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Friday Finds – Disney News & Links Roundup

The Matterhorn attraction at Disneyland celebrates its 50th anniversary on Sunday. I wish I was there to recreate my grandfather’s initial test ride (although I think I’ll skip the bale of hay at the end).

Residents in Burbank have accused the Walt Disney Company of illegal dumping of various pollutants including chromium 6 a cancer causing agent into a neighborhood and eventually into the LA river.

If you find yourself in New Orleans this fall make sure you make your way to the New Orleans Museum of Art where the Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studios will be exhibited. Artwork from The Princess and the Frog, which is set in New Orleans, will be included

Jenny Lerew of Blackwing Diaries adds her two cents to the debate about whether animated films should be made for kids? I don’t think there’s any debate. Feature animation is art made by artists, but something about ‘UP’ has stirred up this debate.

Den of Geek wonders about the upcoming series of sequels we’ll be seeing coming from Emeryville. Is Pixar kowtowing to the merchandising gods?

Are you on Twitter? Here are some recent new sign ons to follow: Disney*Pixar is now at @DisneyPixar. Walt Disney Pictures tweets as @DisneyPictures. Gatorland is on as @Gatorland. And of course, follow The Disney Blog @TheDisneyBlog.

Some people collect bottle caps, Jim collects chairs, and specifically chairs used in Pixar’s The Incredibles.

Finally, apparently The Muppets won a webby and the sent Beeker to accept. Hilarity ensued.

4 thoughts on “Friday Finds – Disney News & Links Roundup”

  1. Coronado Shores Beachie

    Unbelievable that it’s been 50 years for the Matterhorn. Love the history about your granddad.

  2. I only just recently saw the Matterhorn for the first time and it was everything it was hyped to be. To me, the fact that this 50 year old ride is still relevant is a true testament to Disneyland and Walt himself. Bravo!

    As for Pixar sequelitis. I just can’t believe a company that would take such risks as a mostly silent movie starring robots, a movie about an old man flying his house with balloons, and a cooking rat…and succeed at these risks…would suddenly turn all DreamWorks and revert to tired formula. I have confidence that they’re only going to make sequels for movies where there is a good story. And as long as that’s still their driving force, i don’t know how any fan could say a sequel won’t be any good.

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