Fifteen years ago Congress passed a 20 year extension of copyright in the USA. The Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act was also known as the Mickey Mouse Copyright Extension as The Walt Disney Company’s desire to keep Mickey Mouse protected by copyright was a significant… Read More »Will Disney’s Copyright on Mickey Mouse Ever Expire?
Last night I was invited to attend a gala party to re-open the California Grill at the Contemporary Resort. In addition to a revamped menu, they remodeled the dining area with a mid-century modern look inspired by Disney artist Mary Blair, added a new show kitchen, even upgraded the exterior with new windows and allowed easy access to the south observation deck for the first time. On both observation decks they added new lights and a new sound system that delivers the fireworks soundtrack clearer than ever before.
After dinner we were all invited outside to watch Wishes performed in the air over the Magic Kingdom. We choose the new south observation deck which allows a better view of the Magic Kingdom and Cinderella Castle. You’re able to see the front of the castle, which if you have great vision or a zoom lens, lets you get the digital projection show too and I’m sure will be spectacular when it’s lit up for Christmas season.
Below is a video of Wishes taken from the very end of the deck.Read More »California Grill: A New View for Magic Kingdom Fireworks
It’s a long and sordid story, but the crux of the matter is the original Hoop Dee Doo Revue featured a song based on a famous Perry Como polka (here it here). Alas, all these years later the owners of the copyright on that song demanded Disney pay up, or stop using the song. Rather than fight, Disney has rewritten the title song of the popular show.
There’s a full video of the dress rehearsal or you can watch this version snapped on a cell phone, where the sound is a little better:
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the show in person. But while I don’t find the new song quite as snappy as the original, the audience doesn’t seem to mind and is clapping along with a lot of energy. If you’re a fan of the HDDR, what do you think of the new song?
For comparison I’ve place the opening title as it was in 2006 below the jump:
A judge has dropped a lawsuit against Marvel by the heirs of Jack Kirby. The suit was based on the fact that Kirby’s work, including the creation of many of Marvel’s main superheroes, was done on a work-for-hire basis and therefore there is no secondary… Read More »Disney Wins Big In Marvel Lawsuit
Remix artist Pogo, who has had a rocky relationship with Disney (sometimes on payroll, sometimes banned from doing his work), has apparently gotten clearance to release another of his amazingly beautiful video remix works. This one is titled Bloom and it is absolutely sublime! Pogo’s… Read More »Bloom – Beautiful New Video from the remix artist Pogo
Update: Mea Culpa. This article is 4 years old. I didn’t noticed the 2007 date on the story. That’s what I get for writing a post after midnight. I’ve updated the story to reflect the fact that this Cinderella Castle still exists according to this… Read More »Fake Disney Theme Park in China forced to Close
The Walt Disney Company, through it’s new subsidiary Marvel Entertainment, has sued the heirs of Marvel artist Jack Kirby to quash their copyright claims to the characters co-created by Kirby while he worked at Marvel. The federal lawsuit filed Friday in Manhattan by Marvel Worldwide… Read More »Marvel/Disney Sue Kirby Heirs to Quash Claims
In what is likely the final bars of the opera that has been the Slesinger’s families legal battle against the Walt Disney Company over the rights to the Winnie The Pooh characters, the courts have decided that Disney owns the rights, but still owes royalties… Read More »Court gives Pooh to Disney and ends lawsuit