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  • 50 years ago Saturday, Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Disneyland

    03/18/2017 1:54:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 18, 2017 | Mark Eades
    ANAHEIM – A half-century ago today, Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Disneyland with great fanfare, and Ron Hanford was there. “It lived up to everything,” he recalled, now 71 and living in Rancho Cucamonga. This week, like so so many times over the years, he was back enjoying Disneyland – and Pirates... It was the last attraction overseen by Walt Disney, opening three months after his death. What is now a 15-minute journey in a boat that bobs past fireflies, pirates firing off cannons, drinking pirates and those trying to escape a jail cell – with that catchy tune...
  • How Disneyland has changed decade by decade

    07/17/2016 6:38:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 54 replies
    Orange County Register (multiple links in body of thread) | July 11-17, 2016 | Mark Eades
    Part 1: This is how Disneyland looked in 1955Part 2: This is how ​Disneyland changed from 1956 to 1959Part 3: Here's how Disneyland looked and changed in the 1960sPart 4: This is how Disneyland looked in the 1970sPart 5: Star Tours, Captain EO, Splash Mountain – see how Disneyland changed in the 1980sPart 6: From 'Fantasmic!' to Toontown, this is how Disneyland changed in the 1990sPart 7: Gold, diamonds and new lands for the new century at Disneyland
  • Sheriff: Body of boy attacked by gator found at Disney

    06/15/2016 2:31:48 PM PDT · by murron · 94 replies
    USA Today, WTSP ^ | 6-15-2016 | William Cummings
    ORLANDO — The boy of a 2-year-old boy attacked by an alligator near a beach late Tuesday has been found near the Grand Floridian Hotel at Walt Disney World.

    05/03/2016 5:52:11 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 24 replies
    youtube ^ | 5/3/16 | Engelbert Humperdinck
  • Why Does the Walt Disney Co. Prefer Communists to Christians?

    03/25/2016 6:03:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/25/2016 | David French
    Let’s begin with two news items. First, in June the Walt Disney Co. will open a new, $5.5 billion theme park in Shanghai, China. China is a great place to make money, but it’s also the land of systematic human-rights abuses, forced abortions, state churches, labor camps, and brutal crackdowns. Disney — undeterred, and with its eyes firmly fixed on the financial prize — actually permits the Chinese government to co-own the park. Meanwhile, back in the United States — the land of political and religious freedom — Disney is threatening to scale back its operations in the state of...
  • Disney CEO Bob Iger Defends ABC News Over Accusations of Liberal Bias

    03/03/2016 11:53:44 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 3-3-2016 | Paul Bond
    "I assure you, if we felt George was not presenting it fairly or were bias, he would not be on our air," Iger said of George Stephanopoulos. "It's something we take very, very seriously, and we monitor closely." Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger defended ABC News and one of its anchors, former Democratic party advisor George Stephanopoulos, against charges of liberal bias when pressed to do so Thursday by a shareholder who works for a conservative advocacy group. "Are we perfect? No. But I believe the overall presentation of ABC News, the reputation of ABC News, is one that we are...
  • Film of Disney's first creation, lost in 1928, is found

    11/03/2015 2:32:11 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 3, 2015 | Will Gompertz
    A film of Walt Disney's first animated creation, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, which has been lost since 1928, has been discovered. [Video at link]
  • China's Silicon Valley power play

    09/23/2015 9:45:32 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/23/15 | Cory Bennett and Katie Bo Williams
    Chinese officials have summoned top American tech executives to Seattle for a forum on Wednesday in a show of force that could make the Obama administration’s standing in Silicon Valley appear weak by comparison. Beijing moved up the date of the annual event to coincide with President Xi Jinping’s U.S. visit and reportedly pressured major Silicon Valley players to send their chief executives to what is normally an annual summit for midlevel management, threatening regulatory scrutiny if they didn’t comply. “It’s not really voluntary,” said Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Jason Healey, a former director of cyber infrastructure protection at the...
  • ESPN's Uncomfortable, Unnerving Relationship With The NFL

