Advanced Animation by Preston Blair,
"the best 'how to' book on cartoon animation ever published." Blair
, a Disney and MGM animator, put the book together in 1947 to illustrate the various basic principles of animation, only to have the book pulled from shelves after the rights to use some of the characters were revoked. Animation historian Jerry Beck
has been hunting for a first edition of Blair's landmark book for many years. He finally found a copy and is sharing high-quality scans on the Animation Archive
. (Archive previously linked in this thread; discovered via this thread.)
posted by soiled cowboy
on May 7, 2006 -
FollowupFilter - After a two year hiatus (read: punishment ban
), Gregg Easterbrook (founder of Beliefnet, Brookings scholar, ex of Slate & NFL.com) one of ESPN's most popular football writers returns
, with no acknoledgment of where he went or why. Hopefully he'll keep his mouth shut about ABC and/or Disney related projects this time. As a side note, his two seasons worth of back articles are apparently not available, as they were purged (permanently?) when he was fired.
posted by jonson
on Apr 25, 2006 -
Education for Death.
(YouTubefilter.) Disney-produced anti-Nazi cartoon
short from 1943. Look for Hitler's Satanic horns. More weirdness from WWII: Warner Bros Snafuperman
, starring Pvt. Snafu (originally created by Dr. Seuss!), who also deals with spies
, all while jabbering away in a voice that sounds disconcertingly like that of a certain cwazy wabbit. From Archive. org -- Pvt. Snafu learns about booby traps
, in one case literally. Bugs himself joined the Air Force, and was faced with gremlins
for his trouble. Superman himself got in on the act, battling Japoteurs
. After all, during the War we were plenty worried about those canny Japanese
posted by Astro Zombie
on Mar 23, 2006 -
Disney eats crow.
Disney, whose former CEO Michael Eisner rejected the idea of Disney being hired to market Pixar's movies, who insisted on owning their sequel rights, and who apparently hoped Finding Nemo would flop
so that he could get better negotiating terms with Pixar, is now in talks for buying Pixar outright for approximately $6.7 billion in stock.
Steve Jobs gets his revenge... again. How much revenge? 50.1% of $6.7 billion dollars
posted by insomnia_lj
on Jan 19, 2006 -
"This is a war story!" (warning: direct ifilm video link)
Don't play VD roulette! Watch Disney's 1973 educational film "VD Attack Plan"
and fight those damned G & S soldiers! Lady killers? Really can kill ladies!
Features whimsical cartoons and really icky photos.
posted by miss lynnster
on Aug 18, 2005 -
Dirty goings-on in the magic kingdom. (QuickTime)
Amateur movies shot by Disney's professional furries in Disneyworld
show what happens on the grounds while Mickey isn't looking.
"...Many of the videos, I found out, were created for unofficial annual character banquets, where screening funny skits is part of a tradition of subtle acts of subversion among the members of Disney’s undercompensated and overregulated workforce."
Probably sorta safe for work, but don't show it to Pooh aficionados.
[via Radar magazine via defamer]
posted by Silky Slim
on May 28, 2005 -
Alternative Rapid Transit
Looking for a funky way to get around town? Try Detroit's People Mover
(warning, embedded earworm). For 50 cents you can travel 2.9 miles through 13 stops in 15 minutes, and see some fantastic art
along the way. People movers
and modified Personal Rapid Transit
systems were built in various cities in the 1970s, such as Miami
, and at West Virginia University
. The dream
of true Personal Rapid Transit has not yet been achieved, and its viability
and economic benefits
are still up for debate, but the People Mover, at least, is still hanging on
posted by livii
on Apr 2, 2005 -
is an editorial cartoonist. She started out working for Disney Imagineering as a designer. She has also been an animator for various studios in London, Los Angeles, New York and Taiwan. She now holds many awards for her cartoons and is in several prestige publications. Her works are an impressive array of political caricatures
, and cultural issues
posted by Hands of Manos
on Jan 12, 2005 -
america's heart and soul
- so, they wouldn't release fahrenheit 9/11, but this, this is okay. are they making efforts to distance themselves from any involvement with fh9/11, or do they want to make sure that washington keeps listening
From the chronicle:
Disney officials insist their 88-minute film, "America's Heart and Soul" -- stitching simple, positive vignettes of everyday Americans with sweeping vistas and up-tempo music -- is neither a response to Moore's politically charged hit nor any type of political statement itself.
more coverage here
, and a review
posted by christy
on Jul 1, 2004 -
German art gallery of Disney-centered pastiche art. The Wall Street Journal says "This Exhibit Is No Featherweight,
so You Better Duck." [Stolen from waxy]
posted by riffola
on May 25, 2004 -
Michael Moore admits Disney 'ban' was a stunt.
