Out with the old and in with the new at the Magic Eye Theater in Epcot. December 6th marked the last day for Captain EO after a long and drawn out death. The Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival then opened on December 23rd. Today we got our first look at the new experience.
Here’s how the Disney Parks Blog described the three short films:
“Get a Horse” stars Mickey Mouse and features Walt Disney himself as the voice of the iconic character. This black-and-white, hand-drawn short follows Mickey, his favorite gal pal Minnie Mouse and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow as they delight in a musical wagon ride — until Peg-Leg Pete shows up and tries to run them off the road.
“For The Birds” opens to show one by one, a flock of small birds perch on a telephone wire. Sitting close together has problems enough, and then along comes a large dopey bird that tries to join them. The birds of a feather can’t help but make fun of him—and their clique mentality proves embarrassing in the end.
And lastly, “La Luna” is the timeless fable of a young boy coming of age in the most peculiar circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait. A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family’s most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way amidst their conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions?
I personally enjoyed Get A Horse and La Luna. The 3D effects on Get A Horse are well done and the short itself is quite enjoyable. La Luna takes a little build up, but it is a fun short as well. For The Birds was for the birds as far as I’m concerned. The theater effects aren’t very well utilized with any of the films. The only effects I could make out were some lighting effects.
That said, the Short Film Festival is a nice use of the space. Disney clearly didn’t want to invest a lot of work to get this space up and running after Captain EO closed, but I think it’s worth a visit, especially if you’ve never seen the shorts before.