As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Walt’s park, we thank the cast members for creating magic every day. Danny Kaye gave a lovely tribute to the “family” that is the Disneyland cast during the 1980 TV special, Kraft Salutes Disneyland’s 25th Anniversary. Today, his parting words still ring true.
We hope you all had a merry Christmas and are gearing up for a happy New Year! If you get a chance to slow down on this holiday weekend, be sure to check out some cool Disney articles from around the web.
In recognition of this most wonderful day of the year (aside from possibly July 17th) we thought we’d share some of our favorite holiday-themed Disney shorts.
Danny’s Pick: Donald’s Snow Fight (1942)
Danny says: I remember liking this one a lot when I was a kid. Donald and his nephews have an epic snowball fight for Christmas. Interestingly, although this short takes place at Christmastime and opens with Donald singing ‘Jingle Bells’, it was originally released in April of 1942. Although the film was released in the midst of WWII, the monumental battle fought evokes more of a Civil War feeling.
Melissa’s Pick: Lend a Paw (1941)
Melissa says: When Disney and his animators really began to hit their stride in the ’30s and early ’40s, they remade many of their earlier shorts. 1920s shorts featuring Alice or Oswald the Lucky Rabbit were re-written and animated to feature new stars like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. We’ll explore some of those remakes in-depth one day, but I’ve always thought that this one was notable because Lend a Paw is a remake of the 1933 short, Mickey’s Pal Pluto, which of course already starred Mickey and Pluto. The remake is special because of the dedication found on the opening title card: ‘This picture is dedicated to the Tailwagger Foundation in recognition of its work in lending a paw to man’s animal friends.’ It also took home the Oscar for best cartoon short subject that year. While this story doesn’t take place at Christmas specifically, its message of friendship and generosity and the wintry backdrop make it a Christmas cartoon in my eyes.
Tomorrow begins our two week wedding and honeymoon vacation in Walt Disney World! Here’s lots to read and watch while we’re gone:
• Be sure to take the time to watch this brilliant cover of the “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago, as covered by Disney Villains. This is “Spell Block Tango”, directed by Todrick Hall:
• Check out all of Sarah’s in-depth coverage of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Eating WDW.
• Enjoy the Disney Hipsters‘ commentary on the truly atrocious photos in The Disney Book of Knitting. Part 1 and Part 2 are now online, with a promise of more to come.
• In ill-advised sequel news, here’s the Planes: Fire & Rescue teaser trailer:
• And in ill-advised original films news, read about Disney’s newest project, Fairy Tale Wedding.
• Are you subscribed to Deja View? If not, what the hell are you waiting for? On his blog, animator Andreas Deja shares a goldmine of drawings, photos and other artwork from the Disney studio, from both his time with the company and before. Check out recent gems about the development of Wart from The Sword in the Stone, some of the work of Frank Thomas, and the many early designs of Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty.
• Hallowen may be over, but if you’re not done being creeped out, be sure to catch the mashup video that features scenes from Cinderella (1950) cut with audio from the trailer for Carrie (2013):
• Jambo Everyone continues telling the Story of Harambe at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.
• Cartoon Brew expresses disappointment with Disney animator Lino DiSalvo’s assertion that animating women is “really, really, difficult” because emotions make girls ugly. More bad news: Pixar Canada is closed, just four years after opening up shop.