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Timekeeper

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Blog Entries' started by WDWGuy08, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. WDWGuy08

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    Bruce Broughton, who originally wanted to be an animator, wrote, conducted, composed and mastered his original score for "The Timekeeper" in 1994.

    It was located in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The attraction opened on November 21, 1994. It starred Robin Williams as the voice of "Timekeeper" and Rhea Perlman as the voice of "9-Eye". The film also co-starred Jeremy Irons as, “H.G. Wells” and Michel Piccoli as, “Jules Verne”.

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    The music for this attraction was recorded one cue at a time. Bruce Broughton recorded a dark, but not melodic, prologue for use in the queue, but the version we heard was created by someone else.

    The attraction consisted of a queue with a short safety video starring 9-eye and a main show where timekeeper guides 9-eye back in time and later, in to the future. The main film lasted about 17 minutes.

    The attraction closed on February 26, 2006.

    There was to be a medley released of Bruce Broughtons score from this attraction, but was replaced by the Pre-Show Fill cue from Ellen's Energy Adventure, also scored by Bruce Broughton. But that will be a later Blog entry.

    There were two versions of the show, the original, located in Paris, France and the American version, located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The two attractions contained different scores. ASCAPs website lists several of the cue names used in the France version of the film.

    This attraction is severely missed and revered. I love the music from this attraction and the puns by Robin Williams.

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    Le Visionarium or From Time To Time, is the Original, France Theme Parks name for the show. This version starred Michel Leeb as the voice of “Timekeeper” and Myriam Boyer as the voice of “9-Eye”. It also co-starred Gerard Depardieu as a “Paris Airport Employee” and Franco Nero as “Leonardo da Vinci”. This attraction opened on April 12, 1992, the score was recorded the same year. The music is different than the Florida version. The France attraction closed on September 5, 2004. The film also contained a couple different scenes, “Red Square” and “Charles De Gaulle Airport”, the American version omitted these scenes.

    This version of the show also played at Tokyo Disneyland in Japan. It starred George Tokoro as the voice of “Timekeeper” and Yuki Saito as the voice of “9-Eye”. That attraction opened on April 15, 1993 and closed on September 1, 2002. The film itself was filmed in 1990.

    There was to be a version of the show at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, but due to financial issues, Eisner had it scrapped, along with the whole Tomorrowland 2055 idea. The France and japan Attraction had a rotating globe, while Florida just had a banner and LED sign.

    To this day, none of Bruce Broughtons original score from this beloved attraction, has been released. Only a short sample, from the France version of the show, is available.

    I have learned, that in order for Disney to consider releasing a CD of Bruce Broughtons original theme park music, I would have to find out the interest in this type of music and get at least 5,000 people who would purchase it. I know of several people, already, who would buy this music, myself included.

    Who here has some fond memories of this show and do you have any favorite cues from the shows music? Feel free to share your thoughts, memories, etc... from this missed and retired attraction.

    Until next time, Have A Magical Day, All!

    -Chris-
    ( WDW CM '10 )


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    For a Sample Video Clip of this show, please visit: Bruce Broughtons “The Timekeeper” Attraction Page

    For a Sample Audio Clip from the show, please visit: “Le Visionarium” Audio Sample

    To see how Timekeeper was made, please visit:

    The Making of The Timekeeper Video A

    The Making of The Timekeeper Video B

    The Making of The Timekeeper Video C
     

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