Thursday, January 31, 2008

Valentine Cartoon 1: Disney Ladies in Fergie's Clumsy

Here's a Disney cartoon to get us in the spirit for Valentine's Day! We're blogging a Valentine cartoon every day until Valentine's Day! Enjoy!



"Haha, love it when Mulan puts the bucket back on her head because she's ashamed!"

Movies used:
- Anastasia (20th Century Fox)
- Aladdin
- The Little Mermaid
- Tarzan
- Hercules
- Mulan

Song Used: Clumsy by Fergie


Can't help it
The girl can't help it
The girl can't help it
The girl can't help it

First time
That I saw your eyes
Boy you looked right through me, mmmhmm
Play it cool
But I knew you knew
That cupid hit me, mmm mmm

You got me trippin, stumbling, flippin, fumbling
Clumsy cause I'm fallin in love
You got me slippin, tumbling, sinking, fumbling
Clumsy cause I'm fallin in love
So in love with you

Can't help it
The girl can't help it
The girl can't help it
The girl can't help it

Can't breath
When you touch my sleeve,
Butterflies so crazy, mmm mmm
Whoa now, think I'm goin down
Friends don't know what's with me, mmm mmm

You got me trippin, stumbling, flippin, fumbling
Clumsy cause I'm fallin in love
You got me slippin, tumbling, sinking, fumbling
Clumsy cause I'm fallin in love
So in love with you

Can't help it
The girl can't help it
The girl can't help it
The girl can't help it

You know, this ain't the first time this has happened to me
This love sick thing
I like serious relationships and a
A girl like me don't stay single for long
Cause everytime a boyfriend and I break up
My world is crushed and I'm all alone
The love bug crawls right back up and bites me and I'm back

Can't help it
The girl can't help it
The girl can't help it
The girl can't help it

You got me trippin, stumbling, flippin, fumbling
Clumsy cause I'm fallin in love
You got me slippin, tumbling, sinking, fumbling
Clumsy cause I'm fallin in love
So in love with you

So in love with you
So in love with you

Pirates who don't do anything (movie watchers)

We know of a two year old who asks to watch “Bobmato” a lot, but the Veggie Tales audience may be too young for the theaters. I think they think their average watcher is 7, when it's probably 4 (their audience is 2-5).

Pirates seems to be dying in the box office ($10 million):

Doing far less than the prequel Jonah did ($25 million):

They need to either break out a powerful story (like Prince of Egypt) or just give up on selling the Veggies in theaters. Parents don't want to cart 3 year-olds to the theaters, especially when they don't know that the movie exists. They aren't begging for it the way older kids would beg to see a movie they were interested in.


Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tigger Attacks - 2 Great Videos!!!

Update: We forgot the second video! Added below.

"News clip of Tigger defending himself against a mischievous 14 yr old at Disney World."


"Watch Tigger pull the boys hair, pull him back in the chair, turn his head with both hands and then rub his paw in his face and finally steal the pumpkin."



Comment of the Week - Jaan0

Jaan0 (On Ed Price - Tax Laugh)

i like it!! love the acting !!! great enthusiasm!!!

a job well done!


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

300 Trailer - The Lion King 2

This works way too well.


Question: What are taxes?

In our latest video, "Ed Price - Tax Laugh: Tubo Tax is Easy!!!", we entered a contest done by Turbo. A few of our audience members weren't familiar with the English word, "tax," and they wanted to know more. So...

Question for the Emperor: What are taxes?

In our video,we throw a lot at you that might be hard to understand if you don't speak English very well.

Taxes are payments you make to the government. When we "do our taxes," we fill out these forms and send our income receipts to the government. They then charge us more money if we've been with-holding too little from our paychecks, or they give us back money if they've been taking too much from our paychecks. Also, by filling out the forms (itemizing and deducting), you can actually get more money back.

Here's the video:

So, a company that makes tax software, Turbo Tax, is holding this contest we entered.



Monday, January 28, 2008

The History of Animation 5 - Windsor McCay: The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918)


"The Sinking of the Lusitania, released in 1918, is an animated short film by American artist Winsor McCay. It features a short 12 minute explanation of the sinking of RMS Lusitania after it was struck by two torpedoes* fired from a German U-boat. The film was one of many animated silent films published to create anti-German sentiment during World War I. It runs on 35 mm film, commonly used by McCay in other productions such as How a Mosquito Operates, and Little Nemo. McCay illustrated some 25,000 drawings for the production. The film is stylized as a documentary, informing viewers on details from the actual event, including a moment by moment recap, casualty list, and a list of prominent figures who were killed. A modern edition was released on DVD in January 1999."

I Like To Move It - Bambi 2

Do you like to move it?


Sunday, January 27, 2008

Comment of the Week - ShortSparkAnimations

ShortSparkAnimations (on Email Commercial):

hahah your a legend haha 10/10 for a great vid XD

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Sexy Back - The Lion King (Scar)

PARENTAL ADVISORY! - Bleeped version of Justin Timberlake's song.


The Master (licks his genitals)

In the Venture Bros. Dr. Orpheus seeks the advice of the Master, who took the form of a three headed dog...

WARNING: Although nothing is shown, there is some serious genital licking going on.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Pluto Chases Boy and gets shoved down by Mamma!!!

Wow! I can only assume this kid kicked Pluto, so Pluto went chasing after him. Then apparently, the mom shoved down Pluto to stop him! Check out the Benny Hill version at the end! Hilarious!

Hahahahaha!!! Pluto can't talk, so he's trying to signal "Did you see that?"

And here's Pluto getting shot by a little boy:


The Promotion - Star Wars Lego animation

"A short movie about a stormtrooper aboard the Death Star who desperately needs a promotion. My attempt at comedy; enjoy! Filmed with Legos in stop-motion."

Darth Milo does it again, in one of his funniest pieces.


Thursday, January 24, 2008

I'm a Lover - The Lion King (Nala)

Warning: Some language in the original song.


Lego LOST: The Trailer

Jack Shephard, a spinal surgeon, wakes up in a jungle, and is dazed until he sees a dog walk up to him. He checks his pocket, finds a bottle of liquor, then runs through the jungle to a beach where he sees the wreckage of the flight he was on, Oceanic 815."


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Question: What does SW mean?

Question for the Emperor: What does SW mean in the description of Fruits VS Bugs: Episode 1?

Star Wars. I had too many references in the description. LOL

This is regarding this notice we put in the description of Fruits VS Bugs 1:

"This video was removed briefly due to a legal dispute with 20th Fox Films. So we're removing any SW references in the description."

Fox picked it up automatically as a copyright infringement, so YouTube took it down temporarily. They take things down without humans double-checking! Grrr. =^)

The reason why references were in the description was because references were in the video. But I double-checked to make sure they thought it was a copyright issue or a trademark issue.

I went directly to Fox, YouTube, and Fox's media law agency they hired to go get all their copyrights taken off the Internet. Apparently that company is using software provided by YouTube to search for keywords and automatically pull down infringements. It doesn't work very well, because I can easily search and find Star Wars content that's been on YouTube for over a year, yet they take mine down without double-checking. What the heck!!!

