Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Donald teams up with the Cheerios Kid!

Put a little "Go Power!" in your day and watch this cute 50's commercial. Not too much to say about it, but a nice little time capsule nonetheless!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Disneyland '61!

I came across this recently uploaded episode of Walt Disney Presents. I'm always so happy to find these wonderful shows that I miss so dearly from The Disney Channel (yes, back in its good old days). I wonder how my neighbors would feel if I installed a full size version of that super cool dancing topiary model in my front yard?! Hmmmm...

Enjoy this three-parter. I will attach the links to the other parts below for your convenience.

Part Two
Part Three

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

So Long, Farewell

It was funny... I had this urge to watch the round table discussion with current animators on the second disc of Cinderella, Monday. I think I just wanted to immerse myself in that element a bit. Sometimes, after a hectic day, I find it helpful to get into the artistic "zone" by listening to others who so frequent the "zone" as well. Ollie came to mind and I was wondering how he was doing... and yes, how much longer he'd be with us.
When news of him came the following day, I met it with mixed emotions. I was never fortunate enough to know or even meet Ollie, as many in the Disney community have, but so many of my beautiful childhood memories are wrapped up with the incredible work he did. I have been so thankful for the blood, sweat, and tears he put into his craft to help deliver something to the public that would become a part of their soul in many ways. Those films are a part of me, and I've been long appreciative to the incredible Nine Old Men, as well as the lesser known artists for giving me countless of remarkable, unforgettable moments.
So, yes. I was sad. But in another way, happy. Happy to know that Heaven is a greater and even more creative place than it was just a few days ago. Happy that I know he was greeted by incredible people that we all have come to respect, and most happy to know that he was reunited with his wife and best friend, Frank Thomas. I never knew how he was able to carry on without the both of them. I don't think I could if put in the same situation.
So, here's to a life superbly lived. May we all strive for similar excellence in our crafts. My life-long admiration to you, Ollie. To quote a song sung by another amazing artist in his own right, "Thanks for the memories..."

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

April Peace Day

I wish I could say something April Foolsy. But alas, I'm not so great at pulling gags. I used to be... but they usually involved buckets of water or plastic wrap on toilets. Things of that nature. Ah, youth.

Instead I bring you something non-Foolsy and is just plain pretty in my opinion. I've been having Disneyland withdrawals... as it has been too long since my last happy jaunt there. Popping in the WDT Disneyland DVD, watching People and Places for the 100th time, I just dug this shot. I dug a lot of them, actually. I really like all that grassy area of old. I like the composition of the shot, and the watercolor-like colors. It's so peaceful. So, on my blog anyway, I declare it April Peace Day, for those of you who suck at pranks like I do.
Have a peaceful day! :D

October '85- part deux.

Ahh! I forgot part two. My bad. Here's the rest of October '85!