Sex education of trainables,
a 1970's instructional video for educating the mentally handicapped about human sexuality is just one of the many excellent ephemera uploaded to Google Video by Slave to the Man Productions
. Along the same lines (from the collection) are Parents Talk to Children About Sex
and Walt Disney's Attack Plan for Syphilis
Disney's The Little Mermaid - WMV W/NSFW Audio by Out of Bounds troupe, Brown University
Becoming Mary Poppins
- A look at the original author P. L. Travers, Walt Disney, and the differences therein. Via the New Yorker.
allows fans of Disney's first dramatic animated series, Gargoyles
, to submit questions to series co-creator and producer Greg Weisman
. It's been around since 1996 and has become a treasure trove
of information and insight into not just the show, but the animation industry in general. Ask Greg
and a fan-run annual gathering
has kept the flame of the Gargoyles Universe
alive and their efforts are paying off. Recently Disney began releasing the show on DVD
and now it's set to return in the form of a comic
published by Slave Labor Graphics
and written by Greg Weisman.
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.)
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.
The Story of Menstruation
(youtube video) -- A 1954 cartoon from Walt Disney, created at the behest of Kotex.
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
High School Musical
is becoming somewhat of a phenomenon
amongst preteens and teens a like. Recently hitting the top of Billboard Charts
, and drawing unprecedented amounts of traffic toThe Disney Channel's website
. Yet, there are still detractors
. The made-for-tv movie is also involved in a controversy related to its pricing
(via digg.com) in the ITunes Music Store.
Bikers, Mousies, and big scary death heads
The legendary Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club
is suing Walt Disney
, Buena Vista Motion Pictures, and a movie production company for trademark dilution and infringement for developing and producing “Wild Hogs,” a movie about “[a] group of middle-aged wannabe bikers look[ing] for adventure out on the open road, where they soon encounter a chapter of the Hell’s Angels
The "D" stands for Demolition.
In an attempt at building awareness of Detroit's rotting, decaying neighborhoods(as if one needed further awareness), the Detroit Demolition Disneyland
project finds long-abandoned, neglected structures
that the city has failed to demolish and paints them with Tiggerific Orange
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
How Bob Iger Saved Network Television
- Mark Cuban explains how the Apple/Disney deal for content on the video iPod is a huge turning point for the entertainment industry.
"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.
Mickey Mouse Meets the Air Pirates Funnies.
on the ensuing legal fracas was previously discussed on Metafilter here
, but now you can read the whole first issue as Dan O'Neill
intended it. See also the Communique
. Via BoingBoing
Ladies and gentlemen, I present the Nickelodeon hotel.
I don't know whether or not to lament the state of affairs, or be happy that my kid gets to interact with the characters she has in her imagination. Not that this is anything new in Orlando
, or anything....but I'm just astounded by the wholesale manipulation of children and their parental-annoyance-fueled buying power.
I dare you to see this if you know what goatse
is and not have the image of Mickey's colon telling time...[Completely SFW]
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]
Girl in Disney abuse photos found safe
Previously discussed on Metafilter here
. Maybe it sounds crazy but I was really relieved that she's ok.
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
(link to trailer) is due out from Disney
on December 9, 2005. The book
by CS Lewis
has already been made into a movie by the BBC
, however, the old films can not match the epic
promised by director Andrew Adamson
. (Previously discussed here
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
Hell has frozen over.
Rumor has it that Disney is planning to re-release (on DVD) it's 1946 animated feature Song of the South
which hasn't seen the light of day since 1986
in the fall of '06. The Oscar winning film was originally tucked away due to racially charged material that painted a grossly inaccurate picture of slavery and the south during reconstruction. There goes another EBAY market
All Star Skate Park
is a fun flash game for a day like today. Go on you know want to do a truck grab followed by an inverted hover.
- As part of their 75th anniversary celebration of Mickey Mouse
in 2003, Disney
collaborated with celebrities and designers to create new takes on the classic pose
. The statues
include work by Dick Vitale
, Jerry Bruckheimer
, and James Gandolfini
, among others. In case you missed it the first time, they're bringing these statues on tour to parks around the country this spring and summer
OH MY GOOD GOD THERE’S A GIANT SQUID ATTACKING THAT SUBMARINE!
A tribute to the greatest Disney World ride that ever existed. R.I.P. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
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
The original plates
for the famous parody work (that was never sued over) Disneyland Memorial Orgy
, is on sale at eBay. Here's the whole story on the piece
, which ran in 1967 in a small underground newspaper and was created by Paul Krassner
. I bet a copyright/trademark lawyer with a sense of humor buys this to mount over his desk soon.
Disney's War Against the Counterculture.
Parody Mickey Mouse and see your life turn to madness, even if things are more or set straight in the end. “The main point,” O’Neill says, “was to buck corporate thinking. We just didn’t like bullshit.”
is Disney's first feature length 3d animated movie (without Pixar
). Mark Dindal
, director of Cat's Don't Dance
and Emporer's New Groove
, is at the helm. Is there a chance that the sky won't hit them in the face
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
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]
Disney WWII-era propaganda
An interview with Dave Bossert, the producer of a limited-edition two-DVD set
of propaganda films produced by the Disney animation studio between 1941 and 1946--many of these shorts, including Donald Duck's Der Fuehrer's Face
, were previously available only as n
th-generation bootlegs because of their stereotypes and politically sensitive subject matter
. (Also included in the collection is the previously extremely rare feature-length 1943 animated film Victory Through Air Power
, designed to convince the American public that the only way to win the war was investment in long-range bombers.) [more inside]
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.
Disney is blocking its Miramax division from distributing a new documentary by Michael Moore that harshly criticizes President Bush.
The New York Times reports that Disney head Michael Eisner "expressed particular concern that [the film] would endanger tax breaks Disney receives for its theme park, hotels and other ventures in Florida, where Mr. Bush's brother, Jeb, is governor."
Tigger arrested on molestation charges.
Why couldn't it have been Eeyore? or Piglet?
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?
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.
Just How Influential Is America?
Mark Rice-Oxley, writing in the Christian Science Monitor, argues that, 2000 years from now, Disney will probably be more remembered than Plato. Really? [More inside. Via Arts & Letters Daily.
The Ballad of Mulan
in Chinese calligraphy by, er, Mi Fei; also translated into English
. Via the Mulan FAQ
- 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?
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
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?
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.
Some people live out their lives on Main Street.