Sunday, August 10, 2014
The Rocketeer Abroad, Pt. 1
When Disney released "The Rocketeer" back in 1991, the studio had high hopes that it would be a blockbuster, spawning sequels, merchandise, and lotsa' moola. The photos shown here are of the lead character, The Rocketeer, visiting various cities around the globe. I have doubts that Billy Campbell (shown above) actually visited these locations; most likely somebody else filled in for Campbell by donning the iconic costume. I am guessing that these shots were intended to give a very Americana-film a bit more of an international appeal.
Here the Rocketeer is in Paris, giving a thumbs-up for the Eiffel Tower.
Looking a bit stiff on the Champs-Élysées near the Arc de Triomph. I wonder if Disney bothered to get any filming permits or if they just shot these rogue. I'm choosing the latter.
Here are 3 views from Rio de Janeiro:
Final one today shows the Rocketeer looking for benediction from Christ the Redeemer, the 98' foot tall statue that has been since 1931 at the peak of the Corcovado mountain and is considered one of the "New" Seven Wonders of the World.
Unfortunately, the visit to Rio didn't seem to help the box office, which fell short of The Disney Studio's desires. No franchise for you!
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