Category Archive: Walt Disney

Make Mine Music (1946)

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Here’s another one of Disney’s early collections of shorts they strung together and called a feature film. Yay. It’s half “ho hum” dross, half “um, what?” Even so, Disney, never one to disappoint,… 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

Bambi (1942)

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Sovereign Cervine Bambi is born and all the woodland creatures come to celebrate and congratulate Bambi’s mother on the birth of the little prince. Wait, what? Why is Bambi a prince? How does this… Continue reading

Fantasia (1940)

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Fantasia is basically one of the coolest things Disney’s created. Ever. There’s also not a lot of social stuff to commentary on, so we’ll be brief. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor It was… Continue reading

Saludos Amigos (1942)/The Three Caballeros (1944)

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Both Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros are portmanteau films, that is, a series of shorts that are tied together by a single theme or premise.  Disney created seven (arguably eight) portmanteau films… 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

Victory Through Air Power (1943)

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Victory Through Air Power was based on a book of the same name by Maj. Alexander P. de Seversky.  Walt had read the book and thought Seversky was swell.  Seversky was a Russian… Continue reading

The Reluctant Dragon (1941)

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The Reluctant Dragon was Disney’s fourth feature film, flanked by Fantasia and Dumbo, and the first to extensively use a combination of animation and live action.  It was also a box office flop. … 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