“That moment really encapsulates what you would never do nowadays”
March 9, 2021 4:24 PM Subscribe
'So inappropriate': This Calif. man is calling out some of Disney's politically incorrect videos
Like many Disney fans who have an emotional attachment to his work, Jack Plotnick also acknowledges the questionable parts of the man’s history. The difference is, he’s doing something about it, in a way that both makes him feel connected to Disneyland during its closure and moves the needle on attitudes towards some of those often-overlooked problems. He’s editing himself into old Disney videos from the 1960s and adding commentary, akin to Mystery Science Theatre 3000, providing a progressive perspective to footage that could easily be canceled into the “we can’t do that anymore” annals of history.
He does everything himself, from costuming to makeup to filming. Plotnick then cuts in his footage to create scenes that feel as though he’s right there with Walt as Walt describes the new rides in the works at Disneyland, like Pirates of the Caribbean, the first video Plotnick chose to remake.
“I was very intrigued by the video,” he says, in which Walt escorts Julie Reihm, Miss Disneyland Tencennial, through a preview of the ride. Walt treats her like eye candy, and then rewards her in a pandering way for knowing words like “audio-animatronic.”
“She’s sharp,” Walt says when she uses that term. The camera cuts to Plotnick’s character, Imagineer Blaine Gibson.
“For a woman,” he replies, articulating what Disney doesn’t say but clearly implies.
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