2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Countdown to 2012 WDW Marathon Weekend #26

#26 - Animal Kingdom's Finding Nemo - The Musical
2009 FN16
From the Walt Disney World website:
Finding Nemo – The Musical captures the heart, humor, characters and story from the Disney·Pixar animated film Finding Nemo and adapts them into a mesmerizing 30-minute Broadway-style musical stage show. The performance is for audiences of all ages in the air-conditioned Theater in the Wild in the DinoLand U.S.A. area at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.

It's a big, blue beautiful world, but not without its dangers, as the overprotective clownfish father, Marlin, his curious son, Nemo, and their friend, Dory, find out in this big fish story—complete with new musical numbers that take their cue from lines from the movie, including "Just Keep Swimming" and "Go with the Flow."

The innovative lighting, sound, special effects and stunning theatrical puppets—some as large as cars—make Finding Nemo – The Musical a must "sea" production.

Why am I looking forward to Finding Nemo - The Musical?
The Pixar movie Finding Nemo is a touching story about a father and son clownfish duo.  Marlin, the father, is an overprotective, nervous natured father that just wants to keep his only son safe.  Nemo, the son, is the child that yearns for independence and adventure.  This endearing pair gets separated and each goes on a perilous adventure, along the way they both make many new friends and learn more about themselves and each other.

I really love this movie.  The colors are vibrant and the detail is incredible.  The characters are engaging and really draw you in if you let them.  I was super excited when I found out they were bringing this story to Animal Kingdom and was curious to see if they could pull it off.  I am happy to say that they more than pull it off!

First, there is no true queue line.  You will be lined up outside, in the heat or cold with no protection from the elements.  Strollers are not allowed in the line so be prepared for kids to melt down if the wait is long and the wait can be long.

Finally you get to enter the theater.  In a very smart move by Disney, the Theater in the Wild was enclosed so the show takes place inside.  The seats aren't the most comfortable, but at least you're in a nice dark, cool theater and can get off your feet for a while.  Watch the stage area, as show time gets closer you'll see a familiar little clownfish teasing you.  As you get ready to exit, take a look at the stage area as well - you'll hear them before you see them, but they want to tell you bye!

The lights go down and now you're in for a real treat.  The characters are larger than life puppets - The performers control the puppets while they do the talking, singing and dancing.  If you've seen the Broadway or Touring version of The Lion King you'll notice some similarities in the puppetry.  It's truly a joy to watch the performers use the puppets to interact with each other and the other puppets.

The story is familiar.  If you know the movie, you'll be able to follow the story very easily.  Where the big difference comes in, is also one of my favorite differences - as the name implies, this is a musical.  They took a non-musical movie and created songs for this show.  I love the music in this show, it's stirring, fun, inspirational and really tells the story pretty well.

Just because they added music doesn't mean that the show has lost the fun or touching moments.  Dory keeps you laughing, Bruce adds some drama, and Marlin and Nemo will touch your hearts.
2009 FN8
2009 FN11
Next time you're at Animal Kingdom, pick up a times guide and find out when this show is playing.  Take the time to give it a try - it truly is a spectacular show!

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