Thursday, February 04, 2016

The Geman ALF Gremlins Ride

Wow, this is a doozy.

My friend Jonathan Navarro pointed me to this video. I'm stunned that I had never heard of it.

There once was a ride at the Warner Brothers Movie World theme park in Germany that featured both ALF and the Gremlins.



I'm not surprised that a Gremlins ride sailed under my radar. I love the Gremlins but the idea of a Gremlins ride would have been interesting to me, but I'm not totally surprised that it existed.

ALF ride? That's surprising. I love ALF. I have been a big fan since the original TV run and I have enjoyed a lot of his comebacks. Particularly I enjoyed the ALF's Hit Talk Show that ran on cable back in 2004.

ALF was a pretty deal in the US, but I have always heard he was a bigger hit in Germany. I understand he had some hit records in Germany and that his TV movie Project ALF actually had a theatrical run there.

So this ride existed in Germany from 1991 (shortly after the cancellation of the show) to 2001. There was a version in Australia, BTW but Beetlejuice replaced ALF in that version.

Guests would enter into a theater and watch a film.

We start things off with a dubbed greeting from Sandra Bullock in German.
 Then we get a series of random film and TV bloopers:


Then color bars appear and it sounds like the German announcer tells us we are going live to the set of ALF.

This was pretty neat. I always enjoy seeing television sets.
 ALF, who has a much more commanding German voice, chases the cat into the kitchen cabinets. He reaches in and is attacked by a Gremlin.


Gremlins then destroy the Tanner house.

The camera falls to the floor and ALF addresses the audience.

The screen melts and the Gremlins do the shadow puppet thing they did in the movie.

Then we board a vehicle and head into the Warner Archives. An animtronic ALF and Gizmo are trying to defeat the Gremlins.

This is really cool. When I first saw this I assumed there would be no more ALF after the video section.


An animatronic ALF!

 The ride moves slowly through elaborate set pieces seeing both ALF and Gizmo trying to maintain order and save the archive. Meanwhile the the Gremlins are trying to destroy it.


Here the Gremlins have tied a projectionist up with film. They keep lowering and raising him from the ceiling:



We also see some small set pieces with Gremlins on them.


The end of the ride seems to come out of nowhere. Perhaps I'm missing something due to it being in German. The Gremlins wiki says "Things look bleak, but just when you think you are forever trapped by the little green beasties, Gizmo and ALF find a 'Shocking' way to eliminate the Gremlins and save the day!" so the lever must shock them all to death.

At the end of the ride ALF is on a firetruck as we exit. He waves to us.



Below are some additional shots I found online that provide clearer images of the Gremlins and ALF:






It looks like a really fun ride! Surprised something like this flew under my radar for so long! Really grateful to the folks that took the video and photos above.


EDIT: There are some other videos on YouTube that show the ending clearer:
 They are spraying water around the room, ALF turns on the high voltage and they get zapped and with a pretty cool effect they disappear:

At the end Gizmo is hanging on the fire truck with ALF:

Friday, January 29, 2016

The complete Saga of Frosty Freddie

In the winter of 1984 a penguin in a chef's hat appeared in the pages of the Reading Eagle and promised exciting news about frozen foods in the coming weeks.

What would they be? Could we now eat them frozen? A penguin would know the answer to that question. A nation waited for one week.

Then Frosty made us wait. WHY FROSTY? Plus, now it's bargains? I thought it was exciting news!


And with that Frostie Freddie went off on a month long frozen food bender.

The factory closed in 1996 just days before Frozen Food Month.

Friday, January 08, 2016

Guy Hutchinson at Magic City Comic Con

Come and say hi at my booth! I will have copies of my book Sesame Place as well as some great Drunk on Disney swag for sale! 

Plus I will be doing panels all weekend! See below for all the details:

FRIDAY JANUARY 15th


12:00pm -1:45pm Signing Booth # 422

2:00pm-2:45pm  Caroll Spinney Q&A (moderator) - main stage

3:00pm-4:15pm Signing Booth # 422

4:30pm-5:30pm    How Sesame Street Started - room 113

5:45pm-6:15pm    Signing Booth # 422

6:30pm-7:30pm    Lucha Movies - room 112

8pm - ?   VIP Party

10:30pm-11:30pm    Cocktail History       room 214


 SATURDAY JANUARY 16th 

12:00pm -12:45pm    Signing Booth # 422

1:00pm-2:00pm  Sesame Place Book Q& A - room 112

2:15pm-3:15pm    MARK DODSON Q&A (Moderator) - Room # 202 

3:30pm-4:30pm   TV Puppetmasters - room 108

5:00pm-6:00pm    Forgotten Disney Attractions - room 108

6:15pm-7:15pm    Signing Booth # 422

7:30pm-8:30pm     Atari: A Look Back - room 202

11:45pm-2:00am    Drunk on Disney Karaoke - MACC 2


SUNDAY JANUARY 17th


12:00pm-3:45pm Signing Booth # 422

4:00pm-5:00pm    Theme Parks You Never Heard Of - room 202

5:15pm-5:45pm  Signing Booth # 422

6:00pm-7:00pm    History of Disney Attraction Posters - room 202

6:15pm-7:15pm    Signing Booth # 422

7:30pm-8:30pm       Back to the Future Podcast  -room 202



Guy Hutchinson
Guy Hutchinson with Dana Snyder

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Guy Hutchinson LIVE on Streaming Disney

Tonight at 6pm talk to Guy Hutchinson LIVE!

11/15/2015, 6pm eastern! http://streamingdisney.com/