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D. on Ice, in honor of the 110th birthday of Walt Disney, kinda.
posted by oneswellfoop (13 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

It's so cold in the D.
posted by hermitosis at 10:10 PM on December 5, 2011 [2 favorites]


I grew up from the center of the Disney generation. My first TV was a 12 inch black and white consol sitting in the living room. We received three channels, in 1954 I was 6 years old, probably the target demographic for Disneyland.

I grew up watching Walt bring me animation, adventure, coming of age stories, and a promise of eventually being able to actually visit Disneyland (which I finally did, 40 years later).

Now I know it was all commercial, I know it was profit driven, but... back then, we really wanted to believe.
posted by tomswift at 10:12 PM on December 5, 2011


All companies have to make profit to survive. There's nothing wrong with that. Walt Disney did a good job of it, and in the process gave us many great animations and films to grow up on.

Can't say I like very much of what they've done recently (save for Pixar) but their last animated feature, The Princess and the Frog was very close to old Disney, and was Disney's third(?) non-white heroine to boot, which is also good.
posted by Malice at 10:16 PM on December 5, 2011

Third? Sixth by my count. (The Emperor's New Groove, Lilo & Stitch, Mulan, Pocahontas, & Aladdin)
posted by aubilenon at 10:52 PM on December 5, 2011

I barely remember The Emperor's New Groove and I wasn't a huge fan of Lilo & Stitch (I know, pelt me with rotten fruit now), but I can't believe I forgot Jasmine! :(

I'm glad there's more than three!
posted by Malice at 11:20 PM on December 5, 2011

Emperor's New Groove is kind of questionable - he spends most of the movie as a llama (but the rest of the time he is totally Incan)
posted by aubilenon at 11:54 PM on December 5, 2011

oh wait, heroine. yeah totally strike that. There's basically no heroine at all in that movie.
posted by aubilenon at 11:55 PM on December 5, 2011

But was he a white llama?

I'm sorry.
posted by Malice at 11:58 PM on December 5, 2011

Disney .. Disney ... Oh, yeah the guy who turned every aspect of childhood he could conceive of into a marketing opportunity. Is he still dead?
posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:35 AM on December 6, 2011 [1 favorite]

My formative idea of Walt Disney (aside from all the actual Disney produce) came from Bill Peet: An Authobiography, which was none to flattering. Peet works super hard animating a film and then his name isn't even in the credits!
posted by ropeladder at 6:09 AM on December 6, 2011

The great thing about Walt Disney is how he based every Donald Duck cartoon on his own life, because Walt Disney was actually a duck, who looked after three nephews with very similar names and outfits. Also Walt never wore pants. It's only now that we can look back at the stories of Donald Fauntleroy Duck and clearly see the biographical detail which reveals the life of pain and anguish that was Walt's existence, and realise what an amazing artistic genius Walt really was. But, we ALL are responsible for Walt Disney's demise, because WE were the ones who shot him, cooked him and ate him "a l'orange". I'm taking off my pants right now in tribute to this wonderful duck - I encourage all of you to do the same.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 7:27 AM on December 6, 2011 [2 favorites]

Waitaminnit - I very clearly remember Disney wearing pants, and they were big ones, too. Are you telling me they added those to the Walt Disney Presents films in post-production?
posted by Kirth Gerson at 8:34 AM on December 6, 2011 [1 favorite]

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