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Tom Hanks And Tim Allen To Reunite For A JUNGLE CRUISE?

Published at: March 2, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST by Nordling

Nordling here.

Even though they were animated, Tom Hanks and Tim Allen had a good chemistry in the TOY STORY movies, and even though they may not have been in the same room much of the time, their characters' give and take felt authentic and was very funny.  It seems that Disney wants to recapture that chemistry, and are apparently prepping JUNGLE CRUISE, a live-action family film based on the Disney ride, for both of the actors to star, according to Deadline.

Robert Schulman (SHREK) is writing the script, and the film has been trying to happen for several years now (probably when PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN hit it big for them).  No word on the director or what the plot will be yet, but with Tom Hanks, an actor/director with a ton of goodwill and prestige, being attached to a family film, I'm pretty sure that Disney would be giving this their full attention.  Tim Allen has also done very well for the studio and with Allen and Hanks together again I'd imagine that this project just jumped to the top of priority releases for Disney.  I'm curious if Hanks thinks this might be a project that he'd like to direct himself; he just finished directing a film with Julia Roberts and might enjoy the big-budget action film challenge.

I hope this is more action-oriented than comedic.  It would be interesting to see Hanks and Allen in a RAIDERS-esque family adventure.  But whatever happens, if the film gets greenlit, we'll be seeing them together again and I hope they're as successful a team in live-action as they were in their animated films.

Nordling, out.

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  • March 2, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Almost the worst ride...

    by Heckles

    ...but It's A Small World takes the turd. The Disney Machine is humming right along. Is Six Flags Magic Mountain going to make a Ninja Movie?

  • March 2, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    If done right, this could actually be pretty fun.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Yeah, if Hanks and Allen dig it, and it is a Raiders-style romp, I'm on board, too.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Other movies in development

    by no1ofimportance

    Next on the list is "It's a Small World" and "Autotopia."

  • March 2, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    And where the hell is my Space Mountain movie?!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Why THAT hasn't happened yet, I have no clue. Seems to write itself, I think.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    I did enjoy Ricky Gervais's intro to Tom Hanks and Tim Allen... if they keep him hosting the Golden Globes (and the likes of James Franco / Ann Hathaway hosting the Oscars) I think the viewing figures for the Globes could overtake the Academy Awards in as little as two years.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Dumbo: The Movie!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Oh, wait...

  • March 2, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Didn't Tim Allen just sign up for another TV series?

    by SnootyBoots

  • March 2, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Main Street Cable Car Ride: The Motion Picture

    by WriteForTheEdit

    I could make that work.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Don't know about this...

    by David Ortiz

    Anytime someone tries to do a Raider-ish film we get crap like Sahara, regardless of who's in it (6 Days 7 Nights, anyone?). Let's just hope it's more Pirates than Haunted Mansion.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    WITH CAMEOS BY JOHN TRAVOLTA, MARTIN LAWRENCE, AND STEVE MARTIN

    by zillabeast

  • March 2, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    The Jungle Cruise is nowhere near the worst ride

    by googamooga

    As you stated, Small World is absolutely the worst, but IMO, the truncated storybook rides in Fantasy Land are worse by far. Besides, the Jungle Cruise is one of the original rides from when the park opened, so it gets automatic respect. That said, does anyone remember the Haunted Mansion movie? Tom Hanks is a better actor, and Tim Allen is funnier than Eddie Murphy (Eddie Murphy NOW, not Eddie Murphy standup guy from the 80s...), so this might work.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    I would actually watch a live action Dumbo

    by Terrence

    Something about that would just seem like one big acid trip, even moreso than the original.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    But they're both old and bloated now

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Hanks especially.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    ...but It's A Small World takes the turd.

    by tacitblue

    You realize that these rides are for small children right?

  • March 2, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Hanks for the love of God DON'T DO THIS!!

    by IndustryKiller!

    A stupid fucking cynical family comedy based on the Jungle Cruise ride?? Give me a fucking break. You have a career man, pass.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Don't forget Country Bears and Tower of Terror, turd!

    by impossibledreamers

    At least when they handed off Pirates to Bruckheimer, he was smart enough to do his own thing.

  • March 2, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to relive those exciting Jungle Cruise

    by sweeneydave

    moments, like "the back side of water" or "the most dangerous part of our journey - the return to civilization and those California freeways".

