Disney Animation has been a cornerstone of culture for almost a century now, and it’s amazing how well this stuff still holds up. People still go to Disney World, buy Cinderella merchandise, and see remakes of these stories.
What better way to appreciate how far this animation has come — or hasn’t — than by enjoying a supercut featureing all of Disney's feature-length animated movies. From Snow White to Zootopia, “The Evolution of Disney Animation (1937-2016)" highlights the movements and trends in Disney, when it works and when it doesn’t. There are some forgotten movies and some stone cold classics, but you’ll be floored by how good and innovative the early animation still looks. However, If you feel a slight dip in the 80s and late-90s, sit tight, the goods are on their way.
Wow, can you believe it, Mickey Mouse is 88. That hilarious cartoon character that has made us laugh for generations is just 12 years shy of 100.
Premiering in 1928’s cartoon classic "Steamboat Willie," in which Mickey, in the role of Willie, drove a steamboat — stop it, it’s too funny — Mickey was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwreks. Mickey was based on an earlier cartoon called Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Because Oswald was owned by Universal, Disney rebranded the character and started making his own cartoons. Oswald, I’m sure, was also very funny.
For years, Mickey was used as an everyman like character, who’s hilarious antics totured the lives of his friend Goofy, Donald, and dog Pluto, who cannot talk, while Goofy, also a dog, can talk. Hilarious.
Now, of course, Mickey is more of a logo than anything else, but his hilarious visage is among one of the most recognizable in the world, providing millions with joy and laughter because, wow, he is just too funny.
To that end, we say “Happy Birthday, Mickey.” You keep being you.
Disney has a rich history of animating folkstories and fairytales to massive success. Their cartoons fills stores, amusement parks, and my childhood toy box. Disney, however, was eventually replaced as the king of cartoons by Pixar, who shifted the trend from hand drawn movies to computer generated ones. Disney, who owns Pixar, has only recently recovered from that with the likes of Frozen.
But in the last few years, Disney realized it didn’t need to find new fairytales, when they could just remake their own movies with actual people and computer generated animals. Starting with 2014’s Maleficent and through 2016’s monster-hit The Jungle Book, Disney opened the Disney Vault and filled it with money.
Which brings us to Disney’s latest live-action remake: Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson as Belle and a star-studded voice cast, which includes Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, and Kevin Klein. Like 2015’s Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast looks like the cartoon come to life, capturing many of the iconic images of 1991’s Oscar-winning movie and rebuilding them with CGI. It will surely be a massive moneymaker. Check out the trailer above.
The Disney Vault right now:
Tired of just watching your favorite movies?
Well now you can wear them too, with Vans new "Toy Story" line and Nike's "Back to the Future" self-lacing do-hickies.
Vans is keeping tight-lipped about this line despite some leaked pics, so we'll have to wait a bit longer until their release date of Nov. 29th to see the rest of them, but they definitely look cute.
Right now you could win a pair of Nike Self-Lacing shoes in an online lottery that's live today. According to CNN, you can purchase lottery tix online or through the Nike+ App if you live in the U.S. or Canada, "but a pair of the shoes will be auctioned in Hong Kong (Oct. 11), London (Oct. 14 & Oct. 17) and New York City (Nov. 12)."
The lottery ends on Oct. 11 and the lucky winners will be contacted on Oct. 17.
The shoes feature an "Adaptive Fit," which "senses the wearer and tightens or loosens accordingly."
Here's Michael J. Fox wearing them back in 2015:
So sing it with me now...
Is your weird Uncle Herbert spending too much time at Disney recently?
It may be because a urologist at Michigan State University recently "discovered that riding a roller coaster helps patients pass kidney stones with nearly a 70 percent success rate."
As it turns out, not every roller coaster is equal for stone passage, "Big Thunder Mountain was the only one that worked. We tried Space Mountain and Aerosmith's Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and both failed."
Read more about the discovery of fun, cheaper healthcare here.