    08/25/2015 12:53:45 PM PDT · by detective · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | Maury Brown
    Maybe itÂ’s all just a coincidence. Stranger things have happened. Given enough time and enough events, things just happen to align. After all, Walt Disney DIS +2.60%-owned ESPN is the biggest sports outlet, and the NFL is the most popular sport in America. Given enough news and enough stories, could ESPN simply appear to be favoring the NFL with biased stories, peddling misinformation, and making moves to protect the NFL? IÂ’m not the first to whisper these words.ď„żď„ż And, given the amount of money that ESPN pays the NFL to air games, well, every story that favors the NFL as...
  • ESPN Tightens Its Belt as Pressure on It Mounts

    07/22/2015 1:00:39 AM PDT · by iowamark · 46 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/9/2015 | Shalini Ramachandranand Joe Flint
    Sports-TV powerhouse ESPN, a profit machine that has long towered over the media landscape, is showing signs of stress as the pay-TV industry goes through an unprecedented period of upheaval. A decline in subscribers as customers trim their cable bills, coupled with rising content costs and increased competition, has ESPN in belt-tightening mode, people familiar with the situation say. The company, majority owned by Walt Disney Co., has lost 3.2 million subscribers in a little over a year, according to Nielsen data, as people have “cut the cord” by dropping their cable-TV subscriptions or downgraded to cheaper, slimmed-down TV packages...
  • VIDEO: Disneyland's first kids: These two were the first boy, girl in the gate in 1955

    07/16/2015 4:50:28 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 52 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | July 16, 2015 | Joseph Pimentel
    They were supposed to be in Mexico that day, not at the opening of some amusement park. But 7-year-old Michael Schwartner persuaded his parents to take a detour. And then his cousin Christine Vess tripped and skinned her knee. And that’s how Michael and Christine became the very first official guests in Disneyland 60 years ago this week and unexpectedly received a lifetime of privileges. That’s how they were escorted past 15,000 people, how they met Walt Disney, and how they posed with Disney for a photograph beamed around the world.
  • Walt Disney’s Little Known Obsession With Salvador Dali Comes To SF, Reveals Mysterious Side...

    06/17/2015 7:41:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 16, 2015
    Walt Disney’s Little Known Obsession With Salvador Dali Comes To SF, Reveals Mysterious Side Of Disneyland’s CreatorIt turns out the man behind Mickey Mouse liked quirky cats. Besides his love of wholesome entertainment, Walt Disney also had an appreciation for the eccentric that led to a short-lived partnership and decades-long friendship with surrealistic artist Salvador Dali. Although their styles and personalities were dramatically different, Disney and Dali shared a fascination with the fantastic. They brought their vivid imaginations together shortly after World War II to work on an animated feature called “Destino,” which wasn’t completed until long after their deaths.
  • Last Task After Layoff at Disney: Train Foreign Replacements

    06/03/2015 8:32:49 AM PDT · by Theoria · 61 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03 June 2015 | Julia Preston
    The employees who kept the data systems humming in the vast Walt Disney fantasy fief did not suspect trouble when they were suddenly summoned to meetings with their boss. While families rode the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and searched for Nemo on clamobiles in the theme parks, these workers monitored computers in industrial buildings nearby, making sure millions of Walt Disney World ticket sales, store purchases and hotel reservations went through without a hitch. Some were performing so well that they thought they had been called in for bonuses. Instead, about 250 Disney employees were told in late October that...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Big Fisherman"(1959)

    04/20/2014 12:47:14 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1959 | Frank Borzage
  • Not so fast, there, Meryl Streep: Did you know that that Walt Disney was a misogynistic Jew-hater?