  • March 2, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Forget making movies out of the park rides....

    by darthderp

    ....they need to make rides out of the movies! I'm thinking TRON and BLACK HOLE specifically....

  • March 2, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    impossibledreamers: "Country Bears" was already a feature film

    by WriteForTheEdit

    And a total bomb, as it should have been. Nothing inside any Disney park anywhere irritates me more than that fucking robot show. Even the Tiki room is less annoying.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Tiki Room: The Movie

    by Mitch

  • March 2, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    EPCOT: THE MOTION PICTURE

    by Mitch

  • March 2, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    MONORAIL: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE 3-D

    by Mitch

  • March 2, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Alligators and natives

    by D.Vader

    Indy-light but better than the Mummy series I hope.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    You say that, Turd...

    by D.Vader

    But the Pirates films have made a shitload of money, have thousands of fans, and were some pretty fun movies.

  • Now I hear they're getting rid of Snow White's ride. I would like to say, "Fuck Disney" but it's more appropriate to say "Fuck the idiots who complain about the nostalgic rides and bombard Disney with requests for stupid throw-up rollercoaster rides". Seriously, if you want rollercoasters go to Six Fags. If you want magic go to Disney World... circa 1985.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    A tricky ride to adapt

    by rev_skarekroe

    The whole jungle adventure/cannibal natives concept went out of fashion in the early '60s.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Less of a Pirates of the Caribbean

    by Ciderman

    More of a Haunted Mansion me thinks. Just because Hanks has a proven track record doesn't mean this won't stink like yesterdays diapers! Allen is like the anti-Kurt Russel, anything he is in is instantly devalued into some campy, smaltzy mess of sentiment, much like most of Hanks' early cinema... Turner and Hooch anyone??

  • March 2, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Where's my Horizons/Space Mountain movie?

    by Drath

    Families working in the future, a mountain containing space! Where the fuck is that? Hell, make a Star Tours movie and it'll be better than Haunted Mansion. Also, I hate to say this, but Tom Hanks and Tim Allen? I am sad to say this, but these guys are getting kind of old. I think this will be more like Haunted Mansion than Pirates.

  • that is an underrated classic!

  • March 2, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    They got rid of Mr. Toad? When did this happen?

    by sweeneydave

    I was just at Disneyland in December and Mr. Toad was still wreaking havoc.

  • they probably put Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in the Jungle Cruise ride somehow.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Hanks must really like Allen...

    by Bass Ackwards

    ...for him to take a paycheck project like this that he clearly doesn't need. Just doing a quick check of imdb, his next slate of films all sound like interesting projects that someone like Hanks could get excited for (he's directing his next flick, then he's got an adaptation of the excellent Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, another flick co-starring Johnny Depp and directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and a flick co-directed by the guy who did Run Lola Run and a Wachowski). This project seems more like a favor than anything else. I'm also heartbroken that The Risk Pool adaptation never got off the ground, I loved that book and Hanks was perfect for the father role, and that it was to be written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan seemed another perfect touch. Oh well.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    sweeneydave

    by F-18

    Walt Disney World got rid of Mr. Toad in 1998.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    sweeneydave: only the Florida version of Mr. Toad got removed...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...such a fucking mistake. And yet another reason Disneyland pwns Florida's Magic Kingdom.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    last post continued

    by F-18

    and replaced Toad with Winnie the Pooh.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Hanks is the best when it comes to comedy.

    by riskebiz

    I tire of Hanks in dramatic roles. At it's heart, Forrest Gump was a funny role and I long for Hanks being silly...he's so good at it...and outside of Toy Story, he rarely does it anymore.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    typo correction

    by F-18

    they will probably put Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in the Jungle Cruise ride somehow.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Skipper Dan

    by The Game Master

    First, they didn't take out Mr. Toad. Originally they were going to, for room for Pooh, but fans rallied and Pooh went to Critter Country instead. But here's my main request: Include Weird Al's "Skipper Dan" somehow. Maybe as the pilot of the boat, the expendable idiot, or maybe the savior (like Stanly Spadowski in UHF). Maybe Weird Al himself (a well known fan of the park) could have a cameo as Skipper Dan's evil boss.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Went to Disneyworld last summer and I noticed

    by sweeneydave

    that Disneyland has a much better land to ride ratio. I expected Disneyworld to be 10X better but it really wasn't. Disneyland has the same stuff but closer together. And you can do it all in one day. And say what you will about Small World, but I'm a Christmas freak. Small World at Christmas time when everything is decorated (inside and out) and they're singing christmas carols instead the 20 minutes of repetition is just pure delight.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Surprised no one mentioned...

