The strange history of Disney's cyber-psychedelic "Computers Are People Too"

The cult favorite documentary was produced to promote Tron's release, featuring a trippy plot and the strangest computer graphics this side of SIGGRAPH -- and it quickly became a staple of the LA club scene as visual accompaniment for whatever was floating your boat that night.

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Haunted Mansion tightrope girl figurine

The golden age of Haunted Mansion merch continues to ripen, with this stretch gallery Tightrope Girl (AKA "Ballerina and Alligator"): $95 from the Disney Store. It's already sold out, but expect it on Ebay soon. (via Super Punch)

Haunted Mansion leg sleeve tattoo


Redditor Buddytattoo posted these outstanding shots of an in-progress leg-sleeve Haunted Mansion tattoo, created by Tattoo Charlie's in Louisville, KY.

Long-forgotten plans for a Haunted Mansion boat-ride


From the Long Forgotten blog, a characteristically excellent and thorough going-over of the aborted plan to build the Haunted Mansion as a boat ride-through, much like Pirates of the Caribbean (which may have cannibalized some of the aborted watery Mansion plans).

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Baked Potauntaun

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Ewok vs. Mogwai

B3TP-JYIUAAMUbr I'm obsessed with Ewoks, so I had to share this awesome illustration that Black Mudpuppy posted on Twitter.

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Be terrified: new Grimm's Fairy Tales book

It's no secret that the Disney-fied versions of fairy tales that we grew up with in modern times pale in comparison to the originals, told by the likes of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm.

The originals were often dark and gruesome cautionary tales that taught children about the dangers of the world. Now, for the first time, an English translation of the first edition of the original tales as told by the Brothers Grimm has been published by Princeton University Press. Even the cover of this book is scary!

Phish's concept concert based on Disney's "Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House"

For Halloween, rock group Phish traditionally creates a 'musical costume' by covering a classic album from music history. This year, the band created a new set of music based around the 1964 Disneyland album Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House. Interesting set of music with a cool stage design, the band uses the original narration and inspiration for the songs."

It makes for quite a concept album, to rival Kilroy Was Here and 2112.

What "the worst ride in Disney World" teaches us about media strategy


Foxxfurr's latest article on Disney theme park history is yet another amazing and insightful read that uses the tenth anniversary of Stitch's Great Escape ("the worst ride in Disney World") as a jumping-off point to show how the history of theme-parks, animation, the elusive 5-12 year old boy market, and the entertainment business all influenced one another.

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Olaf costume hoodie


Frozen's Olaf the snowman was the funniest animated character I've seen in years, and now there's a women's costume hoodie that'll let you (possibly) fool your friends into thinking that you're him.

Vintage toys: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Thumper, and... Idiot?

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The 1949 Airboy comic has an ad for 5 puppets: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Thumper... and Idiot. We'll assume Idiot is not a Disney-licensed character, though he looks a bit like their Hunchback. The same firm also sold Halloween masks:

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Haunted Mansion leggings


These Disney Haunted Mansion wallpaper leggings are a limited edition, and sell for $80. (Thanks, Alice!)

Please, Disney: put back John's grandad's Haunted Mansion tombstone


John Frost writes, "It's been 46 years of happy haunts at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, an attraction both Cory and I share a certain affinity for; when the attraction first opened, the exterior queue featured a small graveyard full of tombstones with humorous epitaphs."

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Nerdy steering-wheel covers


Oklahoma City's Beau Fleurs sells a remarkable variety of steering-wheel covers, each adorned with a hellokittyish hair-bow (pictured here: the Marvel comics edition, $25).

(via Geeky Merch)

Buzz Lightyear cited in legal brief


From a motion related to the Speedy Trial Act: "The government cannot simply fail or refuse to respond to a motion and toll the Act 'to infinity and beyond.'"