We are to begin with the category of "Updating the Story," which won out in our poll. This does not mean we won't look at the other topics. It just means this one comes first.
Let's look at what this is all about; a summary of the topic at hand, straight from the last post:
These installments will take a look at what has been done to take the late 1960's 24 Minute story-teller record and expand it into a full length film that modern audiences can take a bit more seriously. We'll look at what's been cut (very little) and what's been added (a whole hell of a lot) and what has been changed (quite a bit) to mold the source material into something we're just dying to show you.So, without further a due, let's begin. I'ts a good thing this topic was voted to start first; because guess what everyone? It's time for a history lesson! I know a good amount of you know the story behind this whole thing, but this blog is meant to answer all the questions that any average Joe might have about the project. So it's time to take a look at the history of the source material...
Unlike the previously mentioned attraction-based releases, the Mansion album took a different approach to the concept. Where as the other two merely provided a narrated flow-through of the attraction, the Mansion album gave the listeners a story to go with the flow-through; hence the name, The Story & Song. The said story follows a teenage couple; Mike (voiced by Ron Howard) and Karen (voiced by Robie Lester); who wind up taking a flow-through of the attraction's scenes after taking shelter from a rainstorm in a Haunted House. They are greeted by the disembodied voice of a ghost host (voiced by Peter Renoudet) who guides them on a tour of his haunted home.
Because your really should hear it before we continue, I'm providing a link to the low-quality version that has been available on Doombuggies.com for the longest time. (Scroll down to the first "Shh... Listen" and press play. You can also read a bit more on the history of the album) I don't want to place any illegal links here. Not with this project on the line. I highly suggest you obtain a copy of your own. The album was recently re-released officially on compact disc in 2009, and is easy to obtain online, or at the Disney theme parks.
In addition, several elements have been dropped, added, and updated to modernize the story, making it more believable for today's audience; removing some of the campy and cheesy flavor of the album and replacing it with a more acceptable vibe. We'll cover these various add-on's and drop-off's in our next installment, Updating the Story - Part 2