More than 150 columns later – and counting – and the invigorating content on Disney In Depth continues. Writing a column practically every week here for Geeks of Doom has always been a privilege and a wonderful platform to share Disney features, news, videos, and commentary with all of you.
I thought now would be a perfect time to revisit some favorite Disney In Depth columns of the past. Stroll down memory lane with me as we recall some of the fantastic Disney experiences we have shared together, or perhaps check out a column you may have missed along the adventure.
Disney’s most polarizing film among audiences and critics in recent years may have been John Carter, an action-adventure flick of yesteryear that unfortunately failed to receive the praise it deserved. But the studio’s 2013 take on The Lone Ranger crashed even more spectacularly than the train in the climactic finale. I was not about to let Lone Ranger see an early demise. I aimed to encourage audiences to not dismiss Johnny Depp‘s Western, even if its early box office earnings suggested a financial failure. My video review shows how earnestly I approved the film. Revisiting Ranger again recently, I still question why viewers did not rush to see this spectacle on the big screen.
After the Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre in July 2012, I felt compelled to write about the incident, but from the perspective of how terrifying it is when an escapist environment, such as the cinema, becomes a disastrous scene. Making parallels to how the Disney theme park settings and films offer a passage into fantasy when real-life tragedies directly hit our lives, I argued the necessity of these escapes when madness strikes. I wrote this column only weeks after starting Disney In Depth and it remains one of my proudest pieces.
A milestone occasion during my time for Geeks of Doom was hitting the 50 article mark with Disney In Depth. Much like any anniversary in the Disney universe, complete with fireworks and parades, I hoped this special column would serve as a “parade of fandom.” I revealed many characteristics that define a Disney geek or fanatic, nearly all of them applying to me. There are certain qualities we entertainment enthusiasts all share, and once you narrow it down to a specific niche, such as Disney, the eccentricities, habits and passions become even more hilarious.
Sailing on the Disney Fantasy for the first time, nearly a year after the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet set off on magical voyages, will always stick with me as one of my best Disney memories. Cataloging those adventures and fun finds aboard the ship – and even on Disney’s Castaway Cay – allowed for developing a Disney In Depth video where I could showcase the fun, “geeky” things to do on Disney Cruise Line. From the Muppets-themed Midship Detective Agency game to the buffet styled to Finding Nemo, Disney Cruise Line offers diversions and treasures for any Disney geek.
Just days before the D23 Expo in 2013, I had the extraordinary privilege of participating on a conference call interview with Disney Legends Alan Menken and Richard M. Sherman. The two Academy Award-winning musicians, responsible for developing the tunes to Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins, respectively, performed during a once-in-a-lifetime concert at the event. These men have represented two of my musical inspirations ever since I was a child, as I would repeatedly sing to “Be Our Guest” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee” on VHS. I was thrilled to “ask ’em my questions and get some answers,” as Ariel would say. Additionally, sharing the conversation with you all, the Disney In Depth readers, provided me with great joy.
How 13 years flies. Disneyland’s neighbor seemed to be doomed from the beginning. A muddled assortment of ideas for a theme park translated into the place few wanted to visit as regularly as Walt Disney’s original destination. Disney California Adventure has seen its changes since 2007, when the park started to gradually integrate more attractions with characters and character into an environment occasionally devoid of themed storytelling. This edition of Disney In Depth chronicled some of the park’s best attributes. I felt as if I was reliving my childhood in discovering old photographs from the first time I visited the park, only a few weeks after its opening. No longer is DCA the doomed park. Now we can all call it a “miracle park.”
This is Brett Nachman, signing off. Follow me on Twitter for alerts of new editions of Disney In Depth, Thursdays on Geeks of Doom.