Posts Tagged ‘Disney’

Have you ever imagined what the various Disney female characters would look like if they shed their dresses, their tiaras, and their heels, and got dressed one morning in the outfits of their male counterparts? Well, deviantART artist, Haruki Godo, created a series of costume swap fan art pieces that did just that. The results? Incredible. Make sure to check out all of Haruki Godo’s artwork on deviantART and Tumblr. Source: http://recentlyheard.com/.

Jasmine / Aladdin, from Alladdin

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Alice / White Rabbit, from Alice in Wonderland

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Kida / Milo, from Atlantis: The Lost Empire

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Belle / The Beast, from Beauty and the Beast

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Cinderella / Prince Charming, from Cinderella

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Megara / Hercules, from Hercules

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Esmeralda / Phoebus, from The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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Madellaine / Quasimodo, from The Hunchback of Notre Dame II

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Ariel / Prince Eric, from The Little Mermaid

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Mulan / Li Shang, from Mulan

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Pocahontas / John Smith, from Pocahontas

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Tiana / Prince Naveen, from The Princess and the Frog

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Vanellope / Wreck-It Ralph, from Wreck-It Ralph

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Calhoun / Felix, from Wreck-It Ralph

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Aurora / Prince Phillip, from Sleeping Beauty

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Snow White / The Prince, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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Rapunzel / Flynn Rider, from Tangled

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Jane Porter / Tarzan, from Tarzan

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Walt in Disneyland

Posted: July 18, 2013 in news
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Yesterday, Disneyland turned 58. Thank you Walt for making a place where dreams really do come true.

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Walter Elias Disney was born in 5 December, 1901. He was an American animator, film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, entrepreneur, entertainer, international icon, and philanthropist, well known for his influence in the field of entertainment during the 20th century. Along with his brother Roy O. Disney, he co-founded the Walt Disney Productions, which later became one of the best-known motion picture producers in the world. The corporation is now known as The Walt Disney Company and had an annual revenue of approximately US$36 billion in the 2010 financial year.

walt-lillian-mickeyDisney was particularly noted as a film producer and a popular showman, as well as an innovator in animation and theme park design. He and his staff created some of the world’s most well-known fictional characters including Mickey Mouse, for whom Disney himself provided the original voice. During his lifetime he received four honorary Academy Awards and won 22 Academy Awards from a total of 59 nominations, including a record four in one year, giving him more awards and nominations than any other individual in history. Disney also won seven Emmy Awards and gave his name to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks in the U.S., as well as the international resorts like Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland.

He died on December 15, 1966 from lung cancer in Burbank, California. A year later, construction of the Walt Disney World Resort began in Florida. His brother Roy Disney inaugurated the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971. Read more about Walt Disney on Wikipedia.

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walt-2Walt Disney on opening day ceremony, 17 July, 1955.

walt-3Sweetest couple ever!! Walt and Lillian.

walt-4Walt doing a little fishing. In Disneyland’s early days, the Rivers of America were stocked with fish. Kids could rent a rod and, if lucky, catch a fish to take home!

walt-5Walt & Horse on Main Street, 1957.

walt-6“You don’t have to be childish, but it’s okay to be child-like.” – Walt Disney

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walt-17Nice toys, good food. Walt test out the food!

walt-18Teacups with Walt and family.

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walt-21On May 28, 1960, Walt Disney & his grandchildren christened the new scenery of the Nature’s Wonderland attraction, which now had 204 “lifelike” animals. This photo shows Walt with his grandchildren Tammy, Joanna, and Chris Miller at the branch cutting ceremony.

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Walt Disney at it's a small world

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A MAN AND HIS DREAM

walt-disney“To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.” — Walter E. Disney, July 17, 1955.

In this crazy times we need more men like Walt to teaching us how to dream again…

The concept for Disneyland began when Walt Disney was visiting Griffith Park in Los Angeles with his daughters Diane and Sharon. While watching them ride the merry-go-round, he came up with the idea of a place where adults and their children could go and have fun together, though his dream lay dormant for many years.