    by slappy magoo

    the planned Haunted Mansion/Hall of Presidents crossover movie. Madame Leota is supposed to invoke a spell that will bring all of the dead Presidents back to life, but a dark spell will turn them evil, though the world will think they are back on Earth to do good (even Nixon!) and not believe it when they start trying to take over the world for the benefit of United National International (coincidence that it spells Uni? Trying to sweat the theme park competition, Disney?) It will take the combined efforts of all the living Presidents and ex-Presidents (Will Smith as Obama, Will Ferrell as George W. Bush, John Travolta as Clinton and Dabney Coleman as George H.W. Bush), along with the ghosts of the characters that used to inhabit the Adventurer's Club - and of course, the ability of one young boy to believe in himself (Nolan Gould from Modern Family) and his wisecracking teddy bear that only he can see and hear speak (Robin Williams! Hilarious!) - to get the Dead Presidents back where they belong (in my wallet!) Seriously, am I the only one that knows about this?

  • March 2, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    the game master: unfortunately, fan outcry did not save Florida's Mr. Toad.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    It is indeed gone.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Allen is all shit, all the time

    by Jaster

    His straight-to-video garbage is pretty legendary. Hanks is great at serious drama but is occassional hit but mostly miss with his comedies. Let's just say I'm not wetting my pants for this to hit theaters.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    This would be better...

    by radioflyer

    if it had come out around 1966 starring Dean Jones, Fred MacMurray and a young Kurt Russell. You know that this will be a garish, CGI filled but ultimately soulless spectacle in 3D. Sometimes it's okay for family films to just be characters and cute animals. Disney take another look at the classics they put out in the 60's. I DON'T mean remake them - I just mean retain the spirit a bit.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    I would like to point out this is not Hanks' fault

    by Jaster

    I agree he is very funny but even he can't save shit like Joe vs. The Volcano.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Toontown is still there...

    by radioflyer

    how could you not have seen it? It's in the back of the park - all of the rides are still up. Disneyland is WAAAAY too expensive, but I think it's still a blast, if you put yourself into the right frame of mind.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Seriously, another ride movie adaptation?

    by lv_426

    The movie industry is getting pitifully sad these days. I don't know how much longer I can take it. What's next, Gravitron, the movie? Tilt-O-Whirl? Ferris Bueller Builds A Ferris Wheel? How about one where it is just one long subjective steadicam take where crazy carnies yell at you from behind their booths? As Gordon Ramsey would say, "fuck me."

  • March 2, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    sweeneydave: Florida's Magic Kingdom is epic and beautiful...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...but in almost every case, Disneyland's versions of the rides are MUCH better than Florida's. Space Mountain on the West Coast: way better. Pirates is MUCH longer in California. And, DL has the spectacular Indiana Jones ride (no version in the Magic Kingdom), we still have our subs (the Finding Nemo ride), etc. etc. etc.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Oh, and DL has the fucking Matterhorn! Eat it, Orlando!

    by WriteForTheEdit

  • March 2, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    Disneyland

    by The Game Master

    The best way to cut down the cost of Disneyland is to get an annual pass. They have very good deals on them. I agree that Disneyland is much better than Disney World. Disney World is a case of "bigger is not necessarily better". They're both great, but there's certainly more magic in Disneyland (Disneyland, not DCA). Hopefully Disney will indeed do this in a more traditional, "old school" manner. A great adventure-comedy like Pirates or even something out of the '60s or even the '40s.

  • March 2, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    Still say Disney needs a Black Hole ride...

    by darthderp

    Picture this.... You're on a shuttle car trying to evacuate the Cygnus before it breaks apart, VINCENT and BOB at the controls. Reinhart's robot soldiers appear to "shoot" at your car while V and B alternate fighting back (or maybe you shoot the robots with a light gun or something), and at one point Maximillian pops up behind and chases you, those blades of his out and whirling.... Hey, just my opinion, but I'd ride that thing in a minute!

