In today’s climate of cell phone contacts, Facebook, and LinkedIn, business cards may be becoming a thing of the past. But they can still say a lot about you. After discovering an utterly charming card used by Isaac Asimov, we were inspired to hunt for more famous peoples’ business cards, from Abraham Lincoln to Lady… Read More
Having spotted this once-glorious Olympic venue re-imagined as a Wonka-fied water park dubbed the Happy Magic Water Cube, giving a second life to an international showpiece that had quietly fallen into disuse by bringing a fantastical variation of a day at the beach to the landlocked residents of Beijing, we couldn’t help but wonder what other wet, wacky parks exist in the world.
The original Imagineer and creator of the happiest place on Earth, Walt Disney, once said that “it’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” Surely the bizarre water parks of the world are testament to that statement. From a giant King Cobra water slide meant to mimic sliding down a snake’s slippery back to the most crowded wave pools in the world to lazy rivers in a land before time, click through to check out the strangest feats of aquatic, pleasure-seeking imaginations around the globe. Let us know in the comments which you’d like to visit, if any! … Read More
A couple of weeks back, our esteemed literary editor Emily Temple surveyed the books that might make you beat a hasty retreat if you saw them on a potential date’s bookshelf, or in their handbag. The post got plenty of heated comments, and it also got us thinking about the other place you might look to snoop on a date’s cultural credentials: their record collection (or, failing that, their iPod.) And so, as we did for books, we asked around Flavorpill central to find out which artists might, if discovered on a potential date’s playlist, put an end to that date pretty damn quickly. We received plenty of responses, and the entirely personal, subjective, and often hotly debated results await after the jump. … Read More
Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers’ needed a “Spoonful of Sugar” to handle Disney creator Walt’s relentless pursuit of the writer’s printed works for a film adaptation back in the late 1930s. The Mickey Mouse house legend tried to persuade Travers for 14 years to create a live-action version of her flying nanny story —… Read More
Today is Mickey Mouse house visionary Walt Disney’s birthday. The iconic entertainer changed the face of film with his animated wonders, introducing some of cinema’s most popular cartoon (and live-action) characters for the big and small screens. We felt inspired to take a look at some of the studio’s underdog projects — those films that may have been overlooked while the empire changed direction, along with a few obscure movies you may have missed along the way. Click through to see which of Disney’s woefully underrated, or fascinatingly strange projects made the list. Feel free to add your picks below. … Read More
Nowadays, the behind-the-scenes featurette is a standard part of Hollywood’s promotional toolbox — prepared by the studio, released to media outlets, and slapped onto the DVD as a “special feature.” But the good folks at Open Culture have discovered what is presumably one of the earliest examples of the form (it’s certainly the oldest one we’ve ever seen): How Walt Disney Cartoons are Made, an eight-and-a-half minute look behind the doors of the studio (“Doors usually barred to all visitors!”) and at the making of the first full-length animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The “documentary newsreel” traces a Disney cartoon from conception to completion: brainstorming, writing, preliminary animation, inking, coloring (shades are developed by “expert chemists”), photography, sound effects recording, scoring, and the premiere. (Apparently the voices just magically appear.) A brash narrator guides us through the making of the “pic-shuh,” and Disney himself appears, working out ideas with his “hard-boiled directors.” The short is filled with funny little voice-over touches like that; also of note is that the inking is done by “hundreds of pretty girls, in a comfortable building all their own, well-lighted, air-conditioned throughout.” Disney appears at the end to introduce the seven dwarfs, and a final title nudges the viewer thus: “See for yourself what the genius of Walt Disney has created in his first full-length feature production.” Check out How Walt Disney Cartoons are Made after the jump. … Read More