While people wrote letters to Disney about visiting the Disney Studio, he realized that a functional movie studio had little to offer to visiting fans, and began to foster ideas of building a site near the Burbank studios for tourists to visit. His ideas evolved to a small play park with a boat ride and other themed areas. The initial concept, the Mickey Mouse Park, started with an 8-acre plot across Riverside Drive. He started to visit other parks for inspiration and ideas. His designers began working on concepts, though the project grew much larger than the land could hold. With the report, Disney acquired 160 acres of orange groves and walnut trees in Anaheim, southeast of Los Angeles in neighboring Orange County.

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Difficulties in obtaining funding prompted Disney to investigate new methods of fundraising, deciding to create a show named Disneyland. It was broadcasted on then-fledgling ABC. In return, the network agreed to help finance the park. For its first five years of operation, Disneyland was owned by Disneyland, Inc., which was jointly owned by Walt Disney Productions, Walt Disney, Western Publishing and ABC. In addition, Disney rented out many of the shops on Main Street, U.S.A. to outside companies. By 1960, Walt Disney Productions bought out all other shares, a partnership which would eventually lead to the Walt Disney Corporation’s acquisition of ABC in the mid-1990s. In 1952, the proposed project had been called Disneylandia, but Disney followed ABC’s advice and changed it to Disneyland two years later, when excavation of the site began.Construction began on July 16, 1954 and cost $17 million to complete. The park was opened one year and one day later. U.S. Route 101 (later Interstate 5) was under construction at the same time just north of the site; in preparation for the traffic Disneyland was expected to bring, two more lanes were added to the freeway before the park was finished.

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Disneyland was dedicated at an “International Press Preview” event held on Sunday, July 17, 1955, which was only open to invited guests and the media. Although 28,000 people attended the event, only about half of those were actual invitees, the rest having purchased counterfeit tickets. The following day, it opened to the public, featuring twenty attractions.

The temperature was an unusually high 101 °F (38 °C), and because of a local plumbers’ strike, Disney was given a choice of having working drinking fountains or running toilets. He chose the latter, leaving many drinking fountains dry. This generated negative publicity since Pepsi sponsored the park’s opening; disappointed guests believed the inoperable fountains were a cynical way to sell soda, while other vendors ran out of food. The asphalt that had been poured that morning was soft enough to let ladies’ high-heeled shoes sink into it. A gas leak in Fantasyland caused Adventureland, Frontierland, and Fantasyland to close for the afternoon. Some parents threw their children over the crowd’s shoulders to get them onto rides, such as the King Arthur Carrousel. In later years, Disney and his 1955 executives referred to July 17, 1955 as “Black Sunday”.

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After the extremely negative press from the preview opening, Walt Disney invited attendees back for a private “second day” to experience Disneyland properly.

Disneyland Park consists of eight themed “lands” and a number of concealed backstage areas, and occupies approximately 85 acres. The park opened with Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland, and has since added New Orleans Square in 1966, Bear Country (later Critter Country) in 1972, and Mickey’s Toontown in 1993. In 1957, Holidayland, opened to the public with a 9 acres recreation area including a circus and baseball diamond, but was closed in late 1961. It is often referred to as the “lost” land of Disneyland. Throughout the park are ‘Hidden Mickeys’, representations of Mickey Mouse heads inserted subtly into the design of attractions and environmental decor. An elevated berm supports a narrow gauge railroad that circumnavigates the park.

Source: Wikipedia.

Even dreams can be built

Disneyland was not supposed to have happened. Walt Disney was in charge of the creative side at the Disney Bro’s Studios, but his brother Roy E. Disney was in charge of the money. When Walt explained his vision for Disneyland, Roy said there was no way to fund it and no way to make their money back. Neither brother would back down – because the studio owned the trademark to the name “Walt Disney”, Roy even threatened to sue Walt’s ass if he formed a division or company in his own name to build the park. Walt didn’t take that and privately founded WED Enterprises (Walt’s initials) under his own name, not the studios.

He hired animators and engineers from the studio (paying their wages out of his pocket) to work on the side at WED, but still had no funding. Eventually, Walt was able to convince large companies to pay for some rides that were to be displayed at big technology fairs of the day. Walt then shipped the attractions back to California and began to piece together his park over a dusty orange grove, in a forgotten SoCal city. Only after companies like Pepsi and GM funded the attractions, did the studio come on board – eventually turning WED enterprises into Disney Imagineering.

