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Disney is kicking off a promotional train tour of the country to promote their upcoming holiday release of Disney's A Christmas Carol, which is scheduled to open in theaters on November 6, 2009.
The train will offer a 3D sneak peek of footage and behind-the-scenes clips from the upcoming movie, and attendees will be able to view authentic artifacts on loan from the Charles Dickens Museum of London, artwork, costumes and props from the film, see demonstrations of performance capture technology, and you will have a chance to morph your face into one of the film’s characters using touchscreen PCs.
Clips from the movie will be shown in a special inflatable 48-foot-wide, 3D theatre -- the first inflatable 3D theatre ever to go across the country -- which will be erected onsite in each city.
The train contains four custom-designed vintage rail cars full of behind-the-scenes attractions, entertaining demonstrations, and fun activities, and at every tour stop, Radio Disney will invite kids to enter for a chance to become a Movie Surfer representing their hometown. Each Hometown Movie Surfer will get a chance to appear on Disney Channel by filming their very own Movie Surfer’s segment. They'll also receive a prize package of exclusive Movie Surfer and "Disney's A Christmas Carol" gear.
Commenting on the announcement, [Dick Cook, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios] said, “‘Disney’s A Christmas Carol’ Train Tour is an incredibly fun way to introduce families across the country to the wonders and spectacle that is Robert Zemeckis’ unique and spectacular new holiday film. We are so proud of the movie, and think the 3D footage is so incredible, we just had to give everyone a chance to see it in Disney Digital 3D. From Los Angeles to New York, and all points in between, guests are going to have a fabulous time discovering things about the making of this extraordinary film, participating in their own festive fantasies, and getting into the holiday spirit all year round. ‘Disney’s A Christmas Carol’ is great entertainment for moviegoers of all ages, and this is the perfect introduction to a fun and exciting new holiday classic.”
The movie is going to be released in 2D and 3D, as well as in IMAX 3D theaters. See the list of movie links to the right for information on each version.
Disney is describing "Disney’s A Christmas Carol" as a multi-sensory thrill ride re-envisioned by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, captures the fantastical essence of the classic Dickens tale in a groundbreaking, performance-capture 3D motion picture event.
Ebeneezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) begins the holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk (Gary Oldman) and his cheery nephew (Colin Firth). But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey, revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it’s too late. Through the magic of performance-capture technology, Jim Carrey tackles seven roles, including Scrooge and all of the Christmas spirits.
Robert Zemeckis made a name for himself in the motion-capture animation field when he created The Polar Express in 2004. In that movie, the characters were animated using motion capture data stored using actual performances by Tom Hanks and the other actors. The result was eeriely accurate performances, but the faces of the characters caused issues with some viewers, similar to the Uncanney Valley Effect (see Wikipedia entry).
The train will stop first in Los Angeles from May 22-25 and it will stop in cities like Seattle, Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, and Boston, and finally land in New York on October 30.
Each stop will last 1-3 days and each train station will be themed with holiday decorations and feature artwork from the film, Christmas Carolers, fun activities for the entire family, and snow.
