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Mickey’s cousin Micky?

From PBS’ History Dectectives comes the story of a mouse toy named Micky patented in 1926. But wait you say, isn’t that two years before Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney’s beloved icon was first unleashed in Steamboat Willie? Why yes it was. Read the full transcript of the show (in PDF) then click below for more…

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Edna Mode has legs!

Short ones, Darhling! Barring the appearance of an Incredibles Animated TV show (and don’t rule that out), the glow is off the movie and the DVD is up on the shelf. Still, one character shines through the mist of time and continues to show up high on the search terms used to find this site…… Read More »Edna Mode has legs!

Computer Animator? Disney’s hiring

Embarked on a course that leaves traditional hand drawn animation to the film vaults, and most of its former animators on the streets, the Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios finds itself short staffed when it comes to talented Computer Animators. In fact, their recent seminar at SIGGRAPH doubled as a recruiting session. So if you… Read More »Computer Animator? Disney’s hiring

Blink before riding: Steps to better decision making at Disney World

It is difficult to speculate exactly what happened yesterday to cause the sad death of a young boy at Walt Disney World. Eventually the autopsy will reveal whether the attraction had anything to do with the death. It may not have. I do not mean to accuse the family or Disney Management of misdeeds, but I do wonder what a 4-year old was doing on Mission Space (M:S) at Epcot.

M:S is one of the most intense experiences available to guests visiting Walt Disney World. So what would lead a family to want to take their young child on it? Which warnings did they see and which did they miss? How can we give a family more information before they make their decision to join the queue? All questions that need to be answered to make the Disney World experience as safe as possible for all guests.

Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror probably qualifies as the most intense experience availabe to guests at the four Walt Disney World themeparks. Not only does the name imply its intensity, but as you approach the attraction to ride you can see exactly what happens to guests already on board as they plummet faster than gravity and then are jerked back up only to be pulled back down again repeated times. If the visual clues aren’t enough, the screams of terror is another signal. Those with weak constitutions know by these indicators to stay away. Parents with questions can see what happens during the ride and can judge if their child is appropriate for the attraction. At least that should work in theory.

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Ward Kimball, behind the glasses

The classic Ward Kimball short TOOT WHISTLE PLUNK AND BOOM (1953) is put under the blogoscope at Ward-O-Matic (no relation!), the blog of Atlanta-based animation expert Ward Jenkins. Lots of wonderful images from the film and concept sketches too. While your clothes are on spin cycle at the Ward-O-Matic, be sure to pop on over… Read More »Ward Kimball, behind the glasses

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Blurred…

If you follow reality tv there is one website where you can find all the latest news — Reality Blurred. The have a short, but nice, section on ABC’s Reality Show – Extreme Makeover: Home edition. With the success Disney has had with EM:HE you have to wonder what other reality based shows are in… Read More »Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Blurred…

The sad sad tale of Fred Moore, Disney Animator

Cartoonbrew linked to a few ‘found‘ drawings of Disney animator Fred Moore (animator on my favorite short in "Make Mine Music", the "All the Cats Join In" ode to swing dancing sequence.) Alas, Fred Moore’s story is a tragic one of amazing talent cut short, but his influence on the art of animation is undeniable.

Secrets of The Incredibles

Okay. You’ve owned your DVD of Pixar’s The Incredibles for a few weeks now, have watched it at least four times (onces normal, once with both commentaries, and once more to catch all the little things you missed the first three times) and nwo you are wearing a laser rut through the special features. What… Read More »Secrets of The Incredibles