    02/02/2014 7:42:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/02/2014 | Bill Schanefelt
    Did you know that that Uncle Walt Disney was a misogynistic Jew-hater?   I didn't either until Meryl Streep informed me and the rest of the world of those purported facts the other day at one of those gatherings where the glitterati touch each other's, er rather, pat each other on the back and spout drivel. Former Reagan speechwriter Clark S. Judge finds such notions fatuous: ...I was dismayed...when...Disney (was called) a "gender bigot" and an anti-Semite....[since] [t]he lead animator in Bambi...was a woman....[and he] had numerous Jewish friends, business associates and employees, supported a number of Jewish charities...
  • Saving Mr. Disney

    01/20/2014 4:31:38 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 60 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 1-20-14 | John Podhoretz
    The year is 1961. A wonderful and kind and nice and glorious man named Walt Disney must convince a mean and nasty and crazy woman named P.L. Travers to allow him and his movie studio to do something really nice for his children and your children and everyone’s children. Our hero—call him Walt, everybody does, except P.L. Travers, because she’s mean and nasty and insists on “Mr. Disney”—wants to make a movie out of Travers’s book Mary Poppins, because he promised his kids he would, and a man never backs out on his promise to his kids. P.L. Travers is...
  • Critics: Facts don’t back up Meryl Streep’s Walt Disney bashing

    01/10/2014 4:28:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 10, 2014 | Hollie McKay
    LOS ANGELES – Meryl Streep’s Tuesday speech in which she labeled the late Walt Disney a “gender bigot” is being criticized by some who worked with the Hollywood legend, and others who have a much different take on the Hollywood giant’s life. Walt Disney animator Floyd Norman, who worked alongside the mogul on films including the classic “Sleeping Beauty,” told us Streep is simply misinformed. “I arrived at Disney in 1956 as a young artist. Surprisingly, there were a fair number of young women working in the art department. I too had heard that women were not allowed in animation....
  • Walt Disney, Unlike Actress Emma Thompson, Didn’t Support a Child Rapist

    01/10/2014 8:41:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 01/10/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks If you were browsing news sites yesterday, you may have come across Meryl Streep’s rant about what a racist Nazi anti-semite that Walt Disney was and what an amazing human being Emma Thompson is.It’s easy to take shots at a dead man, but Walt Disney’s character was framed by angry left-wing union members in a town where mildly conservative politics led to cries of “Fascist”.The evidence that Walt Disney ever supported the Third Reich is flimsy and hearsay. There’s far more evidence that his critics supported the USSR.And the evidence for...
  • Meryl Streep slams Walt Disney as racist, anti-Semitic

    01/08/2014 8:15:59 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 81 replies
    CBS ^ | Jan 8 2014 | CBS
    Meryl Streep had some choice words to say about Walt Disney during remarks she made Tuesday at an awards gala where she was honoring "Saving Mr. Banks" star Emma Thompson. The "August: Osage County" star called out Disney as both sexist and anti-Semitic while presenting the best actress prize to Thompson at the National Board of Review awards in New York.
  • ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Reveals the Battle Over Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’

    11/26/2013 4:56:23 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 66 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Oct 21 2013 | Nico Hines
    No wonder Mary Poppins needed a spoonful of sugar. The forthcoming Saving Mr. Banks is a dark film that tells the heart-breaking true story behind one of the great characters in children’s movie history. P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), the nanny’s formidable creator, is pitted against Walt Disney (Tom Hanks), who promised his daughters that he’d bring Poppins to the big screen. The thing is, that pledge goes against the author’s wishes. Saving Mr. Banks goes behind the scenes of the ferocious battle to make what was to become the famous 1964 musical adaptation. For 20 years, Travers refused to grant...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Swiss Family Robinson"(1960)

    11/24/2013 11:40:28 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1960 | Walt Disney
  • Diane Disney Miller, Philanthropist and Daughter of Walt Disney, Dies at 79

    11/19/2013 5:59:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Variety ^ | November 19, 2013 | Staff
    Philanthropist Diane Disney Miller, who was the daughter of Walt Disney, died Tuesday at her home in Napa, Calif. She had suffered a fall in September from which she never recovered. Disney Miller, the eldest and only biological daughter of Lillian and Walt Disney, helped shepherd the development of Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall ...
  • Reason and Emotion(1943)

