Saturday, September 10, 2011
Turtle Talk (with Video)
Turtle Talk with Crush in the Disney Animation Building in the Hollywood Backlots (soon to be Hollywoodland) area of DCA is for kids. Well, kids of all ages, but mostly kids. It allows them to interact in real time with the super cool Crush from the Finding Nemo Pixar film. It can be hysterically funny but can also fall a bit flat. Like most "live" performances, Turtle Talk is dependent to a certain degree of the level of audience participation, the questions being asked, and what is being said. Mrs. DisneylandTraveler and I are Crush fans but I have to say, the last couple of times we have been in there, the performance has been a bit on the flat side. With Crush, you never go in there quite knowing what you'll get. You may get a fall down funny jewel or a "why did we go in there?" when all is said and done. That being said, if you have kids, Turtle Talk with Crush is a must-do. All others, eh, sometimes yes, sometimes no.
It may be taken for granted at this point but you do have to marvel at the technology that allows a live audience to interact dynamically with an animated character. Something tells me computers and "blue screens" are behind the magic.
Here is a video Mrs. DisneylandTraveler took of one the more cuter interactions between the audience and the talking turtle.