Use humans!

Fox never got back to me, but I think all my emails and phone calls sent them to put pressure on their agency to respond. YouTube helped guide me to the agency (so thanks to them). Eventually I got into email and phone conversations with the agency, and they got my video back up.

When it got back up, all the video responses were wiped out. All the times it was favorited were wiped out. And my comment responses were jumbled and pulled out of the threads in the comments where they originally were (so I have deleted some of those since they are no longer in threads).

However, it still had all its views, comments, the description, ratings, etc.

Here's the video:

Here are the references in the description we had to Star Wars, which we replaced with "SW" after this fiasco:

"Of course, this wouldn't be a TheAnimationEmpire video without nonsense and nostalgia. Look for references to Loony Tunes, Indiana Jones, Charlie's Angels, Spiderman, SW Ep. 2, Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, The Simpsons, Yoshi, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jurassic Park, Kung Pow, The Matrix, Super Mario Brothers (Bros.) and, of course, a lot of secret agent themes. Our preview for Episode 2 even references Batman, Toy Story, and several more SW themes."

Beware of Fox! Their agency is copyright trigger happy! =^)

- The Emperor

High School Musical Parade Walt Disney World MGM Studios

"This is the High School Musical Parade "Pep Rally" that premiered in January, 2007 at Disney's MGM Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Features music and choreography from the hit Disney Channel Original Movie."


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Disney uses Nintendo DS as an interactive map guide

Check out the image of the instructions here (click the link to open it, and then zoom in):

Read the posts for the full review from a user...

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

So, they are still in a pilot test; they aren't released with a business model yet. I think they'll just rent them, but they may sell the modified units or possibly just the software (seems less likely).

They seem to be modded DS units, so I doubt you could bring your own in and download the software for free (like what Nintendo did at Safeco Field; they allowed you to download the software into your Flash memory so you could get all the game stats and order food until you turned your DS off). That's what people would want: to bring your own DS in and get it for free, but this looks like they're setting it up for a stronger business model than that.

Nintendo would do well to make a deal with Disney that allows people to bring in their own units and then pay to download the software or to just purchase it as a game (because the alternative is likely Disney just selling or renting the full units with only this game, which wouldn't be as beneficial to Nintendo).

The fact that they are modded DS units shows that Disney probably decided to go with a DS rather than a pocket PC (technology companies already pitched that to them) because they could control the DS units to be stand-alone units just for this purpose (which probably seems like a better business model to Disney). Plus the inexpensiveness of the units (relatively speaking), the dual screen, and the stylus were all probably strong factors. Not to mention that the Nintendo and Disney target audiences align very closely.

I don't think this is the first step in Disney's plan to roll this out on portable devices. This looks more like a controlled device with a purposeful and direct business model.

Welcome to the Jungle - The Lion King

This one's pretty entertaining.


Monday, January 21, 2008

History of Animation 4 - Winsor McCay: Gertie the Dinosaur (1914)

Did you know that one person helped revolutionize comics (Little Nemo) and animation (Gertie the Dinosaur)?

In Walt Disney World's MGM Studios, you'll find Gertie in a lake near the entrance.

"Dinosaur Gertie's is a soft serve ice cream location at the Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, Florida. The building is actually designed in the "California Crazy" architectural style, meaning it is shaped like Dinosaur Gertie. The shop is located on Echo Lake (across from the Giant Sorcerer Hat)."


"Gertie the Dinosaur is a 1914 short animated film by Winsor McCay that inspired many generations of animators to bring their cartoons to life. Although not the first animated film, as is sometimes thought, it was the first cartoon to feature a character with an appealing personality. The appearance of a true character distinguished it from earlier animated "trick films", such as those of Blackton and Cohl, and makes it the predecessor to later popular cartoons such as those by Walt Disney. The film was also the first to be created using keyframe animation."

"Gertie the Dinosaur was originally created to be used in McCay's vaudeville performances. McCay started performing "chalk talks" on vaudeville in 1906, as a sideline to his regular newspaper cartooning. In 1911, he began presenting animated films on stage, first an animation of Little Nemo in Slumberland, then How a Mosquito Operates. Plans for Gertie were announced in 1912. In January of 1914, the drawings were photographed by Vitagraph Studios. The first presentation of the film was at the Palace Theater in Chicago on February 8, 1914; later performances were at the Hammerstein Theater in New York City."

"The performance consisted of McCay interacting with Gertie, a cartoon Diplodocus. McCay would stand on stage in front of a projection screen, dressed in a tuxedo and wielding a whip. He would call Gertie, who appeared from behind some rocks. He then instructed her to perform various tricks, similar to a circus act. He would appear to toss a prop apple to her — McCay palmed the apple while Gertie caught an animated copy of it. Gertie was also seen to swallow a large rock, play with a Mastodon, and drink an entire lake dry. At one point, McCay would scold Gertie for misbehaving, at which she would begin to cry. For the finale, McCay disappeared behind the screen just as a cartoon version of him climbed onto Gertie's head and rode off."

First, here is his introduction:

Now here is that famous animation from 1914:

You can see how he cycled animations on Gertie.

This later Gertie on Tour animation was released in 1921:

"McCay's employer, William Randolph Hearst, was displeased with McCay's success outside of the newspapers, and used his contractual power to reduce McCay's stage activities. In late 1914, William Fox offered to market Gertie the Dinosaur to moving-picture theaters. McCay accepted, and extended the film to include a live-action prologue and intertitles to replace his stage patter. This is the version of the film generally seen today; the original animation comprises roughly 5 minutes of the entire 12-minute film."

"The film features McCay with several of his cartoonist friends, such as George McManus (creator of Bringing Up Father), Roy McCardell, and Thomas A. Dorgan. As the film opens, they are "on a joy ride", when their automobile suffers a flat tire in front of a museum. The cartoonists enter the museum, and see a "Dinosaurus" skeleton. McCay bets McManus a dinner that he can "make the Dinosaurus live again by a series of hand-drawn cartoons". He then spends six months making "ten thousand cartoons"; when McManus visits, McCay shows him the drawings, although an assistant trips and scatters a large pile of them over the floor (a gag also used in the Little Nemo film).

"The scene then shifts to a dinner party with the group of cartoonists. McCay begins by sketching a single drawing of Gertie. Someone complains that "your bet was that you could make it move", following which the film shifts to the original animated Gertie. McCay, through intertitles, tells Gertie to come out and bow, and continues through the same interaction as in the vaudeville show (although the "apple" that McCay throws to her is now referred to as a pumpkin, which was more appropriate for the size of Gertie's mouth). The film concludes with the group telling George (McManus) to pay for the dinner."
Another thing to take into consideration is that the background wasn't a separate cell back then. Winsor actually re-traced the background on every single frame of animation.

I hope you enjoyed Week 4 of The History of Animation! Gertie the Dinosaur is often misrepresented as the first animation. However, he is truly the first successful animated character.

Splash Mountain - Ride through

Ride through Splash Mountain with us.

