Walt Disney Records Legacy Collection: 20 hours' worth of rarities, 12 books' worth of history

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The Legacy Collection plunders the deepest depths of the Disney sound archive to collect, with unprecedented completeness, the audio histories of 11 classic animated films from each era of the Disney Studios, from Lady and the Tramp and Aristocats to Little Mermaid and the Lion King to Toy Story and Wreck-It Ralph, with one more CD devoted just to Disneyland. Each disc contains the full score of a film from opening to closing credits, unreleased rarities, and bonus material. Then there's the books.

Cammed copies of Star Wars: The Force Awakens circulate on torrent sites

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Despite unprecedented copyright enforcement measures from Disney, at least one cammed version of the new Star Wars movie has circulated online, less than a week after the film's release. Read the rest

Copyfraud: Disney's bogus complaint over toy photo gets a fan kicked off Facebook

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Justin Kozisek, a staffer for the Star Wars Action News podcast, bought a $6.94 Rey toy at Walmart and posted a photo of it to Facebook, and he and his SWAN colleagues were surprised to get a DMCA notice from Disney/Lucasfilm claiming that they had infringed copyright by posting a photo of their toy. Read the rest

The secret history of the Haunted Mansion's hall of changing paintings

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Disneyland's Haunted Mansion sports a hall of changing paintings in which people and scenes are transformed into sinister versions of themselves. Though these have gained in technical sophistication over the years, transitioning from rear-projection slide-fades to crisp electroluminescent effects synched with the lightning in the opposite windows, the core graphic concepts have been largely invariant since the Mansion first opened its doors. Read the rest

Happy birthday, Mickey Mouse: creepy photo and first two cartoons!

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Above, The Mickey Mouse Club, circa 1930. Below, Mickey's first appearance, a May 15, 1928, test screening of the cartoon Plane Crazy. The film wasn't picked up by a distributor and as a result we celebrate Mickey's birthday on November 18 because that day in 1928 was the first public appearance of the mouse, in Steamboat Willie (below).

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“Long-lost” 1928 Disney animation with 'Oswald the Lucky Rabbit' found in BFI archives

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Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny's long-lost, long-eared ancestor has been discovered in the National archive of the British Film Institute.

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#HMAnagrams: 13 anagrams for "The Haunted Mansion" that describe the ride

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@ridetheory created 13 spooky anagrams for "THE HAUNTED MANSION" that spelled out scenes from the ride ("...THAT HEINOUS MAN: END" "HUH? NOT MANSE DETAIN!" "...I THEN UNTO HEADSMAN" and so on!). Read the rest

Makeup artist transforms herself into dead Disney princesses

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Makeup artist Shonagh Scott photographed herself as dead Disney princesses. See her full Twisted Princess series here.

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See Disney princesses fall in love, with each other

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Auction of amazing, rare castoffs from Disney theme parks

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Having raised $1.7M from an auction of Disneyland memorabilia and rarities earlier this year, Van Eaton Galleries are holding a second auction of cast-offs from the Disney themeparks. Read the rest

Drone flyover of Shanghai Disneyland construction site

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It's a third-party clip, not sanctioned by Disney, so it's pretty remote/long-lens, but there's still some tantalyzing stuff in this video. From what I know about the Shanghai park, it's going to be pretty bad-ass. Don't miss the brown/yellow smog on the horizon! Read the rest

Help wanted: anti-terrorism intern for Disney

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The job-posting has expired, so presumably The Walt Disney Company found an enthusiastic team player with "superior writing and research skills" and "effective use of the open source and the internet resources" with international experience and a BA in International Relations, Political Science, Global Security Studies, National Security or Regional/Cultural/Area Studies. Read the rest

You can't get tickets for an LA theater screening of old Disneyland home movies

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"Hollywood Home Movies: Disneyland" screens tomorrow night at the Linwood Dunn Theater in LA and it's sold out. It sounds amazing. Read the rest

Star Wars and Avengers collar clips

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Collar Clips from Migardian Treasure in Gravesend, England makes collar clips in a variety of pop-culture motifs, some obvious and some very subtle indeed: Captain America shields, Captain America stars, Hawkeye and Hydra vs SHIELD; Boba Fett, Vader and Stormtroopers (also available as brooches and earrings). Read the rest

Umbrella reveals Mickey Mouse when it rains

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Got a spare 12 bucks? If you’re a fan of the Mouse and you live someplace other than California, Nevada, and Arizona, then you might have fun with this collapsible umbrella that appears to be normal — a solid color — when you open it. When the heavens open and the raindrops fall, they bring out a silhouette of Walt Disney’s best pal on the fabric. Fun, but not in the sun... and it looks like this: Read the rest

What's the objectively optimal copyright term?

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Tim Harford, the Financial Times's Undercover Economist, writes about the Happy Birthday to You court case, which finally settled the question of whether the familiar birthday song was still in copyright (it isn't) and uses that as a springboard to ask the question: how long should copyright last? Read the rest

Mickey Mouse Watch for $18

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I've always wanted a Mickey Mouse watch. This model is on sale for $18 on Amazon, and looks better than more expensive ones. Until I can afford this Masonic watch (which David and I have both been coveting for a couple of decades) this will do the job.

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