I was back in Don Duckwall’s office, exchanging insincere smiles with him. I had been on “The Fox and the Hound” with Larry, Woolie, and everybody else for half a year. But now Don wanted me to go on another assignment.
Believe it or not, one of the best online sources for animation history buffs is YouTube. Amazing and rare materials, often digitized from private film collections, is posted regularly on the streaming site. You just have to know where to look.
After all of the recent Walt Disney mudslinging, it’s nice to see a positive mention of the man, even if that positivity happens to be in the form of a TV commercial trying to sell you a luxury automobile.
Did Tom Hanks’ performance as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks wet your whistle for another depiction of Mr. Disney on the big screen? Then 2014 just might be your year, because two independent biopics are scheduled to be released later this year.
While we’ve already debunked Meryl Streep’s accusations that Walt Disney was a “gender bigot,” let us use her commetns as an opportunity to dig even deeper and find out what actions Disney actually undertook to encourage the advancement of women at his studio.
There’s a reason that Disney CEO Bob Iger made $34 million last year, and that’s because he knows how to commodify every nook and cranny of the Disney enterprise, including but not limited to the facial hair of the company’s dead founder.
With today’s wide release of the fabricated and manipulative Saving Mr. Banks, it is an appropriate time to take a look at a different and more authentic side of the man, Walt Disney. These incredible photos, which came to my attention a few years ago, completely altered my perception of his personality.
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.”