    11/15/2013 8:31:52 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1943 | Walt Disney
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "That Darn Cat!"(1965)

    09/08/2013 11:23:38 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1965 | Robert Stevenson
  • Walt Disney’s Fascinating Political Journey (From Naive Socialist to Staunch Conservative)

    05/27/2013 8:00:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/27/2013 | CHRIS QUEEN
    Walt & Lillian Disney with Richard Nixon and his family at Disneyland, 1959 We tend to think of Hollywood as a bastion of leftism, and rightly so. Books like Ron Radosh’s Red Star Over Hollywood demonstrate the deep-seated left-wing dominance of the entertainment industry. Even with the leftism prevalent in Hollywood’s Golden Age, many unabashed conservatives found success without compromising their principles, including one of the most creative minds in the business — Walt Disney.Several biographers and writers that I’ve read have tried to declare that Walt Disney was apolitical, but I find this conclusion not to be true....
  • TCM Classic Movie Alert: "The Big Fisherman"(1959) 8PM E.S.T. tonight

    05/16/2013 4:19:37 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    TCM ^ | 1959 | Lloyd C. Douglas
  • Walt Disney Co. expected to begin layoffs (No longer the 'Happiest Place on Earth')

    04/07/2013 6:46:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/05/2013 | Daniel Miller
    The Walt Disney Co. is expected to begin layoffs in the coming weeks, with the cuts centering on the company's movie studio, a source with knowledge of the matter has confirmed. The cuts, first reported by trade publication Variety, are said to be the result of an internal corporate review. Layoffs are expected to affect the studio's marketing and home entertainment divisions, and possibly other areas, according to a source. Variety reported that the cuts would also be made in the production department. It's not clear how many reductions there will be at the company. Reuters reported Thursday that cuts...
  • ***Watch Johnny Tremain With Your Family***

    01/08/2013 5:09:58 PM PST · by The Wizard · 57 replies
    Stardate: 1301.8
    If you have never heeded my posts, I ask you to heed this one.... Years ago Walt Disney produced this great movie explaining liberty, and in the newly released DVD it includes special segments where uncle Walt himself explained liberty, what it means, why it is important and why it must be defended.... Not only you, but your children will understand it's lessons, and if many of us will die fighting this criminal bama, then it will fall to our children to understand why he is wrong and we and the founders where right.... Take this gift from Walt Disney...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Absent-Minded Professor" (1961)

    11/11/2012 12:20:52 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1961 | Walt Disney
    The absolutely disastrous past week America had prompts the pick for this week's feature. For a little levity(in both senses of the word), the film that introduced flubber(flying rubber) to our popular culture, the Disney sci-fi comedy classic, "The Absent-Minded Professor". One of the best of the Disney studio's live action films made when Walt was still with us. Absolutely the best part of the film can be found at 1:32:16-1:33:06, especially 1:32:44 to 1:32:55.
  • Who Owns the News Media

    09/21/2012 11:09:41 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 24 replies
    Who Owns The Media? The 6 Monolithic Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear And Read Back in 1983, approximately 0 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States. Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations. These corporate behemoths control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day. They own television networks, cable channels, movie studios, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, music labels and even many of our favorite websites. Sadly, most Americans don't even stop to think about who...
  • Back in the day, Mickey Mouse attempted suicide and fought opium smugglers

    07/02/2012 2:01:02 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    IO9 ^ | June 22, 2012 | Cyriaque Lamar
    Back in the day, Mickey Mouse attempted suicide and fought opium smugglers Intrepid readers will remember that one time Mickey Mouse and Goofy espoused the salubrious effects of amphetamine-laced soft drinks. The truth is, that helium-voiced cartoon rodent weathered many a dubiously family-friendly moment during his early years. Let's look at those occasions Mickey tried to kill himself and extolled the virtues of gigolos. Perhaps the most bizarrely bleak Mickey adventure was the story arc that ran from October 8 to October 20, 1930. According to cartoonist Floyd Gottfredson, Walt Disney was inspired by the 1920 Harold Lloyd comedy Haunted...
  • Ronald Reagan Film Career to be Honored in Washington DC by Motion Picture Industry (title excerpt)

