Weird Al To Be Featured Attraction At The Orange County Fair

Yes folks, it’s true. According to this OC Register article, the fair committee approved (and apparently already filmed) a 3-D movie about “Al’s brain” to be shown at this year’s OC Fair. The 10 minute film will be shown in a temporary tent that will be set up for this year, however there are plans to build an $8 million permanent building at the fairgrounds site.

OC Fair CEO Steve Beazley likened the film to Disney’s “Captian EO”. (I personally would love a full-scale Weird Al spoof of the entire Captain EO short instead of a journey “inside his brain” but….whatever). He goes on to compare the fair to Disneyland (hehe), by stating Disney opens new attractions every year to keep interest in the parks, and they want to do the same with the Fair.

Feel free to read the full article and see the pros and cons to putting this into the fairgrounds.

But I want to know, what are your thoughts? Do you agree with spending $2.5 million on this film, just for the OC Fair? Or do you think this is about as smart as building the New Year’s Eve Orange Drop thingy?

Better yet….let’s do a poll! But please feel free to comment as well!

**Special thanks to former OC Metblogger Mike for sharing this via his twitter account.

If anyone cares what I think, I say build the thing. I don’t think we’re in a position to rule out ANYTHING that could possibly end up making money for fair. Let’s just hope it at least makes $2.5 million to cover the cost of the film!


4 Comments so far

  1. marcywrites on June 10th, 2009 @ 10:09 am

    I have hear of a lot of fiscall irresponsible things lately but this might just take the cake.

    And don’t get me wront, we are huge Weird Al fans AND we will be at the stupid fair showing/selling a pig raised for 4H by my son (yeah even in Orange County we do these things)….but 2 MILLION? when my kids public school didn’t even have enough funds to pay for PAPER during the year and had to ask for handouts to cover??? 2 Million when the State parks about to close because of fiscal woes??? 2 fricking MILLION?

    This has to be a JOKE. A big ol joke. Please somebody tell me you are just kiding and this is a big JOKE. Please???

  2. honeylatte on June 18th, 2009 @ 9:57 am

    If you read the article carefully, it states that the Al’s Brain movie will tour after it leaves the OC Fairgrounds — other Fairs and the like will purchase the attraction to show it at other places. So the 2 mill is not just for one movie for one Fair, they will make money back with the touring attraction. Also, since they are keeping all the fried food and agriculture and animals, what is the harm in adding a new attraction? It will keep people coming back and possibly entice new visitors to the Fair. IMO, this keeps the Fair fresh and new and not the same old-same old. Why not?!

  3. honeylatte on June 18th, 2009 @ 9:58 am

    Also — the State didn’t pay for Al’s Brain — the Fair makes its own money and paid for it themself. That Fair makes WAY MORE than 2 mill!!!!

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