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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

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Disney’s first venture into the burgeoning genre of sci-fi would also be its first real Cold War film. Also, it’s awesome. At this stage in its history, Disney was almost exclusively adapting novels… Continue reading

Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue (1953)

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Firstly, it is imperative that you roll your “R”s while reading this and attempt a bad Scottish accent–even if you can do a great one. Why a bad one? Because, secondly, the movie… Continue reading

The Sword and the Rose (1953)

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After Robin Hood and His Merrie Men, Disney decided to continue their love affair with the traditional stories of Britain. Using the same lead actor (Richard Todd), they made an adaptation of the… Continue reading

Peter Pan (1953)

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It’s Peter¬†Pandemonium, folks! The story of Peter Pan follows three children as they’re lured out of a window in the belief that they can fly, and then whisked away to a world where… Continue reading

World War 2 Shorts (1941-45)

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Softening the Blow of Being Drafted With the Pearl Harbor attacks America was suddenly involved in a war it had resisted entering. So Disney set out to soften the blow, and promote the… Continue reading

Filmed Under the Auspices of the Office of the Coordinator for Inter-American Affairs (1940s)

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During the twentieth century an approach to helping the poor of the third world really came into prominence which focused on education. The idea was based upon the adage¬†“Give a man a fish… Continue reading

Jumbo Jr. (1941)

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  Dumbo for Radicals Dumbo is clearly an allegory for overcoming the oppression that “The Man” (or bourgeoisie, if you want to go old skool) puts upon the people. We decided to entitle… Continue reading

Pinocchio (1940)

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Life as a Wooden Boy For most of the movie, Pinocchio is a wooden boy; this unique condition coming with its own peculiarities and hazards.¬† What we want to know is: does Pinocchio… Continue reading