Actualchad writes, "An aura of foreboding permeates this community of foolish mortals, as their perils combine into a vexing misfortune of exaggerated proportions!" Read the rest
The Mickey Mouse Treasures is literally a treasure trove of Mickey artifacts. Contained within the hard-cover book’s 63 pages are pockets, pouches, and fold-outs containing removable replicas of select Disney memorabilia from the Walt Disney Archives. This is as close as anyone can get to handling the real items without actually rummaging through the archives (not without SUPER special permission). Every item has been scanned and printed (front and back, inside and out) as is, showing every detail and decades of age.
The replica items represent the history and evolution of Mickey Mouse throughout the decades. Examples include an animation cell and background, a letter from Eleanor Roosevelt suggesting a cartoon idea, a Mickey Mouse Club membership mailer, a “Fantasia” premiere theater program, and much more. These gems supplement the plethora of additional images and photos found on the book’s pages, along with a brief written history by Robert Tieman.
While the book may be short on words, a picture is worth a thousand of them. Turn those pictures into three-dimensional replicas, and you have a book that you can “read” for years to come. When you’re ready to rest your eyes, the book and its treasures are safely stored within a hard slip cover. – Robert Nava
Maybe you've heard of Elsa Frozen Brain Surgery -- you know, the game where you open the popular Disney princess' skull and extract fashion items from her glittering brain morass for her to wear later.
"Once you’re sure she needs a brain surgery, start shaving her gorgeous blonde hair and prepare her for the long surgery hours," the game instructs. "Then feel free to dig into her brain and make sure you use the right doctor tools to cut out her little obsessions, to repair whatever you find broken and to reactivate the dead synapses snowflakes." Dark.
Of course, Elsa Frozen Brain Surgery is just one of the weird little games hoping for a sliver of the explosive princess brand recognition. Today I also found Baby Elsa Spinal Surgery, where the starring princess becomes a child with inexplicable but deeply-unsettling back wounds, as well as Olaf at the Dentist ("The pain and the shame are unbearable, so he is asking you to play the dentist role for him.")
My friend Peter Yeh has offered us an eye-opening look at some other items out there: Apparently, poorly-cloned Disney princesses need everything from slimy makeovers to new bathroom wallpaper, in addition to appearing in barely-functional knockoff Super Mario-alikes and hundreds and hundreds of paper doll dress-ups.
Apply nitrous to Princess Anna's face in her birthing simulator. Then, of course, there is Spank Elsa Butt (maybe don't watch that at work).
This Haunted Mansion Lego set is up for your votes -- it's got mine! Read the rest
Foxxfur has published "The Theme Park Trope List," a first approximation attempt to summarize the narrative gimmicks used in theme park attractions to move the action along, for example, "the book report ride," which "shows exactly the same events which occurred in the source film in the same order." Read the rest
Here's an excellent, rambling PKD riff on the relationship of Disneyland to science fiction (and Episcopalianism) and what is, and is not, real. Read the rest
Ken Anderson, Marc Davis and the other Imagineers who created Disney's Haunted Mansion were clearly influenced by Charles "Addams Family" Addams's cartoons, but until I read this amazing post on Long Forgotten, I had no idea how much influence he exerted on them. Read the rest
Another outstanding photo-essay on the Long Forgotten Haunted Mansion blog shows how many of the original Rolly Crump concepts for a walk-through Haunted Mansion at Disneyland eventually made their way into the Enchanted Tiki Room, with effects based on Cocteau's 1946 movie La Belle et la Bête. Read the rest
The amazing Foxxfur has spent 3.5 years assembling a new installment in her "Musical Souvenir of Walt Disney World" series, pulling together audio rarities from WDW in the late 1970s to create a six-hour soundscape that faithfully recreates the incidental music, cast member spiels, and ride narration from one of the golden ages of Disney themeparks. Read the rest
Korean games illustrator Na Young Wu has an amazing series of illustrations called "Korean Western Fairy Tales," in which she redesigns familiar characters from western fairy tales (including several that have been adapted by Disney) and remakes them as traditional Korean characters.
Na Young Wu is a character illustration artist for games, and in what she calls her "Korean Western Fairy Tale" series, she uses her talents to reimagine familiar characters. Sometimes she uses the color palettes from Disney films, but in other pieces, she focuses on putting her own spin on the stories. You can see more of her Eastern-Western fairy tale illustrations on Twitter—and if you somehow still haven't enough of Frozen, she has her own take on Elsa on her blog.
Western Fairytales Get A Korean Makeover In Gorgeous Illustrations [Lauren Davis/IO9] Read the rest