The Persistence of Disney

The Persistence of Disney, Part 7: The Three Caballeros (1944)

The Persistence of Disney, Part 7: The Three Caballeros (1944)

It can be supposed that somewhere, sometime, at some point we’ve all seen the entirety of The Three Caballeros even if we didn’t watch the movie from beginning to end.  This is the movie the Disney folks routinely chopped up into small bite-sized segments and slipped in between the shows on The Disney Channel or […]

| August 21, 2016
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The Persistence of Disney, Part 6: Saludos Amigos (1942)

The Persistence of Disney, Part 6: Saludos Amigos (1942)

After five animated classics of sublime complexity and artistry, it is a bit of a cold water treatment to arrive at Saludos Amigos.  It doesn’t look, sound, walk, talk, or feel like it exists in the same universe as Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo or Bambi and that’s not necessarily a good thing .  The animation […]

| August 14, 2016
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The Persistence of Disney, Part 5: Bambi (1942)

The Persistence of Disney, Part 5: Bambi (1942)

Say the words to yourself . . . Bambi’s mother. For nearly three-quarters of a century her death has been an integral piece of American folklore.  It’s a shocking development partially because it arises as part of the gentlest film Walt Disney ever made, but mainly because the movie is aimed at children.  The motifs […]

| August 7, 2016
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The Persistence of Disney, Part 4: Dumbo (1941)

The Persistence of Disney, Part 4: Dumbo (1941)

For a child the world can be a cold, mean place.  What is suppose to be – and often is – a wonderland of enchantment and discovery can often reveal itself to be bitter and unforgiving, swooping in and cruelly pointing out anything and everything that makes them different.  We’ve all been there.  We know […]

| July 31, 2016
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The Persistence of Disney, Part 3: Fantasia (1940)

The Persistence of Disney, Part 3: Fantasia (1940)

In the same year that Walt Disney released Pinocchio he also released Fantasia.  Both were artistic milestones that pushed the boundaries of animation further than anyone imagined they could go and made them such enigmas that 75 e years later their impact is still being felt in the industry.  Yet, at the same time, they […]

| July 24, 2016
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The Persistence of Disney, Part 2: Pinocchio (1940)

The Persistence of Disney, Part 2: Pinocchio (1940)

Kid’s movies don’t deal with consequences anymore.  In today’s society, we are so afraid of scaring kids straight that we avoid it all together, particularly in their media.  It’s important to notice how few modern movies made for children really deal with the issues they face, or the consequences of ignoring the warning signs.  Child […]

| July 17, 2016
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The Persistence of Disney, Part 1: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The Persistence of Disney, Part 1: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Dali studied The Persistence of Memory.  I study The Persistence of Disney. As it has been in the past, Disney owns the landscape of film animation despite fierce competition from other studios.  This hasn’t always been the case.  Throughout it’s 90 year history, this company has become a multi-cultural phenomenon that has managed to stay […]

| July 10, 2016
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