  • March 2, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    movienut401: I'll almost guarantee that Disney is working on a Tron ride...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...and it will be a Lightcycle roller coaster... And if The Black Hole remake does boffo box office, yeah, they'll make a ride out of that, too.

  • March 2, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Tim Allen owes a lot of his Home Improvement success

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    to his TV wife, Patricia Richardson. She grounded his caveman buffoon routine, and helped make it the long running success it was. If it weren't for his Santa Clause movies, which I can't explain why they were popular for the life of me, and voice work as Buzz, his movie career would be nil. He's the white Eddie Murphy.

  • March 2, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Whatever happened to respect for creativity?

    by SmokingRobot

    Jungle Cruise? Seriously?

  • March 2, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    If it wasn't for Disney in Florida

    by Wilford_Brimleys_Diabetes_Rage

    Florida would only be known for 3 things, Alligators, Hookers that look like Miley Cyrus & Oranges.

  • March 2, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Wait, the hookers in Florida look like Miley Cyrus?

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Sweet!

  • March 2, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    writefortheedit

    by slone13

    The fact the I can see the California freeways from certain places inside of Disneyland will forever make that place vastly inferior to Disney World. Walt nailed it when he took over Orlando. It's truly an all encompassing fantastic fantasy WORLD that completely and entirely makes you forget the world outside the park. Disneyland has never been able to do that. It's an amusement park (albeit an awesome one) smack in the middle of a crowded city.

  • ...when it opened. All that crap sprouted after Disneyland became a screaming, enormous success. Disney learned a harsh lesson the hard way, and that's why the company secretly bought all the property in Florida: to keep it mostly empty, and keep the real world from ever intruding, visually. But even today, I still think Disneyland does keep you mostly in its magic, even with the occasional peek outside.

  • March 2, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Apprently the hookers in FLA...

    by Orion

    ...also look like oranges.

  • March 2, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Small World...

    by Heckles

    Yeah, I know it's for kids. The whole park is. I was talking about the bored-to-tears memories of riding Small World as a child. I'd sooner hit up EPSN Zone and kick back a few dozen over-priced beers than suffer through that multi-national suckfest again.

  • March 2, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Let's Thaw Walt-The Movie

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    In a desperate attempt to stop a Jewish Writer's Guild Terrorist Attack, Nic Cage must rescue Walt's frozen head from and unlock the key to the plot. Charlie Sheen will guest star as an animated cat named Tiger Blood.

  • March 2, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Universal studios' ET is the worst ride ever

    by Phategod100

  • March 2, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Re: Florida, lets not forget Cubans with that fresh

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    "just out of the water" look.

  • March 2, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Is Tom Hanks

    by proevad

    going to be the executive producer on this? He's the executive producer on everything else I've watched over the last 10 years.

  • March 2, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    This is a fucking joke, right?

    by Citizen Sane

    Walt built that ride out of his inspiration from THE MOVIE "African Queen". What are they gonna do, have a bunch of stupid talking animals coming to life between boats like the lame-ass disneyland commercials? They would be better off re-making "African Quee... WAIT!, Nevermind, disney! Don't ruin that too. <br><br> Everything disney just sucks anymore!

  • March 2, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Did see the headline out of the corner of their eye and read it as:

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Tom Cruise And Tim Allen To Reunite For A JUNGLE HANKS?

  • March 2, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Writefortheedit WAIT A MINUTE!!!

    by darthderp

    They're remaking Black Hole?!? AW HELL NO!!!!

  • March 2, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    movienut401

    by WriteForTheEdit

    They are indeed: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1561766/ (Did you see Tron: Legacy? During the flashback scene towards the beginning, we see a poster for Black Hole in the kid's bedroom, a wink to the fanboys.)

