At the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, Walt Disney built the Ford Magic Skyway ride which took visitors on a ride in Ford cars through history and into the future. It makes me realize that all we are really doing when we visit Disney theme parks is celebrating nostalgia for the 1950s and 60s. Were we ever naive enough to actually attend a World’s Fair?
I always think that films about Disney films are better than Disney films. Here’s a new one. In case you didn’t know, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit came before Mickey Mouse.
This is the opening cinematic from the upcoming Wii game Epic Mickey. It is fun and has that ever-flowing look of a Disney cartoon. I have one quibble with it. You can’t always do in computer animation what you do in hand-drawn animation. In this case, I think the problem is in Mickey’s hands. They are a little off.
Here’s an Oscar-winning short from Disney that is based on a popular children’s book, The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf with illustrations by Robert Lawson. Ferdinand the bull would much rather sit under his favorite tree smelling the flowers than do anything serious. But he gets caught up in the bull-fighting business and hilarity ensues when he tries to enjoy his favorite pastime in the ring.
This is a very comical excerpt from Disney’s Mars and Beyond science show from 1957. It lays out the standard plot line and character types from a typical pulp science fiction story.