32 Days of Halloween X, Day 6: The Amazing Transparent Man!

Amazing Transparent Man

 

Day 6 of 32 Days of Halloween is upon us. Soon, we shall confront The Amazing Transparent Man.  But before then…it’s time for a Peter Lorre twofer.

First up, a bit from the Disneyland TV show where Walt Disney introduces Kirk Douglas to introduce Peter Lorre to talk about working with a giant squid.  That’s of course from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea…and this is apparently a bonus bit from the DVD entitled “Monsters of the Deep.”  This is not only gold because you get to see the subtle humor that Lorre can bring to the table, but you also see the now-centenarian Douglas back when he was just a lad.

Then we head over to What’s My Line for a bit showcasing how one has to get around having an extremely recognizable voice.

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By | 2017-10-06T00:25:41+00:00 October 5th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Dali + Disney = Destino

Dali Destino Disney

I’ve been wanting to see this ever since Rob threw us a review of the film a few years back. And it’s not hard to figure out why. I’ve been a huge fan of Salvador Dali for as long as I can remember. And I’ve been a fan of good Disney films whenever they put them out. So it’s two great tastes that taste great together.

That’s probably the best animated short I’ve seen in years. I mean, yes, the Pixar shorts are funny and cute but that…that was fantastic. On a whole different level.

Sadly, the Wikipedia page relates that it’s not available on DVD yet. Apparently the plan is for it to be out on DVD next year with a bunch of special features. Can’t wait for that. Huge conceptual art gallery please.

Found at Monsters and Rockets via William Gibson via Little Monsta.

Update: Disney has asked us to remove the embed from the site. And since it is theirs, it’s only fair to comply with their wishes.

Further Update: It’s now available on the Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 Blu-Ray.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:01:20+00:00 July 5th, 2009|Stimuli|1 Comment

Happy Birthday, Walt Disney

Walt Disney

That’s right: the man who brought you Mickey Mouse was born on this date in 1901. He also brought you the first animated feature film, at least in this country. That would be Snow White, of course. He brought you the Disney theme parks, one of which was brought to life under his watch, the other he at least kicked off before he left us. He gave us lots of pop culture fodder and he was a really cool frood.

And for his birthday this year, we actually began to see a serious turnaround of quality in Disney animation projects. Which is a gift for all of us really. Here’s the short that started everything. Or at least most things.

Our first video should be obvious.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:09:10+00:00 December 5th, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

Walt Disney is the Mystery Guest

Mr. Walt Disney is the mystery guest on What’s My Line? from the November 11, 1956 episode according to the original poster. Which means that the Mickey Mouse Club was a year old and Lady and the Tramp had come out the year before. Disneyland had just opened its doors in 1955 as well.

There’s also a Jerry Lewis pre-telethon call for donations against muscular dystrophy.

Direct link for the feedreaders. Sent over by Ken.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:11:22+00:00 October 14th, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

Go Ask Alices

Alice in Wonderland

So I was hunting down a new version of the “Alice” stop motion bit (because if I find an embedded vid has been taken down, I’ll do my best to put a new one up in its place–remember, we love you) and when searching for “Alice in Wonderland” saw there was a few vids out there. So it’s time for an “Alice in Wonderland” round-up.

First up, 1903. A silent version from England. It’s in terrible shape, mind, but the original poster explains all on the YouTube page itself. (Update: That vid was removed, so here’s another version of same)

Direct link for the feedreaders.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:25:04+00:00 November 14th, 2007|Stimuli|1 Comment

Vintage Mickey (2005) – DVD Review

Vintage Mickey DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written by Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks
Directed by Walt Disney, Burt Gillett, David Hand, Ub Iwerks, Wilfred Jackson
Starring the Voices of Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner, Pinto Colvig

Features:

  • Nine black and white animated Mickey Mouse shorts selected from 1928 through 1934

Released by: Buena Vista.
Rating: NR.
Region: 1
Anamorphic: N/A; cartoons appear in their original respective formats.

My Advice: If you were a fool and didn’t buy Walt Disney Treasures…then go back and fix your mistake.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:56:01+00:00 August 5th, 2005|Reviews|1 Comment

Destino (2003) – Animation Review

Written by: John Hench & Salvador Dali
Directed by: Dominique Monfery

My Advice: Don’t miss it.

Before he left the company his family founded, Roy Disney revived a project that had been dormant since 1945. In that year surrealist Salvador Dali and animator Walt Disney, under a shroud of secrecy, began work on “Destino.” Originally intended for use in a later Disney animated compendium, the project was constantly troubled. Dali and Disney were very good friends, yet their filmic collaboration was arduous. Both were artistic craftsmen with intense eyes for detail. Both were control freaks determined to have precision and syncopation in the film. In 1946, constantly bogged down by financial troubles, “Destino” succumbed to incompletion.

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By | 2017-09-25T00:00:56+00:00 February 20th, 2004|Animation, Reviews|0 Comments

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) – DVD Review

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Dorothy Ann Blank, Richard Creedon, Merrill De Maris, Otto Englander, Earl Hurd, Dick Rickard, Ted Sears & Webb Smith, based on the story by Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm & Wilhelm Carl Grimm
Directed by: David Hand
Starring: Adriana Caselotti, Lucille La Verne, Pinto Colvig, Roy Atwell, Otis Harlan

Features:

  • Animated menus hosted by the Magic Mirror, featuring new animation
  • Guided tours of the disc’s features, hosted by Angela Lansbury
  • New version of “Someday My Price Will Come,” performed by Barbra Streisand
  • “Still the Fairest of Them All,” a 40-minute documentary about the making of the film
  • “Heigh Ho” from Disney’s Sing-Along Songs
  • “Dopey’s Wild Mine Ride” game
  • “The Goddess of Spring” Silly Symphony animated short
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By | 2017-09-25T00:02:56+00:00 December 7th, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments