The Gorillaz

Back in 2003 Disney had a brainstorm: “What if we started to make movies based on our most popular theme park rides?” The results were The Haunted Mansion, a movie that wasn’t good enough for anybody to really remember, but not bad enough to sink the proposition outright, and The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, a movie that was so successful it pretty much guaranteed we hadn’t reached the end of the movies based on theme park rides experiment. And heck, these days we’re basing big budget summer releases on board games, so getting a movie about something as kinetic and visual as a theme park ride almost sounds refreshing. That’s why Disney is going back to the well once again, by taking a crack at Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. For those not in the know, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is one of the first rides that debuted at Disneyland, all the way back in 1955. It straps riders into a little car that moves along a track through a building full of animatronic craziness that’s all based off of the Disney film adaptation of the classic children’s novel “The Wind in the Willows.” First published in 1908, author Kenneth Grahame’s story follows a frustrated mole as he journeys through the countryside. His travels bring him in contact with an eclectic cast of characters, not the least of which is a rich and indulgent Toad who has developed an obsession with traveling by motor car.

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