The full list of stops is as follows:
|1||Los Angeles||May 22-25||Los Angeles Union Station||800 N. Alameda St.||Los Angeles||CA||90012|
|2||Grand Canyon||May 29-31||Williams Depot||233 North Grand Canyon Blvd||Williams||AZ||86046|
|3||Santa Fe||June 2||Santa Fe Depot||410 S Guadalupe St||Santa Fe||NM||87501|
|4||Albuquerque||June 5-7||Albuquerque Amtrak Station||214 First Street Southwest||Albuquerque||NM||87102|
|5||Denver||June 12-14||Denver Union Station||1701 Wynkoop St||Denver||CO||80202|
|6||Salt Lake City||June 16||Ogden Union Station||2501 Wall Avenue||Ogden||UT||84401|
|7||Sacramento||June 19-21||California State Rail Road Museum||111 I Street||Sacramento||CA||95814|
|8||San Francisco||June 26-28||Port of Redwood City||675 Seaport Blvd.||Redwood City||CA||94063|
|9||Portland||July 1||Portland Union Station||800 Northwest 6th Avenue||Portland||OR||97209|
|10||Seattle||July 3-5||King Street Station||303 South Jackson Street||Seattle||WA||98104|
|11||Spokane||July 7||Spokane Amtrak Station||221 W. 1st Avenue||Spokane||WA||99201|
|12||Whitefish||July 10-11||Whitefish Amtrak Station||500 Depot St||Whitefish||MT||59937|
|13||Fargo||July 15||North Dakota State University||1301 12th Avenue North||Fargo||ND||58102|
|14||St. Paul||July 17-19||Amtrak Midway Station||730 Transfer Road||St. Paul||MN||55114|
|15||Chicago||July 24-26||Chicago Union Station||225 South Canal Street||Chicago||IL||60606|
|16||St. Louis||July 31- August 2||St. Louis Union Station||550 South 16th Street||Saint Louis||MO||63103|
|17||Memphis||August 4||Memphis Central Station||545 South Main Street||Memphis||TN||38103|
|18||New Orleans||August 7-9||Riverview in Audubon Park||6500 Magazine Street||New Orleans||LA||70118|
|19||Houston||August 11||Houston Amtrak Station||902 Washington Avenue||Houston||TX||77002|
|20||San Antonio||August 14-16||San Antonio Amtrak Station||350 Hoefgen Street||San Antonio||TX||78205|
|21||Dallas||August 18-19||Dallas Union Station||401 South Houston St||Dallas||TX||75202|
|22||Oklahoma City||August 21-23||Oklahoma City Santa Fe Depot||100 South E. K.Gaylord Blvd||Oklahoma City||OK||73102|
|23||Kansas City||August 25||Kansas City Union Station||30 W. Pershing Road||Kansas City||MO||64108|
|24||Omaha||August 28-30||Durham Museum||801 South 10th Street||Omaha||NE||68108|
|25||Detroit||September 4-6||Henry Ford Museum Greenfield Village||20900 Oakwood Blvd||Dearborn||MI||48124|
|26||Indianapolis||September 9||Downtown Bargersville||24 North Main Street||Bargersville||IN||46106|
|27||Louisville||September 11-13||Louisville Union Station||1000 W. Broadway||Louisville||KY||40203|
|28||Cleveland||September 18-19||Cleveland Brown’s Lot||1085 W Third St||Cleveland||OH||44114|
|29||Albany||September 22||Albany Rensselaer Rail Station||525 East Street||Rensselaer||NY||12144|
|30||Boston||September 25-27||South Station||2 South Station||Boston||MA||2110|
|31||Baltimore||September 30||B & O Railroad Museum||901 W Pratt St||Baltimore||MD||21223|
|32||Washington||October 2-4||Union Station||50 Massachusetts Ave. NE||Washington||DC||20002|
|33||Atlanta||October 6||Southeastern Railway Museum||3595 Peachtree Rd||Duluth||GA||30096|
|34||Spencer||October 9-11||NC Transportation Museum||411 S. Salisbury Ave||Spencer||NC||28159|
|35||Savannah||October 13||Savannah Amtrak Station||2611 Seaboard Coastline Dr||Savannah||GA||31415|
|36||Miami||October 16-18||Gold Coast Railroad Museum||12450 SW 152nd St||Miami||FL||33177|
|37||Jacksonville||October 20||Jacksonville Amtrak Station||3570 Clifford Lane||Jacksonville||FL||32209|
|38||Charleston||October 23-25||Ansonborough Field||Washington and Concord Streets||Charleston||SC||29401|
|39||Philadelphia||October 27||30th Street Station||2955 Market Street||Philadelphia||PA||19104|
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