Less than 24 hours after accusing the Walt Disney Company of pulling the plug on his latest documentary in a blatant attempt at political censorship, Michael Moore has admitted he knew a year ago that Disney had no intention of distributing it.
"Almost a year ago, after we'd started making the film, the chairman of Disney, Michael Eisner, told my agent he was upset Miramax had made the film and he will not distribute it.
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood
on May 6, 2004 -
Muppet News Flash: Disney Buys Muppets
Jim Henson had long considered a partnership with the Disney Company, but never was able to work a deal. Now that the Comcast offer has been rejected, Disney is looking to expand its entertainment offerings. But with Pixar and Disney splitting, is this merger the House of Mouse's attempt to revive its "synergy" or just another cultural gem for Eisner to strip mine?
posted by jazon
on Feb 18, 2004 -
Pixar Dumps Disney: "It is impossible to know how bad this is for Disney."
On the other hand: Disney can begin creating sequels to all of Pixar's films, something it could not do under its current arrangement and is almost certain to exploit.
On the third hand: One film executive suggested that Mr. Jobs could now be considered a candidate to run Disney if indeed Mr. Eisner ever left.
posted by alms
on Jan 29, 2004 -
- in a followup to a previous and informative and link-filled MeFi post
, a friend sent me a link to savedisney.com
today which has three interesting documents: Roy Disney's resignation letter, Stanley Gold's resignation letter, and a letter from Roy Disney to all cast members. There's also links to email and show support, as well as links to all sorts of related informational sites. Is this ingenius guerilla PR from upset employees, or is there something deeper here?
posted by twiggy
on Dec 11, 2003 -
Walt would turn over in his cryonic chamber...
(I know, I know, it's not true.
Speaking of family trees
, Roy Disney (the last board member with ties to the founding family) resigned from the company Sunday
, calling for the ouster of Chairman Michael Eisner
. Stanley Gold soon soon followed
. In a harsh letter
Disney said the entertainment conglomerate had "lost its focus
, its creative energy
, and its heritage
" and that the public
now held the perception
that company is "rapacious
, and always looking for the 'quick buck
No word yet from the Disneyland obsessives
, but the folks at MousePlanet
's Mousepad seem optimistic about this development
posted by Fofer
on Dec 2, 2003 -
newspeak from disney: we at the Walt Disney Internet Group are dedicated to protecting your privacy and handling any personal information we obtain from you with care and respect. How is your personally identifiable information used and shared?
posted by Tryptophan-5ht
on Nov 16, 2003 -
Several people here are fans of Gregg Easterbrook's excellent column Tuesday Morning Quarterback, available (until this week) at ESPN.com. Unfortunately, in his side gig as a writer for the New Republic, in a blog entry savaging the movie Kill Bill, Easterbrook made comments
that came across as perpetuating ugly stereotypes about Jewish people. He immediately claimed 100% responsibility for the ugliness, and apologized completely and without reservation
. Within a week, he was fired by ESPN, all his archived columns (nearly two years worth) removed, and the search engine rigged such that searches for his name, the name of his former column, or the nickname for his column all return only the front page of ESPN, as though the search itself had never taken place. Many are beginning to suspect
, however, that this isn't a case of political correctness, as much as corporate punishment, as ESPN is owned by Disney, which produced Kill Bill.
posted by jonson
on Oct 19, 2003 -
With its recent batch of new layoffs, Disney's animation department has just about completely abandonded production on any and all traditional 2D animated features in favour of flashier money-making
3D computer-animated fare. Is an artform dying?
posted by Robot Johnny
on Aug 20, 2003 -
Walt Disney World's recent designation as a no-fly zone has had an additional consequence
: Christian extremists can no longer harass gay tourists from above.
posted by donkeyschlong
on Jun 3, 2003 -