    10/10/2011 3:15:10 PM PDT · by moviefan8 · 3 replies ^ | Wednesday, October 5, 2011 | Nikki Finke
    EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that the Motion Picture Association Of America representing the Hollywood movie studios will be co-hosting a tribute to Ronald Reagan’s film career on November 14th in Washington DC. The other host will be the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration, which is the year-long commemoration of Reagan’s 100th birthday in 2011. All the movie studios are obtaining old footage of Reagan’s 53-movie legacy from 1937 to 1965 and are putting together around 5 cinematic profiles of the former Screen Actors Guild president for the bipartisan event. But I suspect the real reason behind this Reagan tribute is to remind...
  • John Barry's "The Black Hole" Original Soundtrack remastered, expanded, and rereleased.

    08/26/2011 6:45:18 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 28 replies
    The soundtrack to the 1979 Disney space epic has been remastered, expanded, and now available from Disney and Intrada records. The music was composed by the late English movie music master John Barry, who is widely known for his work on the James Bond films between 1963 and 1987. Here is a suite of the OST on youtube
  • Disney Looking to Trademark Navy Seal Team 6

    05/16/2011 9:25:36 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 45 replies
    Huliq ^ | May 15, 2011
    As the interest in counter-terrorism soars, the Walt Disney Company is attempting to trademark the name Navy “Seal Team 6,” the unit responsible for taking down Osama Bin Laden. Counter-terrorism is becoming a big market since the death of Osama Bin Laden and it appears the Walt Disney Company is ready to cash in. Disney is currently trying to trademark the name Navy “Seal Team 6,” the unit responsible for killing Bin Laden. On May 3, just one day after the news was out about the death of Bin Laden, Disney applied to trademark the name “Seal Team 6.” The...
  • U.N. leader asks Hollywood for help in fight against global climate change

    02/27/2011 8:14:18 AM PST · by opentalk · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 27, 2011 | Margot Roosevelt
    Ban Ki-moon, the normally buttoned-up Secretary General of the United Nations, swept into Los Angeles during Oscar week playing the role of Hollywood pitchman. His message: Make global warming a Hot issue. "I need your support," he told entertainment industry insiders during a daylong forum Tuesday that focused on recent heat waves, floods, fires and drought, which scientists link to human-induced climate change. ....about 400 writers, directors, producers, agents and network executives attended the outreach events. ....To coordinate with Hollywood, the U.N. has set up an office, the "Creative Community Outreach Initiative" in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, funded...
  • Company: Roy Disney, Nephew Of Walt Disney, Dies

    12/16/2009 8:00:42 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 3 replies · 417+ views
    CBS2.COM ^ | 16 DECEMBER 2009 | AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) ― Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney whose powerful behind-the-scenes influence on The Walt Disney Co. led to the departure of former chief Michael Eisner, has died. He was 79. The company announced that Disney died Wednesday in Newport Beach, Calif., after a yearlong bout with stomach cancer. Company president and chief executive Bob Iger said Disney was much more than a valued 56-year company veteran. "Roy's commitment to the art of animation was unparalleled and will always remain his personal legacy and one of his greatest contributions to Disney's past, present and future," Iger...
  • Insanity: electing the same kind of politician and expecting a different result.

