Evaluation, just a investigation
Charlie and the chocolate factory musical sees boys audition for roles to produce candy, while a grown up, and apparently well-to-do, mom tries to play the part of the rich, beautiful, candy mogul's daughter. A lot of people seem to be aware that the musical was written as an adaptation of the short film The Chocolate Factory, and the musical has many similarities.
There are references to both the films, which feature beautiful girls and beautiful men and very little of the original's story, mostly because of how those filmmakers managed to turn the story into a TV show in the first place. A brief scene from one of the films is even reused to show the chocolate factory's logo (which is basically the same logo as in the film but instead of being painted on a glass container it's actually just painted on the window).
This has been widely considered to be the worst remake of any of the Disney films, to the point that Pixar's recent film Monsters University has been given the highest possible rating for Disney-esque influences. And, judging by the amount of fan criticism of Disney's Frozen remake, the company appears to be taking criticism in stride.
Although it was initially released as a limited edition film series for Disney's classic toy lines, it has also become popular with children (who are more likely to have a Disney-esque collection of toys to choose from) and is, quite frankly, hilarious. Not to mention, it's a huge hit on DVD sales, so there's always a demand for more.
But, hey, we're all human beings, remember?
Disney World Tour Dates
Thursday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 8, all Disney theme parks, as well as Universal Studios Florida and Disneyland.
Saturday, March 13- 16, all Walt Disney World Resort parks.
You can also catch a screening of The Chocolate Factory at Universal Studios Florida, which is being presented at 7:00pm on March 13.
Saturday, March 20- 23, Disney Cruise Line, Disney World and Epcot.
Saturday, March 20- 23, Disneyland.
You can find out more information about the various shows by visiting the following links:
Thursday, March 5- 12:30pm and Friday, March 6- 9am
Saturday, March 13- 16:30pm and Monday, March 16- 11pm
Saturday, March 13, 12-6pm, and Monday, March 16-11pm
The Disney Parks Blog will be running regular reviews of each of the show's new features, movies, and attractions over the course of several weeks. You can help support these writers by joining the Facebook group "Disney Parks Podcast," and getting in touch via email at rpeterson@dplpodcast
Biosecurity sa signals fruit disease warnings
Gulf states including Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have launched alerts on their social media to alert people of the dangers of consuming genetically modified (GM) food.
The alerts, which have been running for the past month, warn people with a history of eating GM foods and/or having food with high levels of certain contaminants may be at an increased risk of disease.
GM foods are grown from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and are made by altering plants so they can carry a variety of traits such as resistance to diseases such as tumours, Parkinson's disease and skin cancer.
The warning comes a week after Australian-based health-food giant Unilever told its customers to check labels for labels of the genetically modified organism (GMO) Bt cotton.
A Unilever spokeswoman said they did not believe the product was affected by the warning and it would be reviewed.
Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young says some in the biotech industry have suggested the warning was a PR move to keep people from saying GM food was unsafe to eat.
"I don't think that this is a good move on either part of the GM food industry â€” it makes it hard for people to explain what this is actually doing and not just make people think it's not safe," she said.
"[The warning means] they have to give their word and their evidence. Otherwise they're not going to get this stuff up on the official website."
The company did not provide proof of the statement being made but Ms Hanson-Young said it was not a good move.
Australian health minister Greg Hunt said he would support the Australian government continuing to allow the free trade agreement between Australia and the European Union to continue.
"As long as you accept these kinds of issues within our free trade deals, those discussions can continue on certain issues," he said.
"But in terms of this issue... it doesn't make any sense to take that away from a free trade agreement."
The Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was concerned by the GM warning and urged Queenslanders to protect themselves from the potential consequences.
"What we need to do is keep people informed, keep them informed and to look after their health and environment and that is the priority," she said.
Topics: food-safety, environmental-management, industry, government-and-politics, biotechnology, united-arab-emirates, qld