Another version:


Sunday, January 20, 2008

Academy Award Nominations for Best Animated Short in 2006

Here are the 2006 Academy Award Nominations for Best Short. I'm posting this in anticipation of the nominations for 2007. I put these animations in order of least suckiness. Enjoy.


- From Pixar

- Released with Ratatouille, 1st at the Chicago International Film Festival

- Used to test a new jiggle system of animation

- The guy is Linguini, the main human from Ratatouille

- Good ending

- Wrong music/sound

The Little Matchgirl:

- From Disney

- Originally intended to be part of Fantasia 2006

- This is 3D animation that looks like it is 2D. The effect is amazing.

- Released on the 2006 Platinum DVD of The Little Mermaid

- Directed by Robert Allers, who directed The Lion King

- Just part of it

- No sound

- I'm surprised they didn't win the award with this one.


- Good ending

No Time for Nuts:

- Done by Fox's Blue Sky

- Released on DVD with Ice Age 2

- Stars the sabre-toothed squirrel, Scrat

The Danish Poet:

- This should be on Reading Rainbow

- From the National Film Board of Canada

- This won the Academy Award. They must get extra points for having the least ability to animate.

Comment of the Week - SaintsAndSinner

SaintsAndSinner had this to say:

LOL ! MORE MORE MORE!!! You guys not only make awesome animation. you keep your standards! weeee- that got me jumping


Commented on Email Commercial:


Saturday, January 19, 2008

What Sonic Likes

A very short fan-made animation about what Sonic likes.


Simba's faaaaaaat

"Now, finally! I really adore that song from weird Al Yankovic and always wanted to do something with it. Unfortunately I'm doing Disney stuff all the time and since I couldn't think of a real fat disney-guy I took Simba because he has the "fatest" personality XD.
Song: Weitd Al Yankovic - I'm fat
The original was something from Michael Jackson"


Friday, January 18, 2008

Haunted Mansion in Disneyland - Nightmare Before Christmas version

It sounds like they have the Haunted Mansion decked out with Nightmare Before Christmas for Halloween and Christmas, which is appropriate.

The sign we saw said it was down for annual refurbishment, so it’s a safe assumption that it’s now seasonal.

Others perceive this as well:

“Every holiday season the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland is transformed into Haunted Mansion Holiday. This crossover, based on Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, began in 2001. The Haunted Mansion is closed every September for a few weeks as they revamp the attraction, replacing many of the props and Audio-Animatronics with characters and themes from the movie. The attraction is closed again in January when it is returned to the regular Haunted Mansion. In 2004 a similar overlay was installed for Tokyo Disneyland as "Haunted Mansion Holiday Nightmare". To date, neither the Walt Disney World nor Disneyland Paris attractions have been fitted with a Nightmare Before Christmas overlay, though the exterior of Phantom Manor is decorated for Halloween along with the rest of Disneyland Paris. The attraction is very popular and a good portion of guests come to the park to see the overlay.”

Playmobile Matrix that thinks it's a Toy Story

The title of this blog says it all. This is 3D animation.

Bambi just wants a strawberry

Bambi just wants a strawberry. Yes. Simba's not alone.


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Simba just wants a strawberry

Simba just wants a strawberry. There's nothing more to say here.


YouTube Marketing Tips 11: Suggest a video to be featured

This is a strange marketing tip, but you can suggest that a video gets featured.

YouTube doesn't feature political videos, they don't feature crass videos, they are not likely to feature videos with a ton of views already, and they don't feature videos that were made for something else but then ported onto YouTube (like an animation distributed elsewhere). So don't submit those, but you should submit others.

How does this help market you? Well, if anyone says, "This should be featured," then say, "Do you think so? Do you want to suggest it?" Don't go around spamming people and asking them, but if they'd suggest your video to YouTube if they knew they could, then there's no reason not to mention it.

They don't feature every video. As a friend of mine who helped us get Fruits VS Bugs 1 featured said, "Wow. They actually listened to me and finally featured one of my suggestions." So it's not common, but it is there main source of finding videos to feature.

To suggest someone's video (or channel) gets featured, write to


How do videos get featured?

"YouTube's members rate videos they like, and we review highly-rated and recent videos for consideration in the "Featured Videos" section of the home page and the featured videos on the "Categories" page. In addition, our programming team takes suggestions from members at and scans the site for videos of interest."

So you also may want to suggest that the video gets featured on the categories page if you don't think they'll put it on the home page.


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Disney Animation Books

My favorite Disney animation book was The Illusion of Life - Disney Animation, from Frank and Ollie:

More on the Illusion of Life from:

"Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life (ISBN 0-7868-6070-7), 1981, is an acclaimed book by two of Disney's Nine Old Men, Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas. It is widely considered to be one of the best books ever published on the topic of character animation.
It contains four hundred eighty-nine plates in full color, and thousands of black and white illustrations ranging from storyboard sketches to entire animation sequences, all of which illustrate the exquisite art of Disney style animation.
The book gives many glimpses into the workings of the animation masters at Disney's during the Golden Age of animation. It is a frequently used reference among professional animators."

And here's Disney's 9 Old Men:

I love to get into the psyche and history that they had in the old Disney animated films.

The Nine Old Men refined the 12 basic principles of animation:

- Squash and stretch
- Anticipation
- Staging
- Straight Ahead Action and Pose to Pose
- Follow Through and Overlapping Action
- Slow In and Slow Out
- Arcs
- Secondary Action
- Timing
- Exaggeration
- Solid Drawing
- Appeal

I like Small Butts - By Weird Al

"I like Small Butts- By Weird Al with Sims 2!"

WARNING: Harsh language.

There's a debate in the comments whether or not this is actually a Weird Al song (it isn't his voice, but not all his songs are).


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Thoughts on Disneyland Attractions

We went to Disneyland last week. Here are a few thoughts on the latest attractions:

1. Haunted Mansion

We missed the “Nightmare Before Christmas” version of Haunted Mansion. Anybody been on it? If so, what did you think?

2. Toy Story Mania

They’ve got the Toy Story Mania ride coming to DCA (Disney’s California Adventure) this summer. So I think that will be the next injection of Disney characters to add to DCA.

3. Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

The main new attraction was the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. It basically tells the story of Finding Nemo. They managed to mix it up, so it doesn’t feel the same as the Nemo ride in Epcot (although the “Mine” seagulls still greet you in line). It’s still the old Submarine ride. So basically, it just feels like all the original rides in Fantasyland (Snow White, Mr. Toad, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, etc.). Nothing super special, but it’s still fun. It’s definitely a kiddie ride, but the lines were 45 minutes, while everything else was 10 minutes or less (The exception was Indiana Jones which opened mid-day; we fast-passed in on IJ at a 30-minute wait. We were in on a Thursday during dead season. I know when to go because I used to work at Dland; it would have been perfect lines had it been raining).

