Ian Bogost has a theory about Every Computer Animated Film Ever that boils down every plot into a universal structure, not too dissimilar from the monomythic Hero's Journey. I don't have much to add about the narrative conventions of the genre, other than to seize upon one point Bogost makes in passing and to expand… Continue reading Where Have All the Princesses Gone?
The following text is from the packaging of an "easy-grasp" fork and spoon set some kind, Disney-loving soul gave our son: Playtime is filled with pixies and princesses. Bathtime overflows with pirate ships and mermaids. Meals are shared with bears who love honey. And Naps take place in castles, not cribs. So whether they are… Continue reading Disney babies are always dreaming
LA Times, May 23, 1985 (Larger Image) In honor of Memorial Day, I'm taking a break from my Danger in Suburbia series, and am digging into the archives for this Memorial Day-related post. Twenty years ago, on May 23, 1985, the LA Times ran this article, reporting on President Reagan's plans for Memorial Day. The… Continue reading Reagan at Disney World, Memorial Day Fun!
In LA this week I met a former animator for Disney who now designs murals and sculptures for the Disney Stores. Right now he's working on a Goofy sculpture for the Disney Store in Paris. He told me that every detail of the three-dimensional Goofy---the length of the ears, the diameter of the eyeballs, the… Continue reading In LA this week