The Disney Parks Blog often hosts events in both Walt Disney World as well as Disneyland. On February 13th, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Disney Parks blog hosted a meet-up at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in order to preview the new stop motion film Blank- A Vinylmation Love Story. In order to be chosen to attend, I had to sign up via email. Only a limited number of people were chosen out of all of the emails that were received. After trying out for many of these events, I knew that I might not get picked. However, I was excited to discover that I had been chosen for the event. I was even allowed to bring a guest (my husband) with me!
On the night of the meet-up, we were told to arrive by 7:00 pm at the front gate of Hollywood Studios. There was a clearly labeled area for us to congregate and sign in. Each attendee also had to bring a signed consent form that allowed Disney to use his or her likeness and image on the Disney Parks Blog in order to promote the event. After signing in, we were given lanyards to wear that would identify us to the Disney castmembers who were working the event. Hollywood Studios was already closing for the evening when this event started. Since we were easy to spot, it was simpler for us to be directed to the Premier Theater where the event was being held.
The Theater is located in the rear of the park near the Muppet Vision 3-D building. For Star Wars fans, this is a familiar spot because it is also the home of the Stars of the Saga Talk Show during Star Wars Weekends. After making our way to the Theater, we were escorted in and provided with popcorn, soft drinks, and the opportunity to take photos with the stars of the film, Blank and Bow. After sitting for a few minutes, the evening began with Steven Miller (Merchandise writer for the Disney Parks Blog) interviewing the film’s director as well as discussing new Vinyls that will be debuting soon. After the brief interview session, the film began.
Basically, there are two blank Vinyls, Blank and Bow, who meet and fall in love. However, there are many obstacles that prevent them from being together. I don’t want to ruin the film for you, but just know that things do work out in the end. The whole film is done in traditional stop motion, and there is absolutely no dialogue. It is amazing that so much emotion can be conveyed without words and without faces. Remember, these Vinyls are completely blank except for a bow tie and a hair bow. The music throughout the film was well orchestrated, and I definitely enjoyed seeing our little heroes overcome all of the trials that they had to face in order to be together. The main message of the film is that you can be who you are and still be beautiful and be loved. You do not have to be perfect or have any particular paint job in order to be valuable. If you are in Walt Disney World, you can view the film at Hollywood Studios this weekend or you can watch the film on Google Play. If you want a little heart-warming Valentine’s Day love, then give Blank a chance. Also, keep an eye out for some cameos by a few of the Vinylmation Park Starz in the film.
After leaving the Premier Theater, we were given a little surprise. Each of us received our very own Blank and Bow Vinyls. I am so glad that we were chosen to attend this Disney Parks Blog meet-up, and I hope that we will get to attend more of them in the future. Until next time, have a magical day, and keep moving forward!