4. Pirate's Lair

They turned Tom Sawyer’s Island into Pirate’s Lair. It looks temporary, because they just covered up “Tom Sawyer” on the sign rather than replacing the signs. This was a much-needed change, because nobody was going on the island anymore. We got to take a raft over with Jack Sparrow. The actor they hired is perfect! He’s got the voice, tone, look, gestures, and awkwardness down perfectly. We passed him again on the island, and he wished us a Happy Anniversary (we were wearing the free buttons we picked up from City Hall). Here are all the major changes I noticed that they did to the island.

o Jack Sparrow wanders the island and does signings at the cannon on one end and at the Pirate’s Den (a treasure trove) on the other end of the island. Jack’s there almost all day with a two-hour break in the middle.

o They added the Pirate’s Den with a bunch of fake treasure piled up. I guess you could get a picture with it, but I’m sure that area is more fun when Jack’s there.

o Three pirates sing pirate songs regularly. They do this on the Fantasmic stage.

o They turned the blacksmith house on the Fantasmic side of the island into the Turner blacksmith house. I think they only changed the sign and put a bunch of letters on one of the walls (I think they were invoices).

o They made the play area with the bridges a little more piratey. One “game” they added was where you spin a large wheel to pull a treasure chest up out of the water with some chains. Of course, there’s a skeleton still holding onto the chest. When you stop spinning, the chest goes back down.

o Another “game” was where you pump water out of a small sunken ship to uncover… more treasure! When you stop pumping, the water fills back up.

o They also added the large spherical cage from Pirates 2. It is made out of skulls and bones. A good photo opp, because you can climb inside.

o It seems like they just added more remnants of broken up ships all over the island. Nothing special, but fun to look at.

o The fort is closed. I think they may be retiring the fort until they open the island back up as Tom Sawyer’s island. My guess is that they’ll go back to calling it Tom Sawyer, open the fort, but they’ll keep all the piratey things and Jack Sparrow visits. It’s a great way to make sure Jack doesn’t get mauled by crowds (people have to go over there just to see him, smaller paths, etc.).

5. Princess Fair

They turned the old Fantasyland Theater (next to Toon Town; it used to show plays from Disney movies) to the Princess Fair. They are very smart. This seems to be a permanent change, because they tore out some of the seating area to add in more dance space in front of the stage, and to build the Princess Garden in the front, before you get to the stage. Here’s what they got:

o For the first time in a long time, the restaurant on the side is open. Why? Because now there are actually a ton of people over there hanging out and doing the different activities, like…

o So they got the Princess Garden in the front. There’s a nice long line for it. Basically, you get in there and you get to hang out with three princesses who are sitting on different garden benches. I saw Jasmine, Mulan, Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. I assume they also pull out Belle and sometimes Pocahontas. Before their shift in the garden, the three princesses…

o There is a stage that they kept from the old theater. A bunch of unknown princesses and princes come out to teach the crowd of little girls how to dance and how to bow (for the 3 boys there) and curtsy (for the 40+ girls there). Then the three princesses come out, dance, and then they do a maypole dance. So they pulled out some of the seating area to make the dance floor. Then they left some seating in for the parents to watch their kids (and the show). There are areas up high on the sides for those doing activities to watch as well (that’s where we were perched). And on the sides they have activities...

o They have benches down the side areas where kids can do free activities. Looks like it’s limited to making a crown and coloring princesses. Everything else costs bookoo bucks.

o On the left side (in addition to the activities) they have the restaurant, and on the right they have a major merchandising area (also with activities over here too). So you go to the right to buy your dresses, shoes, hair pieces, wands, gloves, purses, wigs, and toy figures for each of the major six princesses (Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty (Aurora), Ariel, Belle, and Jasmine). They also have cast members who will do your daughter’s hair for way too much money.

6. Overall Thoughts

o They would get extra genius points if they did the same that they did with Pirates Lair with the Princesses. I know they are already trying something similar with the Princess Fair, but it’s much cooler to go to an island and have pirates walking around. It would also be cool to have a Princess garden island where Princesses can wander without getting mauled. I suppose they could only do that in Disney World, because they have the land.

o Also, I was very surprised to not see any promotions of Enchanted or National Treasure, both highly successful Disney movies from last month. I’d think they’d be on top of that.

o Plus, it’s great that they’re marketing “Disney Princesses,” but I saw three boys out of 40 kids watching the show. They don’t even bring out Aladdin, Philip, Mr. Charming, the Beast, or any other princes. They should do this with princes as well or…

o Why are they marketing “Disney Princesses” but aren’t marketing “Disney Heroes?” I’m actually going to write Iger, Jobs, and Lasseter a letter on this. Boys would love a show, appearances, cartoons, and merchandise that combine all their heroes: Aladdin, Tarzan, Jack Sparrow, Hercules, Ben Gates, Buzz Lightyear, etc.

- The Emperor

Question: Why did you use the sound effect, Spoffo?

Question for the Emperor: Why did you use the sound effect, Spoffo, in Fruits VS Bugs Episode 2?

We threw two strange sound effects into a scene in Fruits VS Bugs Episode 2. You can see them at 02:45...

We added "Spoffo" and "Swukt" in there as inside jokes. One of our animators, Chris Chin, draws comics. He uses these made-up sound effects in his comics. Since we saw him draw so many "Spoffo" and "Swukt" sound effect bubbles in his comics, we decided to add them to this scene. You later see another joke sound effect, "Bling Bling."

- The Emperor

Monday, January 14, 2008

The History of Animation 3 - Winsor McCay: How a Mosquito Operates (1912)


"A hungry mosquito spots and follows a man on his way home. The mosquito slips into the room where the man is sleeping, and gets ready for a meal. His first attempts startle the man and wake him up, but the mosquito is very persistent."

"What is a mosquito's nature? A large man enters his flat; a mosquito in top hat with valise follows, entering through the window above door. The man goes to sleep; the mosquito lands next to him, opens the valise, and takes out a grinding wheel to sharpen his proboscis. Methodically, the mosquito gets one, two, then three drinks as the man tosses, slaps, turns, covers himself, and rubs the wounds. After a fourth drink, the mosquito is so full he can barely right himself. Still he has more. Bloated, he can only hover above the sleeping man's face. Suspense builds: can he launch? He's atop his victim's nose. He jettisons his valise. Will he now be light enough to escape?"


"The Little Nemo film was released to theater and used in his act, as was his second. How a Mosquito Operates - this [one was] 6,000 drawings long. When these films were released into wider distribution, McCay's fame spread, especially to the fledgling animation community."


As I've said earlier, Winsor McCay was the true father of commercial, cartoon animation. He is most famous for Gerdie the Dinosaur, an animation that we will feature in a future blog post. However, it was always a project, not a business. It took later pioneers (like the Fleischers, Sullivan, and Disney) to have the vision of making character animation into a business where you hire people to do it, establish characters for your audience, grow the distribution, and crank out more animations.



History of Animation 3 - Winsor McCay: How a Mosquito Operates (1912)

History of Animation 2 - Winsor McCay: Little Nemo (1911)

History of Animation 1 - J. Stuart Blackton: Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906)

Disney's Snow White Parody: The Nose Pickers

"A silly song about nose picking! These crazy [dwarves] will pick pick pick until they find that sticky goo!"

Quote: "In the nose! In the nose!"

Hilarious! A parody of the "In the Mine" song from Walt Disney's Snow White and The Seven Dwarves.


