this leave us in the restoration? First the restoration has many steps - color is just part of it. We digitally "clean" the film by removing the dirt; accomplished by software comparing one frame of the film to the previous and next frame. If there is a speck of dust on the current frame, but not on the frames surrounding it, the software then averages the information on the previous and next frames to "erase" the dirt on the current frame. Crazy isn't it? On top of that the system is also busy decreasing the amount of film grain and comparing the relative position of each frame to each other and then averaging the position of all the frames to stabilize it. Of course we crop the film as well to get rid of the nasty edges and sprocket holes.
What about the color?
Now for the color...When screening was done the films were often discarded with no appreciation for the content within. Additionally these films, as well as the 8mm souvenir films sold in the theme parks, used very inexpensive emulsion, dye and processing chemicals. The upside was they were cheap to produce, the downside is that they were not meant for any type of archival purposes. With out proper storage the dyes in the films, even with out exposure to light, would eventually fade over time. The cyan fades first, followed by yellow, red pretty much hangs around for a very long time - so most of the time you are left with a very red/pink looking picture.
The color was nothing short of horrid which you will see as you watch the comparison film. We've done our best to gently balance the color as best as possible across the entire film; while this isn't the best method, it is the quickest color correction method. Understand that the Disney Company mashed many different sources into this film - you'll see footage from Disneyland (PoC), the Worlds Fair (Small World) and film shot specifically for WDW. Each type of shot has a different exposure and a different color balance - you'll see this as the scenes change. To restore this film to 100% perfection would require each individual scene to be painstakingly adjusted separately and then joined back together - manually. Something made even more complicated by the fact that each scene fades into each other. Can it be done? Yes, but it would be extremely time consuming. Possibly as software improves the man hours to do such a task will be greatly reduced. The important part is that we will retain the original HD scan of the film, so as software improves we can go back and make an even more accurate restoration.
Another item to note is that computer monitors have gone through a change in color temperature over the years. Many LCD screens in the past were backlit by CFLs which produce somewhat of a warm color on the screen. Recently more and more screens are designed to be backlit by LEDs which often give the screen a cool blue cast. Your perception of the color of the film may vary as you move from computer to computer...we use a balance between warm/cool but of course there is no telling what the end viewer's screen is like. If you prefer a warmer tone, I highly suggest Flux (https://justgetflux.com/) - software that not only saves your eyes (the cool blue color is strangely annoying to your eyes and brain) but will give almost any computer screen a warmer more natural tone of colors.
Now sit back and enjoy the complete side-by-side comparison!
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We've been quiet here at RetroDisneyWorld - focusing in the background on our next podcast episode and special music video that we hope to release in late 2015 (or sooner if we get more footage!). With that said, we wanted to release a film for our followers to watch...while the snow still falls here in New England on the first official day of spring we present to you a 16mm press film. Why is 16mm so interesting? The size of the film is twice that of the 8mm film we often restore, this provides a more detailed and sharper image.
It's very rare to find any 16mm films of Disney World, but when you come across one that the Disney Company produced you put your cards on the table and make a move to secure it. We stumbled upon this one on eBay and it was worth the purchase and digital transfer.
Think back 40 years ago, these press films would be distributed to newspapers for in-house screening or television studios for use in newsreels and such. When done, they were often discarded with no appreciation for the content within. That content has some incredible finds however! Despite the film using stock footage of Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean you'll find the Fort Wilderness Railroad in operation, amazing helicopter shots and the original Tomorrowland in all of its white glory!
While the color was nothing short of horrid we've done our best to gently balance the color as best as possible across the entire film. Sit back and enjoy this 6 minute film, let it take you back to the Vacation Kingdom of the World! (If you are interested, we have posted a short article on the restoration process as well as a complete side-by-side comparison of the film, before & after restoration: http://www.retrodisneyworld.com/imageworks/films/before-after-restoration-comparison-1975-wdw-press-film)
Learn how to get 10% off your digital transfers and FREE restoration of your films! retrodisneyworld.com/imageworks
Welcome to Episode 4 of the Retro Disney World Podcast. We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of the previous shows along with our latest. Thanks for listening!
Introductions - The regular crew is all here, Todd, Brian, How & JT are all present and accounted for. We discuss the original Fort Wilderness sign whereabouts and also a little Fort Wilderness Railroad trivia is brought up thanks to some viewer mail. We also speak of a eBay auction of an original Resort Wall Map fom the 70s and then How analyzes the he monorail loading zone at the Contemporary along with the missing elevator.
Main Topic - Our main topic this month is the conception, history and early years of EPCOT Center. We look into the original vision of how it wasn't really thought to be a theme park and that Walt wanted this to be the community of tomorrow. Brian and the gang also discuss the 1966 film Walt made to promote the concept and also get people excited about what was going to happen in Florida. How talks about the original EPCOT Center mailer that was sent to him prior to park opening and we also touch on the Magic Kingdom Club. This episode is loaded with tons of early EPCOT facts and ideas, some failed concepts and missing characters - Be sure to listen to this episode carefully, as you may miss all the great information Brian shares with us.
Film Restoration - We watch and discuss a retro film that has been restored with Pixcel and Imageworks. Follow along with us as we add color commentary to the October 14th, 1982 EPCOT Center Film that has been restored to glorious perfection.
Be sure to check back with us very soon for Episode #5 - We discuss World of Motion and learn how it's always fun to be free.
Until next time... "Please remain seated. Your time machine vehicle is rotating for your trip back to Earth."
So things have been a little quiet around here, but it’s not because we’ve wondered off, we’ve been a little busy.
Over the last year we’ve been super busy designing, building and shipping wooden toy trains for a certain large train transportation company. They shall remain nameless at this point due to NDAs but it’s a given us a lot of experience in the design and manufacturing process that goes into making those little wooden toy trains that everyone loves. As of this writing, we’ve designed and produced three locomotive engines, five cars, a train station and various accessories to go along with the trains. We’ve also designed and produced all of the packaging that goes along with them.
One day, as we were working, it occurred to us that we’d never seen Disney produce any wooden toy trains as souvenirs to sell in their theme parks. And hey, we just finished up a round of wooden toy train production…hmmm…I wonder what the Walt Disney World Railroad trains would look like if they were made into wooden toy trains…
So using the experience we gained developing the toys for our client, we set out to design wooden toy train versions of the Walter E. Disney, Lilly Belle, Roger E Broggie and the Roy O. Disney. This is what we came up with:
We’d like to think these would make awesome toys. And we’re seriously considering making one-off prototypes to further refine the designs. We’d like to hear what you think about them. Would you buy one (or more) if Disney sold them in their theme parks?
If you don't know what Roy's Cabin is, then you haven't been listening to Todd, JT, How and Brian on the Retro Disney World Podcast! What started out as a comment by Brian has become a reoccurring point of laughter, mystery, history and research...and it gets a purposeful mention each episode. In "Camping Cabins and Coonskins" we dive deeper into the legend surrounding Roy's Cabin...
To compliment this latest discussion, Todd was able to morph nearly 3 decades of aerial photograph to show the original location of the fishing lodge. The second image, from a Walt Disney World brochure, is the only known official acknowledgement of the cabin.
Be sure to listen to Episode #3 - Camping Cabins and Coonskins to learn more about Walt's Cabin...and Roy's Cabin..