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WALL-E buys a ticket for the All Stars Express!

Thursday, 25th February 2010 at 23:31

Disney All Stars ExpressThe New Generation Festival website has a few secrets to reveal in its brief backstage video clips and here's the first: the Disney All Stars Express will be given a(nother) makeover, losing its Party Train polka dots... and may even include WALL-E!,

Show director Christophe Leclercq stands in front of previously unseen concept art for the 2010 redressing of Minnie’s Party Train (née Disney Characters’ Express) in the video on the official event page, revealing a redecorated Casey Jr. train. Before we dive into the screenshots, watch it back:

Previously, we’d been led to believe that the train would remain largely unchanged from its 2009/10 form, as the only piece of imagery published so far showed it retaining Minnie’s polka dots.

However, the concept art revealed here shows the wagon supports and roofs redressed with bright, toy-like multicolours — red, yellow, green and blue — and given New Generation Festival logos, with the engine itself a bright white, its ribbon bearing “All Stars Express” lettering.

Take a look at these large-format stills (click for even larger versions):

Disney All Stars Express

Above, the multicolours and some new flags atop the carriages, carrying the logos of Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles and other ‘New Generation’ films.

The most interesting moment of the video, though, is when Christophe mentions the characters who we’ll find on board the train. Speaking in French, he quite clearly first mentions — yes, WALL-E! The robot from Pixar’s 2008 film of the same name.

So, take another look at the Disney All Stars Express concept art…

Disney All Stars Express

There he is, sitting atop the coal in the engine’s tender!

The following design image even flashes up on screen for a brief moment, with the words “pose reference only” suggesting that Disneyland Paris have been forwarded three-dimensional character models by Pixar in order to build the full-size figure:

Disney All Stars Express

But it gets complicated, at least for us English-speakers. On the UK website, the subtitles provided for Christophe’s French script strangely replace the very clear “WALL-E” with “Sulley”, take a look:

Disney All Stars Express

We’ve mentioned in the past that the gang of ‘New Generation characters’ to be featured heavily this year has been set for some time, and certainly doesn’t include WALL-E anywhere. Could this be a late cover-up of a cancelled plan?

Hopefully not — the familiar character train needs something beyond a few new colours to keep it fresh for yet another guise. This Pixar robot atop the tender would be just the ticket. Ha ha! Just the ticket! ……

Images © Disney.

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  • The Disneytheque made this discovery first, no? You edited the article…

    That’s not fair to not credit!

    “Nous avons passé du temps à rechercher ces informations et ces détails. Si vous les présentez ailleurs, merci de nous citer.”
    At the end…

  • You mean that in this article dated 25th February 2010, posted the same day that these videos were published online by Disneyland Paris, we should have given credit to the Disneytheque “dossier” published on 4th March 2010?


  • Yes, you edited the article, I’ve read the first version

    Wall e behinde Christophe were found by them

  • This article hasn’t been touched since 25th February. There was no first version. Are you sure you’re not getting the site mixed up with somewhere else? WALL-E can clearly be seen in the video posted on the official website, that’s our source.

    If you read other articles here, you’ll see we do always give credit and links for news or photos where required.

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