Saturday, January 12, 2008

Destino (Disney/Dali collaboration)

"A short clip from the movie "Destino". This is a movie started by Dali and Disney back in the 40's. The project was scrapped and Disney decided to finish the film in 2003. Disney of Paris matched the original work as closely as Dali would have wanted it."

The following quotes are from Wikipedia:

"Destino is a short animated cartoon released in 2003 by The Walt Disney Company. Destino is unique in that its production originally began in 1945, 58 years before its original release. The project was a collaboration between American animator Walt Disney and Spanish painter Salvador Dalí, and features music written by Mexican songwriter Armando Dominguez."

"Destino was storyboarded by Disney studio artist John Hench and artist Salvador Dalí for eight months in late 1945 and 1946; however, financial concerns caused Disney to cease production. The Walt Disney Company, then Walt Disney Studios, was plagued by many financial woes in the World War II era. Hench compiled a short animation test of about 18 seconds in the hopes of rekindling Disney's interest in the project, but the production was no longer deemed financially viable and put on indefinite hiatus."

"In 1999, Walt Disney's nephew Roy Edward Disney, while working on Fantasia 2000, unearthed the dormant project and decided to bring it back to life. Disney Studios France, the company's small Parisian production department, was brought on board to complete the project. The short was produced by Baker Bloodworth and directed by French animator Dominique Monfrey in his first directorial role. A team of approximately 25 animators deciphered Dalí and Hench's cryptic storyboards (with a little help from the journals of Dalí's wife Gala Dalí and guidance from Hench himself), and finished Destino's production. The end result is mostly traditional animation, including Hench's original footage, but it also contains some computer animation.

"The finished product was meant to be part of the cancelled film Fantasia 2006 but when the short was completed after the film's cancellation, Destino (as well as three other completed segments) were changed to short subjects."

Create a professional Animation Studio for super cheap

"Weekend Extra peers into the brilliant mind of Javan Ivey, an inspired animator, and someone who uses his keen intellect to save thousands of dollars that folks blow on an animation studio."

The animation at the end is worth waiting for.


Friday, January 11, 2008

Tarzan and Jane's Jungle Adventure (with other Disney characters)

"Tarzan & Jane, Belle & the Beast, Hercules and Meg.
This is a mv I really had fun making, I adore this song x) The video became both silly and funny, but somehow beautiful at the same time, when it comes to Disney Classics it's always beautiful.
The song is called "Tarzan and Jane" and is sung by Toybox."

My favorite quote:
"Long hair!"


YouTube Marketing Tips 10: Make sure people know it's for YouTube

When you're filling out the description, make sure people know it's for YouTube. This may be obvious in most vlogs or live-action videos, but if you have a great animation, people may just assume that this was originally made for cell phone or video distribution.

By letting people know that your video was made for YouTube, it makes them much more likely to recommend that your video gets featured to the YouTube editors, and that the editors do feature it.


Thursday, January 10, 2008

Not-Okay Touching - Disney's Pooh Corner 1983-1987

Say no, stop that
its not okay with me,
no dont do that
I have the right you see,
my body is my very own
thats how its got to be,
I've learned this is the time
to say its not okay with me.

No stop that
its really not okay
no dont do that,
take your hands away,
I know Im not at all to blame
I've done nothing bad,
and now I'm going right away
to tell my mom and dad!

"Remember that show pooh corner? The really bad live action Winnie the Pooh show, with the horrible costumes? Well they once had A Don't Talk to Strangers Special and this is a clip from it... this is a clip from it talking about Not-Okay Touching from Strangers, and its hillarious, so hillarious you can hear the actor playing pooh sort of laugh during their first song..."


Hawaiian Shirt Day!

Nouse20 brings us a great animation to the Office Space quote.


Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Alaska Daze, 1931 cartoon

"A Television print of a classic 1930s cartoon. Identify its original title for fun! This was shot amateurishly off the wall with my macbook, from 16mm."

I talked to the guy who filmed this. We're trying to figure out the character and name of the original cartoon. Who did it? I think it looks a little like Lantz. I thought it was Lantz's 1930 Oswald Rabbit cartoon, Alaska (Lantz took it over from Mintz and Disney). However, the filmer said he saw that production and this isn't it.

He says that somebody told him this cartoon is from 1931, but that's all they know. It's amazing, isn't it?

It makes sense that it isn't Oswald. It looks more like a dog's tail and ears. Besides, here's Lantz's Oswald, from the 1933 production, The Zoo:

Lantz was obviously copying Mickey's look as much as possible. Here's Mickey's 1933 production, Mickey's Mechanical Man:

So I dunno. Anybody know?


Peg Solitaire - Game

Remove peg by jumping over. The last peg has to land on black.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Racism in Animation 4 - Disney's The Martins and the Coys (1946)

"When the current powers that be final decided to release Make Mine Music, for some reason they found this segment to politically inocorrect to be included in it's release. Here is the Martin's and the Coys in all it's Political Incorrectness."

The Martins and the Coys was a Disney short that was directed by legend Jack Kinney and produced by Walt Disney himself. It in 1946 during the war time when it was better business for Disney to put his full-length films on hold in order to release individual shorts together as a full-length movie and then individually as shorts (to get twice the distribution money out of them).

It was released as the full movie, Make Mine Music.

The following description is from IMDB:

"THE MARTINS AND THE COYS carry on their senseless, bloody feud until only one member of each family is left alive.

"Originally a segment of MAKE MINE MUSIC (1946), this Disney short is perhaps deservedly obscure today, as it is a serious lack of good taste & common sense to continue the stereotyping of Appalachian 'mountain men' as lazy, drunken, thieving & murderous. The historical basis for the plot is the infamous Hatfield-McCoy Feud which livened up portions of the West Virginia - Kentucky border in the late 1800's. The King's Men provide the singing narration with the requisite amount of twang."

"Disney released this feature on video for the first time ever in the spring of 2000. One time, I was looking at reviews on "Make Mine Music" and the people who bought the video or DVD were upset because one segment had been deleted. It was this one. I'm glad I never bought a copy of MMM. Disney did it again.

"They censored a classic work of art like this just to please some pathetic do-gooders. It's a classic ballad about two feuding hillbilly families who kill each other off and their descendants Grace Martin and Henry Coy fall in love and marry. At the end, however, the feud is carried on. As much as I hate to defend the Disney Company, I will say that Disney does not want to censor their works and would probably like to show them in their complete forms. They only do it because they're tired of getting complaints from do-gooders. Censorship is not the answer. Giving MMM a PG-rating would be better. "


This is another case of Disney censorship. The reason for the censorship was a combination of the violence and also how they stereotyped these people.


Question: Why does Extra Fruity have such bad voice acting?

Question for the Emperor: Why does Extra Fruity have such bad voice acting?

Extra Fruity was actually made for a youth group with the voices of the group itself. It was actually taking some of our other animations and just talking over it, not really syncing up the voices (which was kind of funnier to us if it didn't match).

Extra Fruity:

So it was meant to not have great voice acting, and it was intended for 200 kids (not the 170,000 or so people who've seen it). That said, we're not complaining, because we marketed it to get it a lot of views.

