The Figment Popcorn Bucket craze has officially gone off the deep end. First you have lines to get a popcorn bucket be about an estimated 7 hours long. Then you had many people break the “Two per customer” rule and bought bags full. Then you had people flipping them on eBay for hundreds of dollars. Then you had guests being given Figment Sporks instead of Rainbow Popcorn when they sold out. Now it looks like even Eric Idle is getting in on the chaotic situation.
British comedian and Monty Python founding member Eric Idle, who is known by Disney fans as “The guy who replaced the Dreamfinder”, played the character of Dr. Nigel Channing in the reworked Journey Into Imagination attraction. The character actually first appeared in the now closed Honey We Shrunk The Audience attraction in 1994, and is the head of the Imagination Institute. When Journey Into Imagination was changed to Journey Into YOUR Imagination in 1999 the character was added as the straight man to Figment the Dragon’s comedic deliveries. However the ride was altered in 2002 to Journey Into Imagination With Figment due to harsh criticisms over the change.
Now what does this have to do with the Figment Popcorn Buckets? Well I was just getting to that. A Twitter user by the name of @FunkyWhiteGuy (Yes, that’s really his twitter handle) tagged Eric Idle in on a joke tweet, saying that he wouldn’t wait 7 hours for a Figment Popcorn Bucket, but would wait that long for a Nigel Cunningham Popcorn Bucket. The comedian then responded to the suggestion:
Hm. I’m going to make one. Only one. It’ll be a one off. A million and a half dollars. https://t.co/EQXdOKS306— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) January 15, 2022
Of course he was joking, but just imagine if he actually did make one. Fans would probably go nuts.
With the large popularity of the character Figment and the strong dedication fans of the original attraction have for the classic characters, perhaps someone at Disney may consider finally bringing back the older ride. But that is a big what if. Older rumors suggest that there are/were plans to re-theme it into an Inside Out attraction, but the popularity of that film has seemingly passed so we’re probably safe on that one.
If they do ever bring back the old attraction I for one would be totally fine with Eric Idle playing the role of The Dreamfinder, that way the fans of both the classic ride and the current version can have their cake and eat it too.
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