IN THE EARLY 1980S, CARDON WALKER JR. AND I produced the “Disney Family Album” series for The Disney Channel. It was one of the very first series funded by the Channel, and the first to get any kind of critical acclaim thanks to our nomination for a Cable Ace Award for Best Documentary Series. But we had an even bigger ambition, and that was to land the Great White Whale of Disney myths, the life story of Walt himself.
Was Bambi Jewish? It sounds like the setup to an unfunny “Family Guy” joke, but it’s actually the fascinating argument put forth by Paul Reitter, an author and professor at Ohio State, in a newly published “Jewish Review of Books” piece entitled “Bambi’s Jewish Roots.”
Some artists create their artwork using a pencil and paper, others use a mouse and a monitor, and my favorite kind uses flour, sugar, and eggs. This insanely huge and probably delicious “Frozen” cake featuring sculpures of Olaf and Sven was made by UK-based cake-making wizard Laura Miller.
Eagle-eyed viewers of “Frozen” may have noticed a split-second cameo in the film by Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from “Tangled.” The “Tangled” easter egg surprised even Nathan Greno, the co-director of the film, who
Disney’s “Frozen,” directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, smashed every possible box office record for a Disney film this weekend, and earned an estimated $66.7 million over the 3-day, and $93M over the five-day holiday period.
Animation legend Don Lusk, who animated on nearly every Disney classic between “Snow White” and “101 Dalmatians,” turns 100 today.
Disney’s Frozen won’t be released theatrically for another month-and-half, but it’s already melting into one giant slushee of controversy.