Please check out our sequel to the featured video (with 940,000 views), Fruits VS Bugs Episode 1. The sequel is called Episode 2 (original, I know). That's actually the kind of voice acting that we are going for nowadays.

Fruits VS Bugs Episode 2:

So, we're working on shipping another original animation for YouTube, and we're also working on a bunch of other projects as well. We could always use a good voice actor for future unpaid projects (we don't get paid for these, so you wouldn't either)./ If you're interested, email the Emperor: Thanks!

- The Emperor

Monday, January 07, 2008

The History of Animation 2 - Winsor McCay: Little Nemo (1911)


"James Stuart Blackton and Winsor McCay directed a ten minute short film based on the comic strip, of which two minutes were animated. The film was first released on April 8, 1911, the first animated effort of McCay. Later, it achieved the status of an early animated classic. Its on screen title is Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and his Moving Comics but it is usually referred to as Little Nemo."


"Nemo was an immediate hit and McCay, who liked nothing better than to draw (and never seemed to have enough money, no matter how much he made), took to the boards on June 11, 1906. He was a hit, there, too. As his bookings along the east coast increased, so did the logistical difficulties of producing three weekly comic strips and other drawings for the papers. Many strips from this period were drawn in backstage dressing rooms and in hotels as he toured with his act. When Little Nemo made it to Broadway in 1908, McCay was performing his chalk-talk across the street and had to miss a portion of opening night. The approbation of the live audience was just as crucial to him as the regard of those watching the musical based on his work."

"Within five years of arriving in New York, McCay had become one of the top artists and performers in the city. Both his comic strips and his vaudeville act were based on pacing and movement. He was about to combine all of these elements into one new art - the animated cartoon."

"While he wasn't the first person to make an animated cartoon, he was the man who defined the industry. The quality of his cartoons would not be matched for another 25 years. His pacing and understanding of the medium was far ahead of his time. And he drew all of the 4,000 cels of his first film, Little Nemo, (natch!) himself! This while he was still drawing his three strips and performing his vaudeville act. The Little Nemo film was released to theater and used in his act..."


So the father of animation, James Stuart Blackton, teamed together with the father of character-centered animation, Winsor McCay. So whenever you see someone say that Winsor's Gerdie was the first animation, tell them they're wrong! Blackton did it first, and ten years later (and several animations later), he did it again, helping Winsor get his animation chops (Winsor moved from comics to animation). Naturally, the first thing Winsor animated was his popular comic character, Nemo.

This is our first blog on Winsor. He had creativity, and he could pump out animations. However, he lacked marketability, and so he remained doing a "sideshow" rather than creating a marketable brand with his animations. Also, because he did all the drawings, it was more of a "personal project" than a "business" to him.



History of Animation 3 - Winsor McCay: How a Mosquito Operates (1912)

History of Animation 2 - Winsor McCay: Little Nemo (1911)

History of Animation 1 - J. Stuart Blackton: Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906)

Disney's Aladdin: Banned Scene

"This scene from Disney's Aladdin was removed because of it's homosexual content!"

Yes, this is a joke.


Sunday, January 06, 2008

The story behind "The Pixar Story"

Leslie Iwerks created a documentary called, "The Pixar Story."

Does her name sound familiar? It should!


"if it hadn't been for Roy's help ... Well, Leslie's first film, "The Hand Behind the Mouse - The Ub Iwerks Story" (Which -- FYI -- is now available on DVD. This award-winning documentary is one of the extra features offered on "The Adventures of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit." This new 2-disc "Walt Disney Treasures" hits store shelves today) probably never would have been made.

"To explain: Ms. Iwerks is the granddaughter of this animation pioneer... Lucky for Leslie, Roy was quick to throw his support behind this proposed documentary. He not only convinced Michael Eisner that the Walt Disney Company should fund this production, Roy even arranged for Leslie to have access to the studio's Animation Research Library. Where she was then able to get her hands on the original drawings that her grandfather had done for such landmark shorts like "Steamboat Willie" and "The Skeleton Dance."

Ub in action:

"Right after that screening [Man Behind the Mouse], I was sitting down to lunch with Lasseter and Ed Catmull when John asked me if I'd be interested in interviewing some of the folks at Pixar," Leslie remembered. "I think that his initial goal was that Pixar would then have something for its archives that would capture that particular moment in time. But after I did all of those interviews and started to cut them together, I realized that I had a film here."

"When you get right down to it, this is really a story about people who were trying to do something impossible. Ed Catmull dreamed of someday producing the first computer animated feature. And thanks to John Lasseter's talent and Steve Jobs' financial support, Ed's dream was finally able to come true," Ms. Iwerks said. "But before that could happen, there were years of struggle."

"And that's what "The Pixar Story" does best. It documents who Lasseter, Catmull & Jobs got the company through those years of struggle. How John's gift for story and character made the early Pixar shorts & features really shine. How Ed's insistance that "We always hire people who are smarter than us" gave Pixar the talent that they needed to keep things moving forward. And how Steve's patience (more importantly, the continual pressure that he put on Lasseter & Catmull to succeed) eventually paid off.

"Of course, what's kind of ironic about this screening being held in the holiday season is ... Well, if John Lasseter hadn't suggested that Pixar should pitch Disney on the idea of making this 30-minute-long CG holiday special (Which was to have been called "A Tin Toy Christmas" and starred the title character of that animation studio's 1988 Academy Award-winning short, "Tin Toy") ... Well, there probably wouldn't then have been a "Toy Story.""

Enjoy! We're also putting this in "Movie Watchers" since "The Pixar Story" is a movie that's coming out.


Friday, January 04, 2008

Disney's California Adventure Gets Renovated!!!,0,1723646,full.story

Good! They should fire those Imagineers and the suits that greenlit Disney's California Adventure (DLA)!!!!

I was working at Disneyland while they first started building DLA. I laughed then, and I laugh now that I go there and visit every year. Although I have to give them props for trying to inject some character in there by adding character parades, exclusive character greetings, features/rides in the Hollywood area, and by adding the unique Bug Land theme in the agriculture area. They even did an incredibly lousy job of putting Brother Bear in the redwood area.

Hey, how come they don't have a Desert Land since CA is mostly desert???

Why not just demolish DCA and add on to Disney Land?

Agreed. It's just better business to have two streams of revenue. Disney World is a testament to how well that business model works. They just have to make DCA at least as desirable as DL. It sounds like they know what they were missing: a strong tie in to the characters and films. While Disney did a lot of "new" things with his parks when he was alive, he always knew to concentrate them on the characters and films. It wasn't until Lasseter was coming in that we started seeing Pixar rides and other more valuable character integrations. Now that Jobs and Lasseter have been given some power, everything is turning over for Disney, including their parks.

Their animated movies are really turning out for the better. More on that later.

The Cars land really has Jobs and Lasseter written all over it.

Here's the map:

As we can see, we've also got a new Mickey Fun Wheel ride and Toy Story ride (I haven't seen either in Disney World). I definitely think they are headed in the right direction, but I don't think they're moving fast enough. They should have started out with more than this. All those other orange buildings are just changes where they're adding more character themes to what already exists.