Thank you Walt, for never believing others’ disbelief.

disneyland-17The train station stands alone at the parks main entrance location which will become Main Street U.S.A.The men and cars are in the future main parking lot.The Mickey Mouse flower garden is directly in front of the men.

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walt-disney-23Walt Disney showing a model of a Jungle Cruise Boat.

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walt-disney-19It’s a small world, don’t it?

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walt-disney-26“You think of a wonderful thought!” – Walt flying.

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walt-disney-27“Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.” – Walt Disney

walt-disney-29Disneyland aerial photo, 1955.

walt-disney-28Disneyland finished, July 1955.

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disneyland-2Walt parading down Main St. with then California Governor Goodwin Knight on Disneyland’s opening day.

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walt-disney-18Marc Davis, Walt, and Blaine Gibson looking at one of the first audio-animatronic characters for the new Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in July 1966.  Walt had asked Marc, one of the “Nine Old Men” master animators from the studio and Blaine, an animator-turned-sculptor, to become Imagineers and continue doing what they had done before – animating characters – but now in three dimensions. Pirates of the Caribbean, which Davis had dubbed “the wildest crew that ever sacked the Spanish Main”, opened in February 1967 at Disneyland, but sadly Walt did not live to see it.  He died in December, just five months after this photo was taken.

walt-disney-31“Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world” – Walt Disney.

Disney acquires Lucasfilms

Posted: October 31, 2012 in news
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A news that shook the galaxy. More powerfull than 10 Death Stars and more devastating than ten Galactic Empires. Right now, Disney became the most powerful movie studio in this galaxy.

Disney bought Lucasfilm for US$ 4.05 billion. The deal, which ran under wraps until now, was formalized on Tuesday, and the first project has already been announced: “Star Wars – Episode VII” in theaters in 2015.

Mickey, Donald and Goofy have the Force. They alread have the command over Pixar and Marvel. From now on, they have the command over Lucasfilms and all the subsidiaries as LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, too. May the Force be with them.

Watch Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger and George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm, discuss the announcement:

Happy B-Day, Mickey Mouse

Posted: November 21, 2011 in cartoon, news
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This month, the most famous Walt Disney character, has completed 83 years old. “Steamboat Willie”, the silent short animation movie that introduced Mickey Mouse to the world, was released in 18 September 1928.

In the summer of 1928, around the time Buster Keaton’s latest comedy, “Steamboat Bill, Jr.”, hit theaters, a young animator named Walt Disney was looking for a vehicle to launch his struggling studio’s latest creation, a cartoon mouse by the name of Mickey. On November 18, 1928, the animated short “Steamboat Willie” premiered at New York’s 79th Street Theater. The rest, as they say, is history. Mickey Mouse soon eclipsed Felix the Cat as the movies’ most popular cartoon character, appearing in hundreds of shorts, feature-length films and television shows over the next eighty years, as well as serving as the corporate symbol of the largest media conglomerate in the world.


Disney had only just launched his own studio when he and his chief animator, Ub Iwerks, created a series of animated cartoons centered around a character named Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The series was a smash hit but unfortunately for Disney, distributor Universal Studios wound up owning the character. Universal hired away most of Disney’s animators (all but the loyal Iwerks), wrested control of Oswald from Disney and left his fledgling studio on the verge of bankruptcy. Desperate for a new franchise to fill the gap, Disney and Iwerks quickly came up with an animated mouse they dubbed Mortimer—soon changed to Mickey at the insistence of Disney’s wife, Lillian. After two silent Mickey Mouse shorts, “Plane Crazy” and “The Gallopin’ Gaucho”, failed to find a buyer, Disney produced a short with sound, a loose parody of Keaton’s latest film.
Walt Disney, by the way, was nominated for fifty-nine Oscars, winning twenty-six of them, including four in one year, all records. Ironically, though, he didn’t win for “Steamboat Willie”, one of the most important works of his career—there simply was no category of “cartoon short” at that time.
Trivia: Walt Disney himself provided the voice of Mickey Mouse until 1946.

See “Steamboat Willie” at YouTube. Enjoy.