FORTY FORT — Disney apparently got wind of plans to have a free showing of the children’s flick “Monsters, Inc.,” in Forty Fort Park Wednesday, and the entertainment giant put the kibosh on the plan.
Not to worry. The group organizing the event pulled “Madagascar 3” off the shelf and managed to draw about 325 people.
Well, “pulled off the shelf” may be a bit glib. Andy Tuzinski, one of the volunteers who organized the event, said the group had to come up with $400 on short notice to satisfy Disney, and that the money came out of the volunteers’ pockets. But he preferred on Thursday to downplay the glitch and stress the success.
“It was wonderful,” Tuzinski, noting his 7-year-old son Jack had a blast doling out popcorn before sitting down to watch the movie projected onto a portable screen held up with a homemade PVC pipe frame.
Tuzinski said the recently created Families for Forty Fort Park organization was notified unexpectedly by a Disney attorney that there was a “blackout” on showing “Monsters, Inc.” — a 2002 Disney Pixar hit about monsters who scare children to generate power and then get a scare themselves when a child ends up in Monstropolis. A movie that serves as a sort of prequel, “Monster University,” is currently in theaters.
The big turnout bodes well for plans to make the outdoor movie screening a monthly event, said Tuzinski, who said the group didn’t want to “make a big deal” out of the snag. The group also is planning a “Dip and Dance” at the pool July 12, and is looking for ways to reintroduce ice skating in winter.
“We want it to be like we remember it when we were kids,” Tuzinski said, adding that they seemed to succeed Wednesday, when an older woman praised them and said it reminder her of the park in her own childhood.
“That’s why we’re doing this,” he said.