The White Knight and the Dodo

Attn. Facebook: I took this photo so it’s okay for me to use wherever I like.

I’m in the process of writing another story situated in Storybook Land. Again, Marley is divinely drawn into a fairytale. And again, she learns a moral lesson.

When first constructed the Matterhorn and its bobsleds were regarded as being in Tomorrowland. In 1968 or 1969 the border between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland was redrawn, and the Matterhorn became part of the realm of Fantasyland. Continue reading

T.H.A.D. For Tomorrowland Au Naturel

T.H.A.D. stands for talking heads avoidance device. Thank Elizabeth George for her invention, or at least for putting the four words in that order. It is a fix of the problem of talking heads which afflicts plays, films, and fiction of all lengths. If an author wants to avoid just telling the whole story in prose, then she or he must have the plot prodded along by the words of the story’s characters. Sometimes the characters fall into the role of being mouthpieces for the author, and they wind up sounding like narrators. Sometimes the characters are gifted with the most natural sounding dialogue that also advances the story. But are they doing anything but just talking? That’s a problem. Continue reading

Tomorrowland is difficult

In a previous post JM wrote a paragraph touching upon the difficulties Walt Disney and the imagineers had with reinventing Tomorrowland. In Tomorrowland Au Naturel he alludes to Disney’s problem: How to set a predicted future in brick and mortar. His main characters don’t solve the Disney difficulties – they have their own issues to contend with. They resolve the TL question into one of deciding which of two futures is desired. One future involves lots of hi-tech hardware, gadgets, and artificial environments; and the other future favors a more natural final destination. Continue reading