What a delightful interview!
The sing along photos are much much better than any that I have, but I'll try to find some of my best and put them up.
Sully and I had planned to go to the sing along, but then I had to admit to myself that I wouldn't be able to afford the gas and parking, since my refund check hadn't arrived as planned. So I told her that I would have to bow out, and to find someone else to take my place. Friday at 2:30, guess what showed up in my mailbox? Refund check!!! I contacted Sully and made plans to meet outside the theater. The 11:30 am show let out, and I asked a parent exiting how the show was, and he loved it.
Now the wording of the ad made it very nebulous as to whether Bret and Walter would be there in person, or if they were voice overs along with the film. So I asked the parent if it was all on film and he said yes, heart sank. Then I asked, was anyone leading the sing along live?, and he said, "Yeah, the guy that wrote the music"
So armed with this good news, we immediately got in line so we could sit near the front, or as close to Bret as we could.
Suddenly a group came out of the theater with an unassuming academy-award winner amongst them,
and they ducked into the hotel next door. A while passed and out they came, I waved and said hey, he looked, smiled, and Sully got a good shot of him in the group, like the one posted above.
When we got inside the theater, we grabbed two seats in the flipping front row!!!
We each had a bag of goodies: a toothbrush, a moustache, a party hat, a glow stick, one maraca, and a slide whistle, to be used at certain times during the movie. The noise before the movie rose to a cacophony until Bret was introduced and instructed parents to hold the whistles for their children until the end. (Thank you, Bret!!!)
As the photos above depict, Bret showed the cue cards for different sections of the film, and by the end of the movie, he noted that Awww was the most used. He and Walter led us through a rehearsal of Life's a Happy Song, and then the movie started and we were off and running.
How much fun was it to watch Bret enjoying the movie along with us? It was so cool.
My videos won't transfer from my phone (I get the dreaded lock symbol), and the last time I shared a photo I used Imageshack, which now charges, so forget that! Maybe I can get them onto Facebook and I can transfer them here from there.
Anyway, to end our story, I was getting a photo with Walter kissing me when Bret came out, and after the folks that wanted autographs were done, Sully and I introduced ourselves (I told him I was a moderator on WTF, and a delighted look came over his face) Sully got a nice photo with him, and as I asked Bret if he'd take a selfie of us, my phone went on strike and wouldn't work. But we had a chance to chat and tell him about how much fun we had with WTFers from around the world watching the Oscars and celebrating his win with members in Australia, Norway, London, US, etc, and he said, "Yeah, that was a pretty cool night, wasn't it?" So delightfully unassuming!
And then we told him where we first caught FoTC - for me, it was Town Hall, for Sully it was Tower Theater, both in May of 2008, so we said we were the folks who could say, "we knew him when..."
So then Bret mentioned Radio City and we said we were there, and then he mentioned Little Red, and I said, "Oh yes!!!", and we got shushed because Walter was doing an audio interview behind us. Bret did a whoops we're in trouble face, and so we whispered about poor Little Red.
I then told him that we had a RIP Little Red thread on WTF, which made him laugh. We said our so longs, and our 2 plus hours with Bret were over. What a true delight.
Best of all, the warm, friendly person who I met after Town Hall in 2008 hadn't let success get to him, and he was still the same sweet person he was back then. It was so good to see he hadn't changed.