I've been spending my Christmas break watching and pausing my favorite childhood animated feature, The Sword in the Stone. And since childhood I've wanted the film to have more of a theme park presence... in ride form of course.
In an upcoming post I plan to state my case for why a Sword in the Stone Fantasyland dark ride WOULD be successful and why it WILL NEVER be built. I'm not one to believe that box office numbers dictate the popularity of a ride based on the same film. Nor do I believe an "old, outdated, forgotten" film cannot make a great ride and remain popular. Look at: Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Splash Mountain, Alice in Wonderland, etc. More thoughts to come. This idea is of course not going to win the award for original concept for it is based on an already-existing creative work, but it will be fun to think about.
For now, enjoy (as I have this week) these great pieces put together by Sandro Cleuzo using Milt Kahl drawings. Fantastic.
And these great shots have inspired me to put on thick-rimmed glasses and narrow black ties while sketching concept art at my drawing board.