According to Re-Imagineering, Disneyland is planning to make big changes to the Mary Blair
-designed attraction, It's a Small World. "They plan on adding a few new modern characters and destroying the rain forest section in favor of adding a nationalistic USA section," says an anonymous Boing Boing reader.
Unfortunately W.D.I. has taken ill advantage of the downtime by staking out areas throughout the attraction to place a selection of smiling Disney characters to spice up the proceedings. Imagine a grinning Stitch in Hawaii, a demure Belle in Paris, a Peter Pan in London.
And in one of the most egregious and downright disgusting decisions in Disney theme park history, the gorgeous New Guinea rainforest scene, replete with some of Mary Blair’s most whimsical character creations (a crocodile with an umbrella, colorful birds hatching from eggs) and her drummer children with Tiki Masks on the opposite shore will be replaced with a Hooray for U.S.A sequence.
Mary Blair’s formidable legacy has taken enough of a beating with the destruction of her Tomorrowland murals back in 1998. This recent move, if it goes through, would be nothing less than a brutal dismissal of her profound and enduring influence on the Disney esthetic.
Today is Safer Internet Day 2016, and to celebrate Google is giving users 2GB of free Google Drive storage. The only “catch” is that you have to go through a 2-minute security update, which you should do anyway. [via]
Mathematician Tadashi Tokieda is having a great time creating op-art patterns by overlaying sheets of plastic printed with dots. He also does a great job of clearly explaining why the patterns are formed. [via]
For decades, Warner/Chappell Music claimed to own the rights to the Happy Birthday song, despite the reams of copyright scholarship and historical research showing they had no legitimate claim.
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