    11/04/2009 6:07:38 AM PST · by timesthattrymenssouls · 221+ views
    Constitutional Guardian ^ | 11/4/2009 | Nancy Tengler
    Insanity: electing the same kind of politician and expecting a different result. "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Albert Einstein Albert Einstein said it. In California, we're living it. The map of California's district ten is an amoeba-shaped tribute to gerrymandering. Proof that when it is in their interest our legislators can put their heads down and color outside the lines. And in district ten they created a masterpiece, invading four separate counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano and Sacramento to gather a voter population with an 18% advantage of registered Democrats to...
  • Walt Disney's first black princess causes controversy

    04/26/2009 6:46:26 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 154 replies · 4,475+ views ^ | 04/27/09 |
    WALT Disney's first black princess is steeped in controversy, with the studio changing her name and job, but still facing claims of racial insensitivity. Following claims of racial insensitivity, the studio -- known for its wholesome and predominantly white family values -- has made several changes to its first African-American princess, Tiana. Voiced by Anika Noni Rose, Tiana is the star of a new animated film to be released this Christmas, titled The Princess and the Frog. Tiana's mother will be played by talk-show host Oprah Winfrey. Disney has changed the profession of the princess to an aspiring restaurant entrepreneur,...
  • Disney's Bolt - Why Reviews May Vary

    11/22/2008 11:32:18 PM PST · by Allah AtBar · 7 replies · 1,541+ views
    The Christian Post and NPR | 11/22/2008 | Vanity (with references)
    Remember to good ole days when you could enjoy a movie without "reading between the lines" or having to worry about political overtones? My concerns regarding this topic are not so much the content in Disney’s newest animated feature “Bolt”, but rather the reaction of the critics. Certainly we all have our own taste, opinions and (with a grateful nod to our founding fathers) the freedom to express. It seems I wonder more often these days if the author’s work is objective truth or a piece written to influence opinion, perspective and power. In the movie “Bolt”, both the left...
  • Is it possible ABC News is biased or something?

    09/12/2008 12:34:54 AM PDT · by Free Descendant · 24 replies · 157+ views
  • Remembering Ollie Johnston (1912 - 2008) - last of Walt Disney's Nine Old Men

    04/14/2008 7:31:17 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies · 127+ views
    Jim Hill Media ^ | April 14, 2008 | Jim Hill
    " ... and then there were none." For over three decades now, animation fans have been quietly counting down. As first John Lounsbury, and then Les Clark slipped away. Followed by Woolie Reitherman, Milt Kahl and Eric Larsen. Then Marc Davis, Ward Kimball and Frank Thomas. And today word came out of Sequim, WA. that Ollie Johnston -- the last of Walt's Nine Old Men -- had passed away...
  • Christians Laud Walt, Criticize Disney Co.

    10/25/2007 11:08:58 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies · 180+ views ^ | October 23, 2007 | Reuters
    Christians laud Walt, criticize Disney Co. Religious filmmakers study the innovator's virtues but say his firm forgot family values. From Reuters October 23, 2007 Hundreds of Christian filmmakers gathered in Texas on Monday to study the work of Walt Disney and discuss their belief that his corporate heirs at Walt Disney Co. have strayed from his family-friendly legacy. The Christian Filmmakers Academy, which trains aspiring filmmakers and promotes films with "biblical values," contends that Disney Co. has become "an engine of cultural decline after Walt's death" that exercises an alarmingly vast global influence. The two-day analysis of Disney, the man...
  • Despite controversy, Disney could unlock 'Song of the South'

    03/25/2007 7:43:17 AM PDT · by Ellesu · 242 replies · 6,143+ views ^ | 03/25/07 | TRAVIS REED
    ORLANDO, Fla. - Walt Disney Co.'s 1946 film "Song of the South" was historic. It was Disney's first big live-action picture and produced one of the company's most famous songs _ the Oscar-winning "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah." It also carries the story line of the Splash Mountain rides at its theme parks. But the movie remains hidden in the Disney archives _ never released on video in the United States and criticized as racist for its depiction of Southern plantation blacks. The film's 60th anniversary passed last year without a whisper of official rerelease, which is unusual for Disney, but President and CEO...
  • 'Song of the South' pits art vs. cultural sensitivity

    03/31/2007 7:54:50 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 18 replies · 602+ views
    Post and Courier ^ | 3/31/2007 | RON MENCHACA
    'Song of the South' pits art vs. cultural sensitivity BY RON MENCHACA The Post and Courier Talk of a possible re-release of the 1946 Walt Disney film 'Song of the South,' which is criticized for its plantation-era depictions of blacks as the happy servants of wealthy whites, already is sparking a debate. The film was reshown in theaters as recently as 1986, but it never was released on video in the United States. Its cultural and cinematic significance have been the subject of scholarly debate for decades, and bootlegged copies of the film are popular on the black...
  • Walt Disney teaches us how to use the Boys AT rifle

    02/16/2007 5:06:18 AM PST · by Calpernia · 14 replies · 886+ views
    You Tube - various
    Walt Disney teaches us how to use the Boys AT rifle, in three parts. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 And also, Männer gegen Panzer, auf Deutsch: Part 1 Part 2
  • Disney says "non" to orgy at Paris park

    10/12/2006 5:17:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,212+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/12/06 | Reuters
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Walt Disney Co. on Thursday said it took "appropriate action" against employees at its Paris theme park who were caught simulating sex while dressed as Disney characters in a digital video that has received wide attention on the Internet. Disney would not say whether it had dismissed any of the costumed employees featured in the grainy video, which appears to have been shot with a hidden camera at a backstage dressing room at Disneyland Resort Paris. "The behaviour shown on the video is unacceptable and inexcusable," Disney said in a statement. "The video was taken...
  • Half Ton of Bomb Material Stored a Few Miles from the White House (By ABC news team)

    09/08/2006 5:28:21 PM PDT · by indcons · 190 replies · 7,493+ views
    ABC News Blogs ^ | September 08, 2006 | Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz
    With virtually no questions asked, an undercover ABC News team was able to purchase a half ton of one of the world's most dangerous bomb-making materials and move it into a storage shed only a few miles from the White House and the U.S. Capitol. Despite its use in the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building, there are still no federal laws restricting the purchase of ammonium nitrate, a chemical fertilizer, widely sold at farm supply stores. The ABC News undercover team made the purchases, in cash, at farm supply stores in North Carolina and Virginia and were never...
  • SoCal lawyer charged with embezzling from Walt Disney's secretary

    03/09/2006 9:45:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 377+ views
    An attorney was arrested Thursday on charges of embezzling $150,000 from the trust fund he set up for an elderly woman who once worked as Walt Disney's secretary. Prosecutors say Salvatore Patrick Osio, 68, set up the trust for Alicia Waters and her husband in 2002 and took $150,000 out of it for his personal use. Osio was jailed on $150,000 bail after being arrested at his Palos Verdes home. He was scheduled to be arraigned Friday on one count each of grand theft, theft from an elder, forgery and perjury. It couldn't be immediately determined if Osio has hired...
  • King content (Big media fights back)

    01/23/2006 3:18:41 PM PST · by voletti · 2 replies · 285+ views
    The Economist ^ | 1/23/06 | The Economist
    “PAIN is temporary, film is forever.” That hopeful thought, which found its way into the original script of Peter Jackson's recent re-make of “King Kong”, might be seized upon by today's beleaguered entertainment industry. Media companies are suffering intense pain—and it is starting to seem worryingly permanent. In America shares of “old” media firms such as News Corporation, Comcast and other giants of television, film, radio and print, have fallen 25% behind the S&P 500 in the past two years, despite some heroic financial results. Meanwhile, the market value of Google, which made its debut on the stockmarket in 2004,...
  • Disney Reported In Talks To Buy Pixar Animation Studios

    01/19/2006 2:38:51 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 535+ views
    Excerpt - LONDON (Dow Jones) -- Walt Disney Co. is reported to be in serious talks to buy Pixar Animation Studios for slightly more than the $6.7 billion that Pixar already is worth. The deal between Walt Disney Co.(DIS)and Pixar Animation Studios(PIXR)would leave Pixar CEO Steve Jobs as Disney's largest individual stockholder, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing anonymous sources. Jobs also is head of Apple Computer(AAPL). The report said Disney is negotiating to pay a "nominal" premium to Pixar's current $6.7 billion market capitalization. Both sides accept that Pixar's stock price has a takeover premium built in after...