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  • [Chat] Opinions on characters talking during parades?

    Started thinking about this after trying out listening to Tokyo's Happiness is Here parade, prompted to actually post by all the chatter in Hallowishes making it very hard to enjoy.

    Characters talking during parades and fireworks shows (mostly parades, I don't know if it's actually common in fireworks shows); do you like it? No? Depends on how it's done? I presume, since they still make ones where no one says anything, and every one I've listened to has at least some floats with no comments, that it's not a 100% agreed upon topic.

    I realized, typing this up, that I've never actually been to one where anyone talks, just listened to them, so I can't really give an opinion, but I'm very curious about views from people who've seen these things. Conceptually it seems cool and like a logical step to take, but I don't know about execution and based on listening I have mixed opinions.

    Edit: Okay I clearly did a terrible job wording my post; I know there are several parades where they talk, I'm not trying to make a suggestion as if it's a new thing. I'm only saying I have not seen one in person (just listened to them, so I feel I'm not getting the full experience), and asking if people here prefer the ones where the talk or the ones where they don't.

    And I went on a tangent with Hallowishes and I shouldn't have done that but seriously the villains are REALLY annoying.
    Last edited by Lights; 10-31-2020, 12:45 AM.

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    I like it! Mostly because I think of Main Street Electrical Parade. Not sure if the more modern revivals included Alice or Peter Pan talking... I guess you could count Elliot as "talking" in the show as well. It was done so seamlessly.

    I don't recall another Disney parade where characters spoke to anyone. Just some waves.

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    • #3
      It seems pretty cool. Even though I have not seen it up close myself.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Lights View Post
        Started thinking about this after trying out listening to Tokyo's Happiness is Here parade, prompted to actually post by all the chatter in Hallowishes making it very hard to enjoy.

        Characters talking during parades and fireworks shows (mostly parades, I don't know if it's actually common in fireworks shows); do you like it? No? Depends on how it's done? I presume, since they still make ones where no one says anything, and every one I've listened to has at least some floats with no comments, that it's not a 100% agreed upon topic.

        I realized, typing this up, that I've never actually been to one where anyone talks, just listened to them, so I can't really give an opinion, but I'm very curious about views from people who've seen these things. Conceptually it seems cool and like a logical step to take, but I don't know about execution and based on listening I have mixed opinions.
        It depends. On the face of it, I like it. But then there are times that the "voice" doesn't match my pre-conceived perception of the "voice". There are times when the "voice" is cringe worthy and I would rather let my memory fill in the dialogue.
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        • #5
          I don't think I'd like it. I mean, who would they talk to? Or are they just ...talking? About what? I think I must be missing something.

          It just seems to me that the distance between the characters and the guests -not to mention the ambient noise- would be too much to communicate very effectively over. If I'm going to talk to a character, I'd much rather it be in person

          I do like getting waved at, though... so I guess maybe I'd be open to checking it out

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          • #6
            Mickey talked during Soundsational, moving mouth and everything. As long as it's just random comments then it's okay, but if they expected the audience to follow a narrative from talking characters throughout a parade that would probably be difficult since a parade isn't intended for that.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MrGoat View Post
              I don't think I'd like it. I mean, who would they talk to? Or are they just ...talking? About what? I think I must be missing something.

              It just seems to me that the distance between the characters and the guests -not to mention the ambient noise- would be too much to communicate very effectively over. If I'm going to talk to a character, I'd much rather it be in person

              I do like getting waved at, though... so I guess maybe I'd be open to checking it out
              I mean the stuff they already do. Parades like Paint the Night already have the characters blurting out things. In the Japanese ones, from what I can tell, they sometimes talk to each other, sometimes the audience, but the American ones are regulated to general statements to the audience.

              I'm asking if people here like it when the parades include character dialog (e.g. Paint the Night) or prefer it when parades leave it out (e.g. Magic Happens).


              Originally posted by bigcatrik View Post
              Mickey talked during Soundsational, moving mouth and everything. As long as it's just random comments then it's okay, but if they expected the audience to follow a narrative from talking characters throughout a parade that would probably be difficult since a parade isn't intended for that.
              Didn't know they had the moving mouth Mickey in that one, that's cool.

              Well technically they've tried narrative "parade" already with Light Magic. It's just that it wasn't really a parade and it was Light Magic, so we all know how well that turned out...
              Last edited by Lights; 10-31-2020, 01:05 AM.

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