I think they should have a plan to expand more on the left and specifically in Grizzley River Run. Everybody pretty much avoids the upper left section of the park, especially if you've already done it.

It looks like the new Cars Land is going to tear up the Agriculture and Restaurant Lands that are currently barren wastelands that people just walk past (although there are still some large gray buildings north of Car Land, so they're keeping some of Restaurant Land).

I'm not sure if they tore all that useless area up, but it still looks like people still have to travel between too much boring nothingness to get from Car Land to California Screaming, Toy Story, and Mickey Fun Wheel. Also, it looks like they're keeping some of the boring Agriculture stuff up between Mater's Junkyard and the Bug's Life 3D show (which is grayed out and just below the new Walt Disney Story theater).

To be honest, I don't think they should do the Walt Disney Story Theater. Why? They already had a movie playing in Hollywood Backlot about Walt, and Disney Land has their Mainstreet theater dedicated to his Disneyland pursuits.

They replaced the Walt movie in the Hollywood Backlot in 2005:

Plus Disney World has a ride for him as well. What are we going to get out of this that will make us want to experience it more than once? It's probably a little more interesting than the golden stuff that is there right now, but why isn't this a production of Enchanted, or the coming Frog Princess or Rupunzel? Or some sort of Kingdom Heart cross-character production? Or some sort of stage-show or 3D tribute to the old black and white Mickey Mouse, Alice, and Ozwald Rabbit cartoons (the latter of which Disney just acquired)?

Why do we need another show for Walt's life? Why not have it focus on his creations, have Walt tell the story about them, and have those creations come to life? (Wait, they may actually do that.) It has to be fun enough to want to do each time you visit the park (especially since it's the primary attraction, right in front of you when you enter). That sounds like they'll need some animatronics and 3D interactions to get people to want to do it more than once.

I have to be honest; my favorite 3D live interactions were actually from the Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor in DW’s MK in Tomorrowland. It opened in April this year. It was also much more fun than Turtle Talk with Crush due to the line being a normal line where you looked at funny things on the walls. Plus it was a large theater so the line moved faster, and you don’t feel like you’re getting squished in.

They're doing a lot to redefine the entrance plaza. That's nice, but that's not going to sell tickets. That's a huge investment with only asthetic value. The only way that improvement will help them financially is if they add some attractions in there and give it a Roger Rabbit theme where cartoon characters are peeking in from Toon Town or something interesting like that.

The other problem this doesn't address is the park layout. You walk through Mainstreet to get to the hub. You then pick a land and go. Critter Country and Toon Town were just tacked on because Walt never thought he'd need to add more lands.

But here you actually have three hubs. Your first is near the new Story Theater. The second is near Mater's Junkyard. Your third hub is near Little Mermaid. You have to travel around the lake to get to the good stuff. You have to do that at Disney Land as well, but you've got Pirates and Mansion along the way to distract you before you get to Splash Mountain. With this layout, you can draw a big square of nothingness on this map between Mermaid and Junkyard.

The one good thing is they added a path between Tower of Terror and Cars Land, but it's obvious that they didn't plan the park that way. That makes me curious about that square building on that path, on the right side of the map.

They need some sort of transportation since the park isn't laid out with a central hub. They should have a train go around the outside. There are trains in California. They should probably be more freight themed trains to be different from the Disneyland trolley train. I would have said subway, but that’s not California (and it would probably be too expensive). Tourist buses are also common, so they could put a few Disneyfied tourist buses on a train track that runs along the outside of the park.

I don't claim to be some sort of theme park designer, but these mistakes they're making are pretty blatant. Walt was great at taking peoples' pulses and giving them what they want: movie and animation characters with interesting history and culture thrown in. California history and culture is not interesting in any way! That's what Main Street was, and he left it as one street for a reason. Plus there are attractions on the sides, at the front, and going up and down Main Street, leading up to a castle (every girl's dream)! Come on! Learn from the man!!!

A lot of people say that they only go to DCA for California Screamin'.

What, you don't hang out in the kiddie Bug's Land? =^)
But even that was added more recently. Seriously, if you haven't been to Bug's Land, go on the caterpillar ride, even if you don't have kids. They spray mist in your face that smells like the food you're traveling through. It's great.
Also, the Aladdin show is great. That's been showing near the Tower of Terror. That's also a new addition.
Plus they've been forcing people who want to see the better parade to go to DCA. So they've been doing what they can (also adding Tower of Terror and Monster's Inc.), but it was time for them to step up the pace a little and change the park faster. However, I still don't think they understand that this change won't be enough. It's in the right direction, but it's not enough.

They're refurbishing the entrance for no good reason, and they are adding many buildings that aren't rides. They just don't get it.

Most people think they should demolish the whole wretched thing and install WestCot as it should have been.


I agree about demolishing it, but (#1) press would have a hayday with it, which would affect stock and other factors, (#2) It would be super expensive, and (#3) Do we really need another EpCOT, especially after Innoventions was added to Tomorrowland? I say no; they should stick with characters.

I think their best bet is to do what they're doing but to do it at 3 times the scale of what they're planning. This should be one third of their plan, and they should do this every five years until the whole park is better than Disneyland.

Also, scrapped right before WestCOT was Disney America (this may have been cool):

They should have bought Knott's! They still shoud! Or build in Virginia. Whatever. However, they'd have to do a better job of injecting all their characters into it than they did in DLA. They didn't even do a great job of that with Animal Kingdom (that succeeded because of some character integration, some great rides, good shows, the animals, and Disney World synergy).

Notice that spike near 2003? Bug's Land opened in 2003, with Tower of Terror in 2004 and Monster's Inc in 2006(?). They're headed in the right direction, but they need a major overhaul like Bug's Land. Car Land and these new rides will help, but they should use their money (currently being spent to refurbish the entrance and to build the non-ride buildings) on tearing up more useless space and building more character-driven features. That's what's going to give them their next upward spike.

I'm afraid that they'll get a small spike (similar to 2002-2003) with this new addition and then get satisfied, just adding a new ride every two years, but never getting up to the DLand numbers, feeling like it would be impossible. It's possible! Just make it as fun!!!

Okay. I'm done ranting. =^)


- The Emperor

Build a Miniature Set for $10 - With Stop Motion Animation

"Sick of the REAL world and all of it's REAL problems? Well, with a few sheets of cardboard and some cool tricks, you can build your very own miniature town!"

The animation at the end is pretty funny.

Favorite quote:
"Super Time Lapse! Whoo!!!"


Thursday, January 03, 2008

Coming Soon: Tinker Bell

Tinker Bell is a 3D animation that is coming directly to video in 2008.

Interestingly, when Lasseter came on board, he kicked out the people in charge (at least one person got fired over this movie), and they restarted making it in 3D with a much stronger story element (they also linked it more to the Peter Pan movie).. Lasseter is still willing to do these direct-to-video projects (what he calls cheapquels), but he wants to do less of them and increase the quality. This has been one troubled movie...


