It's time for another adventure this week! Let's head over to Hollywood Studios and take a look at the newest summer show gracing the Beauty and the Beast Theater: Pixar Live: A Symphony of Characters. This show features the music from many of your favorite Pixar movies played by a live orchestra, as well as movie clips and some fun characters! I was able to see the show the other week- here's my thoughts.
The show is a unique blend of music and imagery, with the blend of movie scenes set to the music from the Pixar movies. While the show may seem like something meant for guests willing to sit for 45 minutes listening to music, the imagineers have done a great job of making sure guests of all ages have something to get excited about. The pre-show features everyone's favorite Green Army Men- telling jokes and interacting with guests to make the wait not seem so long. Once the show begins, the orchestra and the movie clips are the stars, along with everyone's favorite Pixar characters as wonderful costars.
Featured in the show are the following movies and respective scores: Toy Story 1, 2, & 3 (to get a good tear in everyone's eye); Cars (seemed mostly 1 and 3 with little to no clips from Cars 2); UP (to really make sure you cry); Incredibles (to bring it back to action); Finding Nemo & Finding Dory; and Monsters Inc. (to end on a laugh with a tear of joy as Sully sees Boo again). The perfect ending to the show was a sing-a-long with all of the characters together on stage with the conductor and orchestra. Overall the clips and movies work brilliantly together. In between the movie/music portions, the characters come out for a second to entertain the crowd. But the really great part is the behind the scenes that the directors and musical geniuses behind these films lend to the show. They explain how the music is a part of the movie, and what it means to the audience seeing the film. My favorite was the discuss before UP as they explained Ellie's theme- the viewer, without even knowing it, knows Carl is thinking of Ellie just because her musical cue hits- she doesn't even have to appear on screen- we just know.
Overall, the show is great for guests of all ages, with the characters and movie clips great for younger people and the appreciation of the music and creativity that goes into these films for the older guests. I would highly recommend seeing this show- I went to a late showing and it was pretty empty because Fantasmic and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular were going on close to this time- so I really didn't need the Fast Pass. There is also the option to have a dinner package with the show where guests can eat at Hollywood Brown Derby, Hollywood & Vine, or Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano, and then enjoy the show (or vice versa). Either is a great option and, in a park where the focus is mainly long show experiences versus many short attractions, this is a perfect way to sit, relax, and enjoy the music of Pixar Live!