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Minuscule: The Best Toon Disney Show You Haven’t Seen

2 Feb

Heads-up to animation lovers: Minuscule is an adorable and funny little set of French cartoon shorts airing from time to time on Toon Disney. Based on the IMDB page linked above, it looks like it’s airing Friday nights at 9:45 Eastern, but I’ve just set my DVR to record the whole series rather than trying to catch it live, as I’m guessing Toon Disney might air them somewhat irregularly, as they do Shaun the Sheep and other short cartoons. (I’ve been at home sick all week, so I’ve had plenty of time to catch up on my viewing!)

Some of the episodes are on YouTube, and I’m posting one here to give you a teaser (courtesy of sonhex), but the animation’s so beautiful you really want to see it full-size, trust me.

Kudos to Toon Disney for reaching out to other animation studios for innovative programming! In my opinion, it definitely enhances the brand.

Darker Dose of Disney: Chicken Little 1943

28 Oct

Having watched Education for Death a while back, I checked out Walt Disney Treasures: On the Front Lines from Netflix. I’ve only watched the first disc so far, but it’s full of darker and stranger Disney. Also worth watching is the strange and funny Minnie Mouse short, Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Firing Line (the version on YouTube is an edited-down version of the one on the DVDs, but you get the gist of it).

Vintage Walt Disney Cartoon: Alice’s Egg Plant (1925)

7 Jul

Chickens going on strike! An oversized mouse laying an egg! Check out Alice’s Egg Plant, one of the Alice comedies made by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks in the 1920s. (Might want to watch it with the sound off . . . the soundtrack was dubbed in later, and is somewhat distracting. Thanks Crayshen for posting it to YouTube!)

You might notice one of the main characters strongly resembles Felix the Cat . . . this is not an accident. From Wikipedia:

Julius the Cat, later renamed Mike to match the name of Ike the Mouse which he often appeared with, bears a striking resemblance to Felix the Cat. This wasn’t accidental: Charles Mintz, who distributed both the Felix series for Pat Sullivan and the Alice series for Walt Disney, had insisted on this in an attempt to emulate Felix’s success. Ike the Mouse on the other hand, bears a striking resemblance to a nude Mickey Mouse. This couple was one of the earlier attempts to create a cat and mouse pair in the animation business.

Ah, the earliest forerunners of Itchy and Scratchy . . . it warms my heart.

Flash Mountain Harassment Suit Close to Settlement

28 Jun

From Boston.com (via The Disney Blog):

A settlement is underway in a federal lawsuit that states that Lawrence [Massachusetts] city officials failed to take proper action after learning that the city clerk allegedly sexually harassed an employee by using the woman’s office computer to view pornographic websites and making sexually explicit comments.

The Disney connection?

In 1998, Padellaro’s lawsuit alleges, McGravey began visiting pornographic websites, including one called “Flash Mountain,” which posts photographs of women exposing their breasts on a ride at Disney World. McGravey, in court filings, admits that in 1998 and 1999, he occasionally logged on to inappropriate websites from various locations at work, and that he and other city employees logged onto the “Flash Mountain” website.

No Love for the Cheapquels

26 Jun

I stumbled across CM Venom’s blog tonight while tag surfing . . . and apparently we agree on a few things. Check out one of his recent posts, “Chance Of “Home On The Range II”…Zero:”

I know these “films” (for lack of a better word) filled the Disney coffers with money, as they were intended to do. (After all, the cheaper the product, the higher the profit.) But from an artistic standpoint, all they do is weaken the good name that they’re stacked upon. The world doesn’t really need to see what happened when the Little Mermaid returned to the sea, how Tarzan grew up, or a situation where Kronk got a “new” groove. Thankfully, the death of this unfortunate trend means we’ll never be subjected to The Rescuers III: The Rescuers Do Vegas, or Lilo & Stitch III: Lilo’s Prom Night Date Rape.

CM Venom also weighs in on Pocahontas:

In real life, Pocahontas came to England as part of hostage situation, was baptized, took the name “Rebecca Rolfe”, and died of smallpox on the way home from England. Now that’s a direct to video sequel I want to see.

Shaun the Sheep Joins the Mickey Mouse Club

22 Jun

DIS News tells me that Disney Channel will be airing interstitial segments starring Shaun the Sheep, from Aardman Animations:

Shaun the Sheep “Shaun the Sheep” follows the comedic stories of a young sheep who leads his barnyard pals into all sorts of adventures. The character was first introduced in the Oscar-winning “Wallace & Gromit” short “A Close Shave,” from Aardman and Nick Park.

“Aardman Animations represents the platinum standard in stop-motion animation and ‘Shaun the Sheep’ brilliantly captures the unique brand of humor for which they have become world famous,” said Disney Channel Worldwide prexy Gary Marsh.

Cracking! Might this be just enough to get Mr Broke Hoedown to watch the Disney Channel with me?

Happy Birthday Donald Duck!

9 Jun

Donald turns 73 today! So, here’s a little Saturday morning entertainment:

(And once again I ask, what the heck is a radio cartoon?)

Donald Duck fans in India can celebrate by watching a birthday special on their mobile phones, according to DIS News:

The Walt Disney Internet Group, that is focused on digital media platforms is ringing the special occasion through a ‘Birthday Special’ designed to engage and provide an entertaining experience for all the Donald Duck fans across the country on their mobile phones. A unique ‘Donald Zone’ has been created on Reliance mobile world, Planethutch and Airtellive for mobile users across India. Consumers can get access to interesting downloads of wallpapers, animations, ringtones, games and trivia on the http:// wap.disney.in on their GPRS enabled phones.

Seven Dwarfs Say Buy War Bonds!

31 May

This is one of several vintage Disney cartoons which have shown up in their entirety recently on YouTube. I believe this is one of the many which slipped into the public domain; if I’m wrong the link above will no doubt break soon. It’s also available as part of the On the Front Lines DVD tin.

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