"First of all, this film (Which has gone by a number of titles over the past two years. Including "Tinker Bell and the Ring of Belief") has undergone yet another name change. Now it's simply known as "Tinker Bell."

Copyright 2007 Walt Disney Home Entertainment. All Rights Reserved

"And among the extra features found on the new "Return to Neverland" DVD were a trio of "Fairy Moments." Translation: Three quick clips from this forthcoming home premiere. Which will hopefully whet the appetite of all those Disney Fairies fans out there... Where everyone's favorite fairy first finds a bell hidden in a bird's nest ....

Copyright 2007 Walt Disney Home Entertainment. All Rights Reserved

"Tink now turns around and tries to check out her silhouette in the reflection ...

Copyright 2007 Walt Disney Home Entertainment. All Rights Reserved

"... only to get hopping mad because the bell's curved surface makes her butt look a whole lot bigger than it actually is.

Copyright 2007 Walt Disney Home Entertainment. All Rights Reserved

"So this furious fairy now tries to take out her frustrations on that bell. Only to then have that bell eventually get the better of Ms. Bell.

Copyright 2007 Walt Disney Home Entertainment. All Rights Reserved

"All in all, this was a really wonderful little bit of character animation. Suggesting that -- now that Walt Disney Home Entertainment is following John Lasseter's story suggestions for "Tinker Bell" and making sure that this home premiere hues a whole lot closer to the style & tone established in Disney's 1953 version of "Peter Pan" -- this Fall 2008 release may actually be worth watching."

Read more here:



Update: We updated the latest "Racism in Animation" post with more information on Disney's Censorship of "Pluto's Dream House"...

World Map - Game

Quiz of world countries. Use mouse wheel to zoom, drag sea to move map.

I suggest you click around to review before you start.


Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Question: Do you make shorts for films?

Question for the Emperor: Do you make shorts for films?

Like when they play the shorts before the movies? No, but that's an interesting market. That actually used to be a real market back in the Loony Tunes, Mickey Mouse, Oswald (also by Disney), Felix The Cat days (not to mention Goofy, Donald Duck, Silly Symphonies, Betty Boop, Koko the Clown, Popeye, Superman, etc.). They played short cartoon serials (the live-action serials are what Star Wars and Indiana Jones were based on) before the movies, and the makers of those took cuts of the profit (this was before TV). This is why Disney had their success with their serials on Wonderful World of Disney (the show had many names) when TV got rolling.

Because movies never really got worse than PG-13 (by today's standards) they were always accessible by kids. So, as a result, many of these cartoons were shown before movies that were much more oriented toward adults. They were aiming at adults and kids. It was a completely different audience than Saturday cartoons today that aim so specifically (such as boys 9-13).

When TV came out, all the cartoons and such went to TV instead. The pre-cartoon and serial market dried up at the movies. Why go to the movies to watch a cartoon short when you can get it on TV (and currently on the Internet) for free?

To probably more closely answer your question, we're working on cell phone distribution and video distribution. We've got two cell distribution deals, but we're still just starting out with it. We got close to video distribution, but we're starting over on that.

To dig a little deeper in this topic, John Lasseter (the Pixar dude) just took over Disney's animations as CCO (Chief Creative Officer). He thinks Disney has made mistakes in moving away from 2D animation and from stopping the animated shorts that play before movies (Disney made a brief attempt during the Roger Rabbit craze by releasing three Roger shorts and a Mickey short).

So Lasseter set 2D animated movies back in motion (the next one is the Frog Princess, made by the Aladdin team), and he had his team do a new short, Goofy in How to Hook Up Your Home Theater, which was distributed before National Treasure: Book of Secrets (so it's still out in theaters). I saw it. It is hilarious, just like the best of the Goofy "how to" and sports shorts that Walt Disney himself used to produce. Go see it.

Goofy hasn’t had a short in the theaters since Aquamania in 1961.

- The Emperor

"How To Hook Up Your Home Theater is a 2007 theatrical cartoon from Walt Disney Pictures, directed and written by Kevin Deters and co-directed by Stevie Wermers-Skelton. This is the first theatrical Goofy solo cartoon short (other than a few educational films) made since Aquamania. Being 50% paperless, it was also used as the premiere testing ground for the paperless 2D animation technology which has been included at Disney, the first major change in how to produce hand-drawn animation since the introduction of CAPS, and was also an attempt to see if the new tools could be used to produce a short with the same graphic look as that of a 40's cartoon. Instead of paper the animators worked on Wacom's cintiq together with software such as Toon Boom's Harmony software.

"The short was released with the Disney film National Treasure: Book of Secrets on December 21, 2007."


I can't wait to see their next short...


"Kevin [Deters] moved on from animation and became a story artist for several miscellaneous Disney projects. Kevin's idea for a new hand-animated Goofy short was green lighted, developed and produced with Kevin as the creative force and he co-directed the project with Stevie Wermers-Skelton. The Goofy short (How to Hook-Up Your Home Theater) opened nationwide with National Treasure 2 on December 21, 2007. He was also a co-director on another Disney short currently in production (December 2007) about the Lochness Monster titled The Ballad of Nessie, an idea conceived by his partner Stevie Wermers-Skelton. They also co-directed The Ballad of Nessie."

Olivia Blendshape Tests

Olivia is a character that barleychew did. This project helped her get into Rhythm and Hews, where she was animating on Alvin and the Chipmunks.


Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Racism in Animation 3 - Mickey Mouse in Pluto's Dream House (1940)

This is more about Censorship in animation, since Disney specifically doesn't show all or parts of films that are considered "racist" today. They show everything else, though, so that is why it is "censorship."


Apparently Genie's are black. Check out the black man's voice that sounds an awful lot like a black slave.

To be fair, some black people actually still spoke like this back then.

03:44 - This was a common animated look called "blackface."

It was unshown in the 1980s, because Disney didn’t want people to see it. However, they realized that they could get away with showing it (it’s difficult to hide a whole Mickey Mouse cartoon) if they just removed the shot of Pluto that I mentioned above at 03:44. So it is shown today in various collections, but the shot where Pluto “appears in blackface” is removed from current versions.

So this is another case of Disney censorship, but I’d much rather that they censor the short than to avoid showing it.

Off topic:
I can see how Mickey's cartoons were losing popularity by 1940. His animations were getting boring! Compare this cartoon to Disney's 3rd Mickey Mouse cartoon from 1928 (made 2nd, before Steamboat Willie, but released after it), The Gallopin' Gaucho:

Disney tried (unsuccessfully) revitalizing Mickey shorts, most notably with Mickey’s Runaway Brain in 1995:

It got the Academy nomination, but it failed to bring Mickey cartoons back to the theaters. Although, it did its part in helping spawn two TV shows, Mouse Works, and then House of Mouse, that were compilations of new Disney shorts. Some of those should have been improved (in animation quality), and then shown first before movies (note: this didn’t happen). But if they did it that way, they could have gotten more distribution out of them, and they would have qualified for academy awards that way.

More Racism in Animation...

Racism in Animation 3 - Pluto's Dream House (1940):

Racism in Animation 2 - Santa's Surprise (1940):

Racism in Animation 1 - Fantasia (1940):


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