2012 marks 100 years of Universal Studios. Wrap your head around that, the first Universal Studio film came out in 1912, and the studio has been going strong ever since. Late last year Universal Studios announced that they will be celebrating 100 years by celebrating in the form of special releases of their biggest films, and holding special celebrations throughout the park.
Already Universal has revealed a new, more realistic logo for the anniversary which will first grace screens later this year in front of the Dr. Seuss animated film “The Lorax”.
The studio has already announced a batch of 13 classic films will be getting special 100th anniversary editions and the Blu Ray treatment as well:
- ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
- THE BIRDS
- BUCK PRIVATES
- DRACULA (1931)
- DRACULA (Spanish, 1931)
- SCHINDLER’S LIST
- OUT OF AFRICA
- PILLOW TALK
- BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
- THE STING
- TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Nothing official has been announced in the theme parks, with the exception of new attractions coming to Universal Orlando and Hollywood.
So far we have Despicable Me, and Hollywood Drive-In mini golf coming to Orlando, with rumors of a new parade, a new lagoon show, promises of a new attraction announcement to replace JAWS, Mardi Gras, and Halloween Horror Nights 22.
In Hollywood we have Transformers.
One interesting note come in the form of a quote from COO Ron Meyer via this piece from the Hollywood Reporter:
Meyer promises parades in Universals Orlando theme park, tours of the company’s remarkable archives, and promotions at major film festivals, maybe with talent in attendance.
And a press release from the studio promises “The Orlando resort will soon announce a specially themed entertainment experience that will celebrate Universal’s heritage.”
One thing we have heard is that there are classic Universal films all over the construction walls at Universal Orlando in the Amity section. Wouldn’t it be amazing if the Harry Potter section was just a false lead and we ended up getting a “Classic Universal” attraction featuring all of the great movies listed?
Ah, a nerd’s dream!