  • March 2, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Try Disney on Acid...

    by Mr Soze

    I lost my shit on Space Mountain...total freak out...my co-pilot said the security treated me like I was suicidal,

  • March 2, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    "The Day The Movies Died" seems more and more prescient...

    by CountryBoy

  • March 2, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    remember the times when tom hanks was a funny guy?

    by baronweazle

  • March 2, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    People Mover : The Motion Picture

    by Rob

  • March 2, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Disney planned this stuff for years

    by BizarroJerry

    Some execs had the idea to make rides into movies instead of the other way around to revitalize some of the attractions in the parks. Sure, Country Bears and Haunted Mansion ended up sucking, but I figure the huge success of the Pirates franchise is inspiration enough to keep trying. Now, could this be good? MAYBE. If it was up to me -- and I know its not and my saying this guarantees its not gonna be this story -- I would say you make one of the two a boat captain taking rich people on tours. He's down on his luck, burnt out and hates his job. He doesn't take it seriously and jokes the whole time like in the ride. Then the other actor shows up and is a real Indy type, pulls the captain into a real adventure, and wackiness ensues.

  • March 2, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Hanks and Allen

    by BizarroJerry

    They do have undeniable chemistry voicing Toy Story, and it would be interesting to see if they can have it when actually together on screen. I think Allen still has some potential good flicks in him. He seems to end up in shitty movies, but he handled the lead pretty well in Galaxy Quest. I'd like to see him do more.

  • March 2, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Still hoping for a PeopleMover flick

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    It's got FRANCHISE written all over it.

  • March 3, 2011, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Tim Allen has the worse Eye job I've Ever Seen.

    by BigTuna

    Guy looks surprised every second of the day.

  • March 3, 2011, 1:13 a.m. CST

    this sounds awesome, whatever they do

    by Anakin_Piecocker

    it sounds like something from the 90s

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  • March 3, 2011, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Where is "The Hall of Presidents" movie?

    by Arafel

    The best ride at Disney World is the Hall of Presidents, and it would make a great movie.

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  • It was all the tour guide--his comedy shtick was amazing. Best part: (the tour guides have a gun to ward of attacks on the ship) there's a moment when an angry hippo rises out of the water, and the traditional tourguide action is to shoot at the hippo; well this guy kinda daintily flailed the pistol at the hippo, saying "Shoo! Shoo!" Oh my God, I died laughing.

  • March 3, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    As a father of a 4 Year Old, I LOVE Disneyland

    by jomafum

    It's rather lame of grown men without kids, which I assume many of you are, to bag on Disneyland. "Small World Blows", "Dude bring back Toontown". I go to Disneyland once a week - every Tuesday (Always super short lines on Tuesdays) with my wife and son - and it is fantastic. After the weather and our friends, it is the the best thing about living in So Cal. Country Bear Jamboree is dead and gone - whoever was talking about their hate for the "Stupid robots..." on that ride, you are complaining about something that has been gone for years. There are plenty of parks that have faster, more exciting coasters - Magic Mountain, Knott's Berry Farm. Disneyland rides aren't about being fast and scary, they are about making a magical experience for kids and their families to enjoy together. Go to Disneyland with a 4 year old and then try to tell me that Peter Pan is a shitty ride. Or Small World for that matter. Yes, as a grown up, if I went on Storybook Land by myself, I'd be bored, but being on it with a child, you see it through their eyes, and it becomes something else. By the way: I see face characters and costume characters running around without official Disney photographers all day long. Also, CA adventure is phenomenal. Except for the fast roller coaster "CA Screamin'" my kid can go on every ride, and loves them all, esp. A Bug's Land and the Redwoods play area, where kids can just run around and explore. Finally, Toontown is still there and it is great fun, if you go with a small child. If you want grown up fun, go to a strip club. The cost is about the same and you won't have to be around annoying kids.

  • March 3, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Is this a sequel to "Boat Trip?"

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    If so, Hanks was supposed to make this movie right after Philadelphia and take the Halle Berry Cuba Gooding route to post Oscar success (Gooding did however make Men of Honor which if you drop the love interest/tudoring subplot is a pretty decent film).

  • March 4, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    So the Jungle Cruise ride...

    by AnnoyYou

    ...is about traveling around on the tropical/temperate rivers of the earth and shooting/running away from wild animals and "natives" (including cannibals) encountered along the way. Great subject matter for a movie: racism, destruction of habitats, the killing of endangered species, etc. Very 1950s, which is the way we're all headed. Now if they throw in a bubble-headed female who runs away from danger in high heels while screaming (I think Blake Lively would be perfect for this role) the entire picture will be complete.