Frozen came out in 2013 and kids everywhere are still singing "Let It Go" nonstop. By now it's due for a sequel. Elsa finally came out of her shell by the end of the first movie, it makes sense for the next one to focus on her finding a prince. Now fans are saying, why not a princess? Using the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, Disney fans are campaigning for a diverse representation of love with their favorite ice queen.
via @KenSergienko, @gmlively, @SwiftieMahomie, @astronomyhoe
So far, the only LGBTQ representation in Disney movies has been something subtle that people read into:
But will that change by popular demand?
Welp, if they haven't been ruined already, your favorite Disney movies are ruined. Say goodbye to your childhood memories. Now that this Vine account (coincidentally called Disney Ruined) has censored a few innocuous words in Disney movies you'll never be able to hear them the right way again.
Geez, Iago, tone it down, there are kids watching this movie.
Georgia's governor, Nathan Deal, has until May 3 to either sign or veto a bill that proposes to allow a faith based organization to refuse property and service to anyone who "violates such faith based organization's sincerely held religious belief" according to CNET.
This is a bill that supporters say defends "religious liberties" but others point out that all it really does is legalize discrimination, particularly toward gay people. And this issue is more than just letting a bakery refuse to make a cake for a gay wedding, this "protection" reportedly extends to hiring practices as well.
Disney and Marvel, who do a lot of business in Georgia have thrown their weight around with this statement:
Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law.
This is a pretty big deal, 'Captain America:Civil War' was made in Georgia and the latest 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is filming there now. Big budget productions spend a lot of money and they aren't the only ones threatening to find an alternative location. According to Variety, AMC and Viacom are also not so subtly suggesting that Georgia better not sign that into law. AMC said this:
As a company, AMC Networks believes that discrimination of any kind is reprehensible,” a company spokesman said. “We applaud Governor Deal’s leadership in resisting a previous version of this divisive legislation and urge him to reject the current version as well.
And Viacom issued this statement:
Viacom is proud to champion diversity and acceptance, which are core values of our company. We have enjoyed doing business in Georgia for many years and we urge Governor Deal to continue to resist and reject the patently discriminatory laws being proposed.
So many productions potentially leaving the state could mean huge economic losses and a growing film industry would be shattered.
This new adaptation of 'The Jungle Book' looks a lot darker than the animated version of 1967. The important question is, will it still be a musical? So far, the public has been promised some singing. It looks like the striking CGI and A-list cast of voices will just have to make up for any songs that get left out.
These Disney Princesses are singing in the languages their stories originated in, not the actual princesses' native language. So, unfortunately, if you were hoping to see Ariel belt out a bunch of bubbles you will be disappointed.
There's also a second video covering some of the princesses the first video missed:
Even the snobbiest film buff is liable to break down into tears at the beginning of UP but it turns out that there's a lot more to Pixar movies for a cinephile to appreciate. This short video shows, shot for shot, how many sneaky references to classic films are packed into these kids movies. Some are easier to spot than others, you probably had no idea watching Toy Story for the first time that this scene was a reference to Total Recall but an adult who's seen Total Recall may have noticed it:
On the other hand, who could have guess how many references Finding Nemo would make to Kramer vs Kramer:
Entertainment Weekly has this new shot of Finding Dory, in which Dory visits an oceanic rehab center where she meets a beluga whale, Bailey (voiced by Ty Burrell), and a whale shark named Destiny (Kaitlin Olson). According to Burrell, these characters are in rehab because "[Bailey] isn’t great at his own sonar capability, and Destiny has trouble swimming straight." D'aww.
Straight up, this is a bit of a buzzkill Disney.
UK alcohol awareness groups threw up a collective nope to this 'Frozen' inspired product line, with concern these bottles would encourage underage drinking.
Wouldn't that make more sense if the bottles had booze in them to begin with? These groups are grasping at straws here, and a strategic subsequent move here on the part of any alcohol distributor would be to make haste, and implement an actual 'Frozen' inspired line of champagne.