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Former Disney Imagineering Exec Runs for Congress

Dan Adler is a former v-p of creative development at Walt Disney Imagineering. Now he’s running for Congress in California with kooky and borderline inappropriate ads like the ones above and below. His website features endorsements from people who’ll be familiar to the animation community, including former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, retired Imagineering exec Marty Sklar, and Geraldine Laybourne, who launched Nickelodeon’s original animation programming in the early 1990s. Have any Brew readers ever worked with him?

  • Dibb’s

    LOL I’m kinda exited and offended at the same time. . .good for him???

    That last part was. . .weird…

  • Thomas Hatch


  • Iritscen

    Only in California… only in California.

  • david

    i can’t wait to move out of this country.

  • reminds me of an episode of Seinfeld.

  • christy

    are these real? if they are they are insane…

  • ben c

    why on earth would anyone want an endorsement from michael eisner?

  • Geneva

    Wow. I think I’d vote for him. The slam-dunk shot in the second video sold me.

  • Nipplenuts McGurk

    LOL …I’m voting for this guy.

  • J.m

    But he is Jewish!!

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Korean Jews are such a small minority. ^_^

  • Spencer

    Get this mensch the hell outta’ here! BACK TO TOON TOWN FOR JOOOO!!!

  • Kartoonz kritik

    He repped me for a time when he was at CAA.

  • B.Bonny

    We have a cartoon political class – he should fit right in!

  • Les Moore

    If Spade Cooley had lived, he’d have been Governor of California by now.

  • Steve

    Nobody wanna go and be Panglossian in front of Eisner. Nobody.

    • The Gee

      While I haven’t watched videos and can’t comment on what’s going on with that candidate, this is one of the most obscure non-geek references I’ve seen in these comment sections in quite some time. (I only call it a reference because you capitalized the word.)

      Other than that, Ben. C. asked:
      “why on earth would anyone want an endorsement from michael eisner?”

      Based on the comments, I don’t know if Adler is serious or not however it is fair to say that Eisner has money and knows people with money. Candidates, and elected politicians, spend an inordinate amount of their time raising money. (Now, if they’d all just apply their skills to fixing the economy….maybe raising money for those who truly need it….)

  • cbat628

    Well, I was thinking the second ad was independently-produced, as it didn’t have the “I approve this message” tag at the end. But then I noticed that both ads come from the same youtube channel. So make of that what you will.

    In any case, both were kind of weird.

  • Chris

    “What’s a mench?” Hahaha, silly minority!!

    I’m not really sure how making fun of minorities is really going to garner the minority vote for him.

  • James Mason

    I’m sure I’ve never seen a “I am a Jew, vote for me” campaign gambit so lazily done. It’s almost as he’s expecting U.S. minorities to be simple minded enough to get pulled in by such a cheap plead of “I’m one of you! Vote!”

    Second one might get the high school vote though.

    • TJS

      Not that I’m American, but as an ‘ethnic minority’ I don’t see the offense in this. It’s a joke and it’s quite funny. I’d rather politicians took a light hearted approach to speaking about racial issues than bogging us down with patronising speeches about why we are so different from everyone else.
      I say fair play for being creative and trying something different. Why take yourself and life so seriously?

    • Funkybat

      Looks to me like he’s “going meta” by simultaneously parodying the ham-handed (so to speak) “vote for me because us minorities are in this together!” style of ads, while doing that exact same thing.

      It’s a kind of humor I expect will be lost on a general electorate, because subtext and Ouroboros-like meta-humor work much better on Internet geeks than the wider public. For the early stages of a campaign, where it’s all about building “buzz,” I’d say the ads are doing the job.