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|At A Glance
||Mildly entertaining demonstration
of how a film effect (in this case an accident) can be repeated
time after time. Worth seeing, but probably only once. Sit
on the left of the tram for the best effect, but be prepared
to get slightly wet, depending on where in the tram you sit.
Catastrophy Canyon forms the second part of the Backlot
Tour. Shortly after the trip through Residential Street, there's
a little bit of banter from the guide (Jungle Cruise style) about
going into a working studio set that's being used to film a disaster
movie ("but it should be safe to enter because they're not filming
today"), and the train heads into the Catastrophe Canyon area.
Needless to say the tram gets stuck just as things
start to happen in the Canyon, a rainstorm begins, triggering
a tankerfull of fuel perched precariously on the side of a hill
to slip towards the tram, bursts into flames, (don't you hate
the way all American vehicles in films seem to burst into flames
at the slightest provocation ?), and is promptly put out by a
cascading torrent of water from the canyon above.
During this whole performance the ground beneath
the train rocks and bucks as though an earthquake is occurring.
Predictable though the experience is, the overall
effect is still quite good, and to say it's repeated over and
over, day after day, shows how such a repeatable effect can be
used in a film production, (though these days it'd have to be
somewhat more realistic).