Disney

What If ‘Frozen’ Were a Tim Burton Movie?

The trend of reimagining Disney princess in the style of [fill in the blank] has exploded on the Internet in recent years, and it didn’t take long for the characters from Frozen to fit right in. Japanese artist Yoko has gotten in on the action with this series of drawings that depict Frozen‘s heroines as characters out of a Tim Burton movie (spotted on Design Taxi). It kind of works, actually: there is something a little gothic about the Snow Queen locking herself away in a icy tower. Of course, this does make me wonder what “Let It Go” would have sounded like had Helena Bonham Carter sung it. Eerie.  … Read More

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The Secret to Pixar’s Genius From ‘Creativity, Inc.’ Sounds Like a Writing Workshop

Most business books are, in the words of Norman Mailer, “advertisements for myself,” the story of one person’s world-beating genius and how they made an industry out of it. But Ed Catmull’s Creativity, Inc., written with the wonderful Amy Wallace (frequently at GQ writing profiles — check out her D’Angelo piece), is markedly modest in scope. The main impression that you get off Catmull, the president of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation, is that he’s a kind man and obviously a genius, with a Ph.D. in computer science and the goal of creating the first computer animated film. And he goes through the life story of Pixar, how they met Steve Jobs, how they created things in a corner until they were creating things for Disney, in simple fashion. … Read More

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‘The Walking Disney': Disney Characters as ‘Walking Dead’ Survivors

Are you obsessed with seeing Disney heroes and heroines reimagined as other things, especially heroes and heroines of other franchises? Of course you are — you are currently on the Internet, and that’s what the Internet is here for, apparently! Luckily, deviantART user Kasami-Sensei has provided our newest Disney mash-up: The Walking Disney (spotted via Laughing Squid), in which characters from your favorite animated feature films brandish brute weapons, wear fashionably distressed outfits, and fight zombies. Now, if only someone would reimagine Disney characters as characters from things I’m interested in, like The Love Boat or Match Game ’76. … Read More

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Celebrating ‘D2: The Mighty Ducks,’ One of the Greatest Hockey Films Ever Made

How does one begin to explain being a teenage sports fan in a year like 1994 to somebody who doesn’t like sports? Is it possible to say that it was a year when fans of every major sport experienced the highest of highs, and in many cases, the absolute depths of suffering, without conjuring up clichés? The Knicks came close to winning their first championship since the 1970s in the very first year of the post-Michael Jordan era. Ken Griffey, Jr. locked in what could have been one of the greatest home run battles in baseball history with Frank Thomas and Albert Belle until the owners locked out the players. The World Cup took place in America. It was the 75th anniversary of the founding of the NFL. And, best of all, the one sports-related event that gripped people across the globe, fans or not, was the O.J. Simpson murder case. … Read More

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Disney Princesses as Raucous Roller Derby Girls

Fans of Disney Princess mashups, this one’s for you. We’ve seen artists subvert the iconic (stereotypical) feminine trope in a number of ways, often empowering the girly Mouse House figures. That’s where Amanda Robinson’s re-imagination comes in (first spotted on The Mary Sue). She’s taken Disney royalty out of their regal gowns and outfitted them in roller derby outfits — all the women now ready to rumble. Perhaps the best part of the project is the names of each princess, reinventing their personas. “Mulan Rude,” Ne’er Do Belle,” and “Poca Face” are a few of our favorites. See what you think of this newest Disney Princess remix in our gallery. … Read More

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Is Pixar Out of Ideas?

Last summer, Pixar Animation Studios President Ed Catmull had a message for fans of the studio, relayed via BuzzFeed: “moving forward, the animation studio plans to significantly scale back its production of sequels.” But apparently somebody forgot to get that memo to parent company Disney’s chief Bob Iger, who announced at a Tuesday shareholders meeting that the company is working on The Incredibles 2 and (ugh) Cars 3. The company quickly made it official on their Twitter page — where the background is an ad for their last film, the prequel Monsters University. Pixar, we’re going to have to talk about your sequel problem. … Read More

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Reimagined Disney Movie Posters Reinvigorate Our Childhood Nostalgia

Regardless of age, one’s Disney-infused upbringing proves inescapable. Whether accidentally or intentionally, in the church of American pop culture, you will be forced, again and again, to revisit the studio’s biblically self-iconizing tales. Perhaps you want to get a better grip on a narrative that, as a kid, seemed wholly innocent, but that an inflamed blog now wants you to reexamine for its subtle championing of female circumcision; perhaps a listicle directed you to clandestine boners, or perhaps the wickedly talented, one and only Adele Dazeem led you down Disney-soundtrack memory lane. … Read More

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